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1. OF THE ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION IN EUROPE.
2. ON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEARNING INTO ENGLAND.
3. ON THE GESTA ROMANORUM.

BY

THOMAS WARTON, B.D.

FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD, AND OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES, AND LATE

PROFESSOR OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.

A NEW EDITION
CAREFULLY REVISED,

WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL NOTES BY THE LATE MR. RITSON,

THE LATE DR, ASHBY, MR. DOUCE,
MR. PARK, AND OTHER EMINENT ANTIQUARIES,

AND
BY THE EDITOR.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. IV.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEAPSIDE.

1824.

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CONTENT S.

VOL. IV.

Section XLVI.

Page. METRICAL versions of Scripture. Archbishop Parker's Psalms

in metre. Robert Crowley's puritanical poetry .......... 1

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Section XLVII.
Tye’s Acts of the Apostles in rhyme. His merit as a musician.

Early piety of king Edward the Sixth. Controversial ballads
and plays. Translation of the Bible. Its effects on our lan-
guage. Arthur Kelton's Chronicle of the Brutes. First Drink-
ing-song. Gammar Gurton's Needle ..

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14

Section XLVIII.
Reign of queen Mary. Mirrour for Magistrates. Its inventor,

Sackville lord Buckhurst. His life. Mirrour for Magistrates
continued by Baldwyn and Ferrers. Its plan and stories....

33

Section XLIX.
Sackville's Induction to the Mirrour for Magistrates. Examined.

A prelude to the Fairy Queen. Comparative view of Dante's
Inferno

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Section L.
Sackville's Legend of Buckingham in the Mirrour for Magistrates.

Additions by Higgins. Account of him. View of the early
editions of this Collection. Specimen of Higgins's Legend of
Cordelia, which is copied by Spenser ..................

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Section LI.

Page. View of Niccols's edition of the Mirrour for Magistrates. High estimation of this Collection. Historical plays, whence .... 91

SECTION LII.
Richard Edwards. Principal poet, player, musician, and buffoon,

to the courts of Mary and Elisabeth. Anecdotes of his life. Cotemporary testimonies of his merit. A contributor to the Paradise of daintie Devises. His book of comic histories, supposed to have suggested Shakespeare's Induction of the Tinker. Occasional anecdotes of Antony Munday and Henry Chettle. Edwards's songs............ ........ 108

Section LIII.
Tusser. Remarkable circumstances of his life. His Husbandrie,

one of our earliest didactic poems, examined ............ 123

· Section LIV. William Forrest's poems. His Queen Catharine, an elegant

manuscript, contains anecdotes of Henry's divorce. He collects and preserves antient music. Puritans oppose the study of the classics. Lucas Shepherd. John Pullayne. Numerous metrical versions of Solomon's Song. Censured by Hall the satirist. Religious rhymers. Edward More. Boy-bishop, and miracleplays, revived by queen Mary. Minute particulars of an antient miracle-play ............

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Section LV.
English Language begins to be cultivated. Earliest book of

Criticism in English. Examined. Soon followed by others.
Early critical systems of the French and Italians. New and
superb editions of Gower and Lydgate. Chaucer's monument
erected in W'estminster Abbey. Chaucer esteemed by the
Reformers ....... ...............

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Section LVI.

Sackville's Gorboduc. Our first regular tragedy. Its fable, con

duct, characters, and style. Its defects. Dumb-show. Sackville not assisted by Norton .......

vorion ..........................

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