John Danyel or John Daniel (Baptized 6 November 1564 – c. 1626) was an English lute player and songwriter. He was born in Wellow, Somerset, and was the younger brother of poet Samuel Daniel. His surviving works include "Coy Daphne Fled", about the nymph Daphne and her fate, and "Like as the lute delights".

Sample lyrics from "Like as the lute delights":

Like as the lute delights, or else dislikes,
As is his art that plays upon the same;
So sounds my muse, according as she strikes
On my heart strings, high-tuned unto her fame.

Daniel held some offices at court, and was the author of Songs for the Lute, Viol and Voice (1606).[1][2]


  • Sadie, S. (ed.) (1980) The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, [vol. # 5].


  1. ^ Spring, Matthew (2006). The Lute in Britain: A History of the Instrument and Its Music. Oxford University Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-19-518838-7.
  2. ^ Price, David C. (1981). Patrons and musicians of the English Renaissance. Cambridge University Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-521-22806-0.

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