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THE STURDY ROCK.
This poem, subscribed M. T. (perhaps invertedly for T. Marshall * ] is preserved in The Paradise of daintie devises, quoted above in page 138-The two first stanzas may be found accompanied with mufical notes in “ An howres recreation in musicke, &c. by Richard Alifon, Lond. 1606. 4to. :" usually bound up with 3 or 4 sets of “ Madrigals set to music by Tho. Weelkes, Lond. 1597. 1600. 1608, 40." One of these madrigals is to compleat an example of the Bathos, that I cannot forbear presenting it to the reader.
Thule, the period of cosmographie,
Doth vaunt of Hecla, whose fulphurious fire
Trinacrian Ætra's flames ascend not hier :
Laden with cutchinele and china dishes,
Amidst an ocean full of flying fishes :
1 bose heart with feare doth freeze, with love doth fry. Mr. Weelkes seems to have been of opinion with many of his brethren of later times, that nonsense was best adapted to display the powers of musical composure.
# Vid. Arken. Oxon. p. 152. 316.
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HE sturdy rock for all his strength
By raging feas is rent in twaine :
With little drops of drizling rain :
THE BEGGAR'S DAUGHTER OF BEDNALL
This popular old ballad was written in the reign of Elizabeth, as appears not only from ver. 23. where the arms of England are called the “ Queenes armes ;" but from its tune's being quoted in other old pieces, written in her time. See the ballad on MARY AMERE e in this volume.—The late Mr. GUTHRIE assured the Editor, that he had formerly seen another old song on the same subject, composed in a different measure from this ; which was truly beautiful, if we may judge from the only stanza he remembered : in this it was said of the old beggar, that “ down his neck
his reverend lockes
The blossomes of the grave." The following ballad is chiefly given from the Editor's folio MS. compared with two ancient printed copies : the concluding stanzas, which contain the old Beggar's discovery of himself, are not however given from any of these, being very different from those of the vulgar ballad. communicated to the Editor in manuscript in but be swita anfuerfaibais being geunineinhe rother thinks them the madow prodvetion of fome e perfinakawal offended at they absurdities and inconsistencies, which so remarkably prevailed in this pa of the song, as it stood before : whereas by the alteration of a few lines, the story is rendered much more affecting, and is reconciled to probability and true. His tory. For this informs us, that at the decisive battle of