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Brutus, that brave and compleat Cavalier,
Who thus of late in Fleet Street flourished, Thought then no pleasure or expence too deare;
But see how soon the case is altered, As that constrained to divide the streete,
He now betakes himselfe unto the Fleete.
Faunus for feates of fencing beares the bell,
For skill in musick on each instrument, For dancing, carving, and discoursing well,
With other sundry gifts more excellent ; But striving still to make his credit stronger,
The taylor will not trust him any longer.
Persyade not Romulus to take a wife,
Who is to wedlock sworne an enemie, And ever vowes to lead a single life,
Which he accompts most honest purity. Besides a thousand reasons that coustraines him, Amongst the rest, a marchants wife maintains his
Paulus, a pamphlet doth in proze present
Unto his Lord, “ The Fruites of idle Time," Who far more carelesse then therewith content, Wished he would convert it into rime,
Which done, and brought him at another seasoti
The wicked reape what other men do sowe,
This Poet is not mentioned by Ritson, or any of our poetical Biographers, but he was the author, among other works, of the following:
" Two CENTURIES OF EPIGRAMMES.
Written by John Heath, Bachelour of Arts, and Fellow of New Colledge in Oxford.
Quicquid agunt homines, votum, timor, ira, voluptas,
Gaudia, discursus; nostri farrago libelli est.
London. Printed by John Windet.
I tooke the wall, one thrust me rudely by,
Fisher, by being the Popes humble thrall,
Health is a jewel true, which when we buý,
Some of Alvmus friends met purposely
This phrage to drinke a health is onely trew,
Of driuke which men of your profession brew. VOL. II.
Our common Parents straight upon their fall,
We buy the driest wood that we can finde, And willingly would leave the smoke behinde; But in tobacco a thwart course we take, Buying the hearb onely for the smokes sake.
PORUS, the onely Sloven of our dayes,
of his time that beares a head,
THIS Collection of Epigrams is mentioned with respect by Warton, and deserves a place in this work, from its extreme rarity.
QUODLIBETS, LATELY COME OVER FROM New BRITANIOLA, OLD NEWFOUNDLAND.
Epigrams and other small Parcels, both morall and divine.
The first foure Books being the Authors owne: the rest translated out of that excellent Epigramniatist, Mr. John Owen, and other rare Authors.
With two Epistles of that excellently wittie Doctor Francis Rablais. Translated out of his French at large." All of them composed and done at Harbor-grace, in Britaniola, anciently called Newfoundland.
By R. H. sometimes Governor of the Plantation there.
London. Printed by Elizabeth All-de, for Roger Michell, dwelling in Pauls Church Yard, at the Signe of the Bulls Head. 1628,"
They are dedicated to Charles I., whom the author terms Father, Favourer and Furtherer of all his loyall Subjects right honourable and K 2