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THOMAS TUSSER. THOMAS TUSSER wrote and published “Fiue Hundredth Pointes of good Husbandrie." The first edition was published in 1557, entitled “A Hundredth good Pointes of Husbandrie," but after passing through several editions it appeared in 1573, in an enlarged form, under the first-mentioned title. Tusser died in 1580. This work generally is not suited to these pages; but among the “manie other matters both profitable and not vnpleasant for the reader," mentioned on the title-page, are two poems which entitle the author to a place in this selection.
RICHARD VENNARD. VENNARD was a gentleman of Lincoln's Inn. He wrote “A Panegyric on Queen Elizabeth;" “ The true testimonie of a faithfull and loyall subject;" and “The right way to Heanen.” This latter work, from which our specimen is derived, was published in 1601.
No mention is made of this author by Ritson. He wrote “A Piteous Platforme of an Oppressed Mynde set downe by the extreme surmyzes of sundrye distressed meditations.” The work is written partly in prose and partly in metre, and it contains versions of five Psalms.
J. RHODES. In 1602 appeared "An Answere to a Romish Rime lately printed, and entituled, “A proper new Ballad, wherein are contayned Catholike Questions to the Protestant.' The which Ballad was put forth without date or day, name of authour or printer, libel-like, scattered and sent abroad, to withdraw the simple from the fayth of Christ ynto the doctrine of Antichrist, the pope of Rome. Written by that Protestant Catholike, I. R.” These are the initials of J. Rhodes, whose very rare production is now presented to the reader in an entire form.
FRANCIS KINWELMERSH. Tais author was a member of Gray's Inn, and he and his brother Anthony had the character of being noted poets in the age of Elizabeth. They were the friends of George Gascoigne. His poems in this volume are from "The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises,” which first appeared in 1576.
RICHARD EDWARDES. RICHARD EDWARDES was a native of Somersetshire, and born about 1523. In 1547 he was a student of Christ Church, Oxford, and in 1561 he was constituted a gentleman of the royal chapel by Queen Elizabeth, and master of the singing-boys in that chapel. In 1566 he attended the queen in her visit to Oxford: he died in the same year. Edwardes was one of the principal contributors to “ The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises ;" but only one of his poems is suitable to these pages.
ARTHUR BOURCHER is author of a poem entitled “Golden Precepts,” which appeared in the edition of "The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises,” published in 1600. Previous to this he published a fable of Æsop, versi
fied, and he has a poem to the reader before Geoffrey Whitney's “Divine Emblemes.” Beyond this nothing is known of this author.
This author was one of the contributors to “ The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises.” Some identify him with Dr. Sands, or Dr. Edwyn Sandys, archbishop of York, he being the only known author of this name and period : but the identification is not at all probable. Some of the poems in the above collection have the initials D.S. affixed to them, and they have been supposed to be by the same person who wrote those to which D. Sand is appended.
LORD VAUX. LORD VAUX was one of the contributors to “The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises.” On the back of the title-page to the edition published in 1580 he is styled “the elder,” which refers to Thomas, second Lord Vaux, who was born in 1510. Ritson and others have suggested, however, that William, third Lord Vaux, who died in 1595, was a joint contributor with his father to that collection. The pieces ascribed to Lord Vaux are numerous.
RICHARD HILL. A WRITER of whom nothing is known beyond the fact, that he was one of the contributors to “The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises.' Yet Webbe in his “ Discourse of English Poetrie," published in 1586, speaks of his skill in many pretty and learned works, as he does also of D. Sands.
T. BASTARD WROTE, and published in 1598, “Chrestoleros: seven bookes of Epigrames.” Many of these epigrams are addressed to the celebrated men living in the age of Elizabeth.
G. GASKE. One of the contributors to “ The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises." Nothing is known concerning him: Park thinks he may be identified with George Gascoigne.
CANDISH. PROBABLY Thomas Cavendish, Esq. the celebrated navigator, to whom Robert Parke dedicated his translation from the Spanish of “The Historie of the great and mightie kingdome of China," which was published in 1588. Candish was one of the contributors to “ The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises.”
WILLIAM BVTTES. WILLIAM BYTTES, of whom the editor has not met with any account, wrote “A Booke of Epitaphes,” etc. which was published in 1583.
The contribution of an unknown writer to “The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises."
WILLIAM SAMUEL. In 1569 appeared a work entitled " An Abridgement of all the Canonical Books of the Olde Testament, written in Sternhold's meter by W. Samuel, Minister.' Beyond this nothing is known of its author.
ONE of the writers in the “ Paradise of Dayntie Deuises.”
M. THORN. ONE of the contributors to the “ Paradise of Dayntie Deuises.”
Scott wrote “ Four Paradoxes : of Arte; of Lawe; of Warre; of Seruice.” This work, which was published in 1602, was dedicated to the Marquess of Northampton. No mention is made of this author by Ritson.
XLIII. WALTER DEVEREUX, EARL OF ESSEX. WALTER DEVEREUX, Earl of Essex, distinguished by his suppression of a rebellion in Ireland, and as the father of Robert Earl of Essex, has been pointed out as the author of "A godly and virtuous Song,” extant in the Sloane MSS. No. 1898. This is printed in the “ Paradise of Dayntie Deuises," having for its title “ The Complaint of a Sinner,” and with the initials F. K. affixed to it. These initials refer to Francis Kinwelmersh, and it is doubtful by which of