The Poetical Works Of Matthew Prior (volume 1); With A Life

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byMatthew Prior

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1853. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A BALLAD OF THE NOTBROWNE MAYDE.i A. Be it ryght, or wrong, these men among on women do complayne ; Affyrmynge this--how that it is a labour spent in vayne, 1 This ancient poem was originally printed in an old black-letter book, entitled, The Customes of London or Arnolde's Chronicle, which Mr. Capell supposes appeared about the year 1521. According to that gentleman's opinion--" It was certainly written in the beginning of the sixteenth century, and not sooner: the curious in these matters, who shall conceive a doubt of what is here asserted through remembrance of what he has seen advanced by a poet of late days, is desired to look into the works of the great Sir Thomas More, and particularly into a poem that stands at the head of them, and from thenco receive conviction; if sameness of rhymes, sameness of orthography, and a very near affinity of words and phrases be capable of giving it." The poet of late days mentioned above, is certainly Mr. Prior, who in the edition of his poems published in 1718, had asserted it to have been written three hundred years since. What led him to that mistaken notion, was probably a writer in the Muses Mercury for June 1707, who conjectures that it was written about the year 1472. The same writer says, and the ballad seems to confirm it, that the persons represented are a young Lord, the Earl of Westmoreland's son, and a lady of equal quality. The copy from which this poem hath hitherto been printed being very inaccurate, it is here given according to that published by Mr. Capell. VOL. I. 17 To love them wele ; for never a dele they love a man agayne : For late a man do what he can, theyr favour to attayne, Yet, yf a newe do them pursue, theyr fyrst true lover than Labourcth for nought; for from her thought he is a banyshed man...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1853. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A BALLAD OF THE NOTBROWNE MAYDE.i A. Be it ryght, or wrong, these men among on women do complayne ; Affyrmynge this--how that it is a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217306047

ISBN - 13:9780217306041

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