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PARTRIDGE, (John).—The worthie Hystorie of the most noble and
valiaunt Knight Plasidas, otherwise called Eustas, who was martyred for the profession of Jesus Christ. Gathered in English verse by Iohn Partridge, in the yere of our Lord 1566.
Imprinted at London by Henrye Denham, for Thomas Hacket: and are to bee solde at his Shoppe in Lumbarde streate. 8vo, pp. 70, blk. lett.
This little work is one of those curious romance poems on religious subjects, of which we have several examples written or compiled about the middle of the sixteenth century, and not a few, perhaps, which would now be considered as, in some degree, approaching to profaneness. It is, however, by no means improbable that compositions like these had their use in times, when education had made so little progress with the mass of the people, that religion might require more outward attraction to draw attention to it than at the present day, and were at all events a harmless, if not a judicious, means of disseminating religious opinions among the people at that period. The
poem under our notice commences with a prose epistle, occupying four leaves, “To the worshipfull Arthur Dwalreue, Marchaunt venturer his seruante and dayly oratour John Partridge wisheth increase of worship, by his worthy trauayle,” in which he says, that he has, “at the request of a speciall friend, drawen the same though rudely yet hoping not without some profite, eyther of hymself or of some other.” Then a metrical address “ To the Reader,” one leaf; and “ The Verdicte of the Booke," four sevenline stanzas, another leaf, followed by a blank one; and then “The noble History of Plasidas,” commences on Sig. A i and extends to D iii, in eights. It is written in the common metre, in which the Psalms of David were versified, so prevalent in the latter half of the sixteenth century; and the whole story is dull and barren, and although the book is so rare, that not more than two other copies are known, yet a single specimen of its contents will amply suffice :
When Plasidas to Rome was come,
and did a time soiourne: Then Adrian did him commaund,
his Idols to adourne.
For that the Romanes did possesse
so great a victorie :
be playnely did deny
they nought at all could giue :
that he in world did liue. Then Adrian commaunded that
deuoured they should be: Of a Lion ip Church, whereas
his Goddes the facte might see. And so it was as he commaunde,
perfourmed eke and done :
unto their feete doth come.
cum caude that doth play :
can get the beast away.
he doth no hurt at all :
his men them forth to call,
in Ore of brasse to die :
they had their trust wholly.
and they are put therein :
to sing do then beginne.
their file was at an ende :
Finis. John Partridge.
John Partridge, the author of this dull and uninteresting work, wrote also among other things: (1) The notable Historie of two famous princes, A stianux and Polirena, Imprinted at London by Henry Denham for Thomas Hackett. 1566. 8vo, black letter. (2) The most famouse and worthie Historie of the worthy lady Pandanola, daughter to the mighty Paynim, the great Turke.
VOL. V. PART I.
London, Printed by Thomas Purfoote. 1566. 8vo, black letter. (3) The End and Confession of John Felton the rank Traytor, who set up the traytorous Bull on the Bishop of London's Gate. Who suffered before the same Gate for High-Treason against the Queene's Maiestie, the 8 day of August 1579. With an Exhortation to the Papists to take heed of the like. By J. Partridge. London, Printed in 1570. 8vo, black letter. Reprinted in Morgan's Phoenix Britanicus, vol. i, p. 415. (4) The treasurie of commodious conceytes, and hidden secretes comonly called, The good Hustiues Closet of prouision for the health of her household. By John Partridge. London, Printed by Richard Jones. 1573. 8vo, black letter. And again reprinted by the same in 1580, and by R. Jones in 1591. On the back of the title are verses by “ The Printer to all that couet the practise of good Huswiuery, as well Wiues as Maides,” which were most probably written by Partridge himself. It is not unlikely that he may have also written other works, which are now lost. Nothing appears to be kuown of his personal history. Partridge's Plasidas is extremely rare.
There is, however, a copy in Malone's collection in the Bodleian Library, and another in the Pepysian collection at Magdalen College, Cambridge, supposed by Mr. Hartshorne to be unique. There was also a copy in Dulwich College Library, as appears from the manuscript catalogue, but it is now wanting. Fine copy of this very rare volume.
Bound by Hayday.
PASQUIL’s Palinodia, and his progresse to the Tauerne, Where
after the suruey of the Sellar, you are presented with a
Nulla placere diu, nec vivere carmina possunt
Horac, ad Mecenatem.
The following is the description of the woodcut on the title-page of this scarce poetical volume as given in the Bibl. Ang. Poet., p. 533: “On the title to this poem is a woodcut, representing a Bacchante holding a Goblet in one hand, with the inscription Quem non; she is advancing in high glee
towards a hogshead inscribed Castalius or Vinum Hispanense, out of which a man is filling a jug, and exclaiming to the Bacchante, Huc, huc pierides." On the reverse of the title is the following “ Approbatio":
Innocuos censura potest permittere lusus,
M. Valerius Martialis. This is succeeded by a prose address from “ The Printer to the Reader,” two pages; after which is an address of eight Latin verses, inscribed “ Libellus ad Lectorem ex Martiale.” The poem then commences, which consists of eighty-nine stanzas of eight-lines each, and at the end are twelve stanzas of twelve-lines each, in praise of Sack. The author of this poetical tract was a native of Leeds, see Sig. B 4.
And thou my natiue towne, which was of old
Although since these went down, thou ly’st forlorn
That thou maist see once more thy happy daies. His name is at present unknown, but might, perhaps, be discovered from a few of the first stanzas, in which he makes allusion to a former work of his Muse. It appears from the address of the Printer that the present work was published without the author's consent, and that he was ignorant of his name.
I understand that the Author is so farre out of patience to heare that this Pasquill is prest for the publicke view which was entended onely for the priuate satisfaction of his peculiar friends, that he will not greet the Reader so much as with a Letter of Commendations, yet considering that in these dayes we are altogether carryed away with Fashions, and that it is quite beside the custome to put forth a Poem, without a Dedicatorie preamble, let mee I pray you make bold, for want of a better scholler, to salute the courteous Reader with a few words of Complement. Who the Author is I know not, and therefore on his behalfe I will be silent; yet I heare that hee is of the minde of that merry Huntsman, which would neither give nor sell his Hare, but when he saw the Travailer, gallop away with her, and that hee was out of hope to have her againe, he cryed out, Take her, Gentleman, I will bestow her on you.
The author was a warm advocate for the ancient games and sports of his country, and laments the interference of the Puritans and Fanatics with the rights of the ancient May-day festival.
Happy the age, and harmlesse were the dayes,
And all the lusty Yonkers in a rout
And poore men far'd the better for their feasts.
Then one grave Seriant at the Common Pleas
Yet hardly had a Clyent worth a straw.
And som times with his tennants handsome daughter
Bestow on him some Farme, without extortion,
And therefore I'le be silent, for I hold,
For shee's a lusty Iade, and Iades will kicke.
What fell malignant spirit was there found,
That men might fall together by. the eares.