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Home they come sone anone,
This lady to hyr mete gan gone,
And of venery' had hyr fille

For they had take game at wille.
He is afterwards knighted with great solemnity.

The heraudes gaff the childm the gree,
A M pownde he had to fee,
Mynstrellys nad yiftes of golde

And fourty dayes thys fest was holde." The metrical romance entitled La Mort ARTHURE, preserved in the same repository, is supposed by the learned and accurate Wanley, to be a translation from the French: who adds, that it is not perhaps older than the times of Henry the Seventh. But as it abounds with many Saxon words, and seems to be quoted in Syr Bevys, I have given it a place here P. Notwithstanding the title, and the exordium which promises the history of Arthur and the Sangreal,—the exploits of Sir Lancelot du Lake king of Benwike, his intrigues with Arthur's queen Geneura, and his refusal of the beautiful daughter of the earl of Ascalot, form the greatest part of the poem. At the close, the repentance of Lancelot and Geneura, who both assume the habit of religion, is introduced. The writer mentions the Tower of London. The following is a description of a tournament performed by some of the knights of the Round Table 4.

Tho to the castelle gon they fare,

To the ladye fayre and bryht:
Blithe was the ladye thare,

That they wold dwelle with hyr that nyght.
I venison. [hunting, game.)

most essentially from Malory's work, Ippomedon. n MS. f. 61. b. which was a mere compilation, whilst it

MSS. Harl. 2252. 49. f. 86. Pr. follows with 'tolerable exactness the « Lordinges that are leffe and deare.' French romance of Lancelot; and its Never printed.

phraseology, which perfectly resembles (The late Mr. Ritson was of opinion that of Chester and other authors of that this romance] was versified from the fifteenth century, betrays no marks the prose work of the same name written of affectation.—ELLIS. A new edition by Malory and printed by Caxton; in of Caxton's Morte Arthur has since proof of which he contended that the been published by Mr. Southey.style is marked by an evident affectation Edit.) of antiquity. But in truth it differs Signat. K, ïi. b,

4 MS. f. 89. b.

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Hastely was there soper yarer

Off mete and drinke rychely dight;
On the morow gon they dine and fare

Both Launcelott and that other knight.
Whan they come in to the feld

Myche there was of game and play,
Awhile they hovids and byheld

How Arthur's knightis rode that day,
Galehodis' party bygan to heldu

On fote his knightis ar led away.
Launcelott stiff was undyr scheld,

Thinkis to helpe yif that he may.
Besyde hym come than sir Ewayne,

Breme W as eny wilde bore;
Launcellott springis hym ageyne*,

In rede armys that he bore:
A dynte he yaff with mekill mayne,

Sir Ewayne was unhorsid thare,
That alle men wente y he had ben slayne

So was he woundyd wondyr sarea.
Sir Boerte thoughte no thinge good,

When Syr Ewaine unhorsid was;
Forthe he springis, as he were wode,

To Launcelot withouten lees:
Launcellot hyte hym on the hode,

The nexte way to grounde he chese:
Was none so stiff agayne hym stode

Ffule thynne he made the thikkest preesa.
Sir Lyonelle beganne to tene",

And hastely he made hym bowne',
To Launcellott, with herte kene,

He rode with helme and sword browne;

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Launcellott hitte hym as I wene,

Throughe the helme in to the crowne:
That
evyr

after it was sene
Bothe hors and man there yod adoune.
The knightis gadrid to gedir thare

And gan with crafte, &c. I could give many more ample specimens of the romantic poems of these nameless minstrels, who probably flourished before or about the reign of Edward the Seconda. But it

d Octavian is one of the romances MSS. Bibl. Adv. Edinb. W 4. 1. mentioned in the Prologue to Cure de Num. xxii. Lyon, above cited. See also vol. i. p. 123. [It is in this romance of Syr Beves, In the Cotton manuscripts there is the that the knight passes over a bridge, the metrical romance of Octavian imperator, arches of which are hung round with but it has nothing of the history of the small bells. Signat. E iv. This is an Roman emperors. Pr. “ Jhesu bat was oriental idea. In the ALCORAN it is with spere ystonge." Calig. A 12. f. 20. said, that one of the felicities in MahoIt is a very singular stanza. In Bishop met's paradise, will be to listen to the More's manuscripts at Cambridge, there ravishing music of an infinite number is a poem with the same title, but a very of bells, hanging on the trees, which different beginning, viz. “ Lytyll and will be put in motion by the wind promykyll olde and younge.” Bibl. Publ. ceeding from the throne of God. Sale's 690. 30.—[This romance will be found Koran, Prelim. Disc. p. 100. In the in Mr. Weber's collection, vol. iii. p. 157. enchanted horn, as we shall see hereafter, -EDIT. )-The emperor Octavyen, per- in le Lai du Corn, the rim of the horn haps the same, is mentioned in Chaucer's is hung round with a hundred bells of a Dreme, v. 368. Among Hatton's manu most musical sound. - ADDITIONS.] scripts in Bibl. Bodl. we have a French Sidracke was translated into English poem, Romaunce de Olheniem Empereur verse by one Hugh Campden; and de Rome. Hyper. Bodl. 4046. 21. printed, probably not long after it was

In the same line of the aforesaid Pro- translated, at London, by Thomas GodJogue, we have the romance of Ury. frey, at the cost of Dan Robert Saltwood, This is probalıly the father of the cele- monk of saint Austin's in Canterbury, brated Sir Ewaine or Yvain, mentioned 1510. This piece therefore belongs to in the Court Mantell. Mem. Anc. Che a lower period. I have seen only one val. ii. p. 62.

manuscript copy of it. Laud, G 57. fol.

inembran.
Li rois pris par la destre main

Chaucer mentions, in Sir Topaz,
L' amiz monseignor Yvain
Qui au roi URIEN fų filz,

among others, the romantic poems of Et bons chevaliers et hardiz,

Sir Blandamoure, Sir Libeaur, and Sir Qui tant ama chiens et oisiaux.

Impotis. Of the former I find nothing

more than the name occurring in Sir Specimens of the English Syr Bevys Libeaux. may be seen in Percy's Ball. iii. 216, [This has been copied from Percy's 217, 297. edit. 1767. And Observations Essay referred to below, the last edition on the Fairy Queen, $ ii. p. 50. It is of which reads Blaundemere, while the extant in the black letter. It is in best MSS. of Chaucer read Pleindamanuscript at Cambridge, Bibl. Publ. moure. --Epir.) 690. 30. And Coll. Caii. A 9. 5. And To avoid prolix repetitions from other

is neither my inclination nor intention to write a catalogue,
or compile a miscellany. It is not to be expected that this
work should be a general repository of our antient poetry.
I cannot however help observing, that English literature and
English poetry suffer, while so many pieces of this kind still
remain concealed and forgotten in our manuscript libraries.
They contain in common with the prose-romances, to most of
which indeed they gave rise, amusing images of antient customs
and institutions, not elsewhere to be found, or at least not
otherwise so strikingly delineated : and they preserve pure and
unmixed, those fables of chivalry which formed the taste and
awakened the imagination of our elder English classics. - The
antiquaries of former times overlooked or rejected these valu-
able remains, which they despised as false and frivolous; and
employed their industry in reviving obscure fragments of un-
instructive morality or uninteresting history. But in the pre-
sent age we are beginning to make ample amends: in which
the curiosity of the antiquarian is connected with taste and
works in the hands of all, refer the And when the child of grete honour
reader to Percy's Essay on antient me- Was come bifore the emperour,
trical Romances, who has analysed the Upon his knees he him sette
plan of Sir Libeaur, or Sir Libius Disco- The emperour full faire he grette :
nius, at large, p. 17. See also p. 24. ibid. The emperour with milde chere

As to Sir Ippotis, an anticnt poem Askede him whethence he come were,&c.
with that title occurs in manuscript; We shall have occasion, in the progress
MSS. Cotton, Calig. A 2. f. 77. and of our poetry, to bring other specimens
MS. Vernon, f. 296. But as Chaucer
is speaking of romances of chivalry,

of these compositions. See Obs. on which he means to ridicule, and this is Spenser's Fairy Queen, ii. 42, 43. a religious legend, it may be doubted

I must not forget here, that Sir whether this is the piece alluded to by is celebrated in a separate romance.

Gawaine, one of Arthur's champions,
Chaucer. However, I will here exhibit
a specimen of it from the exordium. Among Tanner's manuscripts, we have
MS. Vernon, f. 296.

the Weddynge of Sir Gawain, Numb.

455. Bibl. Bodl. It begins, “ Be ye Her bi ginnith a tretys

blythe and listeneth to the lyf of a lorde That men clepeth YPOTIS.

riche.” Dr. Percy has printed the MarAlle that wolleth of wisdom lere,

riage of Sir Gaway, which he believes Lusteneth now, and ze may here; to have furnished Chaucer with his Of a tale of holi writ

Wife of Bath. Ball. i. 11. It begins, Seynt John the evangelist witnesseth it. King Arthur lives in merry Carlisle." How hit bifelle in grete Romne,

I think I have somewhere seen a roThe cheef citee of Cristendome,

mance in verse entitled, The Turke A childe was sent of mihtes most, and Gawaine.—[This romance occurs in Thorow vertue of the holi gost :

Bishop Percy's catalogue given from his The emperour of Rome than

folio MS.- Edır.] His name was hoten sire Adrian;

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genius, and his researches tend to display the progress of human manners, and to illustrate the history of society.

As a further illustration of the general subject, and many particulars, of this section and the three last, I will add a new proof of the reverence in which such stories were held, and of the familiarity with which they must have been known, by our ancestors. These fables were not only perpetually repeated at their festivals, but were the constant objects of their eyes. The very walls of their apartments were clothed with romantic history. Tapestry was antiently the fashionable furniture of our houses, and it was chiefly filled with lively representations of this sort. The stories of the tapestry in the royal palaces of Henry the Eighth are still preservedo; which I will here give without reserve, including other subjects, as they happen to

p. 1o.

e “ The seconde part of the Invento- glasse with imagery made of bone. rye of our late sovereigne lord kyng Three payre of hawkes gloves, with two Henry the Eighth, conteynynge his lined with velvett. Three combe-cases guardrobes, houshold-stuff, &c. &c." of bone furnished. A night-cappe of MSS. Harl. 1419. fol. The original. blacke velvett embrawdered. Sampson Compare vol. i. p. 118. and Walpole's made in alablaster. A peece of unicorne's Anecd. Paint. i.

horne. Littel boxes in a case of woode. [I make no apology for adding here Four littel coffres for jewels. A horne an account of the furniture of a CLOSET of ivorie. A standinge diall in a case at the old royal palace of Greenwich, in of copper. A horne-glasse. Eight cases the reign of Henry the Eighth ; as it of trenchers. Forty four dogs collars, throws light on our general subject, by of sondrye makynge. Seven lyans of giving a lively picture of the fashions, silke. A purse of crymson satten for a arts, amusements, and modes of life, ... embrawdered with golde. A round which then prevailed. From the same painted table with th' ymage of a kinge. manuscript in the British Museum. A foldinge table of images. One payre “ A clocke. A glasse of steele. Four of bedes (beads] of jasper garnyshed with battell axes of wood. Two quivers with lether. One hundred and thirty eight

A painted table si. e. a pic- hawkes hoodes. A globe of paper. А ture). A payre of ballance (balances], mappe made lyke a scryne. Two green with waights. A case of tynne with a boxes with wrought corall in them. Two plot. In the window (a large bow- boxes covered with blacke velvett. A window], a rounde mapp. A standinge reede tipt at both ends with golde, and glasse of steele in ship.A branche of bolts for a turony bowe': A chaire of flowres wrought upon wyre. Two payre joyned worke. An elle of synnamounde of playing tables of bone. A payre of (cinnamon sticke tipt with sylver. Three chesmen in a case of black lether. Two ridinge roddes for ladies, and a yard [rod] birds of Araby. A gonne (gun) upon of blake tipt with horne. Six walkyng a stocke wlieeled. Five paxes (cruci- staves, one covered with silke and golde. fixes) of glasse and woode. A tablet of A blake satten-bag with chesmen. A our ladie and saint Anne. A standinge table with a clothi (a picture) of saint

arrowes.

· Perhaps Tyrone in Ireland.

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