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Seaven Bookes of the Shades of Homere, Prince
of Poets. Translated according to the Greeke, in Judge
ment of his best Commentaries, by George
Chapman, Gent. &c. London. Printed by John Windet, and are to
be solde at the Sign of the Crosse Keyes, neare Paules Wharfse. 1592.
MY only motive for making mention of this book, so well known to the collectors and readers of old English Poetry, is to observe that the Museum Copy belonged to Ben Jonson, and has
« Sum Ben Jonsonii” in the Title
his autograph, Page
OF the Dramatic performances of this writer, I have before given an account in a former volume. He was also the author of the Poetical Tract hereafter described, as well as of a Collection
of Tales or Jests. Both the last are of extraordinary rarity. I know of no other copy of the first, but that which belongs to the Musuem. For the means of describing the second, which I shall do hereafter, I am indebted to Mt. George Nicol, who is always prompt and zealous to forward any undertaking which has the benefit of literature, or the gratification of the curious, in view.
The subject of the tract next described, is so popular in itself, and so patriotic in its tendency, that I have, without scruple, subjoined the whole of the introductory part.
On the back of the Title Page are the arms of
There is also this motto:
Gallia victa dedit flores, invicta leones,
Anglia jus belli in flore leone suum.
Inelyta Gallorum fore Leone sua.
Parve nec invidio sire me (liber) ibis ad arma,
Hei mihi quod domino non licet ire tuo. Doone by George Peele, Maister of Artes, in Oxforde.
At London. Printed by J. C. and are to bee solde by William Wright, at his Shop adjoyning to St. Mildreds Church, in the Poultrie.
To the most famous Generalles of our English
Forces by Land and Sea, Sir John Norris and Sir Frauncis Drake, Knightes.
Your vertues famed by your fortunes, and fortunes renowned by your vertues (thryce honorable Generalles) together with the admiration the worlde hath worthily conceived of your woorthines; have at thys time encouraged mee, a man not unknowne to many of your brave and forwarde followers, Captaynes and Souldiers, to send my short farewell to our English forces, whereunto I have annexed an olde Poeme of myne owne, The Tale of Troy. A pleasant dyscourse, fitly serving to recreate by the reading, the Chivalrie of England. To whom, as to your ingenious judgements, I dedicate the same : that good mindes enflamed wyth honorable reports of their auncestry, may imitate theyr glory in highest adventures, and my countrymen famed through the worlde for resolution and fortitude, may marche in equipage of honour and armes,
wyth theyr glorious and renowned predecessours, the Troyaus:
Beseeching Gad mercifully and miracu
lously, as hetherto he hath doone to defend fayre England, that her soul: diours
may in theyr departure bee for. tunate, and in theyr returne tryumphante.
A FAREWELL, ENTITULED TO THE FAMOUS AND
FOTUNATE GENERALLS OF OUR ENGLISH FORCES, &c.
Have doone with care my harts, aborde amaine
That under many a standarde well advanc'd,