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My love is dedde, &c.
According to the date assigned to this tragedy, it is the first drama extant in our language. In an Epistle prefixed to his patron Cannynge, the author thus censures the MysTeries, or religious interludes, which were the only plays then existing.
Plaies made from HALLIE' TALES I hold unmete;
The Ode to Ella is said to have been sent by Rowlie in the
year 1468, as a specimen of his poetical abilities, to his intimate friend and cotemporary Lydgate, who had challenged him to write verses. The subject is a victory obtained by Ella over the Danes, at Watchett near Bristolk. I will give this piece at length..
SONGE TO AELLE LORDE OF THE CASTLE OF BRISTOWE
ynne daies of yore.
EALLE the darlynge of futuritie !
As everlastynge to posteritie !
Arraung'd ynn dreare arraie,
Uppone the lethale daie,
Thenn dyddst thou furyouse stonde,
And bie thie brondeous honde Beesprengedd all the mees with gore.
Drawne bie thyne anlace felle',
Remember Stowe, the Bryghtstowe Car Turgotus, who both lived in Norman tymes. malyte,
The latter, indeed, may in some measure Who, when John Clackynge, one of myckle be said to have flourished in that era, for lore,
he died bishop of Saint Andrews in 1915. Dydd throwe hys gauntlette penne wythe But he is oddly coupled with Chaucer in hym to wryte,
another respect, for he wrote only some He shewde smalle wytte, and thewde his Latin chronicles. Besides, Lydgate muft weaknesse more.
have been sufficiently acquainted with ChauThys ys mie 'formance, whiche I now have cer's age ; for he was living, and a young wrytte,
man, when Chaucer died. The writer The best performance of mie lyttel wytte. also mentions Stone, the Carmelite, as Stowe should be Stone, a Carmelite friar of living with Chaucer and Turgotus : whereBristo, educated at Cambridge, and a fa
as he was Lydgate's cotemporary. These
circumstances, added to that of the extreme mous preacher. Lydgate's answer on re
and affected meanness of the compofition, ceiving the ode, which certainly cannot be
evidently prove this little piece a forgery. genuine, is beneath transcription. The writer, freely owning his inferiority, de 1 Sword. clares, that Rowlie rivals Chaucer and
Oh! thou, where'er (thie bones att reste)
Thie spryte to haunt delyghteth beste, Whytherr upponn the bloude-embrewedd pleyne,
Orr whare thou kennst fromme farre
The dysmalle crie of warre,
Orr feeste the harnessd steede,
Yprauncynge o'er the meede, ,
blacke armoure staulke arounde Embattell’d Brystowe, once thie grounde, And glowe ardorous onn the castell steeres :
Orr fierie rounde the mynster“ glare :
Lette Brystowe stylle bee made thie care, Guarde ytte fromme foemenne and consumynge fyres
Lyche Avone streme ensyrke ytt rounde;
Ne lett a flame enharme the grounde, "Tyll ynne one flame all the whole worlde expyres.
The BATTLE OF HASTINGS is called a translation from the Saxon: and contains a minute description of the persons, arms, and characters of many of the chiefs, who fought in that important action. In this poem, Stonehenge is described as a Druidical temple.
The poem called the TOURNAMENT, is dramatically conducted, among others, by the characters of a herald, a knight, a minstrel, and a king, who are introduced fpeaking
The following piece is a description of an alderman's feast at Bristol ; or, as it is entitled, ACCOUNTE OF W. CANNYNGE'S FEAST.
. The monastery. Now the cathedrala
Thorowe the hall the belle han founde,
Thos echeone daie bee I to deene",
But a dialogue between two ladies, whose knights, or husbands, served in the wars between York and Lancaster, and were now fighting at the battle of Saint Albans, will be more interesting to many readers. This battle happened in the reign of Edward the fifth, about the year 1471.
ELINOUR and JUGA. Anne Ruddeborne' bank twa pynynge maydens sate, Theire teares faste dryppeynge to the waterre cleere ; Echone bementynge' for her absente mate, Who atte Seyndte Albonns shouke the morthynge' speare. The nottebrowne Ellynor to Juga fayre, Dydde speke acroole", with languyshmente of eyne, Lyke droppes of pearlie dewe, lemed" the
No mo the milkynette Ihalle wake the morne,
Whan mokie' cloudes do hange upon the leme
* Sad complaint.
Deadly, or death-boding. 8 A small bagpipe.
* In a confined sense, a bush or hedge, though sometimes used as a foreft.
i Church-yard, full of graves.