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horned beast, for it shewes thy confession. Wel then Jealousie thy wife, how were thy childre gotten forsooth it fortuned (as some poetical humor inspires me) that being vexed with a fever and passion of the spleen, thou wert, by the advice of wrath (the phisition in ordinary in thy houshold) let blood on the back of thy hand, in that vaine which is next the little finger, out of which having gathered much blood, Jealousie (that was still afraid of thee, and shunned thy company for feare in lubberlepping her thou shouldst press her to death) drunk up this corrupt excreinent fasting, and after one stollen kisse from thy mouth, fell in such sort a swelling, that within the space of one month, at one birth (now the devill blesse them) brought thee forth these sons as I orderly describe thē. The first by Sathan (his grandsire) was called Hare Vertue, or in words of more circumstance Sorrow for another mans good successe, who, after he had learnt to lie of Lucian, to flatter with Aristippus, and conjure of Zoroaster, wandred a while in Fraunce, Germanie, and Italy, to learn languages and fashions, and now of late daies is stolu into England to deprave all good deserving. And though this fiend be begotten of his fathers own blood, yet he is different frõ his nature, and were be not sure that Jealousie could not make him a cuckold, he had long since puba lished him for a bastard. You shall know him 5 " A MARGARITE OF AMERICA. 1596," This Tract is in the King's Library.

6. " A TREATISE OF THE PLAGUE, containing the Nature, Signes and Accidents of the same, with the certaine and absolute Cure of the Fevers, Botches and Carbuncles that raigne in these Times. And above all Things most singular Experiments and Preservatives in the same, gathered by the Observation of divers worthy Travailers, and selected out of the Writings of the best learned Phisitjans in this Age.

By Thomas Lodge, Doctor in Phisicke.

London. Printed for Edward White and N. L. 1603."

This Tract is in the British Museum.
7. “ CATHAROS.
DIOGENES IN HIS SINGULARITIE.

Wherein comprehended his merrie Baighting, fit for all Mens benefits Christened by him.

A Nettle for Nice Noses.
By T. L. of Lincolnes Inne, Gent.

At London Printed by William Haskins and John Darter, for John Busbie." No date.

This Tract is inscribed by the publisher, John Busbie, “ To the Ryght Worshipful, Syr John Hart, Knight."

There is a sort of Preface from " Diogenes to such are disposed to reade," which concludes in this facetious manner :

"If any of you reade and like, why then it likes te: if reade and dislike, yet it likes ine: for philosophie hath taught me to set as light by envie as flatterie. Greedines hath got up all the garden plots, and hardly have I a roome left to turn my tub round in: the best field flowers now fade, and better than nettles my lands will not affoord. They that list may take, the rest leave, and so I leave you. Every good meaners well-wisher,

DIOGENES."

The Tract itself is a Dialogue, in which the interlocutors are Diogenes, Philoplutos, and Cosmosophos. There is a considerable degree of wit in his work, but a strange confusion of time, circumstance and persons. Diogenes is made to quote Virgil, the Evangelist, and Saint Augustine,

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ROBERT GREENE.

THIS Author was exceedingly popular in his day, avd, his works are very voluminous, but no accurate account of them has ever yet appeared.

Wood mentions very few of them, and Ritson contents himself with saying, that he was a prolific Author. Many Collectors have thought that I shall render an acceptable service, by bringing together as many of his pieces as could be collected.

I lave accordingly consulted the Royal Library, the collection of the late Duke of Roxburgh, of Marquis Stafford, and of the Museum, from which collectively I give the following catalogue :

1. " THE MYRROUR OF MODESTIE.

Wherein it appeareth, as in a perfect glasse, howe the Lord delivereth the innocent from all imminent perils and plagueth the blood thirstie hypocrites with deserved punishments.

Shewing that the graie heads of dooting adulterers shall not go

with

peace neither shall the righteous be forsaken in the daie of trouble. By R. G. Maister of Artes.

Imprinted

into the grave,

Imprinted at London by Roger Warde, dwelling at the Signe of the Talbot, neere unto Holburne Conduit. 1584."

The reader will hardly guess that this is a protracted History of Susannah and the Elders. It seems to have been the first of the Author's productions, and written with a spirit very different from that which characterized many of his succeeding productions.

This Tract is in the Museuin, in black letter. 2. " EUPHUES CENSURE To PULAUTUS.

Wherein is presented a philosophical Combat between Hector and Achylles, discovering in foure Discourses, interlaced with diverse delightful Tragedies, the Vertues necessary to be incident in every Gentleman, had in question at the Siege of Troy, betwixt sondry Grecian and Troian Lords, especially debated to discover the perfection of a Souldier, containing Mirth to purge Melancholy, holsome Precepts to profit Manners, neither unsaverie to Youth for Delight, nor offensive to Age for Scurrilitie.

Ea habentur optima quæ et jucunda, honesta et utilia.

Robertus Greene in Artibus Magister. 1587.”

In the King's collection. It was again printed in 1634.

3. “ PANDOSTO. THE TRIUMPH OF TIME.

Wherein is discovered by a pleasant Historie, that although by the means of sinister Fortune,

Truth

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