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Whom she detracteth, be he hye or low,
66 ANNALIA DUBRENSIA.
UPON the yeerely celebration of Mr. Robert Dovers Olimpick Gaines upon Cotswold Hills.
Written by MICHAEL DRAYTON, Esq. CAPTAINE MENESE, John TRUSSELL, Gent. Joun TRUSSELL, Gent. WILLIAM DURHAM, Oxen. WILLIAM COLE, Gent. WILLIAM Denny, Esq. FERRIMAN RUTTER, Oxon. THOMAS RANDALL, Cant. John STRATFORD, Gent. Ben JOHNSON,
Thomas SANFORD, Gent. John Dovor, Gent.
Robert Griffin, Gent. OWEN FELTHAM, Gent. Robert DURHAM, Oxon. FRANCIS YzOD, Gent. A SIRINX, Oxon. NICHOLAS WALLINGTON, JOHN Monson. Esq. Ox.
WALTER POOLE, Gent. JOHN BALLARD, Oxon. RICHARD WELLS, Oxon. TIMOTHY OGLE, Gent. WILLIAM FORTH, Esq. WILLIAM AMBROSE, Oxon. SHACH. MARMYON, Gent. WILLIAM BELLAS, Gent. R. N. THOMAS COLE, Oxon. THOMAS HEYWOOD, Gent. WILLIAM BOSSE,
London. Printed by Robert Raworth, for Mathewe Walbancke. 1636.”
This is one of the most rare of our English Poetical Tracts. The writers were all persons of greater or less consideration in their day: but that I may not extend this part of my work to undue limits, I subjoin, without any particular choice, a specimen of but one of their perform
“ To my noble Friend, Mr. Robert Dover, on his brave Annual Assemblies upon Cotswold.
Dover to doe thee right who will not strive
run, Wee'l have thy statue in some rocke cut out, With brave inscriptions gainished about,
And under written, loe this was the man,
ANE TREATISE, CALLIT THE COURT OF
VENUS, devidit into four Buikes, newlie com
pylit by Johnne Rolland, in Dalkeith. Imprinted at Edinburgh be Jolinne Ros.
Cum Privilegio Regali.
THIS is in itself a most curious book, and this edition of extraordinary rarity. The fol. lowing extract may induce the more inquisitive reader to examine the work itself.
Wa worth the time that ever I him saw,
I was to hait sa sone for to complaine,
Now will ilkane hold me abhominabill,
THIS Poetical writer is not mentioned by Ritson, but was the author of the following work: " MISCELLANEA,
MEDITATIONS MEJIORATIVES, by Elizabeth Grymeston.
Non est rectum quod a Deo non est directum.
London. Printed by Melch. Bradwood, for Folice Norton. 1604."
This is a very rare and curious work. It is dedicated to the author's “Loving Sonne, Bernye Grymeston," and is a miscellaneous composition of verse and prose.
The poetry is indifferent enough, but among the Memoratives at the end are some maxims, as good and judicious as any to be met with in Rochefoucault, or Bruyere. As for example:
“The darts of lust are the eyes, and therefore fix not thy eye on that which thou mayst not desire.
There is no moment of time spent which thou art not countable for, and therefore, when thou hearest the clocke strike, think there is now another houre come, whereof thou art to yeeld a reckoning