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That, like a wilful woman, run'st astray,
In causeless enmity and deadly feud; Having for thy director, all the way,
That many-headed beast-the multitude; Who, without all respect of wrong or right, Will do as others do, or flee or fight.
Thou art the instrument of stern revenge,
Fore-plotted in the subtle sconce of hate,
A pretty drug to purge a gouty state,
But as our private doctors, physic-learn'd,
Kill more diseased persons than they cure :
Teaching their patients torment to endure:
So these sword-Paracelsians get such power,
That oft they 'stroy when they should cure the state;
Making well-peopled kingdoms desolate:
Even as we see, in marches and in fens,
The careful husband, thinking to destroy The fruitless sedge, wherein tbe adder dens,
Sets fire upon some part, with which to toy The northern wind begins, and burneth down, Spite of all help, the next abutting town:
S. WAR, once set afloat, adds strength to strength,
And where it was pretended to confound
Virtue, the state, and statesman's self to wound;
The remaining portion of this poem “ 01 Service" is so very excellent, that I propose to transcribe the whole, for insertion in a future Number.
Art. XI. Phylomythie, or Philomythologie: wherein
Outlandish Birds, Beasts, and Fishes, are taught to speake true English plainely. By Tho. Scott, Gent.
Philomethus est aliquo modo philosophus: fabula enim
exmiris constituitur. The Second Edition much inlarged. London, for Francis Constable, at the White Lyon in Paule's Church-yard. 1622.
An earlier edition of this book was published in 1616, and a later in 1640. “A Præmonition to the intelligent reader” follows the title: and on the next leaf “ Sarcasmos Mundo, or the Frontispiece explained ;” which frontispiece is very neatly engraved by R. Elstracke; and comprizes birds, beasts, and fishes, in different compartments, surmounted by two figures surveying the opposite sides of a sphere, intended, it seems, to designate Æsop and a fictitious American philosopher. Yet the Grangerians choose to consider the former as'a portrait of the author, in opposition to the testimony of the author himself, who has printed “a supply of the description of Monsr. Pandorsus * Waldolynnatus, that merry American philosopher, or the wise man of the new world; being antipode to Æsop, placed with him as parallel in the front,” &c.
former * Quasi dorsis pandus.
“ As the East and West are opposite, so stand
But our Pandorsus' Western fame I sing." To the edition of 1622 is prefixed a metrical address " to the over-wise, over-wilfull, over-curious, or overcaptious readers ;'' from which it appears, that under the figure of animals he had been understood to libel professions, and vent his private spleen against indi. viduals. Hence he says,
Æsop must make no lyons roar, nor eagles
The poems themselves, which are of an obscure satirical cast, are veiled under the following titles: 1. Ibis. Dedicated to the religious knight Sir Ed
mund Mondeford, and his Lady, a true lover of learning.
2. Venaticum Iter. Dedicated to the example of
Temperance, Sir Henry Bedingfield, Kut. and
to his Lady, the example of Love. 3. Gryps. Dedicated to the courtly and accom
plisht Knight, Sir Henry Rich, and his most
equal Lady. 4. Sphinx. Hyena. Dedicated to the wise and valiant
souldier Sir John Pooly, Knt. and his good
Lady. 5. Hippopotamus. Dedicated to the magnificent
Knt. Sir Hugh Smith and his worthy Lady. 6. Phænix. Dedicated to the honorable Knt. Sir
Robt. Riche, and his noble Lady. 7. Unio. Dedicated to the true lover of his country
Sir Arthur Heveningham Knt. and his truly
religious Lady S. Struthiocamelus. Dedicated to the vertuous
Knt. Sir John Heveningham, and his charitable
Lady. 9. Onocratalus. Dedicated to the right hopeful
Knt. Sir Thomas Southwell. 10. The Asse. Dedicated to the learned and ju
dicious Knt. Sir Hamond Le Strange. 11. Curiale. Dedicated to the good acceptance of
Master Floyde, Admiral to the Queen's Ma
gistie, and her Counsel. 12. Solarium. Dedicated to the absolute and open
enemies of ignorance and darkness, and the true lovers and followers of light and knowledge, Sir John Crofts and his happy Lady. *
By these dedications principally to Suffolk and Norfolk gentry, it is probable the author belonged to one of those counties. Edisor.
A sccond title-page now fullows, thus inscribed : Certaine iieces of this age purabolized. viz. 1. Duel
lum Britannicum. 2. Regalis Justitia Jacobi. 3. Aquignispicium 4. Antidotum Cecillianum Thomas Scot, Gentleman. Scire tuum nihil est. London. Printed for Francis Constable, 1616.
The first of these parabolisations is dedicated to the eternall niemorie of that admirable combat performed by two valorous knights, Sir Robert Mansell, appellant, and Sir John Havdon, defendant, where both equally expressing fortitude and skill, in giving and receiving wounds, scaped death notwithstanding, by the only favour of Providence. This poem memorizes a duel between Sir Geo. Wharion and James Stewart, Esq. in which both parties fell, Anno 1:09.
Justitia Jacobi is dedicated to the grave, reverend, and judicious knight, Sir Robt. Gardiner, sometime Lord Justice of Ireland This poen conmemorates the equitable decision of King James in condemning Lord Sanquhar to death for the hired assassination of Turner, a fencing-master.
Aquignispicium is dedicated to the free and bountiful housekeeper, Sir Le Strange Mordant, Knt. Bart. This poem has reference to the Armada, Powder Plot, , burning of Newmarket, &c.
Antidotum Cecillianum: dedicated to the Commonwealth, and to the honour of the illustrious family of the Cecils, one of whom is thus panegyrized.
" o Cecill! lov'd of God, good men, the King; Borne up, not by stolne imps, or borrowed plumes,
* See Memoirs of Peers of James I. p. 339. Also Ritson's Ancient Songs, p. 199; and The Minstrelsy of the Scotish Border, iii. 123