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HAPMAN, (George.) — Exia VuktÒS. The Shadow
of Night : Containing Two Poeticall Hymnes. De-
This is one of the earliest known of the original works of George Chapman, who appears to have settled in London soon after he left the University of Oxford in 1575, and to have commenced as a writer no long time after, - nothing being known of his way of life or profession, - but he probably had been engaged for some time upon his Homer, as his translation of seven books of the Iliad appeared in 1596, only two years later. It is dedicated, in prose, “ To his deare and most worthy Friend, Master Mathew Roydon.” In this Epistle Dedicatory he thus introduces some celebrated men of that period : “But I stay this spleene when I remember, my good Mat. how ioyfully oftentimes you reported vnto me that most ingenious Darbie, deepe searching Northumberland, and skill-imbracing heire of Hunsdon had most profitably entertained learning in thēselues, to the vitall warmth of freezing science, and to the admirable luster of their true Nobilitie, whose high deseruing vertues may cause me hereafter strike that fire out of darknesse, which the brightest Day shall enuie for beautie.” It is not only one of the rarest, but one of the ablest and best written of
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Chapman's productions. The following short passage, taken from the first hymn, nigj- be quoted as a sample of the general style of the poem :
And as when hosts of starres attend thy flight
Retiring where the morning fir’d them out. The opening of the second hymn to Cynthia is written in Chapman's best style, and deservedly merits a quotation :
Nature's bright eye-sight, and the Nights faire soule,
Peacefull, and warlike, and the powre of fate,