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lives were those of Thomas Lerment, from the following curious encomium,
John Barbour, Andrew Winton, King in which he tells us that the conversa-
James the First, Henry the Minstrel, tion of Skelton resembled the taunting
Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, personality of his writings.
Gavin Douglas, Sir David Lindsay,
John Bellenden, Sir Richard Maitland,

divers men of late
Alexander Scot, Alexander Arbuthnot, Have helpt our Englishe toung,
Alexander Montgomery, King James That first was baes and brute :
the Sixth, Allan Ramsay, Alexander Oh! shall I leave out SKELTON's name?
Ross, Alexander Geddes, Robert Fer- The blossome of my frute :
gusson, Robert Burns; with many The tree wheron in deed
minor names. A dissertation is prefixed My branches all might gro:
on the early Scotish DRAMA.-PARK. Nay, Skelton wore the laurell wreath,

P. 163. l. 4.- The following entry And past in schools, ye knoe, occurs among the Acts and Orders of A poet for his arte, the Court of Requests : “ An. xvii. Whose judgment suer was hie, Hen. VII. (1501) 10 Julij, apud And had great practics of the pen, Westminster Jo. Shelton commissus His works they will not lie. carceribus janitoris domini regis.' His termes to taunts did lean, PARK

His talke was as he wrate, P. 163. note f.-In Caxton's preface Full quick of witte, right sharp of words, to his prose version of the Æneid (1490), And skilful of the state.

“ Mayster John Skelton, late Of reason ripe and good, created poet laureate in the unyversite And to the hatefull mynd, of Oxenforde, to oversee and correcte That did disdain his doings still, thys sayd booke :-for hym I knowe for A skorner of his kynd. suffycyent to expowne and Englysshe Most pleasant every way, every dyffyculte that is therin." This, As poets ought to be; however, does not seem to have flattered And seldom out of princes grace, Skelton into the service of becoming And greate with eche degre. Caxton's critical overseer, as the book On the English Poets, Muses, had no re-impression.-Park.

lib. p. 137. P. 168. l. 8.-I reckon the interval of time when Skelton began to write, P. 173. note d.-Dr. Lort suggested and when Puttenham published, to be to Mr. Ashby, that the above loss was infinite as to the refinement of manners. the reason why the Cardinal is always Yet even in this last period, and later, represented in profile, to hide his blethe commentators of Shakspeare are glad mish. But how comes it, says Mr. to shelter his ribaldry and puns under Ashby, that we have no pictures of him the manners of his age.--Ashby. prior to the accident, i. e. before he was

P. 168. note o. — Bishop Hall cha- a cardinal, for as such he is always racterized both the temper and metre of dressed ; yet he was as great a man bethis lampooner with forcible brevity, fore ?- PARK. when he spoke of “angry Skelton's P. 183. note l.-It is much that Warbreathlesse rhymes.” Virgidemiarum, ton did not know Friar Tuck was Rolib. iv.-Park.

bin Hood's confessor or chaplain, and P. 168. 1.31.-Caxton speaks of Skel- perhaps the original of all the parsons ton's translations from the Greek and that are brought on the stage to be Latin, as not rendered in rude and old laughed at. But how comes Matilda, language, but in polished and ornate the chast daughter of Lord Fitzwater, terms craftily. He adds, “ And also to be the fair Maid Marian ?--Ashby. he hath redde the ix muses, and under P. 184. 1. 19.—Mr. Ashby expresses stande their musicalle scyences, and to his surprise that such a man should be whom of them eche scyence is appro- chosen; and he adds, with appearance pred. I suppose he hath dronken of of probability, that Skelton's having Elycon's well." Preface to Æneid. conceived his disappointment of preferVide supr. p. 337.-Park.

ment to be owing to Wolsey, may have P. 168. l. 31.- That Churchyard in- been the cause of his extreme irritation dulged the same strange notion appears against that prelate. -Park.

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P. 185. note r. - In the same ancient angyll enter into hell with thondyr."MS. are contained the following my- PARK. steries.

P. 195. 1. 6.-" The reign of Charles “ Saulus, or Saint Paul.” Super- the Fifth (says Anderson, from Pasquier scribed Myles Blomefylde ye Possessor. and Brantome) gave rise to the French

drama and theatre. The actors being Pr.“ Rex glorio (sus) kyng omnipotent, erected into a company by letters patent,

Redeemer of ye world by the pouer represented the MYSTERIES OF CHRIST's divine,

Passion; which, with some additional And Maria, y' pure vyrgyn quene pieces called Moralities, continued to most excellent,

be the theatrical entertainment for more Wyche bare ye blyssyd babe Jhu than 130 years. Though in the time of

y' for us sufferd payne," &c. Lewis the Twelfth some farces or coAt the end,

“ Finis . • • Sancti medies were wrote, the French drama Pauli."

received no sort of improvement, but “ Candlemas-day and The Kyllyng continued in the reign of Francis the of the Children of Israell," (by John First under the direction of the frater. Parfre), 1512.

nity of the passion, who only added some Pr. This solemne fest to be had in re- burlesque pieces to their Moralities. membrannce

Under Henry the Second, Francis the Of blissed Seynt Anne, moder to Second, and Charles the Ninth, Jodella our Lady,

was the dramatic poet, and produced Whos right discent was hys kyns two tragedies and iwo comedies. His alyaunce

• Cleopatra,' together with a comedy, Of Davyd and Salamon-witness- being acted at Paris, he is said to have eth the story, &c.

been rewarded for this new entertainEnd. Also ye menstralles, doth yo“ di. ment, by his monarch, with 500 crowns. ligens,

But the genius and the relish for such A fore our departyng gees be a

compositions remained suspended for a daunce.

considerable time after this exhibition

of them." Hist. of France, temp. FranFinis.

cis I. and Charles IX. vol. ii. p. 427.“ Wisdom, spirit, wille, wit, minde Park. and understanding, and Lucifer. Impft. P. 196. l. 11. — Such an imitation 12 leaves. 4to.

Mr. Ashby thinks as probable as Otway Pr. Fyrst entreth Wysdom in a ryche and Dryden's imitations of Shakspeare. purpyll cloth of gold, with a mantyll of – Park. the same ermyned within, havyng a P. 196. note i.--Bergerette was the bought his nek a ryall hood furred with title also of a species of pastoral poetry. ermyn. Upon his hed a cheveler with See vol. ii. p. 301.-Park. browes, a berd of gold of sypres curled, P. 207. note r.- The song quoted by a ryche imperiall gowne therupon, set Hamlet was pointed out by Ritson as with riche stonys and perlys. In his printed in Percy's Reliques. A more left hand a ball of gold with a crosse complete copy is presented in the late therupon; and in his right hand a regall edition of Evans's Old Ballads from the sceptre, thus seyng :

Roxburghe Collection.-- PARK. If ye wyll wote the propyrte,

P. 210. I. 3.-Mr. Ashby conceived And the resoun of my name imperiall,

that the antichapel must be here meant; I am clepyd of him that in erthe be,

though the whole, he adds, is one plain Everlastyng Wysdom to my nobley room, of uniform dimensions, and no egall.

Park.

separation of any kind except the organ:

but the antichapel is more superbly fitted P. 187. note b. - Another direction up than the chapel, i. e. with roses and is, “With this word vii dyvyls sall de shields of arms in alto-relievo.–PARK. woyde from the woman, and the bad P. 211. 1. 7. Here is certainly an

attempt to represent objects to the eyes, employed the former pastorally to EE. which may be called Scenery; and one zabeth, in Davison's poetical Rapsodie

, may wonder, after this, that even in first printed in 1602. This most esti. Shakspeare's time the introduction of mable of our early metrical miscellanies scenes should be questioned. — Ashby. has been re-produced by Sir Egerton

P. 219. I. 20.-- Cynthia and Diana Brydges, with a splendour and typoappear to have been the poetical titles graphical elegance peculiar to the Le under which this queen was habitually Press. A critical appreciation of the adulated. The Countess of Pembroke work is prefixed.—Park.

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