Quarles, Francis (1592-1644), the quaint religious poet, was a native of Essex. He held the offices of secretary to Archbishop Ussher and chronologer to the City of London. He had no less than eighteen children. His chief poetical work was Divine Emblemes (1635), to which was added in 1638 Hieroglyphikes of the Life of Man: Solomon's Recantation. The Enchiridion, containing aphoristic essays and meditations, was his most popular prose-work.