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Chor. Which are three-
Three times three
By the Stygian lake !
At which ghosts quake !
His productions were printed by himself, with the arrogant
title of “ Poesis Redeviva : or POESIE REVIV'D,” 1656, Ilmo. How far this rhyming physician promoted the revival of the Muses, will best appear by the following specimen.
On a retired Lady.
SPRING of beauty, mine of pleasure,
Virtue and vice
The Sun's as fair, as bright as you,
The Wind and Rain
* * * * *
Ceruse nor Stibium can prevail,
SIR JOHN MENNIS, AND
These gentlemen were joint authors of a 12mo. volume, twice
published, in 1655 and 1656, under the title of “ Musarum Deliciæ,” from whence the subsequent fanciful little poem
is extracted. The former was born in 1598, and died in 1670, Having
studied at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, for some years, he became equally remarkable for the versatility of his talents, and the variety of his occupations. We find him successively a militia officer, commander of a troop of horse, captain of a ship, vice admiral, governor of Dover castle, and chief comptroller of the navy. Besides being a great traveller, and singularly well versed in marine affairs, and ship building, Wood tells us he was “ an honest “and stout man, generous and religious, and well skilled in « physic and chemistry.” To complete all, he was “poa tically given," and is said not only to have assisted Suckling in his compositions, but to have ridiculed him and his rupaway troop in a well-known ballad. (Vide Percys
Vol. II. p. $27, 4th edit.) Smith was born about 1604, educated at Christ Church and
Lincoln Colleges, in Oxford ; afterwards naval and military chaplain to H. earl of Holland, and domestic chaplain to Tho. earl of Cleveland ; and amongst other preferments, on his Majesty's return, became canon and chauntor in Exeter cathedral. In 1661 he was created D.D. and
died in 1667. Wood informs us he was much in esteem“ with the poetical
“ wits of that time, particularly with Philip Massinger,
« wbo call’d him his son." In " Wit restored,” a miscellany already quoted, many of
his pieces are to be met with.
King Oberon's Apparel.
[From 78 lines.]
When the monthly-horned queen
Then did the dwarfish fairy elves
A rich waistcoat they did bring Made of the trout-Aly's gilded wing.