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* In oëtavo. Again, 1574–1596. * Titles of many others of his pieces
* Rhetorica in usum Britannorum. may be seen in Bale, ubi supr.
* Bale cites his comment, or paraphrase * See Strype's Cranmer, B. iii. c. 11. on the first Eclogue of Virgil, addressed p. 343. And Grindal, 8. Fox, edit. i.
ad'Amicum joannem Balium, viii. 99. io47. And Wood, Ath. Oxon. i. 178. * . * Bale, ubi supr.
Nor is this passage unsupported by a warmth of imagination, and the spirit of pathetic poetry. The general cast of the whole poem shews, that our author was not ill qualified for dramatic composition. Another of Grimoald's blank-verse poems, is on the death of Zoroas an Egyptian astronomer, who was killed in Alexander's first battle with the Persians. It is opened with this nervous and animated exordium.
Now clattering armes, now ragyng broyls of warre,
* The reader must recolle&t Shakespeare's,
Vol. III. I And
And in celestiall bodies he could tell
speedily, chuses to be killed by the hand of Alexander, whom he endeavours to irritate to an attack, first by throwing darts, and then by reproachful speeches.
— — — Shameful stain -
Alexander is for a while unwilling to revenge this insult on a
* Spring. Printemps. y Saturn. * Whether any music made by man can * Of Mavors, or the planet Mars. resemble that of the Spheres. * Fol. 115.
I have a suspicion, that these two pieces in blank-verse, if not fragments of larger works, were finished in their present state, as prolusions, or illustrative praćtical specimens, for our author's course of lečtures in rhetoric. In that case, they were written so early as the year 1547. There is positive proof, that they appeared not later than 1557, when they were first printed by Tottell.
I have already mentioned lord Surrey's Virgil: and for the sake of juxtaposition, will here produce a third specimen of early blank-verse, little known. In the year 1590, William Vallans published a blank-verse poem, entitled, A TALE of Two Swan Nes, which, under a poetic fićtion, describes the situation and antiquities of several towns in Hertfordshire. The author, a native or inhabitant of Hertfordshire, seems to have been con