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XLIII. Specimens of the early Englifte Hampole-Pierce Ploughman's Vi

Poets : to which is prefixed, an fion-Specimens of the Visiouerto historical Sketch of the Rise and Pierce the Ploughman's Creed-SpeProgress of the English Poetry cimen.-VII. Reign of Edward III. and Language. 3 vols.

3 vols. Small continued John Gower--Specimen 8vo. pp. 1203. 11. is. Nicol, of his Poetry-VIII. Reign of Wright,

Edward III. continued Geoffrey

Chaucer --IX. John Barber-ReCONTENTS.

marks on the Language of Scotland

at this period-Sketch of the 'Bruce VOL. I.

Extracts from that Poem.--X. CHAP. I. Introductory Remarks Reign of Henry IV. Andrew of

on Language-On the Poetry of Wyntown-Extracts from his “ Orithe Anglo-Saxons-Specimen of ginal Chronicle of Scotland" . Saxon Poetry.-II. The fame Subject Thomas Occleve-Anonymous Eng. continued Account of Norman lifh Poetry.-XI. Reign of Henry Y. Poets in England-Specimen of - Life of Lydgate-Character of his Wace's Brut. -111. State of our Lan.. Writings—Specimen of his “ Troye guage and Poetry in the Reign of Booke."-XII. Reign of Henry v. Henry II. and Richard I. exemplified continued - James 1. King of Scotby an Extra&t from Layamou's Tranf- land—-Extract from the King's lation of Wace-Conjectures con Quair."-XIII, Reign of Henry VI. cerning the Period at which the An Digression on the private Life glo-Norman, or English Language, of the English.-XIV. Reign of began to be formed-Early Specimen Henry VI. continued-Hugh de of English Poetry, from Hickes's Campeden, Thomas Chestre ScoThesaurus.--IV. Robert of Gloua tish Poets---Clerk of Tranent-Hol. cester-Various small Poems, appa- land-Henry the Minstrel-Reigns rently written during the latter Part of Edward IV. and V.--Hardingof the thirteenth century-Robert Scogan-Norton-- Ripley ---Lady de Bruote.—V. Reign of Edward II. Juliana Berners--William of Nat-Change in the Language produced fington-Lord Rivers-Scotish Poets by frequent Translations from the --Robert Henrysoun-Patrick JohnFrench-Minstrels-Sources of Ro- ftoun--and Mersar.-XV: Reign of mance-Adam Davie-Specimens of Henry VII.---William Dunbar --his “ Life of Alexander -Robert Gawin Douglas--Minor Poets of Baston-VI. Reign of Edward III. this Reign-Stephen Hawes. -Laurence Minor The Hermit of Vol. V.-No. XLVII.


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he may lament, with his readers, that

beautiful poetry is more frequently cal. Chap.XVI. Reign of Henry VIII. culated to iniame the imagination, ---Skelton---William Roy-John than to chasten the morals, can only Heywood-Sir David Lindsay-The lament, without being able to remedy, Mourning Maiden. --Specimens-- such a perversion of talent. Reign of Henry VIII. continued “ The collection, in its present state, Reign of Edward VI.-Reign of will be found to contain much more Queen Mary Reign of Queen variety; The two parts into which it Elizabeth.

is divided are, indeed, directed to one

principal object; which is, to exhibit, VOL. III.

by means of a regular series of speciREIGN of King James I.-Reign mens, the rise and progress of our lanof King Charles I.-Reign of King of the seventeenth century. In the

guage, from the tenth to the latter end Charles II.-Conclufion.

former part, which terminates with

the reign of Henry VIII. the extracts EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE.

are generally chosen with a view to

picturesque description, or to the deli“ THE first edition of this Miscel. neation of national manners; whereas lany, which appeared in 1790, was in the second division of the work is tended as an attempt to comprise, meant to exhibit the best models that

within the compass of one volume, could be found, in each reign, of re4 all the most beautiful small poems gular and finished composition. In the w that had been published in this coun- former, which consists of very carly I try during the fixteenth and seven- fragments, it was thought that a few

teenth centuries;' but it was at the critical remarks, as well as biographifame time admitted, that the comple- cal anecdotes, were absolutely neces.

tion of the publisher’s plan had been fary; and that these could not be given • prevented by the difficulty of pro more concisely than in the form of an •curing a sufficient stock of materials. hiftorical sketch : but in the latter, a “ This difficulty has

been fince re. Thort outline of the literary character moved, by the kind affiftance of my of each reign, and a few notices refriends; and the work in its present specting the several writers, appeared ftate contains a selection, made with to be sufficient. To the whole is added some care and attention, from a confi- a sort of essay on the formation and derable number of the best poetical li- early gradations of our language, which, braries in this country. That it is still being little more than a repetition of deficient, and that by, greater industry fome observations contained in the first it might have been improved, is very volume, is perhaps fuperfluous; but certain* : but the reader who shall may be convenient for the purpose of fairly examine the stock of materials reference.” P. v. here collected, will not be much furprised if the curiofity of the compiler was at length fatiated, and if the la

EXTRACTS. bour of transcription became too irksome to be farther continued.

REMARKS ON LANGUAGE-POETRY “ It has been objected to the former


-MINSTRELS. collection, that it confifted, almost ex " THERE is, perhaps, no species clusively, of love-songs and lonpets. ' of reading so popular as that which The objection was certainly juft, but presents a description of manners and the blame cannot fairly be imputed to customs confiderably different from an editor, who must be satisfied to our own; and it is the frequency of take such infances of literary excel such pictures, interspersed in the relalence as he can find ; and who, thougļi pions of voyages and travels, that prin.

*“ To what degree it is defe&tive, the reader will be better able to judge when Mr. Ritson Mall have printed his Biblịographia Poetica, a Catalogue o English Poets of the twelfth; thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and fixtcent! Centuries, with a short Account of their Works.' It is said to be completed and intended for immediate publication.' 2


eipally recommends them to notice; was Latin ; that of the king and nobles, and explains the avidity with which Norman; and that of the people, they are usually received by the public. Anglo-Saxon: and the Anglo-Norman But as the pleasure we derive from this jargon was only employed in the comfource must be proportionate to the mercial intercourse between the condegree of interest which we take in the querors and the conquered. It was perfons described; it is probable that likely to be composed almost entirely a series of the works of our own an of synonymous terms, which evidently ceftors, and particularly of their poe, can only encumber, without enriching try, which, whatever may be its defects, the speech of any nation; and that this is sure to exhibit the most correct and was the case, is proved by our existing lively delineation of contemporary language, in which the names of the manners, would attract very general necessaries of life, as ox and beef, notice, if it were not considered by the sheep and mutton, Nesh and meat, bes greater number of readers as a hopeless fides many other words of frequent attempt, to search for these fources of recurrence, had originally an identical amusement and information, amidst meaning. This state of things would the obscurity of a difficult, and almost necessarily continue so long as the Norunintelligible language." Vol. i. p. I. man and Anglo-Saxon people were se

“ The veil which obscures the writ- parated by mutual hatred and preju. ings of our early poets cannot now be dice; and their languages could only wholly removed: and perhaps, among be amalgamated into one common and the admirers of antiquity, there may consistent form of speech, when the be some who would regret its removal; conquerors and the conquered became becaule, like other veils, it leaves much confounded in the same mass, by into the imagination. But the present termarriages, and by a general unity trivial work having been compiled for of intereit. Hence, the Norman and the convenience of indolent and cur- Anglo-Saxon, which for some time fory readers, it appeared necessary to existed in England as distinct and rival adopt, as generally as possible, in all tongues, have long since disappeared ; the extracts which are hereafter given, while, from a series of opposite causes, the orthography of the present day; the Welsh has continued to the present not as being quite rational (which it day, and it is probable that, by a certainly is not), but as being in some careful examination of our political degree confiftent, and fixed by custom and legal history alone, we might be and authority. Those obfolete words, able to trace the gradations of our lanwhich, having been long since elbowed guage with tolerable accuracy. In the out of the language by French, or La- mean time it is impossible not to see, tin, or Greek fubstitutes, were not re. that a great deal too much has been ducible to any definite mode of spelling; attributed to the personal character of those which, having undergone a change the Conqueror, and that hiftorians have in their vowel sounds, or in their num- ascribed to particular parts of his pober of syllables, could not be reformed licy, effects directly opposite to those without disturbing the rhyme or metre; which they were naturally calculated and those which were so far disguised to produce. as to offer no certain meaning, have We are told, for instance, that been left to that fortuitous combina. William hated and determined to eration of letters which the original tran- dicate the language of this island, and to fcribers or printers had alligned to introduce the Norman in its place; them. All such are printed in italics, and this has been so often repeated, for the purpose of more easy reference that Mr. Tyrwhitt has thought it neto the gloffarial notes, in which their 'cessary to refute the affertion by the meaning is explained or conjectured.” authority of Ordericus Vitalis, a conVol. i. p. 10.

temporary historian, who tells us, that “ It has not been fufficiently con Williarn had, in fact, taken great pains fidered that therei was a period, and to acquire the Anglo-Saxon. But sure. that of considerable duration, during ly, the absurdity of the charge is its which the English language did not best refutation.' William must have exift, or at least was not, and could known, that the Franks who conquer. not be applicable to any literary pur- ed Gaul, and his own anccilors who pose. The language of the church subdued Neustria, had not been able

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