« PreviousContinue »
Tityrus to his fair Phillis.
[From England's Helicon.]
THE silly swain, whose love breeds discontent, Thinks death a trifle, life a loathsome thing;
Sad he looks, sad he lies:
But when his fortune's malice doth relent, Then of love's sweetness he will sweetly sing: Thus he lives, thus he dies.
Then Tityrus, whom love hath happy made,
J. D[AVIS ?].
Was author of "Minerva Britanna, or a garden of heroical "Devises," &c.1612.4to. (a collection of Emblems in verse, with a plate to each, from which the following extracts are taken) as well as "The Period of Mourning-in memorie "of the late Prince. Together with Nuptial Hymnes in "honour of this happy marriage betweene Fred. "Count Pal.-and Eliz.-Daughter to our Sovereigne," 1613, 40. "A most true relation of the affaires of Cleve " and Gulick," &c. 1614, 4to. (prose) "Prince Henrie re"vived; or a Poeme upon the Birth-of-Prince H. Fre"derick-Heire apparant to Fred.Count Pal. of the Rhine," &c. 1615, 4to. "The Compleat Gentleman," 1622, 1627, 1634,1654,1661, 4to. (prose) "The Gentleman's Exercise," 1612, 1634, 1654, 1661, 4to. (prose) "Thalia's Banquet," a volume of epigrams, 1520, 12mo. "The Valley of Varie"tie," 1638, 12mo. (prose, as well as the two following.) "The Duty of all true subjects to their king; as also to "their native country in time of extremity and danger," &c. in "two bookes," 1639, 4to. "The Worth of a Peny,
86 or a caution to keep money," 1647, 1667, 1677, 1695, 4to. &c. All works of considerable merit. He is placed here owing to the uncertainty of the time of his
birth. If, as Mr. Ritson assumes, he is the same as " Henry Pecham, Minister," who published "The Garden of Eloquence," (a treatise on rhetoric,) in 1577, 4to. bl. 1. he ought to be referred to the early part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. If, on the other hand, as Mr. Malone conceives, our author is a different person, (perhaps son to the last-mentioned,) and the earliest date of his compositions 1611, (verses in "The Odcombian Banquet") he would then rather belong to the succeeding one of James I.
I have only to add, that he was born at or near St. Albans ; assisted in educating the children of Thomas, earl of
Arundel; and attended that nobleman into the Low Countries. In the title to his "Minerva" he styles himself Master of Arts; and it appears that he was "sometime of "Trinity College, Cambridge." His father was "Mr. "Henry Peacham, of Leverton, in Holland, in the county "of Lincoln."
Further particulars of his history I am unable to furnish, (though, in all probability, they might be supplied by an attentive perusal of his various publications,) and, till I have it in my power to ascertain with accuracy, either the year of his birth, or whether or not he was the author ́of "The Garden of Eloquence," venture to place him between the reigns of Elizabeth and James.
Humilibus dat Gratiam.
THE mountains huge, that seem to check the sky,
So God oft-times denies unto the great
Do feel their wants; when men of meaner place, Although they lack the others' golden spring,
Perhaps are blest above the richest king.
Gloria lata Via.
THOUGH life be short, and man doth, as the sun, His journey finish in a little space,
The way is wide an honest course to run,
And great the glories of a virtuous race,
That, at the last, do our just labours crown
Nor can night's shadow, or the Stygian deep,
Conceal fair Virtue from the world's wide eye; The more oppress'd, the more she strives to peep, And raise her rose-bound golden head on high: When epicures, the wretch, and worldly slave, Shall rot in shame, alive and in the grave.
Nec in und sede morantur.
THE awful sceptre, though it can compel
But, Venus' infant! dread of all beneath!
Imperious fear from my sweet saint remove,
Ad generosissimum et opt. spei juvenem Nobilem D. C. M. in Italiam nuperrime profectum.
THE Spartan virgins, ere they had compos'd
So ye, brave lord, who like the heavenly sphere
With pleasure profit, that, returning home,
Your skill and judgment more may make you
Than your French suit, or lock so largely grown.