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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 ? 266. A poem of rich absurdity upon the
85. What trees are meant by raisins ?
can this word be used for vines ? I think house of Loretto.
not, because grapes, white and red, are 352. How little must this editor have
mentioned in the same list. read, not to know that the cocoa tree was intended.
86. “Dame Profit shall give thee reward
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.” xxxv. “ 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." feel the ebb and flow. 8. "For best is the best, whatsoever ye ing ground in winter.
181. The saffron plot served for bleach28. 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 up 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.
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 genThere 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,
“QUARRELS of Authors," vol.2, p. 212. An
account of the Attacks on Gondibert, in George Wither.
which D’Israeli has committed two extra“ The 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 quere, with Des Portes | long cherished wish of editing a collected ediin 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.
“And here the early lawyer mends his pace, 294. Political feeling. For whom the earlier client waited long." 329-332. He would have the good labour Gondibert, p. 104. to acquire wealth and power, as the means
of beneficence. See, too, his preface, p. 19, Care, that in cloysters only seals her eyes,
20. 51. Which youth thinks folly, age as wisdom
A just remark in his preface (p. 2), that owns, Fools, by not knowing her, outlive the wise ;
story, wherever it seems most likely, grows She visits cities, but she dwells in thrones."
most pleasant." Ib. p. 119.
6. As if Du Bartas ranked at that time
above Ariosto in public opinion. * Hither a loud bell's toll rather commands 13. A fine passage, contrasting the phiThan seems to invite the persecuted ear.” lanthropy of the Christian religion with the
Ib. p. 183. Jewish and Gentile religions.
26. A remarkable passage concerning wit, “ That lucky thief,
not however taking it in Barrow's sense, but (In Heaven's dark lottery prosperous more in its earlier and wider acceptation. than wise)
40. Conscientious writers become for that Who groped at last, by chance, for Ileaven's
reason voluminous. A very just observarelief,
tion. And throngs undoes with hope, by one
Hobbes's answer to this preface is full of drawn prize."
excellent remarks upon poetry and language.
"His private opinion was that religion at Assurance.
last (e. g. a hundred years hence) would " Yet these, whom Heaven's mysterious come to settlement, and that in a kind of choice fetched in,
ingenious Quakerism.” – AUBREY's Notes. Quickly attain devotion's utmost scope ; Boswell's Malone's Shakespeare, vol. 3, p. l'or, having softly mourned away their sin,
284. They grow so certain as to need no hope."
“ He was buried in a collin of walnut p. 185.
tree. Sir J. Denham said it was the finest 187. Here too, as in G. Herbert, a pre- coffin he ever saw."-Ibid.
283. diction that religion will take its way to America.
SEE Spence's Anecdotes. 82. 198. “ Common faith-which is no more Than long opinion to religion grown."
“ Tuouou Sir William Davenant wanted
that poetical invention which can alone con210. “ For love and grief are nourished
tinue to interest, he was a very subtle best with thought.”
thinker, had great command of polished and 224-5. In favour of a universal monarchy. harmonious language, and could express 250.“ If you approve what numbers law- ideas
, difficultly conceived by others, with ful think,
an extraordinary union of conciseness and
clearness. This is not the primary purpose Be bold, for number cancels bashfulness. Extremes from which a king would blush
of poetry; but still it is very valuable and
very instructive."-Sır Egerton. Preface ing shrink, Unblushing senates act as no excess."
to Phillips, p. xviii. With how much feeling might he write Theatrum Poetarum, Part 2, p. 20, No. this!
DAVENANT was encouraged to bring out his musical entertainment, when all plays Mason never took a predominant possession
“ It so happened, some how or other, that were prohibited, “by no less a person than Sir John Maynard.”—Hawkins, History of sidered too flowery ; though that is not an
of the public mind. Perhaps he was conMusic, vol. 4, p. 322.
objection commonly made by the popular voice. He often wrote with great harmony
and polish, and there is a great show of Mason.
imagination in his Elfrida and Caractacus ;
but there is some indefinable failure of the HORACE WALPOLE, Letters, vol. 2, p. 101.
true tone."-Sır EGERTON BRYDGES, Auto“ Mr. Mason has published another drama, biography, vol. 1, p. 132. called Caractacus; there are some incantations poetical enough, and odes so Greek COLE
of him, that he was esteemed as to have very little meaning."
at college to be one of the chief ornaments
of the University. Cole was sorry that he Ibid. vol. 4, p. 271. “ The version of had shown himself “ so much of a party man Fresnoy I think the finest translation I ever in the Heroic Epistle, as I had a great saw. It is a most beautiful poem extracted veneration for his character," he says.from as dry and prosaic a parcel of verses
Restituta, vol. 3, p. 75. as could be put together. Mr. Mason has gilded lead, and burnished it highly."
HANNAH MORE. “I was much affected at
the death of poor Mason. The Bishop of Ibid. p. 343. “ I am very sorry Mr. Ma- London was just reading us a sonnet he son concurs in trying to revive the associ- had sent him on his seventy-second birth ations. Methinks our state is so deplora- day, rejoicing in his unimpaired strength ble, that every healing measure ought to and faculties : it ended with saying that he be attempted, instead of innovation."—See had still a muse able to praise his Saviour also p. 354-5.
and his God, when the account of his death
It was pleasing to find his last poPercival STOCKDALE (Memoirs, vol. 2, p. etical sentiments had been so devout. I 88,) says of the Heroick Epistle,“ a piece of would that more of his writings had exfiner and more poignant poetical irony never pressed the same strain of devotion, though was written. It was, I will venture to say, I have no doubt of his having been piously foolishly given, by many people to Mason : disposed; but the Warburtonian school was it was totally different from his manner; not favourable to a devotional spirit. I its force, its acuteness, its delicacy, and used to be pleased with his turn of converurbanity of genius prove that he was inca- sation, which was rather of a peculiar cast." pable to write it; yet he was absurdly and - Memoirs, vol. 3, p. 16. conceitedly offended with those who supposed him to be the author of it: that poet, " ELFRIDA overcame all our common prewho was certainly very little above medi- judices against the ancient form of tragedy, ocrity, fancied that his abilities and his fame especially against the chorus. Mr. Colman were grossly injured by the mistaken sup- therefore deserves praise for introducing on position."
the stage, under his direction, so elegant a
performance; and as a proof of the skill and WALPOLE, vol. 4, p. 236, bears witness to judgment with which he has endeavoured the truth of Mr. Mainwaring's assertion, to render it a pleasing exhibition to every that authorship created no jealousy or va- class of the spectator, we must add, for the inriance in Mason towards Gray.
formation of our distant readers, that it hath