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With flying keeles, plowe up the land with swordes
Elizabeth, the wonder of the worlde,
Over whose throne th' enemies of God
Have thundred erst their vaine successless braves
I am induced to describe the following production of this author, because it celebrates the Naval Victories of one of the most illustrious of our countrymen.
"THE TRUE AND PERFECTE NEWES of the woorthy and valiaunt Exploytes performed and doone by that valiant Knyght, Syr Frauncis Drake, not onely at Sancto Domingo and Carthagena, but also now at Cales and uppon the Coast of Spayne. 1587.
Printed at London, by J. Charlewood, for Thomas Hackett."
It is dedicated "To the Right Honourable and hys singular good Lord George Clifford, Earle of Cumberland,"
In the Introductory Address to the Reader, the author, speaking of the claims of his hero to honourable mention, has these singular expressions.
"At which time, heretofore, was there ever any English manne that did the like, as well for hys new navigation and long travel, and God be praysed
praysed for hys good successe to the greate terror and feare of the enemie, he beeing a man of meane calling to deale with so mightie a monarke.
The Poem commences thus:
NEWES OF THE
THE TRUE AND PERFECTE
CHIVED AND DOONE BY THAT VALIANT KNIGHT, SIR FRAUNCIS DRAKE.
Tryumph, O England, and rejoyce,
In countryes strange, both farre and neere,
Yee worthy wights that doo delighte,
Such rare exploytes performde and doone,
First call to mind how Gedeon,
Josua, cap. 3,
So likewise by Gods mighty hande,
Twenty five ships were then preparde,
With masters good and marriners yare
The best navigators in this lande,
In countryes straunge beyond the sea,
SIR FRANCIS HUBERT.
THE name of this English Poet does not ap pear, either in the first or last edition of Phillip's Theatrum Poetarum, or in Ritson's Biographia Poetica. But the author of an Epic Poem, and that by uo means contemptible in plan
plan or execution, in the spirit or harmony of versification, should not be entirely forgotten, I am happy in this opportunity of contributing to its preservation.
The following Poem is in the British Museum. "THE HISTORIE OF EDWARD THE SECOND, SURNAMED CARNARVON, one of our English Kings, together with the Fatall Down-fall of his two unfortunate Favorites, Gaveston and Spencer. Now published by the Author thereof, according to the true original Copie, and purged from those foule Errors and Corruptions wherewith that spurious and surreptitious Peece which lately came forth, under the same Tytle, was too much defiled and deformed.
With the Addition of some other Observations, both of Use and Ornament. By F. H. Knight.
London. Printed by B. A. and T. F. for L. Chapman, and are to be sold at the upper end of Chancery Lane. 1629.'
Prefixed is a head of the unfortunate Edward; and the Poem is dedicated to the Authors "very loving Brother, Mr. Richard Hubert."
This Poem must have been of some notoriety, in its day, for the Author complains that a surreptitious copy had been industriously circulated. The dedication to the author's brother thus concludes:
"And so humbly desiring the Almighty to blese you, both in soule, body and estate, I rest not your