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The complete poems of Sir John Davies (v. 2)

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Pages: 160

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Davies

Excerpt from book: 47 Appendix to Epigrams : (FROM THE HARLEIAN MSS. 1836.) As explained in the Note, page 6 ante, I have gleaned a few additions to these Epigrams. At close of those of Hutton,—in the MS. marked 60 and in Hutton's own volume 56,—on folio 1$d, is the word ' finis.' Immediately under this, the MS. is continued in the same handwriting on to folio 19, whereon ' finis' is again placed : and on folios 19and 20 Lines 'of Tobacco ' with 'finis ' once more. These Lines on ' Tobacco' are curious : and somewhat resemble those on ' Moly' given in the Hitherto Unpublished Poems of Davies, onward. G. i. In Superbiam. Epi. 4. I tooke the wall, one thrust me rudely by, And tould me the King's way did open lye. I thankt him y he did me so much grace, to take the worse, leave me the better place : For if by th' owners wee esteeme of things, the wall's the subjects, but the way's the King's. 2. Epi. 5. NIX f SNOW IX J 9 CORNIX ( A CROW. NIX:. I that the Winter's daughter am whilst thus my letters stand, Am whiter then the plumbe1 of swan or any ladye's hand : IX :. Take but away my letter first, and then I doe encline That stood before for milke white snowe to be the figure nine. And if that further you desire by change to doe som trickes, As blacke as any bird I am. CORNIX : by adding COR to NIX. 3. Epi. 6. Health is a jewell true, which when we buy Physitians value it accordingly. 4. In Amorosum. Epi. 7. A wife you wisht me (sir) rich, faire and young with French, Italian, and the Spanish tongue : 1 = plumage. G. I must confesse yor kindnesse verie much but yet in truth, Sir, I deserve none such. for when I wed—as yet I meane to tarry— A woman of one language i'le but marry, and with that little portion of her store, expect such plent...  

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