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Our hero, now Sir Rice ap Thomas, became speedily invested with those honours, which his beneficial services merited; and he became, also, an actor in all the busy scenes of his patron's reign. In the disturbances caused by the rebellion of " the Lord Lovell and the two Staffords,” he was actively engaged by the King; as he was in the anarchy occasioned by the pretensions of the impostors Lambert Simnell, and Perkin Warbeck. He assisted the King in his wars with the French, and was of considerable service in the cabinet at home; and it was only during the latter part of Henry's reign, that the Knight found any repose from the toil and peril of the war. He, then, retired into Wales, where he lived among his dependants in a style of magnificence every way worthy of so eminent a personage. We regret that our limits,—already, we fear, by far exceeded, -will not permit us to show in detail the princely manner in which “ Sir Rice feasted divers of his friends and kinsmen at his castle of Carew, in Pembrokeshire, where were held solemn jousts and tournaments, with other warlike pastimes, to the honour of St. George, chief patron of men of war.” We know of nothing comparable to this splendid display of the wealth and hospitality of the Welch chieftain, excepting Leicester's festivities in honour of his august mistress, at the castle of Kenilworth. Magnificent, indeed, was the pageant, and the dinner was not the least superb portion of the ceremony. After “a world of show," the company was ushered into the great hall, “which hall was a goodly spacious room, richly hanged with cloth of Arras and tapestry.” At the upper end, under a canopy of crimson velvet, was placed a table for the King, which, although not graced with his Majesty's presence, was duly reverenced by the company: the tables for the guests occupied the sides and middle of the hall. At the sound of the trumpet, the King's service was brought in by persons properly appointed, Sir Rice's son Griffith acting as Sewer, Sir William Herbert, of Colebrook, as carver, and “young Griffith of Penthyn, as pocillator or cup-bearer.” The King's meat being laid on the table, the Bishop of St. David stood on the right of the King's chair, and Sir Rice on the left," and all the while the meat was a laying down, the cornets, hautboys, and other wind instruments, were not silent.” After the other tables were served, the Bishop made his humble obeisance to the King's chair, and then descended to say grace, returning again to his situation near the throne. “When the tables were voided, and the meat removed to the side-board for the waiters, then the King's chair was turned, and every man at
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After dinner came the tournament.
“ The first that appeared was Sir William Herbert, having
a trumpeter before him, and a page carrying his shield without any de vice, the motto Et quæ non fecimus ipsi. The next was Robert Salisbury, who had for an impress on his shield, a giant running at a pigmy, with this motto,-Pudet congredi cum homine vinci parato. Then came Jenkyn Mansell, the valiant, whose sentence was Perit sine adversario virtus. After, followed Vaughan, of Trelower, who took this for his dictum-Ingens gloria calorem habet. After these, the inceptors, or enterprisers, follow the no less brave defendants or propugnators. Their manner was the same. Sir Griffith Rice had written on his scutcheon, Et vinci et vincere pulchrum. Sir Thomas Perrott, in a more lofty language, made choice of this for his mottoSi non invenio singulos pares, pluribus simul objicier. Sir William Wogan, meaning to do honour to his poble adversaries, took a more humble motto, which was this-Profuit hoc vincente cäpi ; and Sir Griffith Dunn, a man of an active spirit, used these words to express his inclination-Industrioso otium pone. These gallant gentlemen, in good order, rode twice or thrice about the tilt, and, as they passed along, they by their pages presented their shields to the judge, which done, both parties severed, and took their stand, the one at one end, and the other at the other end of the tilt. Then the trumpets sounded, whereupon the two first combatants put their lances into their rests, and so ran each their six courses.”
While the magnates were thus bravely employed, their friends and followers were not idle :
“Some were wrestling, some hurling of the bar, some tossing of the pike, some running at the quinteine, every man striving in a friendly emulation to perform some act, or other, worthy the name of soldier. With these, and the like delights, the day vanished.”
But we must conclude. After a long life of labour and renown, our knight was peaceably gathered to his fathers. An exemplary temperance, a regular distribution of his time, and a discreet husbanding of his vital powers, had secured to him a serenity of mind, and its constant concomitant, the blessing of health; "nor do I learn,” observes his annalist, “ that his last glass was hurried by any violent or painful disease, but was, by the favour of heaven, suffered to run out gradually and smoothly, after a course of seventy and six years." He was buried with all due pomp, first in the monastery of the Friars, at Carmarthen, but his remains were afterwards removed, and re-interred in the eastern aisle of St. Peter's church, in that town, where a monument was erected to his memory. This monument is still extant, and bears the effigies of the knight and his lady: but being composed of a soft and crumbling free-stone, it has long ceased to exhibit any further marks of the sculptor's art or original design, except such as are barely sufficient to distinguish the recumbent figures. . • In conclusion, we would add, that a publication of the curious manuscript, whence we have derived the foregoing partioulars, would furnish a great treat to the admirers of our national history, and to those who delight to inform themselves of the manners and occupations of by-gone times.
Arr.V.- Il Rinaldo del Sig. Torquato Tasso, nella Parte seconda
delle Renee e Prose del Tasso. Venezia, Aldo, 1583.
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less poetry, and the office of a courtier, had been ; how still more ruinous his faithful adherence to the party, which, as a man of honour, he was bound to follow; wished to educate his beloved son to the law, a study, to which Boccacio, Petrarca, and Ariosto had also reluctantly devoted themselves, and which the inspirations of genius soon led them to abandon. It was the same with Tasso, as he himself has recorded : the natural bent of his mind, and a generous thirst for fame, weighing more, with him than parental admonitions, he threw aside the Pandects and the Decretals; and the poem that he had begun in stealth, he afterwards finished with the approbation of a kind father, who now no longer opposed his wishes, at the recommendation of some of the first scholars of the day, the friends of both. At the conclusion of his poem, Torquato, thus elegantly, and with a noble pride, alludes to some of these interesting particulars :
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This poem, divided into twelve cantos, is of the metrical romance kind, not so much, however, so, that, as we shall see, our young poet did not dare to depart from it when it suited him. It would be tedious to give a complete analysis of the story, and our limits will not admit of it: we will, however, state, that Rinaldo, the hero of the poem, is a noble youth, who, smitten with a love of glory, leaves Paris, as the Rinaldo of the Gerusalemme leaves his aunt Maude, to go and fight the Saracens ; differing from the latter hero in birth, not being the son of Bertoldo, but of Amone, as the Rinaldo of Boiardo and Ariosto, and, consequently, cousin of Orlando. . The young hero, being out in quest of the steed. Baiardo, which he knows to be running wild in a certain wood, meets with Clarice, and falling in love with her, leaves her with reluctance, after having given her proofs of his valour; he masters Baiardo by seizing him by, the two hinder legs, and throwing him on his back. Accompanied by Isoliero, who had become his friend, after an encounter, according to the custom of those days, Rinaldo arrives in a place where two statues were standing of Lancelot and Tristan, in the attitude : of fighting ; the statue of the
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