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Ard in the faces of their foes your women, in despight,
Should fing their suckling babes.
I have giv'n sick, and know
As you have done to this
--Pichtes of Scythian breed. Those who may be inclined to examine into the history of this nation, are referred to a very masterly enquiry, entituled, “ A Diđertation on the origin and progress of the Scythians or Goths,” by the able and ingenious Mr. Pinkerto:, lately published. To this Gentleman (if there is not an impertinence in the manner of my doing it.) I would recommend as a mitto for many of his works the following verse: Πος σοφίην μέν έχειν τόλμαν, μάλα σύα ορόν έστι.
Poet Min. Græci. p. 515. 1635 Edit. Cantabrig. Page 127. For the circumstances of this interview, fee Livy 11. Lib. See also Plutarch's life of Publicola.
SU PPL EM EN T.
Notwithstanding the following incidental Remarks bear no relatioz
to particular passages in the Extracts which compose thee volumes, yet they are intimately connetted with some of the respective Authors from whom those Extracts are taken; and being in themselves both too foreign as well as too extensive for insertion in the course of the notes, it was thought necessary to give them a place here.
In selecting from this author, I have been obliged to omit many of this beauties from their unfortunate intermixture with the most upardonabile vulgarisms; in gathering flowers from such foils, weeds will unavokably obtrude themselves; in order however that the elegance and exactness of some of his fimilies, which were too short to be admitted into the body of the book, may not be overlooked, I take the opportunity of introducing them to the reader here, and should think that critic more fastidious than clear-fighted, who should be displeased with them.
Even as the foyle (which April's gentle showers
So man, affifted by th’ Almightie's hand,
Job. Millitant, Med. 6.
Hist. of Queene Ester, Sect. 6.
Job. Mil. Sect. 1.
Emb. 1. 3. B.
If I prove her haggard,
Even as the needle, that directs the howre,
Job. Mil. 4 Med. In the beautiful song of “ Sweet William's Farewell,” the failor with great propriety adopts a nautical term from his own Art:
Change as ye list, ye winds; my heart fall be
The faithful compass that still points to thee, In perusing Quarles, I have occasionally observed that he has sometimes taken thoughts from the works of Lord Sterline, but the paisages were hardly worth noticing. Quarles was indebted to Herman Hugo for the hint of writing Emblems, the earliest edition I have been able to meet with, is that published in 1623 at Antwerp, in tolerable good Latin Elegies. A translation of it appeared Lond. 1686, by Edm. Arwaker, M. A. who very injudiciously observes, that “ Mr. Quarles only borrowed his Emblems, to prefix them to much inferior sense.” The earliest edition of Quarles's book, that I have seen, is in 1635, all the prints from the beginning of the third book, are exactly copied from Hugo, but Hugo himself was not original. As Andrew Alciat, a Milaneze lawyer so early as 1535, published at Paris a volume of Emblems. Thuanus gives a great character of this writer. Hift. Lib 8. A small Edit. of Alciat's work, with the obfervations of C. Minos, partially extracted, was published at Geneva. There is a pretty thought in one of the emblems which consists of a Helmet turned into a Beehive, and surrounded on all sides with its inhabitants, the motto is, Ex bello pax. I mention it solely to observe, that in the Sonnet sung before Queen Elizabeth at a tilt in the year 1590 at Westminster, and supposed to have been composed by the Earl of Essex, a thought of the same kind occurs :
My helmet now shall make an bive for bees,
See Vol. III. Eyans's Ballads. The writer of the fame song, whoever he was, might have been indebted for the thought to some print of the kind.
Milton's commentators have omitted remarking, that in the following palsage he seems to have had an eye on Warner :
Theę bright-hair'd Vesta long of yore