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The unnam'd Authour (as in all a raylor)
He calls the Author a lad, who although he puts his name to what he writes, “ deserves no approbation :"
Yet this lad
Parker was frequently classed by other writers with John Taylor the Water Poet, and the Herbert here mentioned before also in a former part of the poem, was Thomas Herbert the author of an “elegie on the death of Thomas Earle of Strafford,” 1641, 4to. Secunda Vox Populi; or the Commons Gratitude to Philip Earle of Pembroke and Montgomery,” 1641, 4to, and some other scarce tracts. At the end of the poem there is a short “Postscript of fourteen lines against these paper-persecutors," for the “diurnall Lavish" and waste of paper “ by these calumnious idle pamphleteeres.”
There is an account of this work by Mr. Haslewood in the Brit. Bibliogr., vol ii, p. 431; and for some further notice of the author and his other publications, consult the Cens. Liter., vol. iïi, p. 26, by Mr. Park. It is very seldom that this work occurs for sale. The present copy is the one from the Bibl. Ang. Poet., No. 535, priced 11l. 118., which was purchased by Mr. Midgley, and sold at his sale in 1818, No. 609, for 8l., to Longman, from whom it was bought by Mr. Heber. A copy was sold in Nassau's sale, pt. ii, No. 575, and one (the present copy) in pt. iv of Mr. Heber's Catal., 1782. We do not know of any other having occurred for sale of
One of the most curious tracts of Martin Parker's is one scarcely known, and only once, we believe, casually quoted by Mr. Park. It is entitled, “Harry White his Humour, so neare as may be set forth by M. P.,
In which is exprest
Who vertue contemne."
The only copy of this work known is preserved in the Bodleian Library, and consists of a few leaves only. The preface is preceded by the following lines :
To that great promulgater,
The remaining part of the tract is in prose, and consists of comical opinions, each one ending with, “ This is Harry Whites humour.”
Dryden has alluded to Parker as a well-known ballad-maker in one of his comedies. “Hang your white pelf: sure, Sir, by your largess you mistake me for Martin Parker, the ballad-maker; your covetousness has offended my muse, and quite dull’d her” (Dryden's Comedies, 1701, folio, vol. i, p. 217).
An allusion to Parker also occurs in The Times, displayed in six sestyads, by Saml. Sheppard, London, 1646, 4to.
Each fellow now that hath but had a view
Perror or PARROT, (Henry.)- Epigrams by H. P.
Mortui non mordent.
Imprinted at London by R. B. and are to be soulde by John Helme, at his shoppe in S. Dunstan's Church-yarde. 1608. 4to.
The author's first work, entitled The Mous-Trap, a collection of epigrams, had been printed two years earlier. The present was his second publication, and is of great rarity. The epigrams are preceded by some Latin lines, “Ad Candidum Lectorem," and ten in English, “ To the ungentilized Censurer.” The epigrams, which are 160 in number, are not remarkable for any point or humour, and are, moreover, disfigured, like most of the other epigrammatic works of that period, by great coarseness and indelicacy. They are each of them headed with a Latin motto. The fourth relates to Whittington and his cat.
Hee may dispend a thousand markes a yeare. The following are, perhaps, as good as any that can be produced in the volume, the names of the persons introduced being all fictitious :
Qui, modo Rusticus, olim.
But see, one sillie shrew controls his art,
Impar Impares odit.
160 and last.
Sapiunt quæcunque probantur.
And thers an end. The volume closes on the last page with six lines in English and two in Latin, hinting, in allusion to the epigrams, that those may wear them whom the cap
fits. Some of these epigrams were afterwards reproduced, and a few of them may be traced in the publications noticed in the next articles. Mr. Park has made mention of this work in Cens. Liter., vol. ii, p. 232. See also Earle's Microcosmography by Dr. Bliss, p. 276; and Bibl. Ang. Poet., p. 553, where a copy is priced 12l.; Bibl. Heber., pt. iv, 1791, 31. 198.; Bright's do., No. 4245, 91. 58. There is a copy in the Bodleian Library.
Bound by C. Lewis.
PERROT or PARROT, (Henry).—The Mastive, or Young-Whelpe of the Olde-Dogge. Epigrams and Satyrs.
Verba decent iratum plena minarum.
without Temple Bar. 1615. 4to. VOL. V. PART I.
On the title is a woodcut representation of the mastive, with a collar on his neck, and the motto “ Mordeo Mordentem” on a label issuing from his mouth. A prose advertisement “To the Universal Reader” is subscribed H. P., whence, and from the internal evidence, the volume is usually ascribed, and we believe correctly, to Henry Parrot, rather than, as is sometimes done, to Henry Peacham. Another leaf containing six lines, “ Author pro seipso," and a preliminary sonnet, “Ad Bibliopolam," conclude the introductory matter. The epigrains number 182, and at the end of these are three satyres, and “A Paradox in praise of Warre," with a few lines of apology for the faults escaped in the printing by reason of the author's absence from
But few of these epigrams will bear quotation; and one or two only, selected as examples, will be quite sufficient :
Tempus edax rerum.
Nuptiæ post Nummos.