1648 - Wither, George - Prosopopœia Britannica
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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-12-18.
They, from the poorest, and the basest sort
Of people, rose, to highest place in Court.
This is their Jus divinum, whatsoe're
Their friends, or they, would make themselves appear:
Which, by clear demonstration, I make good,
And, not by tales of Tubs, and Robin-Hood.
Thus, what they were; and, what they had to do,
And, what at best their pride hath brought them to,
I have declared; that, your King no more
May cheated be by them, as heretofore:
Or, think, that Law, or Conscience, him obliges,
To keep up their usurped Priviledges,
But, thereby know, that if he shall delight
In that, which is indeed the Royall-right;
He, their vaine services, no more, well need,
And, joy, that from such Flatt'rers he is freed.
'A [ prosopopoeia [...] is a rhetorical device in which a speaker or writer communicates to the audience by speaking as another person or object'.
- Wither, George. Prosopopœia Britannica: Britans Genius, or, Good-Angel, personated (London, 1648).
- Wither, George. Miscellaneous Works of George Wither (Spenser Society, Nos. [12-13, 16, 18, 22, 24]) (1872-77), Fourth Collection, pp. 1-118. See p. 26.
- Not in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 315-19.
- Outside scope of Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.