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John Gower

Gower, John. 1350–1402. Poet. G. wrote the Speculum Meditantis, in French, Vox Clamantis, in Latin, and Confessio Amantis in Eng. See edition, 3 vols. 8vo, London, 1857. See Ward's Eng. Poets, vol. 1; also Rolfe's edition of Pericles.

John Gower

Born 1325.—Died 1402.—Edward II.—Edward III.—Richard II.—Henry IV.—Henry V.

An early English poet, born in Yorkshire, who flourished about the same time as Chaucer.  His poems are chiefly on moral subjects, the first edition of them being printed by Caxton.  He was a liberal benefactor to the church of St. Saviour, Southwark, and died in London.