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No bookes so ryfe or so frindly red, as be these bokes.-But if the settyng out of the wanton tricks of a payre of louers, as for example let theym be cauled sir Chaunticleare and dame Partilote, to tell howe their firste combination of loue began, howe their eyes floted, and howe they anchered, their beames mingled one with the others bewtye. Then, of their perplexed thowghts, their throwes, their fancies, their dryrie driftes, now interrupted now vnperfyted, their loue days, their sugred words, and their sugred ioyes. Afterward, howe enuyous fortune, through this chop or that chaunce, turned their bless to bale, seuerynge two such bewtiful faces and dewtiful hearts. Last, at partynge, to ad-to an oration or twane, interchangeably had betwixt the two wobegone persons, the one thicke powderd with manly passionat pangs, the other watered with womanish teares. Then to shryne them vp to god Cupid, and make martirres of them both, and therwyth an ende of the matter." Afterwards, reverting to the peculiar difficulty of his own attempt, he adds, "Neyther any man which can iudge, can iudge it one and the like laboure to translate Horace, and to make and translate a loue booke, a shril tragedye, or a smoth and platleuyled poesye. Thys can I trulye say of myne owne experyence, that I can soner translate twelve verses out

BOOK, written in 1609, in the chapter How a gallant should behave himself in a play-house, mentions the necessity of hoarding up a quantity of play-scraps, to be ready for the attacks of the " Arcadian and Euphuised gentlewomen.' Ch. vi. p. 27. seq. Edward Hake, in A Touchstone for this time present, speaking of the education of young ladies, says, that the girl is "eyther altogither kept from exercises of good learning, and knowledge of good letters, or else she is so nouseled in AMOROUS bookes, vaine STORIES, and fonde trifeling fancies," &c. Lond. by Thomas Hacket, 1574, 12mo. SIGNAT. C 4. He adds, after many severe censures on the impiety of dancing, that "the substaunce which is consumed in twoo yeares space vppon the apparaill of one meane gentlemans daughter, or vppon the daughter or wife of one citi

zen, woulde bee sufficient to finde a poore student in the vniuersitye by the space of foure or five yeares at the least." Ibid. SIGNAT. D 2. But if girls are bred to learning, he says, "It is for no other ende, but to make them companions of carpet knights, and giglots for amorous louers." Ibid. SIGNAT. C. 4. Gabriel Harvey, in his elegy DE AULICA, or character of the Maid of Honour, says,among many other requisite accomplishments, Saltet item, pingatque eadem, DOCTUM

QUE POEMA

Pangat, nec Musas nesciat illa meas. See his GRATULATIONES VALDINENSES, Lond. Binneman, 1578. 4to. Lib. iv. p. 21. He adds, that she should have in her library, Chaucer, lord Surrey, and Gascoigne, together with some medical books. Ibid. p. 22.

of the Greeke Homer than sixe oute of Horace." Horace's satirical writings, and even his Odes, are undoubtedly more difficult to translate than the narrations of epic poetry, which depend more on things than words: nor is it to be expected, that his satires and epistles should be happily rendered into English at this infancy of style and taste, when his delicate turns could not be expressed, his humour and his urbanity justly relished, and his good sense and observations on life understood. Drant seems to have succeeded best in the exquisite Epistle to Tibullus, which I will therefore give entire.

To Albius Tibullus, a deuisor.

Tybullus, frend and gentle iudge
Of all that I do clatter',

What dost thou all this while abroade,
How might I learne the matter?
Dost thou inuente such worthy workes
As Cassius' poemes passe?

Or doste thou closelie creeping lurcke
Amid the wholsom grasse?
Addicted to philosophie,
Contemning not a whitte

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That's seemlie for an honest man,

And for a man of witte".

Not thou a bodie without breast!

The goddes made thee t' excell

In shape, the gods haue lent thee goodes,
And arte to vse them well.

What better thing vnto her childe
Can wish the mother kinde?

Than wisedome, and, in fyled frame,
To vtter owte his minde:

To haue fayre fauoure, fame enoughe,

* An inventor, a poet.

1 He means to express the loose and rough versification of the SERMONES.

That which is.

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Knowledge, wisdom. Sapiente.

P Having a comely person. Or, to speak with elegance,

And perfect staye, and health;
Things trim at will, and not to feele
The emptie ebb of wealth.

Twixt hope to haue, and care to kepe,

Twixt feare and wrathe, awaye

Consumes the time: eche daye that cummes,

Thinke it the latter daye.

The hower that cummes unlooked for

Shall cum more welcum aye.
Thou shalt Me fynde fat and well fed,
As pubble as may be;

And, when thou wilt, a merie mate,

To laughe and chat with thee'.

Drant undertook this version in the character of a grave divine, and as a teacher of morality. He was educated at saint John's college in Cambridge; where he was graduated in theology, in the year 1569. The same year he was appointed prebendary of Chichester and of saint Pauls. The following year he was installed archdeacon of Lewes in the cathedral of Chichester. These preferments he probably procured by the interest of Grindall archbishop of York, of whom he was a domestic chaplain. He was a tolerable Latin poet. He translated the ECCLESIASTES into Latin hexameters, which he dedicated to sir Thomas Henneage, a common and a liberal patron of these times, and printed at London in 1572". At the beginning and end of this work, are six smaller pieces in Latin verse. Among these are the first sixteen lines of a paraphrase on the book of JOB. He has two miscellanies of Latin poetry extant, the one entitled SYLVA, dedicated to queen Elisabeth,

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title is, "In Solomonis regis ECCLESIASTEM, seu de Vanitate mundi Concionem, paraphrasis poetica. Lond. per Joan. Dayum 1572." There is an entry to

Richard Fielde of the "Ecclesiastes in

Englishe verse." Nov. 11, 1596. RE-
GISTR. STATION. C. fol. 15. a. And, by
Thomas Granger, to W. Jones, Apr. 30,
1620. Ibid. fol. 313. b.

and the other POEMATA VARIA ET EXTERNA. The last was printed at Paris, from which circumstance we may conclude that he travelled". In the SYLVA, he mentions his new version of David's psalms, I suppose in English verse*. In the same collection, he says he had begun to translate the Iliad, but had gone no further than the fourth book". He mentions also his version of the Greek EPIGRAMS of Gregory Nazianzen 2. But we are at a loss to discover, whether the latter were English or Latin versions. The indefatigably inquisitive bishop Tanner has collected our translator's Sermons, six in number, which are more to be valued for their type than their doctrine, and at present are of little more use, the typographical antiquarya.

w Drant has two Latin poems prefixed to Nevill's KETTUS, 1575. 4to. Another, to John Seton's LOGIC with Peter Carter's annotations, Lond. 1574. 12mo. And to the other editions. [Seton was of saint John's in Cambridge, chaplain to bishop Gardiner for seven years, and highly esteemed by him. Made D. D. in 1544. Installed prebendary of Winchester, Mar. 19, 1553. Rector of Henton in Hampshire, being then forty-two years old, and B. D. See A. Wood, MS. C. 237. He is extolled by Leland for his distinguished excellence both in the classics and philo-sophy. He published much Latin poetry. See Strype's ELIZ. p. 242. Carter was also of S. John's in Cambridge.] Another, with one in English, to John Sadler's English version of Vegetius's TacTICS, done at the request of sir Edmund Brudenell, and addressed to the earl of Bedford, Lond. 1572. 4to. He has a Latin epitaph, or elegy, on the death of doctor Cuthbert Scot, designed bishop of Chester, but deposed by queen Elisa. beth for popery, who died a fugitive at Louvaine, Lond. 1565. He probably wrote this piece abroad. There is licenced to T. Marsh, in 1565, "An Epigrame of the death of Cuthbert Skotte by Roger Sherlock, and replyed agaynste by Thomas Drant." REGISTR. STATION. A. fol. 134. b. A Latin copy of verses, DE SEIPSO, is prefixed to his HORACE.

[Drant's reply to Sherlock's Epigram, or rather Shaklocke's Epitaphe upon the

than to fill the catalogue of Two of them were preached at

death of Cuthbert Skotte, occurs in the
British Museum. Two short poems are
added by Drant: 1. To the unknowen
translator of Shaklockes verses: 2. To
Shaklockes Portugale.
A copy of
Drant's "Præsul et Sylva," in the same
Library, has some English dedicatory
lines prefixed in manuscript and address-
ed to Queen Elizabeth, whose ears or at-
tention he says he never could attain,
though his

Fain of her fame, her praysments wold
"sences all, and sowl and every spritt,

inditt."

At the commencement of note ", Mr.
Warton seems to have made a slight mis-
take. Two Latin poems before Nevill's
Kettus are signatured G. A.; but there
is one after the dedicatory Epistle by
Drant, and another at the close of the
work, with the initials T. D., and these
are what he intended probably to assign
to the Archdeacon.-PARK.]
* Fol. 56.

y Fol. 75.

2 Fol. 50. [Printed by Marshe 1567. 4to.-RITSON.]

a Codd. Tanner Oxon. Two are dedicated to Thomas Heneage. Three to sir Francis Knollys. Date of the earliest, 1569. Of the latest, 1572. In that preached at court 1569, he tells the ladies, he can give them a better cloathing than any to be found in the queen's wardrobe and mentions the speedy downfal of their "high plumy heads.'

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saint Mary's hospital. Drant's latest publication is dated in

1572.

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Historical ballads occur about this period with the initials T. D. These may easily be mistaken for Thomas Drant, but they stand for Thomas Deloney, a famous ballad writer of these times*, mentioned by Kemp, one of the original actors in Shakespeare's plays, in his NINE DAIES WONDER. Kemp's miraculous morris-dance, performed in nine days from London to Norwich, had been misrepresented in the popular ballads, and he thus remonstrates against some of their authors. haue made a priuie search what priuate jig-monger of your jolly number had been the author of these abhominable ballets written of me. I was told it was the great ballade maker T. D. or Thomas Deloney, chronicler of the memorable Lives of the SIX YEOMEN OF THE WEST, JACK OF NEWBERY, THE GENTLE CRAFT, and such like honest men, omitted by Stowe, Hollinshed, Grafton, Hall, Froysart, and the rest of those welldeseruing writers "

I am informed from some manuscript authorities, that in the

Signat. K v. Lond. 1570. 12mo. I find the following note by bishop Tanner. "Thomæ Dranta Angli Andvordingamii PRÆSUL. Dedicat. to Archbishop Grindal. PR. DED.-Illuxit ad extremum dies ille."-I presume, that under the word Andvordinghamii is concealed our author's native place. His father's name was Thomas.

b At saint Maries Spittle. In the statutes of many of the antient colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, it is ordered, that the candidates in divinity shall preach a sermon, not only at Paul's-cross, but at saint Mary's Hospital in Bishopsgatestreet," ad Hospitale beatæ Mariæ.'

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[See Stowe, an. 1476. The Mayor of London and his brethren used to hear the sermon at Easter there. This was one of the places to which the Lady Margaret left xxs. for a dirge and mass. See Royal Wills, p. 360. The annual Spittle Sermon is still preached, and was made to attract much public attention by Dr. Parr on a late occasion.PARK.]

VOL, IV.

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[And compiler of the "Garland of good-will," a collection of local tales and historical ditties in verse. Bl. 1. 1631.— PARK.]

Entered to T. Myllington, Mar. 7, 1596. REGISTR. STATION. C. fol. 20. b. d I presume he means, an anonymous comedy called "THE SHOEMAKERS HoLYDAY or the GENTLE CRAFT. With the humorous life of sir John Eyre shoemaker, and Lord Mayor of London." Acted before the queen on New Year's Day by Lord Nottingham's players. I have an edition, Lond. for J. Wright, 1618. Bl. lett. 4to. Prefixed are the first and second THREE MAN'S SONGS. But there is an old prose history in quarto called the GENTLE CRAFT, which I suppose is the subject of Harrington's Epigram, "Of a Booke called the GENTLE CRAFT." B. iv. 11. "A Booke called the GENTLE CRAFTE intreating of Shoemakers," is entered to Ralph Blore, Oct. 19, 1597. REGISTR. STATION. C. fol. 25. a. See also ibid. fol. 63. a. e Edit. 1600. 4to. SIGNAT. D. 2.

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