Imatges de pÓgina

With flying keeles, plowe up the land with swordes
In Gods name venture on, and let me say
To you my mates, as Cæsar sayd to his,

Striving with Neptunes hills: you beare, quoth he,
Cæsar, and Cæsars fortune in your ships;

You follow them, whose swords successfull are,
You follow Drake by sea, the scourge of Spayne,
The dreadfull dragon, terror to your foes.
Victorious in his returne from Inde,

In all his high attempts unvanquished
You follow Noble Norrice, whose renown
Wonne in the fertile fields of Belgia
Spreades by the gates of Europe to the courts
Of Christian Kings and Heathen Potentates.
You fight for Christ and Englands peereless Queene
Elizabeth, the wonder of the worlde,

Over whose throne th' enemies of God

Have thundred erst their vaine successless braves
O tenne times treble happy men, that fight
Under the Crosse of Christ and Englands Queene,
And follow such as Drake and Norris are:
All honours doo this cause accompanie,
All glory on these endless honours waite.
These honors and this glory shall he sende,
Whose honour, and whose glory you defende.


G. P.



I am induced to describe the following production of this author, because it celebrates the Naval Victories of one of the most illustrious of our countrymen.


"THE TRUE AND PERFECTE NEWES of the woorthy and valiaunt Exploytes performed and doone by that valiant Knyght, Syr Frauncis Drake, not onely at Sancto Domingo and Carthagena, but also now at Cales and uppon the Coast of Spayne. 1587.

Printed at London, by J. Charlewood, for Thomas Hackett."

It is dedicated "To the Right Honourable and hys singular good Lord George Clifford, Earle of Cumberland,”

In the Introductory Address to the Reader, the author, speaking of the claims of his hero to honourable mention, has these singular expressions.

"At which time, heretofore, was there ever any English manne that did the like, as well for hys new navigation and long travel, and God be


praysed for hys good successe to the greate terror and feare of the enemie, he beeing a man of meane calling to deale with so mightie a monarke.

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Tryumph, O England, and rejoyce,

And prayse thy God uncessantly,

For thys thy Queene, that pearle of choyce,
Which God doth blesse with victory,

In countryes strange, both farre and neere,
All raging foes her force doth feare.

Yee worthy wights that doo delighte,
To heare of novels straunge and rare,
What valours wonne by a famous Knight,
May please you marke, I shall declare.
Such rare exploytes performde and doone,
As none the like hath ever wone.

First call to mind how Gedeon,
But with these hundred fighting men,

The Medians hosts he overcame,
A thousand to eche one of them.
He did suppresse idolatry,
The Lord gave him the victory.

Josua, cap. 3.


So likewise by Gods mighty hande,
Syr Frauncis Drake, by dreadfull sworde,
Dyd foyle hys foes in forraine lande,
Which did contemne Christes holy word.
And many captives did sette free,
Which earst were long in misery.

Twenty five ships were then preparde,
Fifteen pinnasses brave and fine,
Well furnished for his safegarde,
Preventing foes that would him tyne.
With masters good and marriners yare
As ever tooke charge I dare compare.

The best navigators in this lande,
Conferde with him unto thys ende,
By thys famous Knight to understande,
Theyr valours to atchieve and wende.
In countryes straunge beyond the sea,
If God permit, who can say nay.


THE name of this English Poet does not ap pear, either in the first or last edition of Phillip's Theatrum Poetarum, or in Ritson's Biographia Poetica. But the author of an Epic Poem, and that by uo means contemptible in


plan or execution, in the spirit or harmony of versification, should not be entirely forgotten, I am happy in this opportunity of contributing to its preservation.

The following Poem is in the British Museum.

"THE HISTORIE OF EDWARD THE SECOND, SURNAMED CARNARVON, one of our English Kings, together with the Fatall Down-fall of his two unfortunate Favorites, Gaveston and Spencer. Now published by the Author thereof, according to the true original Copie, and purged from those foule Errors and Corruptions wherewith that spurious and surreptitious Peece which lately came forth, under the same Tytle, was too much defiled and deformed.

With the Addition of some other Observations, both of Use and Ornament. By F. H. Knight.

London. Printed by B. A. and T. F. for L. Chapman, and are to be sold at the upper end of Chancery Lane. 1629.'

Prefixed is a head of the unfortunate Edward; and the Poem is dedicated to the Authors" very loving Brother, Mr. Richard Hubert."

This Poem must have been of some notoriety, in its day, for the Author complains that a surreptitious copy had been industriously circulated. The dedication to the author's brother thus concludes:

"And so humbly desiring the Almighty to biese you, both in soule, body and estate, I rest not


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