anv, let it rest with him; if I purchase thy good word particu-
larly, and a reformation generally, I shall obtaine my ends.
" All those that would these lines digest,
Must read 'em over twice at least:
Observe the poynts, how sense doth meet,
The accents, cadence, and the feet;
The humble ebbs and swelling hopes
Of figures, epithetes, and tropes."
Addresses from the author "to all judges, Justices,
Church Wardens, Constables, Sec." and " to the Fowler
of Night." Complimentary lines from f * Edw. Peyton.
Knight and Baronet/' telling his friend
" To him is given so large a grant,
Each of the Nine shall be his auntl
Whose cherub-muse hath wing alone
To fetch that ore from Helicon :
Pride of the tongue, from Peru shore,
The words rich ingots, subject poore."
From " Tho. Perrin, Knight," to " his ingenious
friend," declaring there could not henceforth be an
eclipse as he had " made the welkin free" Address from
the author " to the degenerate Nobility and new found
Gentry." " Will. Scot, Gent." to his " industrious
and quick-sighted friend." " Hen. Limbruke, Mr. of
Arts, Cam." tells " his worthy friend," his "work shall
be prais'd, pleasing, honour'd to posteritie."
This continuation is divided into twenty-six sections;
but the labours of the author, his subject, and manner,
have too slight a variance from the preceding part to re-
quire an additional extract.
Bolt Court, Fleet-street, London.
*| A Banquet of Daintie Conceits. Furnished with
verie delicate & choyse inuentions, to delight their
mindes, who take pleasure in Musique, &? therewithall
to sing sweete Ditties, either to the Lute, Bandnra,
Virginalles, or anie other instrument. Published at
the desire of bathe Honorable & Worshipfull Person-
ages, who haue had copies of diuers of the Ditties
herein contained. Written by A. M. Seruaunt to
the Queenes most excellent Maiestie. Honos alit
artes. At London Printed by L C. for Edwarde
White, & are to be sold at the signe of the Gunne, at
the little North doore of Paules. Anno 1588. 4to.
[not paged, goes to Sign. J. iii ]
It was intended to have introduced in this place a Me-
moir of Anthony - Munday, the author of this very
rare book ; but as little could be found, in addition to
the article regarding him in the Biographia Draviatica,
it has been thought that these pages will be better filled
by an account of a publication unknown to Ritson, Ames,
Herbert, and other typographical antiquaries.
" The Epistle Dedicalorie.
" To the Worshipfull & his especiall good freend, Maister
Richard Topcliffe, Esquire, A. M. commendeth this small
motion of his unfi-igned rood will & affection.
" In respecte of the manifolde good turnes, & fauourable
deedes of freendship, that not onely I, but others, to whom I
vol. 11. z am
am somewhat beholding, have recciued at your Worshipped
handes, albeit my dishabilitie will not permit me to make
aunswerable requitall, yet such is the estimation I make of my
duetie, that fayling in that I would, I will remaine ready in
any thing I may: not that your Worshippe hath any neede of
mee or mine,but for I would bee lothe that ingratitude should
so much insult uppon me, as neither deedes nor duetiesshoulde
remaine to him, who hath so well deserued. I will therefore
conta'ne the mind that poor Irns did, who comming into the
temple of the goddesse Pallas, &c seeing her to holde a booke
in the one hand, & a launce in the other, made as great account
of her secrete vertues, as her outward valliauncie: & therefore
sayd, Despittfull Povertie, thoushalt not keepe me from honour-
ing Pallas, though thou witholdest me from giving her presents.
Euen so worshipfull syr, though the world sofrowne vpon me,
that I cannot as I woulde: yet that poore talent which Ged
hath lent me (if it were sufficient for so many courtesies)
shall at all times expresse, that I am loth to be vnthankfull. J
therefore desire your Worshyppe to accept of thys slender gift,
which measured in your wonted freendlie judgment, I doubt
not but shall speede according to my expectation, & the
rather, for that there is nothing heerein contayned, that may
eyther offend the vertuous, or giue any encouragement to the
. * :ious : for if there were any such matters, they shoulde neuer
come in your Worshippes view.
" Not doubting therefore, but to find your Worshyppe as I
alwayes hane doone, I committe you to the continuall protec-
tion of the Almightie, who defende you from all your enemies,
& blesse you in remembering the labours of them that haue
Your Worship's poore
Freende to commaund,
" To the gentle & freendlie Reader.
" Before thou readest this small trauaile of mine, (gentle
Render) I am a little to admonish thee, least otherwise thou
maist happen to fal out of ioue with my booke, & so thinke it
not woorthy the reading. Fyrst, thou art to consider, that the
ditties heerein contained, are made toseuerall set notes, wherein
no measure of verse can be obserued, because the notes will
afiborde no such libertic: for looke how they rise & fall, in
just time & order of musique, euen so have I kept course
therewith in making the Ditties, which will seeme very bad
stuffe ki.reading, but (I perswade me) wyll deljght thee, wheti
thou singest any of them to thine Instrument. Secondlie,
though thou finde them not sette downe in excellent verse, as
perhaps many are curious in sifting such matters, yet I am
sure thou shalt rind in them sence sufficient, and matter woorlh
the reading : though not fantasticall, and full of lone quirks
and quiddities, yet stored with good admonitions and freendly
documents, so canst thou not say, that there is neither rime
nor reason in them, but if thou marke them wel, thou shalt
iind both. Lastly, if any dittie shall chaunce to lympe a little
in the note (as I do not know that any one of them dooth, be-
eause they haue been tryed by them of iudgement, and those
that haue not a little esteemed of them) yet I pray thee con-
demne mee not, in that I haue no iote of knowledge in musique,
but what I haue doone and doo, is only by the eare: for had
I skill in musique, they should haue been farre better then
they- be. But I thank God of that which I haue, it is not for
euery man to go to Corinth, therefore I content my self e with
that poore talent which I haue,
& which is thine to commaund,
so thou entertaine my labours
with courtesie. Farewell.
Thine to vse in friendship,
1. " A Dyttie expressing a familiar controversie between
Wit and Will: wherein Wit mildlie rebuketh the follies
of Will, & sheweth him (as in a glasse) the fall ofwilfull
This Dittie may he sung after the note of a courtlic daunce,
called Les Guanto.
2. A Dittie declaring the vncertaintie of our earthly honor,
the certaine account that we must all make ot death, and
therefore that we should make ourselues ready at all times, be-
cause we are ignorant of our latter howre.
This Dittie is sung after a very pretty set note, which is called
P rimer o.
3. In this Dittie is expressed the sundry and daily mis-
haps that chaunce in loue : deciphered by him that felt them,
to his paine.
This Ditty is sung to Johnsons Medley.
4. A Dittye which sheweth by example of diuers worthy
personages past in auncient time, that neither strength, wit,
z 2 beauty.
beauty, riches, or any- transitory things (wherein worldlings
put any confidence) can saue them from the stroke of death.
This Dittie may he sung to a very gallant note, called the Earlt
of Oxenfords March.
5. A Dittie, delivering a freendlye admonition to Women,
to haue care of they r own estates, to shunne such vaine occa-
sions, as oftentimes call theyr good names in question: and
after the^example of Sara, to order themselues in all their
This Dittie is sung to a pleasaunt new note, called Monsieures
(5. A Dittie, wherein may be seene by many and sundry
examples, that no man ought to giue ouer-much credite to
this fraile and transitorie life: but as all other things soon vade
and decay, so the life of man hath no greater assurance.
This Dittie is sung after the note of the flat Pauin, which is
played in Consorte.
7. A Dittie, wherein is contained a very proper discourse,
of a certain welthy Merchaunt, who forgetting his profite, gave
his mind to pleasure.
This Ditlie may be sung after a pleasant newe note, called
8. In this Dittie is set downe the morrall iudgment of the
great and learned philosopher Sendelar, on the storie before
passed: which will be found both worth the reading and re-
This Dittie may be sting to the newe Scottish Allemaigne.
Q. A Dittie, wherein is contained diuers good and neces-
sary documents, which being embraced and followed earnestly,
may cause a man to shunne manie euilles and mischaunces,
that may otherwise fall vpon him, ere he can beware.
This Ditty may he sung to the high Allemaigne Measure,
singing euery last straine tivise with the Musicque.
10. A pleasaunt Dittie, wherein is described what falsehood
oftentimes is found in felowship, verified by a couetous minded
man, who laboured to deceiue his deere freende, but yet de-
cerned himselfe in the ende.
This Dittie may be sung to the note of the Spanish Pauin.
11. A Dittie, wherein the breuity of mans life is described,
how soone his pompe vanisheth away, and he brought to his
This Ditty may le sung to the Venetian Allemaigne.
12. A Dittie, discoursing the communication betweene
Christ and the woman of Samaria that came to drawe water at
Jacobs well, according as is sette downe in the 4 chapter of
This Dittie may be suna to the note of Deeme all my deedes.
13. Of the three wise sentences, which three yong men of
the Guarde of King Darius presented to him. The first said.
Wine is strongest. The second said, The King is strongest.
The third said, Women are strongest, but Truth overcometk
all things. The first that spake of the strength of Wine, began
to proove his argument first as foloweth, according as it is
written in the third and fourth chap, of Esdras.
Wink is strongest.
This Ditty may be sung to the Quadrant Galliard.
14. The second man, who spake of the strength of the
King, after his Fellow had ended, begunne to declare his
The King is strongest.
This Ditty may he sung to the Maskers Allcmaigne commonly
called the aide Allemaigne.
15. Then the third, whose sentence was, that Women were
strongest, but Tructh ouercommeth all things, & whose name
was Zerobabell, began to speake as folio weth r
Women are strongest : but Trueth ouercommeth all things.
This Ditty may be sung after the note of the Queenes Maies-
ties neiv Hunt is vp.
1(5. A Glasse tor all men to behold themselues in, especially
such proude & prodigall minded men, & such delicate & dain-
tie women who building on the pride of their beautie, & amiable
complexion, thinke scorne to become aged, & that their svveete
faces should be wrinckled, or their youthfulncs brought into
sabieciion by age.
This Ditty may be sung to the Earl of Oxenford's Galliard.
IJ A Ditty, wherein is expressed a notable example of a
slothfull man, who wilfully suffered himselfe to be robbed, &
dyspoiled of his goods by slothfulness, which otherwise he
might very well have saued.
This Dittie may be sung to Dowland's Galliard.
18. A Dittie, wherein may be discerned the troublesome
daungers, & uneasie passages in this wo:ld: exampled by a
very proper discourse of a Trauailer in his iourney, how many
iz sundry mischaunces happened vnto him.
This Dittie may be sung to the Countesse of Qrmonds Gal-
10). In this Dittie is reuealed the morrall indgment of this
notable c excellent History, sette downe by the famous &
learned philosopher Tyabonus : wherein may be seene the
very full course & wretched race of man in this transitory life.
This Ditty may be sung to Wigmore's Galliard.
2,'J. A Dittie, wherein is lmely & amply described, the
z 3 .Mansion
Mansion or Castell of vaine exercises & delights, which being
maintained by Pride, Prodigalitie, Lust, Ambition, Contempt
of ^ irtue, & such other, is the ouerthrow of many that resorte
thither, rather then to vertuous studies & exercises.
Thii Dittie may be sung to the vote of La Vechin Pauin.
'21. A Dittie, wherein the Author giveth his farewell to
Fancie, haning learned ihe auncient prouerbe, that it is good
to take warning by other mens misfortunes.
This Ditty may be sung to A. Munday his Gclliard.
22. A pleasant Dime, of a familiar communication, that
passed between^ certaine Ladies, as they walked abroade into
the fields, for their recreation : wherein is proved, that Beautic
is nothing worth, except it be coupled with venue.
This Ditty may be sujig to A. Idunday his Toy.
^[ The seconde seruzce of this Banquet (uppon the gentle &
Toed receit of this first) I will verie shortlie publish, wherein is
manie excellent Ditties, i2 such as I doubt not but thou wilt
well esteeme of."
I shall now only give the following specimen from this
*' No. 2. A Dittie declaring ihe vncertaintie of our
earthly honor, the certain account that tie must all
make of death: and therefore that we should make
our selues ready at all times, because we are igno-
rant of our latter howre.
This Dittie is sung after a very pretty set note, which
i> called P rimer o,
" What state so sure but time subuerts r
what pleasure that is voidt: of psine?
What checrcfull change of former smart-,
but turnes straitwaie to griefe againe.
"What credite may a man repose,
uppon so frail a clod of ckn :
Which as to daie in sollace goes,
to-morrow is brought to earthly Lay.
Think O man
Ho'v thy glasse is daily sette to runne:
And how thy life shall passe when it is doone,
Thy graue hath then thy glory wun,
And til thy pompe in cinders Iaide full lowe :
Take example ...
By the fragrant flower in the field,
Which as to daie in brauery is beheld,
The parching sun hath ouer-queld,
O wretched man, euen thou thy selfe art so.
Howe then ?
How canst thou bragge, or canst thou boast,
How that thou maiest,
Or that thou shalt
Enioy thy life untill to-morrow day :
That death subdues the strength of Kings,
Of tiigh and low e
Of i ich and poore,
And all as one he dooth call away.
Tantara, tantara, tantara.
Thus dooth the trompet sound?:
The bell bids prepare a, prepare a, prepare a,
Your bodies to the ground.
While we are sporting, sporting, sporting,
Amidst our earnest play,
Death commeth stealing, stealing, stealing,
And takes our hues awaie.
Put on your black aray, for needes you must away,
Unto your house of clay.
Prepare your conscience gay against the dreadful] day
That you may be
Christes chosen flocke and shcepe
Whom he will safely keep,
Whether you duo wake or sleep.
Then shall the hellish foe
Away in terror goe
This ioy to see.
Remember this amidst your blisse,
That Chrit hath redeemed vis by his blood;
Then let us kill our affections so ill
To be elected his seruants good.
Then shall we be sure .for aye to endure :
On Gods riiiht hand among the pure.
When a.^ the ill against their will,
The endiesse painc shall passe untill.
God grant us lenient constancie
To auoid so sreat cxtremitie:
2 4 That
That by his grace continuallie
We may purchase heaven's felicitie.
The volume has wood-cuts to several of the prece*.
Hi The Pleasant falle of Hermaphroditus and Sal-
maris, by T. Peend, Gent. With a morall in English
Verse. Anno Domini 1565, Mense Decembris. [Title
central of a broad metal border. Col. ! Imprinted
at London in Fletestreat beneath the Conduyt, at the
syg?ie of S. lohn Euangelyste, by Thomas ColwelL
Oct. 24 leaves.
Dedicated *to M. Nycholas Sentleger, Esquyer. When I
had employed some time in translating Ouids Metamorphosis,
and had achyued my purpose in parte therof, intendyng to haue
trauayled further : I vnderstoode that another had preuented
me. " And so, after that 1 had receyued copyes therof, from
the prynter, i was resolued to stay my laboure, & to reserue
that to the vse and behofe of my pryurt frend : whych I in-
te~ded to haue made comen to euery man. How be it because
I knowe my selfe on dyuers causes aleged to your Worship,
being no lesse lerned your selfe, then anVctioned to euery com-
mendable faculty, hauyng nothyng more fyt at this tyme : I
thoughte it good to gratefye you wyth some part therof, and
that no: altogether vnder the note and figure according to the
text: aplyenge also a morall to the fable. And because it
hath pleased you vppon youre good wyll, rather then for the
worthynes hereof, to accept &: co~mend my copye in wrytyng:
I am now therefore bold to publysh it in prynte vnder the
patronage of your name. The rather to ame'd the volume of
thys other history. And thus neither my first labours shall
altogether syncke : nor I shall seeme to abuse the wryter or
reader of those foure bookes of Metamorphosis whych he so
learnedly translated all redye. Thus yours for his small powre
assured. Wissheth you Galenes health, y e . good fortune which
Policrates enioyed for the most parte of hys life, and Nestors
yeares. T. Peend. From my chamber ouer agaynst Sergeants
lime in Chancery lane, 1564.
As a specimen of the translation the description of th*
bathing of Hermaphroditus, and cold reception of th* ad-
vances made by Salmacis, is selected.
" He geues his body to the streames
and wadeth to and fro,
And further foorth with softely foote
he doth begyn to go :
At last wyth armes out stretched hee
hys body clene doth dyp
By swimming, through the siluer streme*
hys yuery corps doth slyp.
The nimph this while beboldyng him,
no longer then could staye,
But of her mantel being throwne,
she wold leape in strayght way.
The boy amyd the waues doth swym
as whyte as any snowj
No swan could seme more whyte the" he
that euer any sawe.
The Nimphe her hart doth pant w l . ioy,
shee scant abydes to staye,
Vntyll her garmentes all were of,
she plyeth so her praye.
Euen as the eger mastyue dogge,
whom scant hys keper stayes,
But at the bayted beare he stryues
for to be gone alwayes.
Euen as the hauke doth bate, when that
shee sees the partryge spronge;
So Salmacis, to her it seeme3
Eche tyme it is to Jonge,
That lets her from the pi ay : but loe,
as merry as a pye,
The boy doth friske and play, he thyncks
that none may hym espye.
But as a hare within her fourme,
when shee doth feare no ill ;
The hounde is on her sodeynlye,
then prest the foole to kyll.
So Salmacis vnto her praye,
into the water goes ;
As though that then for al the worlde
her luste she wolde not lose,
Not to perswade hym how she meanes,
as shee dyd erst before^
But now sh&ys prest her lust to seme,
or els to dye therfbre.
She it to folly so full inclynde :
That nothing then might chaungc her mind.
But lo the boy, as soone as he
dyd theare the nymphe espy,
Euen as the lytle roche wyth fynnes
out reched fast doth flye,
The raaerij ng pyke which after hyrh
in greater hast doth hye:
So vp and downe the springe they flete,
the one hyraselfe to saue,
The Nymph her ioy by spoyle doth seke
of thother for to haue.
The flyghtfull boy, lyke as the hare,
for lyfe the hounde doth flie,
The Nymphe alwaies euen as the hoifd
when he doth come so nye.
That eue~ his nose may touche her heles :
he gyrdeth foorth amayne,
With gaping mouth, being a'waies like
hys pray for to obteyne.
The Nimphe c'yd dryue him vp so neare
that euen of force at laste
He is compel'd for to resystc,
and stryue for hym as faste."
In the moral to this fable poets are considered in plea-
sant toys to shew great wisdom, and that the present
bears a subtle sense only perceived by few. This is de-
scanted on as the effect of too great an indulgence in the
lascivious amours of Venus ; a vice, that taking the
strength from man, makes him forego his nature: the
author's muse thus far understands Ovid, and by his
pleasant tale no further sense can find. The poem con-
tinues with no other divi.-ion then a new capital and a
change of the head-line of the page from " a moral! to
the fable/' to " a pleasaunt question." It commences
' F.vt nowc the fiVtynge fmcyes fonde
and eke the shuttle wyttes:
The mad desyres of women now
theyr rage in folysh fyts
3 wyl dysplay. This nymphe y. boy
dyd for hys bewty loue
For euen the sodeyne syght of hym "
dyd her atfectyon moue.
And Eccho shee Narcissus yonge
eueii tor his bewtyes sake,
Did choose amonge all other youthes
to be her faythful make
The emperour Othons doughter dere
Adelasie dyd so
Regarde the lyuely Aleran
that she wytb hym did go
To countrevs straunge : content
by hazarde ot her lyfe,
Agaynst the wyll < fall her freinde*
for to become hys wyfe.
With pryncelyke lyfe, for hym alone
an empyre she wolde lose,
With hym to leade a symple lyfe
much rath, r she dyd chose.
All pleasures in the worlde, in hym
alone she then dyd take,
Al freindes, for hym alone also
she gladly dyd forsake;
With hym for nede right wel she was
contented coles to make :
To couche in cotage iowe
on symple foode to fare;
For all the world, excepted hym,
she toke no kynde of care.
Me was her blysse-. her ioye was hee,
And nothing els tstemed she.
And Hero favre vnto her feare,
Leander fyne dyd take ;
And Thisbe she dyd kyll herselfe
for comely Pirames sake.
Orestes lyuely lookes, dyd much
King Tancred's doughter Gysmond, dyd
loue Guistardes bewty bryght.
The Nymphes dyd Hiacinthus for
hys seemeh shape desire :
Hys louely chere, fnl soone did set
theyr youthly hartes on fyre,
And Iuliet, Ronieus yonge,
for bewty did imbrace,
Vet dyd hys manhode well agree,
yaio hys worthy grace.
So seemely shape dyd loue procure,
And Venus byrdes came to the lure
Such be the fond and frantike fits
which in the blinded brayne
Of wanton women often times
with swinging swey doth reigne.
And Venus eke, which liked so
Adonis louely grace,
That she from hym wolde not
abide in anye place.
In warlike Mars that blody knight,
Sometime also she did delyght.
Sith she for comely be ty then,
these lustie youthes dyd loue,
To marry with Dame lunoes sonne,.
what od conceyt did moue
Her so, to serue that grislie sire
the Copersmith deformde;
Whom nature neither with good grace,
nor learnTg had adornd.
But euen a rude & boystrous carle,
whose colour in his face :
A Croyden sang wir.e* right did seme,
this is a doubtfull case.
That she which erst did seke so muche
forbewtyes goodly grace:
* " Croydon sang wine," appears to allude to the town of Croy-
den in Surry. In the rare collection of Songs and Somiets by
Patricke Hannay, Gent. 1612, is a ballad, containing a long de-
scription of that pkice ; whtre, after remarking on the sterility
of the surrounding hills, he says :
" In midst of these stands Croydon cloath'd in blacke,
In a low bottoine sinke of all these hills 1
And is receipt of all the durtie wracke,
Which from their tops still in abundance triis,
The ynpau'd lanes with mudciie mire it fills :
If one shower fall, or if that blessing stay,
You may well smell, but neuer see your way.
And those who there inhabit suting well
With such a place doe either Negro's seeme,
Or harbingers for Pluto Prince of hell.
Or his fire-beaters one ir.ij'ht rightly deeme,
Their sight would make a soulc of hell to dreame,
P.esrneard with sut, and breathing pitthie smoake,
Which (sane tbemseiutc) a liuing wight wjuM choke."
To lone Adonis faire alone.
shulde seke sometime ro imbface
Syr Vulcane, with his brousie poll,
A smyth wbych did on sty thy, towl.
At the end of the poem " T. D. Peend :"* then follows
a short account of the persons, whose names are before
used. "That the vnlearned myght the better vnderstande
these, I haue compendiouslve noted the histories, &
names not familier to our Englysh phrase." The follow-
ing refer to the above extracts.
" Adelaise. Dough ter and onelye chylde of the Emperour
Otho the tbyrde, so execdynglye she was enamoured of the
most valiant Aleran, sonne to the Duke of S.ixony, that she