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stowed upon me here the first taste of your arCOMUS
quaintance, though no longer then to make me
know that I wanted more time to value it, and A MASK,
to enjoy it rightly; and in truth, if I could then
have imagined your farther stay in these parts, PRESENTED AT LUDLOW CASTLE, 1634, BEFORE
which I understood afterwards by Mr. H.,6 I JOHN EARL OF BRIDGEWATER, THEN PRESI
would have been bold, in our vulgar phrase, DENT OF WALES.
to mend my draught (for you left me with an ex1 To the right honourable
treme thirst) and to have begged your convera John lord viscount BRACLY son and heir ap- | sation again, joyntly with your said learned
parent to the earl of BRIDGEWATER, &c. friend, at a poor meal or two, that we might have • MY LORD,
banded together som good authors of the an
cient time: among which, I observed you to This poem, which received its first occasion of have been familiar. birth from yourself and others of your noble
Since your going, you have charged me with family, and much honour from your own person new obligations, both for a very kinde letter from in the performance, now returns again to make you dated the sixth of this month, and for a a final dedication of itself to you. Although not đainty peece of entertainment which came theropenly acknowledged by the author3, yet it I with. Wherin I should much commend the is a legitimate off-spring, so lovely, and so much tragical part, if the lyrical did not ravish me desired, that the often copying of it bath tired with a certain Dorique delicacy in your songs my pen to give my severall friends satisfaction,
and odes; whereunto I must plainly confess to and brought me to a necessity of producing it to have seen yet nothing parallel in our language : the publike view; and now to offer it up in all ipsa mollities. But I must not omit to tell you rightful devotion to those fair hopes, and rare that I now onely owe you thanks for intimating endowments of your much promising youth, unto me (how modestly soever) the true artificer. which gire a full assurance to all that know you, For the work itself I had viewed som good while of a future excellence. Live, sweet lord, to be before with singular deligat, having received it the honour of your name, and receive this from our common friend Mr. R.7 in the very as your own, from the hands of him, wlio hath close of the late Ros Poems, printed at Oxford, by many favours been long obliged to your whereunto it is added (as I now suppose) that the most honoured parents, and as in this represen accessary might help out the principal, according tation your attendant Thyrsis, so now in all reall to the art of stationers, and to leave the reader expression
con la bocca dolce. Your faithfull and most humble servant, I Now, sir, concerning your travels wherin I
H. LAWES4, may chalenge a little more pri
| may chalenge a little more privilege of discours
with you; I suppose you will not blanch Paris The copy of a Letter written by sir Henry in your way; therefore I have been bold to trou· Wootton, io the Author, upon the following ble you with a few lines to Mr. M. B.8 whom l'oem.
you shall easily find attending the young lord From the Colledge, this 13 of April, 16385,
o Mr. H.) Mr. Warton in his first edition of SIR,
Comus says, that Mr. H. was “ perhaps Milton's It was a special favour, when you lately be- | friend, Samuel Hartlih, whom I have seen men
tioned in some of the pamphlets of this period, " This is the dedication to Lawes's edition of as well acquainted with sir Henry Wution : the Mask, 1637, to which the following motto but this is omitted in his second cdition. Mr. was prefixed, from Virgil's second Eclogue, Warton perhaps doubted his conjecture of thit
Eheu! quid volui misero mihi! Moribus person. I venture to state from a copy of the austrum
Reliquice Wotlonianæ in my possession, in which Perditus
a few notes are written (probably soon after the This motto is omitted by Milton himself in the publication of the book, 3d edic. in 1672) that editions of 1645, and 1673. WARTON.
the person intended was the “ ever-memorable" * The First Brother in the Mask. WARTON. John Hales. This information will be supported
3 It never appeared under Milton's name, till by the reader's recollecting sir llenry's intimacy the year 1645. WARTON.
with Mr. Hales; of whom sir Henry says, in 4 This dedication does not appear in the edi- , one of his letters, that he gave to his learned tion of Milton's Poems, printed under his own friend the title of Bibliotheca ambulans, the wulkinspection, 1673, when lord Brackley, under the ing Library. See Relig. Wotton, 3d edit. p. 475. title of earl Bridgwater, was still living. Milton
TODD. was perhaps unwilling to own his early connec 7 Mr. R.) Ibelieve “ Mr. R.” to be John Rouse, tions with a family, conspicuous for its unshaken Bodley's librarian. “The late R.” is unquesloyalty, and now highly patronised by king tionably Thomas Randolph, the poet. J'AKTOV. Charles the Second. WÅRTON,
8 Mr. M. B.] Mr. Michael Branthwait, as I s April, 1638.] Milton had communicated to suppose ; of whom sir Henry thus speaks in one sir Henry his design of seeing foreign countries, of his Letters, Relin. Wotton. 3d edit. p. 510. and had sent him his Mask. He set out on “ Mr. Michael Branthwait, heretofore bis mahjs travels soon after the receipt of this letter. jestie's agent in Venice, a gentleman of ap
TODD. proved confidence and sincerity." TODD,
to the marshes of Wales to subdue
S., as his governour; and you may surely re- more obscure and early annals of the castle , to ceive from him good directions for the shaping of which therefore I will briefly refer, trusting that your farther journey into Italy, where he did re- the methodical account of an edifice, more par. side by my choice som time for the king, after ticularly ennobled by the representation of Comus mine own recess from Venice.
within its walls, may not be improper, or uninI should think that your best line will be teresting. thorow the whole length of France to Marseilles, It was built by Roger de Montgomery, who and thence by sea to Genoa, whence the passage was related to William the Conqueror. The date into Tuscany is as diurnal as a Gravesend barge : of its erection is fixed by Mr. Warton in the year I hasten, as you do, to Florence, or Siena, the 1112. By others it is said to have been erected rather to tell you a short story from the interest | before the Conquest, and its founder to have you have given me in your safety.
been Edric Sylvaticus, carl of Shrewsbury, whom At Siena I was tabled in the house of one Ala | Roger de Montgomery was sent by the Conques berto Scipioni, an old Roman courtier in dan- | gerous times, having bin steward to the duca di with those estates in Salop he was afterwards Pagliano, who with all his family were strangled,' rewarded. But the testimonies of various writers save this onely man that escaped by foresight of assign the foundation of this structure to Roger the tempest: with hiin I had often much chat de Montgomery, soon after the Conquest. of those affairs; into which he took pleasure to The son of this nobleman did not long enjoy it, look back from his native harbour ; and at my as he died in the prime of life. The grandson, departure toward Rome (which bad been the Robert de Belesme, earl of Shrewsbury, forfeited center of his experience) I had wonn confidence it to Henry I. by having joined the party of Roenough to beg his advice, how I might carry my-bert duke of Normandy against that king. It self securely there, without offence to others, or became now a princely residence, and was guardof mine own conscience. Signor Arrigo mio, I ed by a numerous garrison. Soon after the ac(sayes he) I pensieri stretti, et il viso sciolto, will cession of Stephen, however, the governor bego safely over the whole world ; Of which Delo | trayed his trust, in joining the empress Maud. phian oracle (for so I have found it) your judge Stephen besieged it ; in which endeavour to rement doth need no commentary; and therefore gain the possession of his fortress some writers (sir) I will commit you with it to the best of all assert that he succeeded, others that he failed. securities, God's dear love, remaining
The most generally received opinion is, that the Your friend as much at command governor, repenting of his baseness, aud wishing as any of longer date
to obtain the king's forgiveness, proposed a caHENRY WOOTTON. | pitulation advantageous to the garrison, to which
Stephen, despairing of winning the castle by POSTSCRIPT.
arms, readily acceded. Henry II. presented Sig, I have expressly sent this my foot-boy to pre
it to his favourite, Fulk Fitz-Warine,or de Dinan, rent your departure without som acknowledge.
to whom succeeded Joccas de Dinan; between
whom and Hugh de Mortimer lord of Wigmore ment from me of the receipt of your obliging letter, having myselfthrough som business, I know
such dissensions arose, as at length occasioned not how, neglected the ordinary conveyance. In
the seizure of Mortimer, and his confinement in
one of the towers of the castle, which to this day any part where I shall understand you fixed, I
is called Mortimer's Tower; from which he shall be glad, and diligent, to entertain you with home-novelties; even for some fomentation
was nut liberated, till he had paid an immense of our friendship, too soon interrupted in the
ransom. This tower is now inhabited, and used
as a fives-court. cradle,
It was again belonging to the crown in the 8th year of king John, who bestowed it on Philip de Al. bani, from whom it descended to the Lacies of Ire.
land, the last of which family, Walter de Lacy, dy. COMUS.
ing without issue male, left the castle to his grand
daughter Maud, the wife of Peter de Geneva, or LUDLOW Castle.
Jeneville, a Poictevin, of the house of Lorrain, By Mr. Todd.
from whose posterity it passed by a daughter to
the Mortimers, and from them hereditarily to SOME idea of this venerable and magnificent the crown. In the reign of Henry III. it was pile, in which Comns was played with great splen taken by Simon de Montfort earl of Leicester, the duur, at a period when masks were the most | ambitious leader of the confederate barons, who, fashionable entertainment of our nobility, will about the year 1263 are said to have taken pos. probably gratify those, who read Milton with session of all the royal castles and fortresses. Of that curiosity which results from taste and ima
Ludlow Castle in almost two succeeding centuries gination. Mr. Warton, the learned author of nothing is recorded. this elegant remark, declines entering into the In the thirteenth year of Henry VI. it was in
the possession of Richard duke of York, who there 9 Lord S.] The son of lord viscount Scudamore, l drew up his declaration of affected allegiance to then the English ambassador at Paris, by whose the king, pretending that the army of ten thounotice Milton was honoured, and by whom he sand men, which he had raised in the marshes of was introduced to Grotius, then residing at Wales, was " for the public weale of the Paris, also as the minister of Sweden. TODD. realme.” The event of this cuinmotion between
the Royalists and Yorkists, the defeatof Richard's , a chimney excellently wrought in the best cham perfidious attempt, is well known. The castleber, is St. Andrewes Crosse joyned to prince of Ludlow, says Hall, “ was spoyled." The | Arthurs armes in the hall windowe." The poet king's troops seized on whatever was valuable in also notices the “ Chappell most trim and costly it ; and, according to the same chronicler, bisher sure:" about which "are armes in colours of “ the king sent the dutchess of Yorke with her sondrie kings, but chiefly noblemen.” He then two younger sons to be kept in ward, with the specifies in prose, “that sir Harry Sidney being dutchess of Buckingham her sister, where she lord president, buylt twelve roumes in the sayd continued a certain space."
castle, which goodly buildings doth shewe a The castle was soon afterwards put into the great beaulie to the same. He made also a possession of Edward duke of York, afterwards goodly wardrobe underneath the new parlor, and king Edward IV., who at that time resided in repayrd an old tower, called Mortymer's Tower, the neighbɔuring castle of Wigmore, and who, to keepe the auncient records in the same; and in order to revenge the death of his father, had he repayred a fayre rou!ne under the court collected some troops in the Marches, and had house, to the same entent and purpose, and attached the garrison to his cause. On his ac- made a great wall about the woodyard, and built cession to the throne the castle was repaired by a most brave condit within the inner court : and him, and a few years after was made the court of all the newe buildings over the gate sir Harry his son, the prince of Wales; who was sent hither Sidney in his daies and government there ) by him, as Hall relates, “ for justice to be doen made and set out to the honour of the queene, in the Marches of Wales, to the end that by the and glorie of the castle. There are in a goodly authoritie of his presence, the wild Welshmenne or stately place set out my lord earle of Warwicks and evill disposed personnes should refraine from armes, the earle of Darbie, the earle of Worces. their accustomed murthers and outrages.” Sirter, the earle of Pembroke, and sir Harry SidHenry Sidney, some years afterwards, observed, neys armes in like maner : al these stand on the that, since the establishment of the lord presi- left hand of the chamber. On the other side dent and council, the whole country of Wales are the arms of Northwales and Southwales, have been brought from their disobedient and two red lyons and two golden lyons, prince barbarous incivility, to a civil and obedient con- Arthurs. At the end of the dyning chamber, dition; and the bordering English counties had there is a pretie device how the hedgehog brake been freed from those spoils and felonies, with the chayne, and came from Ireland to Ludloe.” which the Welsh, before this institution, had an- The device is probably an allusion to sir Henry's noyed them. Şee Sidney State-Papers, vol. i. armorial bearings, of which two porcupines were p. 1. On the death of Edward, his eldest son the crest. Sir Henry Sidney caused also many was here first proclaimed king by the name of salutary regulations to be made in the court. Edward V.
See Sidney State Papers, vol. i. p. 143 and p. In the reign of Henry VII. his eldest son, 170, in which are stated the great sums of money Arthur, prince of Wales, inhabited the castle; he had expended, and the indefatigable diligence in which great festivity was observed upon his he had exerted in the discharge of his office. marriage with Catherine of Arragon; an event . In 1616, the creation of prince Charles (afterthat was soon followed, within the same walls, by wards king Charles I.) to the principality of the untimely and lamented death of that accom- Wales, and earldom of Chester, was celebrated plished prince.
here with uncommon magnificence. . It became The castle had riow long been the palace of the next distinguished by “one of the most memo, prince of Wales annexed to the principality, and rable and honourable circumstances in the was the habitation appointed for his deputies the course of its history," THE REPRESENTATION OF lords presidents of Wales, who held in it the Comus in 1634, when the earl of Bridgewater court of the Marches. It would therefore hardly was lord president, and inhabited it. A scene in have been supposed, that its external splendour the Mask presented both the castle and the town should have suffered neglect, if Powel, the Welsh of Ludlow. Afterwards, as I have been informed, historian, had not related, that“ sir Henry Sidney, Charles the first, going to pay a visit at Powis who was made lord president in 1564, repaired castle, was here splendidly received and enterthe castle of Ludlowe which is the cheefest house tained, on bis journey. But “ pomp, and feast, within the Marches, being in great decaie, as the and revelry, with mask, and antique pageantry," chapell, the court-house, and a faire fountaine." were soon succeeded in Ludlow castle by the din See Mr. Warton's second edit. p. 124, where he of arms. During the unhappy civil war it was quotes D. Powell's Hist. of Cambria, edit. garrisoned for the king; who, in his flight from 1580. 410. p. 401. Sir H. Sidney, however, was Wales, staid a night it. See Iter Carolinum in inade lord president in the second year of Eli- | Gutch's Collect. Cur. vol. ij. 443. “ Wednesday zabeth, which was in 1559. See Sidney State- Aug. 6.ch 1645, at Old Radnor, supper, a yeo. Papers, vol. i. Memoirs prefixed, p. 86. Sir man's house; the court dispersed Thursday the Henry's munificence to this stately fabric is 7.th to Ludlow Castle, no dinner, Col. WodeInore particularly recorded by T. Churchyard, | house. Friday the 8.th to Bridgnorth, &c." in his poem called, The Worthines of Wales, The castle was at length delivered up to the par4to. Lond. 1578. The chapter is entitled the liament in June 1646. Castle of Ludloe,” in which it is related, that A few years after this event, the goods of the “ Sir Harry built many things here worthie castle were inventoried and sold. The rev, Mr praise and memorie.” From the same informa- | Ayscough, of the British Museum, has obligtion we learn the following particulars, "Over ingly directed me to a priced calaiogue of the FOL. VII.
furniture, with the names of the purchasers, in Buck's Antiquities, published in 1774, which tras Harl. MSS. No. 4898, and No. 7352: from have been written many years before, it is said which I select a few curious articles.
“ Many of the royal apartments are yet entire; " In the Princes Chamber. One standing bedd and the sword, with the velvet hangings, and stead, covered with watchet damaske, with all some of the furniture are still preserved." And the furniture suitable thereunto belonging, &c. Grose in his Antiquities, published about the Sold M. Bass ye 11.th of March 1650 for same time, extracting from the Tour through 36€ 10s.
Great Britain what he pronounces a very just “ One suit of old tapistry hangings cont.& in and accurate account of this castle, represents all 120 ells at 2 per ell; Sold M' Cleam.' ye
the chapel having abundance of coats of arms
upon the pannels, and the hall decorated with 18.th January 1650 for 15.£.
the same ornaments, togetber with lances, “In the Governour's Quarter. Two pictures, ye
spears, firelocks, and old armour. Of these cuone of the late king, and the other of his queen,
rious appendages to the grandeur of both, little 10. Sold to Mr Bass.
perhaps is now known. Of the chapel, a circular
building within the inner court is now all that re“One large old Bible, 6. Sold to M' Bass. mains. Over several of the stable doors, bor
ever, are still the arms of queen Elizabeth, and “One old surplice of holland, 5. Sold to MP Bass.
the earl of Pembroke. Over the inner gate of “One dammaske table-cloth in length tenn
the castle, are also some remains of the arms
of the Sidney family, with an inscription yards, 3. Sold to M' Rog.' Humphrey. denoting the date of the queen's reign, and of “A cupp & cover of plate, weighing 35 03. sir Henry Sidney's residence, in 1581, together
with the following words, Hominibus ingratis loat 5 per o3.8. 15. Sold to M' Brown..
quimini lapides. No reason has been assigned for “A pulpitt cloth & a carpett of old crimson this remarkable address. Perhaps sir Henry velvett & 7 old cushions, val. at 7. Sold to Sidney might intend it as an allusion to his preMr Brown.
decessors, who had suffered the stately fabric “ In the Shovell-board Room. Nine peeces of
to decay ; as a memorial also, which no succesgreen kersey hangings paned wth gilt leather, 8
sor might behold without determining to avoid window curtaines, 5 window peeces, a chimney
its application: Nonne IPSAM DOMUM metuel, peece, and curtaine rodds, and three other small
ne quam vocem eliciat,nonne PARIETES COXCjos?' peeces in a presse in ye wardrobe val. togeather
Mr. Dovaston, of the Nursery, near Oswestry, 25.£. With ye PROTECTOR.
who visited the castle in 1768, has acquainted ." In ve Hall. Two long tables. two square me, that the floors of the great council chamtables with formes, one fire-grate, one side ta
ber were then pretty entire, as was the stair-case. ble, a court cuppboard, two wooden figures of
The covered steps leading to the chapel were beasts, 3 candlesticks, & racks for armour, 1£.
hour 1 €. remaining, but the covering of the chapel was Sold to Mr Bass.”
fallen : yet the arms of some of the lords presie No other remarkable circumstances distinguish
dents, painted on the walls, were visible. In the history of this castle, till the court of the
the great council chamber was inscribed on the Marches was abolished, and the lords presidents
wall a sentence from 1 Sam. xii. 3. All of which were discontinued. in 1688. From that period | are now wholly gone. The person, who shower its decay commenced. It has since been gradu
this gentleman the castle, informed him that, by ally stript of its curious and valuable ornaments. | tradition, the Mask of Comus was performed in No longer inhabited by its noble guardians, it
| the council chamber. Among the valuable colhas fallen into neglect; and neglect has encou
is lections of the same gentleman is an extensive raged plunder. « It will be no wonder that this
| account of Ludlow town and castle from the most : noble castle is in the very perfection of decay, early times, to the first year of William and Ma. when we acquaint our readers, that the present ry, copied by him from a MS, of the rev. Rich. inhabitants live upon the sale of the materials.
| Podmore, A. B. rector of Coppenball in Co. All the fine courts, the royal apartments, halls,
Pal. of Chester, and curate of Cundover, Salop, and rooms of state, lie open and abandoned, and
collected with great care from ancient and ausome of them falling down.” Tour through thentic books. From this interesting compilaGreat Britain, ouoted by Grose, art. Ludlow | tion I have been informed that the court of the Castle. See also two remarkable instances re
Marches was erected by Edward IV. in honour lated by Mr. Hodges in his Account of the Castle,
of the earls of March, from whom he was des. p. 39. The appointment of a governor, or stew
cended, as the court of the duchy of Lancaster had ard of the castle, is also at present discontinued. been before by Henry IV. in honour of the bouse Butler enjoyed the stewardship, which was a lu- / of Lancaster: that the household of Ludlow cascrative as well as an honourable post, while the
ost while the tle was numerous and splendid, and that the principality court existed. And, in an apartment Jord president lived in great state. The chaplain over the gateway of the castle, he is said to have
f the castle he is said to have had the yearly fee of £.50 with diet for himself written bis inimitable Hudibras. The poet had and une servant. The other officers of the court been secretary to the earl of Carbery, who was
was bad fees and salaries suitable to their sereral lord president of Wales; and who, in the great ranks. See also Sidney State Papers, vol. 1. p. rebellion, had afforded an asylum to the excel-5, 6. where the “ Fees annually allowed to the lent Jeremy Taylor
In the accuuut of Ludlow eastle, prefixed to "Cicero pro Cælio. sect. 25.
cownsel and commissioners, and the officers, displayed. But at tlie same time it is a melan. roaiges,” An. 3 Edw. VI. are set forth. The choly monument, exhibiting the irreparable efcourt consisted of the lord president, vice-presi fects of pillage and dilapidation. dent, and council, who were composed of the lord chancellor, lord treasurer, lord keeper of
ORIGIN OF COMUS. the privy seal, lord treasurer of the king's house. bold, chancellor of the exchequer, principal se
By Mr. WARTON. cretary of state, the chief justices of England, 1 IN Fletcher's Faithful Shepherdess, an Arca. and of the Common Pleas, the chief baron of the dian comedy, recently published, Milton found Exchequer, the justices of Assize for the counties many touches of pastoral and superstitious imaof Salop, Gloucester, Hereford, and Monmouth, gery, congenial with his own conceptions. Many the justice of the grand Session in Wales, the of these, yet with the higliest improvements, he chief justice of Chester, attorney and solicitor has transferred in Comus : together with the general, with many of the neighbouring nobility, I general cast and colouring of the piece. He and with various subordinate officers. See Mr. | catched also from the lyric rhymes of Fletcher, Hodges's Hist. Acc. of the Castle, p. 67, 68. From that Dorique delicacy, with which sir Henry the inedited tour of a traveller in 1 535, communi. Wotton was so much delighted in the songs of cated to me by Joseph Cooper Walker, esq. it ap- | Milton's drama. Fletcher's comedy was coldly pears that there was also a secretary to the received the first night of its perforınance. But court ; the office of which was then filled by it had ample revenge in this conspicuous and lord Goring, and said to be worth 3000£. At indisputable mark of Milton's approbation. It the same time, sir John Bridgeman was the chief was afterwards represented as a Mask at court, justice of the court. The traveller adds, that in before the king and queen on twelfth-night, in the absence of the president, the chief justice re- | 1633. I know not, indeed, if this was any represented the president's person, and kept “the commendation to Milton ; who, in the Paradise king's house in the castle, which is a prettie lit- | Lost, speaks contemptuously of these interludes, tle neate castle, standing high, kept in good re- which had been among the chief diversions of an paire:" and that he was “invited by the judge elegant and liberal monarch. B. iv. 767. to dinner, and verye kindly and respectfully entertained."
- court-amours This court was dissolved by act of parliament Mix'd dance, and wanton mask, or midnight in the first year of Williain and Mary, at the
ball, &c." humble suit of all the gentlemen and inhabitants of the principality of Wales; by whom it was and in his Ready and easy Way to establish a free represented as an intolerable grievance.
Commonwealth, written in 1660, on the inconThe situation of the castle is delightful, and veniences and dangers of readmitting kingship, romantic. It is built in the north-west angle of and with a view to counteract the noxious huthe town upon a rock, commanding an extensive | mour of returning to bondage, he says, “a king and beautiful prospect northward. On the west must be adored as a demigod, with a dissolute it is shaded by a lofty hill, and wasted by the and haughty court about him, of vast expense river. It is strongly environed by walls of im- and luxury, masks and revels, to the debauchmense height and thickness, and fortified with ing our prime gentry, both male and female, round and square towers at irregular distances. not in their pastimes only, &c.” Pr. W. i. 590. The walls are said by Grose to have formerly I believe the whole compliment was paid to the been a mile in compass; but Leland in that genius of Fletcher. But in the mean time it measure includes those of the town. The inte- should be remembered, that Miltou had not yet, rior apartments were defended on one side by a contracted an aversion to courts and courtdeep ditch, cut out of the rock; on the other, by | amusements; and that, in L'Allegro, masks an almost inaccessible precipice overlooking the are among his pleasures. Nor could be now yale of Corve. The castle was divided into two disapprove of a species of entertainment, to separate parts: the castle, properly speaking, in which as a writer he was giving encouragement, which were the palace and lodgings; and the The royal masks, however, did not, like Comus, green, or outwork, which Dr. Stukely supposes always abound with Platonic recommendations of to have been called the Barbican. See his Iti- | the doctrine of chastity. nerary, Iter iv. p. 70. The green takes in al The ingenious and accurate Mr. Reed has large compass of ground, in which were the pointed out a rude out-line, from which Milton court of judicature and records, the stables, gar- seems partly to have sketched the plan of the den, bowling-green, and other offices. In the fable of Conius. See Biograph. Dramat. ii. front of the castle, à spacious plain or lawn for-/ p. 441. It is an old play, with this title, The merly extended two miles. In 1972 a public old Wives Tale, a pleasant conceited Comedie, walk round the castle was planted with trees, | plaied by the Queens Maiesties players. Writand laid out with much taste, by the munificence ten by G. P. [i. e. George Peele.] Printed at of the countess of Powis. See Mr. Hodges's Hist. London by John Dapter, and are to be sold by Acc. p. 54.
Ralph Hancocke and John Hardie, 1595. In The exterior appearance of this ancient edi. quarto. This very scarce and curious piece ex. fice bespeaks, in some degree, what it once has hibits, among other parallel incidents, two brobeen. Its mutilated towers and walls still afford thers wandering in quest of their sister, whom an an idea of the strength and beauty, which so no- enchanter had imprisoned. This magician bad ble a specimen. of Norman architecture formerly | learned his art from his mothør Meroc, as Co.,