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So that by use and practice may be known,
So then it shall be needlesse to declare
And then it shall not discontent his minde
This curious tract has been ascribed to the pen of the celebrated Dr. Donne. See Sir John Hawkins's edition of Walton's Complete Angler, 1775. p. 153, note. At the end of this volume is a sort of Appendix, having the signature of R. R. This Sir John supposes to mean R. Roe. It should seem, that scarce as it really is, there were two editions of this work.
THIS old English Poet is slightly mentioned by Ritson, in his Catalogue of English Poets, and somewhat more at length by Mr. Brydges, in his improved edition of Philips's Theatrum Poetarum. Mr. Ellis had probably not seen any of his per
formances, at least he has given no specimen of his works, yet he is spoken of as a writer, by no means inelegant, by Warton in his History of Poetry, vol. 1. p. 405.
I have seen in a very curious and valuable volume of Miscellaneous Poetry, belonging to Sion College Library, the performance of Richard Barnfield, alluded to by Warton; and for the benefit of collectors in this line, subjoin a description, with a specimen.
" THE AFFECTIONATE SHEPHEARD.
Kontaining the complaint of Daphnis for the Love of Ganymede.
Amor plus mellis quam fellis est.
London. Printed' by John Danter, for T. G. and E. N. and are to bee sold in Saint Dunstones Church Yeard, in Fleet Street. 1594."
The author appears to have had in view, for imitation, the second Eclogue of Virgil, but it must be confessed that much cannot be said in favour of his Poetry.
Remember age, and thou canst not be prowd,
Nature and nurture once together inet,
Pride looks aloft, still staring on the starres,
His thoughts are humble, not aspiring hye,
Humility is clad in modest weedes,
Supplying not their wants, but them disdaining,
Humillity in misery is relieu’d,
But Pride is scornd, contemnd, disdaind, derided,
Oh then be humble, gentle, meeke, and milde,
Care not for them that vertue doo despise,
AN OULD FACIONED LOVE.
From the same curious volume, belonging to Sion College, I am enabled to give an account of the following very rare tract:
• Ax Ould FacionED LOVE, or a Love of the Ould Facion. By T. T. Gent.
At London. Printed by P. S. for William Maties, dwelling in fleetstrete, at the signe of the Hand and Plough. 1594.”
This Poem is inscribed to the Author's " Worshipfull and singular good friend Mistres Ann Robertes.
The Poem commences thus:
Countries delight, sweet Phillis, beuties pride,
fearfull inuse inditeth.
When once my mother set me flocks to keepe,
No skill in beasts, on loue I neuer thought,
and countrie secrets taught, To heale my flocks, to fould them round about.
In threatned stormes to lead them to the lee,
To sing in rime, as sometimes shepards vse,
The reader will easily suppose I have not given the above specimen, but as a literary curiosity. It obviously has little merit as a Poem.
LAMENTATION OF TROY.
The same curious volume, from which the above two articles are described, contains also the following, of ro less rarity and value.
66 THE LA MENTATION OF TROY FOR THE DEATH OF HECTOR."
This Poem is dedicated To the Right Ho. nourable Sir Peregria Bartue, Knight, Lord of Willoughby and Earsby, and signed by the Author 1. O.
Tie following is a specimen :
Lo here the teares and sad complaint for her,