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Was worthy of a good one, and this, here,
TO THE AUTHOR.80
Require (besides the likeness of the thing)
ing, All which are parts commend the cunning hand; And all your book, when it is thoroughly
scanned, Will well confess; presenting, limiting Each subtlest passion, with her source, and
spring, So bold, as shows your art you can command. But now your work is done, if they that view
The several figures, languish in suspense, To judge which passion's false, and which is
true, Between the doubtful sway of reason and
sense, 'Tis not your fault if they shall sense prefer, Being told there Reason cannot, Sense may err.
connected with the tragical death of the anthor. The public appear to have been interested in this piece by the contrast presented between the portrait drawn in it of a pure and virtuous woman, and the character of the infamous Countess of Essex. – B.
80 Pretixed to The Passions of the Mind in general, a poem by Thomas Wright, 1604 and 1620.-- B.
It is the warrant of the word,
That yields a scent so sweet,
All falsehood under feet.
The marrow from the bone,
Doth show the Holy One.
Unto the world doth prove;
Of the most worthy love.
TO EDWARD FILMER, ON HIS MUSICAL WORK,
DEDICATED TO THE QUEEN.32
What charming peals are these, That, while they bind the senses, do so please ?
31 Prefixed to The Touchstone of Truth, by T. Warre, 1630. - B.
82 Of Filmer nothing is known. The' musical work” appears to have been a mere adaptation of French music to English words, in compliment to Queen Henrietta. B.
They are the marriage-rites
Music and Poesy;
Who did this knot compose,
And, with their chained dance,
They are a school to win
And, graced with her song, To make the language sweet upon her tongue.
TO RICHARD BROME, ON HIS COMEDY OF
" 83 NORTHERN LASS.
I had you for a servant once, Dick Brome,
And you performed a servant's faithful parts; Now you are got into a nearer room
Of fellowship, professing my old arts.
33 Richard Brome, from having been originally servant to Ben Jonson, became afterwards his friend, and was esteemed so highly by his contemporaries, that most of the principal poets addressed conimendatory verses to him on his productions. He was the author of fifteen comedies, all entering into the current humors of the age, and treating them with considerable dramatic sk 11. In addition to these plays he produced The Lancashire Witches, in conjunction with Thomas Heywood; and is said to have written six others. The Northern Lass, to which Jonson's lines were prefixed, was Bronie's first play, and was published in 1632. Jonson's
And you do do them well, with good applause,
Which you have justly gained from the stage, By observation of those comic laws
Which I, your master, first did teach the age. You learnt it well, and for it served your time,
A ’prenticeship, which few do nowadays : Now each court hobby-horse will wince in rhyme,
Both learned, and unlearned, all write plays. It was not so of old; men took up trades That knew the crafts they had been bred in
right; An honest bilbo-smith would make good blades,
And the physician teach men spew and The cobbler kept him to his awl; but now, He'll be a poet, scarce can guide a plough.
A SPEECH AT A TILTING.34 Two noble knights, whom true desire, and zeal, Hath armed at all points, charge me humbly
kneel To thee, O king of men, their noblest parts
lines are thus introduced : “To my faithful servant, and (hy his continued virtue) my loving friend, the author of this work, Richard Brome." Brome died about the year 1652. His comedy of A Jovial Crew was successfully revived at the Theatre Royal in Cibber's time. — B.
84 This speech, which was copied from Ashmole's MSS., is said to have been “ presented to King James at a tilting, in the behalf of the two noble brothers, Sir Robert and Sir Henry Rich." The lines have no date, but were probably produced on one of those festive occasions to which the attachment of Prince Henry to martial exercises gave birth. G.
To tender thus, their lives, their loves, theis
hearts. The elder of these two 35 rich hopes increase. Presents a royal altar of fair peace; And, as an everlasting sacrifice, His life, his love, his honor which ne'er dies, He freely brings, and on this altar lays As true oblations. His brother's emblem says, Except your gracious eye, as through a glass, Made perspective, behold him, he must pass Still that same little point he was; but when Your royal eye, which still creates new men, Shall look, and on him, so, then art's a liar, If from a little spark he rise not fire.
AN EXPOSTULATION WITH INIGO JONES, 86 Master Surveyor, you that first began From thirty pounds in pipkins, to the man You are: from them leaped forth an architect,
85 These youths, says Gifford, were the sons of Robert Rich, first Earl of Warwick, by the too celebratel sister of the Earl of Essex. Robert, the elder, succeeded to the title in 1618. He “protests much," like Hamlet's player-queen, in his speech, and he kept his woril somewhat in the same
James was scarcely dead, when he threw himself into the arms of the Parliament. His brother Henry, not. withstanding his emblem, trod in Robert's steps. Janies created him Earl of Holland. Great honors were also conferred upon him by Charles, in return for which he deserted and betrayed the royal cause. He was not long in receiving bis reward from his new masters, who deprived him of his head in 1620. – B.
36 This expostulation and the two pieces, also referring to