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nečted with Camden and other ingenious antiquaries of his age.
Vallans is probably the author of a piece much better known, a history, by many held to be a romance, but which proves, the writer a diligent searcher into antient records, entitled, “The
HoNo URABLE PRENT1ce, Shewed in the Life and Death of Sir Jo HN HAwk Ewood sometime Prentice of London, interlaced with the famous History of the noble FITzwALTER Lord of Woodham in Essex', and ofthe poisoning of his faire daughter. Also of the merry Customes of DUNMow E, &c. Whereunto is annexed the most lamentable murther of Robert Hall at the High Altar in Westminster Abbey ".”
The reader will observe, that what has been here said about
Robert Sheldrake, MDxc. 4to. 3. Sheets.
* London, Printed by Roger Ward for terwards mentioned, in the reign of Henry the third.
# There are two old editions, at Lon
shire then existing, belonging to the queen
and the nobility. See Hea, ne's LEL. It i N.
V. Pr. p iv. seq. ed 2.
don, in 1615, and 1616, both for Henry
written * Shakespeare did not begin writing for ! That which,
written for the stage. Long before Vallans's Two Sw ANNEs, many theatrical pieces in blank-verse had appeared ; the first of which is, The TRAGEDY of GoRD0 Buck E, written in 1561. The second is George Gascoigne's Joc As TA, a tragedy, ačted at Grays-inn, in 1566. George Peele had also published his tragedy in blank-verse of DAVID and BET His ABE, about the year 1579 ". HIERo NYMo, a tragedy also without rhyme, was ačted before 1590. But this point, which is here only transiently mentioned, will be more fully confidered hereafter, in its proper place. We will now return to our author Grimoald. Grimoald, as a writer of verses in rhyme, yields to none of his cotemporaries, for a masterly choice of chaste expression, and the concise elegancies of didaćtic versification. Some of the couplets, in his poem IN PRAISE of MoDERATION, have all the smartness which marks the modern style of sententious
poetry, and would have done honour to Pope's ethic epistles.
The auncient Time commended not for nought
the stage till 1591. Jonson, about 1598, " Julius Cesar.
The maxim is enforced with great quickness and variety of illustration: nor is the collision of opposite thoughts, which the fubjećt so naturally affords, extravagantly pursued, or indulged beyond the bounds of good sense and propriety. The following stanzas on the NINE MUses are more poetical, and not less correót ‘.
Imps' of king Jove and queen REMEMBRANce, lo,
Clion in solem songes reneweth all day,
With voyces tragicall soundes Melpomen, N-
* Poised. - * Fol. 113. * Thick. Massy. * Daughters. * Fol. 113. * Companions.
It would be unpardonable to dismiss this valuable miscellany, without acknowledging our obligations to its original editor Richard Tottell: who deserves highly of English literature, for having colleóted at a critical period, and preserved in a printed volume, so many admirable specimens of antient genius, which would have mouldered in manuscript, or perhaps from their detached and fugitive state of existence, their want of length, the capriciousness of taste, the general depredations of time, inattention, and other accidents, would never have reached the present age. It seems to have given birth to two favorite and celebrated colle&tions of the same kind, THE PARADISE of DAINTY DEVISEs, and ENGLAND’s HELIcon, which appeared in the reign of queen Elisabeth'.
* The reader will observe, that I have followed the paging and arrangement of Tottell's second edition in 1565. 12mo. In his edition of 1557, there is much confusion. A poem is there given to Grimoald, on the death of lady Margaret Lee, in 1555. Also among Grimoald's is a poem on Sir James Wilford, mentioned above, who appears to have fought under Henry the eighth in the the warsef France and Scotland. This edition, of 1557, is
not in quarto, as I have called it by an oversight, but in small duodecimo, and only with signatures. It is not mentioned by Ames, and I have seen it only among Tanner's printed books at Oxford. It has this colophon. “Imprinted at London in “Flete strete within Temple barre, at the “sygne of the hand and starre by Richard “Tottel, the fifte day of June. An. 1557. “Cum privilegio ad imprime...jum Jolum.”
* . S E C T. * See his Introduction to KNow- 1552, and again in 1557. There was an 1. Ed GE, ut infr. cap. xxxv. impression by T. East, 1587, 4to, Others
S E C T. XXIII.
T will not be supposed, that all the poets of the reign of Henry the eighth were educated in the school of Petrarch. The graces of the Italian muse, which had been taught by Surrey and Wyat, were confined to a few. Nor were the beauties of the classics yet become general objećts of imitation. There are many writers of this period who still rhymed on, in the old prosaic track of their immediate predecessors, and never ventured to deviate into the modern improvements. The strain of romantic fićtion was lost; in the place of which, they did not substitute the elegancies newly introduced. I shall confider together, yet without an exact observation of chronological order, the poets of the reign of Henry the eighth who form this subordinate class, and who do not bear any mark of the charaćter of the poetry which distinguishes this period. Yet some of these have their degree of merit; and, if they had not necessarily claimed a place in our series, deserve CXàIn 11] at 10n. Andrew Borde, who writes himself AND REAs PERF or AT Us, with about as much propriety and as little pedantry as BuchaHan calls one Wiselhart SoPho CAR DI Us, was educated at Winchester and Oxford"; and is said, I believe on very slender proof, to have been physician to king Henry the eighth. His BREVIARY OF HEALTH, first printed in 1547", is dedicated to the
* “Compyled by Andrewe Boorde of also in 1548, and 1575, which I have never “Physicke Doctoure an Eng!ysshe man.” seen. The latest is by East in 1598, 4to. It was reprinted by William Powell in