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By those sweet cheekes where loue incamped lies,
leaue to arme thy louely browes with scorue, The birds their beake, the lion hath his taile : And louers nought but sighs and bitter mourne, The spotlesse fort of fancie to assaile.
Oh Rosalind, then be thou pitifull,
A blithe and bonny country lasse,
When as the wanton wench espide,
The swayne that saw her squint eide kind,
The country Kit said well forsooth,
If that be all, the shepheard said,
And God send euery pretty peate,
I HAVE by no means exhausted the subject of rare Poetical Tracts, which are to be found, either in the Museum, or in the Collections of my friends; but wishing to exhibit to the reader as various amusement as possible, I shall close
of my work with a brief description of some rarer Epigrammatic productions of the earliest period.
1. " THE LETTING OF HUMORS BLOOD IN THE HEAD-VAINE, with a New Morissco, daunced by Seven Satyres upon the bottom of Diogenes Tubbe.
Imprinted at London, by W. White. 1611."
This must have been a very popular work in its day, as there were several editions of it under various titles. The author was Samuel Rowlands.
The following specimen `shows how much Tarlton was praised and followed for his performance of the Clown's part.
When Tarlton clown'd it in a pleasant vaine,
But now the're gulled, for present fashion sayes,
Alas, Delfridus keepes his bed, God knower,
" THE MOUSE TRAP
Uni si possim placere sat est.
Printed at London, for F. B. dwelling at the Flower de Luce and Crowne, in Pauls Church Yard. 1606."
This collection of Epigrams, is not mentioned by Warton. It is inscribed by the author “To his no little respected Friend, little John Buck, I dedicated this my little."
Brutus, that brave and compleat Cavalier,
Who thus of late in Fleet Street flourished, Thought then no pleasure or expence too deare;
But see how soon the case is altered, As that constrained to divide the streete,
He now betakes himselfe unto the Fleete.
Faunus for feates of fencing beares the bell,
For skill in musick on each instrument, For dancing, carving, and discoursing well,
With other sundry gifts more excellent; But striving still to make his credit stronger,
The taylor will not trust him any longer.
Persuade Hot Romulus to take a wife,
Who is to wedlock sworne an enemie, And ever vowes to lead a single life,
Which he accompts most honest purity. Besides a thousand reasons that constraines him, Amongst the rest, a marchants wife maintains him.
Paulus, a pamphlet doth in proze present,
Unto his Lord, “ The Frutes of idle Time," Who far more carelesse then therewith content,
Wished he would convert it into rime,