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Was born (says Mr Warton) at Rivenhall, in Essex, about
the year 1523, and died in London, 1580. He was of an ancient family: was first placed as a chorister in the collegiate chapel of the castle of Wallingford ; then impressed into the king's chapel, from whence he was admitted into the choir of St Paul's cathedral, and completed his education at Eton, and Trinity-college, Cambridge. From hence he was called up to court by his patron, William Lord Paget; but, at the end of about ten years, exchanged the life of a courtier for the profession of a farmer, which he successively practised at Ratwood in Sussex, Ipswich, Fairstead, Norwich, and many other places. He was also, for some time, a singing-man in Norwich cathedral : but he prospered no where; and every period of his singular life seems to have been mark
ed by the ceaseless persecutions of Fortune. At Ratwood he composed his “ Hundreth Good Points of
“ Husbandrie,” wbich was first printed in 1557, and passed through many subsequent editions (with improvements) which are diligently enumerated in Ritson's Bibliographia. That by Denham, in 1580, took the title of “ the Five hundreth pointes of good husbandrie, as well for “ champion or open countrie, as also for the woodland, " or severall, mixed in everie month, with huswiferie, “ over and besides the booke of huswiferie. Corrected, “ better ordered, and newlie augmented to a fourth part
more,” &c. It was finally reprinted (says the London Review for May,
1800) in 1710, with notes and observations by Mr Daniel Hilman, a surveyor, of Epsom, in Surrey.
This work is a sensible and lively, though not an elegant
didactic poem, being solely intended for the use of the practical farmer. The preface “ to the buier of this « book” begins with the following lines, in a metre afwards adopted by Shepstone :
What lookest thou herein to have ?
Fine verses, thy fancy to please ?
Look nothing but rudeness in these.
“ valuable as a genuine picture of the agriculture, the “ rural arts, and the domestic economy and customs of
our industrious ancestors.” The following specimens will sufficiently exemplify the style of this author.
Moral Reflections on the Wind.
HOUGH winds do rage, as winds were wood,
1 Mad with rage.
Upon the Author's
first seven Years Service.
[Perbaps addressed to his Wife.] SEVEN times hath Janus ta’en new year by hand,
Seven times hath blustering March blown forth
To drive out April's buds, by sea and land,
For minion May to deck most trim with flower : Seven times hath temperate Ver like pageant plaid;
And pleasant Æstas eke her flowers told ; Seven times Autumnus' heat hath been delay'd,
With Hyems' boisterous blasts and bitter cold: Seven times the thirteen moons have changed hue; Seven times the sun his course hath
gone Seven times each bird his nest hath built anew;
Since first time you to serve I choosed out: Still yours am I, though thus the time hath past, And trust to be, as long as life shall last.
Good Huswifely Physick, Good huswife provides, ere a sickness do come, Of sundry good things in her house to 'have some. Good aqua composita, and vinegar tart, Rose-water, and treacle, to comfort thige heart.
Cold herbs in her garden, for agues
The three Ravens.
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
With a down ;
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down,
The one of them said to his make,