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Tityrus to his fair Phillis.
[From England's Helicon.)
The silly swain, whose love breeds discontent,
Sad he looks, sad he lies :
Thus he lives, thus he dies.
Then Tityrus, whom love hath happy made,
For though love at first did grieve him,
Was author of “ Minerva Britanna, or a garden of beroical
“ Devises," &c. 1612, 4to, (a collection of Emblems in verse, with a plate to each, from which the following extracts are taken) as well as “ The Period of Mourning “ - in memorie of the late Prince. Together with Nup. “tial Hymnes in honour of this happy marriage betweene “ -Fred. Count Pal.--and Eliz.—Daughter to our So“vereigne,” 1613, 40. “A most true relation of the “ affairs of Cleve and Gulick," &c. 1614, 4to. (prose) “ Prince Henrie revived; or a Poeme upon the Birth “of-Prince H. Frederick-Heire apparant to Fred. “ Count Pal. of the Rhine,” &c. 1615, 4to. “ The Com
pleat Gentleman,” 1622, 1627, 1634, 1654, 1661, (prose) “ The Gentleman's Exercise,” 1612, 1634, 1654, 1661, 4to. (prose)“ Thalia's Banquet,” a volume of epigrams, 1620, 12mo. “ The Valley of Varietie," 1638, 12mo. (prose, as well as the two following.) “ The Duty “ of all true subjects to their king; as also to their na“ tive country in time of extremity and danger,” &c. in
two bookes," 1639, 4to. “ The Worth of a Peny, or a “ caution to keep money," 1647, 1667, 1677, 1695, 4to.
&c. All works of considerable merit. He is placed here owing to the uncertainty of the time of his birth. If, as Mr Ritson assumes, he is the same as
Henry Pecham, Minister," who published “ The Gar“ den of Eloquence,” (a treatise on rhetoric,) in 1577, 4to, bl. l. he ought to be referred to the early part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. If, on the other hand, as Mr Malone conceives, our author is a different person, (perhaps son to the last-mentioned), and the earliest date of bis compositions, 1611,(verses in“ The Odcombian Ban" quet,”) he would then rather belong to the succeeding one of James I.
I have only to add, that he was born at or near St Albans ;
assisted in educating the children of Thomas, earl of
county of Lincoln."
Humilibus dat Gratiam.
The mountains huge, that seem to check the sky,
And all the world with greatness over-peer, With heath or moss for most part barren lie;
When valleys low doth kindly Phæbus cheer, And with his heat in hedge and grove begets The virgin primrose or sweet violets.
So God oft-times denies unto the great
The gifts of nature, or his heavenly grace, And those that high in honour's chair are set
Do feel their wants; when men of meaner place, Although they lack the others' golden spring, Perhaps are blest above the richest king.
Glorice lata Via.
Though life be short, and man doth, as the sun,
His journey finish in a little space, The way
is wide an honest course to run, And great the glories of a virtuous race, That, at the last, do our just labours crown With three-fold wreath, love, honour, and renown.
Nor can night's shadow, or the Stygian deep,
Conceal fair Virtue from the world's wide eye; The more oppress'd, the more she strives to peep,
And raise her rose-bound golden head on high : When epicures, the wretch, and worldly slave, Shall rot in shame, alive and in the grave.
Nec in una sede morantur.
The awful sceptre, though it can compel
By powerful might great'st monarchs to obey, Love where he listeth liketh best to dwell,
And take abroad his fortune as he may:
Ne might, or gold, can win him thence away, Whereto he is through strong affection led, Be it a palace, or the simplest shed.
But, Venus' infant ! dread of all beneath!
sweet saint remove, And with thy soft ambrosial kisses breathe
Into her bosom meek and mildest love
With melting pity from thy queen above: That she may read, and oft remember this, And learn to love, who most beloved is.
Ad generosissimum et opt. spei juvenem Nobilem
D. C. M. in Italiam nuperrime profectum.
The Spartan virgins, ere they had compos'd
Their garlands of the fairest flowers to sight, The wholesom’st herbs they herewithal inclos'd,
And so their heads full jollily they dight, In memory of that same leach, they write, Who first brought simples, and their use to light.
So ye, brave lord, who like the heavenly sphere
Delight in motion, and about to roam, Must learn to mix in travel far and near
With pleasure profit, that, returning home, Your skill and judgment more may make you
known Than your French suit, or lock so largely grown.