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HUNNIS-SIR F. BRYAN-VISCOUNT ROCHFORT.
THOMAS, LORD VAUX, was born about 1510, and died in the reign of Queen Mary. He was captain of the isle of Jersey under Henry VIII. Poems by Vaux are in 'Tottel's Miscellany,' and no less than thirteen short pieces of his composition are in a second miscellany, (prompted, no doubt, by the unexempled success of Tottel's collection), entitled 'The Paradise of Dainty Devices, 1576.'-NICHOLAS GRIMOALD (circa 1520–1563), a rhetorical lecturer in Oxford University, has two translations from the Latin of Philip Gaultier and Beza in Tottel's Miscellany,' both of which are in blank verse. He wrote also several small poems.*-RICHARD EDWARDS (circa 15231566) was the most valuable contributor to the Dainty Devices.' He was master of the singing-boys of the royal chapel, and is known as a writer of court interludes and masks His verses, entitled 'Amantium Iræ,' are among the best of the miscellaneous poems of that age.
WILLIAM HUNNIS, who died in 1568, was also attached to Edward VI.'s chapel, and afterwards master of the boys of Queen Elizabeth's chapel. He translated the Psalms, and wrote some religious treatises and scriptural interludes. Mr. Hallam considers that Hunnis should be placed as high as Vaux or Edwards, were his productions all equal to one little piece (a song which we subjoin); but too often,' adds the critic, he falls into trivial morality and a ridiculous excess of alliteration.' These defects characterise most of the minor poets of this period-Drayton, in one of his poetical epistles, mentions SIR FRANCIS BRYAN, nephew to Lord Berners, the translator of Froissart, as a contributor to Tottel's Miscellany;' and GEORGE BOLEYN, VISCOUNT ROCHFORT (brother of Anne Boleyn), has been named as another contributor. The contemporary impression of their talents was great, and both were almost adored at court, though Boleyn was sacrificed by Henry VIII. on a revolting and groundless charge. We may mention, as illustrating the popularity of the first English Miscellany' (that of Tottel), that it appears to have caught the attention of Shakspeare, who has transplanted some lines from it into his 'Hamlet,' and that it soothed the confinement of Mary Queen of Scots, who is said to have written two lines from one of the poems with a diamond on a window in Fotheringay Castle. The lines are:
And from the top of all my trust,
* In a sonnet by Sir Egerton Brydges on the death of Sir Walter Scott, is a fine line often quoted :
The glory dies not, and the grief is past.
The same sentiment had been thus expressed by Grimoald:
In working well if travel you sustain.
On a Contented Mind.~By Lord Vaux.-From the Paradise of
Dainty Devices, 1576.
Companion none is like
For many have been harmed by speech;
But makes not thought to cease;
Our wealth leaves us at death;
The heavens with us we have.
I can be well content,
Amantium Iræ Amoris Redintegratio Est.-By Richard Edwards.-
From the same.
In going to my naked bed, as one that would have slept,
1 heard a wife sing to her child, that long before had wept.
She sighed sore, and sang full sweet, to bring the babe to rest,
Then did she say: 'Now have I found the proverb true to prove,
Then took I paper, pen, and ink, this proverb for to write,
'I marvel much, pardie,' quoth she, for to behold the rout,
Song.-By William Hunnis.-From the Same.
When first mine eyes did view and mark
And when mine ears 'gan first to hark
The pleasant words that thou me told,
[smile, can smoothly
And when in mind I did consent
To taste such bait myself to spill,
O flatterer false! thou traitor born-
Give place, you ladies, and be gone;
A Praise of his Lady.-Said to be by George Boleyn, beheaded in 1536.
The virtue of her lively looks
I wish to have none other books
At Bacchus' feast none shall her meet,
The modest mirth that she doth use,
O Lord, it is a world to see
Truly she doth as far excel
Our women now-a-days,
How might I do to get a graff
This gift alone I shall her give:
When Death doth what he can,
THOMAS TUSSER, author of the first didactic poem in the language, was born about 1515, of an ancient family, had a good education, and commenced life at court, under the patronage of Lord Paget. Afterwards he practised farming successively at Ratwood in Sussex, Ipswich, Fairsted in Essex, Norwich, and other places; but not succeeding in that walk, he betook himself to other occupations, amongst
which were those of a chorister and, it is said, a fiddler. As might be expected of one so inconstant, he did not prosper in the world, but died poor in London, in 1580.
Tusser's poem, entitled a 'Hondreth Good Points of Husbandrie,' which was first published in 1557, is a series of practical directions for farming, expressed in simple and inelegant, but not always dull verse. It was afterwards expanded by other writers, and published under the title of Five Hundreth Points of Good Husbandrie:' the last of a considerable number of editions appeared in 1710.
Directions for Cultivating a Hop-garden.
Whom fancy persuadeth, among other crops,
Ground gravelly, sandy, and mixed with clay,
Choose soil for the hop of the rottenest mould,
The sun in the south, or else southly and west,
Meet plot for a hop-yard once found as is told,
The hop for his profit I thus do exalt,
Good huswife provides, ere a sickness do come,
And others the like or else lie like a fool.