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Then follows "A Table for to finde the Sonnettes, Madrigalles, &c.”
In the Sonnet to the Earl of Northumberland, the Author represents his Muse“ blushing at her first entrance."
In the Sonnet to the Earl of Essex, he calls his work “his First borne Babe," and makes similar allusions in the Sonnets to the other noble personages above specified.
It will be seen, by referring to Ritson's Biographia Poetica, that Barnes, at least according to Ritson's account, had published nothing so early as this work. Ritson knew nothing of this performance, neither is it mentioned by Antony Wood, nor indeed do I know where another copy is to be found.
I select a Sonnet, by way of specimen, from p. 45. It is inscribed “ Sonnet LxvI.” and is addressed to Content.
Ah sweet Content where is thy mylde abode?
Is it with shepheards and light harted swaynes,
Ah sweet Content, where doest thou safely rest?
In heaven with angels, which the prayses sing
Ah sweet Content, where doth thine harbour hold?
Is it in churches with religious men,
And in their studies meditate it then.
Many of these Sonnets, as remarked before, are inscribed to the most distinguished personages of the time ; for example, " To Henry, Earle of Southampton; The most vertuous, learned and bewtifull Ladie Marie, Countesse of Pembrooke; To the right vertuous and most bewtifull Lady, the Lady Straunge; The Lady Brigett Manners.”
A Hundreth good Pointes of Husbandries. Imprinted at London, in Flete Strete, within
Temple Barre, at the Signe of the Hand and Starre, by Richard Titler, the Third Day of February. An. 1557.
I MENTIONED in my first volume the extreme rarity of this edition, of which the Museun copy is the only one I have ever seen. On farther examination, it appears to contain some 6
singularities, which the more curious collectors of Old English Poetry and Literature may desire to know.
The first edition has these lines in the Title Page, which do not appear in the subsequent
A hundreth good pointes of good husbandry,
The original letter from the author, “ To the right honourable, and my speciall good Lord and Maister, the Lord Paget,” differs so exceedingly in the subsequent editions, that the curious reader will not be displeased at seeing it as it was first printed.
The truth doth teache that tyme must serve
My serving you thus understande,
But synce I was at Cambridge tought,
My musike synce hath been the plough,
Variations from the above, in subsequent editions.
Most rash to judge, most often blind;
As therefore troth in time shall crave,
L. 3. Ed. 1. Such homely gift of your own man.
Such homelie gift of me your man.
L. I. Ed. 1. So synce I was at Cambridge tought.
Ed. 2. Since being once at Cambridge taught L. 4. Ed. 1. A care I had to serve that way.
Ed. 2. Such care I had to serve that way. L. 5. Ed. 1. "My joy gan slake then made I chaunge.
Ed. 2. When joy gan slake then made I change 1. 6. Ed. 1. Expulsed myrth, &c.
Ed. 2. Espelled myrth, &c.
No man I crave to judge but yolt
I crave it judged be by you.
It will hardly be necessary to point out to the reader that the first eighteen lines are an Acrostic, and form the words THOMAS TUSSER MADE ME,