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“ So long they read in those antiquities,
That how the time was fled they quite forgate."

Spenser F. Q. B. II. c. 10.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

PRINTED FOR

ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND CO. EDINBURGH ;

ANT: HURST, ROBINSON, AND CO. CHEAPSIDE, LONDON.

1820.

THE

POETICAL DECAMERON.

THE SIXTH CONVERSATION.

VOL. II.

CONTENTS

OF THE SIXTH CONVERSATION.

N. Breton's poem in John Hind's very rare novel of Eliosto
Libidinoso, 1606_How far it is fit to examine the inferior
productions of good writers Breton's “ Fancy,” and a poem
by him among the Royal MSS._" Eliostos Roundelay," by
Robert Greene, extracted and observed upon-The title of Hind's
production imitated from R. Greene's “ Carde of Fancy”—Pla-
giarism from Hamlet in “Dolarny's Primrose,” 1606—Quotation
from the same_The explanation of “ Dolarny's Primrose”—
Dinohin, one of the persons in Eliosto Libidinoso, meant for the
author-Extract from Hind's prose and poetry-How far the
progress of Satire in English should be further traced_Character
of George Wither–His “ Abuses stript and whipt,” 1613_His
voluminousness as an author proved by himself in his Fides An-
glicana, 1660_His imprisonment and release on account of his
Satire to the King, with specimens—Anecdote of Wither in Hugh
· Peters' Jests, 1660_Wither's unpublished MS.-His character as
a politician and poet-Dedication of his “ Abuses stript & whipt”
to himself—His fearlessness in attacking the great, &c.—Quota-
tion from his first Satire “ Of the passion of Love” –His unknown
poem of “ Aretephils Complaint” confounded with his “ Mistress
of Philarete"-Specimen of the fourth Satire “ On Envy”-
Gower's Confessio Amantis quoted—Whetstone's character of
Envy in his “ English Myrror,” 1586—The nature of that book,
with a specimen of the poetry-Tale of the Vicar of Croydon

- Physicians and the Gout-Massinger's “ Emperor of the
East” cited—Whetstone's “ Mirour for Magistrates of Cyties,”
1584, with quotations from it regarding himself and Judge
Chomley—The same work published as “ The Enemie of Vn-

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