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THOMAS MORLEY, one of the gentlemen of queen as render the perusal of the book in a great degree Elizabeth's chapel, the author of a well known entertaining to those who are unacquainted with the treatise on the subject of practical music, was a subject of it; the truth of this observation will apdisciple of Bird, for whom he ever entertained the pear from the very introduction to the work, which highest reverence. He obtained a bachelor's degree is as follows :in 1588, and was sworn into his place in the chapel

POLYMATHES. July 24, 1592 ; he was the author of Canzonets or

. PHILOMATHES. little short songs to three voices, Lond. 1593. The

Master first book of Madrigals to four voices, Lond. 1594.


IES. Staye brother Philomathes, what haste? Canzonets or little short Airs to 5 or 6 voices, Lond.

Whither go you so fast? Philomath. To seek out an 1595. Madrigals to 5 voices, Lond. 1595. In- old friend of mine. Pol. But before you goe I praie troduction to Music, Lond. 1597. The first book of you repeat some of the discourses which you had yesterAires or little short Songes to sing and play to the 'night at Master Sophobulus his banket, for commonly he lute with the bass viol, Lond. 1600. And the first ' is not without both wise and learned guestes. Phi. It book of Canzonets to two voices, Lond. 1595, and ' is true indeed, and yesternight there were a number of 1619. He also composed divine services and an

excellent schollers, both gentlemen and others : but all thems, the words of some whereof are printed in

'the propose which was then discoursed upon was

.musicke. Pol. I trust you were contented to suffer James Clifford's Collection of divine services and

others to speake of that matter. Phi, I would that anthems usually sung in cathedrals.* A service

'had been the worst; for I was compelled to discover for the burial of the dead of his composition, the 'mine own ignorance, and confesse that I knewe nothing first of the kind, to the words of our liturgy, is at all in it. Pol. How so? Pas. Among the rest of printed in Dr. Boyce's Cathedral Music, vol. I. He 'the guestes by chance Master Amphron came thither also collected and published madrigals, entitled the also, who falling to discourse of musicke, was in an Triumphs of Oriana, to five and six voices, composed

argument so quickly taken up and hotly pursued by by divers anthors, Lond. 1601, and a set or two of

• Eudoxus and Calergus, two kinsmen of master Sopho

bulus, as in his own art he was overthrowne, but he still Italian madrigals to English words; but the most

sticking in his opinion, the two gentlemen requested me valuable of all his works is his Plaine and easie In- to examine his reasons and confute them, but I refusing, troduction to practicall Musicke, so often referred to and pretending ignorance, the whole company conin the course of this work, and of which an account demned me of discurtesie, being fully persuaded that is here given.

I had been as skilfull in that art as they took me to be
This valuable work is divided into three parts, the

• learned in others; but supper being ended, and musicke first teac ing to sing ; the second treating of Descant,

bookes according to the custome, being brought to the with the method of singing upon a plain-song; the

'table, the mistress of the house presented mee with a

'part, earnestly requesting me to sing, but when, after other of composition in three and more parts. Each

many excuses I protested unfeignedly that I could not, of the three parts of this book is a several and distinct

everie one began to wonder, yea some whispered to dialogue, wherein a master, his scholar, and a person others, demanding how I was brought up : so that upon competently skilled in music, are the interlocutors; shame of mine own ignorance I goe nowe to seek out and in the course of their conversation so many little

*mine old friende master Gnorimus, to make myself his particulars occur relating to the manners of the times,

• schollar. Pol. I am glad you are at length come to

be of that_mind, though I wished it sooner, therefore * This book is very frequently referred to by Wood. It is a collection of the words only, of the services and anthems then usually sung, printed

'goe, and I praie God send you such good successe as in duodecimo, 1664. The compiler was a native of Oxford, a chorister 'you would wish to yourself; as for me, I goe to heare of Magdalen college there, and afterwards a minor canon of St. Paul's,

some mathematical lectures, so that I thinke about one and reader in some church near Carter-lane, and also chaplain to the society of Serjeant's Inn in Fleet-street. Athen. Oxon.

• time wee may both meete at our lodging. Phi. Fare


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