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deprived also of the ancient prestige of the royal stone so long renowned in the Coronations of the Scottish Kings, which had been removed from Scone long before to its present resting place in Westminster Abbey.

The repetition pamphlet is chiefly occupied with the Sermon preached on the occasion by "Master Robert Douglas, Minister of Edinburgh, Moderator of the Commission of the Generall Assemblie" from the text 2 Kings 11, 12-17, the latter verse being considered especially appropriate. The Sermon is exceedingly lengthy, being divided into numerous divisions and subdivisions, and Charles's patience must have been sorely tried, since in addition to the Sermon he had to be addressed and advised by the Moderator, who seems to have been thought the most important personage in the ceremony. The crown was placed upon the head of Charles by Archibald Marquis of Argyle, who not long after the Restoration was himself beheaded for high treason.


The account of the ceremony does not occupy more than three or four pages of the tract, the rest being filled with the religious part. It is ornamented with a frontispiece representing the King seated on his Throne, and the Moderator preaching on his right hand. The tract is scarce. the end, bound up with it, is a copy of the London Gazette for Thursday April 23, 1685, St. George's Day, giving an official account of the Coronation of James II. and Queen Mary on that day. There was no procession from the city, but they came from Whitehall to Westminster Hall, and went in a stately procession from thence on foot upon blue cloth spread from the Throne in the Hall to the Abbey, the passage being railed in, and guarded by the Horse and Foot Guards. The Litany was sung by two Bishops, and the Sermon was preached by Turner, Bishop of Ely, but there was no Communion Service. Only one or two other things are deserving of notice. The King being crowned, he vouchsafed to kiss the Archbishops and Bishops, and the Te Deum being sung, the Archbishops and Bishops did homage and kissed the King's cheek, and after them the Temporal Lords also did homage, and severally kissed the King's check, and touched his crown; during which the Treasurer of the Household threw about the Coronation medals. Then followed the Coronation of the Queen, after which they returned to Westminster Hall in the same order they came, and the banquet took place, the first course being served up with the usual ceremony, the Lord High Steward between the Lord High Constable and the Earl Marshall riding up before it on horseback. And before the second course was served, Sir Charles Dymoke the King's champion in complete

armour, accompanied by the Lord High Constable and Earl Marshall, all on horseback, performed the usual ceremony of the challenge. After which the banquet being ended, and the whole solemnity concluded in great order and magnificence and with universal joy, their Majesties returned to Whitehall, and the nobility and others departed.

Collation: Signature A to N 2, in twos. 26 leaves.
Half-bound in Blue Morocco.

CHARLES II.-Anglia Rediviva: A Poem on his Majesties most joyfull Reception into England. London, Printed by R. Hodgkinsonne for Charles Adams, and are to be sold at the signe of the Talbot in Fleetstreet, 1660. 4to. pp. 8.

A short poem on the happy return of Charles II. to this country, and his joyful reception by the nation, written by an anonymous author. Out of the six pages which comprise the whole of the poem, nearly one and a half are filled with a description of General Monk, afterwards Duke of Albemarle, who was so instrumental in the restoration of his lawful Monarch, and which may serve as an appropriate specimen of the writer's skill in versification:

But let the pressing Multitude give room;
Behold the noble Generall is come

With low obeisance Majestie to greet,

And lay himself down at the Royall feet.
This, this is he, whom kinder stars have sent
Of all our joyes to be the Instrument;

He, whom the Heav'ns reserv'd for such a season
To rescue England, and disarme black Treason.
O, may that horrid Monster ne're be found
To raise his head again on English ground;
Down in his native Dungeon let him rore
For e're, and wallow in his own foul gore.
Long live our George, that hath this Dragon slain,

To crush the breed, should any yet remain.
What this Knight was that after-times may see,
I'le draw his Picture for Posterity,

He is all inside: nothing of bark, or shell:
Made up of solid greatnesse; scorns t'excell
In a gay formall outside: One, that can

Seem little, and be great within. A Man
Only by his high actions understood

Born for his Country, and his Soveraigns good.
He doth the work, whilest others say fine things;
And all our Hopes to an enjoyment brings:
Cares not with gilded promises to please,

But silently contrives our happinesse.

Some hope, some fear, some censure, and some raile,
He minds them not, but still drives home the Naile.
Not the mistrust of unbelieving friends,

Nor force of open foes obstruct the ends
Nobly prefixt unto his generous mind:

He cuts his way through all, makes every wind
Serve his well laid Designe, untill he bring

To this distracted Realm Peace, and the King.

Him the succeeding Ages will admire

More then the present can: Great heights require

Some distance to be fully seen: When we

Lye blended in forgotten Dust, shall hee
Stand a fair Precedent of Loyalty.

We are ignorant of the author of this Poem which is not noticed by Lowndes. The present copy is illustrated with a fine portrait of Charles in armour, holding a truncheon in his hand. Skegg's sale, No. 349, 78. Half-bound in Russia.

CHAUCER (GEOFFREY.) -The woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer, newly printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in printe before:- with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Jhon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly dooeth appere. 1560.

Colophon. Imprinted at London, by John Kyngston, for John Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde. Anno 1561. Folio blk. lett.

It has been justly remarked of Chaucer, the great Father of English Poetry, as he is called, and the glory of the reign of the illustrious Edward III., that although he had been preceded by several ancient versifiers, he is pre-eminently the person with whom our poetical history may be supposed

to have commenced, "the morning star of our poetical hemisphere,” the great founder of the poetry of his country, the inventor of our heroic verse, the enricher and improver of his native language, and the progenitor of a long and glorious line of poets. It is also truly observed, that Chaucer was a man of the world; and that "to the variety of scenes in which he bore a part, is to be attributed the varied character of his writings. As a courtier, a traveller, and a man of pleasure, he acquired an air of gallantry, and a talent for rich and elegant description, which distinguish him from the dry and scholastic writers of this nascent period of English poetry; and at the same time, a fund of serious reading, joined with the many occasions he had for the exercise of sober reflection, rendered him fit to sustain the part of the divine or philosopher."

Although Caxton, Wynkyn de Worde, and Pynson had each printed portions of the poems of Chaucer, the first edition of his collected works came from the press of Thomas Godfray in 1532, folio, under the direction and care of William Thynne, Esq., the Father of Francis Thynne, who dedicated it to Henry VIII. as alone worthy to be the patron of the works of so great a poet. This edition, notwithstanding its imperfections, is still regarded as the most authentic; and as superior to all the later folio impressions of Stowe and Speght.

It was reprinted by William Bonham in 1542, Folio, blk. lett. with the addition of "The Plowman's Tale," which was here inserted for the first time. This edition is sometimes found with the name of John Reynes, Richard Kele, Robert Toy, and Thomas Petit as the printers, who had each a share in the book, and had his own name alone inserted as printer in his own share of copies. Reckoning all these therefore as one and the same Impression, with merely a different Colophon, the present is the third edition, and is supposed to have been edited by John Stowe. On the titlepage is a large wood-cut of the arms and crest of Chaucer, Per pale argent and gules, a bend countercharged, crest, an unicorn's head, with two lines underneath,

Vertue florisheth in Chaucer still,
Though death of hym, hath wrought his will.

The work commences with "The Prologue" in prose, or Preface of William Thynne, chief Clerk of the Kitchen, addressed to Henry VIII., after which is "A Table of all the names of the woorkes conteigned in this volume,” then "Eight goodlie questions with their answers," nine seven-line stanzas,




and a Prologue" in nine eight-line stanzas, "To the Kinges most noble grace, and to the Lordes and Knightes of the Garter." Opposite to this on Sig. A i. is a curious woodcut shewing the genealogy of the houses of York and Lancaster, down to their junction by the marriage of Henry VII. and Elizabeth of York. Then follow "The Prologues" which precede the Canterbury Tales, xxii in number. These latter commence on Sig. Bi. Fol. 1, with a separate title, "The Knightes Tale" having a rude woodcut prefixed of a Knight in armour mounted with lance in his hand. "The Romaunt of the Rose," which begins on Sig. A ai, Fol. cxv., has also a separate title. And to this succeed "The Bookes of Troilus & Creseide," "The Testament of Creseide," and other legends from the Classics; "Boecius de consolatione Philosophie," "The dreame of Chaucer," "The assemble of Foules," "The Floure of Courtesie, made by Ihon Lidgate," "How pitie is dedde, or La belle dame sans mercie," ," "Of Quene Annelida & false Arcite," "The assemble of ladies," and his treatise "Of the Astrolabie," in prose, addressed by Chaucer to his younger son, Lewis, commencing thus:

Lytle Lowys my sonne, I perceiue well by certaine euidences thyne abylyte to lerne scieces touching nombres and proporcions and also well consydre I thy besye prayer in especyal to lerne the tretyse of the Astrolabye. Then for as moche as a Philosopher saithe, he wrapeth bym in his frende that condiscendeth to the ryghtfull prayers of his frende:Therfore I haue giuen thee a sufficient Astrolabye for owre Orizont compowned after the latitude of Oxenforde.

This younger son for whom this treatise was composed, is supposed to have died early, his eldest son Thomas Chaucer alone surviving him.

The Poems are continued on Fol. cclxx., with "The complaint of the blacke Knight," "A praise of women," "The House of Fame," in three books, "The testament of Loue," in prose in three books, "The lamentacion of Marie Magdalene," "The remedie of Loue," "The complaint of Mars and Venus," "The letter of Cupide," "A Balade in commendacion of our Ladie," "A balade to King Henry the iiij. by Ihon Gower," "Of the Cuckowe and the Nightingale," "Scogan unto the Lordes and Gentilmen of the Kinges house," and "Certaine Balades." The additional Poems "whiche were neuer in printe before," mentioned in the title-page, commence on Fol. cccxl., and are thus headed: "Here foloweth certaine woorkes of Geffray Chaucer, which hath not here to fore been printed, and are gathered and added to this booke by Ihon Stowe." These consist of "Certaine Balades" on various subjects, and "The Court of Loue;" and the volume

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