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There are two circumstances, not a little remarkable, of this Publication. It was, as my friend Mr. Chalmers informs me, the first book printed at Aberdeen; and perhaps no printer or publisher, before or since, has assumed so strange and singular a title as Mr. Raban, who scruples not to stile himself LAIRD OF LETTERS.
I looked up into that castle faire,
I held him fast, as hee did give command ;
When this was done, myne heart did daunce for joy,
What haste, said hee? Why runnst thou so before?
To purge their sinnes before they rest in peace?
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 crroneously ascribed to the other, I mention him here, and give a place to the following work of his, which I have no where
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.
'tis 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
Epithymus the wanton on his crowne
3 So were his points untrusst for ends too light.
His doublet was carnation cut with greene
plan or execution, in the spirit or harmony of versification, should not be entirely forgotten, I am happy in this opportunity of contributing to its preservation.
The following Poem is in the Eritish Museum.
“ The HISTORIE OF EDWARD THE SECOND), SURNAMED CARNARVON, one of our English Kings, together with the Fatall Down-fall of his two unfortunate Favorites, Gaveston and Spencer. Now published by the Author thereof, according to the true originall Copie, and purged from those foule Errors and Corruptions wherewith that spurious and surreptitious Peece which lately came forth, under the same sytle, was too much defiled and deformed.
With the Addition of some other Obseryations, both of Use and Ornament. By F. H. Knight.
London. Printed by B. A. and T. F. for L. Chapman, and are to be sold at the upper end of Chancery Lane. 1629.”
Prefixed is a head of the unfortunate Edward; and the Poem is dedicated to the Authors “
very loving Brother, Mr. Richard Hubert."
This Poem must have been of some notoriety in its day, for the Author complains that a surreptitious copy had been industriously circulated. The dedication to the author's brother thus concludes:
“And so humbly desiring the Almighty to blesse you, both in soule, body and estate, I rest not