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[At the beginning of this volume occurs the one solitary instance in which it has been thought absolutely necessary to deviate in the slightest degree from the arrangement of Gifford. A glance at the edition of 1816 will shew that the printer had been supplied with materials in the most mangled and confused condition. There are two pieces numbered xcii.; two xciii.; and a leap all at once from xcv. to cvi. The pieces thus eliminated from the text, as originally contemplated, were some of them omitted altogether, and others mutilated to fit into a huge “note" of ten pages. They have now been restored as nearly as possible to the state in which they are found in the original Ms. in the British Museum. I have also added several pieces which have come to light since 1816, and two of which the authenticity was disputed on what are now believed to be insufficient grounds. F. CUNNINGHAM.]
Jonson's connexion with the family of this distinguished nobleman was close and of long continuance. He has monumental verses on several of its members; those which follow are extracted from the MS. volume in the British Museum.
ONS, seek not me among these polished
EPITAPH ON LADY KATHERINE OGLE.”
T W Y С C
HE was the light (without reflex
Upon herself) of all her sex,
Was the example of a wife,
All circles had their spring and end
? This lady, the second wife of sir Charles Cavendish, and
, was the
daughter and coheir of Cuthbert, Lord Ogle. She outlived her husband several years, and was declared Baroness Ogle in 1628.
In her, and what could perfect be
All that was solid in the name
Her soul possest her flesh's state
grave did stay,
Ο Ζευς κατείδε χρόνιος εις τας διφθέρας.
Her children, and grandchildren, read it here;
To view the truth and own it? Do but look
pause upon it: Make this page your book! Your book ? your volume! Nay, the state and story! Code, Digests, Pandects of all female glory!
OR this did Katherine Lady Ogle die
Sealed and delivered to her, in the Light
EPITAPH ON THE LADY JANE.
table in this church can say
3 This Jane was the eldest daughter of Lord Ogle, and sister of
AN INTERLUDE, ETC.
[The volume from which the foregoing were taken, contains also an Interlude, never yet noticed by the poet's biographers. It has neither title nor date; but appears to have been written by Jonson for the christening of a son of the earl of Newcastle, to which the king or the prince (both seem to have been present) stood godfather. It consists principally of the unrestrained and characteristic tattle of three gossips; and though the language may appear somewhat too free for the present times, yet as a matter of curiosity, I have ventured to subjoin it.
The scene is the earl of Newcastle's house, in the Black Friars. GIFFORD.]
At the entrance to the banquet.
IR, you are welcome to the forest : you have
seen a battle upon a table, now you see a hunting. I know not what the game will
prove, but the ground is well clothed with the lady just mentioned. She married Edward, eighth earl of Shrewsbury, (younger brother of the Gilbert so often noticed,) and died in 1625, having survived her husband about seven years.
4 It appears that the table represented a hunting scene in sweetmeats. We cannot easily conceive the enormous sums expended in constructing those banquets. Every object of art or nature was represented in them; and castles and towers and towns were reared of marchpane of a size that would confound the faculties of the confectioners of these degenerate days. The courtier, like the citizen, was a most fierce devourer of plums, and the ships, bulwarks, forests, &c., that were not eaten on the spot, were conveyed into the pockets of the guests, and carried off, without stint and without shame.