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Tye's Aéts of the Apostles in rhyme. His merit as a musician.
Early piety of king Edward the sixth. Controversal ballads and
plays. Translation of the Bible. Its effects on our language.
Arthur Kelton's Chronicle of the Brutes. First Drinking-
song. Gammar Gurton's Needle.

Reign of queen Mary. Mirrour of Magistrates. Its inventor,
Sackville lord Buckhurst. His life. Mirrour of Magistrates
continued by Baldwyn and Ferrers. Its plan and stories.

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Sackville's Legend of Buckingham in the Mirrour of Magistrates.
Additions by Higgins. Account of him. View of the early
editions of this Collection. Specimen of Higgins's Legend of Cor-
delia, which is copied by Spenser.

View of Niccoli's edition of the Mirrour of Magistrates. High
estimation of this Collection. Historical plays, whence.

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vived by queen Mary, Minute particulars of an antient mira-
cle-play."

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S E CT I O N XXXVIII. p. 355.

Sackville's Gordobuc. Our first regular tragedy. Its fable, condući, charaćiers, and style. Its defects. Dumb-show. Sackville not affed by Norton.

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SECTION XLI. p. 432.

Kendal's Martial. Marlowe's versions of Colutbus and Museus. General charaćier of his Tragedies. Testimonies of his cotemporaries. Specimens and estimate of his poetry. His death. First Translation of the Iliad by Arthur Hall. Chapman's Homer.

. His other works. Version of Clitophon and Leucippe. Origin of the Greek erotic romance. Palingenius translated by Googe. Criticism on the original. Specimen and merits of the translation. Googe's other works. Incidental stričiure on the philosophy of the Greeks.

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S E CT I O N XLIII. p. 490. General view and character of the poetry of queen Elisabeth's age.

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A L E S are the learning of a rude age. In the progress of letters, speculation and enquiry commence with refinement of manners. Literature becomes sentimental and discursive, in proportion as a people is polished : and men must be instructed by facts, either real or imaginary, before they can apprehend the subtleties of argument, and the force of refle&tion. - Vincent of Beauvais, a learned Dominican of France, who flourished in the thirteenth century, observes in his MIRROR of History, that it was a pračtice of the preachers of his age, to rouse the indifference and relieve the languor of their hearers, by quoting the fables of Esop: yet, at the same time, he recommends a sparing and prudent application of these profane fancies in the discussion of sacred subjećts". Among the Harleian

* Specul. Hist. Lib. iii. c. viii. fol. 31. b. edit. Ven. 1591.

Vol. III. 3. manuscripts

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