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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 OF OXFORD.

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 VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEA PSIDE.

1824.

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CONTENT S.

VOL. III.

Page.

Section XXVII.
THE reigns of Richárd 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. Metri-
cal chronicles of the kings of England fashionable in this cen-
tury. Ralph Higden proved to be the author of the Chester-
plays. 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 Mys-
teries ...

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Section XXVIII.

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

on the walls of chambers. Visions. Hawes's Pastyle of Pleasure. 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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