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Ioannes Secundus

(Jan Everard). A Dutch artist and scholar, justly celebrated for his Latin verse. He was born at the Hague, November 11, 1511, and died at Utrecht, September 24, 1536. He won some success for his painting and sculpture, and was one of the suite of Charles V. in his expedition to Tunis. His Latin verses are written with classical purity and show an exquisite felicity of expression, which has led to their translation and imitation in many languages. The finest is the Basia (“Kisses”), published at Utrecht in 1539. It consists of separate poems, each descriptive of a kiss. The grace and melody of the lines and their voluptuous warmth of feeling have led them to be compared with the love-lyrics of Catullus, and the comparison is fully justified. There is a translation in prose and verse, with notes, in the Bohn series (London, 1858). The collected works of Everard, comprising elegies, odes, and epigrams, were published under the title Opera Poetica by his brothers at Paris in 1541, and have since been reprinted (Göttingen, 1748; Leyden, 1821).

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