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report sometimes he did "b go from door to door, and sing ballads, with a company of boyes about him." This common misery of theirs must needs distract, make them discontent and melancholy, as ordinarily they are, wayward, peevish, like a weary travailer, for
"* Fames & mora bilem in nares conciunt,"
still murmuring and repining: Ob inopiam morosi sunt, quibus est male, as Plutarch quotes out of Euripides, and that comical Poet well seconds,
"« Omnes quibus res sunt minus secundae, nescio quomodo
If they be in adversity, they are more suspicious and apt to mistake: they think themselves scorned by reason of their misery; and therefore many generous spirits in such cases withdraw themselves from all company, as that Comedian f Terence is said to have done; when he perceived himself to be forsaken and poor, he voluntarily banished himself to Stymphalus, a base town in Arcadia, and there miserably died.
"ad summam inopiam redactus,
Itaque e conspectu omnium abijt Grsecis in terram ultimam."
Neither is it without cause, for we see men commonly respected according to their means, (J an dives sit omnes qmerunt, nemo an bonus) and vilified if they be in bad clothes. dPhilophxmen the Orator was set to cut wood, because he was so homely attired, c Terentius was placed at lower end of Cecilius table, because of his homely outside. f Dantes that famous Italian Poet, by reason his clothes were but mean, could not be admitted to sit down at a feast. Gnatho scorned his old familiar friend because of his apparel, g Hominem video pannis, annisque obsitum, hie ego ilium contempsi prie me. King Persius overcome sent a letter to § Paulus iEmilius, the Roman General; Persius P. Consuli. S. but he scorned him any answer, tacite exprobrans fortunam suam (saith mine author) upbraiding him with a present fortune. Carolus Pugnax, that great Duke of Burgundy, made H. Holland, late Duke of Exeter, exil'd, ran after his horse like a lackey, and would take
k Herodotus vita ejus. Scalitrer in poet. Potentiorum xdes ostratiro adiens, aliquid accipiebat, canens carmina sua, concomitante eum puCTorum choro. * Plautus Ampl. 'Ter. Act. 4. Seen. 3. Adelph. Hegio. + Donat. vita ejus. J Euripides. i Plutarch, vita ejus. 'Vita Ter. _ ' Gomesius lib. 3. c. 21. de sale. « Ter. Eunuch. Act. 2. Seen. 2. $ Liv. dec. 9. 1.8. ^1 Comineus.
no no notice of him: h 'tis the common fashion of the world. So that such men as are poor mayjustly be discontent, melancholy, and complain of their present misery, and all may pray with 1 Solomon, " Give me O Lord neither riches nor poverty; feed me with food convenient for me."
An heap of other Accidents causing Melancholy, Death of
IN this Labyrinth of accidental causes, the farther I wander,
Death of friends.] Amongst which, loss and death of friends may challenge a first place, multi tristantur, as *Vives well observes, post delicias, convivia, dies festos, many are melancholy after a feast, holy-day, merry meeting, or some pleasing sport, if they be solitary by chance, left alone to themselves, without employment, sport, or want their ordinary companions, some at the departure of friends only whom they shall shortly see again, weep and howle, and look after them as a Cow lowes after her calf, or a child takes on that goes to school after holidayes. Ut me levdrat tuus adventus, sic discessus afflixit, (which f Tully writ to Atticus) thy coming was not so welcome to me, as thy departure was harsh. Montanus consil. 132. makes mention of a country woman that parting with her friends and native place, became grievously melancholy for many years; and Trallianus of another, so caused for the absence of her husband: Which is an ordinary passion amongst our good wives, if their husband tarry out a day longer then, his appointed time, or break his houre, they take on presently with sighs and tears, he is either robed, or dead, some mischance or other is surely befaln him, they cannot eat, drinke, sleep, or be quiet in minde, till they see him again. If parting of friends, absence alone can work such violent effects, what shall death do, when they must eternally be separated, never in this world to meet again? This is so grievous a torment for the time, that it takes away their appetite, desire of life,
h He that hath 51. per annum coming in more then others, scornes him that hath less, and is a belter man. 'Frov. 30. b. * De airimn, cap. do maeroru. f.I'ib. 12. epist.
f extinguisheth all delights, it causeth deep sighs and groans, tears, exclamations,they meet; and among those the ' Pagan Indians, their wives and servants voluntary dye with them. Leo Decimus was so much bewailed in Rome after his departure, thatasjovius gives out, * communis salus, publico, hilaritas, the common safety of all good fellowship, peace, mirth, and plenty died with him, tanquam eodem sepulehro cum Leone condita lugebantur; for it was a golden age whilst he lived, * but after his decease an iron season succeeded, barbara vis 4f fceda vastitas, l£ diva malorum omnium incommoda, wars, plagues, vastity, discontent. When Augustus Caesar died, saith Paterculus, orbis ruinam timueramus, we were all afraid, as if heaven had fallen upon our heads. 'Budaeus records, how that at Lewes the 12th his death, tavi subita mutatio, ut qui prius digito ccclum attingere videbantur, nunc humi derepente serpere, sideratos esse diceres, they that were erst in heaven, upon a sudden, as if they had been planet strucken, lay groveling on the ground;
(" O dulce gerraen matris, 6 sanguis meus,
howling, roaring, many bitter pangs, (* lament is gemitiiqut i£ famineo ululatu Tecta fremunt) and by frequent meditation extends so far sometimes, " k they think they see their dead friends continually in their eyes," obsenantes imagines, as Conciliator confesseth he saw his mother's ghost presenting her self still before him. Quod niniis miseri volunt, hoc Jacili credunt, still, still, still, that good father, that good son, that good wife, that dear friend runs in their mindes: Totus animus Tiac una cogitatione defixus est, all the year long, as f Pliny complains to Romanus, " me thinks I see Virginius, I hear 'Virginius, I talk with Virginius," &cc.
"% Te sine, vae misero mihi, Iilia nigra videntur,
They that are most staid and patient, are so furiously carried headlong by the passion of sorrow in this case, that brave discreet men otherwise, oftentimes forget themselves, and weep like children many months together, "§ as if that they to water would," and will not be comforted. They are gone, they are gone,
Abstulit atra dies 8c funere mersit acerbo, What shall I do?
Fountains of tears who gives, who lends me groans.
So Stroza Filius that elegant Italian Poet in his Epicedium, bewailes his father's death, he could moderate his passions in other matters, (as he confesseth) but not in this, he yeelds wholly to sorrow,
"Nunc fateor do terga malis, mens ilia fatiscit,
* Virg. 4. JEn. k Patres mortuos coram astantes & filios, Sec. Marcelle» Donams. f lipist. lib. 2. Virginium video audio defunctum cogito, aUoijuor. J Calphurnius Graecus. § Chaucer.
How doth 1 Quintilian complain for the loss of his son, to de-
t Prxfat. lib. 6. * Lib. de obitu Satyri fratris. ■ Ovid. Met. 'Plut »ita ejus. • Nobilis matrona melancholica ob mortem mariti. f E*
mairu obitu in desperationern mcidic I Mathias a Midiou. Boter. Am
"f Concussis cecidere anions, seu frondibus ingens
they look't like cropt trees. J At Nancy in Lorain, when Claudia Valesia, Henry the second French king's sister, and the Duke's wife deceased, the temples for fourty dayes were all shut up, no Prayers nor Masses, but in that room where she was. The Senators all seen in black, "and for a twelve months space throughout the city, they were forbid to sing or dance.
"§ Non ulli pastos illis egere diebus
Frigida (Daphne) boves ad flumina, nulla nec amnem
Libavit quadrupes, nec graminis attigit herbam."
How were we affected here in England for our Titus, delicia humanigeneris, Prince Henrie's immature death, as if all our dearest friends lives had exhaled with his? || Scanderbeg's death was not so much lamented in Epirus. In a word, as "he saith of Edward the first at tiie news of Edward of Caernervan his Sonne's birth, immortaliter gavisus, he was immortally glad, may we say on the contrary of friends deaths, immortaliter gementes, we are divers of us as so many turtles, eternally dejected with it.
'Lo Vertoman. M. Polus Venetus lib. 1. cap. 54. perimunt eos quoj in via » obvios liabent, dicentes, Ite, & domino nostro regi servite in alia vita. Nec tarn in homines insaniunt seJ in equos, &e. 'Vita ejus. *Lib. 4. vitae
ejus, auream aetatem condiderat ad humani generis salutem quum nos statim ab optimi principis excessu, vere ferream pateremur, famem, pestem, &c. 'Lib. h. de assc. f Maph. % Orielius ItineraTM: ob annum integrum a cantu, tripudiis, & sahntionibus tota civitas abstincre jubctur. § Virg. j| Seo Ba,letius de vita & ob. Scanderbeg. lib. 13. hist. u Mat! Paris.