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EPIGRAMS BY J. D.*
Which taxeth,* under a particulart name, A general vice which merits public blame.
OF A GULL. II.
AD MUSAM. I. Fly, merry Muse,t unto that merry town, Where thou mayst plays, revels, and triumphs
see; The house of fame, and I theatre of renown, Where all good wits and spirits love & to be. Fall in between their hands that praise and love
thee, And be to them a laughter and a jest: But as for them which | scorning shall reprove
thee, Disdain their wits, and think thinett own the
best. But if thou find any so gross and dull, That thinks II I do to private taxing $$ lean, Bid him go hang, for he is but a gull, And knows not what an epigram doth |||| mean,
Oft in my laughing rhymes I name a gull;
bide; A gull is he which 1 wears good handsome
clothes, And stands in presence stroking up his hair," And fills +++ up his unperfect speech with oaths, But speaks not one wise word throughout the
Epigrams by J. D.) M$. Harleian 1836 contains a col. lection of Epigrams, among which are found all the presont Bpigrams, with the exception of the 8th, 12th, 14th, 20th, 45th, 46th, 47th, and 48th. That MS. has helped me to several important corrections of the text, and in the 40th Bpigram has supplied two lines which were necessary to complete a stanza. Though it is of a date considerably posterior to the first appearance in print of Epigrams by J. D., perhaps all the pieces which it exhibits are from the pen of Davies.
Some of these Epigrams are to be found among the Epigrams in Wit's Recreations : see the reprint of that work (1817) from a collation of eds. 1640-41-54-63.
Muse) So edg.-M$. "newes." I and) So eds.-MS. “the." § love) So eds.-MS. “loues."
ll praise and love thee) Eds. (against the rhyme) " loue aud praise thee."--MS. “seeme to loue thee."
them which) So eds.-MS. “those that " ** reprove) So eds. B, C; and M8.-Ed. A “approue." # thine] So eds. -MS. “thy." 11 thinks) So MS.-Eds. "thinke."
$$ private taxing) i. e. censuring of individuals. So eds. -MS. "priuate talkinge."-Compare the Induction to The Knigll of the Burning Pestle :
“Fly far from hence
All private taxes !", &c. Beaumont and Fletcher's Works, ii, 136, ed. Dyce. Ill doch) So MS.-Eds. “ does."
* taxeth) So eds.-MS. “carrieth."
+ particular) So eds. A, B; and MS.-Ed. C“ peculiar,"
I will) So eds.-M8. “may."
" Wherefore disclose." || who] So eds.—MS. "that."
brave) i. e. fine, richly dressed. ** which] So eds.-MS. “that." It which] So eds.-MS. “that.”
11 when) So M8.-Eds. "while" (but we have "Whilst" in the closing line of this stanza).
88 lie] So M8.-Eds. “lies."
But, to define a gull in terms * precise -
IN QUINTUM. IV.
Yet on a time he call'd his mistress whore,
And thought* with that sweet word to win her
love. Rufus the courtier, at the theatre, Leaving the best and most conspicuous place,
O, had his tongue like to his feet been Doth either to the stage s himself transfer,
taught, Or through a grate || doth show his double
Itt never would have utter'd such a thought!
up the private rooms of greater tt price,
IN PLURIMOS. I V.
With Gella, Lesbia, || Thais, Rhodope, 1
Then why should Rufus in his pride abhur But for their mirth and for their lechery.
when * terms] So eds.-MS.“words.'
Wenches with wenches, men with men fell ** + which) So eds.--MS. “that." t is not wise) To this epigram there is an evident allu
out, sion in the following one;
Men with their wenches, wenches with their $5 “To CANDIDUS.
men ; “ Friend Candidus, thou often doost demaund
Which straight dissolv'd ||| this ill-assembled What humours men by gulling understand.
rout.IT Our English Martiall hath full pleasantly In his close nips describde a gull to thee :
But since the devil brought them thus *** I'le follow him, and set downe my conceit
together, What a gull is-oh, word of much receit!
To my discoursing +++ thoughts it is a wonder, He is a gull whose indiscretion Cracks his purse-strings to be in fashion;
Why presently as III soon as they came thither, He is a gull who is long in taking roote
The self-same devil did them part asunder. In barraine soyle where can be but small fruite; Doubtless, it seems, it was a foolish devil, He is a gull who runnes himselfe in debt For twelue dayes' wonder, hoping so to get;
That thus did $$$ part them ere they did some He is a gull whose conscience is a block,
And thought] So eds.-MS." Thinkinge."
* In Plurimos) So eds.—MS. "In meritriculas (sic) Peiseth each word to be rhetoricall;
Londinensis." And, to conclude, who selfo-conceitedly
§ Faustinus ... Cinna, Ponticus) so ods.-MS. "FauThinks al men guls, ther's none more gull then he.” tinus Cuma, Pontinus."
Guilpin's Skialetheia, &c., 1998, Epig. 20. || Lesbia] So eds.-M8. “Lisba." & either to the stage] See notes on Epigram xxviii.
| Rhodope] So eds. B, C; and MS -Ed. A "Rodpe." || through a grate] Malone has cited this passage ** Scaines] So eds.-MS. “Ware." (Shakespeare, by Boswell, iii. 81), and, if he explains it It their lodging] So eds.-M8. "3 lodgings" rightly, the allusion is to one of the two boxes (some 11 fell] So ods. -MS. “ falle." times called private boxes) which were situated on each
$$ their .....
their) So eds.- Not in MS. side of the balcony or upper stage.
|||| dissolv'd] So M8. — Eds. “dissolues." T double] So eds.-MS. “ doubtfull."
11 rout) i. e. rabble, set. ** fry of ] So eds.--MS. “cry of the."
*** thus) So cds.--MS. “first." tt greater] So eds.-MS. "greatest."
Att discoursing) so ods. ---MS. "discerniuge.' 11 may have] So eds.-MS. "men may."
111 a8] Sto eds. --MS. "80." $$ do] So eds.-MS. "did."
$$$ thus did] So eds.-M8. "straight would.
Great Captain Medon wears a chain of gold
IN KATAM.tt VIII.
IN GELLAM. XI.
Gella, if thou dost love thyself, take heed
Lest thou my rhymes ? unto thy lover read; Content thee, Kate; although thy pleasure For straight thou grinn'st, ** and then thy lover wasteth,
For no buff-jerkin hath been oftener worn,
IN QUINTUM.++ XII.
Quintus his wit 11 infus'd into his brain,
Mislikes the place, and fled into his feet;
And there it wanders up and down the street, $ $ and more,
Doubtless bis wit intends not to aspire, * valorous) So eds. -MS, “valient."
Which leaves his head, to travel in the mire. † this) So eds.-MS. "the." 1 this] So eds.-MS. "the." § nor] So MS.-Eds. "not."
* A maid, a wise) So eds. --MS. "A wife, a made." || Paul's] Eds. A, B, “Powles. "--Ed. C “Paules. " t grandsire's] So eds.—M9. “fathers." MS. “ Powels." (But in Ep. XI, ed. A has "Paules"). virtue of this] So eds. --MS. “wearing of that."
80 often doth him) So ed. A. -Eds. B, C, "doth him § reputed] So eds.--MS, "accounted." 80 often."--MS. “80 often him doth."
Il come] So M8.-Eds. "comes." ** quite] So cds.- Not in M8.
Trhymes] So eds.—MS. "lynes." it In Katam] This Epigram is not in MS.
** grinn'st) So eds. -MS. "
$8 street] Eds. “streetes."
Thou with harsh noise the air dost* rudely IN SEVERUM. XIII.
break; The puritan Severus oft doth read
But what thou utter'st common
sense doth This* text, that doth pronounce vain speech +
Half-English words,t with fustian terina " That thing defiles a man, that doth proceed
IN FAUSTUM. XVI.
seen, For those poor slaves which have not where- Who from aş dicing-house comes moneyless." withal,
But when he lost his hair, where had be been 1 Feed $$ on the rich, till they devour them quite; I doubt || me, he had seen a lioness. And so, like|||| Pharaoh's kine, they eat up
clean Those that be fat, yet still themselves be IT lean.
IN COSMUM. XVII.
Cosmus hath more discoursing in his head
Than Jove when Pallas issu'd from his brain; Leuca in presence once a fart did let;
And still he strives to be delivered
When ended is the play, the dance, and song, Which she return'd to fetch with bashful grace; A thousand townsmen, gentlemen, and whores,
And when she would have said “ my glove,"$$$ Porters, and serving-men, together throng,“My fart," quod || || || she; which did more So thoughts of drinking, thriving, tt wenching, laughter move.
As none at all can perfect passage find.
IN FLACCUM. XVIII. * This) So eds. -MS. “His." t speech] So eds.--MS. “wordes."
The false knave Flaccus once a bribe I gave; I enters) So eds.-MS. “entereth."
The more fool I91 to bribe so false a knave: § is it] So eds.-MS. “it is." || thereof] So eds.-MS. “therefore." I like) So Ed. A, and M8.-Eds. B, C, “as."
* harsh noise the air dost] So eds. --MS. (nonsensically) ** al So ed. A, and M8.--Eds. B, C, "one."
“horse nor sea the ayre
doth." It an) So eds. B, C.-Ed. A “a."-MS. "one."
# words) So eds.-MS. "termes." 11 those sectaries) So eds.-MS. “these scituaries."
I a lion) So eds.-MS. “the lions." $$ Feed] So eds.-MS. “Eate."
§ Who from a] So eds.-MS. “Which from the." lIlI like) So ed. A, and M8.-Eds. B, C, "as."
|| doubt] So eds.--MS.“ feare." 19 be fat, yet still themselves be] So eds.—MS. “are fatt, I he] So eds. B, C; and M8.-Not in ed. A. yetl they themselues are."
** at all the) So eds.-MS. "that att the." *** In Leucam) This Epigram is not in MS.
It drinking, thriving] So eds.—MS. “thrivinge, drinck. tt forsook] So ed. A.-Eds. B, C, “refus'd."
inge." 111 eke) So ed. A.-Eds. B, C, “then."
11 wenching, war) So ods.—MS "renchinge ware. * 886 “my glove "] Something has dropt out of this line. $8 ranging] So M8.-Eds. "raging." Ull quod] 1. e. quoth.
IIII at) So eds. B, C; and MS.-Ed. A "X" TII yet) So eds.—MS. "of."
1 The more fool I] So eds. --MS. “I was a foole."
But he gave back my* bribe; the more fool he, The fall of money, and burning of Paul'a*
He measures times, and things forepast doth IN CINEAM. XIX.
But most of all, he chiefly reckons by
This is to him the dearest memory,
And th' happiest accident of all his life.
IN MARCUM. XXI.
When Marcus comes from Mins',I he still doth
swear, Thou art as true and honest as a dog,
on seven," s thatll all is lost and Thou art as kind and liberal as a dog,
But that's not true; for he hath lost his hair,
IN CYPRIUM. XXII.
Than the new garden of the Old Temple is ;
And still the newest fashion he doth get,
And with the time doth change from that to
this; With moral rules, and policy collects
He wears a hat now of the flat-crown block, tt Out of all actions done these fourscore year; ||||
The treble ruff, It long cloak, and doublet
And wastes more time in dressing than a wench.
Yet this new-fangled youth, made for these $$ Which in men's general notice doth remain,
allpraise old George |||| The going to Saint Quintiu's and New-baven,
* Paul's] So eds. A, C.--Ed. B “Powles."
curst i. e. ill-natured. graven,
1 from Mins') So ed. A.-Eds. B, C, "from Minnes.”—
MS. "for newes."— Mins' (which perhaps should be write my] So eds.—MS. “the."
ten Min's) is, I presume, the name of some person who Thou) So eds.--MS. "Thous."
kept an ordinary where gaming was practised. 1 masty) 1. e, mastiff.
$ on seven) So eds. B, C; and MS. (which has the not sleepy, idle) So MS.-Eds. “sleepie and as idle." unusual spelling, "one" for "on"). -Ed. A “a scauen." || and] So eds. -MS. "as."
that] So eds. —Not in MS. 1 often) So M8.-Eds. A, B, "oft."-Ed. C omits the true] So eds.-M8. “so." word.
** came too much on one] Eds. "came too much at one" ** Thou art as like] So eds.-MS. “That thou art like." (nor wrongly, if in the second line we read "at seven, It'Tis ..., it) So eds.-MS. “Its ... thee." for which “a scauen" of ed. A is most probably a mis#1 In Gerontem) This Epigram is not in MS.
print). -MS. "comes to much one (i. e. on) one." $$ Geron his) i. e. Geron's.-Ed. A “Geron."-Eds. B, C, .tt block) i. e. form, fashion (properly, the wood on "Gerons."
which the crown of the hat is moulded). III year] So ed. A.-Eds. B, C, “yeares."
*1 ruft) So MS. -Eds.“ruffes." 19 Thamis') So eds. B. C.-Ed. A “ Thames.
$$ there) So eds. —MS. "this,' *** graven) Eds. “Beene.
ul George) Su ods. B, C; and M8.-Not in ed. A.