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VOL. II. PART II.
HAPMAN, (GEORGE.) Exia VUKтÒS. The Shadow
Versus mei habebunt aliquantum Noctis.
At London, Printed by R. F. for William Ponsonby. 1594. 4to, pp. 40.
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 theselues, 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 may be quoted as a sample of the general style of the poem :
And as when hosts of starres attend thy flight
All beasts, and birds, the groues and forests range To fill all corners of this round Exchange,
Till thou (deare Night, ô goddesse of most worth)
And Eagle-like dost with thy starrie wings
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,