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The old Serpent the Devill, is represented as sending out into the world seven Devills to draw the world to capital sinne, as God had appointed seven capital Angels.
“ Of Sathans ministers, Leviathan is the first, that tempteth with pride; Mainmon the second, that attempteth by avarice; Asmodeus the third, that seduceth by lecherie; Beelzebub the fourth, that inciteth to envie; Baalberith the fifth, that provoketh to ire; Beelphegor the sixth, that moveth gluttony; Astaroth the seventh, that induceth sloth and idlenes.
“ These seven capitall sinnes sent out into the world wanted no allurements to bewitch the eie, no oratory to seduce the eare, no subtilty to affect the senses: so that finally seazing on the hearts of men, and wedded to their thoughts, they have brought foorth many and pernicious children, to the generall mischief of all-nations."
The Author first describes the fearful race of LIVIATHAN. His first sopne is VAINGLORY.
The next sonne LEVIATHAN presenteth is AMBITION, catching at nothing but stars, climing for nothing but crownes.”
" Let us see the third devil incarnate which LEVIATHAN hath brought foort to corrupt and haunt this world; and who is he, think you. Forsooth no begger, but a gallant of the first head, called BOSTING.”
" Next him marcheth HYPOCRISIE, in a long gowne, like a scholler."
“ Another sonne hath he, and his name is CURIOSITIE.”
“ Another sonne LEVIATHAN bath, that deserves discovering, for all the children his father hath, he is most befriended and least suspected ; his name is SUPERFLUOUS INVENTION, or as some tearme hiin, Novel Monger in Fashions."
" But let us leave this devil at his cutting bord, intentive for new fashions against next Christmas, and see what devill and sonne of Pride marcheth next; forsooth INGRATITUDE.
“ The next Harpie of this breed is SCANDALE and DETRACTION. "
“. Another divel of this age, and the sonne of LEVIATHIAN, is ADULATION."
" Pehold next I see CONTEMPT marching foorth, giving me the Fico with his thombe in his mouth for concealing him so long from your eie sight."
The Author next proceeds to describe the
strange and miraculous devils ingendred by Mammon.” “ The discovery of Asmodeus and bis lecherous race of devils incarnate."
Next he tells of the “great devill Belzebub, and what monstrous and strange devils he hath bred in our age.
The following chapter is of the “ Incarnate monsters begotten by the arch devill Baalberith.'' VOL. II.
This is succeeded by a description of the " In: temperate and unnatural devils rajsed by Beel. phegor, Prince of Belly Cheere.” The concluding chapter is on “The lumpish and heavy fiends begotten by the arch-devil, Ashtarqth.
But it remains to give a specimen of the style and manner of the Author. This I take from the chapter which discusses the passion of envy, as containing many curious observations on the writers who were cotemporary with Lodge. Of the great devill Belzebub, and what mon
strous and strange devills he hath bred in our ayre.
Belzebub the envious, grand God of fies, Archduke of Grecian fantasies, and patron of the Pharisees, thou priņce of devils. I must straine your patience a little to reckon by your pedigree; and though your infecting Cain, perverting Esau, şeducing Saul, incensing Abşolon, and gathering all the heresies in the church were enough to condemn your hornes to be sawed off your head for villainie; yet it shall suffice mee to find out the beginning of your sinfull progenie. Your wife I trow was Jealousie the daughter of a corrupt spirit, who could never find in her heart to dress herself, før fear a pin should kill her, nor looke into the aire for feare she should bee blasted, nor drink of water, in doubt she should be poisoned : Gad amercy for that nod,
horned horned beast, for it shewės thy confession. Wel then Jealousie thy wife, how were thy childré gotten forsooth it fortuned (as some poetical humor inspires me) that being vexed with a fever and passion of the spleen, thou wert, by the advice of wrath (the phisition in ordinary in thy houshold) let blood on the back of thy hand, in that vaine which is next the little finger, out of which having gathered much blood, Jealousie (that was still afraid of thee, and shunned thy company for feare in lubberlepping her thou shouldst press
her to death) drunk up this corrupt excreinent fasting, and after one stollen kisse from thy mouth, fell in such sort a swelling, that within the space of one month, at one birth (now the devill blesse them) brought thee forth these sons as I orderly describe thē. The first by Sathan (his grandsire) was called Hare Vertue, or in words of more circumstance Sorrow for another mans good successe, who, after he had learnt to lie of Lucian, to flatter with Aristippus, and conjure of Zoroaster, wandred a while in Fraunce, Germanie, and Italy, to learn languages and fashions, and now of late daies is stolo into England to deprave all good deserving. And though this fiend be begotten of his fathers own blood, yet he is different frõ his nature, and were be not sure that Jealousie could not make him a cuckold, he had long since published him for a bastard. You shall know him by this; "he is a foul lubber, his tongue tipo with lying, his heart steeled against charity; he walks, for the most part, in black, under colour of gravity, and looks as pale as yo wizard of the ghost which cried so miserally at ye theater, like an oister wife, Hamlet revenge: he is full of infamy and slander, insomuch as if he ease not hiş stomach in detracting somewhat or some man before noontide, he fals into a fever that holds him while supper time; he is always devising of epigrams, or işcoffes and grumbles, necromances continually, although nothing crosse him, he never laughs but at other meus harmes, briefly in being a tyrant over mens fames; he is a very Titius (as Virgil saith) to his owne thoughtes,
Titijq. vultus inter
The mischiefe is, that by grave demeanour and newes bearing, he hath got some credite with the greater sort, and maine fowles there þee, that because he can pen prettilie, hold it gospell whatever hee writes or speakes, his cus. tome is to preferre a foole to credite, to despight a wise man, and no poet lives by him that hath pot a fout of him. Let him spie a man of wit in a taverne, he is an arrant dronckard ; or but heare that he partes a fraie, he is a hạrebrained quarreller. Let a scholler write, Tush (saith he) I like not these common fellowes; let him write