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“ Chettle *.” Puttenham, the
bly Meres, as in the text, calls him the beft plotter, frcm his invention in these or the like shows. William Webbe in the Discourse of English Poetrie, printed in 1586, says, that he has seen by Anthony
Munday, “an earnes' traveller in this art,
“very excellent works, especially upon “nymphs and shepherds, well worthy to “ be viewed, and to be esteemed as rare “poetry.” In an old play attributed to Jonson, called The Case is altered, he is ridiculed under the name of ANtonio BAL1 AD 1 No, and as a pageant-poet. In the fame scene, there is an oblique stroke on Meres, for calling him the best plotter. “You are in print already for the “ Brst plotter.” With his city-pageants, I suppose he was Du M B-show maker to the stage. Munday’s Discovery of CAMP 1 on gave great offence to the catholics, and produced an anonymous reply called “A “True Reporte of the deth and martyr“dom of M. Campion, &c. Whereunto “ is annexed certayne verses made by sun“ drie persons.” Without date of year or place. B1. Lett. Never seen by Wood, [ATH. Oxon. col. 166.] Published, I suppose, in 1583, 8vo. At the end is a Cau Eat, containing some curious anecdotes of Munday. “Munday was first a “stage player; after an aprentise, which “ time he well serued by with deceeuing “ of his master. Then wandring towards “ Italy, by his owne reporte, became a * cosener in his journey. Coming to Rome, “in his shorte abode there, was charitably * relieued, but neuer admitted in the Se“minary, as he pleseth to lye in the title “ of his boke; and being wery of well “doing, returned home to his first vomite, “ and was hist from his stage for folly. “ Being thereby discouraged, he set forth “ a balet against playes,—tho he after“wards began again to ruffle upon the “stage. I omit among other places his “ behaviour in Barbican with his good “mistres, and mother. Two thinges how*
“ of her majesties chappel, for comedy and enterlude “.
Among the books of my friend the late Mr. William Collins
from this title expressly appears to have been the general condućtor of the court festivities: and who most probably succeeded in this office George Ferrers, one of the original authors of the of the INDuction of THE TINK ER in Shakespeare's TAMING of THE SHREw ; and perhaps Edwards's story-book was the immediate source from which Shakespeare, or rather the author of the old TAMING of A SHREw, drew that diverting apologue'. If I recolle&t right, the circumstances almost exactly tallied with an incident which Heuterus relates, from an Epistle of Ludovicus Vives, to have actually happened at the marriage of Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, about the year 1440. I will give it in the words, either of Vives, or of that perspicuous annalist, who flourished about the year 1580. “ Noćte quadam “ a caena cum aliquot praecipuis amicorum per urbem deam“bulans, jacentem conspicatus est medio ford hominem de “ plebe ebrium, altum stertentem. In eo visum est experiri “ quale effet vitae nostrae ludicrum, de quo illi interdum essent “ collocuti. Jussit hominem deferri ad Palatium, et leóto Ducali “ collocari, noćturnum Ducis pileum capiti ejus imponi, exu“ taque sordida veste linea, aliam e tenuissimo ei lino indui. De “mane ubi evigilavit, praesto fuere pueri nobiles et cubicularii “ Ducis, quinon aliter quam ex Duce ipso quaererent an luberet “ surgere, et quemadmodum vellet eo die vestiri. Prolata “ sunt Ducis vestimenta. Mirari homo ubi se eo loci vidit. In“ dutus est, prodiit e cubiculo, adfuere proceres qui illum ad “ sacellum deducerent. Interfuit sacro, datus est illi osculan“dus liber, et reliqua penitus ut Duci. A sacro ad prandium “ instructisfimum. A prandio cubicularius attulit chartas luso“ rias, pecuniae acervum. Lusit cum magnatibus, sub serum
MIRRour of MAGIs TRATEs “.
* Who had certainly qmitted that office before the year 1575. For in George Gascoigne's Narrative of queen Elisabeth’s splendid visit at Kenilworth-castle in War. wickshire, entitled the PR IN celle Pleas U Res of KEN i Lwo RTH-castle, the octave stanzas spoken by the Lady of the Lake, are said to have been “devised and “penned by M. [Master] Ferrers, some“ time Lord of Misruje in the Court.” Signat. A. iij. See also Signat. B. ij. This was Geo R G E FERR ERs mentioned in the text, a contributor to the M1R Rou R of MAG is TRATEs. I take this opportunity of infinuating my suspicions, that I have too closely followed the testimony of Philips, Wood, and Tanner, in supposing that this Geo RC E Ferrers, and EDw A R D Ferrers a writer of plays, were two distinčt persons. See supr. p. 213. I am now convinced that they have been confounded, and that they are one and the same man. We have already seen, and from good au. thority, that George Ferrers was Lord of Misrule to the coust, that is, among other things of a like kind, a writer of court interludes or plays; and that king Edward the sixth had great desight in his pastinees. See supr. vol. ii. 381. The confufion appears to have originated from Puttenham, the author of the ARTE of EN G lish Poesi E, who has inadvertently given to Geo R G E the christian name of Edw A R D. But his account, or chara&ter, of this EDw A R D Ferrers has served to lead us to the truth. “But the principall man in “this profession [poetry] at the same time “[of Edward the fixth) was maister ED