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View of the Revival of Learning in England, continued. Reformation of
Religion. Its effects on Literature in England. Application of this di-
gression to the main subject
Petrarch's sonnets. Lord Surrey. His education, travels, mistress, life,
and poetry. He is the first writer of blank-verse. Italian blank-verse.
Surrey the first English classic poet
Sir Thomas Wyat. Inferior to Surrey as a writer of Sonnets.
His Genius characterised. Excels in Moral Poetry.......
The first printed Miscellany of English Poetry. Its Contributors. Sir
Francis Bryan, Lord Rochford, and Lord Vaulx. The First True Pas-
toral in English. Sonnet-writing cultivated by the Nobility. Sonnets
by King Henry the Eighth. Literary character of that king
The Second Writer of Blank-verse in English. Specimens of early Blank-
Andrew Borde. Bale. Ansley. Chertsey. Fabyll's Ghost, a poem.
The Merry Devil of Edmonton. Other minor Poets of the Reign of
Henry the Eighth
John Heywood the Epigrammatist. His Works examined. Ancient un-
published burlesque Poem of Sir Penny
Sir Thomas More’s English Poetry. Tournament of Tottenham. Its age
Laurence Minot. Alliteration. Digression illustrating
comparatively the language of the fifteenth century, by a specimen of
the Metrical Armoric Romance of Ywayn and Gawayn
The Notbrowne Mayde. Not older than the sixteenth century. Artful
contrivance of the story. Misrepresented by Prior. Metrical Romances,
Guy, syr Bevys, and Kynge A polyn, printed in the reign of Henry.
The Scole howse, a Satire. Christmas Carols. Religious Libels in
rhyme. Merlin's Prophecies. Laurence Minot. Occasional disqui-
sition on the late continuance of the use of waxen tablets. Pageantries
of Henry's Court. Dawn of Taste .......
Effects of the Reformation on our poetry. Clement Marot's Psalms. Why
adopted by Calvin. Version of the Psalms by Sternhold and Hopkins.
Defects of this version, which is patronised by the Puritans in opposition
to the Choral Service
Metrical versions of Scripture. Archbishop Parker's Psalms in metre.
Robert Crowley's puritanical poetry
Tye's Acts of the Apostles in rhyme. His merit as a Musician. Early
piety of king Edward the Sixth. Controversial Ballads and Plays.
Translation of the Bible. Its effects on our Language. Arthur Kel-
ton's Chronicle of the Brutes. First Drinking-song. Gammer Gurton's
Reign of queen Mary. Mirrour for Magistrates. Its inventor, Sackville
lord Buckhurst. His life. • Mirrour for Magistrates continued by Bald-
wyn and Ferrers. Its plan and stories
Sackville's Induction to the Mirrour for Magistrates. Examined. A pre-
lude to the Fairy Queen. Comparative View of Dante's Inferno 190
Sackville’s Legend of Buckingham in the Mirrour for Magistrates. Ad-
ditions by Higgins. Account of him. View of the early editions of
this Collection. Specimen of Higgins's Legend of Cordelia, which is
copied by Spenser....
View of Niccols's edition of the Mirrour for Magistrates. High estima-
tion of this Collection. Historical Plays, whence.......
Richard Edwards. Principal poet, player, musician, and buffoon, to the
courts of Mary and Elizabeth. Anecdotes of his life. Cotemporary
testimonies of his merit. A contributor to the Paradise of Daintie De-
vises. His book of comic histories, supposed to have suggested Shak-
speare's Induction of the Tinker. Occasional anecdotes of Antony
Munday and Henry Chettle. Edwards's songs....
Tusser. Remarkable circumstances of his life. His Husbandrie, one of
our earliest didactic poems, examined
William Forrest's poems. His Queen Catharine, an elegant manuscript,
contains anecdotes of Henry's divorce. He collects and preserves an-
cient music. Puritans oppose the study of the classics. Lucas Shep-
herd. John Pullayne. Numerous metrical versions of Solomon's Song.
Censured by Hall the satirist. Religious rhymers. Edward More.
Boy-bishop, and miracle-plays, revived by queen Mary. Minute par-
ticulars of an ancient miracle-play
English Language begins to be cultivated. Earliest book of Criticism in
English. Examined. Soon followed by others. Early critical systems
of the French and Italians. New and superb editions of Gower and
Lydgate. Chaucer's monument erected in Westminster Abbey. Chaucer
esteemed by the Reformers.
Sackville's Gorboduc. Our first regular tragedy. Its fable, conduct, cha-
racters, and style. Its defects. Dumb-show. Sackville not assisted
by Norton .....
Classical drama revived and studied. The Phønissæ of Euripides trans-
lated by Gascoigne. Seņeca's Tragedies translated. Account of the
translators, and of their respective versions. Queen Elizabeth translates
a part of the Hercules Oetæus
Most of the classic poets translated before the end of the sixteenth century.
Phaier’s Eneid. Completed by Twyne. Their other works. Phaier's
Ballad of Gad’s-hill. Stanihurst's Eneid in English hexameters. His
other works. Fleming's Virgil's Bucolics and Georgics. His other
works. Webbe and Fraunce translate some of the Bucolics. Fraunce's
other works. Spenser's Culex. The original not genuine. The Ceiris
proved to be genuine. Nicholas Whyte's story of Jason, supposed to be
a version of Valerius Flaccus. Golding's Ovid's Metamorphoses. His
other works. Ascham’s censure of rhyme. A translation of the Fasti
revives and circulates the story of Lucrece. Euryalus and Lucretia.
Detached fables of the Metamorphoses translated. Moralisations in
fashion. Underdowne's Ovid's Ibis. Ovid's Elegies translated by Mar-
lowe. Remedy of Love, by F. L. Epistles by Turberville. Lord Es-
sex a translator of Ovid. His literary character. Churchyard's Ovid's
Tristia. Other detached versions from Ovid. Ancient meaning and
use of the word Ballad. Drant's Horace. Incidental criticism on
Tully's Oration pro Archia
Kendal's Martial. Marlowe's versions of Coluthus and Museus. Gene-
ral character of his Tragedies. Testimonies of his cotemporaries. Spe-
cimens and estimate of his poetry. His death. First Translation of
the Iliad by Arthur Hall. Chapman's Homer. His other works. Ver-
sion of Clitophon and Leucippe. Origin of the Greek erotic romance.
Palingenius translated by Googe. Criticism on the original. Speci-
men and merits of the translation. Googe's other works. Incidental
stricture on the philosophy of the Greeks
Translation of Italian Novels. Of Boccace. Paynter's Palace of Plea-
Other versions of the same sort. Early metrical versions of Boc-
cace's Theodore and Honoria, and Cymon and Iphigenia. Romeus and
Juliet. Bandello translated. Romances from Bretagne. Plot of Shak-
speare's Tempest. Miscellaneous Collections of translated novels before
the year 1600. Pantheon. Novels arbitrarily licensed or suppressed.
Reformation of the English press
General view and character of the poetry of
Elizabeth's age......... 395
Reign of Elizabeth. Satire. Bishop Hall. His Virgidemiarum. MS.
poems of a Norfolk gentleman. Examination of Hall's Satires 403
Hall's Satires continued
Hall's Satires continued. His Mundus alter et idem. His Epistles. As-
cham's Letters. Howell's Letters
Marston's Satires. Hall and Marston compared
Epigrams and Satires. Skialetheia. A Scourge of Truth. Scourge of