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each particular day of the moon, as he who is born on the fourth day of the moon, tractatu regni erit, on the 17th, infelix erit, on the 26th, nec dives nec pauper erit, &c. the author descants on each particular day, in old English verse, as follows:

THE IIII DAY.

The mi day borne was Abell,
That day thou may boldely and well
All that thou wyll boldely begynne,
Out token dedys that long to syine,
That day is good a myll to bygge,
And after hedys of water to dygge,
To
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them and late them renne,
Better be feld and be fenne.
Whoso be borne that day without fayle,
He shall have a party travayle,
He shall be a party lectour,
But he shall suffer many a sharp shour,
He shall well over scape

all
And great rychesse hym shall be,
And greater well on that he dey.
Who so that daye do ony foly
Or any theft, and therefore fe,
Hastely founde shall he be.
Who so that day in sicknesse fall
Some day on wast he shall.
What thou thynkyst in thy dremynge,
It shall amende ne helpe no thynge.

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That day is good for every man I wys,
To passe the see with marchandys.
That day to let the blood,
So neyther moche evel ne good.

THE X DAY.

The x daye was born Noe.
What chyld so that daye borne be
He shall be recklesse I understonde,
And ron through many dyverse londe.
Who so that day fall in sicknesse,
He shall well-woo skeppe I gesse.
That day is good of other thynges
To bye and sell, and make wedynges,
To passe the see and letyn blood,
And all other thynges that ben good,
That thou wylt begynnyn then
To Goddes worshyp and help of man.
But what thou dremyst I tell the
It shall all turne into vanyte.

The thirtieth day concludes thus:

How have ye herde olde and yong,
Discryed many dyverse thyng
Of chafare, of dremys, of chyldren byrth,
Of bledyng, of wedyng, and other myrth,
And by our formest faders wyinesse.
But I warne you both more and lesse,
That

ye

be never the more bolde, For any thing that I have tolde.

After

After which follows this advertisement:

“And be for to sell in Saynt Martyns Parishe, at the sygne of Saynt John Evangelyst.”

The last page has the printer's mark; Two unicorns supporting a mantle twined round an arrow, on which are the initials R. F. above a female head. At the bottom is “Richard Fakes" at length.

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RURAL SPORTS.

THE British Museum possesses a volume which contains the following very rare, and not more rare than curious, tracts on the subject of Rural Sports.

1. A very ancient edition of the Book of St. Albans, by Juliana Barnes. The title

page

is wanting. It is in black letter.

At the end is, “ Imprinted at London, in Paules Church Yarde, at the sygne of the Lambé, by Abraham Vele.”

This edition is not mentioned by Ames. 2. “ A JEWELL FOR GENTRIE.

Being an exact Dictionary, or true Method to make any man understand all the Art, Secrets, and worthy Knowledges belonging to Hawking, Hunting, Fowling and Fishing Together with all the true Measures for winding the Horne.

Now newly published, and beautified with all the rarest experiments that are known and practised at this day.

Printed at London, for John Helme, and are to be sold at his shop, in St. Dunstanes Church Yard, in Fleet Street. 1614."

This is another edition of the former work, somewhat methodized and polished. B. L.

3. “The

3. "THE GENTLEMENS ACADEMIE, OR THE BookE OF S. ALBANS.

Containing Three most exact and excellent Bookes. The first of Hawking, the second of all the proper termes of Hunting, and the last of Armorie. All compiled by Juliana Barnes, in the Yere from the Incarnation of Christ 1486, and now reduced into a better method, by G. M.

London. Printed for Humfrey Lownes, and are to be sold at his Shop, in Paules Church Yard. 1595."

G. M. I presume iş Gervase, or, as it is sometimes written, Jervase Markham. The Book of Armorie, at p. 41, seems to have been printed by a different person afterwards. The first part has no printer's name; the second has that of Valentine Sims.

4.“ How To CHUSE, RIDE, TRAINE, AND DİET BOTH HUNTING HORSES AND RUNNING HORSES

With all the Secrets thereto belonging discovered ; an Arte never heere-to-fore written by

any Authour.

Also a Discourse of Horsmanship, wherein the breeding and ryding of Horses for service in a briefe Manner is more methodically sette downe then hath beene heeretofore, with a more easie and direct Course for the Ignorant to attaine to the sayd Arte or Knowledge

Together

VOL. II.

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