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Stercora; dicet ubi est tandem qui viderat illum ?
Tunc deturbabit cunctos ad Tartara fictos
Such are the contents of this little volume. I am afraid the author's English poetry has still less claims to praise, if we may judge from the only specimen in my power, which is copied from a mouldering tombstone under the communion rails of my little church of Denton. It is the epitaph on my remote predeces
Aged about 45, and Dame Gertrude, * his Lady
Which make for thee, O Reader, a glasse light.
And thou in Christ thy choicest giftes must raise
with vertue's highest spheare,
She was daughter of Sir Henry Gibbs, of Co. Warwick, Bart.
Covered by the Communion rails.
O blest beyond the reach of human chance,
Teste Hen. OXINDEN
ART. VI. The Whole Workes of Samuel Daniel,
Esquire, in Poetrie. London: Printed by Nicholas Okes for Simon Waterson, and are to be sold at his shoppe in Paules Churchyard, at the signe of the Crowne, 1623. 410. pp. 231 and 479.
The first series of pages contains the poem of The Civil Wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster, in 8 books. f In the second series of pages are several additional title-pages, viz.
1. A Letter from Octavia to Marcus Antonius. London, &c. as before. Here, at p. 15, occurs A Funeral Poem on the Death of the Earl of Devonshire.
* Sir Anthony Percival (who appears by his arms to have been of the Egmont family) left a son and heir, John Percival, Esq. w.lo married a coheir of the family of Monins of Walder:hare, (now the seat of Lord Guilford.) He sold the Denton estate about the time of the Restoration. Sir Anthony's first wise, Alice Kempe, has a monument in Si. James's church, Dover, 1637, (see Topogr. I. 125) where a funeral sermon was preached on the occasion by the lerned Jon Reading, for whose numerous publi. cations see Wood's Ath. II. 407.-Sir Anthony was at that time Comptroller of the Customs at Dover. He was knighted by Charles I. on De:. 8, 1641.
+ The four first books were putlished 1595, 410.; a fifth book was added 1599; a sixth, 1602; and the two last 1609.
2. At p. 27, A Panegyrike Congratulatorie, delivered to the King's most excellent Majestie at Bur. leigh Harrington in Rutlandshire. By Samuel Daniel. Also certaine Epistles, * with a Defence of Ryme heretofore written, and now published by the Author.
Carmen amat, quisquis carmine digna gerit. London, &c. as before. The Epistles are to Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Keeper; to Lord Henry Howard; to Lady Margaret, Countess of Cumberland; to Lady Lucy, Countess of Bedford; to Lady Anne Clifford ; and to Henry Wrothesley, Earl of Southampton. Then follows “ The passion of a distressed man, who being in a tempest on the sea, and having in his boat two women, of whom he loved the one that disdained him, and scorned the other, who affected him, was by commandement from Neptune, to cast out one of them to appease the rage of the tempest, but which was referred to his own choice,” two pages.
3. At page 79, Musophilus, containing a General Defence of Learning.
4. At p. 113 The Complaint of Rosamond. † At p. 149 commence the Sonnets, called Delia. I After p. 180, A Description of Beauty, translated out of Marino, three pages. Then an address To the Angell Spirit of the most excellent Sir Phillip Sidney, three pages. Then, A Letter written to a worthy Countess, three pages of prose. Then, “ To the Right Rev. James Montague, Bishop of Winchester, a poetical epistle, three pages. All these pages are unnumbered.
* Published separately. London, 1603.
+ First published 1592, 4t3.-1594, 12mo. I Daniel's first publication was “ The Tract of Paulus Jovius, 1585."
5. At p. 181, The Tragedy of Philotas. London: Printed &c.*
6. At p. 257, Hymen's Triumph. A Pastorall Tragicomedie, presented at the Queene's Court in the Strand, at her Majestie's magnificent entertainement of the King's most excellent Majesty, being at the nuptials of the Lord Roxborough.
7. At p. 325, The Queene's Arcadia. A Pastorall Trage-Comedie, presented to her Majesty and her Ladies by the University of Oxford in Christ's Church in Aug. 1605.7
8. At p. 403, The vision of the Twelve Goddesses, presented in a Maske the eight of January, at Hamp. ton Court by the Queene's most excellent Majesty and her Ladies. I 9. At p. 421, The Tragedie of Cleopatra.
Ætas prima canat veneres, postrema tumultus. ART. VII. Poems by Michael Drayton, Esquyer.
Collected into one volume. Newly corrected MDCXXXVII. London: Printed for John Smethwick. In an engraved title-page by Marshall, with Drayton's head at top. pp. 487. 12mo.
These poems consist of, 1. The Barons' Wars. 2. England's Heroical Epistles. 3. The Legend of Robert Duke of Normandie. 4. The Legend of Matilda. 5. The Legend of Pierce Gaveston. 6. The Legend of Great Cromwell. 7. Idea, containing sixtythree Sonnets. Why the historical poem of the Battle of Agincourt is left out, does not appear.
* First published 1602, 12 mo. - 1605, 4to.-1611, 12mo.
+ Published following year, 1606, 4to. – 1611, 12mo. | Printed by Waterson, 1594, 12m0.-1599, 460.-1611, 12mo.