The subject of the next plaque in the little church at Jamestown, Virginia (and the only plaque done entirely in Latin), is to memorialize George Sandys (1577-1644), English traveler, colonist and poet, the seventh son of Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York, and the great-uncle of English poet Richard Lovelace (Lovelace being probably most famous for his poem, To Althea, From Prison: "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage....").
In 1621 he published an English translation of part of Ovid's Metamorphoses; completing that work in 1626. He also began a version of Virgil's Aeneid, but never produced more than the first book. In 1636 he published his Paraphrase upon the Psalms and Hymns dispersed throughout the Old and New Testaments; and translated Christ's Passion from the Latin of Grotius; and in 1641 he brought out his last work, a Paraphrase of the Song of Songs.
He died unmarried at Boxley, in Kent, England in 1644.
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