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AN OULD FACIONED LOVE.
From the same curious volume, belonging to Sion College, I am enabled to give an account of the following very rare tract:
“An OULD FACIONED LOVE, or a Love of the Ould Facion. By T. T. Gent.
At London. Printed by P. S. for William Mattes, dwelling in fleetstrete, at the signe of the Hand and Plough. 1594.”
This Poem is inscribed to the Author's "Worshipfull and singular good friend Mistres Ann Robertes.
The Poem commences thus :
Countries delight, sweet Phillis, beutes pride,
When once my mother set me flockes to keepe,
No skil in beauty, on love I never thought,
In threatned stormes to lead them to the lee,
To sing in time, as sometimes shepards use,
The reader will easily suppose I have not given the above specimen, but as a literary curiosity. It obviously has little merit as a Poem.
LAMENTATION OF TROY.
The same curious volume, from which the above two articles are described, contains also the following, of no less rarity and value.
" THE LAMENTATION OF TROY FOR THE DEATH OF HECTOR."
This Poem is dedicated To the Right Honorable Sir Peregrin Bartue, Knight, Lord of Willoughby and Earsby, and signed by the Author I. O.
The following is a specimen :
Lo here the teares and sad complaint for her,
Yet for hirselfe doth Ilion not mone,
Sweet sacred muses, you whose gentle eares
Now rest your selves, your ayde I not implore,
Nor can I crave upon your blubbered cheeks,
I saw your tears, and pittifull wamentings,
Good-naturde nymphs you are too milde for me:
Furies and frensies are fit companie
THIS Author, a Professor of Civil Law, was much esteemed in his day, and published many valuable works. He has, however, never been noticed as a Poet; but that he deserves to be so, will sufficiently appear from the following description and specimen of a curious little volume, which I believe to be unique, and which has been lent me by Mr. Thomas Payne, of the Mews Gate, whom I have invariably found prompt to assist the cause of literature.
“ THE DOVE,
Or, Passages of Cosmography, by Richard Zouche, Civillian of New College, in Oxford.
London. Printed for George Norton, and are to be sould at his shop under the Black Bulle, neere Temple Barre. 1613."
The work is dedicated To the most noble and worthily honoured Edward Law Zouche, St. Maur and Cantelupe of his Majesties Privie Counsell.
The Poem is a concise geographical description of three quarters of the world, Asia, Africa, and Europe, in the manner of Dionysius. The following is the Author's Picture of Great Brittaine :
Great Brittaine shadow of the starry sphear's
Selfe viewing beauties true presented grace,
Like the rich Croisade on th' imperiall ball,
Bounded within the watry firmament,
Whose euer mouing streames about it role,
Betwixt her riuers Zone-dividing lines,
Auon and Twede her tropicks, Zodiack wise
Thames, as th' equator, doth more eeuen runne,
Maiesticke Sonne, long may thy kinde aspect
Beyond all enuy, as without defect,
Till passing from our teare bedewed eyes,
Too soone our Julian Sturre late prince of light,