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In the account of Queen Elizabeth's entertainment at Kenelworth Castle, quoted abovet, the curious reader may find a catalogue of several old pieces in the romantic and humourous kind. Hall, Bishop of Norwich, in his Satires, published in 1597, mentions the following favourite stories.
No man his threshold better knowes, than I
* The story of Trcilus and Cressida became very popular from Chaucer's poem on the subject. He took it from Lollius, an historiographer of Urbino in Italy. As write mine auctour, callid Lollius.
'Tr. and Cr. i. 390. Lollius is honoured with a niche in the House of Fame, iii. 380. as one of the writers of the Trojan story.
+ Pag. 41. vol. i.
Or holie battles of bold Charlemayne,
his knights did Salem's siege main-
B. i. c. xii. s. xxxix.
Many an angels voice,
Thus in An Hymne of Heavenly Love; of angels,
There they, in their trinal triplicities,
The image of the angels waiting in their trinal triplicities, puts me in mind of a passage in Milton's Lycidas, where the pointing seems to be wrong.
Godfrey of Bulloigne, the subject of Tasso's Jerusalem.
+ Orlando, in Ariosto. # B. vi, sat, 1.
There entertain him all the saints above,
According to the present punctuation, the sense is, “ The saints who are in solemn troops, and sweet societies, entertain him;” or, entertain him in [among] their solemn troops, and sweet societies: but if the comma was struck off after societies, another and more beautiful meaning would be introduced, viz. The saints who sing in solemn troops and sweet societies, entertain him, &c.”
B. ii. c. iii. s. xxiv.
Of Belphæbe speaking,
And twixt the pearles and rubies softly brake
Thus in Sonnet 81.
But fairest she, when so she doth display
Ariosto gives us pearls and corall for the lips and teeth.
Che da i coralli, e da le pretiose
The corall and the perle by nature wrought.'
This is common in the Italian poets.
B. ii. c. iii. $. xxv.
Upon her eyelids many graces sate
In Sonnet 40.
When on each eye-lid sweetly doe appeare
1 * C. xii. s. ult.
And in a verse of his *
pageants preserved by E. Kt.
An hundred graces on her eye-lids sate.
Which he drew from a modern Greek poem ascribed to Musæus.
Οι δε παλαιοι Τρεις χαρίας ψευσανίο πεφυκεναι. ΕΙΣ δε ΤΙΣ Ηρες ΟΦΘΑΛΜΟΣ γελοων ΕΚΑΤΟΝ ΧΑΡΙΤΕΣΣΙ τεθηλει.
* The following passage from Sir T. More's English Works, Rastall, London, 1557, may perhaps give the reader some idea of the nature of our poet's pageants.
Mayster Thomas More in hys youth devysed in hys fathers house in London, a goodly hangyng of fyne paynted clothe, with nyne pageauntes, and verses over every one of these pageauntes : which verses expressed and declared, what the ymages in those pageauntes represented : and also in those pageauntcs were paynted, the thynges that the verses over them dyd (in effecte) declare.”
† Notes on June.
| Ver. 63.