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SECTION. III. p. 51. : ; Reign of Henry the hath. Lydgate. His life and character. His
Dance of Death. Macaber a German poet. Lydgate's poem in horour of Saint Edmund. Presented to Henry the fixth, at Bury-abbey, in a most splendid manuscript, now remaining. His Lyf of our Lady. Elegance and harmony of his file and versification.
SECTION IV. p. 61. Lydgate continued. His Fall of Princes, from Laurence Pre
mierfait's French paraphraje of Boccace on the same subject. Nature, plan, and specimens of that poem. Its sublime allegorical figure of Fortune. Authors cited in the same. Boccace's opportunities of collecting many stories of Greek original, now not extant in any Greek writer. Lydgate's Storie of Thebes. An additional Canterbury Tale. Its plan, and originals. Martianus Capella. Happily imitated by Lydgate. Feudal manners applied to Greece. Specimen of Lydgate's force in description.
SECTION V. p. 81.
Lydgate's Troy - Boke. A paraphrase of Colonna's Historia
Trojana. Homer, when, and how, first known in Europe. Lydgate's powers in rural painting.
Dares and Dietys. Feudal manners, and Arabian imagery, ingrafted on the Trojan story. Anecdotes of antient Gothic architecture displayed in the structure of Troy. An ideal theatre at Troy so described, as to prove that no regular stage now existed. Game of chefs invented at the fiege of Troy. Lydgate's gallantry. His anachronisms. Hector's shrine and chantry. Specimens of another Troy-Boke, anonymous, and written in the reign of Henry the fixth.
SECTION VI. p. 101.
Reigri of Henry the sixth continued. Hugh Campeden translates the
French romance of Sidrac. Thomas Cheftre's Sir Launfale. Metrical romance of the Erle ot" Tholouse.' Analysis of its Fable. Minstrels paid better than the clergy. Reign of Edward the fourth. Translation of the classics and other books into French. How it operated on English literature. Caxton. Anecdotes of English typography.
SECTION VII. p. 125.
Harding's Chronicle. First mention of the king's Poet Laureate
occurs in the reign of Edward the fourth. History of that ofice. Scogan. Didactic poems on chemistry by Norton and Ripley.
SECTION VIII. p. 139. Poems under the name of Thomas Rowlie. Supposed to be Spurious.
IX. p. 165.
The reigns of Richard the tbird, and Henry the seventh, abound in
obscure verhfiers." Bertram Walton. Benedi&t Burgh translates Cato's Latin Distichs. History of that work. Julian Barnes. Abbesses fond of bunting and hawking. A religious poem by William of Nassyngton. "His Prologue explained. Minstrels and Gestours to be distinguished. Gest of the Three Kings of Cologne sung in the arched chamber of the Prior at Winchester. The Gest of the Seven Sleepers. Originally a Greek Legend. Bradshaw's Life of Saint Werburgh. Metrical chronicles of the kings of England fashionable in this century. Ralph Higden proved to be the author of the Chester-plays. Specimen of
Bradshaw's poem, from his description of the historical tapestry in the ball of Ely monastery when the princess Werburgh was admitted to the veil. Legends and legend-makers. Fabyan. Wat
for. Caxton a poet.
Kalendar of Shepherds. Pageaunts.
Digression to the Scotch poets. William Dunbar. His Thistle
and Rose, and Golden Terge. Specimens. Dunbar's comic
A digreson on the origin of Mysteries. Various origins afhgned.
Religious dramas at Constantinople. Plays first acted in the