Page images

This Poem has been reprinted by Pinkerton.

Pinkerton says the Authoress was not the Mother of Colvill the Poet. Ritson makes it clear, that she was from Douglases Peerage. p. 146.

The first edition was printed at Edinburgh, 1603.


AS this personage has been frequently confounded with Sir John Davies, and the works of the one erroneously ascribed to the other, I mention him here, and give a place to the following work of his, which I have no where


The period at which it was written, and the scarcity of the tract, seem to justify a specific account and extract.

'« Humours Heavn on Earthi,

The Civili Warres of Death and Fortune,

As also
The Triumph of Death,


The Picture of the Plague, according to the Life, as it was in Anno Domini 1603.

By:John Davies, of Hereford.

'tis a sacred kind of excellence
That hides a rich truth iņ a tales pretence.

Printed at London, by A. T. 1605."

The Poem is dedicated “ To the Right Noble Algernon, Lord Percy, Sonne and Heire Apparen. to the Right Honorable Henry, Earle of Northumberland.”

The author was a Writing Master, who calls the Ladie Dorothie and Ladie Lucy Percies, hiş pupils,

The following short extract may sufíce.




Epithymus the wanton on his crowne
A crowne of roses wore lasciviously,
A falling band of cutworke richly sowne,
Did his broad shoulders quite ore-canopy;
A waste-coate wrought with floures as they had growne,
lo coloured silke lay open to the eie ;
And as his bosome was uņbuttoned quite,

} So were his points untrussť for ends too light.

His doublet was carnation cut with greene'
Rich taffetae quite through in ample cuttes.
That so his wastcoate might ech where be seene,
When lusty dames should eie this lusty guttes,
And many favours hung the cuttes betweene,
And many more more light in then he shuttes ;
So that a vacant place was hardly found,
About this fancy so well favourd round.

[ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]

This Poet must have had respectable connections: at the end of the performance is a Copy of Verses, addressed to “The good Knight and my much honoured Scholler, Sir Philip Carey."

There is also another, “ To my worthy and worthily beloved Scholler, Thomas Bodenham, Esquier, Sonne and Heire Apparent of Sir Roger Bodenham, of Rotherves, Knight of the Bathe.”

The verses to this plast personaget have the following most singular subscription. Yours as whats most yours,



THIS Writer is introduced by Ritson in his Catalogue of English Poets; but I know of no other copy of this performance but that which is in the British Museum.


“ The Travayled Pylgrim, bringing Newes from all Partes of the Worlde, such like scarce bard of before.


Seene and allowed according to the order appointed.

Anno Domini.

1569.The Poem, such as it is, is dedicated to “ The Right Worshipfull Sir William Damsell, Knight, Receyver Generall of the Queenes Majesties Court of Wardes and Lyveries."

It is printed in black letter, and embellished by a great number of engravings on wood.

The first chapter or section will serve as a specimen as well as any other.

The mightye Jove celestiall, when first he tooke in hand · That Cuaos huge, he made to fall, and formed so a

land, Wherein he set and created all things as now we see. First beasts, then mā which he prepard their governor

to bee, And named him in Eden grounde Adam, that name he

gave, Where nothing then could him confound till he a mate

did crave. She Eve hight, a woman kinde when he awakt liir sawe As Innocents no sinne did minde till Sathan wrought

their awe. That woman first she did consent, the apple for to proove, Wherby the Serpent did invent all joyes from them to

moove. For their offence they were exilde out of that pleasaunt

place; And Earth accursed forth did yealde the crabbed thorne a space. , H 3


The Earth then fayné were they, to tili, still laboring the

ground; Thus Sattans drifts then thought to spill, he gave that

deadly wound, Although that AdaM did offend, yet God so shewde his

grace, ' A newe ÁDÁM he after sent, which did all sinne deface; Such minde hath God alwayės to those that joyes his

lawes to loove, And such as are his mortall foes, with plagues he doth

them proove;

As PHARAO, that cruell king, which did so sore oppresse The Israelites above all thing, and would not them

release. It were to long all to recite, I minde them to foregoe. The swallow swift, once taken fight, then Auster

straight doth bloe With nipping showres and frosts so colde, few may it long

endure. But that once past, then doth unfold the sweete and

pleasant showre, Whereby all things do spring and grow with sweet smell,

most sweete; Till Hyems force himself doth showe the Pisces joyes in deepe.

&c. &c.

« PreviousContinue »