Henry Charles Beeching
(15 May 1859
- 1919) was an English clergyman, author and poet. He was educated at the City of London School
and at Balliol College, Oxford
. He took holy orders in 1882, and began work in a Liverpool
parish. He later became Dean of Norwich
. He gave the Clark Lecture
in 1900 on The history of lyrical poetry in England
. He wrote a book on Francis Atterbury
To him is attributed the popular epigram on Benjamin Jowett:
- First come I; my name is Jowett.
- There's no knowledge but I know it.
- I am master of this college:
- What I don't know isn't knowledge.
This is the first verse of The Masque of B-ll--l (1880), a scurrilous undergraduate production in 40 verses satirising Balliol figures. It was suppressed at the time; later research has given Beeching credit for 19 of those.