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Therefore I suffer'd this; towards me did run A thing more strange, than on Nile's slime the Sun E'ęs bred, or all which into Noah's Ark came: A thing which would have pos’d Adam to name: Stranger than seven Antiquaries ftudies, Than Africk Monsters, Guianaes rarities, Stranger than frangers : one who, for a Dane, In the Danes Massacre had sure been Nain, H he had liv'd then; and without help dies, When next the Prentices 'gainst ftrangers rise; One whom the watch at noon lets scarce
go One, to whom the examining Justice fure would cry, şir, by your Priesthood tell me what you are? His cloaths were strange, tho' coarse, and black,
though bare, Sleeveless his jerkin was, and it had been Velvet, but 'twas now (fo much ground was feen) Become Tufftaffaty; and our children thall See it plain rafh a while, then nought at all. The thing hath travail'd, and, faith, speaks all
tongues, And only knoweth what to all States belongs, Made of th' accents, and best phrase of all thefe, He speaks one language. If strange meats displease,
Scarce was I enter'd, when, behold! there came
35 And the wise Justice starting from his chair Cry, By your Priesthood tell me what
are ? Such was the wight: Th'apparel on his back, Tho' coarse, was rev'rend, and tho' bare, was black: The fuit, if by the fashion one might guess, Was velvet in the youth of good Queen Bess, But mere tuff-taffety what now remain'd; So Time, that changes all things, had ordaind! Our fons shall see it leisurely decay, First turn plain rash, then vanish quite away.
This thing has traveld, speaks each language too, And knows what's fit for ev'ry state to do; Of whose best phrase and courtly accent join'd, He forms one tongue, exotic and refin'd.
Art can deceive, or hunger force my taft; But pedants motly tongue, foldiers bumbast, Mountebanks drug-tongue, nor the terms of law, Are strong enough preparatives to draw Me to hear this, yet I must be content With his tongue, in his tongue calla Complement: In which he can win widows, and pay scores, Make men speak treason, couzen subtlest whores, Out-flatter favourites, or out-lie either Jovius, or Surius, or both together.
He names me, and comes to me; I whisper, God, How have I finn'd, that thy wrath's furious Rod, This fellow, chuseth me! He faith, Sir, I love your Judgment, whom do you prefer For the best Linguift ? and I feelily Said that I thought Calepines Dictionary. Nay, but of men, most sweet Sir? Beza then, Some Jesuits, and two reverend men Of our two academies I nam'd: here He stopt me, and said, Nay your Apostles were
Talkers I've learn'd to bear; Motteux I knew, 50
He spies me out; I whisper, Gracious God!
Good pretty Linguists ; fo Panurgus was,
He adds, If of Court life you knew the good,
Sir, "Tis sweet to talk of Kings. At Westminster, Said I, the man that keeps the Abby tombs, And for his price, doth with whoever comes Of all our Harrys, and our Edwards talk, From King to King, and all their kin can walk;