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ROGER COTTON. ROGER COTTON wrote “ A Spirituall Song: containing an historicall discourse from the infancie of the world untill this present time;" and " An Armor of Proofe brought from the Tower of Dauid to fight against Spannyardes, and all enimies of the trueth.” The former of these works was published in 1595, and the latter in 1596.
LEONARD STAUELY. LEONARD STAUELY, of whom no mention is made by Ritson, wrote “A Breef Discovrse wherein is declared of ye travailes and miseries of this painful life, and that death is the dissoluer of man's miserie.” There is no date: but it is supposed to have been published about 1580.
WILLIAM WARNER wrote “ Albion's England : a continued Historie of the same Kingdomne, from the Originals of the first Inhabitants thereof: and most the chiefe alterations and accidents there hapning vnto, and in the happie raigne of our now most gracious Soueraigne, Queene Elizabeth. With varietie of inuentiue and historicall intermixtures.” This elaborate poem, which exhibits a_view of the secular and ecclesiastical events in English history, was first published in 1592. It scarcely admits of extract, but the stanzas here given may shew the talent of the poet, and the nature of his poetry. The ninth book is devoted to the exposure of popery and the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition.
ANONYMOUS. This author wrote “The Passions of the Spirit,” which was published in 1599.
TIMOTHY KENDALL. TIMOTHY KENDALL, who was educated at Oxford, and afterwards became member of Staple's Inn, wrote " Flowres of Epigrammes out of sundrie the most singular authors selected: to which is annexed, Trifles deuised and written for the most part at sundrie tymes in his yong and tender age.” The date of the publication is 1577.
PETER PETT. PETER PETT wrote “Time's Iourney_to seeke his daughter Truth, and Truth's letter to Fame,” which was published in 1599.
JOHN PITS. JOHN Pity wrote “A Poore Man's Beneuolence to
the afflicted Church,” to which are added two Psalms. | This work was published in 1566.
G. B. G. B. wrote “ A New Booke called, The Shippe of Safegarde.” This work was published in 1569. Ritson refers these initials to Barnaby Googe, and Bernard Garter; but it is not certain that they can be identified with either.
STEPHEN BATMAN, professor in divinity, was a native of Bruton in Somersetshire: he died in 1581. Batman was the author of several prose and poetical works, among the latter of which is, “ The trauayled Pylgrime, bringing newes from all partes of the worlde, such like scarce harde of before. This work was published in 1569.
WILLIAM BROXUP. WILLIAM BROXUP, of whom, as well as several others in this collection, no mention is made in Ritson, wrote “St. Peter's Path to the Joyes of Heauen, wherein is described the frailtie of the flesh, the power of the spirit, the labyrinth of this life, Sathan's subtilitie, and the soule's saluation." This work appeared in 1598.
BARNABY GOOGE. BARNABY GOOGE was a celebrated translator in the reign of Queen Elizabeth ; he wrote some original works, among which is a work entitled Eglogs, Epytaphes, and Sonettes,” which was published in 1563.
FRANCIS SABIE was the author of some sacred poems entitled “ Adam's Complaint: The Old Worlde's Tragedie : Dauid and Bathseba,” which appeared in 1596. He was the author also of some secular works in hexameters and blank verse.
ANDREW WILLET. ANDREW WILLET was a learned divine. His works, which are numerous, are chiefly prose. Among his poetical works is one entitled Sacrorum Emblematum, which is written in Latin and English. There is no date affixed to it, but it was written within the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
C. T. WROTE “ A Short Inuentory of certayne Idle Inuentions; the fruites of a close and secret garden of great ease, and little pleasure.” This work was published in 1581.
WILLOBIE was the author of a work entitled “Avissa: or the true picture of a modest maid, and of a chast and constant wife :" it was published in 1594.
SAMUEL DANIEL was born in 1562, and was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford. He became tutor to Lady Anne Clifford, subsequently Countess of Pembroke, to whom several of his works are dedicated. The poetical productions of Daniel are numerous, and the tenor of his writings is generally moral and instructive; but only one, his “Musophilos," which contains a general defence of learning, affords extracts suitable to this selection.
R. D. wrote “ An Exhortation to England to ioine for defense of true religion and their natiue countrie." There is no date affixed to this work, but it bears internal evidence of having been written in the age of Elizabeth.
The extract from this author is from “The Gallery of Gallant Inuentions, edited by and contributed to by T. Proctor," which was published two years after “ The Paradise of Dayntie Deuises ;" namely, in 1578.
THOMAS CHURCHYARD was a celebrated writer of prose and poetry in the age of Elizabeth. His works are chiefly of a secular character. The first specimen
in these pages
transcribed from “A Mvsicall Consort of Heauenly Harmonie, compounded out of manie parts of musicke, called Chvrchyard's Charitie.” This work appeared in 1595, and was dedicated “To the Right Honorable Robert Deverevx, Earle of Essex.” The “Verses fit for euery one to knowe and confesse” are an extract from a rare work in Lambeth Palace library, entitled “The Wonders of the Air :" date 1602. Churchyard contributed one of the poetical translations to the Old Version of Psalms.