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Then follows "A Table for to finde the Sonnettes, Madrigalles, &c."
In the Sonnet to the Earl of Northumberland, the Author represents his Muse "blushing at her first entrance."
In the Sonnet to the Earl of Essex, he calls his work "his First borne Babe," and makes similar allusions in the Sonnets to the other noble personages above specified.
It will be seen, by referring to Ritson's Bibliographia Poetica, that Barnes, at least according to Ritson's account, had published nothing so early as this work. Ritson knew nothing of this performance, neither is it mentioned by Antony Wood, nor indeed do I know where another copy is to be found.
I select a Sonnet, by way of specimen, from p. 45. It is inscribed "Sonnet LXVI." and is addressed to Content.
Ah sweet Content where is thy mylde abode?
Ah sweet Content, where doest thou safely rest?
Ah sweet Content, where doth thine harbour hold?
Which please the Goddes with prayers manifold,
Many of these Sonnets, as remarked before, are inscribed to the most distinguished personages of the time; for example, "To Henry, Earle of Southampton; The most vertuous, learned and bewtifull Ladie Marie, Countesse of Pembrooke; To the right vertuous and most bewtifull Lady, the Lady Straunge; The Lady Brigett Manners."
A Hundreth good Pointes of Husbandries. Imprinted at London, in Flete Strete, within Temple Barre, at the Signe of the Hand and Starre, by Richard Titler, the Third Day of February. An. 1557.
I MENTIONED in my first volume the extreme rarity of this edition, of which the Museum copy is the only one I have ever seen. On farther examination, it appears to contain some
singularities, which the more curious collectors of Old English Poetry and Literature may desire
The first edition has these lines in the Title Page, which do not appear in the subsequent
A hundreth good pointes of good husbandry,
The original letter from the author, "To the right honourable, and my speciall good Lord and Maister, the Lord Paget," differs so exceedingly in the subsequent editions, that the curious reader will not be displeased at seeing it,, as it was first printed.
The truth doth teache that tyme must serve
Of thynges most lyke to thryve or sterve,
Take you, my Lord and Mayster than
My serving you thus understande,
And God his helpe, and yours withall,
Dyd cause good lucke to take myne hande,
My serving you, I know it was,
But synce I was at Cambridge tought,
My musike synce hath been the plough,
Variations from the above, in subsequent
Time trieth the truth in every thing,
As therefore troth in time shall crave,
L. 3. Ed. 1.
L. 1. Ed. 1.
L. 4. Ed. 1.
L. 5. Ed. 1.
Ed. 2. L. 6. Ed. 1. Ed. 2.
Such homely gift of your own man
So synce I was at Cambridge tought.
L. 5, 6. Ed. 1. And if I may my song avowe,
No man I crave to judge but you.
It will hardly be necessary to point out to the reader that the first eighteen lines are an Acrostic, and form the words THOMAS TUSSAR MADE ME.