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To the Right Noble Lady, the Lady Rich.
To descant on thy name* as many doe,
As all esteem'd; and yet though so thou art,
Quippes for upstart newfangled Gentlewomen: or Glasse, to view the pride of vain glorious Women. Containing a pleasant Invective against the fantastical forreigne Toyes, daylie used in Women's apparell.
Imprinted at London by Richard Jhones, at the signe of the Rose and Crowne, neere to S. Andrewe's Church in Holborne, 1595.
4to. 7 leaves.
• Henry Constable, and other contemporary poets, were punningly playful on this Lady's name.
THE Wood-cut of a female figure in the costume of the time, with a fan of feathers in her hand, and a dog running before her, forms the frontispiece to this very scarce tract; which consists of a series of coarse raillery against the preposterous fashions of the Elizabethan reign. I extract a few particulars.
"When young whiskers fit for worke,
If we were bent to praise our time,
And when grave matrons, honest thought,
Of name and fame will make a wracke:
These flaming heades with staring haire,
These glittering caules of golden plate
To peacockes I compare them right,
Were maskes for vailes to hide and holde,
But on each wight now are they seene,
So might we judge them toyes aright,
Were fannes, and flappes of feathers, fond
As taile of mare that hangs on ground
But seeing they are still in hand
In house, in field, in church, in street;
In summer, winter, water, land,
In colde, in heate, in drie, in weet;
I judge they are for wives such tooles
As bables* are, in playes, for fooles.
Baubles: the mock sceptres of professional fools. See Mr. Douce's erudite Illustrations of Shakspeare, and of ancient Manners, vol. ii. The following notice may be added, from Wither's Furor Poeticus, 1660.
" though worse I speed than heretofore,
To carrie all this pelfe and trash
Because their bodies are unfit,
Our wantons now in coaches dash
From house to house, from street to street.
But being base, and sound in health,
They teach for what they coaches make;
The better sort, that modest are,
Whome garish pompe doth not infect ;
Of them dame Honour hath a care
Witte's Pilgrimage, by poetical Essaies, through a world of amorous sonnets, soule-passions, and other passages; divine, philosophicall, morall, poeticall, and politicall. By John Davies.
Jucunda vicissitudo rerum.
At London, printed for John Browne, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstane's churchyard in Fleet
(No date.) 4to. pp. 166.
THIS is first inscribed by that voluminous writer, John Davies of Hereford, (of whom see an account in Wood's Athena) to Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery and Baron of Shurland, &c. And "againe, to the same truelie noble Earle, and his most honorable other halfe, Sir James Haies, knight." Then follow verses entitled "The book to Gravitie: the author to his Muse:" and "of my selfe." To these succeed a motley collection of amatory sonnets, in number 104. Other sonnets upon other subjects, mostly of a graver cast, extend to 48. Much of the remainder of the volume is of a very mingled cast and lax character: but the latter portion of it is entitled "Other essayes upon more serious and sacred subjects." From these I extract an elegiac tribute, on a singular construction, and which bears the quaint title of
A Dump, upon the death of the most noble Henrie, late
Death hath depriv'd me of my deerest friend:
The world shall end, and end shall all things have.
To dust be brought the worthies wights on ground,