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which only contributed to spread his book, and disseminate his doćtrines.

Googe seems chiefly to have excelled in rendering the descriptive and flowery passages of this moral ZoDIA.c. He thus describes the Spring.

The earth againe doth florishe greene,
The trees repaire their springe;
With pleasaunt notes the nightingale
Beginneth new to fing.
With flowers fresh their heads bedeckt,
The Fairies dance in fielde:
And wanton songes in mossye dennes
The Drids and Satirs yielde.
The wynged Cupide fast doth cast
His dartes of gold yframed, &c".

There is some poetic imagination in SAGIT TARIUs, or the ninth book, where a divine mystagogue opens to the poet's eyes an unknown region of infernal kings and inhabitants. But this is an imitation of Dante. As a specimen of the translation, and of the author's fancy, I will transcribe some of this imagery.

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After viewing the wonders of heaven, his guide Timalphes, the son of Jupiter and Arete, shews him the moon, whose gates are half of gold and half of filver. They enter a city of the moon.

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* And wondred at the number great
That through the city so,
Al clad in whyte, by thousands thick,
Amyd the streates did go.
Their heads beset with garlands fayre :
In hand the lillies white
They ioyfull beare". -

Then follows a mixture of classical and christian history and mythology. This poem has many symptoms of the wildness and wanderings of Italian fićtion.

It must be confessed, that there is a perspicuity and a freedom. in Googe's versification. But this metre of Sternhold and Hopkins impoverished three parts of the poetry of queen Elisabeth's reign. A hermit is thus described, who afterwards proves to be fir EPICURE, in a part of the poem which has been copied by fir David Lyndesey.

His hoary beard with filuer heares
His middle fully rought';

His skin was white, and ioyfull face:
Of diuers colours wrought,

A flowry garland gay he ware
About his semely heare, &c".

The seventh book, in which the poet looks down upon the world, with its various occupations, follies, and vices, is opened with these nervous and elegant stanzas.

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* Ibid. Signat. G G iiij. * Reached. * Lib. iii. Ej. More * Going. * Beyond. * Signat. Nj. l only

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One cannot but remark, that the condućt and machinery of the old visionary poems is commonly the same. A rural scene, generally a wilderness, is supposed. An imaginary being of consummate wisdom, a hermit, a goddess, or an angel, appears; and having purged the poet's eye with a few drops of some celestial elixir, condućts him to the top of an inaccessible mountain, which commands an unbounded plain filled with all na'tions. A cavern opens, and displays the torments of the damned: he next is introduced into heaven, by way of the moon, the

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Googe, supposed to have been a native of Alvingham in Lincolnshire, was a scholar, and was educated both at Christ's college in Cambridge, and New-college in Oxford. He is complimented more than once in Turberville's SoNNets'. He pub

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to be transcribed. And shew’d a Newton as we shew an APe. Superiour beings, when of late they saw * B. vi. Signat. Qjij. A mortal man unfold all nature's law, * B. vi. v. 186.

* See fol. 8. b. 11. a. 124. a. edit. 1571.

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