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161. Mere Disparata, &c.
Disparata, are things separate and unlike;
from the Latin Word Disparo.
Udgeon. Who made the Alterations
in the last Editions of this Poem, I know not, but they are certainly sometimes for the worfe; and I cannot believe the Author would have chang'd a Word so proper in that Place, as Dudgeon is, for that of Fury, as it is in the last Editions ; To take in Dudgeon, is inwardly to resent some Injury or Affront, a sort of Grumbling in the Gizard, and what is previous to Adual Fury.
Idem p. 4.
To make some think him Circumcis’d. Here again is
an Alteration without any Amendment, for the following Lines,
And truly fo be was perhaps,
Are thus changed;
And truly so, perhaps he was,
a Pious Christian's case.
The Heathens had an odd Opinion, and gave a strange Reason why Mofes impos'd the Law of Circumcision on the Jetes, which, how untrue foever, I will give the Learned Reader an Account of, without Translation, as I find it in the Annotations upon Horace, wrote by my Worthy and Learned Friend Mr. William Baxter, the great Restorer of the Ancient, and Promo
ter of Modern Learning. Hor. Sat. 9. Sermon. Lib. I.
Curtis ; Quia pelliculâ imminuti sunt : quia Mofes Rex Judæorum, cujus Legibus reguntur, negligentia Qiewdris medicinalitèr exSeklus est, & ne folus esset notabilis, lomnes circumcidi voluit. Vet. Schol. Vocem Giuw.dris quæ infcitâ Librarii exciderat reposuimus ex conjecturâ, uti & medicinalitèr ex fecius pro meilicinalis effectus quæ nihili erant. Quis miretur ejufmodi convicia homini Epicureo atque Pagano excidifle? Jure igitur Henrico Glareano Diaboli Organum videtur. Etiam Satyra Quintâ hæc habet ; Constat omnia miracula ceriâ ratione fieri, de quibus Epicurei prildentiffimè dfputant,
Idem p. 6.
Cerberus ; A Name which Poets gave a Dog
with 3 Heads, which they feigu'd DoorKeeper of Hell, that caress’d the Unfortunate Souls fent thither, and devour'd them that would get out again ; yet Hercules ty'd him up, and made him follow. This Dog with 3 Heads denotes the Past, the Present, and the Time to come ; which receive, and as it were devour all things. Hercules got the better of him, which shews that Heroick Actions are always Victorious over Time, because they are present in the Memory of Pofterity,
Idem p. 7:
Than Tycho Brahe or Erra Pater.
Tycho Brabe, was an Eminent Danish Ma
thematician. Quer. in Collier's Dictionary, or elsewhere.
Id. ibid. Whatever Sceptick could enquire for, Sceptick. Pyrrho was the chief of Scep
tick Philosophers, and was at first, as Apollodorus faith, a Painter, then became the Hearer of Driso, and at last the Disciple of Anaxagoras, whom he followed into India to fee the
Gymnosophists. He pretended that Men
did nothing but by Custoin ; that there was neither Honcsty, nor Dishonesty, Justice nor Injustice, Good nor Evil. He was very Solitary, lived to be 99 Years Old, was highly Efteemed in his Country, and created Chief Priest. He lived in the Time of Epicurus and Theophrastus, about the 120 Olympiad. His Followers were calld Pyrrhonians , besides which they were named the EpheEticks, and Aphoreticks, but more generally Scepticks. This Seat inade their chiefest Good to consist in a Sedateness of Mind, exempt from all Passions; in regulating their Opinions and moderating their Paslions, which they called Attaxia and Metriopathia, and in fufpending their Judgment in regard of Good or Evil, Truth or Falshood, which they called Epochi. Sixtus Empiricus , who liv'd in the Second Century under the Emperour Antoninus Pins, writ ten Books against the Mathematicians, or Astrologers, and three of the Pyrrhonian Opinion. The Word is derived from the Greek OněTTENS, quod est, considerare, Speculari.
Idem p. 8.
As be that bight Irrefragable, &c. Here again is another Alteration of three or four Lines, as I think, for the worse.