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singularities, which the more curious collectors of Old English Poetry and Literature may desire to know.
The first edition has these lines in the Title Page, which do not appear in the subsequent ones :
A hundreth good pointes of good husbandry,
The original letter from the author, “To the right honourable, and my speciall good Lord and Maister, the Lord Paget,” differs so exceedingly in the subsequent editions, that the curious reader will not be displeased at seeing it as it was first printed.
The truth doth teache that tyme must serve
My serving you thus understande,
But synce I was at Cambridge tought,
My musike synce hath been the plough,
Variations from the above, in subsequent editions.
Most rash to judge, most often blind;
As therefore troth in time shall crave,
L. 3. Ed. 1. Such homely gift of your own man.
Ed. 2. Such homelie gift of me your man.
L. 1. Ed. 1. So syrice I was at Cambridge tought.
Ed. 2. Since being once at Cambridge taught
Ed. 2. Such care I had to serve that way.
Ed. 2. When joy gan slake then made I change. L. 6. Ed. 1. Expulsed myrth, &c.
Ed. 2. Expelled myrth, &c.
No man I crave to judge but youk
I crave it judged be by you.
It will hardly be necessary to point out to the reader that the first eighteen lines are an Acrostic, and form the words THOMAS TUSSER MADE ME.
Seaven Bookes of the Shades of Homcre, Prince
of Poets. Translated according to the Greeke, in Judge
ment of his best Commentaries, by George
Chapman, Gent. fc. London. Printed by John Windet, and are to
be solde at the Sign of the Crosse Keyes, neare Paules Wharffe. 1592.
MÝ Only motive for making mention of this book, so well known to the collectors and readers of old English Poetry, is to observe that the Museum Copy belonged to Ben Jonson, and has his autograph,
« Sum Ben Jonsonil." in the Title Page.
Of the Dramatic performances of this writer, I have before given an account in a former volume. He was also the author of the Poetical Tract hereafter described, as well as of a Collection
of Tales or Jests. Both the last are of extraordinary rarity. I know of no other copy of the first, but that which belongs to the Musuem. For the means of describing the second, which I shall do hereafter, I am indebted to Mr. George Nicol, who is always prompt and zealous to forward any undertaking which has the benefit of literature, or the gratification of the curious, in view.
The subject of the tract next described, is so popular in itself, and so patriotic in its tendency, that I have, without scruple, subjoined the whole of the introductory part.
On the back of the Title Page are the arms of
There is also this motto: “Semper eadein.” Beneath are these lines :
Gallia victa dedit fores, invicta leones,
Anglia jus belli in flore leone suum.
Inclyta Gallorum flore Leone suo.