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THIS Old English Poet is mentioned by Ritson; but I never saw any specimen of his performance, and know of no other copy of the work below described, but that in the Britisha Museum.
“ The Labyrinth
Vertues Delyght and Envies Opposite,
By Jo. Norden.
Virtus abunde sui est premium quicunque sequatur Eventus.
Printed at London, for John Badge, and are to be sold at the Great South Doore of Paules, and at Brittaines Bursse. 1614.”
It is dedicated to "the Right Honourable Sir Robert Carr, Knight, Baron of Branspeth, Vicounte Rochester, Earle of Somersett, of His Majesties most honorable Privie Counsell, Knight of the most noble Order of the Garter, and Lord High Treasurer of Scotland.”
The dedication is in that style of fulsome panegyric, which distinguished and disgraced similar addresses at this period of our history, H 4
and was perhaps never more misapplied. Several complimentary verses to the author are prefixed.
The following is as favorable a specimen of the Author's talents as can be given:
The Bramble and the Cedar neighbours bee,
Vnder the Cedars on a mountain set;
Can Honour wake, and will fowle Enuie sleep?
For best successe, to turne on whither hand,
Whom she detracteth, be he hye or low,
• ANNALIA DUBRENSIA.
UPON the yeerely celebration of Mr. Robert Dovers Olimpick Games upon Cotswold Hills.
Written by Michael Drayton, Esq. CAPTAINE MENESE, JOHN TRUSSELL, Gent. JOHN TRUSSELL, Gent. WILLIAM DURHAM, Oxen. WILLIAM COLE, Gent. WILLIAM Dexxy, Esq. FERRIMAN RUTTER, Oxon. THOMAS RANDALL, Cant. JOHN STRATFORD, Gent. BEN JOHNSON,
Thomas SANFORD, Gent. John Dover, Gent.
ROBERT GRIFFIN, Gent. OWEN FELTHAM, Gent. . ROBERT DURHAM, Oxon. FRANCIS Yzon, Gent. A SIRINX, Oxon. Nicholas WALLINGTON,
WALLINGTON, JOHN Moxson. Esq. Ox.
WALTER POOLE, Gent. JOHN BALLARD, Oxon. RICHARD Wells, Oxon. Timothy OGLE, Gent. WILLIAM FORTH, Esq. WILLIAM AMBROSE, Oxon. SHACH. MARMYON, Gent. WILLIAM BELLAS, Gent. R. N. Thomas COLE, Oxon. THOMAS HEYWOOD, Gent. WILLIAM Bosse,
London. Printed by Robert Raworth, for Mathewe. Walbancke. 1636."
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 seen.
The period at which it was written, and the scarcity of the tract, seem to justify a specific account and extract.
• Humours Heavn on Earth,
The Picture of the Plague, according to the Life, as it was in Anno Domini 1603. By:John Davies, of Hereford.
O'tib a sacred kind of excellence
Printed at London, by A. T. 1605." .
The Poem is dedicated “ To thie 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
À DESCRIPTION OF THE WANTONS
Epithymus the wanton on his crowne
His doublet was carnation cut with greene