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Book 2-Ode 1. 2. 3. 9. 10. 11. 13.* 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.-Book 3.-Ode 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.* 9. 11. 14. 16. 23. 24. 27. 28. 29. 30.-Book 4-Ode 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 12. 13. 14. 15.-Epodes 1. 2.7. 9. * 13. 16.*Carmen Seculare, &c.
The original is given on the alternate pages, and the asterisks denote the “many more" mentioned in the title. The length of this article demands the shortest specimen.
B. I. Ode il.
This day's thine owne, the next may be deni'de."
ART. XVI. Musarum Delicie: or the Muses
Recreation. Conteining several pieces of poetique wit. The Second Edition. By Sir J. M. and Ja. S. London : Printed by J. G. for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at his shop at the signe of the Anchor in the New Exchange. 1656. Duod. pp.101.
The authors of this miscellany were Sir John Mennes, and Dr. James Smith,
The former was third son of Andrew Mennes, Esq. of Sandwich in Kent, by Jane Blechenden, where he was born May 11, 1598. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he distinguished himself by his literary acquirements; and afterwards became a great traveller, a celebrated seaman, and well skilled in the building of ships. In the reign of James I. he had a place in the Navy-Office; and by Charles I. was appointed its Controuler. In the subsequent troubles, he took an active part, both military and naval, in favour of the Crown; and being a Vice
His elder half-brother, Sir Matthew Mennes, was made K. B. by Charles I. at his coronation. His second brocher Thomas was buried is the church of St. Peter, Sandwich, 1631. In this office he had the opportunity of bringing back the Queen-Mother to England in 1662; daring which absence he lost his wife Jane Liddell, of the family of RavensworthCastle, who dying at Fredville, then the seat of the Boys family, at Norington in Kent, was buried in the church of that parish as appears by the monumental inscription still remaining there.
Epitapb on a mural tablet at Nonington, Kent.
“ Hic sunt depositæ Janæ Reliquiz
Johannis Mennes Equitis aurati
Ilid, absente sub ve.is Marito Regiis
Reginam ex Gallia Mariam revebentibus
Hosp.cali istius humanitate
Mariti pietate hoc marmor erigitur.
Admiral in 1641 was knighted at Dover. In 1642 he commanded the Rainbow: he was afterwards, it seems, displaced from his services at sea for his loyalty; and was implicated in the Kentish Insurrection in favou of the King in 1648.
After the restoration he was made Governor of Dover Castle, and Chief Comptroller of the Navy, which he retained till his death. In 1661 he was appointed commander of the Henry, and received a commission to act as Vice-Admiral, and Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Fleet in the North Seas. +
Sir John Mennes died Feb. 18, 1670-1, with the character of an honest, stout, generous, and religious man, whose company had always been delightful to the ingenious and witty. I
Wood says he was also author of a poem, entitled Epsom Wells; and several other poems scattered in other men's works. He was buried in the church of St. Olave, Hart Street, London; where a monument and inscription were erected over his grave.
* Matthew Carter, in his curious little tract containing “ A Relation of this Insurrection,"1650, 12mo. says, after having inserted “ The Declara. tion of the Navy to the Commissioners at London," that the Insurgents having guined pos:e:sion of the Castles of Deal and Walmer, “marched away and quartered in Sandwich again that night, leaving in Deal Anthony Hamond, Esq. and Capt. Burgrave, who had been formerly an officer of the navy (both justices of peace, and gallant discreet mpen, not according to those of this wise reformation) as Commissioners for the managing of the business there, and in the fleet; having sent away for Sir John Mennis, Capt. Fogg, and some others, officers that had formerly been employed at sea by the King. and for their loyalties displaced by the Parliament, whu were also earuestly desired by the officers and mariners aboard." P. 66.
† Charnock's Biogr. Nav. I. 61. I Wood's Ath. II. 482.
DR. JAMES SMITH. Dr. James Smith, was son of Thomas Smith, Rector of Merston, in Bedfordshire, was born about 1604, and educated at Oxford ; went chaplain with Henry, Earl of Holland, when admiral of the squadron that carried supplies to the isle of Rhee; and afterwards was domestic chaplain to the Earl of Cleveland; in whose service he continued six years, and was beneficed at the same time in Lincolnshire. In 1633 he became B. D. and was now in much esteem with Massinger, Davenant, Sir John Mennes, and the other wits of the day. He then obtained the living of King's Nimpton in Devonshire, and went chaplain with the Earl of Holland in the expedition against the Scots: but returning to King's Nimpton, resided there during all the subsequent changes. At the Restoration he was made canon of Exeter, archdeacon of Barnstaple, and chaplain to Lord Clarendon; and in July 1661, D.D. Next year he became chaunter of Exeter; and in 1663 exchanged King's Nimpton, and the archdeaconry for Alphington, in the same county, where he died 20 June, 1667. Besides bis share in the Musarum Delicia, Wood says, he wrote the principal part in the collection, entitled “Wit Restored, in several select poems. London. 1658.” Svo. At the end of which is bis translation, or poem, called The Innovation of Penelope and Ulysses, a mock poem. London. 1658. 8vo. And at the end of that also is Cleaveland's Rebel Scot, translated into Latin. Wood says “he also composed Certain Anthems, not musical, but poetical, which to this day are used and sung in the cathedral of Exeter.” • Wood's Ath. II. 397.
Of this small collection, in which there are stray poems of Bishop Corbet and Sir John Suckling, I shall give the celebrated scoffing ballad on the run-away troop of the latter.
. Upon Sir John Suckling's most warlike prepárations
for the Scotish War.
BY ŠIR JOKN MINNIS.
* Sir John got him an ambling nag,
To Scotland for to ride a,
No errant knight ever went to fight
With half so gay a bravado;
Hec 'ld have conquered a whole Amado.
The ladies ran all to the windows to sce
So gallant and warlike a sight a,
Sir John, why will you go fight a?
But be, like a cruel knight; spurred on;
His heart did not relent a,
Till then why should he repent a ?
The king (God bless him) had singular hopes
Of him and all his troop a ;
For joy did hollow and whoop a.
None lik'd him so well as his own colonel,
Who took him for John de Weart a,
My gallant was nothing so peart a.