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Att last came AUSTINE like a dreamyng dadd,
The serpent tickleth whome she list to sting,
Amongst the vaynes of variable joyes
I meane I founde that ravished thereby,
That some reporte contynually dyd ryng
I coulde not reade, but I must tune my words ;
Laugh nott, SWEETE QUEene, for I shall not be founde
And wonderfull it is that NEKOES mynde
as never seene so playuely to be pynde,
And lyke the swanne he soong before his deathe,
maye suffise to sheve that all oure lust At last will leave us yn the depthe of dust;
* I presume ticklish is here meant.
Yt serves to prove that no man synges so sweete,
Some spende muche tyme in learning sweete consents
At every spoute that stands about a towre
I dwell to longe in musickes copye holde,
The Poet proceeds to explain the vanities of extreme fondness for dancing, leapyng, and what he writes roonyng, vaulting, &c. He next proceeds to wrestlyng, where the Poem abruptly terminates, as he observes, “ for feare of horsincn."
The object throughout, seems to be to impress the idea so beautifully expressed by the elegant author of the celebrated Ode to Indifference ;
Bliss goes but to a certain bound;
The manuscript exhibits a beautiful specimen of penmanship; and wherever the Queen is immediately addressed, the letters are of gold.
TUIE following letter reveals what is not generally known, that a great part of the additions and corrections in the second edition of Wood's Athenæ Oxonienses were supplied by Dr. Tanner, the learned author of the Notitia Monastica.
It is copied from Archbishop Wake's manuscripts in the library of Christ Church, Oxford. See the Cracherode Copy in the library of the British Museum.
Febr. 22, 1719. May it please your Grace,
To accept of my most humble thauks for the hopes you are pleased to give me of helping my brother, when consistent with your former engagements. I must leave the manner to your Grace's pleasure; what I represented in niy last, I thought the better of, because I would not press for greater, and if it could be brought about, would settle bin in a competency to mine and his liking, with no mighty expense of prelerment.
I verily believe your Grace is misinformed that the new edition of Mr. Wood's Athena (xon. will have ali ile ill natured reflections