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THİS old English Poet is mentioned by Ritson; but I never saw any specimen of his performance, and know of no other copy of the work below described, but that in the British Museuin.
“ The Labyrinth
Vertues Delyght and Envies Opposite.
By Jo. Norden.
Virtus abunde sui est proemium quicunque sequatur Eventus.
Printed at London, for John Badge, and are to be sold at the Great South Doore of Paules, and at Brittaines Bursse. 1614."
It is dedicated to " the Right Honourable Sir Robert Carr, Knight, Baron of Branspeth, Vicounte Rochester, Earle of Somersett, of His Majesties most honorable Privie Counsell, Knight of the most noble Order of the Garter, and Lord High Treasurer of Scotland.
The dedication is in that style of fulsome pa. negyric, which distinguished and disgraced similar addressers at this period of our history, and was perhaps never more misapplied. Se veral complimentary verses to the author are prefixed.
The following is as favorable a specimen of the Author's talents as can be given:
The Bramble and the Cedar neighbours bee,
Vnder the Cedars on a mountain set;
Can Honour wake, and will fowle Emuie sleep?
For best successe, to turn on whither hand.
Whom she detracteth, be he hye or low,
66 ANNALIA DUBRENSIA.
Upon the yeerely celebration of Mr. Robert Dovers Olimpick Games upon Cotswold Hills.
Written by MICHAEL DRAYTON, Esq. CAPTAINE MENESE, JUHN Trussell, Gent. Join Trussell, Gent. WILLIAM DURHAM, Oxon. WILLIAM COLE, Gent. WILLIAM Denny, Esq. FERRIMAN RUTTER, Oxoa, Tuomas RANDALL, Cant. John STRATFORD, Gent. Ben Jonson,
THOMAS SANFORD, Gent. Joux Dover, Gent.
ROBERT GRIFFIN, Gent. Owen FELTHAM, Gent. Robert DURHAM, Oxon. FRANCIS YZOD, Gent. A SIRINX, Oxon. Nicholas WALLINGTON,
John MONSON, Esq. Ox.
WALTER Poole, Gent. JOIN BALLARD, Oxon. RICHARD Wells, Oxon. Timothy OGLE, Gent.
WILLIAM FORTH, Esq. WILLIAM AMBROSE, Oxon.
Suach. MARMYON, Gent. WILLIAM BELLAS, Gent.
R. N. THOMAS COLE, O.son.
THOMAS HEYWOOD, Gent. WILLIAM Bosse,
London. Printed by Robert Raworth, for Mathewe Walbancke. 1636.”
This is among our rare English Poetical Tracts. The writers were all
all persons of greater or less consideration in their day: but that I may not extend this part my work to undue limits, I subjoin, without any particular choice, a specimen of but one of their perform
“ To my noble Friend, Mr. Robert Dover, on his brave Annual Assemblies upon Cotswold.
Dover to doe thee right who will not strive,
run, Wee'l have thy statue in some rocke cut out, With brave inscriptions garnished about,
And under written, loe this was the man,
THE COURT VENUS, devidit into four Buikes, newlie compylit by Johnne Rolland, in Dalkeith. Imprinted at Edinburgh by Johnne Ros. M.D.LXXV.
Cum Privilegio Regali.
THIS is in itself a most curious book, and this edition of extraordinary rarity. The following extract may induce the more inquisitive reader to examine the worke itself.