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The word put indeed appears originally to have signified a Poetic Strain, Verse, or Poem; for in these senses it is used by the Anglo Saxon writers Thus K. Ælfred in his Boetius, having given a version of lib. 3, metr. 5, adds, Đ.se pisdom tha thar fitte asunjen harde, p. 65, i.e. “When wisdom bad sung these [Fitts) verses." And in the Proem to the same book Fon on fitte,
- Put into (FITT] 66 versé.” So in Cedmon, p. 45. Feond on fitte, seems
composed a song,” or “ poem.”—The Reader will trace this old. Saxon phrase, in the application of the word fond, in the foregoing passage of Chaucer. See Glod
Spencer has used the word fit to denote 66 a strain of
music:" see his poem, intitled, “ Collin Clout's çonie home again,” where he says,
The Shepherd of the ocean (Sir Walt. Raleigh]
And when he heard the music which I made
It is also used in the old Ballad of K. ESTMERE, Vol. I, p. 74, V. 243.
From being applied to Music, this word was easily transferred to Dancing ; thus in the old play of Lusty Juventus (described in p. 114.), Juventus says,
By the masse I would fayne go daunce a Fitte. And from being used as a Part or Division in a Ballad, Poem, &c. it is applied by BALE to a Section or Chapter in a Book, (though I believe in a sense of ridicule or Jarcasm) for thus he intitles two Chapters of his Englith Wo. targes pt. 2d. viz. fol. 49, “ The fyrit frit of “ Antelme with Kynge Wyllyam Rutus."--fol. 50, 64 An other Fyrt of Anreime with kynge Wyllyam 66 Rufus.”
BY THE EARL OF OXFORD
Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford, was in high fame for his poetical talents in the reign of Elizabeth : perhaps it is no injury to his reputation that few of his compositions are preserved for the inspection of impartial posterity. To gratify curiofiiy, we have inserted a fonnet of his, which is quoted with great encomiums for its “ excellencie and wit," in Puttenham's Arte. of Eng Poesie *, and found intire in the Garland of Good-will: A few more of his fonnets (diftinguished by the initial letters E. O.) may be seen in the Paradise of Daintie Devises. One of these is intitled, “ The Complaint “of a Lover, wearing blacke and tawnie." The only lines in it worth notice are these,
A crowne of baies shall that man beare'
Who triumphs over me;
Which mourning colours be.
We find in Hall's Chronicle, that when 2. Catharine of Arragon dyed, Jan. 8, 1536; “ Queen Anne (Bullen ware
YE LOWL for the mourning." And when this unfortunate princess loft ber head, May 19, the same year, “ on the afcen“cion day following, the kyng for mourning ware WHYTE.” Fol. 227, 228.
* Lond. 1589, p. 1720
Edward, who was the XVIIth earl of Oxford, of the family of Vere, succeeded his father in his title and honours in 1562, and died an aged man in 1604. See Mr. Walpole's Noble Authors. Athen. Oxon. &c.
OME hither shepherd's swayne:
Sir, what do you required"
“ My name is Fond DESIRE."
When wert thou borne, Desire?
“ By fond Conceit men say.”
Tell me, who was thy nurse?
6 Fresh Youth in sugred joy.”
“Sad sighes with great annoy."
What hadit thou then to drinke?
“ Unsavoury lovers teares." What cradle wert thou rocked in?
“In hope devoyde of feares."
What lulld thee then alleepe?
“ Sweete speech, which likes me best.”
What thing doth please thee moft ?
“ To gaze on beautye stille.”
“ Disdayn of my good wille."
Doth either tyme or age
Bringe him unto decaye?
“ Ten thousand times a daye.”
Then, ford Desire, farewelle,
'Thou art no mate for mee;
With such a one as thee.
SIR ANDREW BARTON.
I cannot give
a better relation of the fact, which is the fubje&t of the following ballad, than in an extralt from the late Mr. Guibrie's Peerage; which was begun upon a very elegant plan, but never finished. Vol. I. 480.p. 22.
“ The transaction which did the greatest honour to the earl of Surrey * and his family at this time [A. D. 1511.) was their behaviour in the case of Barton, a Scotch seaofficer. This gentleman's father having suffered by sea from the Portuguese, he had obtained letters of marque for his two sons to make reprisals upon the subjects of Portugal. It is extremely probable, that the court of Scotlan i granted these letters with no very honest intention. The council board of England, at which the earl of Surrey held the chief place, was daily pestered with complaints from the sailors and merchants, that Barton, who was called. Sir Andrew Barton, under pretence of searching for Portuguese goods, interrupted the Englis navigation. Henry's situation at that time rendered him backward from breaking with Scotland, so that their complaints were but coldly received. The earl of Surrey, however, could not smother his indignation, but gallanıly declared at the council board, that while he had an estate that could furnish out a ship, or a fon that was capable of commanding one, the narrow seas phould not be infested.
“ Sir Andrew Barton, who commanded the two Scotch Thips, had the reputation of being one of the ableft sea officers of his time. By his depredations, he had amassed great wealth, and his ships were very richly laden. Henry, note withstanding his situation, could not refuse the generous offer, made by the earl of Surrey. Two ships were immediately fitted out, and put to sea with letters of marque, under his two fons, Sir Thomas † and Sir Edward Howard. After encountering a great deal of foul weather, Sir Thomas came up with the Lion, which was commanded by Sir Andrew Barton in perfon; and Sir Edward came up with the Union, Barton's other ship, [called by Hall, the Bark of Srotland.] The engagement which ensued was extremely obstinate on both fides; but at last the fortune of the Howards prevailed. Sir Andrew was killed fighting bravely, and encouraging his
* Thomas Howard, afterwards created Duke of No: folk.
+ Called by old biliorians lord Howard, afterwards created earl of Surrey in his father's life-time. He was father of the poetical E. of Surrey.