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HODSON, WILLIAM (fl. 1640), theological writer, was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. in 1620, M.A. in 1624 (University Register). In 1625 he published, as by ‘Will. Hodgson Mag. in Art. Cantab.,’ a curious poem entitled ‘The Plvrisie of Sorrovv let Blood in the Eye-Veine; or the Muses Teares for the Death of our late Soueraigne Iames King of England,’ 4to, London. His next work was a theological treatise in English on the woman who anointed Christ's feet, called ‘Sancta Peccatrix,’ 12mo [Cambridge, 1630?]. William Wimpew, vicar of Tottenham, Middlesex, addressed the author in some verses at the end of the book as ‘his noble friend and worthy parishioner W. H.’ Hodson also wrote: 1. ‘Credo Resurrectionem Carnis. A Tractate on the Eleventh Article of the Apostles Creed, exactly revised and enlarged’ (2nd edition), 24mo, Cambridge printed, London, 1636, with Hodson's portrait prefixed. 2. ‘The Divine Cosmographer; or a brief Survey of the whole World, delineated in a Tractate on the VIII. Psalme,’ 12mo, Cambridge, 1640.

[Cole's Athenæ Cantabr. (Addit. MS. 5871, f. 17); Granger's Biog. Hist. of England (6th edit.), ii. 317–18; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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