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Both this, th' Hesperian garden, Cadmus' story,
Mammon, Face, Surly. Mam. Do we succeed? Is our day come ? and hold's it?
Fac. The evening will fet red upon you, sir; You have colour for it, crimson : the red ferment Has done his office, three hours hence prepare you To see projection.
Mam. Pertinax, my Surly,
Fac. Like a wench with child, sir,
Mam. Excellent witty lungs! my only care is,
Fac. No, sir ? buy
Mam. That's true,
Mam. No, good thatch :
Hard for your worship; thrown by many a coal,
Mam. And, lastly,
Fac. Yes, Gr.
Fac. At's prayers, sir, he,
Mam. Lungs, I will set a period
Fac. Good, sir.
Mam. But do you hear ?
Fac. Yes, fir.
To read your several colours, fir, Of the pale citron, the green lyon, the crow,
The peacock's tail, the plumed swAN.) These are terms made a se of by adepts in the hermetic science, to express the several effects arising from the different degrees of fermentation. Thus we are told by one of them, from the putrefaction of the dead carcasses a crow will be generated, which putting forth its head, and the bath being somewhat increased, it will stretch forth its wings and begin to fly : at length being made white by a gentle and long rain, and with the dew of heaven it will be changed into a white fwan ; but a new born crow is a sign of the departed dragon.
Whether these terms contain a meaning, is best known to those who use them, and pretend to underiland them. I shall not trouble the reader with any more accounts of this kind, but refer those who are desirous of being initiated, to Almole's Theatrum Chymicum, and to the chymical collections published by the same author, under the anagrammatical name of James Hasolle Esq; i. e. Elias Ahmole.
To have a list of wives and concubines,
Fac. Both blood and spirit, fir.
Mam. I will have all my beds blown up; not stuft : Down is too hard. And then, mine oval room Fill’d with such pictures as Tiberius took From Elephantis, and dull Aretine But coldly imitated. Then, my glasses Cut in more subtle angles, to disperse, And " multiply the figures, as I walk Naked between my succubæ. My mists I'll have of perfume, vapour’d 'bout the room, To" lose our felves in ; and my baths, like pics To fall into : from whence we will come forth,
Then, my glasses Cut in more fubtle angles, to disperse,
And multiply the figures.] This species of lust, which the iniqui. tous Mammon is contriving, was really practised by one Hoftius in the time of Nero; an account of whose impurities we have in the It book of Seneca's Natural Questions : Hoc loco volo tibi narrare fabellam, ut intelligas quam nullum inftrumentum irritanda voluptatis libido contemnat, & ingeniola fit ad incitandum furorem suum. And afterwards he says, Non quantum peccabat videre contentus, specula fibi, per que fiagitia fua divideret, disponeretque circumdedit.
My mists I'll have of perfume, rapour d 'bout the room. To lose ourselves in.] Our poet is truly classical in all his instances of luxury and extravagance. It was a custom with the Romans on festival occasions, to have a mixture of wine, and saffron, and other odours, which was diffused about the room where the assembly met. And Suetonius informs us, that when Nero made his entry into Rome, after his return from Greece, the itreets were sprinkled with this mixture. It was chiefly used in the theatres, where it was conveyed to the top, and then sprinkled on the heads of the spectators, as we learn both from Pliny, (Nat. Hift. lib. 21. c. 17.) and from Lucan, lib. 9. v. 808 & feq.
And roll us dry in goffamour and roses.
Fac. And I shall carry it?
Mam. No. I'll ha' no bawds,
And my flatterers
That this piece of luxury was not a very early invention, even among the Romans themselves, appears from Propertius and Ovid; who in commending the frugality of their ancestors, mention their want of this delicacy as an instance of it.
Non finuoja cavo pendebant vela theatro,
Ovid. Art. Amand. lib. 1.
My flatterers Shall be the PURE, and gravejt of divines.] The pure, i. e. the puritanical.
Mr. UPTON. And then my poets The same that writ fo subtily of the PART.] Who the author al. luded to Mou'd be, I cannot say : in the collection of poems, called N'Harum Deliciæ, or the Muses Recreation, by fir John Mennes, and Dr. Smith, there is a poem called the fart censured in the parliament kwe; it was occasioned by an escape of that kind in the house of C(017 11c1s. I have seen part of this poem ascribed to an author in the time of queen Elizabeth, and poslibly it may be the thing referred to by Jonson.
A-piece, made, in a plume, to gather wind.
Fac. Sir, I'll
Mam. Do. My shirts
Sur. And do you think to have the stone, with this ?
's The tongues of carps, dormise, and camels heels, Boild if the spirit of fol, and dissolv'd pearl, (Apicius' diet, 'gainst the epilepfie] This is from the historian Ælius Lampridius, in the life of Heliogabalus: Comedit fæpius ad imitationem apicii calcanta camelorum, & criftas vivis gallinaceis demptas, linguas pavonum & luciniarum: quod qui ederet ab epilepfia tutus diceretur. Most of fir Epicure's dainties are mentioned in Lama pridius.