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that was, 200 years after, exhibited in the same country, namely Spain. A Spanish queen, insti. gated by an usurper, falsely proclaims her own son to be a bastard.
Prince Philip is a bastard born ;
Lust's Dom. Sc. iv. Act 3.
Compare this avowal with the confession which Bonaparte either obtained, or pretended to have obtained, from the mother of Ferdinand VII. in 1808, and one might almost imagine that he had consulted Marlowe's tragedy.
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE.
And we will sit upon the rocks,
Melodious birds sing madrigals.
And I will make thee beds of roses,
A gown made of the finest wool,
A belt of straw and ivy budsa
The shepherd swains shall dance and sing,
Is said to have been descended from an ancient and respectable family in Norfolk, and being sent abroad for his education, became a jesuit at Rome. He was appointed prefect of studies there in 1585, and, not long after, was sent as a missionary into England. His chief residence was with Anne, Countess of Arundel, who died in the Tower of London. Southwell was apprehended in July 1592, and carried before Queen Elizabeth's agents, who endeavoured to extort from him some disclosure of secret conspiracies against the government; but he was cautious at his examination, and declined answering a number of ensnaring questions. Upon which, being sent to prison, he remained near three years in strict confinement, was repeatedly put upon the rack, and, as he himself affirmed, underwent very severe tortures no less than ten times. He owned that he was a priest and a jesuit, that he came into England to preach the Catholic religion, and was prepared to lay down his life in the cause. On the 20th of February, 1595, he was brought to his trial at the King's Bench, was condemned to die, and was executed the next day, at Tyburn. His writings, of which a numerous list is given in the 67th volume of the Gentleman's Magazine, together with the preceding sketch of his life, were probably at one time popular among the Catholics. In a small collection of his pieces there are two specimens of his prose compositions, entitled “ Mary Magdalene's Tears," and the “ Triumph over Death,” which contain some eloquent sentences. Nor is it possible to read the volume without lamenting that its author should have been either the in. strument of bigotry, or the object of persecution.
LOVE'S SERVILE LOT.
Love mistress is of many minds,
The will she robbeth from the wit,
May never was the month of love;
With soothing words inthralled souls
Her little sweet hath many sours,
Like winter rose, and summer ice,
Before her hope, behind remorse,
Plough not the seas, sow not the sands,
Retiren thoughts enjoy their own delights,
The mind a creature is, yet can create,
Man's soul of endless beauties image is,