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The thing hath travail'd, and, faith, speaks all

tongues,
And only knoweth what to all States belongs,
Made of th' accents, and best phrase of all these,
He speaks one language. If strange meats displease,
Art can deceive, or hunger force my taft; ;
But pedants motly tongue, souldiers bumbaft,
Mountebanks drug-tongue, nor the termes of law,
Are trong enough preparatives to draw
Me to hear this, yet I must be content
With his tongue, in his tongue call’d Complement:
In which he can win widots, and pay scores,
Make men speak treason, couzen subtlest whores,
Out-flatter favourites, or out-lie either
Jovius, or Surius, or both together.

He names me, and comes to me; I whisper, God,
How have I finn'd, that thy wrath's furious Rod,
This fellow, chuseth me! He faith, Sir,
I love your judgment, whom do you prefer
For the best Linguift? and I feelily
Said that I thought Calepines Dicionary.

Our fons shall see it leisurely decay,
First turn plain rash, then vanilh quite away. 45

This thing has traveld, speaks each language too,
And knows what's fit for every state to do;
Of whose best phrase and courtly accent join'd,
He forms one tongue, exotic and refin'd.
Talkers I've learn'd to bear; Motteux I knew, 50
Henley himself I've heard, and Budgel too.
The Doctor's Wormwood style, the Halh of tongues
A Pedant makes, the storm of Gonson's lungs,
The whole Artill’ry of the terms of War, .
And (all those plagues in one) the bawling Bar : 55
These I cou'd bear, but not a rogue so civil,
Whose tongue will compliment you to the devil.
A tongue, that can cheat widows, cancel fcores,
Make Scots speak treason, cozen subtleft whores,
With royal Favourites in Aate’ry vie,

60 And Oldmixon and Burnet both out-lie.

He spies me out, I whisper, Gracious God! What sin of mine could merit such a rod ? That all the shot of dulness now must be From this thy blunderbuss discharg'd on me! 65 Permit (he cries) no ftranger to your fame To crave your sentiment, ifm-'s your name. What Speech esteem you most ? " The King's, said I.” But the best words? - Sir, the Dictionary,"

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Nay, but of men, most sweet Sir? Beza then,

Some Jesuits, and two reverend men

Of our two academies I nam'd: here

He stopt me, and said, Nay your Apostles were

Good pretty Linguists; fo Panurgus was,

Yet a poor Gentleman; all these may pass

By travail. Then, as if he would have fold

His tongue, he prais'd it, and such wonders told,

That I was fain to say, If you had liv'd, Sir,

Time enough to have been Interpreter

To Babels Bricklayers, sure the Tower had ftood.

He adds, If of Court life you knew the good,

You would leave loneness.

I said, Not alone

My loneness is ; but Spartanes fashion

Notes, VER. 78. Yet these were all peor Gentlemen!] Our Poet has here added to the humour of his original. Donne makes his thread-bare Traveller content himself under his

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You miss my aim; I mean the most acute

70 And perfect Speaker? _“ Onslow, paft dispute.” But, Sir, of writers ? “ Swift, for clofer style, " But Ho**y for a period of a mile." Why yes, 'tis granted, these indeed may pass : Good common linguists, and so Panurge was ; 75 Nay troth th' Apostles (tho' perhaps too rough) Had once a pretty gift of Tongues enough: Yet these were all poor Gentlemen! I dare Affirm, 'twas Travel made them what they were.

Thus others talents having nicely shown, 80 He came by sure transition to his own: Till I cry'd out, You prove yourself fo able, Pity! you was not Druggerman at Babel ; For had they found a linguist half so good, I make no question but the Tow'r had stood.

“ Obliging Sir! for Courts you sure were made: is Why then for ever bury'd in the shade ? i Spirits like you, should see and should be seen, c. The King would smile on you--at least the Queen. Ah gentle Sir! you Courtiers so cajol us

9 But Tully has it, Nunquam minus folus : And as for Courts, forgive me, if I say No lessons now are taught the Spartan way:

85

Notes. poverty with the reflection that Panurge himself, the grea: Traveler and Linguist in Rabelais, went a begging.

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To teach by painting drunkards doth not last
Now, Aretines pictures have made few chaste;
No more can Princes Courts (though there be few
Better pictures of vice) teach me virtue.
He like to a high-stretcht Lute-string squeaks, O

Sir,
'Tis sweet to talk of Kings. At Westminster,
Said I, the man that keeps the Abby tombs,
And for his price, doth with whoever comes
Of all our Harrys, and our Edwards talk,
From King to King, and all their kin can walk :
Your ears shall hear nought but Kings; your eyes

meet

Kings only: The way to it is Kings-street.
He smack'd, and cry'd, He's base, mechanique,

course,
So are all your Englishmen in their discourse. -
Are not your Frenchmen neat? Mine, as you see,
I have but one, Sir, look, he follows me.
Certes they are neatly cloath'd. I of this mind am,
Your only wearing is your Grogaram.

Notes. • Ver. 104. He ev'ry day from King to King can walk,} There is something humourous enough in the words of the Original. The way to it is Kings-fireet. But the Imi- .

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