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Of laureat Phebus holy the eloquence,
Grow and encrese, remembre thyn aftate,
the grace to be more fortunate, 165
Stabille thy mynde constant to be and fast, 179
All flattringe faytors abhor and from the cast,
Of foule detraction God kepe the from the blast,
175 Wythe hevy chere, with dolorous hart and mynd,
Eche man may forow in his inward thought,
Allgyf Englond and Fraunce were thorow faught.
And all other gentilmen with hym enterteynd
As oft as thei call to ther remembraunce,
190 That with one worde formed al thing of noughte ; Hevyn, hell, and erth obey unto thi kall;
Which to thy resemblance wonderfly haft wrought
All mankynd, whom thou full dere haft boght, With thy blode precious our finaunce thou dyd pay, 195 And us redemed, from the fendys pray:
To the pray we, as prince incomperable,
As thou art of mercy and pite the well, Thou bringe unto thy joye etermynable
The fowle of this lorde from all daunger of hell, 200
In endles blis with the to byde and dwell
205 To forowfull harts chef comfort and folace,
Of all women O foure withouten pere,
Pray to thy fon above the starris clere,
With all the hole forte of that glorious place,
Thorowe bounte of hym that formed all solace :
Well of pite, of mercy, and of grace, The father, the son, and the holy goste In Trinitate one God of myghts moite.
+++ I have placed the foregoing poem of Skelton's before the following extract from HAWzs, not only because it was viritten first, but because I think Skelton is in general to be considered as the earlier poet; many of his poems being written long before Hawes's Graunde Amour.
THE TOWER OF DOCTRINE.
The reader has here a specimen of the descriptive powers of Stephen Hawes, a celebrated poet in the reign of Hen. VII. tho' now little known. It is extracted from an allegorical poem of his (written in 1505.) intitled, “ The
Hift. of Graunde Amoure & La Belle Pucel, called the “ Palace of Pleasure, &c." 410. 1555. See more of Hawes in Ath. Ox. v. 1. p.6. and Warton's Observ. v. 2. p. 105.
The following Stanzas are taken from Chap. III. and IV. " How Fame departed from Graunde Amour and left him “ with Governaunce and Grace, and howe he went to the “ Tower of Doctrine, &c.”—As we are able to give no small lyric piece of Hawes's, the reader will excuse the infertion of this extraet.
Farre in the west neare to the element,
Upon the toppe I sawe refulgent
The royal tower of MORALL DOCUMENT, 5
What of the tower, and of the cleare sunne,
Of that palaice, whereas Doctrine did wonne :
Tyll at the last, with myfty wyndes donne,
But the fayre tower, (so much of ryches
Was all about,) sexangled doubtles ;
About was set, whiche with the wynde aye moved
About the tower, in sundry wyse they hoved 25
With goodly pypes, in their mouthes ituned,
The toure was great of marveylous wydnes,
To whyche ther was no way to passe but one, 30 Into the toure for to have an intres :
A grece there was ychefyld all of stone
Out of the rocke, on whyche men dyd gone Up to the toure, and in lykewyse dyd I Wyth bothe the Grayhoundes in my company t: 35 Tyll that I came unto a ryall gate,
Where I fawe stondynge the goodly Portres, Whyche axed me, from whence I came a-late ;
To whome I gan in every thynge expresse
All myne adventure, chaunce, and busyneffe,
Into the base: courte she dyd me then lede,
A noble sprynge, a ryall conduyte-hede,
Made of fyne golde enameled with reed; And on the toppe four dragons blewe and ftoute Thys dulcet water in four partes dyd spoute. Of whyche there flowed foure ryvers ryght clere, 50
Sweter than Nylus I or Ganges was ther odoure ; Tygrys or Eufrates unto them no pere :
+ This alludes to a former part of the Poem.
| Nyfus. PC.