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The following alludes to a singular custom formerly observed by the Lord Mayor of London, but which, I presume is now omitted. Every Lord Mayor gave, in the course of bis Alayoralty, “a gilded spoon to most of his Company, and at a solemne feast each guest gives him 4 or 5l. or more towards his charge.
TO A PARDON BUYER.
The Pope gives thee a sweeping indulgence,
The City now makes a large allowance, as inuch, I believe, as 80001. to each Lord Mayor, for the maintenance of his state and dignity,
TO SIR PIERCE PENNY-LESSE.
Though little coyne thy purse-lesse pocket lyne,
Note on the above,
“He walks out his dinner in Paules, and his supper in the Exchange.”
u. 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, and all in Lattaine."
One more specimen may suffice,
10 MY HONEST BED-FELLOW, THC PRIVATLY
CHARITABLE DISCREETLY BENEFICIAL MASTER
Piein is Greeke to drinke, Pain French fur bread,
THE following rare Tract will conclude my Selection of this kind :
Two CENTURIES OF EPIGRAMMES. Written by John Heath; Bachelour of Arts, and Fellow of New Colledge, in Oxford.
London. Printed by John Windet. 1610.”
These Epigrams are incribed “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 :
Jocos, delitias, sales, lepores
Casta placent ? castus liber iste. Jocoso i jocosus.
Innocua ? invenies. Relligiosa ? dabit.
Ob quam multiplices, parve libelle, sales !
IN LIBRUM $ UUM.
My booke it must please all, or some, or none,
It must be questioned in philosophy,
THE Dramatic Works of this Author have been meutioned 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 ;
Printed at London, for R: S. 1609."
The reader will, I hope, be entertained with the following chapter, which instructs, a Gallant “ how to behave himselfe in an Ordinary.”
CHIAP. 5. How a Yong Gallant should behave himselle ist
an Ordinary. First having diligently enquired out an ordipary of the largest reckoning, whither most of