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Wage, to carry on, to pledge.
Wimble, nimble. Wagmoires, quagmires.
Wimple, a sort of hood. Ward, the guards or garrison, the porter.
Wimpled, plaited, covered. Ware, cautious.
Win, overtake. Warelesse, not aware.
Wisards, wise men. War-hable, fit for war.
Wisely, considerately. Warie, sometimes for weary.
Wite, or Witen, blame. Warke, work.
Wite the witelesse, blame the blameless. Warrayd, made war upon.
With small force, finally. Warre, worse.
Without entraile, twisted. Warre old, worse being old.
Wo worth, cursed. Watchet, blue colour.
Woe, sad, Wawes, waves.
Won, for wont, used. Way, esteem.
Wonne, conquered ; a habitation, or to inhabit. Way'd journied.
Wonned, haunted. Wayment, bewail, lament.
Wont, used. Weanell waste, a weaned youngling.
Wood, mad. Weaved, waved, floated.
Woon, dwell. Weed, raiment.
Word, motto. Weet, wet.
Wowed, wooed. Weetelesse, not understood.
Wracke, ruin, or violence. Wefte, waved, avoided, removed ; a stray or wan. Wrapt, entangled, encumbered. derer.
Wreaked, cared, or reckoned. Weld, wield.
Wroken, revenged. Wele, or Wo, prosperity, or misfortune.
Wyte, or Wyten, reproved, or blamed.
Yearne, earn, gain, procure.
Yfere, in company together.
Yii ks, jerks, or lashes. West, set in the west.
Ylke, the same. What, fare, things, affairs.
Ympt, a term in falconry, to join to, or add. Whelky, wreathed, or twisted as the whelk, or Yode, went. rounded, embossed,
Yold, yielded, gave way. Whether, sometimes for whitber.
Yond, furious, extravagant. Whilome, once, sometime.
Yongth, or Youngth, youth. Whist, hushed, silenced.
Ypight, placed. Wholt, hot.
Yrkes, vexes, grieves. Wight, quick or active; wightly, quickly, suddenly. Ysame, together, gathered. Wild a capias, ordered a writ.
Yrvis, certainly, or truly.
Samuel Daniel, the son of a music-master, was born near Taunton in Somersetshire, in the year 1562. In 1579 he was admitted a commoner of Magdalen-ball, Oxford, where he continued about three years, and by the help of an excellent tutor made considerable improvement in academical studies. He left the university, however, without taking a degree, and pursued the study of history and poetry, under the patronage of the earl of Pembroke's family. This he thankfully acknowledges in his Defence of Rhime, which is retained in this edition, as a necessary document to illustrate the ideas of poetry entertained in his time. To the same family he was probably indebted for an university education, as no notice occurs of his father, who, if a musicmaster, could not well have escaped the researches of Dr. Burney.
The first of his productions, at the age of twenty-three, was a Translation of Paulus Jovius's Discourse of rare Inventions, both military and amorous, called Impresse, London, 1585, Svo. to which he prefixed an ingenious preface. He afterwards became tutor to the lady Anne Clifford, sole daughter and heiress to George, earl of Cumberland, a lady of very high accomplishments, spirit, and intrepidity. To her, when at the age of thirteen, he addressed a delicate admonitory epistle. She was married, first to Richard, earl of Dorset, and afterwards to the earl of Pembroke, “ that memorable simpleton,” says lord Orford, “ with whom Butler has so much diverted himself'.” The pillar which she erected in the county of Westmoreland, on the road-side between Penrith and Appleby, the spot where she took her last leave of her mother,
still records, beyond a pencil's power,
Among her other munificent acts was a monument to the memory of our poet, on which she caused it to be engraven that she had been his pupil, a circumstance which
· See Mr. Park's valuable edition of the Royal and Noble Authors. C.