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CENSURA LITERARIA.

CONTAINING

TITLES, EXTRACTS,

AND

OPINIONS

OF

OLD ENGLISH BOOKS,

ESPECIALLY THOSE WHICH ARE SCARCE.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED

NECROGRAPHIA AUTHORUM,

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MEMOIRS OF DECEASED AUTHORS;

AND

THE RUMINATOR,

CONSISTING OF

ORIGINAL, MORAL, AND CRITICAL ESSAYS, WITH
OTHER LITERARY DISQUISITIONS.

By SAMUEL EGERTON BRYDGES, Esq.

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PREFACE.

A Space has been left for a Preface, and I am called on to fill it up; but, alas! I have little to say, but to thank my kind Correspondents, to whom the Bibliographical part of this volume is almost entirely indebted; more especially my liberal and learned coadjutor Mr. Park, and his able friend Mr. Haslewood, whose various articles in, each number need not be pointed out to my readers.

I will take this opportunity, therefore, of inserting another portion of a Poem, which I have been somewhat earnestly called upon to continue; and hope my readers may not deem it too much out of place.

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THE WIZARD.

A KENTISH TALE.

CONTINUED FROM VOL. II. T. 12/'•
CANTO II.

The dusk of evening sail'd along;
Hush'd was tlie last bird's warbling song;
But, bright within, the htgh-pil'd heap
A chearful blazing flame did keep.
Where o'er the wide hearth of the Hall
Hung many a trophy on the wall.
For here the host had lov'd to cherish,
Marks, that with others gladly perish.
High branch'd tha stag's horns on each door,
And gorgeous was th' heraldric lore;
Glimmer'd the black cross, and the red;
And many a mystic figure spread
In gaudy hues, enrich'd the cicling,
The blood of ancient chiefs revealing;
While in the oriel's gloom'd recesses
Shone Knights in all their feudal dresses.

The feast was call'd; the table stor'd.
And gaily look'd the lightsome board.
When, taithtul 'o his plighted word,
Knock d af the door the weary Bard;
Long was the way, the chase was hard;

Yet

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