Зображення сторінки


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

kinds of vice, as it were against kind and Was Lyly a Puritan when he wrote this course of nature."

first part ? either rouse the deer or unpearch the U. 2. - Ladies of the Court. pheasant."

This also has a Puritan air. stand in a mammering whether to " By experience we see that the adamant depart or not."

cannot draw iron if the diamond lie by it." “ – if tall they term him a lungis, if short a dwarf." - if she be well set, they call her a

Euphues and his England. bosse, if slender a hazel twig."

" EUPHUES” was his first work. their lawns, their leefekies,' their ruffs."

“ The very feather of an eagle is of force “ Be not like the Englishman, which pre

to consume the beetle." ferreth every strange fashion before the use

" llens do not lay eggs when they chick of his country."

but when they cackle." “I would not that all women should take

Dedication to the Earl of Oxford, and pepper in the nose, in that I have disclosed to the Ladies and Gentlewomen of Eng

land. the legerdemain of a few." Snuff was not then known, — but here

“Euphues had rather lie shut in a Lady's is an expressed fact equivalent to taking it coffer than open in a scholar's study." in snuff

the grisping of the evening." the oak will soon be eaten with the

a hermitage where a mouse was worm, the walnut tree never."

sleeping in a cat's ear!" were not Milo's arms brawn-fallen

the thrush never singeth in the comfor want of wrestling ?”.

pany of the nightingale." N. 1. Servants who were unfit for any

Nothing shall alter my mind, neither thing else appointed to take care of the penny nor pater-noster.” children. An ill custom of which he com

Coming home by Weeping cross. plains.

Every stool he sat on was Penniless Vade always for fade.?


Philanthus is made to say N. 3, 4. — Extemporaneous speaking.

" the English 0. Oxford described (as Athens) in his tongue, which, as I have heard, is almost

barbarous." days, as a very profligate place. (. 3. Servants beaten.

England “marvellously replenished with His notions of gentle education.-P. 2.

people." Cock mates,” playmates.

“ Thou doest me wrong, in seeking a scar

in a smooth skin." Querrellous.Manuary crafts.

Bees" Abject," for reprobate.

delight in sweet and sound musurely if conscience be the cause thou sic, which if they hear but once out of tune, art banished the court, I account thee wise they fly out of sight."

F. 3. This whole account of the bees in being so precise, that by the using of virtue thou mayest be exiled the place of oddly fabulous. vice."

The tortoise taken for the torpedo plainly.

as the viper ticd to the bough of 'Here a part of female dress, but what does not appear. Halliwell quotes leefekyn from

the beech tree, which keepeth him in a dead Palsgrave's Acolastus, as a term of endearment. --J. W. W.

3 See Nares' Gloss. on Weeping Cross and · See The Doctor, &c. 1 vol. edit. p. 479.- Penniless Bench. The latter is well known to J. W. W.

all Oxonians.-J. W. W.


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

sleep, though he begin with a sweet slum- “ Mastiffs, except for necessary uses ber.”

about their houses, as to draw water, to “ If thou be bewitched with eyes, wear watch thieves, &c. And thereof they dethe eyes of a weasel in a ring, which is an rive the word mastiff-of mase and thief.” (?) enchantment against such charms."

" Mineral pearls (?) in England, which “ The Salamander, being a long time is most strange, which as they are for greatnourished in the fire, at last quencheth it.” ness and colour most excellent, so are they

“ As there is but one Phænix in the digged out of the mainland, in places far world, so is there but one tree in Arabia distant from the shore." -Ibid. wherein she buildeth.”

B. b. 1, 2. The English ladies described, “O infortunate Philantus ! born in the in ironically praising them for what he wane of the moon, and as like to obtain thy wished them to be. wish as the wolf to eat the moon."

B. b. 3. Lords and Gentry. (See p. 70.) making a cooling-card against wo

this I would have thee take for a men."

flat answer.” all lovers are cooled with a card of

Lyly. ten." (?) A lungis"— this word is opposed to a

TROTH, I am of opinion he is one of dwarf.

those hieroglyphical writers, that by the the fairer the stone is in the toad's figures of beasts, plants and of stones, exhead, the more pestilent her poison is in

press the mind, as we do in A B C.”— her bowels."

Nash, Summer's Last Will, Old Plays, vol. that talk, the more it is seasoned

iv. p. 33. with fine phrases, the less it savoureth of true meaning." delighted to hear her speak — he

THOMAS GOFF. trained her by the blood in this sort. If,” &c. THREE excellent tragedies. Second edit. he determined hab nabi to send his

1656. letters."

The verses in this volume generally (as “Sweet Johns,” the same as Sweet Wil- in Spanish) begin with a small letter. liams ??

Rhyme is frequently introduced. I am neither of his counsel, The Turks talk like Pagans, and drink nor court."

wine. “ Those that have once been bitten with a scorpion, never after feel any sting either

P.9.“Am I not Emperor? he that breathes of the wasp, or the hornet, or the bee.”

“ There is no beast that toucheth the Damns in that negative syllable his soul.” herb whereon the bear hath breathred."

shute" the French word, I sup“ The nightingale is said with continual pose, but made English, and thus spelt. straining to sing, to perish in her sweet

74. “ These are too fairly promised to be lays."

meant." A. a. 2. London Bridge the pride of the metropolis.

75. “These men's examples, were we faint

and loath, " See note in The Doctor, &c. 1 vol. edit. p.

Would set sharp spurs unto our slow-paced 519.-J. W. W.

wrath, 2 “ The Sweet-John and also the Sweet-Wil. And whet our dull edged anger." liam are both comprehended under one title, that is to say, Armeria,&c.—Jounson's Gerarde,

91. “ Cruel, yet honest, and austerely p. 599.-J. W. W.


for me,

a No






when day is past, They, they sit heavy on us, and no date And the full fancies of mortality Makes our compassionate affection (aflicBusy in dreams."

tion ?) cease." 98. to "ruinate."

—“O thou, hereditary ulcer.” 99. — “Blest mortals, had that mother

146. “ Think you my mind is waxy, to Strangled ber other infant, white-faced day, be wrought into any fashion ?" And brought forth only night!"

158.“ No sooner shall the Tycian (?) 106. Bajazet, in his dying rant, threat- splendid Sol ens to

Open heaven's casements, and enlarge the

day." “Besiege the concave of this universe, And hunger-starve the gods."

160. A pretty speech of a princess about

to be given in marriage. 107. excorporate."

167.“ Bellona and Erynnes scourge us on, 112.“ Oh, I could be a holy Epicure Should wars and treasons cease, why our In tears and pleasing sighs.”

own weight

Would send us to the earth, as spreading 129.“ Beauty! my Lord,-'tis the worst

part of woman, A weak poor thing, assaulted every hour

Make the huge trees in tempest for to By creeping minutes of defacing time,

split." A superficies which each breath of care

“the slaughterman to pasture goes Blasts off; and every humorous stream of And drags that oxe home first whose bulk grief

is greatest, Which flows from forth these fountains of The lean he still lets feed." our eyes,

173. Amuratt says, when the sky is filled Washeth away-as rain doth winter's snow."

with blazing stars and comets, There is much beauty in the rest of this “ How now, ye Heavens, grow you speech also.

So proud, that you must needs put on - "and in ourselves, yea, in our own true

curl'd lodes, breasts,

And clothe yourselves in periwigs of fire ?" We have obedience, duty, careful love."

176. “ The Heavens are turned court 132. “ in what part of heaven

ladies, Shall she be stellified.

And put on other hair besides their own." 143. One who personates the Ghost of “ If we want light, we'll from our Whinthe Father says to the Son

yards “ Know all the torments that the fabulous

Strike fire enough to scorch the Universe." age

177.“ How well this weight of steel befits Dream'd did afflict deceased impious ghosts,

my strength." Heart-biting hunger, and soul-searching thirst.


you leave the earth The ne'er-consumed, yet ever-eaten prey Not as you went, but by compulsion That the devouring vulture feeds upon,

dragg'd, Are not such tortures as our offspring's Still begging for a morrow from your crimes :



[ocr errors]


And with such shifts you
do deceive your-

Ply. Why then, dear friend, I thus erect selves,

this arm As if you could deceive mortality."

And will be strong to thee, as thou to

me." “ Death leads the willing by the hand, But spurs the headlong on, that dare com- 262.“ Our life consists of air, our state mand."

of wind, 205. Electra. Have I not lost a father?

All things we leave behind us, which we find,

Saving our faults." Yes, yes, and would a river of fresh tears Turn Lethe's stream, and bring him from These are marvellous plays for their atrothe wharf

cious horrors; one wonders that a scholar With a north-gale of windy-blowing sighs, should have produced, and Oxford encouI could expire my soul, become all tears." raged them. But the author was not want

ing in parts of a certain kind. 208. “This hand shall rip her breast, And search her inparts, but I'll find it out." 236.

HERRICK. 209. “ The saddest tale

PHILLIPS says of Herrick that he was not That ever burden'd the weak jaws of man.”

particularly influenced by any nymph, or 223.“ Let your tongues be percullised in goddess, except his maid Pru. That which your jaws."

is chiefly pleasant in these poeins, is now

and then a pretty flowery and pastoral gale 225.“ By Heaven's Parliament.” When of fancy; a vernal prospect of some hill, was this written ?

cave, rock, or fountain ; which, but for the 229. Person used for part, as in a play. interruption of other trivial passages, might

have made up none of the worst poetic 231. * This— what thing's enough landscapes." To be an attribute to term her by

Of all our poets this man appears to have The Clytemnestra."

had the coarsest mind. Without being in232.“ And when my heart was tympan- tentionally obscene, he is thoroughly filthy,

and has not the slightest sense of decency. ized with grief, Thou lavedst out some into thy heart

1 “ In Herrick the southern spirit becomes from mine,

again the spirit of the antique. In the very And keptst it so from bursting."

constitution of his imagination he was a Greek

- yet he sang in no falsetto key_his thoughts 250.

“ Murder-heap'd were instinct with the true classical spirit; and Corpse upon corpse, as if they meant to invite it was, as it were, by a process of translation All Hell to supper on some jovial night."

that he recast them in English words. It is to this circumstance that we are to attribute

his occasional license. His poetry hardly lay When Orestes and Pylades are about to

in the same plane with the conventional part kill each other, Orestes says

of our Protestant morality : but his genius “And let thy rapier drink blood greedily.

never stagnates near the marsh. In his poetry As if it loved it, cause it is thy friend.

Recognize that Idyl scene

Where all mild creatures without awe, I “Duller should’st thou be, than the fat weed

Amid field flowers and pastures greeri That roots itself in ease on Lethe's wharf,

Fulfil their being's gentle law.”. Would'st thou not stir at this."

R. M, MilNES. SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet.-J. W. W.

Edinb. Rev. Oct. 1849, p. 414.-J. W. W.




each may

In an old writer, and especially one of But from thy warm love-hatching gates, that age, I never saw so large a proportion of what may truly be called either trash or Take friendly morsels, and there stay ordure.

To sun his thin-clad members, if he likes, The reprint of 1825 (250 copies) has For thou no porter keep'st who strikes." in the title-page a wreath with the motto

233. Even his fairy poems are filthy. perennis et fragrans. A stinking cabbage- Never was any man's mind more thoroughly leaf would have been the more appropriate unclean. emblem. This is a mere reprint, which has faithfully followed all the gross blunders of 243. “ Thou sent'st to me a true-love the original.

knot; but I

Return'd a ring of jimmals, to imply P. 8.“ When laurel spirts in the fire,

Thy love had one knot, mine a triple tye." and when the hearth Smiles to itself, and gilds the roof with mirth.”

260. Imitation of Ben Johnson-whom

he often imitates. 60. Farewell to sack-because his head

280. To his Tomb-maker. Certainly his cannot bear it.

verses are not in accord with the character 62. False teeth used in his time.

which he gives himself here. 70. Some unkind usage from Williams, then Bishop of Lincoln.

Vol. 2. 93. May-day customs.

10. To a primrose. 97. Endymion Porter, his friend and 6 chief preserver."

13. “ If so be a toad be laid 109. Welcome to sack.

In a sheep-skin newly flaid, d

And that tied to man. 'Twill sever Frequent allusions to strawberries

Him and his affections ever." Metre, 116, 137, 241, 247, 278.

15. Metre, 158, 211. 136. Love of music.

23. The Night piece. 139. Harvest-home.

30. A bride's household duties announced 150. To Anthea.

to her. Importance of spinning in domestic Hatred of Devonshire, 154, 201.

economy. 156-8. Slovenly rhymes.

58. The bracelet. 165. The codpiece served for a pocket.

60. His return to London. 177. Christmas—“ The full twelve holy

66. His Grange. days."

90. Prue's epitaph. 179. “A man prepared against all ills to

92.“ Wash your hands, or else the fire come,

Will not tend to your desire ; That dares to death the fire of martyrdom.”

Unwasht hands, ye maidens, know This feeling was not forgotten.

Dead the fire, though ye

blow." 204.“ For no black-bearded vigil from 122. Charms.

123-4. Candlemass ceremonies. Beats with a buttoned staff the poor.

169. The tears to Thamesis.
171. Twelfth Night.

185. A girl's boarding school at Pulness. | See vol. ii. p. 22. R. S. The words occur

The mistress he calls the reverend rectress in his own epitaph.

“ So I, now having rid my way, Fix here my button'd staffe and stay," &c. 2 See NARES' Gloss. v. who quotes this

J. W. W.

passage.-J. W.W.


thy door

« НазадПродовжити »