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P, 255. See also Bibl. Ang. Poet., p. 597, and Dibdin's Liter. Reminisc.,
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RALEIGH, (GEORGE.) — Christ ou his Cross, or the Holy Lambes Funerall. By George Raleigh Esquire.
Dr. Watt, in his Bibliotheca Britanica, does not take any notice of this very rare poem, and Lowndes is also unable to cite any copy as having occurred for public sale. The rich collection of old English poetry in the Bodleian library, also numbers this amongst its desiderata. It is written in six-line stanzas, and has a short dedication in prose prefixed, addressed “ To the Vertuous and Worthy Gentlewoman Mrs. Anne Monson, Daughter to that truely Noble Knight Sir William Monson of Kenersley in Surrey." The subject of the poem is the Scripture account of the last days of the Saviour, from the time of his betrayal by Judas Iscariot to the taking down of his body from the cross. It is written in a style rather above mediocrity, and without aspiring to any high flight of fancy, which the painful nature of the subject would not admit of, and without much force or originality; the language is flowing and easy, although we hardly know whether the following stanzas, selected at random, will be thought to bear out this opinion :
O heavenly goodnesse sweet alluring grace,
Good God, what honor's hence to Adam's race ?
Might still my mind be rauisht vp on high
But woe alas my Muse recants her song,
From Peace to War to broiles from quiet rest,
The Barke which sometimes smoothly sailed on,
When surging billowes (take what helpe she can)
The glorious Sunne in his late shining carre,
Which durst oppose his counter-checking raies,
And stop the passage of their streaming waies.
Now rauens with their ecchoes harsh rebound,
And hellish iarring take up all the sound.
When God himselfe, now God and Man become,
Him now I waile, of whom so late I sung
Whiles that those helpes, to which our hopes did bend (The Iews I meane) gaue to the same an end,
These councell take, and all combin'd in one,
He must be caught, and had in any wise,
From the last verse but one here quoted, it seems not altogether improbable that the author had previously written some other poem on the same
although we are not aware of the existence of any other work from his
pen. In the sale of Mr. Nassau's library, pt. ii, No. 923, occurred a work, Albania; or Certain Concernments of Great Britany, with an explication of the present state thereof, truely represented under the faigned person of Albania. By George Raleigh. London 1641, 4to. Dedicated to Charles I. It is a political pamphlet in prose, and consists of sixty pages. We cannot find any allusion in it which exhibits him as the writer of Christ on his Cross.
Whether they were both written by the same person we are unable to state, nor have we been able to discover anything more relating to this writer, or of his connection (if any) with his namesake, the great circumnavigator and poet.
The present copy of this rare poem, which unfortunately is not in good state, being close-cropped in the fore edges and water stained, was obtained at the sale of Mr. B. H. Bright's library in 1845, and is bound up with The Levites Revenge, by R. Gomersall. London 1628, 8vo.
RHODES, (HUGH.) — The Boke of Nurtur for men seruauntes, and
children, with Stans puer ad mensam, newelye corrected, verye utyle and necessarye unto all youth.
[Colophon.] Imprinted by me Thomas Colwell: Dwellynge in the House of Robert Wyer beside Charing Crosse. No date [but circa 1560]. 4to, pp. 26, blk. lett.
The first part of this work, which is in black letter, is written in prose but the greater portion, viz., the last twenty pages, is in verse.
It is divided into parts or chapters as follows:
1. The Boke of Nurtur for men seruauntes and children, with Stans puer
ad mensam, newelye corrected, verye utyle and necessarye unto
all youth. 2. The maner of seruing a knight, squire, or gentleman. 3. Howe to ordre your maisters chamber, at night to be bed warde. 4. Here foloweth the booke of nurture of good maners for man and
childe. The first in verse. 5. For the waytyng seruaunt.
At the end are four sets of proverbs or apothegms consisting of four lines each, after which is the colophon, “ Thus endeth the booke of Nurture, or gouernaunce of youth, with Stant
Compyled by Hughe Rodes of the Kynges Chappell. Imprinted by me Thomas Colwell; Dwellynge in the House of Robert Wyer beside Charing Crosse.”
With some rude ornaments, and a fleur-de-lys on the last page and one of the former
Warton says of this work, “In the preceding reign of King Edward the sixth, Hugh Rhodes, a gentleman or musician of the royal chapel," meaning probably that of King Henry the eighth, published an English poem, with the title, “ The Boke of Nurtur for men servants and children, or of the gouernaunce of youth, with Stans puer ad mensam,” 4to, black letter; and says further, “ In the following reign of Mary, the same poet printed a poem consisting of thirty-six octavo stanzas, entitled, “ The Song of the Chyld Byshop, as it was songe before the queenes maiestie in her privie chamber at her manour of saynt James in the ffeeldes on saynt Nicholas day and Innocents day this yeare nowe present, by the chylde bysshope of Poules churche with his compony, 4to, black letter, Londini in ædibus Johannis Cawood, typographi reginæ 1555.” Of this latter work no copy seems to be known, and Dibdin has inserted it in his Typog. Antig., vol. iv, p. 394, solely on the authority of Warton. Ritson also seems to think that its existence “requires some further authority." See Warton's Hist. Eng. Poet., vol. iv, p. 146, 8vo edition; and Ritson's Bibl. Poet., p. 314.
The present work is full of wise sayings and rules for the cultivation of good manners; and from the following passage, with which the portion in verse commences,
that the author was a native of Devonshire :
Corrupt in speche my breues and longes to know
For as they be used in youth, in age they wyll begin. There was an earlier edition of this work in 4to, without date, printed by Thomas Petyt, which is described in Dibdin's Typog. Antiq., vol. iii, p. 515, of which a copy, wanting the title, was in the library of the late Mr. Douce, and is now, by his bequest, in the Bodleian Library. It was also again reprinted in sm. 8vo, black letter, by H. Jackson, 1577, which last edition is described by Mr. Park in the Cens. Liter., vol. v, p. 350; and in the Bibl. Ang. Poet., No. 620, where a copy is priced at 15l.; and another of this edition sold in Steeven's sale, No. 1060, for 21. 2s. There is also a copy in Malone's collection in the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
There is no doubt that there were other editions of this work, though unknown to bibliographers, and that it was, from its popular nature, frequently reprinted. It would seem from Mr. Collier's first volume of Extracts from the Registers of the Stationers' Company, printed for the Shakespeare Society, that John Walley or Waley, and John Kyng, had both licence to print impressions, though no copies from their press are known to be in existence; and another very rare edition by Abraham Veale will be noticed in the next article.
The present edition appears to be entirely unknown to bibliographers, and is not mentioned by Ritson, Herbert, Dibdin, or, in later days, by Lowndes or Watt. The book has no regular title-page, but commences after the heading as given above. It appears, however, to have been so printed, from the circumstance of having the author's name at the end, and also from beginning on sig. A.1.; and in this opinion several competent judges coincide. It was probably printed soon after 1560, though Colwell continued to print as late as 1575. The present copy has the last leaf but one misplaced.
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