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HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY,
CLOSE OF THE ELEVENTH
COMMENCEMENT OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,
1. OF THE ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION IN EUROPE.
THOMAS WARTON, B.D.
FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD, AND OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES, AND LATR
PROFESSOR OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.
A NEW EDITION
WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL NOTES BY THE LATE MR. RITSON,
THE LATE DR. ASHBY, MR. DOUCE,
BY THE EDITOR.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEAPSIDE.
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 ...
on the walls of chambers. Visions. Hawes's Pastyle of Plea-
Barklay's Ship of Fools. Its origin. Specimens. Barklay's
Eclogues, and other pieces. Alcock bishop of Ely. Modern