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and also to physicians. It seems rather calculated to profit designing empirics and superstitious patients, who look to planetary influence, miraculous medicaments, or magical amulets, for the cure of disease. Two short recipes will suffice as specimens.

For biting of a mad dog. 66 Take the sede of box, and stampe it, and temper it with holye-water, and gyve it hym to drynke,” &c,

For the fullynge evill. “ Take the bloud of hys lytle fyngre that is sick, and write these iïi verses folowing, and hange them about his necke.

“ Jasper fert mirram, thus, mel, chia, Baltazarum,
Hæc quicunque secum portat, tria nomina regum,
Solvitur a morbo, Domini pietate caduce."


ART. XIX. Churchyard's Praise of Poetrie. 1595.

“ And seems to pearce the cloudie skies:

Such poets Sidney likes,
Whose gentle wind makes dust arise

As hie as morice pikes;
That lifts aloft the soldier's hart,

Who doth advance the same;
And bends his bodie in each part,

Thereby to purchase fame.*

• Virgill entring the colledge of poets in Rome, the rest of the poete there did more reverence to him than to the emperor; and when he çame into the senate the senators likewise did so.


The sword and-lance of marshall men

Their lions courage showes;
The poets, with their wit and pen,

Tells where their furie flowes.

They both are knowne as soone as seene,

As things of great import;
The one may verie far oreweene,

The other in some sort;

Stands on his honor sundrie waies;

And offreth life, therefore;
The poet seekes no more but praise,

As poets did of yore:

Whose words strooke dead the stoutest groomes

That ever were in place;
And sweeped clean, like new-made broomes,

The foulest cause or case.

As water washeth each thing white,

And sope inight scour withall,
The canker of foule worlds delite,

More sharpe than bitter gall;

So poets, with plaine terms makes cleane

The foulest conshence lives;
And by good words from vice doth weane,

Through councell that it gives,

The childish wit and churlisht mind.

Lo, then, how poets may
Both alter manners, and bad kind,

To frame a better way. t

• David sung the liricke verses to his harp, and those Ebrue songs con sisted of Givers feet and uncqual numbers, sometime in lambikes running otherwhile. In Sapphicks, swelling again in halfe a foote amiably halting.


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* Saloman, in the gardens of Engadda, framed songs to his harpe, which then was a heavenly musicke.

+ Jeremie wrate his funeral lamentations in Saphycks, long before Sie nonides, the Greeke poet.

Isaias wrate sacred odes and holie verses; and for remembring the mys-, teries of God therein, a tyrant king caused hiin to be sawed asunder. § The song of Sydrack and his fellowes in the hot fame, was in versc.


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Moses, by some men is thought the first devises of verse, and his sister Marie [Miriam] devised the hexameter, and by it to have glorified Jehova.

+ Ausonius, a Frenchman and poet, schoolmaster to Gracianus the em peror, was an orator and consul of Rome therefore,

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ART. XX. Lives of Modern Poets.

No. II.



Sir William Jones was the only son of William Jones, F.R.S. an eminent mathematician, who was a native of Wales, of humble origin, and born in Anglesey, in 1680. The account of this eminent person may be found in the Biographical Dictionary: he died in 1749, leaving by Mary, daughter of George Nix, a citizen of London, a daughter Mary, born 1736, afterwards married to Mr. Rainsford, a merchant, * and William the subject of this memoir, who was born in London, on the eve of the festival of St. Michael, 1746.

By his father's death the care of the education of this future prodigy devolved on his mother, when he


old. Mrs. Jones was a woman of uncommon energy, and uncommon talent for instruction; and she gave herself to the cultivation of her son's mind. Her success was adequate to her efforts; and at three years old, her pupil could read distinctly and rapidly any English book, Afterwards an accident to one of his eyes gave some check to his progress; but his appetite for books increased; and in his fifth year he was so much struck by the sublimity of the description of the angel in the tenth chapter of the Apocalypse, as ever afterwards to remember it with emotions of rapture.

At Michaelmas, 1753, in his seventh year, he was sent to Harrow school, then under Dr. Thackeray,

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