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Too soone expir’d, ô worthy long to proue
And faire Elisa midst the glistering crew,
For Latmus shade, doth spend her precious houres
Yet like those glistring emblems neare the pole,
And Brittaines chariot as the Northern wayne,
A stately burs, built in the Western strand,
So whilst the glorious Day star shines more bright,
Sweet-seated Sals-bury Wilshyres ornament,
But that it doth more firm and surely stand,
Bathe, fairely built, throughout the world is knowne For her most wholesome strength repayring springs, But she which hath so strange effects oft showne, With ill successe did lend her founder wings:
Poore worme-like creeping men she might restore: Ne'er make them borne to goe, like birds to soare.
Bristow, the marchants magazin, enclos'd
Viewing her verdant marsh, may well disdaine
Old Winchester, the auncient seate of kings
Where worthy Wicchams children now maintaine
Oxford by Isis crystall streames confind,
But eyther of these thrice illustrious eyes,
As that true ensigne of th' Almighties loue,
astonished doth moue To wonder at such strange varietie:
Rain-bow, resembling London, Englands blisse,
THE following work by this ancient English Poet is incorrectly mentioned by Ritson. The copy from which my account is taken is in the valuable Collection of the Lishop of Rochester. “ PARTHENOPHIL
PARTHENOPHE. Sonnettes, Madrigals, Elegies and Odes.
To the Right Noble and Vertuous Gentleman M. William Percy, Esquier, his deerest friend."
The Printer's name, and date of the book are torn off, but on the next leaf there is
" To the learned Gentlemen Readers, The Printer,” in which address is the date of “ May, , 1593."
These sonnettes, Madrigals, &c. are comprehended in 146 pages, to which are subjoined, in manuscript, pages 147, 148, 149, 150; and the following six printed Sonnets, viz. To Henry, Earle of Northumberland; Roberte, Earle of Essex; Henry, Earle of Southampton; Marie, Countesse of Pembrooke; the Lady Straunge ; and the Lady Brigett Manners; to the last of which, is this subscription:
“ Your Bewties most affectionate servant,
Then Then follows " A Table for to finde the Sonnettes, Madrigalles, &c."
In the Sonnet to the Earl of Northumberland, the Author represents his Muse“ blushing at her first entrance."
In the Sonnet to the Earl of Essex, he calls his work “his First borne Babe," and makes similar allusions in the Sonnets to the other noble personages
above specified. It will be seen, by referring to Ritson's Biographia Poetica, that Barnes, at least according to Ritson's account, had published nothing so early as this work. Ritson knew nothing of this performance, neither is it mentioned by Antony Wood, nor indeed do I know where another copy is to be found.
I select a Sonnet, by way of specimen, from p. 45. It is inscribed “Sonnet Lxvi.” and is addressed to Content.
Ah sweet Content where is thy mylde abode?
Is it with shepheards and light harted swaynes,
Ah sweet Content, where doest thou safely rest?
In heaven with angels, which the prayses sing
Ah sweet Content, where doth thine harbour hold?
Is it in churches with religious men,
And in their studies meditate it then.
Many of these Sonnets, as remarked before, are inscribed to the most distinguished personages of the time ; for example, “ To Henry, Earle of Southampton; The most vertuous, learned and bewtifull Ladie Marie, Countesse of Pembrooke; To the right vertuous and most bewtifull Lady, the Lady Straunge; The Lady Brigett Manners.”
TUSS E R.
A Hundreth good Pointes of Husbandries. Imprinted at London, in Flete Strete, within
Temple Barre, at the Signe of the Hand and Sturre, by Richard Titler, the Third Day of February. An. 1557.
I MENTIONED in my first volume the extreme rarity of this edition, of which the Museuni copy is the only one I have ever seen. On farther examination, it appears to contain some 6