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The few other particulars we derive concerning Peacham, chiefly from his own works, are, that he lived for one while at Richmond, and at another for a long time in St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, and is said to have been addicted to melancholy, probably brought on by reverse of fortune. For it is reported that he was reduced to great poverty in his old age, and that he wrote penny pamphlets for bread. This last assertion contained in a manuscript note by John Gibbon, Bluemantle, in a copy of Peacham's tract, A Dialogue between the Crosse in Cheap, and Charing Crosse, comforting each other, &c., 1641, 4to. The exact date of his death does not appear to be known.

The Garden of Eloquence, published in 1577, 4to, black letter, was most probably written by his father. It is dated by its author “from North Mimmes the xxiiij of April,” and in it he is styled “Henry Peacham Minister.It was at North Mimmes that his son was born, and it is most likely that he obtained preferment at Leverton in Lincolnshire afterwards, and went to reside there. See the Retrosp. Rev., vol. ix, p. 129; Ellis's Early Eng. Poet., vol. ii, p. 406; Chalmers's Biogr. Dict., vol. xxiv, p. 215; and Bibl. Ang. Poet., p. 522.

The Roxburghe copy, No. 3357, was purchased by Mr. Rice for 6l. 158.; White Knight's do., No. 3330, 51. 58.; Lloyd's do., No. 1018, 5l. 78. 6d.; Bibl. Ang. Poet., No. 522, 8l.

The present very fine copy came from the duplicates of the Bridgewater Library, and from the Bibl. Heber, pt. iv, No. 1799.

Bound by Mackinlay.
In Russia, uniform with the other works of Peacham in the

editor's possession, from the Bibl. Heber.

Petowe, (Henry.) — Elizabetha quasi vivens. Eliza's Funerall.

A fewe Aprill drops, showred on the Hearse of dead Eliza.
Or, The Funerall teares of a true hearted Subiect. By H. P.

London. Printed by E. Allde for M. Lawe dwelling in Paules
Church-yard, neere vnto Saint Austens gate. 1603. 4to.

As the poetical part of this volume has been reprinted by Mr. Park in the Restituta, vol. iii, p. 23, and the entire tract, by the same person, in the Harleian Miscell., and by Mr. Nichols, in the Progresses of Queen Elizabeth, it will be unnecessary here to do more than to refer the reader to those works, merely adding that the tract, which consists of ten leaves only, is dedicated in prose

" To the Wor. and Curteous Gentleman M. Richard Hildersham," after which is a metrical “Induction” of five six-line stanzas. The poem of “ Eliza's Funerall” consists of eight sonnets, printed between woodcut borders, of which the following is the first :

Then withered the Primrose of delight
Hanging the head o’re Sorowes garden wall :
When you might see all pleasures shun the light,
And liue obscurer at Eliza's fall.
Her fall from life to death oh stay not there!
Though she were dead, the shril tong'd trump of heauen
Rais’d her againe, think that you see her heere :
Euen heere, oh where? not heere, shee's hence bereauē
For sweet Eliza in Elizium liues,
In ioy beyond all thought. Then weepe no more
Your sighing weedes put off, for weeping giues
(Wayling her losse) as seeming to deplore

Our future toward fortunes, mourne not then:

You cease a while, but now you weepe agen. After the poem occurs “ The order and formall proceeding at the Funerall of the most high, renowned, famous and mightie Princesse, Elizabeth of England, France and Ireland, late Queen: from Whitehall to the Cathedrall Church of Westminster. The 28 of Aprill 1603.” This part occupies three leaves, and is also interspersed with some few fragments of verse. See Restituta, vol. iii, pp. 23-30; and Bibl. Ang. Poet., p, 530.

Bound in Purple Morocco, elegant.

PETOWE, (HENRY.)-Englands Cæsar. His Maiesties most Royall

Coronation. Together with the manner of the solemne shewes prepared for the honour of his entry into the Cittie of London. Eliza, her Coronation in Heauen, and London's sorrow for her visitation. By Henry Petowe.

London Printed by John Windet, for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his Shop at the signe of the Fox in Paules Church-yarde. 1603. 4to, pp. 32.

Petowe having dropped a few tears (“ Aprill teares ") on the obsequies of his former mistress, Queen Elizabeth, proceeds to celebrate the rising sun in a poetical tribute to her successor, James I. The present little work has a prose dedication, thus inscribed to several persons now unknown, “ To the cvrteous and wise yong Gentlemen vnited in Loue, Master N. H., Master Ro. W., Master I. H., Master I. K., Master H. A., and Master Tho. S.” Then a metrical address of ten lines “ Ad Lectorem,” signed “Thine in all loue H. P.," followed by an “ Induction” of five six-line stanzas. The work consists, like the former, of a series of sonnets, twenty-three in all, with neat woodcut borders above and below on each page, and like the former poem, contains many lines not undeserving of praise for their poetical merit, but mixed with others equally forced and prosaic. We quote one of the sonnets as a fair sample of the author's vein :

He shines like Phæbus in the welkins brest,
So may he shine for euer on this Ile,
Darting his crimson rayes from bis bright crest
And from his gladsome face a gracious smile :
And see that Sunne, whose bewties of such power,
As dazleth all spectators eyes (oh wonder!)
The eye of day lookes pale at this blest hower,
As if his glory had brought Phæbus vnder.
Oh, blessed Sunne, keepe thy dyurnall course,
May never be extinct thy radiant light :
But as thy glory glisters on the source
Of siluer Thamisis (Water-nymphes delight)

So London in her bosome hopes to see

Tryumpbant IAMEs in all his royaltie. The latter part of the poem appears to allude to the dismal sufferings which the people of London underwent in the fatal year 1603 (the year in which the poem was published), from the ravages of the plague, whence it was usually termed the black year. Such is the meaning of the following sonnet:

Oh thou that onely canst, forbeare thy rod
Of fell correction, wee will sinne no more :
Oh thou etervall Essence, onely God;
Now London feeles thy scourge, she doth deplore
Her masse of sinno : oh she doth weepe at hart :
Thy visitation doeth inforce her weepo,
She wants her Sou’raigne which procures her smart.

His sight would lull her in her ioyes asleepe :


But thou say’st no, for by thy mighty hand
What she and hers intended to performe
In IAMEs his honour, thou dost countermaund;
And mak’st her known, that she is but a Worme.

A Worme that hath her being from thy power,

And must not dare but stoop when Ioue doth lower.
The two following also relate to the same sorrowful subject :

But who knowes not thy power is euery where ?
In Cittie, Country, both on Land and Sea ?
Then do we think thou canst not touch us there?
Yes, yes, 'tis too apparent euery day.
But stay, great glory of æternitie,
Wee doe confesse thy might almightie force,
Be mercifull to vs in miserie,
And for thy deare anoynted, take remorse.
Smooth thy deepe furrowed front, shriu’led with ire :
Open thine eares vnto our sad complaints :
Let vs at last reioyce in our desire,
And helpe weako London that now helples faints.

For while thou frown’st, alas, she feares to die :

And but to thee she knowes not where to flie.
Thou mad'st the sore ; but who can giue the cure ?
Thou gau'st the blowe ; but who can salue the wound ?
Thou prick’st the hart, but who can helpe procure 8
Thou mad'st the bruise, but who can make it sound ?
Thou all in all can'st salue, make sound, and cure
The sore, the blow, the wound, yea more then this,
Thy ministring is present helpe, 'tis sure :
And he that prayes to thee, prayes not amisse.
Deigne then, dread Lord, from thy high throne of grace,
Where Angels praise thee with diuinest song,
To looke on London with a smyling face
And breake thy rod which she hath felt too long.

Then will her friends draw neere, and she shall see

Her long wisht Soueraigne, in his royaltie. Of Henry Petowe, the author of this and the preceding poetical tract, little or nothing seems to be known. Ritson indeed mentions his former work, but was apparently ignorant of the present one; nor do any of our writers on such subjects furnish any particulars of this author. Mr. Park has conjectured, not improbably, that "he was some dependant on the court," as he speaks of his private sorrow for the loss of Queen Elizabeth, and pays such quickly-succeeding congratulations to her regal successor. It is also not improbable that, besides the works to which his name is openly prefixed, he may have been the author of some of those other works published with the initials only of his name. He is known to have published, besides the two works already noticed: (1.) The second part of the Loves of Hero and Leandor, conteyning their further fortunes. London, 4to. Printed by T. Purfoote 1598, in continuation of Christ. Marlowe's version of Musæus. A copy of this is in the Bodleian Library among Marlowe's collections. (2.) Philochasander and Elanira, the faire Lady of Britaine. Wherein is discouered the miserable passions of loue in exile, his unspeak. able joy receaued againe into favour with the deserued guerdon of perfit Loue and Constancie. Hurtfull to none, but pleasaunt and delightfull for all estates to contemplate. London, 4to. Printed by Thomas Purfoote 1599. A poetical history consisting of twenty-six leaves, a copy of which sold at Mr. Heber's sale, pt. iv, No. 1807, for 41. 98. It is there stated to be full of the grossest plagiarisms from Lord Surrey, Churchyard, Gascoigne, and the poets of the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth. (3.) Londoners, their Entertainment in the Countrie, or a whipping of Runnawayes. Wherein is described London's Miserie, the Countries Crueltie, and Man's Inhumanitie. At London, 1604, 4to, blk. lett., 16 leaves. Printed by H. L. for C. B. Mr. Collier describes a copy of this tract, which relates to the plague of 1603, in the Bridgewater Catal., p. 175, but seems not to have been aware that it was written by H. Petowe. (4.) The Countrey Ayre, or London, her Welcome home to her retired Children. London, 1626, 4to. The late Mr. Denley, bookseller, of Covent Garden, had a MS. entitled, A description of the Countie of Surrey, containing a geographicall account of the said countrey or shyre, with other things thereunto apertaining. Collected and written by Henry Pattowe, 1611, 4to.A MS., neatly written, priced in his catalogue 21. 28.

The present work is unnoticed by the indefatigable Ritson in his Bibliogr. Poet., and is one of the rarest of Petowe's productions. The reprint of it by Mr. Park in the Harl. Miscel., and his subsequent notice of it in the Restit., were made from the present copy, the only one known, which was formerly in the possession of the late Edmund Lodge, Esq., of the Herald's office.

It is in White Vellum binding,
ornamented with the Royal Arms, encircled with the Garter, &c.,

painted in colours -- gilt leaves.

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