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that they may looke like Devills upon poore prisoners.”

Lastly, I make and ordaine, by this my last Will and Testament, a Common Barretour to bee my executor, and two Knights, who are my sworne servants, and are of the post, (their names and service being naild upon pillars in Westminster Pallace) I make them, albeit they are pur blind, my overseers; and for their paines therein, I will bequeath to each of them, a great round pearle, to be worne in their eyes, because I may be still in their sight when I am gone from them.”

WORKE FOR ARMOROURS.

“ WORKE FOR ARMOKOU RS, or the Peace is broken. Open Warres likely to happen this Yeare, 1609.

God helpe the Poore, the Rich can shift.

Sævit toto Mars impius orbe.

Written by Thomas Dekker.

Printed for Nathaniel Butler, dwelling in Paules Church Yard, at the Signe of the PideBull, neere S. Austins Gate. 1609.”

This Tract is inscribed “To the worthy deserver of that antient and honorable title, Sir Thomas HEVVET, Knight.”

The

The Author subscribes himself
“ Yours under the cullors of your love,

Thomas DEKKER.” This is in Black Letter, and in the Museum.

GREEVOUS GRONES FOR THE POORE.

GREEVOUS GRONES FOR THE POORE.

Done by a Well Wisher, who wisheth that the Poore of England might be so provided for, as none should neede to go a begging within this Realme.

The poore afflicted are,

So that they perish fast;
If now no order taken be,

Then ruine comes at last.

Printed for Michael Sparre. 1622.”

In the printed Catalogue of the British Museum this Tract is assigned to Dekker, but I know not on what authority. It is inscribed, by the Printer, to the Right Honourable, Right Worshipfull, and worthy Company of the Virginia and Sommer Iland Plantations.

He calls it a poore fatherless Volumne.
It is of no great importance.

Besides the above, I have heard of the following works assigned to this Author.

" THOMAS

“ THOMAS OF READING, or the six worthy Yeomen of the West; now six Times corrected and enlarged, by T. D. 12mo. 1632."

“ JESTS TO MAKE YOU MERRY, &c. 4to. 1607."

“ THE DEAD TERM, or Westminsters Complaint, &c. 4to. 1608.”

“A KNIGHTS CONJURONS DONE IN EARN EST, DISCOVERED IN JEST. 4to. 1607.”

“ LONDON TRYUMPHING, or Sir John Swinnerton's Lord Mayors Show. 4to. 1612."

" DEKKERS MAGNIFICENT ENTERTAINMENT GIVEN TO KING JAMES BY THE CITY OF LONDON. 410. · 1604.”

THOMAS

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I HAVE before introduced this Author to my

Reader in his character of Poet, and I now proceed to give the best account I am able of his Prose productions, all of which are of the extremest rarity.

1. “ ALARUM FOR USURERS."

This is said, by Wood, to have been printed in 1584. I have never seen it.

2. “ History Of FORBONIUS AND PRI. SÆNIA, with Truths Complaint over England.”

This, according to Wood, was printed with the Alarum for Usury. 3. THE DIVEL CONJURED.

1596.” This most curious Tract is in the Collection of my friend, Mr. George Chalmers. There is a copy also in the Royal Library.

4. “ WITS MISERIE AND THE WORLDS

MADNESSE.

Discovering the Devils incarnate of this Age. 1596.”

I know of no other copy of this Tract but that in the possession of Mr. George Chalmers.

This deserves on every account a particular description.

The

The old Serpent the Devill, is represented as sending out into the world seven Devills to draw the world to capital sinne, as God had appointed seven capital Angels.

“ Of Sathans ministers, Leviathan is the first, that tempteth with pride ; Mammon the second, that attempteth by avarice; Asmodeus the third, that seduceth by lecherie; Beelzebub the fourth, that inciteth to envie; Baalberith the fifth, that provoketh to ire; Beelphegor the sixth, that moveth gluttony; Astaroth the seventh, that induceth sloth and idlenes.

“These seven capitall sinnes sent out into the world wanted no allurements to bewitch the eie, no Oratory to seduce the eare, no subtilty to affect the senses : so that finally seazing on the hearts of men, and wedded to their thoughts, they have brought foorth many and pernicious children, to the generall mischief of all nations."

The Author first describes the fearful race of LEVIATHAN. His first sonne is VAINGLORY.

" The next sonne LEVIATHAN presenteth is AMBITION, catching at nothing but stars, climing for nothing but crownes."

“ Let us see the third devil incarnate which LEVIATHAN hath brought fourth to corrupt and haunt this world; and wbo is he, think you. Forsooth no begger, but a gallant of the first head, called BOSTING.”

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