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Cephalus and Procris; Narcissus, by Thomas Edwards. From the unique copy in the Cathedral Library, Peterborough; edited by Rev. W.E. Buckley, with extensive commentary.

Text of Cephalus and Procris; Narcissus, by Thomas Edwards

POEMSBY

THOMAS EDAVARDS.

CEPHALUS

AND

PEOCEIS.

NARCISSUS.BY

THOMAS EDWARDS.FROM THE UNIQUE COPYIN

THE CATHEDKAL LIBRARY, PETERBOROUGH.

EDITED BY

REV. W. E. BUCKLEY. M.A..RECTOR OF MIDDLETON-CHENEY, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE:FORMERLY FELLOW OF BRASENOSE COLLEGE, OXFORD.

WITH AN APPENDIX FROM DIVERS SOURCES.

PRINTED FOR THE

3^0):burs!)e

Club.

LONDON:NICHOLS AND SONS,25,

PARLIAMENT STREET.

MDCCCLXXXII.

CEPHALUS

AND

PROCRIS.

NARCISSUS.

iiojcburglje

Club.

PRESIDENT.

MARQUIS OF LOTHIAN. MARQUIS OF BATH. EARL OF CRAWFORD. EARL OF CARNARVON. EARL OF POWIS, V.P. EARL BEAUCHAMP. EARL OF CAWDOR. LORD ZOUCHE. LORD HOUGHTON. LORD COLERIDGE. RIGHT HON. ALEX. JAMES BERESFORD HOPE. SIR WILLIAM REYNELL ANSON, BART.SIR

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D.D.

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EDWARD TINDAL TURNER.

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EDWARD BUCKLEY.

CONTENTS.Title, general, to the

whole Volume.

Preface of the EditorTitle, Original, of

---..-.Argall, Esquire. .

PAGK

i

Cephalus and Procris, Narcissus

1

Dedication to MasterPreface of the Poet

Thomas

3

Thomas Edwards

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Cephalus and Procris, The

Poem

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L'Envoy-

to

Cephalus and ProcrisNarcissus

Title, Original, of

-Narcissus,

The Poem

"L'Envoy

to Narcissus

AppendixItaliae

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30

353761

65 67

Urbes Potissimse, with Vilvain's Translation

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Lines from Bodleian, TannerIf all the

MSS.

306,

fol.

175

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72

Goddes would now agree.

Lines from Bodleian, Tanner

MSS.

306,

fol.

175

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74

The musses nyne

that cradle rockte.

Lines from Bodleian, Ashmole

MSS.

38, p. 176

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767781

Various Headings from Parvum Theatrum Urbium

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Cephalus and Procris, from Golding's Translation of Ovid, 1567Narcissus, from the same-

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90

" Cephalus and Procris, fromNarcissus, from Chaucer,

A

Petite Pal] ace of Pettie his Pleasure,

1608__

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99121

Romaunt

of the Rose.

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.

Narcissus, from Gower, Confessio

Amantis

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125

The Fable of Ovid Tretyng

of Narcissus, in

Englysh Mytre, 1560-

129_

The Moralization of the Fable, from the same

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139

wzDasy

Contents.PAGE173

Metamorphosis Ovidiana Moralitcr a Mag. Thoma Waleys"^Narcissus

Echo

The

same

The sameThe sameThe sameBoccacio,

The same in Spanish,Cephalus and Procrisin French,

"De Procri

The same

The same, translated by H. H. Gibbs, Esq. The Taleof Cephalus and Procris, from

by Thomas

Hey wood

Introduction to Cephalus and Procris

Notes to Cephalus and ProcrisIntroduction to Narcissus

Notes to Narcissus

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175 176 177

in

" French, from

La

Bible des Poetes

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French Burlesque, " L'Ovide Bouffon 1G65," reference to

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177173179 181igi 182

1609.

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" from " La Bible des Poetes

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in Spanish,

1609

" Cephali Conjuge," from

De

Claris Mulieribus, Ulmae,

1473

in Spanish,

1494

^34186

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Poems

written by

W.

Shakespeare, 1640,

Not paged.]\[ot

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paged.

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PREFACE.AmongLamportBart.,

the literary treasures brouglit to light in 1867 at

Hall, Northamptonshire, the seat of Sir C. E. Isham,

by Mr. 0. Edmonds, who had been called in to report upon the state of the library, was a fragment of "Cephalus and Procris," by Thomas Edwards, consisting of the first sheet only, from whichhe was enabled to communicate to Mr. Hazlitt for insertion in the

Handbook

of Popular Literature, thenis

on the eve of publication,at p.

the notice whichthat work.

printed

among "The Additions"

690 of

Subsequently in 1871 Mr. Hazlitt, in his edition ofsect. 58, vol. iv. p. 298,

Warton's History of English Poetry,to theis

added

mention made of

this

work

in a note, that "

No

perfect copy

known."andit is

This remark, true at the time, was not long to remaina matter of nolittle satisfaction to

so,

myself to have beenit,

instrumental in supplying the means for correcting

as I

had the

good fortune, some seven years

after, to discover that

a perfect copy

was in the Cathedral Libraryvolume was entrustedtheto

at Peterborough.

This most precious

me, as well as the Lamport fragment, forthepresentreprint,

purpose

of

preparingall

which I have

endeavoured to make in

respects an exact reproduction of the

a

ii

Preface.

orii^inal.

In one instance only have I ventured to make a correction''

"

by substitutingerror^'

forlorne

instead of the manifest typographical

forlotne"" in the fourth line of the last stanza on p. 56.all cases

The

punctuation has inpresent volumeII.

been scrupulously preserved, so that theas almost equivalent to a facsimile.

may be regardedof the

The

fate

Author and

his

work

is

remarkable.

Although he mentions several of

his contemporaries with theit

most

kind and just appreciation of their merits,

does not appear that:

any one of them thought

his

name

w^orthy of recordsaid to

and

his work,

with one or two exceptions,

may be

have been

left

unre-

garded from the time of

its

publication.

If the writers of his

own

age were

indifferent, their successors were, as

might be expected,

ignorant even

of his existence,

and thus neither the Avorks of

any

of our poetical antiquaries, biographers, or critics, nor those

of our professed bibliographers, until Hazlitt, contain

any notice

whatever of him or his w^ork.

It

may seem somewhatit

strange that

our late colleague and treasurer, Mr. Beriah Botfield, should not

have discovered

this

volume, and mentioned

in his " Notes

on the

Cathedral Libraries of England," privately j)rinted in 1849, in whichpp. 369 to 384 are devoted to the description of the Library at Peter-

borough. The omission, however,

may perhaps be

thus accounted

for.

There are in the Librarytracts

many volumes

in quarto of miscellaneous

bound together without any attempt at classification, or separation even of prose from poetry, and when Mr. Botfield madehis notes this

volume of poems was no doubt bound withhis observation,

others,

and thus escaped

whereas

it,

and some few others

Preface.

iii

of the

same

size,

have been bound, evidently at no distant date, as

separate volumes, and thus they

now more

readily attract the eye.

The

articles contained in these

volumes were apparently not

entered separately in the Catalogue, on which Mr. Botfield mainlyrelied for his

knowledge of the contents of the Library, as he

inti-

mates on

p. viii. of his preface,

" I have in every instance carefully

perused the Catalogue, and minutely examined every volume whichI have ventured to describe.

This I have done at various times

and

different intervals.

* *

*

No

one can be more sensible than

myself of the imperfections and omissions of a work compiled under

such circumstances, and I shall

feel deeply

indebted to any one

who

will undertake

to correct

the one or to supply the other."

How

numerous the omissions are may be estimated from the few" Of E