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JOHN COLLOP, M. D.
His productions were printed by himself, with the arrogant
title of “ Poesis Redeviva, or Poesie REVIVED." London, 1656, 12mo. How far this rhyming physician promoted the revival of the Muses, will best appear by the following specimen.
ON A RETIRED LADY
SPRING of beauty, mine of pleasure,
Virtue and vice
The sun's as fair, as bright as you, And yet expos’d to public view : Who, if envious grown, or proud, He masks his beauty in a cloud,
The wind and rain
Ceruse nor Stibium can prevail,
SIR JOHN MENNIS,
AND DR. JAMES SMITH.
These gentlemen were joint authors of a 12mo. volume, twice
published in 1655 and 1656, under the title of “ Musarum “Deliciæ," from whence the subsequent fanciful little
poem is extracted. The former was born in 1598, and died in 1670. Having studied
at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, for some years, he became equally remarkable for the versatility of his talents, and the variety of his occupations. We find him successively a militia officer, commander of a troop of horse, captain of a ship, vice admiral, governor of Dover Castle, and chief comptroller of the Navy. Besides being a great traveller, and singularly well versed in marine affairs, and ship building, Wood tells us he was “ an honest and stout “man, generous and religious, and well skilled in physic “and chymistry.” To complete all, he was poetically given, and is said not only to have assisted Suckling in his compositions, but to have ridiculed him and his runaway troop, in a well-known ballad. (Vide Percy, Vol. II.
p. 327, 4th edit.) Smith was born about 1604, educated at Christ Church and
Lincoln Colleges, in Oxford; afterwards chaplain at sea to H. lord Holland, and domestic chaplain to Tho. lord Cleveland; and amongst other preferments, on his Majesty's return, became canon and chaunter in Exeter cathedral. In 1661 he took the degree of D.D. and died in 1667. In “Wit restored," a miscellany already quoted, many of his pieces are to be met with.
KING OBERON'S APPAREL.
[From 78 lines.]
When the monthly-horned queen
Then did the dwarfish fairy elves (Having first attir’d themselves) Prepare to dress their Oberon king In highest robes for revelling: In a cob-web shirt, more thin Than ever spider since could spin, Bleach'd by the whiteness of the show, As the stormy winds did blow It in the vast and freezing air: No shirt half so fine, so fair,
A rich waistcoat they did bring Made of the trout-fly's gilded wing."
The outside of his doublet was
On every seam there was a lace
A rich mantle he did wear
His cap was all of ladies'-love ; So passing light, that it did move, If any humming gnat or fly But buzz’d the air in passing by. About it was a wreath of pearl, Dropp'd from the eyes of some poor girl,