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A man at arms must now sit on his knees,
And feed on prayers, that are old age's alms. And so from court to cottage I depart; My saint is sure of mine unspotted heart.
And when I sadly sit in homely cell,
swains this carol for a song: “ Blest be the hearts that think my sovereign well, 6 Curş'd be the souls that think to do her
“ wrong." Goddess ! vouchsafe this aged man his right, To be your beadsman now, that was your knight.
Wodenfride's Song in Praise of Amargana.
[From England's Helicon.]
The sun, the season, in each thing
The paths where Amargana treads
The groves put on their rich array,
And sweet perfum’d with eglantine,
The silent river stays his course,
The woods at her fair sight rejoices,
Great Pan, our god, for her dear sake,
swain his chance doth prove;
All happiness let heaven her lend,
W. H[UNNIS ?) Tityrus to his fair Phillis.
[From England's Helicon.]
The silly swain, whose love breeds discontent, Thiks death a trifle, life a loathsome thing;
Sad he looks, sad he lies : But when his fortune's malice doth relent, Then of love's sweetness he will sweetly sing ;
Thus he lives, thus he dies.
Then Tityrus, whom love hath happy made,
For though love at first did grieve him,
Was author of“ Minerva Britanna, or a garden of heroical
Devises,” &c. 1612, 4to, (a collection of Emblems in verse, with a plate to each, from which the following extracts are taken) as well as “ The Period of Mourning “ -in memorie of the late Prince. Together with Nup“ tial Hymnes in honour of this happy marriage betweene “Fred. Count Pal.—and Eliz.—Daughter to our So“vereigne,” 1613, 40. “A most true relation of the « affairs of Cleve and Gulick,” &c. 1614, 4to. (prose) “ Prince Henrie revived; or a Poeme upon the Birth“ of-Prince H. Frederick-Heire apparant to Fred. “ Count Pal. of the Rhine," &c. 1615, 4to. “ The Com
pleat Gentleman," 1622, 1627, 1634, 1654, 1661, 4to. (prose) “ The Gentleman's Exercise,” 1612, 1634, 1654, 1661, 4to. (prose) “ Thalia's Banquet,” a volume of epigrams, 1620, 12mo. “ The Valley of Varietie,” 1638, 12mo. (prose, as well as the two following.) “ The Duty “ of all true subjects to their king; as also to their na“ tive country in time of extremity and danger,” &c. in “ two bookes,” 1639, 4to. “ The Worth of a Peny, or a “ caution to keep money,” 1647, 1667, 1677, 1695, 4to.
&c, All works of considerable merit. He is placed here owing to the uncertainty of the time of
his birth. If, as Mr Ritson assumes, he is the same as “ Henry Pecham, Minister,” who published “ The Gar“ den of Eloquence,” (a treatise on rhetoric,) in 1577, 4to, bl. 1. he ought to be referred to the early part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. If, on the other hand, as Mr Malone conceives, our author is a different person, (perhaps son to the last-mentioned), and the earliest date of bis compositions, 1611, (verses in“ The Odcombian Ban" quet,”) he would then rather belong to the succeeding one of James I.
I have only to add, that he was born at or near St Albans;
assisted in educating the children of Thomas, earl of Arundel ; and attended that nobleman into the Low Countries. In the title to his “ Minerva” he styles himself Master of Arts ; and it appears that he was some“ time of Trinity College, Cambridge.” His father was “ Mr Henry Peacham, of Leverton, in Holland, in the
“ county of Lincoln.” Further particulars of his History I am unable to furnish,
(though, in all probability, they might be supplied by an attentive perusal of his various publications,) and, till I have it in my power to ascertain with accuracy, either the year of his birth, or whether or not he was the author of “ The Garden of Eloquence," venture to place him between the reigos of Elizabeth and James.
Humilibus dat Gratiam.
The mountains huge, that seem to check the sky,
And all the world with greatness over-peer, With heath or moss for most part barren lie;
When valleys low doth kindly Phæbus cheer, And with his heat in hedge and grove begets The virgin primrose or sweet violets.
So God oft-times denies unto the great
The gifts of nature, or his heavenly grace, And those that high in honour's chair are set
Do feel their wants; when men of meaner place, Although they lack the others' golden spring, Perhaps are blest above the richest king.