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was an English Protestant poet, dramatist, and composer.
Hunnis was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal
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to Edward VI
Edward VI was the King of England and Ireland from 28 January 1547 until his death. He was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine. The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty and England's first monarch who was raised as a Protestant...
, but was imprisoned during the reign of Mary
Mary I was queen regnant of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death.She was the only surviving child born of the ill-fated marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Her younger half-brother, Edward VI, succeeded Henry in 1547...
for plotting against her regime and narrowly escaped execution. After the accession of Elizabeth
Elizabeth I was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty...
he was released, and, in 1566, made "master of the children" of the Chapel Royal.
His literary works include metrical versions of the Psalms, as well as some volumes of verse, including A Hiveful of Honey
, and A Handful of Honisuckles
His most famous musical compositions are found in a compilation, Seven Sobs of a Sorrowfull Soule for Sinne
, which includes A Handful of Honisuckles
. Those parts of the compilation which are musical are in a devotional style, and all his music in that collection consists of single-line tunes. Some of his work is for solo voice and viol
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s, for example a setting of his own poem "In terrors trapp'd".