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He has tympanies of business in his face,
say 'tis fit
ILTER, the most may admire thee, though
not I ;
9 That breathes in his dog's way.] Breathes (Whalley says) is intended to express what Shakspeare means when he describes such as 'breathe in their watering.'
There is no end to this nonsense, since Steevens first set it abroach. I have already relieved Shakspeare from the obloquy of so filthy a meaning (vol. ii. p. 32,) and to take away every possible plea for its being charged upon him again, I will now add the following decisive passage. The words of Shakspeare are: “They call drinking deep dying scarlet, and when you breathe in your watering,” (stop to take breath in your
cold Hisoit wuld
To PERSON GUILTY.
UILTY, be wise; and though thou know'st
the crimes Be thine, I tax, yet do not own my rhymes : 'Twere madness in thee, to betray thy fame, And person to the world, ere I thy name.
ON BANKS THE USURER.
ANKS feels no lameness of his knotty gout, D. His monies travel for him in and out :
And though the soundest legs go every day, He toils to be at hell, as soon as they.
ON Sir John Roe.
Could not effect, nor all the Furies do,
What not the envy of the seas reach'd to, draught,) “they cry hem ! and bid you play it off.” The parallel passage follows:
“Fill Will his beaker, he will never flinch
S. Rowland, Sat. 6.
The cold of Mosco, and fat Irish air,
His often change of clime, though not of mind, All could not work ; at home, in his repair,
Was his blest fate, but our hard lot to find. Which shews, wherever death doth please t'appear, Seas, sérenes," swords, shot, sickness, all are there.
TO THE SAME.
'LL not offend thee with a vain tear more, Glad-mention'd Roe; thou art but gone
before, Whither the world must follow : and I, now, Breathe to expect my When, and make my How.
of whose actions I can give the reader no account He seems to have followed the business of a merchant-venturer at first, like his father, and subsequently, in imitation of many gallant spirits in those days, to have embarked in the wars of the Netherlands. He died, however, in peace, at home.
Among Whalley's loose papers, I find another memorial of our author's regard for him. It seems to be taken from the blank leaf of a Persius, with which he had presented him. Why Whalley chose to give us vile English instead of copying the elegant Latin of the original, I cannot tell.
"To sir John Roe, his most approved friend, this his love and delight, the most learned of satirists, PERSIUS, with a most learned commentary, is consecrated by Ben. Jonson, who willingly, deservedly, gives and dedicates it. Nor is a parent more to be preferred by me than a friend.”
Seas, serenes, &c.] i.e. a blast of warm air; a blight, or mildew, vol. iii. p. 248. The most miserable pun on record, (which yet was repeated at every table in Paris,) was made by the marquis of Bievre on this word. Mad. d'Angivilliers had a favourite serin, (a canary-bird,) and the marquis, on coming into her drawing-room, gravely put on his hat, with this notable piece of wit: “I beg your ladyship's pardon-but I am afraid of the serein !” The marquis was a great reader of Joe Miller-so were not the French in general : his second wit therefore was in high request.
Which if most gracious heaven grant like thine,
E that fears death, or mourns it, in the just,
Shews of the Resurrection little trust.
To KING JAMES.
HO would not be thy subject, James, t' obey
Whose manners draw, more than thy powers con
strain. And in this short time of thy happiest reign, Hast purg’d thy realms, as we have now no cause Left us of fear, but first our crimes, then laws. Like aids 'gainst treasons who hath found before, And than in them, how could we know God more? First thou preserved wert our king to be; And since, the whole land was preservd for thee."
3 Who wets my grave, &c.] This is a beautiful little valediction; there is a simple grandeur of thought, a high moral dignity in all the addresses of Jonson, (for there are more to come) to this distinguished family, which does no less honour to them than to the poet.
4 And since the whole land was preserv'd for thee.] This epigram was probably written in 1604, as the last allusion is to the plague, which broke out in London soon after the death of Elizabeth. The “ treasons" spoken of just above, are probably those of the Gowries and sir Walter Raleigh.
TO THE GHOST OF MARTIAL.
ARTIAL, thou gav’st far nobler epigrams
To thy Domitian, than I can my, James ;
But in my royal subject I pass thee,
O cause, nor client fat, will Cheveril leese,
To PERSON GUILTY.
UILTY, because I bade you late be wise,
• Guilty, because I bade you late be wise.] See Epig. XXX. This is an excellent epigram; replete with strong sense, and keen observation of mankind.