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to the verdict of your Tryers. Caits CILNIVS
MEC@NAS pronounceth you, by this hand-writing, 430
Tvcc. Parcell-guiltie, I.

DEME. He meanes himselfe: for it was he indeed,
Suborn'd vs to the calumnie.

435 (344) Tvcc. I, your whorson cantharides? was't I?

DEME. I appeale to your conscience, Captaine.
Tibv. Then, you confesse it, now.
DEME. I doe, and craue the mercy of the court.
TiBv. What faith CRISPINVS?

440 Cris. O, the Captaine, the Captaine

HORA. My physicke begins to worke with my patient, I see.

VIRG. Captaine; stand forth and answere.

Tvcc. Hold thy peace, Poet Prætor: I appeale 445 from thee, to CAESAR, I. Doe me right, royall CAESAR.

Caes. Mary, and I will, sir. Ličtors, gag him :
And put a case of vizards o're his head,
That he may looke bi-fronted, as he speakes.

Tvcc. Gods, and fiends. CAESAR! thou wilt not,
CAESAR? wilt thou? Away, you whorson vultures;
away. You thinke I am a dead corps now; because
CAESAR is dispos'd to ieft with a man of marke, or so.
Hold your hook't talons out of my flesh, you inhumane 455
Harpies. Goeto, do't. What? will the royall
Avgvstvs cast away a gent'man of worship, a Captaine,
and a Commander; for a couple of condemn'd caitiue
calumnious Cargo's?


429-433 Caius Cilnius Mecoenas pro- | nounceth you, by this handwriting, Guiltie. Corneli- | Tuc. Gallus, Guiltie. Pantilius Tucca| us Parcell Guiltie; I. / 2 431 Pantillus N

436 was't I?] wasn't it? N 448 gag him: doe 1640 gag him: do. 1692, 1716, W, G 451 fiends] friends 1640, 1692, 1716 456 Harpies] Gorboduckes. O 457 gentleman G, N

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Caes. Dispatch, Lictors.
Caes. Forward, TIBVLLVS.

VIRG. Demand, what cause they had to maligne

DEME. In troth, no great cause, not I; I must con- 465 fesse: but that hee kept better company (for the most part) then I: and that better men lou'd him, then lou'd me: and that his writings thriu'd better then mine, and were better lik't, and grac't: nothing else. ·

VIRG. Thus, enuious soules repine at others good. 470

HORA. If this be all; faith, I forgiue thee freely.
Enuy me still; so long as VIRGIL loues me,
GALLVS, TIBVLLVS, and the best-best CAESAR,
My deare Mec@NAS: while these, with many more
(Whose names I wisely slip) shall thinke me worthy

Their honour'd, and ador'd societie,
And reade, and loue, proue, and applaud my poemes;
I would not with but such as you should spight them.

Cris. O

480 Cris. O, I am sicke

HORA. A bason, a bason, quickly; our phyfick works.
Faint not, man.

Cris. 0 O-retrograde— reciprocall-incubus.
CAES. What's that, HORACE?

485 HORA. Retrograde, and reciprocall, Incubus are come vp.

GALL. Thankes be to IVPITER. (345) Cris.

Cris. 0% glibbery-lubricall-defunct ô

490 HORA. Well said: here's some store. VIRG. What are they? HORA. Glibbery, lubricall, and defunct.

460-1 [The vizards are put upon him. G, N 486 Incubus) and incubus G, N reciprocall,] comma om. 1640, 1692, 1716, W

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GALL. O, they came vp easie.
CRIS. 0-0

Tibv. What's that?
HORA. Nothing, yet.
Cris. Magnificate.
Mecæ. Magnificate that came vp somewhat hard.
HORA. 1. What cheere, CRISPINVS?

500 Cris. O, I shall cast vp my—spuriousfnotteries

HORA. Good. Againe.
CRIS. Chilblaind- -Ô- -ô -clum fie

HORA. That clumsie stucke terribly.

Mecæ. What's all that, HORACE?
HORA. Spurious fnotteries, chilblain'd, clumsie.

GALL. Who would haue thought, there should ha'
beene such a deale of filth in a poet?

510 Cris. O -barmy frothCaes. What's that?

Cris. -Puffy_inflate-turgidous- ventofitous.

HORA. Barmy froth, puffy, inflate, turgidous, and 515 ventofitous are come vp.

TIBV. O, terrible, windie wordes !
Gall. A signe of a windie braine.

Cris. 0—oblatrant- -furibund -fatuate

520 HORA. Here's a deale: oblatrant, furibund, fatuate, strenuous.

Caes. Now, all's come vp, I trow. What a tumult hee had in his belly !

494-5 Gal. O, they come up. 0 -Oh! N 508 IVPITER] dupter N 511“ba-my froth ” N

514 Ventosity Q, N 516 Ventosity Q, N 519 oblatrant-furibund] Oblatrant,Obcaecate - Furibund 2 521 oblatrant, furibund] Oblatrant, Obcaecate, Furibund 2 523 tumult] tumble N

HORA. No: there's the often confcious dampe 525 behind, still.

Cris. 0-consciousdampe.

HORA. It's come vp, thankes to APOLLO, and ÆSCULAPIVS: Yet, there's another; you were best take a pill more?

530 Cris. O, no: 0– -ô Ômô.

HORA. Force your selfe then, a little with your finger.

CRIS. 0—0- -prorumped.

TIBV. Prorumped? What a noise it made! as if 535 his spirit would haue prorumpt with it.

CRIS. 0-0-0.

VIRG. Helpe him: it stickes ftrangely, what euer it is. Cris. 0 -clutcht.

540 HORA. Now it's come: clutcht.

CAES. Clutcht? It's well, that's come vp! It had but a narrow passage. (346) Cris. 0— VIRG. Againe, hold him: hold his head there.

545 Cris. Snarling guftsquaking custard. HORA. How now, CRISPINVS? CRIS. 0_obstupefact. TIBV. Nay: that are all we, I assure you. HORA. How doe you feele your felfe?

550 Cris. Pretty, and well, I thanke you.

VIRG. These pills can but restore him for a time;
Not cure him quite of such a maladie,
Caught by so many surfets; which haue fill'd
His bloud, and braine, thus full of crudities :

555 'Tis necessary, therefore, he obserue A ftri&t and holsome dyet. Looke, you take Each morning, of old Catoes principles

525 dampe) om. 2 527 dampe) om. g 528 It is N 547 Hora. ... CrispinVs?] Tropologicall - - - Anagogical --- Loquacity ... Pinnosity. O

A good draught, next your heart; that walke vpon,
Till it be well digested: Then come home,

560 And taste a piece of TERENCE, sucke his phrase In stead of lycorice; and, at any hand, Shun PLAVTVs, and old ENNIVS, they are meates Too harsh for a weake stomacke. Vie to reade (But not without a tutor) the best Greekes:

565 As ORPHEVS, MvsaEVS, PINDARVS, HESIOD, CALLIMACHVS, and THEOCRITE, High HOMER, but beware of LYCOPHRON: He is too darke, and dangerous a dish. You must not hunt for wild, out-landish termes, 570 To stuffe out a peculiar dialect; But let your matter runne before your words: And if, at any time, you chaunce to meet Some Gallo-belgick phrase, you shall not straight Racke your poore verse to giue it entertainement; 575 But let it palle: and doe not thinke your selfe Much damnified, if you doe leaue it out; When, nor your vnderstanding, nor the sense Could well receiue it. This faire abstinence, In time, will render you more found, and cleere; And this haue I prescrib'd to you, in place Of a strict sentence: which till he performe, Attire him in that robe. And hence-forth, learne To beare your selfe more humbly; not to swell, Or breathe your insolent, and idle spight,

585 On him, whose laughter, can your worst affright. TIBV. Take him away.


VIRG. And, for a weeke, or two, fee him lockt vp (347] In some darke place, remoou'd from companie: 590 He will talke idly else after his physicke.


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