poken of among the authors of lascivious stories: There have been many of these historical pandars, of which some of obscure fame, as Aeneas Sylvius, Dantes, and Petrarch, Boccace, Pontanus, etc.
Ed. Lond. 1684, p. 199. The first German translation was that of Kannegiesser (1809). Versions by Streckfuss, Kopisch, and Prince Johes Tale,
It is worth notice, as a proof of Chaucer's critical judgment, that he calls Dante the great poet of Itaille, while in the Clerke's Tale he speaks of Petrarch as a worthy clerk, as the laureat poete (alluding to the somewhat sentimental ceremony at Rome), and says that his
Rhetorike sweete Enlumined all Itaille of vespers, 1282; death of Ugolino and Francesca da Rimini, 1282; death of Beatrice, 1290; Roger Bacon died, 1292; death of Cimabue, 1302; Dante's banishment, 1302; Petrarch born, 1304; Fra Dolcino burned, 1307; Pope Clement V. at Avignon, 1309; Templars suppressed, 1312; Boccaccio born, 1313; Dante died, 1321; Wycliffe born, 1324; C
earning, but adorned with both, and poured into the wit by a certain Enthousiasmos and celestial inspiration, as the author hereof elsewhere at large discourseth in his book called the English poet, which book being lately come into my hands, I mind also by God's grace, upon further advisement, to publish.
E. K., whoever he was, never carried out his intention, and the book is no doubt lost; a loss to be borne with less equanimity than that of Cicero's treatise De Gloria, once possessed by Petrarch.
The passage I have italicized is most likely an extract, and reminds one of the long-breathed periods of Milton.
Drummond of Hawthornden tells us, he [Ben Jonson] hath by heart some verses of Spenser's Calendar, about wine, between Coline and Percye (Cuddie and Piers).
Drummond, it will be remarked, speaking from memory, takes Cuddy to be Colin.
In Milton's Lycidas there are reminiscences of this eclogue as well as of that for May. The latter are the more evident, but I think that Sp