William Browne (1590?â€‘1645?) was an English poet, born at Tavistock, educated at Oxford, after which he entered the Inner Temple.
His poems, which are mainly descriptive, are rich and flowing, and true to the phenomena of nature, but deficient in interest. Influenced by Spenser, he in turn had an influence upon such poets as Milton and Keats. His chief works were Britannia's Pastorals (1613), and The Shepheard's Pipe (1614).