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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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the foresaid Citie. Reprinted from the original edition of 1610, with an Introduction and Notes. Edited by the Rev. Thomas CORSER, M.A. Pp. xviii, 36.

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pp. xvi, 246. V. Lancashire Memorials of the Rebellion, 1715. By Samuel HIBBERT-WARE, M.D., F.R.S.E., &c.

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Third year (1845–6).
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Autobiographical Tracts of Dr. John Dee, Warden of the College of Manchester. Edited by JAMES CROSSLEY, Esq. pp. iv, 84. Visitations temp. Hen. VINI. The Abbaye of Whawley (for insertion in Whalley Coucher Book).

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Thirteenth year (1855–6).
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The Scottish Field. (A Poem on the Battle of Flodden.) Edited by John Robson, Esq. pp. xv, 28. Examynatyons towcheynge Cokeye More, Temp. Hen. VIII. in a dispute between the Lords of the Manors of Middleton and Radelyffe. Communicated by the Rev. F.R. RAINES, M.A., F.S.A. pp. 30.

A History of the Ancient Chapel of Denton, in Manchester Parish. By the Rev. John BOOKER, M.A., F.S.A. pp. viii, 148. Three Plates.

A Letter from John Bradshawe of Gray's Inn to Sir Peter Legh of Lyme. Edited by WILLIAM LANGTON, Esq. pp. 6.

Facsimile of a Deed of Richard Bussel to Church of Evesham (for insertion in vol. xxx). XXXVIII. Bibliographical Notices of the Church Libraries of Turton and Gorton bequeathed by

Humphrey Chetham. Edited by GILBERT J. FRENCH, Esq. pp. 199. Illustrated Title. XXXIX. The Farington Papers. Edited by Miss FFARINGTON. pp. xvi, 179. Five plates of Signatures.

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Portrait. XLII. A History of the Ancient Chapels of Didsbury and Chorlton, in Manchester Parish, including

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Fifteenth year (1857–8). XLIII. The House and Farm Accounts of the Shuttleworths of Gawthorpe Hall. Part III. pp. x,

473–776. XLIV. The Private Journal and Literary Remains of John Byrom. Vol. II. Part II. Pp. 327-654.

Byrom Pe grees, pp. 41 and three folding sheets; Index, pp. v. XLV. Miscellanies: being a selection from the Poems and Correspondence of the Rev. Thos. Wilson,

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Sixteenth year (1858–9). XLVI. The House and Farm Accounts of the Shuttleworths of Gawthorpe Hall. Part IV. (Con

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Township of Rusholme : together with Notices of the more Ancient Local Families, and Particulars relating to the Descent of their Estates. By the Rev. John BOOKER, M.A., F.S.A. pp. viii, 255.

Four Plates. XLVIII. A Catalogue of the Collection of Tracts for and against Popery (published in or about the reign

of James II.) in the Manchester Library founded by Humphrey Chetham; in which is incorporated, with large Additions and Bibliographical Notes, the whole of Peck's List of the Tracts in that Controversy, with his References. Edited by THOMAS JONES, Esq. B.A. Part I. pp. xii, 256.

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