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MICHAEL COSOWARTH. MICHAEL CosoWARTH wrote a version of some select Psalms, which is among the MSS. in the Harleian Collection at the British Museum. Complimentary verses are prefixed to this work by Richard Carey and Henry Lok, or Locke.
This author wrote a poem, now very rare, entitled “The Lamentation of the Lost Sheepe.”
ELIZABETH GRYMESTON. This lady was the daughter of Martin Barney, or Bernye, of Grimston, in Norfolk, and married Christopher, the youngest son of Thomas Grymeston, in the county of York. She wrote “ Miscellanea : prayers, meditations, memoratiues ;" in which there are
Odes in imitation of the seuen Pænitentiall Psalmes, in seuen seueral kinde of verse.'
The selected stanzas from this writer are transcribed from a work published in 1592, entitled “Evphves' Shadow: the battle of the dances, wherein youthfull folly is set down in his right figure, and vaine fancies are prooued to produce many offences.”
THOMAS PRANT, THOMAS DRANT, who was more memorable as a preacher than a poet, wrote “ A Medicinable Morall, that is, the two Bookes of Horace his Satyres; Englyshed according to the prescription of Saint Hierome. The Wailyngs of the Prophet Hieremiah, done into Englyshe verse. Also Epigrammes.” This book was published in 1566, being perused and allowed accordyng to the Quene's Maiestie's iniunctions."
R. THACKER. The “Godlie Dittie" written by this author is here reprinted from the Harleian Miscellany.
ANONYMOUS. In 1601 was published “The Song of Mary the Mother of Christ ; containing the story of his life and passion; the teares of Christ in the garden; with the description of the heauenly Ierusalem.” This work was issued anonymously, and the principal poem in it bears a strong resemblance to that entitled “Mary Magdalen's Lamentation for the Losse of her Maister Jesus.”
ANONYMOUS. This author wrote a volume entitled “Mary Magdalen's Lamentations for the Loss of her Maistèr Jesus,' which has been supposed by some to be the production of Sir Nicholas Breton.
ANONYMOUS. In 1597 a work was published, entitled “Saint Peter's Ten Teares. Ten Teares of S. Peter's, supposedly written vpon his weeping sorrowes for denying his Maister Christ.” These Teares are preceded by a metrical introduction : they are ten small poems, each consisting of six stanzas of six lines.
In 1603 Henry Dod published a small volume of “Nine of the Singing Psalms,” which he turned "into easie meter,” for the use of his own family “and some godly learned friends.” At a subsequent date he issued, with the royal privilege, “Al the Psalmes of Dauid, with certene Songes and Canticles of Moses, Debora, and others, not formerly extant for song. Beyond this nothing is known of this author, except that Wither, in his “Scholler's Purgatory,” calls him “ silkman.
In 1582 was published “The Castell of Courtesie, whereunto is adioyened the Holde of Humilitie, with the Chariot of Chastitie thereunto annexed : also a Dialogue between Age and Youth, and other matters herein contained. By lames Yates, seruing-man. Besides the principal subjects which are enumerated in the title-page, this volume contains a great variety
of minor poems.
This writer was one of the contributors to Davison's “Poetical Rhapsody.” The only names agreeing with the initials, mentioned by Ritson, are Andrew Willet and Arthur Warren, and he is inclined to attribute them to the latter; but no proof exists. Sir Egerton Brydges' supposition, that the poems to which they are affixed were by Sir Walter Raleigh, is equally unsupported. The author lived after the death of Sir Philip Sidney, in 1585: he wrote an eclogue, an epigram, and some hexameters upon his death.
ANONYMOUS. ANOTHER of the contributors to Davison's “Poetical Rhapsody."
JOHN BODENHAM. JOHN BODENHAM is not introduced into these pages as a poet, but as the compiler of “ Belvedere, or the Garden of the Muses ; which is a collection of sentences from most of the principle poets, living and dead, which are arranged in the form of poems. An address to the reader is prefixed, in which there is a statement of the authors from whose works the extracts have been made; but the extracts are so arranged as to make them appear as the original compositions of the compiler.
The works written by this author from which the specimens are derived, are, 1. “Vicissitudo Rerum : an Elegiacall Poeme of the interchangeable courses and varietie of things in this world,” which was published in 1600; and 2. “A Progress of Pietie, or the Harbour of Heauenly Harts, etc.," first printed in 1596. Both these works are prose, interspersed with poetry.
XCIV. BARTHOLOMEW CHAPPELL. This author wrote, “The Garden of Prudence ; wherein is contained a patheticall Discourse and godly Meditation, most brieflie touching the vanities of the world, the calamities of hell, and the felicities of heauen." The title-page continues, “You shall also find planted in the same diuers sweet and pleasant flowers, both necessarie and comfortable both for body and soule." This work, which is in prose and verse, was inscribed to Ann Countess of Warwick. It was published in 1595.
WROTE “A Briefe of the Bible's Historie: drawn first into English poesie, and then illustrated by apt annotations: whereto is now added a Synopsis of the Bible's Doctrine.” This work was first published in 1596, and, although a very small volume, it displays great biblical knowledge. It is chiefly prose, and the prose far transcends the poetry in merit. The stanzas selected, which exhibit a brief view of Christianity, may serve as a specimen.