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The *second Ælo's court, where tempests raging,
Shut close within a cave the winds encaging, With earthquakes shakes the Island, thunders sad presaging..
More straight above, beneath still broader growing,
This gate endow'd with many properties,
Yet for his office, sight and naming flies :
The three first pipes the ready feast convoy:
In every one the Hepar keeps his spies,
Who if ought good with evil blended lies; Thence bring it back again to Hepar's treasuries.
* The second is Colon (or the tormentor) because of the wind there staying and vexing the body. Alos appears to be used for Æolus, the god of winds. See Virg. Æn. Lib. 1. v. 56.
of The last called Rectum (or straight) hath no windings, short, larger' towards the end, that the excrement may be more easily ejected, and retained also upon occasion.
An allusion to the Porta Esquilina at Rome, through which dead bodies and criminals were conveyed to Mons Esquilinus.
The thin entrails serve for carrying and concocting the chyle. They are all sprinkledwith numberless little veins, that no part of the chyle might escape, till all be brought to the liver.
+ Epiploon or over-swimmer, descends below the navel, and ascends above the highest enirails. It is of skinny substance and entirely everé laid with fat.
The first from over-swimming takes his name,
From foreign enmity the pipes maintains:
Close by +Pancreas stands, who ne'er complains;
One of the three, yet of the three the least.
Now hie we home; the pearled dew ere long
Will wet the mothers and their tender young : To-morrow with the day we may renew our song." :, The Mesentery, which ties and knits the entrails together.
of Pancreas or all-flesh, for so it seems, is laid as a pillow under the stomach, and sustains the veins, that are there dispread.
THE morning fresh, dappling her horse with roses,
(Vex'd at the ling’ring shades that long had left her, In Tithon's freezing arms) the light discloses ; And chasing night, of rule and heaven bereft her:
The Sun with gentle beams his rage disguises,
Lets out his flock, and on a hill stood heeding,
Straight flock a shoal of nymphs and shepherd-swains,
While all their lambs rang'd on the flow'ry plains; Then thus the boy began, crown'd with their circling trains.
III. 66 You gentle shepherds, and you snowy sires,
That sit around, my rugged rhymes attending; How may I hope to quit your strong desires,
In verse uncouth, such wonders comprehending? • Too well I know my rudeness, all unfit
To frame this curious Isle, whose framing yet
And hid'st that art from all the world beside ;
And in this fog, my erring foot-steps guide :
Thou who first mad'st, and never wilt forsake it :
Else how shall my weak hand dare undertake it, When thou thyself ask'st counsel of thyself to make it.
Fairly dispread in large dominion,
Fenc'd with such bars and strongest situation;
So never fearing foreigners' invasion :
With firmest league and mutual reference:
Built Sall alike, seeming like rubies sheen|l,
Of some peculiar matter; such I ween,
The upper parts all smooth as slipp’ry glass :
Like to the hangings of some rocky mass :
* Of all this lower region, the Hepar, or liver, is the principal. The situation strong, and safe walled in by the ribs. + It is covered with one single tunicle, and that very thin and slight.
The liver is tied to the heart by arteries, to the head by nerves, and to both by veins, dispersed to both.
The liver consists of no ordinary flesh, but of a kind proper to itself. ll i. e. Fair, shining. ** The liver's upper part rises, and swells gently; is very smooth and even ; the lower on the outside like to a hollow rock, rugged and craggy.
Here first the *purple fountain making vent,
By thousand rivers through the Isle dispent,
His porphry house glitters in purple dye;
And though the rent he daily, duly pay,
Yet doth his flowing substance ne'er decay ;
The jovial Hepar sits ; with great expence
Cheering the Isle by, his sweet influence;
Not Cupid's self, but Cupid's better brother :
By whose command, we either love our kind, ..
Or with more perfect love, affect the mind ; With such a diamond knot, he often souls can bind.
. * From it rise all the spriugs of blood that run in the veios.
+ The steward of the whole Isle, is here fitly placed ; because as all (that is - brought in) is here fitted and disposed, so from hence returned and dispensed.
| The planet Jupiter.
Here Platu disposes the seat of love.