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Be thou my book's intelligencer, note
most fit! If they go on, and that thou lov’st a-life Their perfumed judgments, let them kiss thy
AN EPIGRAM TO WILLIAM, EARL OF NEW
They talk of fencing, and the use of arms,
96 It was an ancient usage of the kings of England to hal. low rings on Good Friday ; “ which rings," says Boorde, "worn on one's finger doth help them which hath the cramp." Rings made from coffin hinges were also supposed to prevent the cramp. The custom of the royal hallowing of rings had its origin in a ring said to have been brought from Jerusalem to King Edward, and which had long been preserved with great veneration in Westminster Abbey, in consequence of its supposed efficacy in curing cramp and falling sickness. – B.
97 This blank occurs in the folio.
I hate such measured, give me mettled, fire That trembles in the blaze, but then mounts
higher! A quick and dazzling motion! when a pair Of bodies meet like rarefied air! Their weapons shot out with that flame and force, As they outdid the lightning in the course; This were a spectacle! a sight to draw Wonder to valor! No, it is the law Of daring not to do a wrong is true Valor: to slight it being done to you ; To know the heads of danger, where 'tis fit To bend, to break, provoke, or suffer it. All this, my lord, is valor! This is yours, And was your father's, all your ancestors ! Who durst live great ʼmongst all the colds and
heats Of human life; as all the frosts and sweats Of fortune, when or death appeared, or bands ; And valiant were, with or without their hands.
AN EPITAPH ON HENRY LORD LA-WARE.9
TO THE PASSER-BY.
If, passenger, thou canst but read,
Fourth Lord Delaware. It was his father who was appointed (aptain-General of the expedition to America in 1609, and died near the coast when ou his second voyage out as Governor of Virginia, in 1618.
Minerva's and the Muses' care!
AN EPIGRAM.” That you have seen the pride, beheld the sport, And all the games of fortune, played at court; Viewed there the market, read the wretched rate At which there are would sell the prince and state; That scarce you hear a public voice alive, But whispered counsels, and those only thrive; Yet are got off thence, with clear mind and hands To lift to heaven: who is't not understands Your happiness, and doth not speak you blessed,
99 Evidently addressed to the Lordl-Keeper Williams, Bishop of Li In, and probably written in 1625, when the chancellorship was transferred from him to Sir Thomas Coventry. - G.
To see you set apart thus from the rest,
AN EPIGRAM TO KING CHARLES,
FOR A HUNDRED POUNDS HE SENT ME IN MY SICKNESS.
Great Charles, among the holy gifts of grace
100 Alluding to the angel which was given to each person who came to be touched for the evil. The angel was worth ten shillings, and as it would require two hundred angels to make up the value of £100, Jonson estimates that the king valued the poet more than ten score of other folk,
The custom of presenting a piece of gold on these occasions was in.
O piety! so to weigh the poor's estates !
TO KING CHARLES AND QUEEN MARY,
AY EPIGRAM CON
FOR THE LOSS OF THEIR FIRST-BORN.
Who dares deny that all first-fruits are due
troduced in the reign of Henry VIII. It probably descended from the practice, common in the time of Edward III., of wearing the rose-noble as an amulet against danger in battle. “The angel-noble of Henry VII.," observes Mr. Pettigrew, ' appears to have been the coin given, as it was of the purest gold; it was the coin of the time, and not made especially for this purpose. It bore the inscription, Per Cruce tua salva nos rpe rede ; but in the time of Elizabeth this was altered to ad Domino factum est istud, et est mirabile in oculis nostris. After the reign of Elizabeth it was found necessary to reduce the size of the coin, so great were the numbers that applied to he touched, and the inscription was therefore reduced to that of Soli Deo Gloria, which continued to the case to the time of Queen Anne.” – On Superstitions connected with Medicine and Surgery. – B.