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Democritus Junior ad Librum suum,

VADE

ADE liber, qualis, non ausum dicere, fælix,

Te nisi fælicem fecerit Alma dies.
Vade tamen quocunque lubet, quascunque per oras

Et Genium Domini fac imitere tui.
I blandas inter Charites, mystamque saluta

Musarum quemvis, si tibi lector erit.
Rura colas, urbem, subeasve palatia regum,

Submisse, placide, te sine dente geras. Nobilis, aut si quis te forte inspexerit heros,

Da te morigerum perlegat usque lubet. Est quod Nobilitas, est quod desideret heros

Gratior hæc forsan charta placere potest, Si quis morosus Cato, tetricusque Senator,

Hunc etiam librum forte videre velit, Sive magistratus, tum te reverenter habeto;

Sed nullus; muscas non capiunt Aquilæ. Non vacat his tempus fugitivum impendere nugis,

Nec tales cupio; par mibi lector erit.
Si matrona gravis casu diverterit istuc,

Illustris domina, aut te Comitissa legat :
Est quod displiceat, placeat quod forsitan illis,

Ingerere his noli te modo, pande tamen.
At si virgo tuas dignabitur inclyta chartas

Tangere, sive schedis hæreat illa tuis : Da modo te facilem, et quædam folia esse memento

Conveniant oculis quæ magis apta suis. şi generosa ancilla tuos aut alma puella

Visura est ludos, annue, pande lubens.
Dic utinam nunc ipse meus * (nam diligit istas)
In præsens esset

conspiciendus herus. Ignotus notusve mibi de gente togatá

Sive aget in ludis, pulpita sive colet,
Sive in Lyceo, et nugas evolverit istas,

Si quasdam mendas viderit inspiciens,
Da veniam Authori, dices ; nam plurima vellet

Expungi, quæ jam displicuisse sciat.
Sive Melancholicus quisquam, seu blandus Amator,

Aulicus aut Civis, seu bene comptus Eques
Huc appellat, age et tuto te crede legenti,

Multa istic forsan non male nata leget.
Quod fugiat, caveat, quodque amplexabitur, ista

Pagina fortassis promere multa potest.

* Hæc comice dicta, cave at male capias.

At si quis Medicus coram te sistet, amice

Fac circumspecte, et te sine labe geras: Inveniet namque ipse meis quoque plurima scriptis,

Non leve subsidium quæ sibi forsan erunt.
Si quis Causidicus chartas impingat in istas,

Nil mihi vobiscüm, pessima turba vale ;
Sit nisi vir bonus, et juris sine fraude peritus,

Tum legat, et forsan doctior inde siet.
Si quis cordatus, facilis, lectorque benignus

Huc ocalos vertat, que velit ipse legat;
Candidus ignoscet, metuas nil, pande libenter,

Offensus mendis non erit ille tuis,
Laudabit nonnulla. Venit si Rhetor ineptus,

Limata et tersa, et qui bene cocta petit,
Claude citus librum; nulla hic nisi ferrea verba,

Offendent stomachum quæ minus apta suum.
At si quis non eximius de plebe poeta,

Annue; namque istic plurima ficta leget.
Nos sumus e numero, nullus mihi spirat Apollo,

Grandiloquus Vates quilibet esse nequit.
Si Criticus Lector, tumidus Censorque molestus,

Zoilus et Momus, si rabiosa cohors :
Ringe, freme, et noli tum pandere, turba malignis
* Si occurrat sannis invidiosa suis :
Fac fugias; si nulla tibi sit copia eundi,

Contemnes tacite scommata quæque feres.
Frendeat, allatret, vacuas garnitibus auras

Impleat, haud cures; his placuisse nefas. Verum age si forsan divertat purior hospes,

Cuique sales, ludi, displiceantque joci,
Objiciatque tibi sordes, lascivaque: dices,

Lasciva est Domino et Musa jocosa tuo,
Nec lasciva tamen, si pensitet omne; sed esto;

Sit lasciva licet pagina, vita proba est.
Barbarus, indoctusque rudis spectator in istam

Si messem intrudat, fuste fugabis eum, Pungum pelle procul (jubeo) nam quid mihi fungo?

Conveniunt stomacho non minus ista suo. Sed nec pelle tamen; læto omnes accipe vultu,

Quos, quas, vel quales, inde vel unde viros. Gratys erit quicunque venit, gratissimus hospes

Quisquis erit, facilis difficilisque mihi.
Nam si culpârit quædam culpâsse juvabit.

Culpando faciet me meliora sequi.
Sed si laudârit, neque laudibus efferar ullis,

Sit satis hisce malis opposuisse bonum.
Hæc sunt quæ nostro placuit mandare libello,

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Leicestershire, and was born there 8 February, 1576*. He received the first rudiments of learning at the free school of Sutton Coldfield, in Warwickshire t, from

* His elder brother was William Burton, the Leicestershire antiquary, born August 24, 1575, educated at Sutton Coldfield, admitted commoner, or gentleman commoner, of Brazen Nose college, 1591; at the Inner Temple, May 20, 1593; B. A. June 22, 1594; and afterwards a barrister and reporter in the court of Common Pleas. “ But his natural genius,” says Wood, “ leading him 'to the studies of heraldry, genealogies, and antiquities, he became excellent in those obscure and intricate matters ; and look upon him as a gentleman, was accounted, by all that knew him, to be the best of his time for those studies, as may appear by his description of Leicestershire.” His weak constitution not permitting him to follow business, he retired into the country, and his greatest work, The Deseription of Leicestershire, was published in folio, 1622. He died at Falde, after suffering much in the civil war, April 6, ,1645, and was buried in the parish church belonging thereto, called Hanbury.

+ This is Wood's account. His will says, Nuneaton ; but a passage in this work [vol. i. P. 395.) mentions Sutton Coldfield ; probably, he may have been at both Ichools,

whence he was, at the age of seventeen, in the long vacation, 1593, sent to Brazen Nose College, in the condition of a commoner, where he made a considerable progress in logic and philosophy. In 1599 he was elected student of Christ-church, and, for form sake, was put under the tuition of Dr. John Bancroft, afterwards Bishop of Oxford. In 1614 he was admitted to the reading of the Sentences, and, on the 29th of November, 1616, had the vicarage of St. Thomas, in the west suburb of Oxford, conferred on him by the dean and canons of Christ-church, which, with the rectory of Segrave, in Leicestershire, given to him in the year 1636, by George, Lord Berkeley, he kept, to use the words of the Oxford antiquary, with much ado to his dying day. He seems to have been first beneficed at Walsby, in Lincolnshire, through the munificence of his noble patroness, Frances, countess dowager of Exeter, but resigned the same, as he tells us, for some special reasons. At his vicarage he is remarked to have always given the sacrament in wafers. Wood's character of him is, that" he was an exact mathematician, a curious calculator of nativities, a general read scholar, a thorough-paced philologist, and one that understood the surveying of lands well. As he was by many accounted a severe student, a devourer of authors, a melancholy and humorous person; so by others, who knew him well, a person of great honesty, plain dealing, and charity. I have heard some of the ancients of Christ-church often say, that his company was very merry, facete, and juvenile; and no man in his time did surpass him for his ready and dextrous interlarding his common discourses among them with verses from the poets, or sentences from classic authors; which being then all the fashion in the university, made his company the more acceptable." He appears to have been a universal reader of all kinds of books, and availed himself of his multifarious studies in a very extraordinary manner. From the information of Hearne, we learn, that John Rouse, the

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