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In this curious episode the reader will searcely fail to have brought to his remembrance the famous speeches in Hamlet, in which the melancholy Prince of Denmark apostrophizes a skull in a manner, and even in words to which some of the present lines bear a striking similarity. That Shakespeare was indebted in any respeet to Rowland for the slightest hint of the speeches referred to is highly improbable, even although we were to suppose that the
poem of the “History of Guy of Warwick” was written and circulated in manuscript for some years previous to its publication in 1607; nor is it necessary to presume that Rowland derived his ideas from the work of the more distinguished poet. Reflections of this kind are common to all languages and to all literatures; and there is much in the above stanzas which may have been derived from the longer versions of the old and well-known English translation of the Dialogue between the Body and the Soul, or from some other sources of a like character.
In the twelfth canto, Sir Guy returning from the Holy Land to “let his body rest in English ground,” kills Colbrond the giant a second time at Hidemead, near Winchester; and the romance concludes with the death of Guy in a cave in the arms of his wife Phelice.
Rowland was not the only writer of the seventeenth century who treated of the story of Guy of Warwick. In the Harleian collection in the British Museum, No. 5243, is preserved an elaborate poem on the subject, in twenty-six cantos, by John Lane, entitled, “The corrected historie of Sir Gwy Earle of Warwick, surnamed the hermite. This translation was completed in the year 1621, and is, to a small extent, borrowed from Lydgate.
An edition of the present work, printed in 1654, 4to, is noticed by Mr. Collier in the Bridgewater Catalogue, p. 270; and copies of this edition of 1667 sold at the White Knight's sale, No. 3742, for 71. 178. 6d.; Lloyd's do., No. 1058, for 5l.; and Sir Francis Freeling's do., No. 1987 (the present copy), for 4l. 28. ; edition 1679, 4to, Nassau's do., pt. ii, No. 9811, 31. 48.; Bibl. Heber. do., pt. iv, No. 2437, imperfect, 21. 198.; edition 1682, Bibl. Heber. do., pt. iv, No. 2436, 4l.; edition 1703, Roxburghe do., No. 3229, 51. 158. 6d.
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