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-19.pensive walls'-A.-23. All the old copies edited by Walton have the unmeaning misprint, 'waiting'—, which Mr. Dyce corrected on conjecture; and it is wailing' in B.-24. "they were wont-B.—25. 'Dwell then in endless light, thou freed soul-A. ed. 1654. Dwell then in endless Bliss with happy Souls'—ib. ed. 1672. The line is imperfect in B.—26. Discharg'd from'-A B.—27. Whil'st on this fluid globe my glass shall roul'-A. ed. 1654. Whil'st on this fluid Globe my Hour-glass rouls'-ib. ed. 1672. or glasses rowle'-B.--28. * And runs the rest'—A. ed. 1672.‘of remaining'—B. The sign. in the two earlier editions of Rel. Wotton. is “H. Wotton.”]

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[If it were not certain that Wotton often affects a kind of reserve about his own productions, the following postscript to one of his letters to John Dinely (dated Nov. 13: 1628 :) would be rather perplexing :-“ If the Queen (of Bohemia] have not heard the Epitaph of Albertus Morton and his Lady, it is worth her hearing, for the passionate plainness." Then follows the couplet,-marked " Authoris Incerti.” (Rel. Wotton. p. 560.)

In Philipot's edit. of Camden's Remaines, it is given with a singular difference :—“ Vpon two Lovers who, being espoused, dyed both before they were married.” It commences, “She first”—&c. (p. 406, ed. 1657.) In Restituta, iv. 353, it is cited from Picke's Festum Voluptatis, 1639, with the title, “One that dyed with griefe a few dayes after her husband.”—The signature in the first. ed. of Rel. Wotton. is “H. Wotton;" in the second, “Hen. WoTTON."]

HE

E first deceas'd ; She for a little tri’d
To live without him, lik'd it not, and di’d.

H. W.

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XIII.

THIS HYMN

WAS MADE BY SIR H. WOTTON, WHEN HE WAS AN AMBASSADOR AT VENICE, IN THE TIME

OF A GREAT SICKNESS THERE.

[The confusion which has been introduced into the history of the minor poetry composed during the reigns of Elizabeth and her successor, by the anxiety of certain persons to make Raleigh answerable for all the fugitive pieces of his day, meets us before we get beyond the limits of Sir Henry Wotton's best authenticated productions; though in this case the claim has been tacitly abandoned. “There is a poem,” said Sir Egerton Brydges in 1800," which, among the MSS. of the British Museum, is said to have been written by Sir Walter Raleigh just before he died.Here, then, is the beginning of our troubles. “ It seems to partake so much of the sublime spirit of his character, that (although it has been printed before in the Topographer, i. 425; and also in a very imperfect manner among Sir Henry Wotton's Remains) I cannot refrain from inserting it here.” We are therefore at once presented with a mangled copy of this piece of Wotton's, under the title, “Sir Walter Raleigh, in the unquiet rest of his last sickness."* This very title is sufficient to put an end to the theory which is so strangely founded on it; and when a Collection of Poems was issued thirteen years afterwards from the Lee Priory Press, under the nime of Sir Walter Raleigh, no notice was taken of the discovry. We are still left, however, without any explanation of Sir Egerton's notion of a “very imperfect" copy; for it wiibe seen, from the Variations, that the text which he has printed, besides the omission of a whole stanza, is inferior to that of Rel. Wotton. in almost every instance where they differ.

If Walton copied the title to this piece exactly, it could not be written till after 1604; and the character of the Poem would justify us in affixing a much later date. But Wotton had been more than once at Venice during his early travels.t He was three times sent Ambassador to Venice, and spent nearly fourteen years there in these different Legations.1]

TERNAL Mover, whose diffused Glory,
To shew our groveling Reason what thou

art,
Unfolds it self in Clouds of Natures story,
Where Man, thy proudest Creature, acts his part;

• Brydges' edit. of Phillips's Theatr. Poet, Angl. p. 308. It should be observed that the writer in the Topographer (probably Brydges himself) believed it to be a newly discovered Poem; and knew nothing of Rel. Wotton.

+ See Walton's Lives, p. 135, ed. 1796, Rel. Wotton. 651, 702, In a letter from the tutor of Francis Davison to Secretary Davison, dated Venice, Jan. 22: 1595: he says, " Neither would I wish that you should be deceived any longer in Mr. Wo: and some others, who report they have lived in these parts for a hundred marks by the year.” Nicolas's ed. of Davison's Poet. Rhaps. p. viji. The editor conjectures that this was the future Sir Henry; and it is worth remarking, that a hundred marks a year was the very som left him in his father's will. (Walton, p. 127.) The same sum, however, was bequeathed to the other younger sons of Thomas Wotton.

Rel. Wotton. p. 249. Walton's Lives, pp. 154, 158, &c.

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Whom yet, (alas) I know not why, we call
The Worlds contracted sum, the little all;

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For what are we but lumps of walking clay ?
Why should we swell? whence should our spirits

rise ?
Are not bruit Beasts as strong, and Birds as gay,–
[10] Trees longer liv’d, and creeping things as wise ?

Only our souls were left an inward light,
To feel our weakness, and confess thy might.

Thou, then, our strength, Father of life and death,

To whom our thanks, our vows, our selves we owe, (15) From me, thy tenant of this fading breath,

Accept those lines, which from thy goodness flow;

And thou, that wert thy Regal Prophet's Muse,
Do not thy Praise in weaker strains refuse.

Let these poor Notes ascend unto thy Throne, [20] Where Majesty doth sit with Mercy Crown'd,

Where my Redeemer lives, in whom alone
The errours of my wandring life are drown'd;

Where all the Quire of Heaven resound the same,
That only Thine, Thine is the saving Name.

[25] Well, then, my Soul, joy in the midst of Pain;

Thy Christ, that conquer'd Hell, shall from above
With greater triumph yet return again,
And conquer his own Justice with his Love;

Commanding Earth and Seas to render those [30] Unto his Bliss, for whom he paid his Woes.

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