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When I concluded by their odious crimes,
As men oft laugh at little babes, when they
Then, noble friend, the next way to controul: : These worldly crosses, is to arm thy soul With constant patience: and with thoughts as high As these below, and poor, winged to fly To that exalted stand, whither yet they Are got with pain, that sit out of the way Of this ignoble age, which raiseth none But such as think their black damnation To be a trifle; such, so ill, that when They are advanc'd, those few poor honest men That yet are living, into search do run To find what mischief they have lately done, Which so prefers them; say thou he doth rise, That maketh virtue his chief exercise. And in this base world come wbatever shall, He's worth lamenting, that for her doth fall.
A GLOSSARY OF OBSOLETE WORDS.
U. Inneth, scarcely. l'nwiste, unknown.
LIFE OF SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT,
BY MR, CHALMERS.
The father of our poet was John Davenant, who kept the Crown Tavern or Inn at Oxford, but owing to an obạcure insinuation in Wood's account of bis birth, it has been supposed that he was the natural son of Shakspeare; and to render this story probable, Mrs. Davenant is represented as a woman of beauty and gaiety, and a particular favourite of Shakspeare, who was accustomed to lodge at the Crown on his journies between Warwickshire and London. Modern inquirers, particularly Mr. Steevens, are inclined to discredit this story, which indeed seems to rest upon no very sound foundation?
Young Davenant, who was born Feb. 1605, very early betrayed a poetical bias, and one of his first attempts, when he was only ten years old, was an Ode in remembrance of Master William Shakspeare. This is a remarkable production for one 80 young, and one who lived, not only to see Sbakspeare forgotten, but to contribute with some degree of activity to that instance of depraved taste. Davenant was educated at the grammar school of All Saints, in his native city, under Mr. Edward Sylvester, a teacher of high reputation. In 1621, the year in which his father served the office of mayor, he entered of Lincoln College, but being encouraged to try his success at court, he appeared there as page to Frances dutchess of Richmond, a lady of great influence and fashion. He afterwards resided in the family of the celebrated sir Fulke Greville, lord Brooke, who was himself a poet and a patron of poets. The murder of this nobleman in 1628, depriving him of what assistance he might expect from his friendship, Davenant had recourse to the stage, on which he produced his first dramatic piece, the Tragedy of Albovine, King of the Lombards.
"What Mr. Malone has advanced in support of it, may be seen in his Historical Account of the English Stage, Vol. 2. of Johnson and Steevens' Shakspeare, p. 309, and 427, edit. 1793. Ms. Ware Ron seems to incline to the same opinion. Vol. 1. p. 68. note. C.