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* Burton's Anatomy of MELANcho- Dacars is not dangerus, hir talke is no
LY. Part ii. 5. 2. pag. 232. fol. Oxon. 1624. There is an older edition in quarto.
Viz. Tit. A. xxiv. MSS. Cott. (See supr. p. 284.) I will here cite a few lines.
Hawarde is not haugte, but of such smylynge cheare,
That wolde alure eche gentill harte, hir love to holde fulle deare:
thinge coye, Hir noble stature may compare with Hector's wyfe of Troye, &c.
At the end, “Finis R. E.” I have a faint recollection, that some of Edwards's songs are in a poetical miscellany, printed by T. Colwell in 1567, or 1568. “Newe So: “nettes and pretty pamphlettes, &c."
If I should be thought to have been disproportionately prolix in speaking of Edwards, I would be understood to have partly intended a tribute of respect to the memory of a poet, who is one of the earliest of our dramatic writers after the refor
BOUT the same time flourished Thomas Tusser, one of our earliest didaćtic poets, in a science of the highest utility, and which produced one of the most beautiful poems of antiquity. The vicissitudes of this man's life have uncommon variety and novelty for the life of an author, and his history conveys some curious traces of the times as well as of himself. He seems to have been alike the sport of fortune, and a dupe to his own discontented disposition and his perpetual propensity to change of situation. He was born of an antient family, about the year 1523, at Rivenhall in Essex; and was placed as a chorister, or fingingboy, in the collegiate chapel of the castle of Wallingford in Berkshire". Having a fine voice, he was impressed from Wallingford college into the king's chapel. Soon afterwards he was admitted into the choir of saint Paul's cathedral in London; where he made great improvements under the instruction of John Redford the organist, a famous musician. He was next sent to Eton-school, where, at one chastisement, he received fifty-three stripes of the rod, from the severe but celebrated master Nicholas Udall". His academical education was at Trinity-hall in Cambridge: but Hatcher affirms, that he was from Eton admitted a scholar of King's college in that university, under the year 1543°. From the university he was called up to court by his fingular and generous patron William lord Paget, in whose family he appears to have been a retainer". In this department he lived ten years: but being disgusted with the vices, and wearied with the quarrels of the courtiers, he retired into the country, and embraced the profession of a farmer, which he successively pračtised at Ratwood in Sussex, Ipswich in Suffolk, Fairstead in Essex, Norwich, and other places". Here his patrons were fir Richard Southwell', and Salisbury dean of Norwich. Under the latter he procured the place of a finging-man in Norwich cathedral. At length, having perhaps too much philosophy and too little experience to succeed in the business of agriculture, he returned to London: but the plague drove him away from town, and he took shelter at Trinity college in Cambridge. Without a tinéture of careless imprudence, or vicious extragance, this desultory charaćter seems to have thrived in no vocation. Fuller says, that his stone, which gathered no moss, was the stone of Sisyphus. His plough and his poetry were alike unprofitable. He was by turns a fiddler and a farmer, a grasier and a poet with equal success. He died very aged at London in 1580, and was buried in saint Mildred's church in the Poultry". Some of these circumstances, with many others of less consequence, are related by himself in one of his pieces, entitled
* This chapel had a dean, fix preben- lars. Thirty-five lines of one of them daries, six clerks, and four choristers. It are quoted in Wilson's Arts of Logike, was dissolved in 1549. edit. 1567. fol. 67. a. “Suete m.aistresse
* Udall's English interludes, mentioned “whereas, &c.” above, were perhaps written for his scho
the AUTHoR's Life, as follows.
* MSS. Catal. Praepos. Soc. Schol, Coll. Regal. Cant.
* Our author’s Hus BAN or le is dedicated to his son Lord Thomas Paget of Beaudesert, fol. 7. ch. ii. edit. ut infr.
* In Peacham’s MIN E R v A, a book of emblems printed in 1612, there is the device of a whetstone and a scythe with these lines, fol. 61. edit. 4to.
They tell me, Tussex, when thou wert alive,
And hadst for profit turned euery stone,
Where ere thou canest thou could it neuer
Though heereto best couldst counsel every
. Wherein afresh thou liust among vs here.
So like thy selfe a number more are wont,
When thy themselues are like the whet
stone blunt, &c.
* See Life of siR THoMA's Pope, 2d edit. p. 218.
* See his Epitaph in Stowe's Surv. Lon D. p. 474. edit. 1618. 4to. And Fuller's Wo RTH 1 es, p. 334.