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The plot is, as may be supposed, taken from our English history. Alfred, compelled by adverse fortune, 'seeks refuge in an obscure island, and is entertained at the hut of a cottager. Here, after many events, he is found by his faithful generals, and after making an excursion to the camp of the enemy, in order to gain intelligence of their motions, he regains his kingdom, and his adversary being converted to Christianity becomes his ally. The comic part consists in the cowardice of the Miles gloriosus, who, like another Bobadil is ever bravest when danger is at the greatest distance; with the quarrels of the rustic Strumbo, with his mother, and their ridiculous behaviour on being introduced at the palace. The soliloquy of Strumbo on the manners of the courtiers I shall transcribe.

“Jam sum ego trium literarum homo, vel scientiarum

potius. Scilicit aulicus, miles, rusticus: sed præter rusticum Nihil adhuc didici. Arma hæc me dicunt militem : Sed nescio pugnare, nec scire quidem cupio. Hæ vestes me aulicum affirmant, sed nondum perfecte didici et


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Audice mentiri, adulari, fæminas alloqui, -
Dormire in medium diem, jurare, pejerare, ludere,
Amare, nugari, gesticulari, multum olere, simiam agere,
Superbire, nauseare, pauperibus nibil dare,
Et mille alia facere, quæ vix possum complecti memoria,
Unum hoc solum meopte ingenio scio, et hoc
Scilicet in multam noctem, atque etiam profundius

Iturus ego jam cum matre sum, ad Regis invisendam

matrem et filiam. Sed mallem ego quidem sustịcari, quam tantas struero

ineptias, Quantas Aulici solent."

I should have said that “ Alfredus” takes up only 96 pages; it is followed by “Mors Comedia." The Dramatis Personæ of which are,

“ Chrysocangrio, senex.
Scombrio, adolescens.
Crancus, servus.
Grampogna, venefeca.
Gringo, filius veneficæ.
Frangicostonides, miles,
Granbufo, diabolus.

"Avaro Mortem in famulum adoptat Patri
Scombrio, et subornat illum ut interficiat:
Spondetque certis sub conditionibus

Huic se futurum deinde deditirium.
Diabolus interea superveniens
Bona se daturum in manus promittit Patris,
Si sibi in prædam Scombris post mortem ccderet.
Acceptat ille. Mox, non invento sene,
Uterque ab illo jus, et æquum postulant,
Sed ejus una et servi illusi dolis
Uterque causa ex judicis dicto cadunt."

To this is added “ De venerabili Eucharistia ab Apibus inventa, et mirabiliter servata, de qua scribit Cæsarus, lib. 9. cap. 8. Carmen Elegiacum.” This contains 176 lines, and concludes the volume.

P. B.

Art. XV. Historical Memoires of the reigns of

Queen Elizabeth and King James. By Francis
Osborn, Esq. 1658. 8vo.

Also in his works, of which the seventh edition appeared in 1673, 8vo.

ART. XVI. The Court and character of King James,

written and taken by Sir A.W. being an eye and eare witnesse. Qui nescil dissimulare, nescit regnare. Published by authority. London. Printed by R. J. and are to be sold at the King's Head in the Old Baily 1650. Duud. pp. 197.

Again, 1651, 8vo. “ dedicated to Lady Elizabeth Sedley, to which is added 1. The Court of King Charles, continued unto these unhappy times. 2. Observations, instead of a character upon this King from his child


hood. 3. Certain Observations before Q. Elizabeth's death.”

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Art. XVII. Aulicus Coquinaria, or a Vindication in answer to Sir Anthony Weldon's Pamphlet, called The Court and Character of King James," &c. London. 1650. 8vo.

This is attributed to William Sanderson. For a full account of Weldon and Sanderson, and these two volumes, see “Memoirs of King James's Peers,"'*

pi106, &c.

Francis Osborn was born in 1558. He was descended from the Osborns of Chicksand in Bedfordshire, now represented by General Sir George Osborn, Bart. On the breaking out of the civil wars he sided with the parliament. He died Feb. 11, 1659, aged about 70.7

ART. XVIII. Bibliographical Catalogue. List of

Authors on Gardening, &c. By the Rev. J.S. Clarke.

Art. 1. The Profitable Arte of Gardening, now the third tyme set fourth: to whiche is added much necessary matter, and a number of Secrettes with the Phisick helpes belonging to eche herbe, and that easie prepared. To this annexed, two propre treatises, the one entituled The marueilous Gouernment, propertie, and benefite of the Bees, with the rare Secrets of the Honny and Ware. And the other, The Yerely Coniec. tures, meete for husbandmen to knowe: Englished by Thomas Hill Londiner. Ars naturam adiuuans. Imprinted at Lonman, in Fletestrete, neare to S. Dunstones Churche, by Thomas Marshe, 1568. Small 12mo. Dedicated, To the Righte | Worshipful Sirre Henry Seamer Knight, Thomas Hyl wishetk all healthe and felicitye.

Lond. 1802, 8vo.

+ Biogr. Dict. XI. 348.


Art. 2. The Compleat Gardener's Practice, directing the exact way of Gardening in three parts, the Garden of Pleasure, Physical Garden, Kitchen Garden. How they are to be ordered for their best situation and improvement, with a variety of artificial knots for the beautifying of a garden (all engraven in copper) the choicest way for the raising, governing and maintaining of all plants cultevated in gardens now in England. Being a plain discourse how herbs, flowers, and trees, according to art and nature, may be propagated by sowing, setting, planting, replanting, pruning; also experience of alteration of sent, colour, and taste, clearly reconciling as it treateth of each herb and flower in particular, By Stephen Blake, Gardener,

“ Search the world, and there's not to be found A book so good as this for garden ground." London. Printed for Thomas Pierepoint, and are to be sold at the signe of the Sunne in St. Paul's Church Yard, 1664. 8vo.

Dedicated to the Right Worshipfull William Ovglander, Esq. one of the Fonourable House of Parliament, Son and Heir to the late Sir John Ovglander, &c. the honourable example of piety, the worthy pattern of good endeavours, and great obseryer of the works of pature,

Art. 3, The Gardener's Labyrinth, or a new Art of Gar. dening: wherein is laid down new and rare inventions, and secrets of Gardening not heretofore known For sowing, planting, and setting all manner of roots, herbs, and flowers, both for the use of the Kitchen Garden, and a Garden of


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