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THIS INTRODUCETH TO MIE LIBRARIE.

From moulderinge Abhayes' darke Scriptorium broughte
See vellum tomes by monkysh laboure wroughte;
Ne yette the Comma borne, Papyri see,
And uncial letterres' wizarde grammarie.
View mie Fyfthteeneres in their ruggedde line ;
Swylke Inkes! swylke Linnenne! only knowne longe syne-
Enteringe, where Aldus mote have fixt his throne,
Or Harrie Stevenes covetedde his owne.

DRURIE.

IN MUSÆI . MEI . ADITU.

PONTIFICUM . VIDEAS. PENETRALIBUS. ERUTA . LABSIS

ANTIQUAS . MONACHUM . VELLERA . PASSA . MANUS

ET . VETERES . PUNCTO . SINE . DIVISORE . PAPYROS

QUÆQUE . FREMIT . MONSTRIS . LITERA . PICTA . SUIS

ÆTATIS . DECIMÆ . SPECTES . INDUSTRIA . QUINTÆ

QUAM. PULCRA . ARCHETYPOS. IMPRIMAT. ARTE. DUCES

ALDINAS . ÆDES . INEUNS . ET . LIMINA . JUNTÆ

QUOSQUE.SUOS. STEPHANUS. VELLET. HABERE. LARES

H. J. T. D.

PRECEDENCE. “Sir, will you please to walk before?' * No pray, Sir, you are next the door :' • Upon my honour, I'll not stir• Sir, I'm at homeconsider, Sir!' * Excuse me Sir, I'll not go first :' · Well if I must be rude, I mustBut yet I wish I could evade it ; 'Tis strangely clownish—be persuaded.'

Go forward cits go forward squires ;
Nor scruple each what each admires.
· Life squares not friends with your proceeding,

It flies while you display your breeding :
Such breeding as one's grannam preaches,
Or some old dancing master teaches.
O for some rude tumultuous fellow,
Half crazy, or at least half mellow,
To come behind you unawares
And fairly kick you both down stairs !

But, Death's at handlet me advise ye,
Go forward friends, or he'll surprise ye.

SHENSTONE.

THE QUIET OLD LADY.
There was an old woman lived under a hill,
And if she's not gone, she lives there still.

Gammer Gurton. PRÆCEDERE. 'I PRÆ, pone sequar, Domine'—' haud præcedere possum'"I prece te rogito: foribus quin proximus adstas ! • Juro Phoebeos crines, pede figor — at hæc est Nostra domus, reputa’— Veniam da, non prior ibo!' “Quam sit inurbanum novi, at parere necesse est ; Longe aliter facerem—precor O succumbe roganti.'

Ite, præite aliis alii, vos quotquot ab urbe, Armigeri quotquot proceres de rure : nec id quod Pectore amat toto, sibi quisque assumere nolit. Vita brevis male se vestris accommodat hisce Usubus ; illa fugit, dum vos ornatis ad unguem Exhibitos mores, quales docuisset inepta Garrulitas aviæ, aut balbi præcepta Bathylli. Asper et incultus veniat quis, sit simul idem Ebriolus, paulum aut demens, qui calce faceto Urgens de tergo, scalas abscondere cogat.

Sed quid ego plura? En præsto stat Mors ! nisi vultis Ire, hæc attonitos protrudet et ire negantes.

B.

ANUS TRANQUILLA. Legit Anus sub colle domum : domus illa morantem, Si non ipsa abeat, jam retinebit anum.

F. H.

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THE BUD. Lately on yonder swelling bush,

Big with many a coming rose,
This early bud began to blush,

And did but half itself disclose :
I plucked it, though no better grown;
And now you see how full 'tis blown.

Still as I did the leaves inspire,

With such a purple light they shone,
As if they had been made of fire,

And spreading so would flame anon.
All that was meant by air and sun
To the young flower, my breath has done.

If our loose -breath so much can do,

What may the same in forms of love, Of purest love and music too,

When Flavia it aspires to move? When that, which lifeless buds persuades To wax more soft, her youth invades?

WALLER.

HARRY'S CALF. * HARRY, I cannot think,' says Dick, · What makes your ancles grow so thick ;' • You do not recollect,' says Harry, • What a great calf they have to carry!'

PRIOR.

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