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Stand abacke, stand abacke, fayd Robin ;
Why draw you mee so neere?
Ones Thrift another shold heere,
But Robin pulled forth an Irysh knife,
And losed John hand and foote,
And bade it be his boote.
Then John he tooke Guyes bowe in his hand, 225
His boltes and arrowes eche one :
He fettled him to be gone.
Towards his house in Nottingham towne,
He fled full fast away ;
Not one behind wold ftay.
But he cold neither runne foe faft,
Nor away soe fast cold ryde,
He fhott him into the backe'-syde.
** The Title of Sir was not formerly peculiar to Knights, it was given to Priests, and sometimes to very inferior perfonages.
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.“ How “ Fame departed from Graunde Amour and left him with “ Governaunce and Grace, and how he went to the Tower
of Do&trine.” -- As we are able to give' no small lyric piece of Hawes's, the Reader will excuse the insertion of this extract.
Loked about and sawe a craggy roche,
Farre in the west neare to the element,
Upon the toppe I sawe refulgent
The royall tower of MORALL DOCUMENT, s Made of fine copper with turrets faire and hye, Which against Phebus shone so marveylously, That for the very perfect brighteness
What of the tower, and of the cleare funne, I could nothyng behold the goodliness
10 Of that palaice, whereas. Doctrine did wonne :
Till at the laft, with myftie wyndes donne,
Then to the tower I drew nere and nere,
15 And often mused of the great hyghnes Of the craggy roche, which quadrant did appere:
But the fayre tower, (fo much of ryches
Was all about,) fexangled doubteless; Gargeyld with grayhounds, and with many lyons, 20 Made of fyne golde, with divers sundry dragons,
The little turrett with ymages of golde
About was set, which with the wynde aye moved With proper vices, that I did well beholde
About the towre: in fundry wyse they hoved 25
With goodly pypes, in their mouthes ituned, That with the winde they pyped a daunce Iclipped Amour de la hault plesaunce.
The toure was great of marveylous wydnes,
To which ther was no way to passe but one, 30 Into the toure for to have an intres : A
grece ther was ychyseled all of stone Out of the rocke, on whyche men did gone - Up to the toure, and in lykewyse did I Wyth both the Grayhoundes in my company ť: 35 Till that I came unto a ryall gate,
Wher I fawe stondynge the goodly Portres, Whych exed me from whence I came alate ;
To whom I gan in every thinge expreffe
All myne adventure, chaunce, and bufineffe, And cke my name; I tolde her every
dell: When she hard this the lyked me full well.
Her † This alludes to a former part of the Poem.
Her name, the fayd, was called CounteNAUNCE;
Into the base courte she dyd me then lede, Where was a fountayne depured of pleafaunce, 45
A noble sprynge, a riall conduyte hede,
Made of fyne golde enameled with reed ;
Sweter than Nylust or Ganges was ther odoure;
I did than taste th' aromatyke licoure
Fragrant of fume, and fwete as any floure, And in my mouthe it had a marveylous fcent
55 Of divers spyces, I knewe not what it ment. And after thys further forth me brought
Dame Countenaunce into a goodlye Hall,
The fore was paved with berall clarified,
With pillars made of stones pretious,
It might be called a palace glorious,
So much delectable and folacious :
That treated well of a ful noble story,
Of the doutye waye to the Tower Perillous ; + Howe a noble knyghte hould winne the victory
Of many a serpent foule and odious.
† The Story of the Poem.
THE CHILD OF ELLE,
- is given from a fragment in the Editor's folio MS : which tho' extremely defective and mutilated, appeared to have so much merit, that it excited a firong desire to attempt a completion of the story. The Reader will easily discover the Jupplemental fanzas by their inferiority, and at the same time be inclined to pardon it, when be considers how difficult it must be to imitate the affe&ting fimplicity and artless beauties of the original. Child was a title sometimes given to a knight. See Glossa O
N yonder hill a castle standes,
With walles and towres bedight,
A young and comely knighte.
The Child of Elle to his garden wente,
And stood at his garden pale,
Come trippinge downe the dale.