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The armes, the which that Cupide bare,

Were pearced hartes with teares besprent, In filver and fable to declare

The stedfast love, he alwayes ment.

There might you se his band all drest

In colours like to white and blacke, With powder and with pelletes prest

To bring the fort to spoile and facke.


Good-wyll, the maifter of the Mot,

Stode in the rampire brave and proude, For spence of pouder he spared not

Affault! assault! to crye aloude.


There might you heare the cannons rore;

Eche pece discharged a lovers loke; Which had the power to rent, and tore

In any place whereas they toke.


And even with the trumpettes fowne

The scaling ladders were up set, And Beautie walked up and downe,

With bow in hand, and arrowes whet.

Then first Defire began to scale,

And shrouded him under “his' targe; As one the worthiest of them all,

And aptest for to geve the charge.


Ver. 30. her. Ed. 1557. fo Ed. 1535.


Then pushed souldiers with their pikes,

And halberdes with handy strokes ; The argabulhe in fleshe it lightes,

And duns the ayre with misty smokes.


And, as it is the fouldiers use

When shot and powder gins to want, I hanged up my flagge of truce,

And pleaded up for my livès grant.


When Fanfy thus had made her breche,

And Beauty entred with her band, With bagge and baggage, sely wretch,

I yelded into Beauties hand.


Then Beautie bad to blow retrete,
· And every fouldier to retire,
And mercy wyll'd with spede to fet

Me captive bound as prisoner.


Madame, quoth I, fith that this day

Hath served you at all assayes,
yeld to you without delay
Here of the fortresse all the kayes,

And fith that I have ben the marke,

At whom you shot at with your eye ; Nedes must you with your handy warke,

Or salve my fore, or let me die.


*SINCE the foregoing Song was first printed off, rea.

fons have occurred, which incline me to believe that Lord V aux the poet was not the Lord NICHOLAS VAUX, zuho died in 1523, but rather a successor of his in the title. -For in the first place it is remarkable that all the old writers mention Lord Vaux, the poet, as contemporary or rather posterior to Sir Thomas WYAT, and the E. of SURREY, neither of which made any figure till long after the death of the fir Lord Nicholas Vaux. Thus Puttenham in his Art of Englih Poesie, 1589." in p. 48, having named Skelton, adds, In the latter end of the same "kings raigne (Henry VIII ] Sprong up a new company of courtly Makers, [Poets) of whom Sir THOMAS WAT " thelder, and Henry Earl of SURREY were the two chieftaines, who having travailed into Italie, and there tasted the sweet and stately measures and liile of the Italian poesie .. greatly polished our rude and homely

manner of vulgar poesie In the SAME TIME, or

NOT LONG AFTER was the Lord NICHOLAS VAUX, “ a man of much facilitie in vulgar makings *."-Webbe in bis Discourse of English Poeirie, 1986, ranges them in the following order, The E of Surrey, the Lord Vaux, Norton, Bristow.And Gascoigne, in the place quoted in the ist vol. of this work, [B.II. No. II.] mentions Lord VAUX after Surrey.--Again, the file and measure of Lord Vaux's pieces seem too refined and polished for the age of Henry VII and rather resemble the smoothness and harmony of Surrey and Wyat, than the rude metre of Skelton and Hawes : - But what puts the matter out of all doubt, in the British Museum is a copy of his poem, I lothe that I did love, [vid. vol. I. ubi Jupra) with this title, A dyttye or fonet made by the Lord Vaus, in the time of the noble " Quene Marye, representing the image of Deaih.Harl. MSS. No. 1703, 9.26.

It is evident then that Lord Vaux the poet was not he that flourished in the reign of Henry vij. but either his son, or grandfon: and yet according to Dugdale's Baronage, the former was nanied THOMAS, and the latter William: 4 this

* i.e. Compositions in English Vol. II.



difficulty is not great, for none of the old writers mention the christian name of the poetic Lord Vaux * except Puttenham; and it is more likely that he might be mistaken in that Lord's name, than in the time in which he lived, who was so nearly his contemporary.

Thom As Lord Vaux, of Harrouden in Northamp'on. Jhire, was fummoned to parliament in 153. When he died does not appear ; but he probably lived till the latter end of Queen Mary's reign, since bis fon.

WILLIAM was not summoned to parl. till the last year of that reign, in 1558. "This Lord died in 1595. See Dugdale, V. Il. p. 304.

-Upon the whole I am inclined to believe that Lord 'THOMAS was the Puer.

* In the Paradise of Dainty Devises, 1596, he is called fimply « Lord Vaux the elder."


SIR ALDINGAR. This old fabulous legend is given from the Editor's folie MS with conje&tural emendations, and the insertion of some additional stanzas to supply and compleat the story.

It has been suggested to the Editor, that the Author of this Poem seems to have had in bis eye the story of Gunhilda, who is fometimes called Eleanor, and was married to the Emperor (here called King) Henry.

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UR king he kept a false stewarde,

Sir Aldingar they him call;
A falser steward than he was one,

Servde not in bower nor hall.


He wolde have layne by our comelye qucene,

Her deere worshippe to betraye:


Our queene she was a good womàn, ,

And evermore said him naye.

Sir Aldingar was wrothe in his mind,

With her hee was never content,
Till traiterous meanes he colde devyse,

In a fyer to have her brent.

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There came a lazar to the kings gate,

A lazar both blinde and lame:
He tooke the lazar upon his backe,

Him on the queenes bed has layne.


“ Lye still, lazar, wheras thou lyest,

6 Looke thou goe not hence away;
“ Ile make thee a whole man and a sound

“ In two howers of the day *.”

Then went him forth fir Aldingar,

And hyed him to our king:
“ If I might have grace, as I have space,

“ Sad tydings I could bring.”


Say on, say on, fir Aldingar,

Saye on the soothe to mee.

hath chosen a new new love,
" And shee will have none of thee.

* He probably infinuates that the king should beal bim by his power of touching for the King's Evil.

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