Note 1. From Christ Church MS., and first printed in Bullens More Lyrics from Elizabethan Song-Books, 1888. It was set to music by Thomas Ford. [back]
Note 2. Lines 718. Of these lines Mr. Bullen writes: The detailed description made by a loyal subject for the entertainment of his earthly king is singularly impressive. Few could have dealt with common household objectstables and chairs and candles and the restin so dignified a spirit. It would be interesting to compare these lines of Mr. Bullens enthusiastic praise with that other marvellously poetical description of common objects in Tennysons The Revival, in The Day-Dream, beginning:
A touch, a kiss! the charm was snapt.
There was a sound of striking clocks, etc.
Mr. Bullen is of the opinion that Henry Vaughan, the Silurist, is the author of this poem. I know no other devotional poet who could have written it, he says. But as Prof. Schelling points out that Vaughans earliest published work is dated 1650, two years after the death of Ford, who died a very old man, the assignation seems without probability. [back]