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She doth instruct men by her gallant flight,
and the following epigram are addressed, was a gentleman of great probity and virtue, and much respected by the men of genius in our author's age. There was great intimacy between him and Dr. Donne, whose letters to sir Henry Goodyere make up the greatest part of the collection published by the Doctor's son. WHAL.
Sir Henry had a fine seat at Polesworth, in Warwickshire, where Jonson, much to his satisfaction, appears to have passed some time with him.
“To the honour of this sir Henry,” Camden says, “a knight memorable for his virtues, an affectionate friend of his made this tetrastich.” There is certainly more affection than poetry in it:
“ An Ill yeare of a Goodyere us bereft
Remains, 341. Sir Henry joined the band of wits who amused themselves with the simple vanity of Coryat. He was not much of a poet: and I give the following extract merely because it serves to illustrate a passage relating to the “trunk” in the Masque of Love Restored, vol. vii. p. 202.
“If any think Tom dull and heavy, know
The court and city's mirth cannot be so;
To beare him in a tronke unto the maske." In the page just referred to, there is an omission that I now wish to supply. The old copy reads “ which made me once think of a trunk, but that I would not imitate so catholic a coxcomb as Coryat, and make a case : uses.” The last words appearing unintelligible, were thrown to the bottom of the page. I now think I see the author's meaning, and that the defect may be thus remedied: “I would not imitate so catholic a coxcomb as Coryat, and make a case (i.e. a pair) of asses.”
TO THE SAME.
JHEN I would know thee, Goodyere, my
thought looks Upon thy well-made choice of friends, and
books; Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends In making thy friends books, and thy books friends: Now I must give thy life and deed, the voice Attending such a study, such a choice ; Where, though't be love that to thy praise doth move, It was a knowledge that begat that love.
ON CAPTAIN HAZARD, THE CHEATER.?
Hazard a month forswore his, and grew drunk,
ON ENGLISH MONSIEUR.
OULD you þelieve, when you this Monsieur
see, That his whole body should speak French, not
2 On captain Hazard, the cheater,] i.e. the gamester. The terms
That so much scarf of France, and hat, and feather,
To EDWARD ALLEN.4
MF Rome so great, and in her wisest age,
Fear'd not to boast the glories of her stage, TEIX As skilful Roscius, and grave Æsop, men, Yet crown'd with honours, as with riches, then ; Who had no less a trumpet of their name, Than Cicero, whose every breath was fame:
were synonymous in Jonson's age, and perhaps have been so in every age since. Whal.
3 Farther than half-way tree.] In the way to Dover, in the poet's time, 'tis probable some remarkable tree might be standing in the road about half
thither. WHAL. 4 To Edward Allen.] The fame of this celebrated actor yet lives in these verses of our author, and in those of his contemporary poets: but a more durable monument of his name and goodness, is existing in Dulwich-college, near London, of which he was the munificent and pious founder. WHAL.
Two things may be collected from this excellent epigram, first, that Jonson had other acquaintance on the stage than Shakspeare, and secondly, that when he spoke of “ some better natures among
How can so great example die in me,
On Mill, My Lady's WOMAN.
FROHEN Mill first came to court, th' unprofiting
Unworthy such a mistress, such a school, Was dull, and long ere she would go to man: At last, ease, appetite, and example wan The nicer thing to taste her lady's page; And, finding good security in his age, Went on: and proving him still day by day, Discern'd no difference of his years, or play. Not though that hair grew brown, which once was
amber, And he, grown youth, was call’d to his lady's chamber ; Still Mill continued : nay, his face growing worse, And he removed to gentleman of the horse,
the players, who had been drawn in to abuse him," he did not, as Messrs. Steevens and Malone are pleased to suggest, necessarily mean that great poet.
Hurd has two or three pages of vapid pomposity, to prove that doctus, applied, by Horace, to Roscius, ought to be translated skilful, and not learned. Jonson, who had ten times Hurd's learning, without a tithe of his pedantry, had done it in one word. Of this, however, no notice is taken! The verse which Jonson had in view, is in the Epistle to Augustus :
Quæ gravis Æsopus, quæ doctus Roscius egit.
Mill was the so some one at Rimee's looks,
close them : and they know,
Hen books they get,
heads they shake, WHICH of thy names I take, not omugake:
A Roman sound, but Roman virtue wears,
Illustrious Vere, or Horace; fit to be
5 To sir Horace Vere.] He was created lord Tilbury, and was the famous general in the Low Country wars in the reign of queen Elizabeth. Many of the nobility at that time served under him. WHAL.
Sir Horace was grandson of John Vere, fifteenth earl of Oxford. He was a celebrated warrior, as well as his elder brother, sir Francis. Fuller, in his quaint but forcible manner, says, that “he had more meekness, and as much valour as his brother; so pious, that he first made his peace with God before he went out to war with man."
Rowland Whyte (in a letter to the earl of Shrewsbury, dated Court, 7th Nov. 1607,) says, “sir Horacio Vere shall marry wthin these eight days, one Mrs. Hoby, a widdow, sister to sir John Tracey; a fine, comely, well graced gentelwoman.” To this lady, who outlived sir Horace nearly forty years, the Parliament confided the care of the younger children of their unfortunate sovereign. They could not be in better hands, for she was “a person of excellent character.” Sir Horace was created Lord Vere of Tilbury in 1625, being, as Fuller says, the first baron made by Charles I.