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converted into Pembroke college. These EPIGRAMs are mentioned in Wilson's Rhetor Ike, published in 1553.
Another of Heywood's works, is a poem in long verse, entitled, A DIAlogue contayning in effect the number of al the Prove RBEs in the English tongue compač in a matter concerning two marriages. The first edition I have seen, is dated 1547". All the proverbs of the English language are here interwoven into a very filly comic tale.
The lady of the story, an old widow now going to be married again, is thus described, with some degree of drollery, on the bridal day.
* In quarto. Others followed, 1566.- * An admirable proverbial fimile. It
*576.- 587.-1598. 4to. is used in Wilson’s ARTR of Rhetor Ike, * I do not understand this, which is “I knewe a priest that was as mice as a *arked for a proverb. “Nunne, Hen, when he would say masse he
“ would “would never saie Dominus Vobis- * Second PART. ch. i. “cum, but Dominus Wobicum.” fol. 1 12. * In quarto.
I suppose, That day her eares might wel glow,
The work has its value and curiosity as a repertory of proverbs made at so early a period. Nor was the plan totally void of ingenuity, to exhibit these maxims in the course of a narrative, enlivened by facts and circumstances. It certainly was susceptible of humour and invention.
Heywood's largest and most laboured performance is the SP1DER AND THE FLIE, with wooden cuts, printed at London by Thomas Powell, in 1556*. It is a very long poem in the oétave stanza, containing ninety-eight chapters. Perhaps there never was so dull, so tedious, and trifling an apologue: without fancy, meaning, or moral. A long tale of fićtitious manners will always be tiresome, unless the design be burlesque: and then the ridiculous, arising from the contrast between the solemn and the light, must be ingeniously supported. Our author seems to have intended a fable on the burlesque construction: but we know not when he would be serious and when witty, whether he means to make the reader laugh, or to give him advice. We must indeed acknowledge, that the age was not yet sufficiently
a. edit. 1567. 4to, ~. refined, • But I must not forget Chaucer's SIR THop As : and that among the Cotton manuscripts, there is an anonymous poem, perhaps coeval with Chaucer, in the style of allegorical burlesque, which describes the power of money, with great humour, and in no common vein of satire. The hero of the piece is sir Penn Y. MSS. Cott. Cal. 7. A. 2.
refined, either to relish or to produce, burlesque poetry". Harrison, the author of the DescripTIon of BRITAINE, pre
INc IPit NAR RAcro De D No DEN AR 10.
In erth it es a littill thing,
“FLIE, wherin he dealeth so profoundly, and beyond all mea“ sure of skill, that neither he himself that made it, neither “ any one that readeth it, can reach unto the meaning thereof".” It is a proof of the unpopularity of this poem, that it never was reprinted. Our author's EPIGRAMs, and the poem of Prov ERBs, were in high vogue, and had numerous editions within the year 1598. The most lively part of the SPIDER and FLIE is perhaps the mock-fight between the spiders and flies, an awkward imitation of Homer's BATRAchom Uom Achy. The preparations for this bloody and eventful engagement, on the part of the spiders, in their cobweb-castle, are thus described.
Behold ! the battilments in every loope:
The beginning of all this confusion is owing to a fly entering the poet's window, not through a broken pane, as might be presumed, but through the lattice, where it is suddenly entangled in a cobweb". The cobweb, however, will be allowed to be suf
* Descript. BRIT. p. 226. Hollinsh. * Clad in armour. Chron. tom. i. * Perhaps, Capitayne.
* In rows. 1 Cap. 57. Signat. Bb.
* Impregnable. * Cap, i.
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