Sidor som bilder
PDF
ePub
[blocks in formation]

Nay, one she thought too much for him,
So took she all away,

85

In hope that in her court, good king,

He would no longer stay.

Am I rewarded thus, quoth he,

In giving all I have

Unto

my children, and to beg

For what I lately gave?

I'll go unto my Gonorell;
My second child, I know,
Will be more kind and pitiful,
And will relieve my woe.

Full fast he hies then to her court;

Where when she heard his moan

Return'd him answer, That she griev'd
That all his means were gone:

But no way could relieve his wants;
Yet if that he would stay

90

95

100

[blocks in formation]

Which made him rend his milk-white locks,

[blocks in formation]
[blocks in formation]

Is found in the little collection of Shakspeare's Sonnets, entitled the Passionate Pilgrime1, the greatest part of which secus to relate to the amours of Venus and Adonis, being buie effusions of fancy, probably written while he was composing his larger Poem on that subject. The following seems

[ocr errors]

aded for the mouth of Venus, weighing the comparative costs of youthful Adonis and aged Vulcan. In the Garland ared will it is reprinted, with the addition of four more cd sausas, but evidently written by a meaner pen.

CRANE Age and Youth
Cannot live together;
Youth is full of pleasance,
Are is full of care:

like summer morn,

Like winter weather,

Yowed above, Song xii. b. ii. (p. 190.)

པ་

[blocks in formation]

** See Malone's Shakspeare, vol. x. p. 325.

20

XVII.

The Frolicksome Duke, or the Tinker's Good Fortune.

THE following ballad is upon the same subject as the Induction to Shakspeare's Taming of the Shrew: whether it may be thought to have suggested the hint to the dramatic poet, or is not rather of later date, the reader must determine.

The story is told of Philip the Good1, Duke of Burgundy, and is thus related by an old English writer: "The said duke, at the marriage of Eleonora, sister to the king of Portugall, at Bruges in Flanders, which was solemnized in the deepe of winter; when as by reason of unseasonable weather he could neither hawke nor hunt, and was now tired with cards, dice, &c., and such other domestick sports, or to see ladies dance; with some of his courtiers he would in the evening walke disguised all about the towne. It so fortuned, as he was walking late one night, he found a countrey fellow

1 By Ludov. Vives in Epist. and by Pont. Heuter, Rerum Burgund. b. iv.

« FöregåendeFortsätt »