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suffer, by the same author. (Ps. 27, 71, 119, 121, 130.)
Sundry Christian Passions, contained in two hundred
Sonnets. Divided into two equall parts: the first consisting chiefly of meditations, humiliations, and prayers; the second, of Comfort, Joy, and Thanksgiving. By H. L. London, Printed by Richard
Dedicated to the right renowned vertuous Virgin Elizabeth, worthy Queene of happie England.” (A sonnet.)
A square in verse of a 100 monosyllables only: describing the cause of England's ha ppin esse.
After the 200 sonnets follow
“Sundry affectionate sonets of a feeling conscience," 100 in number, with an epilogue-sonoet.)
“ An Introduction to peculiar prayers.” 20 Sonnets; with a prefatory and concluding sonnet.
Sonnets of the Author to divers, collected by the printer; and thus severally addressed,
To the Abp. of Canterbury.
miral. To Ld. Cobham, Ld. Chamberlaine of the House
hold. To Ld. North, Treasurer of the Household, To Ld. Buckhurst. To Sir Wm. Knowles, Controller of the Household.
To Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
England. To Sir Edmund Anderson, Knt. Ld. Ch. Just, of the
Common Pleas. To Sir Wm. Perram, Knt. Ld. Chief Baron of the
Exchequer. rTo Sir Wm. Russell, Ld. Deputie of Ireland. To Sir. W. Raleigh, Ld. Warden of the stanneries. To Sir John Norris, Ld. Generall of her Majesty's
forces in Ireland. To Sir Francis Veare. To Sir John Stanhop, Treasurer of the Chamber to
her Majesty. To Sir Edw. Dyer, Chr. of the order of the Garter. To Sir Hen. Killegrew. To Robt. Bowes, Esq. Embassadour to Scotland. To Fulke Grevill, Esq. (afterwards Lord Brooke.) To the Rev. Dr. Andrews, Professor in Divinitie.
To Richd. Carew * of Anthony, Esq.
A single specimen of these plausive sonnettings is likely to suffice: and the following has been chosen, as it is particularly specified by our poetical historian, t and quoxed by Mr. Todd in his edition of Spenser. I
* This gentleman, in his Survey of Cornwall, 1602, seems to speak of Henry under the name of Michael Lock, who he says" addicteth himselfe to an ecclesiastical liie, and there in ji yning poetry with divinity, endeavoureth to imitate the holy prophet David, whose psalmes of his translation into English metre receive the general applause," &c. # Vol. III, p. 445.
I Vol. II. p. ccxiii.
“ To the Right Honorable the Lord of Buckhurst. As you of right impart, with peeres in sway
Of common weale, wherein by you we rest; So hold I fit to yeeld you every way
That due, the which my powre affoordeth best : But when I call to mind, your pen so blest,
With flowing liquor of the Muses' spring; I feare your daintie eare can ill digest
The harsh-tun'd notes, which on my pipe I sing. Yet since the ditties of so wise a king,*
Can not so lose their grace, by my rude hand, But that your wisedone can conforme the thing
Unto the modell doth in margent stand ; I you beseech blaine not (though you not prayse) This work, my gift; which on your favour stayes." Wood † terms Henry Lok, “a divine poet;" from the portions of scripture, doubtless, which he undertook to paraphrase; but llarton, with more philological propriety, denominated him the Mævius of his age. I “ Lok however (he candidly adds) applied the sonnet to a spiritual purpose, and substitating christian love in the place of amorous passion, made it the vehicle of humiliation, holy comfort, and thanksgiving.” So, it may be observed, did Barnes in a century of sonnets, printed in 1595, and intended hereafier to be noticed. In a dramatic satire on the poets of the time, entitled “ The Return from Parnassus,” Lok is thus coupled with Hudson, a partial translator of Du Bartas, and a panegyrist of Scottish poets ; § “ Locke and Hudson,
§ sleep you, quiet shavers, among the shavings of the press, and let your books lie in some old nook amongst
Solomon. † Athen. Oxon. I. 289. I Hist. of E. P. IV.9. $ See the early poetry of K. James, and Leyden's edition of Scottish descriptive poems published.
old boots and shoes : so, you may avoid my censure.” Wood informs us, that Lok having either taken a degree, or had it conferred at Oxford, retired to the court, and was received into the patronage of a noble Mecæ
a nas. In this courtly retirement probably it was, and under the roof of his noble Mecænas, that he placed the calendarium regiæ, or red-book for 1597, before his tranced eyes, and addressed a presentation somet to every person of distinction, who attended at the royal levee. This is fairly supposable from the list already displayed: but even for this, Warton has offered the following graceful apology. " It was then a common practice, by unpoetical and empty panegyrics, to attempt to conciliate the attention and secure the protection of the great; without which it was supposed to be impossible for any poem to struggle into eelebrity. Habits of submission, and the notions of subordination, now prevailed in a high degree: and men looked up to peers, on whose smiles or frowns they believed all sublunary good and evil to depend, with a reverential awe. Chapman closed his translation of the Iliad with sixteen sonnets, addressed to the chief nobility ; Lok on the same plan, subjoined a set of secular sonnets to his paraphrase of Ecclesiastes ; and, not to multiply more instances, Spenser (in compliance with a disgraceful custom, or rather in obedience to the established tyranny of patronage) prefixed to the Fairy Queen fifteen of these adulatory pieces, which is every respect are to be numbered among the meanest of bis compositions.”*
Hist. of E. P. III. 445. Rition considered Lok as author of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, 1597, by H. L. but the poem seems superior te Lok's capability.