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THE HISTORY

OF

ENGLISH POETRY.

VOL. III.

THE

HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY,

FROM THE

CLOSE OF THE ELEVENTH

TO THE

COMMENCEMENT OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,

THREE DISSERTATIONS:

1. OF THE ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION IN EUROPE.
2. ON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEARNING INTO ENGLAND.
3. ON THE GESTA ROMANORUM.

BY

THOMAS WARTON, B.D.

FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD, AND OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES, AND LATE

PROFESSOR OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY Ops

A NEW EDITION

CAREFULLY REVISED.
WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL NOTES BY THE LATE MR. RITSON,

THE LATE DR. ASHBY, MR. DOUCE,
MR. PARK, AND OTHER EMINENT ANTIQUARIES,

AND
BY THE EDITOR,

IN FOUR VOLUMEȘ.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEA PSIDE.

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CONTENT S.

VOL. III.

Section XXVII.

Page. THE reigns of Richard the Third and Henry the Seventh abound

in obscure versifiers. Bertram Walton. Benedict Burgh translates Cato's Latin Distichs. History of that work. Julian Barnes. Abbesses fond of hunting and hawking. A religious poem by William of Nassyngton. His Prologue explained. Minstrels and Gestours to be distinguished. Gest of the Three Kings of Cologne sung in the arched chamber of the Prior at Winchester. The Gest of the Seven Sleepers. Originally a Greek Legend. Bradshaw's Life of Saint Werburgh. Metrical chronicles of the kings of England fashionable in this century. Ralph Higden proved to be the author of the Chesterplays. Specimen of Bradshaw's poem, from his description of the historical tapestry in the hall of Ely monastery when the princess Werburgh was admitted to the veil. Legends and legend-makers. Fabyan. Watson. Caxton a poet. Kalendar of Shepherds. Pageaunts. Transition to the drama. Histrionic profession. Mysteries. Nicodemus's Gospel. Use of Mysteries ...................................

SECTION XXVIII.
Reign of Henry the Seventh. Hawes. His poems. Painting

on the walls of chambers. Visions. Hawes's Pastyle of Plea-
sure. The fable analysed. Walter. Medwall. Wade.... 45

Section XXIX.
Barklay's Ship of Fools. Its origin. Specimens. Barklay's

Eclogues, and other pieces. Alcock bishop of Ely. Modern
Bucolics ....

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