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Raymund Lully interprets Cabal out of the
Arabick to signifie Scientia fuperabundans, which his Commentator, Cornelius Agrippa, by over-magnifying, has rendered a very superfluous Foppery.
to prove the Learning of the Ancient
The Intelligible World is a kind of Terra del
Fuego, or Psittacorum Regio, discover'd
No Nation in the World is more addicted to
this occult Philosophy, than the Wild
Idem p. 26.
The Fraternity of the Rosy-Crucians, is very
like the Sect of the Ancient Gnostici, who call'd themselves so from the excellent Learning they pretended to, altho' they were really the most ridiculous Sotts of all
Mankind. Vere Adeptus, is one that has commenc'd in
their Phanatique Extravagance.
Idem p. 30.
Thou that with Ale, or viler Liquors,
This Vickars was a Man of as great Interest
and Authority in the late Reformation, as Pryn, or VVithers, and as able a Poet; He translated Virgil's Æneids into as horrible Travesty in earnest, as the French Scaroon did in Burlesque, and was only outdone in his Way by the Politique Author of Oceana,
Idem p. 33.
V Ve that are wisely mounted bigher. This Speech is set down as it was deliver'd
by the Knight in his own words : But since it is below the Gravity of Heroical Poetry, to admit of Humour, but all Men are obe
liged to speak wisely alike; And too much of so Extravagant a Folly would become tedious and impertinent : The rest of his Harangues have only his Sense exprest, in other Words, unless in some few places, where his own Words could not be so well avoided:
Idem p. 35:
In Bloudy Cynar&tomachy. Cynar&tomachy signifies nothing in the .
World, but a Fight between Dogs and Bears, though both the Learned and Ignorant agree, chat in such Words very great Knowledge is contain’d: And our Knight, as one, or both, of those, was of the fame Opinion.
Another of the fame kind, which though it
appear ever fo Learned, and Profound, means nothing else but the Weeding of Corn.
Idem p. 36.
Of th’ Elephant and Monkey's Tooth.
Monkey's Tooth was taken by the Portu. guese from those that Worship'd it, and though they offer'd a vast Ransom for it, yet the Christians were perswaded by their Priests, rather to burn it. But as soon as the Fire was kindled, all the people present were not able to endure the horrible stink that came from it, as if the Fire had been made of the same Ingredients, with which Sea-Men use to compose that kind of Granado's, which they call Stinkards
Idem p. 37
in them like Boute-feus.
Boute-feus, is a French Word, and therefore
it were uncivil to suppose, any English Person (especially of Quality) ignorant of it, orfo ill-bred as to need an Exposition.
Idem p. 42.
?Tis sung there is a Valiant Mammaluke.
Mammaluke's the Name of the Militia of the
Sultans of Egypt ; It signified a Servant or Soldier ; they were commonly Captives, taken from among the Christians, and instructed in Military Discipline, and did not marry; their Power was great, for, besides that the Sielt ans were chosen out of their Body, they dispos d of the most Important Offices of the Kingdom; they
were formidable about 200 Years, till at last Selim, Sultan of the Turks, routed them, and kill'd their Sultan near Aleppo 1516, and fo put an end to the Empire of the Mammalukes, which had lasted 267 Years, Paulus Jovius, &c.
Idem p. 43; Honour is like a Widow won. Our English Proverbs are not impertinent to this purpose ; He that Wooes a Maid, must seldom come in
Day and Night;
bis Breeches and at ber.
This Proverb being foinewhat Immodest,
Mr. Ray says he would not have inserted in his Collection, but that he met with it in a little Book, Entituled, the Quakers Spiritual Corert Proclaimed, Written by Nathaniel Smith, Student in Physick; wherein the Author mentions it as Counsel given him by Hilkiah Bedford, an Eminent Quaker in London, who would llave had him to have married a Rich Widow, in whose House he lodged. In Cafe he could get her, this Nathaniel Smith had promised Hilkiah