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Langbaine's account of this writer is, that he was the youngest
son of Edwin Sandys, archbishop of York, and born at Bishop's-Thorp, A.D. 1577. He was entered at St. Mary Hall, in Oxford, in 1588, and in 1610 began his travels into the East. He died in 1643. His translation of Ovid, once much esteemed, was published in 1632. A tragedy, called “ Christ's Passion, translated from Hugo Grotius, and first printed in 1640, is much praised by Langbaine. The fol. lowing extract is taken from his “ Divine Poems," 1648.
Ye who dwell above the skies,
Made you evermore to last, you
bounds not to be past. Let the earth his praise resound! Monstrous whales, and seas profound, Vapours, lightning, hail, and snow, Storms, which, when he bids them, blow: Flow'ry hills, and mountains high, Cedars, neighbours to the sky, Trees, that fruit in season yield, All the cattle of the field, Savage beasts, all creeping things, All that cut the air with wings, Ye who awful sceptres sway, Ye, inured to obey, Princes, judges of the earth, All, of high or humble birth, Youths, and virgins, flourishing In the beauty of your spring; Ye who bow with age's weight, Ye who were but born of late ; Praise his name with one consent: O how great! how excellent !
Langbaine enumerates five-and-twenty plays written by this
voluminous author. The following extracts are taken from his “ Pleasant Dialogues and Dramas, &c.” small 12mo. 1037.
Pack clouds away, and welcome day,
With night we banish sorrow;
To give my love good-morrow.
Notes from the lark I'll borrow;
To give my love good-morrow,
Wake from thy nest, Robin-red-breast,
Sing birds in every furrow;
Give my fair love good-morrow.
Blackbird, and thrush, in every bush,
Stare, linnet, and cock-sparrow!
Sing my fair love good-morrow.
We that have known no greater state
Our habits are but coarse and plain,
These that have plenty, wear, we see