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man, if advised in time, that was a principall guest at that fatall banquet of pickle herrins (I spare his name, and in some respects wish him well) came never more at him; but either would not, or happily could not perform the duty of an affectionate and faithfull frend. The poore Cordwainers wife was his onely nurse, and the mother of Infortunatus hys sole companion: but when Mrs. Appleby came, as much to expostulate injuries with her, as to visite him. God helpe good fellowes, when they cannot helpe themselves. Slender reliefe in the predicamente of privations and fained habites. Miserable man that must pearish, or be succoured by coun terfeite or impotent supplies.

I once bemoned the decayed and blasted estate of M. Gascoigne, who wanted not some commendable parts of conceit, and endeuour: but vnhappy N. Gascoigne, how lordly happy, in comparison of most vnhappy M. Greene? He neuer enuyed me so much, as I pittied him from my hart; especially when his hostesse Isam, with teares in her eies, and sighes from a deeper fountaine (for she loued him dcérely) tould me of his lamentable begging of a penny pott of Malmesic; and sir reuerence how lowsy he, and the mother of Infortunatus were (I would her surgcon found her no worse than lowsy:) and how he was faine poore soule, to borrow her husbandes shirte, whiles his owne was a washing:


and how his dublet, and hose, and sworde were sold for three shillings: and beside the charges of his winding sheete, which was foure shillinges; and the charges of his buriall yesterday in the New-churchyard neere Bedlam, which was six shillinges and foure pence; how deeply hee was, indebted to her poore husbande: as appeered by hys owne bonde of tenne poundes: which the good woman kindly shewed me : and beseeched me to read the writting beneath: which was a letter to his abandoned wife, in the behalfe of his gentle host: not so short as persuasible in the beginning, and pittifull in the ending.


I charge thee by the loue of our youth, and by my soules rest, that thou wilte see this man paide : for if her and his wife had not succoured me, I had died in the streetes.

Robert Greene.'

I add also one of the Sonnets.


The learned should lovingly affect the learned.
I am not to instruct where I may learne,
But where I may persuasively exhort,
Nor over dissolute, nor over sterne,
A curteous honesty I would extort.
Good loathes to damage or upbraid the good,
Gentle how lovely to the gentle wight.


Who seeith not how every blooming budd
Imiteth on every flower fairely dyght,
And biddeth foule illfavordnesse godnight
Would Alcrits embleme or some scarlet whood,
Could teach the pregnant sonnes of shiny light,
To interbrace cach other with delight.

Fine Mercury conducts a dainty band,
Of charites and muses hand in hand.

The intimate connection and familiar correspondence between Gabriel Harvey and our Poet Spenser, has been represented in detail by my friend Mr. Todd, in his edition of Spenser's Works.

The only accounts of him to be found are in Wood's Fasti Oxonienses, p. 128, and Berkenhout.

He was a very distinguished writer in his time, and author of various works, more or less popular.

Beside the work above described, which is an article of more particular value and curiosity, the British Museum possesses the following by this Author:



“ TurEE PROPER AND WITTIE FAMILIAR LETTERS, lately passed betweene Two Universitie Men, touching the Earthquake in April last, and our English refourmed versifying.

With the Preface of a Well wisher to them both.

1580." 5.

6 Two OTHER VERY COMMENDABLE LETTERS, both touching the foresaid Artificiall Versifying, and certain other particulars more lately delivered out to the Printer. 1580."


With a strange Sonet, entituled Gorgon, or the Wonderful Jewe. 1591."

7. “ PIERCES SUPEREROGATION: Or a new prayse of the old Asse.

A Preparative, and certain larger Discourses, entituled Nashes S. Fame. 1593."


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AMONG a great many very rare and curious articles of literature in the Roxburgh Collection, the following have more particularly attracted my attention, and by the kindness of Mr. G. Nicol I am enabled to describe them.

I begin with the rare Dramatic pieces, and first
with one which is known to be unique, and which
has particularly attracted the curiosity and at-
tention of collectors. This is called

I cannot, perhaps, do better than transcribe
the note of Mr. Steevens which appears in this.

“Of this dramatic piece, no copy, except the
following mutilated one, has hitherto been dis-

The first mention of it occurs in the books of the Stationers Company, where July 26, 1576, John Hunter enters, “A new and pleasant Comedie or Plaie, after the manner of Common Condycions."

The original entry of it was, perhaps, earlier than any register at Stationers' Hall now remaining. See the Prolegomena to Reed's Shakspeare, 1785, vol. I. p. 281.



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