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You did intend some scorne to great Magistrats and men in authority, either alive or deceased, under couert names to cover som knauery? no as God Judge me my Lord, not guiltie, the good yeare of all the kuauerie and knaues to for me. By who will you be tryed ? By the Queenes and the Ladies, by the Counsell and the Lordes. What sawcie younker will not meaner tryall serue you? No good Faith my Lord, I loued alwayes to be the worst of the companie.

Well since this is the judgement of the Court, that because there is hope you may prooue a wiser man hereafter, and that you haue some better friend then you are worthie of, you shall haue this fauour; if the inditement happen to be found you shall trauers it, and you shall chuse xij. freeholders bonos & legales homines, that shal enquire of the qualitie of your discourse, and bring in their verdict quindena Paschæ, & if they find guilty, you shall haue a hole bored in your care. What to do? 10 weare my Mrs. fauour at?. Now, God saue your Mrs. life, my Lord. Clarcke of the peace draw this endytemēt vpõ the foure last articles that he denied, and vpõ the Statute of Scādale, for I tel you we must teach you to learne the lawes of the Realme, as well as your rules of Poetrie Lawes: I trow I haue the law at my fingers endes.

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the worst part of it; I was perswaded to write of such an argument, I will neuer denie that while I live.

7. Some affirmad that I had taken this laughing libertie to grace son that haue fauord me, and grate against some that had galled me: guiltie my Lord.

Alasse poore Gentleman (say the standers by) he will be condemned certainly for this that he hath confest already, if he be not saved by his booke: let us heare what he will answere to the rest of the inditement.

8. You did meane some disgrace in the letter afore the booke and in many passages of the Booke itselfe, to Ladies and Gentlewemen. Who I? God damne me if I loue thē not, I feare more to be damned for loving them too well.

9. You did think to scoffe at some Gētlemen that have serued in some honorable seruices though with no great good successe. Gentlemā not guilty: neither do I meane any, but such as will needs be called M. Captains hauing neither carried out with them, nor brought home with them, worth, wealth, or wit.

10. You did seeke to discredit the honest meaning and laudable endevours of some zealous and honest men that seeke for reformatio and labor faithfully and fruitfully in the world. To this in all & euerie not guiltie, prouided they rayle not against bishops nor against the Comunió book.

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You did intend some scorne to great Magistrats and men in authority, either alive or deceased, under couert names to cover som knauery? no as God Judge me my Lord, not guiltie, the good yeare of all the kuauerie and knaues to for me. By who will you be tryed ? By the Queenes and the Ladies, by the Counsell and the Lordes. What sawcie younker will not meaner tryall serue you? No good Faith my Lord, I loued alwayos to be the worst of the companie.

Well since this is the judgement of the Court, that because there is hope you may prooue a wiser man hereafter, and that you haue some better friend then you are worthie of, you shalt haue this fauour; if the inditement happen to be found you shall trauers it, and you shall chuse xij. freeholders bonos & legales homines, that shal enquire of the qualitie of your discourse, and bring in their verdict quindena Paschæ, & if they find guilty, you shall haue a hole bored in your eare. What to do? to weare my Mrs. fauour at?. Now, God saue your Mrs. life, my Lord. Clarcke of the peace draw this endyteinēt vpõ the foure last articles that he denied, and vpõ the Statute of Scādale, for I tel you we must teach you to learne the lawes of the Realme, as well as your rules of Poetrie Lawes? I trow I haue the law at my fingers endes.

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Aures perdêtes super & sint Pillory stantes,
Scandala rumantes in Regis conciliantes,
Aut in magnates noua seditiosa loquentes,
Non producentes autores verba ferentes.

Their eares must on the Pillory be nayld
That huue against her highnesse counsell rayl’d,
Or such as of the Peeres fowle brutes do scatter,
And cannot bring their autor for the matter.

Wherefore you shall find I will keepe me safe enough from scandaling, And if you do, it is the better for you."

The third Tract in the volume is " ULYSSES UPON AJAX,

Written by Misodiabolos to his Friend Philaretes. Printed at London, for Thomas Gubbins.

1596." This is a facetious piece of pleasantry upon the same subject as the former Tracts.

Taking the whole together, I do not know that We have any thing in the English language, which in style, manner, and humour, bears greater resemblance to the performances of Rabelais.

STRENA.

STRENA

THE Two Volumes which I now place before the public do not contain a greater literary curiosity than this which follows. No other copy is known to exist, except the original, from which this transcript was made, and which I here faithfully subjoin. The original is in his Majesty's library.

This little Poem was purchased at Mr. West's sale, and will be found in the Catalogue of his Books, Art. 4586. It is noticed in Herbert's Edition of Ames's History of Printing, v. 3. p. 1469, who describes this copy. At the back of the last page is a wooden print, representing two savages at fưll length, betwixt them stands a tree with many owls in it, and upon it is suspended a shield, with T. D. in cypher, Under this tree is printed THOMAS DA.

The following note which is in manuscript prefixed to the Poem, appears to have been written in the last century.

“ This Poem is reckond a great curiosity never having seen or heard of * ano' such Copy : besides in this it is curious, that some persons well versed in old matters printed in Scotland own'd they never saw any piece of print well

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