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BY THOMAS SACKVILLE.
[THOMAS SACKVILLE, EARL OF DORSET, the son of Sir Richard Sackville, was born at Withyam in Sussex, in 1536, and was educated at Oxford and Cambridge. He became a student of the Inner Temple, and while there composed the first tragedy ever written in the English language. After having published that and the "Mirrour for Magistrates," he bade adieu to the Muses, and became a statesman. His integrity and vigour procured him many important appointments from Elizabeth, and caused his elevation to the highest honours and dignities. He died suddenly at the Council Board in 1608, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.]
THE wrathful winter 'proching on apace,
With blust'ring blasts had all ybared the treen,
And old Saturnus with his frosty face
With chilling cold had pierced the tender green;
The mantles wrent, wherein enwrapped been
The tapets torn, and every bloom down blown.
The soil that erst so seemly was to seen,
Was all despoiled of her beauty's hue:
And soote fresh flowers (wherewith the summer's queen
The winter's wrath, wherewith each thing defaced
Hawthorn had lost his motley livery,
The naked twigs were shivering all for cold,
Each thing (me thought) with weeping eye me told
Into the fields whereas I walked about.
THE PRECISE TAILOR.
BY SIR JOHN HARRINGTON.
[SIR JOHN HARRINGTON was born at Kelston, near Bath, in 1561. Queen Elizabeth was his godmother, and took him under her patronage; but he afterwards greatly offended her, by receiving knighthood from the Earl of Essex. James I. made him a Knight of the Bath. He died in 1612.
Harrington was the first who translated Ariosto into English. His epigrams are his best productions.]
A TAILOR, thought a man of upright dealing—
Upon recovery grew a great precisian :
He bought a bible of the best translation,
And in his life he show'd great reformation;
He walked mannerly, he talked meekly,
He heard three lectures and two sermons weekly;
He vow'd to shun all company unruly,
And in his speech he used no oath but truly;
And zealously to keep the Sabbath's rest,
He found his fingers were to filch inclined,
[WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, in 1564, and was educated at the free school of that town; afterwards, he was placed in the office of an attorney. At eighteen years of age he married the daughter of a farmer, and soon after was obliged to leave his native place, for reasons which have been differently related. It is said that when he arrived in London, he obtained a living by holding horses during the performances in the theatre at Southwark; but this has been very reasonably questioned. He soon, however, became an actor, wrote his celebrated plays, and often performed the part of the ghost in his own "Hamlet." His extraordinary talents soon rendered him eminent; he was a favourite both with Elizabeth and James I., and his prudence enabled him to accumulate considerable property, with which he retired to the place of his birth, where he purchased a house and estate which he called "New-place," and which, by the munificence of a few individuals, has lately become the property of the nation. Having enjoyed his retirement four years, he died on his birthday in 1616, and was buried in the church at Stratford; a monument was erected to his memory in Westminster