Heaven’s Bright Queen – Robert Southwell


Robert Southwell, priest and poet, was born at Saint. Faith s, Norfolk, England, about 1560, and was executed at Tyburn, London, February 22, 1595. Educated in France, where his parents, devout Catholics, had sent him to save his life from religious persecution, he entered the Society of Jesus, returned to his native country as a missionary in 1587, became chaplain to the Countess of Arundell and wrote “Consolations for Cath olics” and most of his poems. In 1592 he was betrayed to the authorities, was tortured and imprisoned for three years and was tried at Westminster and executed. His most celebrated poem is “The Burning Babe,” of which Ben Johnson said; “Southwell has so written that piece of his that I would be content to destroy many of mine.”

MLA Citation

  • William J Walsh. “Robert Southwell”. The Apparitions and Shrines of Heaven’s Bright Queen, 1905. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 August 2014. Web. 17 January 2019. <>