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The aisles of St. Pauls Church were then the fashionable City walk.
POPERIES PRINCIPAL ABSURDITIES,
Of all the hoodwinkt trickes in Popery,
Note on the above.
“ In Papisticall Churches they both read the Scripture, and sing and pray to images, in Lattaine.”
One more specimen may suffice.
TO MY HONEST BEN-FELLOW, THE PRIVATLY
CHIARITABLE DISCREETLY BENEFICIAL MASTER EDWARP PAYNE, MERCHANT OF BRISTOLL.
Piein is Greeke to drinke, Pain French for bread,
THE following rare Tract will conclude my Selection of this kind :
Two CENTURIES EPIGRAMMES. Written by John Heath, Bachelour of Arts, and Fellow of New Colledge, in Oxford.
London. Printed by John Windet. 1610.”
These Epigrams are inscribed “To the Vertuous Gentleman, M. Thomas Bilson, sole Sonne to that Reverend Father, the now L. Bishop of Winchester.”
The following complimentary lines to the Author deserve preservation
Casta placent ? castus liber iste. Jocosa : jocosus.
Innocua? invenies. Relligiosa? dabit.
Oh quam multiplices, parve libelle, sales !
IN LIBRUM SUUM.
My booke it must please all, or some, or none,
It must be questioned in philosophy,
T. DECKER, T. DECKER.
THE Dramatic Works of this Author have been mentioned in their place. This Tract, the description of which follows, is curious in itself, and of such rarity as to merit a place here.
The reader will find some account of it in the Prolegomena to Steevens's edition of Shakspeare. That Critic has given as a specimen, the chapter which instructs a Gallant how to behave himself in a Playhouse.
The following is the Title:
" THE GULS HORNE-BOOKE,
Stultorum plena sunt omnia,
By T. Decker.
The reader will, I hope, be entertained with the following chapter, which instructs a Gallant " how to behave himselfe in an Ordinary.”
How a Yong Gallant should behave himselfe in
First having diligently enquired out an ordinary of the largest reckoning, whither most of
Which done, and brought him at another season,
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,