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Here, I think, Penn found his title. vided into short sections, followed each by
a meditation. Job.
Samson. P. 179. Satan's account of his employ
JUSTIFICATIon in the preface of certain ment on earth. A stroke of satire, hardly passages at which “extreme severity might to have been looked for here.
shock." 185. Alexander.
P. 268. “ Even when her bed-rid faith “Wouldst thou by conquest win more fame
was grown so frail, than he ?
That Subdue thyself; thyself's a world to thee."
very hope grew heartless to prevail." But this whole Meditation is impressive | The weakness of a lonely woman's breast.”
276. — “some false delusion that possest as well as characteristic. 206. Meditation 8.
278. “ her breathless tongue disjoins
Her broken words." 213. “ What refuge hast thou then, but to present
282. A catalogue of birds, &c. in the manA heart inricht with the sad complement
ner of Chaucer and Spenser. Of a true convert, on thy bended knee
“The cuckoo, ever telling of one tale." Before thy God, t'atone? thy God and thee."
313. Luxuries of the table. 234.“ To Athens, gown'd, he goes,
Viper-wines mentioned as aphrodisiacs. and
327. Some of his oddities in the descripfrom that school Returns unsped, a more instructed fool."
tion of Samson killing the Philistines.
355. “ Where Heaven doth please to 234.“ The swelling of an outward for
ruin, human wit tune can
Must fail, and deeper policy submit; Create a prosperous, not a happy man.
There wisdom must be fool'd, and strength A peaceful conscience is the true content,
of brain And wealth is but her golden ornament.”
Must work against itself, or work in vain." 234. “ I am to God, I only seem to man.'
"the silly ass's bone, All these scriptural poems of his are di
Not worth the spurning.”
365. Gold,—why so rarely produced by | The title alluded to is his No Cross no
nature. Crown, &c. 1682. 8vo. It is Jeremy Taylor 381. Here is Cowley's conceit, speaking that says (I quote memoriter), “ Every person of the temple which Samson pulled down, shall in some sort bear his cross, and it is not the ruins, he says, well with those who do it not." ? This is the old sense of the word. I in.
" with an unexpected blow, stance the following, not found in Nares' Gloss. Gave every one his death and burial too." or elsewhere, “Which union must all divers things attone,” &c.
382. The concluding Meditation. LORD BROOKE, Treat. of Monarchie.
Sion's Sonnets. “ And if some kind wight goe not to uttone My surly master with me, wretched maid,
Tuis is a paraphrase of Solomon's Song, I shall be beaten dead.”
cut into shreds of four couplets, in which I BROWNE, Britannia's Pastorals. have not found a single line or expression
J. W. W.
He uses went for gone. Fruits of War, Sion's Elegies, wept by Jeremie the
“ Is wit now went so wandering from thy This is a paraphrase of the Lamentations,
mina ?" in elegies of six couplets. And he follows the Hebrew form, by beginning them al- As in the first edition of his “ Hundred phabetically.
sundry Flowers, 1572," the account of his P. 445.“ My joys are turn'd to sorrows, shipwreck is called “last voyage into Holbackt with fears,
land in March," it appears that he had And I, poor I, lie pickled up in tears."
visited that country before. An Alphabet of Elegies upon Dr. Ailmer. In the same form as the Lamentations,
Tirall Poetry. concluded with an alphabetical epitaph,in which, however, he leaves out X and Z,
Preface. and makes I and U stand each, as in the “To some persons this volume will aldictionary, for two letters.
ways be interesting; in some libraries it
will always preserve a place; to some famiElegy on Dr. Wilson of the Rolls. lies it will always be precious."
P. 7. On the death of a child,-
-“God created such immortal flowers
To P. 505. “My passion has no April in her
grow in his own paradise, not ours.” eyes.
37. A good specimen of continuous tripI cannot spend in mists ; I cannot mizzle;
lets. My fluent brains are too severe to drizzle
57. A glass-bell in a pendant. This Slight drops, my prompted fancy cannot seems (if I understand the verses) to have shower
been really worn as an ear-ring, and as a And shine within an hour."
lover's gift. “let such perfume
65. A glass concave on one side, convex Suspicious lines with skill, whilst I presume
on the other,-a sportive piece of furniture. On strength of nature.”
100.“ Is this the house to which none Spirit and evil he uses as monosyllables.
Unwilling or unwelcome.” Mildreiados. To the Memory of Mildred,
Mrs. THIMALBY. Lady Luckyn.
140.“ The dead man's thumb of azure blew." In this poem he has imitated the manner
What meadow-flower is this? of Phineas Fletcher. The epitaph is in shape of an hour-glass. 218.“ Long waiting Love doth find
Into the slow-believing mind.”
221. so highly happy in his love." Bor. i. 504, where, though still with an injurious suspicion, the matter is better ex
· The poetry, of course, takes its name from plained. And the Commentarios of D. Ber
the place. It was edited by Arthur Clifford, nardino de Mendoza, ff. 250.
Esq. Edinb. 1813. 4to.-J. W. W.
249. “Go to the dull churchyard, and see 63. Strawberries seem to have required Those hillocks of mortality;
more care in winter then than now. Was Where proudest man is only found this needless care ? or had the plant not By a small swelling in the ground." yet become acclimated ?
85. What trees are meant by raisins? 266. A poem of rich absurdity upon the
can this word be used for vines ? I think house of Loretto. 352. How little must this editor have not, because grapes, white and red, are
mentioned in the same list. read, not to know that the cocoa tree was
86.“ Daine Profit shall give thee reward intended.
for thy pain." 389. Stonyhurst. It was Sir E. Sher
88. Cattle fed in the winter upon lopburne's seat. Mr. Weld gave it in 1794 to the English Jesuits of Liege, on their mi pings; and sheep, during snow, upon misle
toe and ivy. gration to England.
96. This mutilation of fillies seems no longer to be practised. One is glad to find any barbarous practice fall into disuse.
102. Swans, a part of the live stock, 110. THOMAS TUSSER. Dr. Mavor's edition. 109. And peacocks.
P. 22. HEBER has a copy of Tusser with 126. Number of dogs, a plague to the MS. notes by Gabriel Harvey.
farmer. 25. Lord Molesworth in 1723 said that 131. Use of leeks in March. this book should be read, learnt by heart, 132. “No spoon-meat no belly full, laand copied in country schools.
bourers think." vii. “By practise and ill-speeding
138. “ Save step for a stile, of the crotch These lessons had their breeding."
of the bough." “ Sit down, Robin, and rest thee." 172. “ Where chamber is sweeped, and xl. A pretty stanza, but it tells what wormwood is strewn, everybody knows.
No flea for his life dare abide to be Here is the opinion stated that the sick known."2 feel the ebb and flow.
181. The saffron plot served for bleach8. “For best is the best, whatsoever ye ing ground in winter. 28. “ Hog measeled kill,
183. “ Grant harvest-lord more by a For Fleming that will."
penny or two,
To call on his fellows the better to do ; 39. “ Thy measeled bacon-hog, cow, or
Give gloves to thy reapers, a largess to cry, thy boar,
And daily to loiterers have a good eye.” Shut for to heal, for infecting thy store ;
188.“ The better thou thrivest, the gladOr kill it for bacon, or souse it to sell
der am I.” For Fleming, that loves it so daintily well."
190. Lent-provision : salt fish, and 41.“ Be sure of vergis, a gallon at least,
Go, stack it up dry, So good for the kitchen, so needful for
With pease-straw between it, the safer to beast."
? See Second Series, p. 637.-J. W. W.
I See The Doctor, &c. “ The Spaniards think that all who die of chronic diseases, breathe their last during the ebb." P. 207. One volume.-J. W. W.
those points wherein the passion is blameThe Fletchers.
ful. Lastly, such manifest difference being Giles FLETCHER (the father I suppose) betwixt every one of them, where, or howwas involved in some factious opposition to soever they be marshalled, how can I be Dr. Goad, the Provost of King's College; justly appeached of unadvisement ?" This and confessed the slander and falsehood of part of the preface was omitted in the later the charges he had assisted in bringing editions. against him. There are several letters upon He apologized also for his notes, saying this matter among the Lansdowne MS. p. that he had introduced the matters histori46, No. 23, 19 and seq.
cal, which required such explanation, beIb. p. 122, No. 65, 59. Dr. Fletcher to “ the work might in truth be judged Lord Burghley, of his intention to write in brainish, if nothing but amorous humour Latin the history of the Queen's times, with were handled therein." a sketch of it.
The dedications, of which he speaks, are Ib. p. 216, No. 112, 39. Some merchants, in a very affected style. From that to Edtrading to Russia, represent that if some ward, Earl of Bedford, we learn that he passages in Dr. Fletcher's History of Rus
was first bequeathed to the noble lady, his sia are not expunged, their trade will be
countess, “ by that learned and accomplished ruined. The book was accordingly sup- gentleman, Sir Henry Goodere (not long pressed.
since deceased), whose I was whilest he was, Some good remarks on both by Sir Eger- whose patience pleased to bear with the imton Brydges in the Preface to his Genevan perfections of my heedless and unstayed edition of the Theatrum Poetarum." youth. That excellent and matchless gen
There also he observes, and I think tleman was the first cherisher of my muse, justly, that Kirke White seems sometimes which had been by his death left a poor to have come nearest to the manner of Giles orphan to the world, had he not before beFletcher.
queathed it to that lady whom he so dearly
Mary, the French Queen, was dedicated
to Sir H. Goodere: and then to “the happy In the original preface to the Heroical
and generous family of the Goodere's” he Epistles, he gives his reason why he ob- “ confesses" himself" to be beholding for serves not the person's dignity in the dedica- the most part of his education." tion of each couple: “Seeing none to whom To his most dear friend, Master Henry I have dedicated any two epistles, but have Lucas, son to Edward Lucas, Esq. he says, their states overmatched by them who are “ Sir, to none have I been more beholding made to speak in the epistles, however the than to your kind parents, far (I must truly order is in dedication, yet in respect of their confess) above the measure of my deserts. degrees in my devotion, and the cause be- Many there be in England of whom, for fore recited, I hope they suffer no dispa- some particularity, I might justly challenge ragement, seeing every one is the first in
greater merit, had I not been born in so their particular interest, having in some evil an hour, as to be poisoned with that sort sorted the complexion of the epistles gall of ingratitude." This seems to mean to the character of their judgments to that he had met with unkind or ungrateful whom I dedicate them, excepting only the treatment. blamefulness of the person's passion, in
“ Yet these mine own; I wrong not other Geneva. From the press of Bonnant, 1824. In the copy before me, Southey has carefully marked this Preface.-J. W. W.
Nor traffic farther than this happy clime,
Nor filch from Portes (?)' nor from Pe- In the debate upon sending Mr. Howard
to the Tower, for the letter which he had A fault too common in this latter time. circulated (1675), Mr. Mallett said, “ There Divine Sir Philip, I avouch thy writ, is another precedent, of Withers the poet, I am no pick-purse of another's wit.” which if true does us justice.”—Parl. Hist. Sonnet to Sir Anthony Cooke. vol. 4. p. 749.
Compare his conduct during the Plague In the preface to the Poly Olbion, he with Van Helmont's, an enthusiast of a complains of this great disadvantage, that
different kind. See p. 12. verses are wholly deduced” to chambers, and nothing esteemed in this lunatic age
“ WHOEVER," says PHILLIPS, “ shall go but what is kept in cabinets, and must about to imitate his lofty style, may boldly only pass by transcription."
venture to ride post and versify."
Ben Jonson (vol. 8, p. 7-9) satirizes See PuLLIPS' Theatrum Poetarum. George Wither, and in a way which shows Matthias published at Naples, 1826, him to have been a popular writer at that “ Il Cavaliero della Croce Rossa, recato in
time. verso Italiano," from Spenser.
The plates in his emblems, first ap
peared in a book with this title; “ Gab. “ AND golden-mouthed Drayton musical, Rollenhagii Emblematum Centuriæ," 2 vols. Into whose soul sweet Sydney did infuse Cologne, 1613. M‘Pherson's Catalogue.3 The essence of his phænix-feathered muse." Fitz-GEFFREY's Life and Death of Drake, p. 10.
Sir William DAVENANT. "QUARRELS of Authors," vol.2, p. 212. An
account of the Attacks on Gondibert, in George Wither.
which D’Israeli has committed two extra“ Tue Great Assizes holden in Parnassus, ordinary blunders: he speaks of the poem 1643,” a squib upon the Diurnals and Mer- as published when Charles's Court gave curies, is ascribed to him, for “ its good the law—and supposes Dr. Donne to have sense and heavy versification.”—D’Israeli's been one of his four ironical vindicators.Quarrels of Authors, vol. 2, p. 254.
There are some verses by Charles Cotton “ PLEASE your Majesty," said Sir John (Chalmers, vol. 6, p. 748) in answer to some DENHAM,“ do not hang G. Wither, that it
in the Seventh Canto of the Third Book of may not be said I am the worst poet alive!" Gondibert, directed to his Father. This
canto has not been published, but seven Lansdowne's MS. No. 846. “ A peti- stanzas of it are prefixed to these verses tion of George Wither to the House of of Cottons. Commons, that he might be restored to li- Gondibert, p. 92. An irreverent alluberty, and appointed searcher of Dover.” sion to the Resurrection, not in accord with Though bound up with MS. this petition is
the feeling of the poem. printed.
3 I may observe here, that Southey had a Southey has put a quære, with Des Portes long cherished wish of editing a collected edi. in the margin. No doubt the French poet, Phi- tion of Wither’s Poems. He expressed himself lip des Portes, is alluded to.-J. W. W. to this intent on the imperfect republication of ? Quære? reduced.-R. S.
them by Gutch.--J. W. W.