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535 And much of Terra Incognita,

Th' Intelligible World, cou'd fay.

The Intelligible World is a kind of Terra del Fuego, or Pfittacorum Regio, difcovered only by the Philofophers; of which they talk, like Parrots, what they do not understand.


538 As learned, &c.] No Nation in the World is more addicted to this occult Philofophy, than the Wild-Irish are, as appears by the whole Practice of their Lives; of which fee Camden in his Description of Ireland.

539 Or Sir AGRIPPA, &c.] They, who would know more of Sir Cornelius Agrippa here meant, may consult the Great Dictionary.

And JACOB BEHMEN understood.

Anthropofophus is only a compound Greek Word, which fignifies a Man that is wife in the Knowledge of Men, and is used by fome anonymous Author to conceal his true Name.

Dr. Floud was a fort of an English Rofy-crucian, whofe Works are extant, and as intelligible as thofe of Jacob Behmen.

545 n In ROSY-CRUCIAN Lore as learned,

As be that Vere Adeptus earned.

The Fraternity of the Rofy-crucians is very like the Sect of the ancient Gnoftici, who called themselves fo from the excellent Learning they pretended to, although they were really the most ridiculous Sots of Mankind.

Vere Adeptus, is one that has commenced in their Phanatick Extravagance.

646 Thou that with Ale, or viler Liquors,

Didft infpire WITHERS, PRYN, and VICKARS.

This Vickars was a Man of as great Interest and Authority in the late Reformation, as Pryn, or Withers, and as able a Poet: He tranflated Virgil's Æneid into as horrible Travesty in earneft, as the French Scaroon did in Burlefque, and was only outdone in his Way by the Politick Author of Oceana.

714 We that are, &c.] This Speech is fét down, as it was delivered by the Knight, in his own Words: But fince it is below the Gravity of Heroical Poetry to admit of Humour, but all Men are obliged to speak wifely alike, and too much of fo extravagant a Folly would become tedious and impertinent; the reft of his Harangues have only his Senfe expreffed, in other Words, unless in some few Places, where his own Words could not be fo well avoided.

7539 In bloody, &c.] Cynar&tomachy fignifies nothing in the World, but a Fight between Dogs and Bears, tho' both the Learned and Ignorant agree, that in fuch Words' very great Knowledge is contained: And our Knight, ast one, or both, of thofe, was of the fame Opinion.

758 Or Force, &c.] Another of the fame Kind, which, though it appear ever fo learned and profound, means nothing else but the Weeding of Corn.

777 The Indians fought for the Truth

Of th' Elephant and Monkey's Tooth.

The History of the White Elephant and Monkey's Tooth, which the Indians adored, is written by Monfieur le Blanc. This Monkey's Tooth was taken by the Portuguese from thofe that worshipped it, and though they offered a vaft Ranfom for it, yet the Chriftians were perfuaded by their Priests rather to burn it. But as foon as the Fire was kindled, all the People prefent were not able to endure the horrible Stink that came from it, as if the Fire had been made of the fame Ingredients, with which Seamen ufe to compofe that Kind of Granado's, which they call Stinkards. G 4



786 The Rage, &c.] Boute-feus is a French Word, and therefore it were uncivil to fuppofe any English Perfon (especially of Quality) ignorant of it, or fo ill-bred as to need an Expofition.


u 'Tis fung, &c.] Mamaluke's the Name of the Militia of the Sultans of Egypt; it fignified a Servant or Soldier; they were commonly Captives, taken from amongst the Chriftians, and inftructed in Military Difcipline, and did not marry; their Power was great, for, befides that the Sultans were chofen out of their Body, they difpofed of the most important Offices of the Kingdom; they were formidable about 200 Years, 'till at laft Selem, Sultan of the Turks, routed them, and killed their Sultan, near Aleppo, 1516, and fo put an End to the Empire of the Mamalukes, which had lafted 267 Years. Paulus Jovius, &c.

No Question but the Rhime to Mamaluke, was meant Sir Samuel Luke, of whom in the Preface.


w Honour is like, &c.] Our English Proverbs are not impertinent to this Purpose:

He that woos a Maid, must seldom come in her Sight:
But he that woos a Widow, muft woo her Day and Night.
He that woos a Maid, muft feign, lye, and flatter;

But he that woos a Widow, muft down with his Breeches and at her.

This Proverb being fomewhat immodeft, Mr. Ray fays he would not have inferted it in his Collection, but that he met with it in a little Book, intitled, The Quakers Spiritual Court proclaimed: Written by Nathaniel Smith, Student in Phyfick; wherein the Author mentions it as Counsel given him by Hilkiah Bedford, an eminent Quaker in London, who would have had him to have married a rich Widow, in whofe Houfe he lodged. In Cafe he could get her, this Nathaniel Smith had pro

mifed Hilkiah a Chamber gratis. The whole Narrative is worth the Reading.

NOTES to Part I. Canto II.

47 That is to fay, whether Tollutation,
As they do term't, or Succuffation.

Tollutation and Succufation are only Latin Words for Ambling and Trotting, though I believe both were natural amongst the old Romans; fince I never read, they made ufe of the Tramel, or any other Art, to pace their Horfes.

60 y As Indian Britons, &c.]. The American Indians call a great Bird they have, with a white Head, a Penguin; which fignifies the fame Thing in the British Tongue; from whence (with other Words of the fame Kind) fome Authors have endeavoured to prove, That the Americans are originally derived from the Britons.

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65 The dire, &c.] Pharfalia is a City of Theffaly, famous for the Battle won by Julius Cæfar againft Pompey the Great, in the neighbouring Plains, in the 607th Year of Rome, of which read Lucan's Pharfalia.


a Chiron, the, &c.] Chiron, a Centaur, Son to Saturn and Phillyris, living in the Mountains, where, being much given to Hunting, he became very knowing in the Virtues of Plants, and one of the most famous Phyficians of his Time. He imparted his Skill to Æfculapius, and was afterwards Apollo's Governor, until being wounded by Hercules, and defiring to die, Jupiter placed him in Heaven, where he forms the Sign of Sagittarius, or the Archer.


b In Staffordshire, where virtuous Worth
Does raife the Minstrelly, not Birth, &c.

The whole Hiftory of this ancient Ceremony you may read at large in Dr. Plot's Hiftory of Staffordshire, under the Town Tutbury.

155 Grave as, &c.] For the Hiftory of Pegu, read Mandelfa and Olearius's Travels.

172 In military, &c.] Paris Garden, in Southwark, took its Name from the Poffeffor.

231 Though by, &c.] Promethean Fire. Prometheus was the Son of Iapetus, and Brother of Atlas, concerning whom the Poets have feigned, that having first formed Men of the Earth and Water, he ftole Fire from Heaven to put Life into them; and that, having thereby difpleased Jupiter, he commanded Vulcan to tie him to Mount Cauafus with iron Chains, and that a Vulture fhould prey upon his Liver continually; but the Truth of the Story Se, That Prometheus was an Aftrologer, and conftant in obferving the Stars upon that Mountain, and that, among other Things, he found the Art of making Fire, either by the Means of a Flint, or by contracting the Sun-beams in a Glafs, Bochart will have Magog, in the Scripture, to be the Prometheus of the Pagans.

He here and before farcaftically derides those who were great Admirers of the Sympathetick Powder and Weapon Salve; which were in great Repute in those Days, and much promoted by the great Sir Kenelm Digby, who wrote a Treetife ex profeffo on that Subject, and, I believe, thought what he wrote to be true; which fince has been loded out of the World.

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And "mong, &c.] Coffacks are a People that live nd; this Name was given them for their extraorimblenefs; for Cofa or Kofa, in the Poli

, fignic them, may

Goat. He that would know more of Laboreur and Thuldenus.

&c.] This Cuftom of the Huns is deanus Marcellinus: Hunni femicruda cujufNe vefcuntur, quam inter femora fua & bfertam, calefacient brevi. P. 686.

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