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Plus esitare dum paro,
En cerno forte araneum,
Nigerrimum, fædissimum
Inter placentas : proh scelus
Glutiverim an quicquam illius
Sum nescius, sed hoc scio,
Lautos cibos et pemmata
Quandoque habere tristia,
Et condimenta noxia.


Skeltonus gravidam reddebat forte puellam,

Insigni forma quæ peperit puerum.
Illico multorum fama hæc pervenit ad aures

Esse patrem nato sacrificum puero.
Skeltonum facti non pænitet, aut pudet; ædes

Ad sacras festo sed venit ipse die; Pulpita conscendit, facturus verba popello,

Inque hæc prorupit dicta vir ille bonus :
Quid vos, oh scurræ, capit admiratio tanta ?

Non sunt eunuchi, credite, sacrifici.
O stolidi, vitulum num me genuisse putatis.

Non genui vitulum, sed lepidum puerum.
Sique meis verbis non creditis, en puer, inquit,

Atque e suggesto protulit ac abijt.

The above humourous anecdote is also related in Skelton's Jests, a book so very scarce, that I never heard of but one copy, which is in the possession of Mr. Heber.

This copy of Parkhurst, in the possession of Mr. Douce, was given by the author to “Thomas Buttes,” who has written in it the following curious Acrostic on his own name:

T-he longer lyfe that man on earth enjoyes,
H-is God so much the more hee dooth offende ;
O-ffending God, no doubt, mannes soule destroyes ;
M-annes soule destroyed, his torments have no ende,
A-nd endles torments sinners must endure,
S-ith synne Gods wrath agaynst us doth procure.

B-eware, therefore, O wretched sinfull Wight
U-se well thy toongue, doo well, think not amysse;
T-o God praye thou to guyde thee by his spright,
T-hat thou mayest treade the path of perfect blisse.
E-mbrace thou Christe, by faythe and fervent love,
S-o shalt thou reyne with hym in heaven above.

Thomas Buttes

havyng the first letter of everie lyne begynnyng with a letter of his name.

The reader who wishes for farther particulars of Parkhurst and his book, may consult Herbert's Ames, vol. 1. P.

656. Warton's History of English Poetry, vol. III.

P. 432.

Wood's Athena Oxonienses, vol. 1. p. 179.

Parkhurst's work is also quoted in Boys's tenth Sermon after Trinity, p. 447.



THIS personage adds another name to the Catalogue of English Poets. I do not find him any where mentioned, and yet he was the author of other productions than this about to be described. At least it may be so presumed from the following stanza in the commencement of this


What hath bewitched late thy powers,

Whiche thou wast wont to use,
Or where is now becom the fruite

Of thy acquainted muse.

I give the title page of this poem.

" A BRIEFE DISCOURSE OF THE LYFE AND DEATH OF THE LATE RIGHT HIGH AND HONORABLE SIR WILLIAM PAWLET, Knight, Lord Saint John, Erle of Wilshire, Marques of Winchester, Knight of the honorable Order of the Garter, one of the Queenes Majesties Privie Counsel, and Lorde Highe Treasurer of Englande.

Which deceased the tenth day of Marche, Anno 1571, and was buried at Basing the 28 day of Aprill. Anno. MDLXXII.


Printed at London by Richard Johnes.

Anno 1572."


I am content to bend my pen,

In rurall ryme to paynte
The tale that thou haste toulde to me,

And of thy hevy playnt ;

And wyll denie in hermonie

Contention for to make;
I bet the playne songe, no whit els

To pricke do undertake.

To set in partes the learned must,

That art can rightly use,
And let them descant who so list,

That my good wyll refuse.

Thou toldest me of his vertuous lyfe

A tale both long and wyse,
And how that God preserved hym

In many an enterprise.

How styll by friendship he dyd seeke

His foes his friends to make;
And their redoubled shames came on,
As they dyd brew to bake.

&c. &c.



PERHAPS there does not exist in the circle of English Literature a rarer book than this which I am about to describe. It is quoted no where but by Isaac Walton, in his Complete Angler, where it is ascribed to Jo. Davors, esq. Of this person I can no where find any account. He has even escaped the indefatigable penetration and industry of Ritson. The book is so rare that Sir John Hawkins confesses he could never procure a sight of it.

My friend Mr. Douce had given me the opportunity of describing it, when I afterwards found a less perfect copy in the British Museum.



By J.

The choicest tooles, baits and seasons for the taking of any fish, in pond or river, practised, and fạmiliarly opened in three Bookes. V. Esquire.

Augmented with many approved experiments, by W. Lauson.

London. Printed by T. H. for John Harison, and are to be sold by Francis Coles, at his Shop in the Old Bayly. 1652.”


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