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Two, Joseph-like, from sire to sage,
Gain'd with losing of his mother.
This fruit of some spare hours, I spent,
To your Honours I present.
A king I for my subject have,
Whilst you, father, (like the greene
Your Honours in all service,
The poem is divided into three parts, according to its leading title: the first contains 47, the second 26, and the third 71 stanzas. I cite the exordium.
"How Zion's psalmist grievously offended, How Israel's harper did most foulely slide; Yet how that psalmist penitent amended,
And how that harper patient did abide
Deserved chastisement; (so fitly stil'd)
Which wrath inflicted not, but love most mild,
How one by her owne brother was defiled;
Great God of might! whose power most soveraigne,
For whilst I thinke on Three, I am confin'd
Thy helpe I crave, thy furtherance I aske,
Alas! 'tis nothing, Lord, with thee to breake
Poems by Hugh Crompton; the son of Bacchus and god-son of Apollo. Being a Fardle of Fancies, or a Medley of Musick, stewed in four Ounces of the Oyl of Epigrams.
Aut prodesse volunt, aut delectare poetæ.
London, printed by E. C. for Tho. Alsop, at the two sugar-loaves, over against St. Antholin's Church, at the lower end of Watling-street, 1657.
THIS very scarce little volume is inscribed to the author's "well-affected, and no lesse respected friend and kinsman, Colonel Tho. Crompton.'
It is divided into two parts: the first contains sixtyseven poems of an amatory complexion; the second consists of twenty-one epigrams. I subtract a specimen of each.
"Tell me, Tyresias, was it thou
With weary labours, night and day,
I manacled each strugling thought,
Therefore, I will decline the suit,
I' th' petty fourm this lady sits,
Yet her descent's the royall race."
See an allusion to this miscellany, and part of the title cited in Restituta, vol. i. p. 281; where several extracts are given from the same author's " Pierides, or Muses' Mount." 1658.
The Passionate Poet. With a Description of the Thracian Ismarus. By T. P.
Pallas habet plures spurios quàm genuinos pueros.
London, printed by Valentine Simmes, dwelling on Adling hill, at the signe of the white Swanne, 1601. 4to. 26 leaves.
THE author of this extremely rare, if not unique production, appears to be unrecorded in the annals of our poetic history. His name, which does not appear in the title of his work, is revealed in his dedicatory verses, which are thus inscribed.
"To the right honorable and my most vertuous Ladie, the Ladie Frauncis, Countesse of Kildare, T. P. wisheth all perseverance, with soule's happynes.
Thrice did we read what passion wrought at once;
May she propugne those wronges, and onely those
And be she powerfull in her reprehension,
But want of worthiness to thee intended,