A ‘Light of the First Magnitude’
Not until 1675 did a few more meagre scraps about William Gascoigne appear in print. These came from Edward Sherburne (1616–1702), a translator, poet and hymn writer, who had lost a fortune supporting the King’s cause in the Civil War. In the mid 1650s, whilst exiled in Paris, Sherburne began a labour of love that married his interest in astronomy and his skills as a poet. It was to take almost 20 years to complete the task: the poetic translation of the five volume, first-century poem Astronomica, written by the Roman poet Marcus Manilius. The finished result appeared as The Sphere of Marcus Manilius made an English Poem.