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be kynde, and true ;
The best that ever I knewe.
The case is chaunged newe;
Ye fholde have cause to rewe :
To you, whan I began;
Than to be made a quene,
But it is often sene,
The wordés on the splene.
me, I wene :
And I more wo-begone:
I love but you alone.
Pen. 315. of all. Prol.
Ver, 325. gladder. Prole
Ye shall nat nede further to drede;
I wyll nat dysparage
Of fo grete a lynàge.
Which is myne herytage,
By way of maryage
As shortely as I can:
And not a banyshed man.”
AUTHOR, “ Here may ye fe, that women be In love, meke, kynde, and stable :
350 Late never man reprove them than,
Or call them variable ;
To them be comfortable;
Yf they be charytable,
Be meke to them each one ;
A BALET BY THE EARL RIVERS.
The amiable light, in which the character of Anthony Widville the gallant Earl Rivers has been placed by the lively Editor of the Catal. of Noble Authors, interests us in whatever fell from his pen. It is presumed therefore that the insertion of this little Sonnet will be pardoned, tho' it should not be found to have much poetical merit. It is the only original Poem known of that nobleman's; his more voluminous works being only translations. And if we consider that it was written during his cruel confinement in Pomfret castle a short time before his execution in 1483, it gives us a fine picture of the composure and feediness with which this siout earl bebeld bis approaching fate.
The verses are preserved by Rouse a contemporary historian, who seems to have copied them from the Earl's own hand writing. In tempore, says this writer, incarcerationis apud Pontem-fractum edidit unum BALET in anglicis, ut mihi monftratum eft, quod subsequitur fub his verbis : Bum what musyng &c. - Rosli Hift. 8vo 2 Edit. p. 213." The 2d Stanza is, not withstanding, imperfect, and we have inserted asierisks, to denote the defect.
This little piece, which perhaps ought rather to have been printed in fianzas of eight short lines, is written in imitation of a poem of Chaucer's, that will be found in Urry's Edit. 1721. pag. 555, beginning thus,
“ Alone walkyng, In thought plainyng,
“ And fore fighying, All desolate.
“ My death wishyng Bothe erly and late,
“ That wote ye zuhat, Out of mesure
UMWHAT musyng, and more mornyng,
In remembring the unstydfastnes ; This world being of such whelyng,
Me contrarieng, what may I gesse ?
I fere dowtles, remediles,
wofull chaunce. Lois’ this traunce now in substaunce,
* * * such is dawnce,
Wyllyng to dye, me thynkys truly
Bowndyn am I, and that gretly, to be content: 10 Seyng playnly, that fortune doth wry
All contrary from myn entent,
My lyff was lent me to on intent,
Hytt is ny spent. Welcome fortune ! But I ne went thus to be shent,
But sho hit ment, fuch is hur won,
Ver. 7. in this. Rolfi Hp.
S CUPID's ASSAULT: BY NICH. LORD VAUX.
The Reader will observe that infant Poetry grew apace between the times of Rivers and Vaux, tho' almost contemporaries. Sir Nicholas ( afterwards lord) Vaux was a shining ornament in the court of Henry VII. and died in the year 1523. See the ballad, I LoTHE THAT I DID LOVE, in the next volume.
The following piece (printed from Surrey's poems, 1559. 460) is attributed to lord Vaux by Puttenham in his “ Art of Eng. Pochie, 1589.400." Take the passage at large. “In " this figure (Counterfait Aktion] the lord Nicholas Vaux, " a noble gentleman and much delighted in vulgar making, " and a man otherwise of no great learning, but having " berein a marvelous facilitie, made a dittie representing the " Battayle and Afault of Cupide, fo excellently well, as for " the gallant and propre application of his fiction in every "part, I cannot chooje but let downe the greatest part of his
ditty, for in truth it cannot be amended. When CUPID
SCALED, &c.” p. 200. For a farther account of this ancient peer and poet see Mr. Walpole's Noble Authors.
HEN Cupide scaled fyrst the fort,
my hart lay wounded fore;
That I must yelde or dye therfore.
There faw I Love upon the wall,
How he is banner did display.