Chaplaincy and verse in early seventeenth-century Oxford
Richard Corbett was the royal chaplain early in his ecclesiastical career, then the Bishop of Oxford from 1628 until 1632, and subsequently the Bishop of Norwich until his death in 1635. Corbett exemplifies both of the aspects of Christ Church life and their many connections, namely, Church and poetry. Corbett's other chaplain, William Strode, was a poet every bit as productive, as widely read, and at least as distinguished as Corbett himself. The connection between their poetic careers predated the period of Strode's chaplaincy; Strode's Latin 'Oratio', for instance, headed 'In Admissionem Decani Corbett', commemorated Corbett's receipt of the deanship of Christ Church in 1620. The significance of chaplaincy for the transmission, and the holding back, of verse arises in two poems that date from Corbett's time as a royal chaplain. One of the two poems was written partly about him and the other was written by him.