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* He says in his School E M Ast ER, written soon after the year 1563, “There be “more of these vngracious bookes set out “in print within these few monethes, than “ have bene seene in England many score ‘‘ years before.” B. i. fol. 26. a. edit. 1589. 4to.
* To all the Gentlemen and 7%men of ENGLAND. Prefixed to Toxo P is il. Us, The *cle or partition of /ooting, Lond. 1545. 4to.
* Lond, 1 ; ; 3. 4to. Dedicated to John Dudley, earl of Warwick. In the Dedication he says, that he wrote great part of
this treatise during the last summer vacation in the country, at the house of fir Edward Dimmoke. And that it originated from a late conversation with his lordship, “e“monge other talke of learnyng.” It was reprinted by Jhon Kynston in 1570. Lond. 4to. With “A Prologue to the Reader,” dated Dec. 7, 1560. Again, 1567. 4to. And 1 585. 4to. In the PRolo Gu F, he mentions his escape at Rome, which I have above related : and adds, “If others “neuer gette more by bookes than I have “ doen, it wer better be a carter than a “scholar, for worldlie profite.”
tracts * Admitted scholar in 1541. A native of Lincolnshire. MS. Hatcher.
* Which had been also translated into Latin by Nicholas Carr. To whose verfion Hatcher prefixed this distich. [MSS. More. 1 oz. Carr's Autograph. MS.]
Haec cadem patrio Thomas sermone polivit
wilsonus, patrii gloria prima soli.
Wilson published many other things. In Gabriel Harvey's SM it hus, dedicated to fir Walter Mildmay, and printed by Binneman in 1578, he is ranked with his learned cotemporaries. See SIGNAT. D iij.—Eij.-I j.
sweare this, if some of their mothers were aliue, thei were not able to tel what thei saie : and yet these fine Englishe clerkes wil saie thei speake in their mother tongue, if a man should charge them for counterfeityng the kinges Englishe. Some farre iournied gentlemen at their returne home, like as thei loue to go in forrein apparel, so thei will pouder their talke with ouersea language. He that cometh lately out of Fraunce will talke Frenche Englishe, and neuer blushe at the matter. Another choppes in with Englishe Italianated, and applieth the Italian phraise to our Englishe speakyng: the whiche is, as if an Oration that professeth to vtter his mynde in plaine Latine, would needes speake Poetrie, and farre fetched colours of straunge antiquitie. The lawier will store his stomacke with the prating of pedlers. The auditour, in makyng his accompt and reckenyng, cometh in with // sould, and cater demere, for vs. s. and iiij. d. The fine courtier will. talke nothyng but CHAUCER. The misticall wisemen, and poeticall clerkes, will speake nothyng but quainte prouerbes, and blinde allegories; delightyng muche in their owne darknesse, especially when none can tel what thei do saie. The wnlearned or folishe phantasticall, that smelles but of learnyng (svche fellowes as haue seene learned men in their daies) will so Latine their tongues, that the fimple cannot but wonder at their talke, and thinke surely thei speake by some reuelacion. I know Them, that thinke RHE To RIKE to stande wholie vpon darke wordes ; and he that can catche an ynkehorne terme by the taile, hym thei compt to be a fine Englishman and a good rhetorician'. And the rather to set out this folie,
f Puttenham, in THE ARTE of ENGL1s H. PoEsi E, where he treats of style and language, brings some illustrations from the practice of oratory in the reign of queen Mary, in whose court he lived: and although his bcok is dated 1589, it was manifestly written much earlier. He refers to fir Nicholas Bacon, who began to be high in the departments of the law in queen Mary's time, and died in 1579,
Having told a story from his own knowledge in the year 1553, of a ridiculous oration made in parliament by a new speaker of the house, who came from Yorkshire, and had more knowledge in the affairs of his county, and of the law, than gracefulness or delicacy of language, he proceeds, “And though graue and wise “counsellours in their consultations do not “vse much superstitious eloquence, and “also:
fables, for the purpose of amplification, he gives a general idea
“ The saying of poetes, and al their fables, are not to be forgotten. For by them we maie talke at large, and win men by perswasion, if we declare before hand, that these tales wer not fained of suche wisemen without cause, neither yet continued vntill this time, and kept in memorie without good confideracion, and therevpon declare the true meanyng of all svche writynge. For vndoubtedly, there is no one Tale among all the poetes, but vnder the same is comprehended somethyng that perteyneth either to the amendement of maners, to the knowledge of truthe, to the settyng forth natures worke, or els to the vnderstanding of some notable thing doen. For what other is the painful trauaile of Vlisses, described so largely by Homere, but a liuely pićture of mans miserie in this life And as Plutarche saith, and likewise Bafilius Magnus, in the IL1ADEs are described strength and valiauntnesse of bodie: in ODIsse A, is set forthe a liuely paterne of the mynde. The Poetes are Wisemen, and wisshed in harte the redresse of thinges, the which when for feare thei durst not openly rebuke, they did in colours paint them out, and tolde men by shadowes what theishold do in good sothe: or els, because the wicked were vnworthy to heare the trueth, thei spake so