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AND OTHER POEMS.
JOSEPH HALL, D.D.
AFTERWARDS BISHOP OF EXETER AND OF NORWICH.
G. WILLIS, 37, PRINCES STREET, LEICESTER SQUARE.
The volume now presented to the public, comprises the poetical remains of one of the wisest and most venerable prelates that ever adorned the episcopal bench in England. A copy, complete in the text and annotations, having been presented to the Editor of the Works of Bishop Hall, with a request that he would supply whatever he might consider necessary to complete the volume for publication; he, according to his time and ability, has merely annexed a verbal Glossary, and compiled the few particulars which ensue, relative to the first publication and subsequent reception of the Satires.
At the age of twenty-three, and while yet a student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, the author commenced the publication of his Virgidemiarum.* The three first books were published, without the name of the author, in 1597; and the three last in 1598. The whole were reprinted in 1599, concluding with “ Certain worthy Manuscript. Poems, of great antiquity,
*“ By Virgidemia, an uncouth and uncommon word,” says Warton, we are to understand a Gathering or Harvest of Rods, in reference to the nature of the subject."