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CENSURA LITERARIA.

CONTAINING

TITLES, EXTRACTS,

AND

OPINIONS

OF

OLD ENGLISH BOOKS,

ESPECIALLY THOSE WHICH ARE SCARCE.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED

· NECROGRAPHIA AUTHORUM,

OR

MEMOIRS OF DECEASED AUTHORS;

AND
THE RUMINATOR,

CONSISTING OF
ORIGINAL, MORAL, AND CRITICAL ESSAYS, WITH

OTHER LITERARY DISQUISITIONS.

By SAMUEL EGERTON BRYDGES, Esq.

VOLUME V.

BEING THE SECOND OF THE NEW SERIES.

LONDON:
FRINTED BY T. BENSLEY, BOLT-COURT, FLEET STREET,
FOR LONGMAN, HURST, RBES, AND ORME, PATERNOSTSR-ROW,

AND J. WAITE, FLEET-STREET.

1807

PREFACE.

A SPACE has been left for a Preface, and I am called on to fill it up; but, alas ! I have little to say, but to thank my kind Correspondents, to whom the Bibliographical part of this volume is almost entirely indebted; more especially my liberal and learned coadjutor Mr. Park, and his able friend Mr. HASLEWOOD, whose various articles in each number need not be pointed out to my readers.

I will take this opportunity, therefore, of inserting another portion of a Poem, which I have been somewhat earnestly called upon to continue; and hope my readers may not deem it too much out of place.

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A KENTISH TALE.

CONTINUED FROM VOL. 11. P. 127.

CANTO 11.

T'he dusk of evening sail'd along;
Hush'd was tlie Jast bird's warbling song ;
But, bright within, the high-pild heap
A chearful blazing flame did keep,
Where o'er the wide hearth of the Hall
Hung many a trophy on the wall.
For here the host had-lov'd to cherish,
Marks, that with others gladly perish.
High branch'd the stag's horns on each door,
And gorgeous was th' beraldric lore;
Glimmer'd the black cross, and the red;
And many a mystic figure spread
In gaudy hues, enrich'd the cieling,
The blood of ancient chiefs revealing ;
While in the oriel's gloom'd recesses ,
Shone Knights in all their feudal dresses.

The feast was call’d; the table storid, And gaily look'd the lightsome board, When, taititul to his plighted word, Knock d at the door the weary Bard; Long was the way, the chase was hard ;

Yet

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