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Of his burst cares; put with no nerues together,
On-make earth pomp as frequent as ye can,
If yong Marcellus had to grace his fall,
Sylla sixe thousand; let Prince Henry haue
Nor lesse our losse his Mothers heart infests
Mourne, all ye Arts, ye are not of the earth;
So flits, alas, an euerlasting Riuer,
As our losse in him, past, will last for euer.
The golden Age, Star-like, shot through our skye;
Aim'd at his pompe renew'd, and stucke in's eye.
And (like the sacred knot, together put)
Since no man could dissolue him, he was cut.
Besides this there are two other short epitaphs not worthy of notice. In the Epicede there is also a description of the tempest that cast Sir Thomas Gates on the Bermudas, and the state of his ship and crew. See the Brit. Bibliogr., vol. iv. p. 36; an article in Restituta, vol. iv. p. 169, by Mr. Park, with a list of other tributes to the memory of Prince Henry; and Bibl.
Ang. Poet., p. 99. "The Funeralls" mentioned in the title-page form a separate tract, which is not included in this copy. The volume should also have a leaf before the title, in white letters on a black ground, and a large folding plate of Prince Henry on the hearse, by Pass, with arms, &c., and some lines by Hugh Holland and Chapman. When found with these the volume sells high, and brought at Mr. Skegg's sale, No. 305, 16s.; Sir Mark M. Sykes's ditto, pt. i. No. 703, 47. 108.; Heber's ditto, pt. iv. No. 337, 4l. 168. The present copy has not these appendages, which were also wanting in the one described in the Bibl. Ang. Poet., and there priced at 107. Bound by Charles Lewis, in Venetian Morocco, gilt leaves.
CHAPMAN, (GEORGE.) -Andromeda Liberata. Or the Nuptials of Perseus and Andromeda. By George Chapman.
Nihil a veritate nec virtute remotius quam vulgaris opinio. London, Printed for Laurence L'isle, and are to be sold at his shop in St. Paules-Church-yard, at the signe of the Tigers-head. 1614. 4to.
There is a long metrical Epistle Dedicatory prefixed to this classical poem by Chapman, addressed to his patron Robert Carr earl of Somerset, and the lady Frances his countess the bane and ruin of her husband and the great enemy of Sir Thomas Overbury. The terms in which she is here spoken of by Chapman are somewhat apologetical, and she is exhorted to drown the voice of faction and complaint by the purity of her future life: And you, (most noble) Lady as in blood
In minde be noblest, make our factious brood
In your cleere life: Of which, th'examples rest
Confest vntouch't; and Curiositie
It appears from Ant. Wood that this dedicatory epistle gave some offence, and was much censured by many, and that in consequence Chapman soon after wrote a pamphlet in answer to these attacks, in prose and verse, entitled A free and offenceless Justification of a late published and most maliciously misinterpreted Poem entitled Andromeda Liberata; 4to, London, 1614. A copy of this tract, consisting of two sheets only, was in North's sale, pt. iii. No. 777, and sold in Bright's ditto, No. 1166, for 5l. 5s. The epistle dedicatory is followed by a prose address "To the preiudicate and peremptory Reader," and by "The Argument of the Poem, which is chiefly taken from the 4th Book of Ovid's Metam., Propertius, &c. The description of Andromeda flying into the wilderness after the decision of the oracle is in Chapman's best style, and will, we hope, be found pleasing to our readers:
Her feet were wing'd, and all the search out went
Beauty like fire, comprest, more strength receiues
Blinded her eyes, and all inuasion seekes
Her lookes to pearle turn'd peble, and her locks
To burnisht gold transform'd the burning Rocks.
At the end, after the nuptials of Perseus and Andromeda, occurs "Parcarum Epithalamion," in eight nine-line stanzas, and on sig. F one leaf containing the "Apodosis," or moral of the fable, by the author.
Warton has a slight notice of the poem in his Hist. Eng. Poet., vol. iv. p. 275, note; See also Wood's Ath. Oxon., vol. ii. p. 577. The work is scarce, and sold in Perry's sale, pt. i. No. 1050, for 4l. 18.; Bibl. Heber. pt. iv. No. 336, 31. 4s.; Jolley's ditto, pt. ii. No. 664, 17. 58.; Bright's ditto, No. 1165, 21. 78. Mr. Miller's duplicates sold in 1854, No. 159, 1. The title-page has an emblematical device, with the motto Mihi conscia recti" on a scroll. The present copy is from the British Museum duplicate sale, No. 1787, and from the library of Baron Bolland.
Collation: Title ¶ 2; Sig. ¶ four leaves; ¶¶ four leaves; A two leaves; B to Fi inclusive, in fours.
Bound by Charles Lewis, in olive calf extra, gilt leaves.
CHAPMAN, (GEORGE.) The Georgicks of Hesiod, by George Chapman; Translated elaborately out of the Greek; Containing Doctrine of Husbandrie, Moralitie, and Pietie; with a perpetuall Calendar of Good and Bad Daies; Not superstitious, but necessarie (as farre as naturall causes compell) for all Men to obserue, and difference in following their affaires.
Nec caret vmbra Deo.
London, Printed by H. L. for Miles Partrich, and are to be solde at his Shop, neare Saint Dunstans Church in Fleetstreet. 1618. 4to, pp. 48.
A remarkably fine and large copy of an extremely rare poetical volume, of which the very existence in print was doubted by Warton, though he discovered afterwards that it had been licensed to Miles Partrich, 14th May 1618. He supposed that Chapman had translated only about fourteen lines from the beginning of the second book, which were inserted as an illustration in his commentary on the thirteenth Iliad, and even after finding that the book was licensed in 1618 he still doubted if it had been printed, and certainly never saw it.
It is dedicated by Chapman, in high-flown language, "To the Most Noble Combiner of Learning and Honour: S Francis Bacon, Knight, Lord High Chancelor of England, &c." In this dedication he mentions his former translation of Homer, and makes a punning allusion to the lord chancellor's having been a student of Gray's Inn: "All Iudgements of this Season (sauouring any thing the truth) preferring, to the wisedome of all other Nations, these most wise, learned, and circularly-spoken Grecians. According to that of the Poet
Graiis ingenium; Graiis dedit ore rotundo
and why may not this Romane Elegie of the Graians extend in praisefull Intention (by waie of Prophetick Poesie) to Graies-Inne wits and Orators? Or if the allusion (or petition of the Principle) begge with too broad a Licence in the Generall: yet serious Truth, for the Particular, may most worthily apply it to your Lo.ps truely-Greek Inspiration, and absolutely Attick Elocution: whose all-acknowledged facultie hath banisht Flattery therein, euen from the Court; much more from my countrie, and more-thenvpland simplicitie." This is followed by a short account "Of Hesiodus" and his writings, and by commendatory verses by Drayton and Ben Jonson. It contains marginal annotations on the sides, and is written in ten feet rhyming couplets. Chapman was about sixty when he published this translation and lived to the age of seventy-five, or according to Warton seventy-seven, dying in 1634. He is mentioned by Drayton :
As reuerend Chapman, who hath brought to us
Musæus, Homer, and Hesiodus
Out of the Greek, &c.,
and he here confirms Chapman's own opinion as to the power and capability of the English tongue for the music of poetry, speaking of him as one who
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