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A BALET BY THE EARL RIVERS.
©. The amiable light, in which the character of Anthony
Widville the gallant Earl Rivers has been placed by the ele-
gant Author of the Catal. of Noble Writers, interests us in
whatever fell from his pen. It is presumed therefore that the
insertion of this little Sonnet will be pardoned, tho' it should
not be found to have much poetical merit. It is the only ori-
ginal Poem known of that nobleman's; his more voluminous
works being only translations. And if we consider that it
was written during his cruel confinement in Pomfret castle
a short time before his execution in 1483, it gives us a fine
picture of the composure and steadiness with which this stout
earl beheld his approaching fate.

The verses are preserved by Rouse a contemporary histo-
rian, who seems to have copied them from the Earl's own hand
writing. lo tempore, says this writer, incarcerationis a-
pud Pontem-fractum edidit unum Baler in anglicis, ut
mihi monstratum est, quod subfequitur sub his verbis :
Sim what mulyng, &c. "Roffi Hift. 8vo. 2 Edit. p. 213."
Ikezd Stanza is, notwithstanding, imperfect, and we have
injerted afterifks, to denote the defeit.

This little piece, which perhaps ought rather to have been printed in stanzas of eight short lines, is written in imitation of a poem of Chaucer's, that will be found in Urry's Edit. 1721. pag. 555. beginning thus,

Alone walkyng, in thought plainyng,

And fire fighying, All desolate.
My remembrying Of my livyng.

My death wishyng Bothe srly and late.
Infortunate Is so my fate

" That wote je what, Out of mesure
" My life I bate; Thus defperate
* In such pore estate, Doe I endure, &c."

SUM

ANCIENT POEMS,

.

45

SUM

UMWHAT musyng, and more mornyng,

In remembring the unftydfastnes ; This world being of such whelyng,

Me contrarieng, what may I gefle?

5

I fere dowtles, remediles,

Is now to sese my wofull chaunce, Lo‘is' this traunce now in substaunce, * * such is my

dawnce,

1

Wyllyng to dye, me thynkys truly

Bowndyn am I, and that gretly, to be content: 10
Seyng playnly, that fortune doth wry
All contrary

from

myn entent.

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VIII.

CUPID'S ASSAULT: BY LORD VAUX.

T'be Reader will think that infant Poetry grew apace between the times of Rivers and Vaux, tho' nearly contemporaries; if the following Song is the composition of that Sir NICHOLAS (afterwards Lord) Vaux, who was the shining ornament of the court of Henry Vll. and died in the year 1523

And yet to this Lord it is attributed by Puttenham in his Art of Eng. Poehe, 1589. 410." a writer commonly well informed : take the papage at large. In this figure

[Counterfait Action] the Lord NICHOLAS Vaux, a noble gentleman and much delighted in vulgar making, si and a mun otherwise of no great learning, but having * herein a marvelous facilitie, made a dittie representing the

Battayle and Asault of Cupide, fo excellently well, as for the gallant and propre application of bis fiction in every

part, I cannot choose but set downe the greatest part of his " ditty, for in truth it cannot be amended. When Cupid

SCALED, &c." p. 200. -For a farther account of Nie cholas Lord Vaux, see Mr. Walpole's Noble Authors, Vol. 1.

The following copy is printed from the first Edit. of Sur. rey's Poems, 1557, 470: - See another Song of Lord Vaux's in the preceding Vol. Book II. No. II.

7 HEN Cupide scaled first the fort,

Wherin my hart lay wounded fore;
The batry was of such a sort,

That I must yelde or die therfore.

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