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of the sun we see
Great is the calm, for every where
The mavis and the philomeen,
The glomin 5 comes, the day is spent,
The scarlet nor the golden thread,
1 Smoke.- - Thrush and nightingale. —3 Wood-pigeons.4 A very expressive word for the note of the cushat, or woodpigeon.--5 Evening.
What pleasure then to walk and see,
The salmon out of cruives? and creels,
O sure it were a seemly thing,
Through all the land great is the gild 6
All labourers draw hame at even,
:- Places for confining fish, generally placed in the dam of a river.-3 Baskets.--4 Small boats or yawls.-5 Wells.• Throug.- Who.
BORN 1558.-DIED ABOUT 1600.
THOMAS Nash was born at Lowenstoffe in Suffolk, was bred at Cambridge, and closed a calamitous life of authorship at the age of forty-two. Dr. Beloe" has given a list of his works, and Mr. D'Israeli an account of his shifts and miseries. Adversity seems to have whetted his genius, as his most tolerable verses are those which describe his own despair; and in the midst of his woes, he exposed to just derision the profound fooleries of the astrologer Harvey, who, in the year 1582, had thrown the whole kingdom into consternation by his predictions of the probable effects of the junction of Jupiter and Saturn. Drayton, in his Epistle of Poets and Poesy, says of him
Sharply satyric was he, and that way
From the allusion which he makes in the following quotation to Sir P. Sydney's compassion, before the introduction of the following lines, it may be conjectured that he had experienced the bounty of that noble character.
· Anecdotes of Scarce Books.--2 Calamities of Authors.
DESPAIR OF A POOR SCHOLAR,
FROM PIERCE PENNILESS.
Why is't damnation to despair and die,
Ah, worthless wit ! to train me to this woe :
Forgive me, God, although I curse my birth,
Without redress complains my careless verse,
groan, England, adieu! the soil that brought me forth, Adieu ! unkind, where skill is nothing worth.
EARL OF OXFORD.
BORN 1534.-DIED 1604.
This nobleman sat as Great Chamberlain of England
upon the trial of Mary Queen of Scots. In the year of the armada he distinguished his public spirit by fitting out some ships at his private cost. He had travelled in Italy in his youth, and is said to have returned the most accomplished coxcomb of his age. The story of his quarrel with Sir Philip Sydney, as it is related by Collins, gives us a most unfavourable idea of his manners and temper, and shews to what a height the claims of aristocratical privilege were at that time carried. Some still
· The Earl of Oxford being one day in the tennis-court with Sir Philip Sydney, on some offence which he had taken, ordered him to leave the room, and, on his refusal, gave him the epithet of a puppy. Sir Philip retorted the lie on his lordship; and left the place, expecting to be followed by the peer. But Lord Oxford neither followed him nor noticed his quarrel, till her Majesty's council had time to command the peace. The queen interfered, reminding Sir Philip of the difference between “ earls and gentlemen,” and of the respect which inferiors owed their superiors. Sydney, boldly but respectfully, stated to her majesty, that rank among freemen could claim no other homage than precedency, and did not obey her commands to make submission to Oxford. For a fuller statement of this anecdote, vide the quotation from Collins, in the British Bibliographer, vol. i. p. 83.