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Ile pawne my landes, the king then cryd,

My sceptre, crowne, and all,
That whatsoere queen Elianor sayes

No harme therof shall fall.

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Thus both attired then they goe:

When they came to Whitehall
The bells did ring, and the quirifters sing,

And the torches did lighte them all.

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When that they came before the queene

They fell on their bended knee;
A boone, a boone, our gracious queene,
That
you

fent so hastilee.

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Are

you two fryars of France, she fayd,
As I suppose you bee?
But if you are two Englishe fryars,

You shall hang on the gallowes tree.

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We are two fryars of France, they fayd,

As you suppose we bee,
We have not been at any

maffe
Sith we came from the sea.

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The first vile thing that ever I did

I will to you unfolde ;
Earl marshall had my maidenhed,

Beneath this cloth of golde.

Thats a vile finne, then says the king ;

May God forgive it thee !
Amen, amen, quoth earl marshall ;

With a heavye heart fpake hee.

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The next vile thing that ever I did,

To you Ile not denye,
I made a boxe of poyson strong,

To poison king Henrye.

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Thats a vile finne, then fayd the king,

May God forgive it thee !
Amen, amen, quoth earl marshall;

And I wish it so may bee.

The next vile thing that ever I did,

To you I will discover;
I poysoned fair Rosamonde,

All in fair Woodstocke bower.

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That's a vile sinne, then fayd the king;

May God forgive it thee !
Amen, amen, quoth earl marshall ;
And I wish it so may

bee.

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Do

Do you see yonders little boye,

A toffing of the balle?
That is earl marshalls eldest sonne,

And I love him the best of all.

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Do you see yonders little boye,

A catching of the balle ?
That is king Henryes youngest sonne,

And I love him the worst of all.

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His head is fashyond like a bull;

His nose is like a boare.
No matter for that, king Henrye cryd,

I love him the better therfore.

The king pulled off his fryars coate,

And appeared all in redde :
She shrieked, and cryd, and wrung her hands,

And fayd she was betrayde.

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The king lookt over his left shoulder,

And a grimme look looked hee,
Earl marshall, he fayd, but for my oathe,

Or hanged thou shouldft bee.

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V.63, 67. She means that the eld At of these two was by the earl marskal, the youngest by the king.

VII.

GASCOIGNE'S PRAISE OF THE FAIR BRIDGES,

AFTERWARDS LADY SANDES.

ON HER HAVING A SCAR IN HER FOREHEAD.

George Gascoigne was a celebrated poet in the ecrly part of Q. Elizabeth's reign, and appears to great advantage among the miscellaneous writers of that age. He was author of three or four plays, and of many smaller poems ; one of the most remarkable of which is a Jatire in blank verle, called the STEELE-GLASS, 1576. 470.

Gascoigne was born in Elex, educated in both universities, whence be removed to Gray's-inn; but, disliking the fiudy of the law, became firt a dangler at court, and afterwards e soldier in the wurs of the Low Countries. He had no great succejs in any of these perfuits, as appears from a poem of his, imitled, Gascoyne's Wodmanship, writien to lord * Gray of Wilton.Many of his episiles dedicatory, are dated in 1575, 1576, from " his poore house in Walthamftoe:zubere he died a middle-aged man in 1578. Vid. Ath. Oxon.

A very ingenicus critic thinks Gascoigne bas much ex_ceeded all the poets of kis age, in lmoothness and harmony * of versification But the truth is, scarce any of the earlier poets of Q. Elizabeth's time are found deficient in harmony and smoothness, tho' these qualities appear jo rare in the writings of their succefcrs. In the PARADISE OF DAINTY Devises to (tke Dodifiey's miscellany of those times

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will hardly be found one rough, or inharmonious line * whereas the numbers of Fonson, Donne, and most of their contemporaries, frequently offend the ear, like the filing of a jaw.Perhaps this is in some measure to be accounted for from the growing pedantry of that age, and from the writers affecting to run their lines into one another, after the manner of the Latin and Greek poets.

The following poem (which the elegant writer above quoted hath recommended to notice, as posesjid of a delicacy rarely to be seen in that early ftate of our poetry) properly confifts of alexandrines of 12 and 14 žllables, and is printed from two quarto black-letter collections of Gascoigne's pieces ; the first intitled, A hundreth sundrie fo wres, bounde up in one small posie, &c. London, imprinted for . Richarde Smith :" without date, but from a letter of H.W. (p. 202.) compared with the Printer's epift. to the Reader, it appears have been been published in 1572, or 3. The other is intitled, The Polies of George Gasocigne Esq. corrected, perfected, and augmented by the authcur ; : 575.

- Printed at Lond. for Richard Smith, &c." No year, but the epiff. dedicat. is dated 1576.

In the title page of this last (by way of printer's t, or bookseller's device) is an ornamental wooden cut, te berably well executed, wherein Time is represented drawing the sigure of Truth cut of a pit or cavern, with this legend, Occul. TA VERITAS TEMPORE Peter (R. s ] This is mentioned becauje it is not improbable but the accidental sight of this or some other title-page containing the same Device, jigstfied to Rubens that well-known design of a fimilar kirid, which he has introduced into the Luxemhurg gilcoy ], and which has been so jusly censured for the unnatural manner of its Execution. -- be device abovementioned being not ill-adapted to the subject of this volume, is wiih jcme small variations copied in a plate, which to gratify the curiosity of the Reader is prefixed io Book III. K4

IN The same is true of most of the poems in the Mirrour of Ma. gistrates, 1563, 470, and even of Surrey's Poems, 1557.

| Henrie Binneman, | LE TEMS DECOUVRE LA Verite,

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