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Our Pride and Vanity t' appease;

Kill one another, and cut Throats,

For our good Graces, and beft Thoughts; 355 To do your Exercise for Honour,

443

And have your Brains beat out the fooner;
Or crack'd, as learnedly, upon

Things that are never to be known;
And still appear the more induftrious,
360 The more your Projects are prepoft'rous;
To fquare the Circle of the Arts,

And run ftark mad to fhew your Parts;
Expound the Oracle of Laws,

And turn them which Way we fee Caufe; 365 Be our Solicitors, and Agents,

And ftand for us in all Engagements.
And these are all the Mighty Pow'rs
You vainly boaft, to cry down ours;
And what in real Value's wanting,
370 Supply with Vapouring and Ranting:
Because yourselves are terrify'd,
And stoop to one another's Pride;
Believe we have as little Wit

To be Out-Hector'd, and fubmit: 375 By your Example, lofe that Right

In Treaties, which we gain'd in Fight:

from Bifalta and Pippea, to their Lovers Favorinus and Horten fius. (See Dr. Baily's Romance, written in Newgate, and publifh'd 1650. in folio, with this Title: Herba Parietis; or the Wall-Flower, p. 124, &c.)

And terrify'd into an Awe,

Pass on ourselves a Salique Law:

.378. Pafs on ourselves a Salique Law.] Pharamond, the First King of France, died about the Year 428. An ancient Chronicle gives him the Credit of fettling the Salique Law, by Four Lords, and fays, They labour'd in it for three Malles, or Affixes: and that it is called Salique, from the Saliens, the nobleft of the French People. Mezeray's Hiftory of France, tranflated by Bulteel, 1683. p. 7. De Serre's Hiftory of France, by Peter Mathew, 1624. p. 5, 6. Spelmanni Gloffar. Lex Salica, p. 363. Moll's Geography, p. 63. Davila's Hiftory of the Civil Wars of France,

book 1. p. 3, 4.

Nauclerus (Vid. Chronograph. vol. 2. p. 523.) thinks it was call'd Lex Salica, from Salaguftus, one of the Doctors that drew it up. See Whetstone's English Mirrour, 1586. lib. 2. chap. 8. p. 137. Dr. Heylin fays, (Cofmography, 5th edit. p. 177.) "Twas fo call'd, as is pretended, because the Words Si aliqua are fo often used in it.

Others call it's Antiquity in queftion, and think it was four hundred Years later than Pharamond, and made by Charles the Great, against the German Women, inheriting Lands in their small Domains, between the Sala and the Elbe; and if so, it had no Signification to the French. See Echard's Hiftory of England, vol. 1. P. 437, 438.

But whether the Claim is in Pharamond, or Charles the Great, if we may credit Dr. Howel, (fee his Inftitution of General Hiftory, part 3. p. 465.) the first Time that it was put in Execution, was after the Death of Lewis the Tenth, or Lewis Hutin, the 46th King of France, who died the fifth Day of June, 1316; (fee Tranflation of Mezeray, p. 344, 345.) and left his Queen Clementia great with Child of a Son call'd John, who died the 8th Day after he was born. He left a Daughter alfo named Joanna, begotten of Margaret, Daughter of Robert Duke of Burgundy, for whom her Uncle Odo, Brother of this Robert, challenged this Kingdom, in Right both of her Father, and Brother: But Philip, firnamed the Long, brought her Uncle Odo over to his Intereft, by marrying to him his own Daughter Joanna.- -At this Time, and in this Cafe, was this Law firft objected, almost mine whole Ages after it was firft enacted. Edward the Third, King of England, not long after this, namely in the Year 1328. (fee Echard's Hiftory of England, vol. 1. p. 342.) claim'd the Crown of France, in Right of his Mother Isabella, Daughter of Philip the Fourth, firnamed Philip the Fair. (See Selden's Notes upon Drayton's Polyolbion, 17th Song, p. 275. Stowe's Chro

Or, as fome Nations use, give place, 380 And truckle to your Mighty Race,

nicle, by Howes, p. 691. Puffendorf's Introduction to the Hiftory of Europe, 6th edit. p. 113.)

It was not fo, when Edward prov'd his Caufe,

By a Sword ftronger than the Salique Laws.

Though fetch'd from Pharamond, when the French did fight
With Women's Hearts, against the Women's Right.

(A Poem on the Civil War, by Mr. Abr. Cowley, p. 3.) Henry the Fifth was advis'd by Archbishop Chichly, to lay Claim to his Right in that Kingdom, which defcended to him from King Edward the Third. (See Echard's Hiftory of England, vol. 1. p. 437, 438. Shakespear's King Henry the Fifth, vol. 4. P. 9, 10.) Montaigne obferves, (Effays, vol. 2. chap. 8. p. 103.) That this Law was never feen by any one.

See more, Brady's Complete Hiftory of England, p. 60. Puffendorf's Introduction to the Hiftory of Europe, p. 118, 119. Critical Effay on Nobility, 1720. p. 478. and the Tracts in French upon this Subject, Droit Public du France, N° 9245,—46,—47, -48. Catalog. Bibliothec. Harleian, vol. 2. p. 557.

The Lyfians (according to Herodotus, Clio p. 79. edit. Hen. Stephan. 1592.) had a Custom peculiar to themselves, and the Reverse of this. For amongst them, the Relation by the Mother's Side, was esteem'd more honourable than that by the Father; and for that Reason, the Children took the Mother's Name.

*. 379, 380. Or, as fome Nations use, give Place,—And truckle to your Mighty Race.] The Spanish Ladies do fo. (See Lady's Travels into Spain, part 3. letter 12th, p. 230.) But he alludes probably to the Mufcovite Women, who are far more obfequious in this Respect, than they should be. For Mr. Purchase observes, (Pilgrims Third Part, lib. 2. chap. 1. fect. 3. p. 230.) "That,

if there the Woman is not beaten once a Week, fhe will not "be good; and therefore they look for it weekly: and the "Women say, if their Hufbands did not beat them, they "fhould not love them."

Eft Mofcovia quidam Alemannus, faber ferrarius, cognomento Jordanus, qui duxerat uxorem Rhutenam, ea cum apud maritum aliquandiu effet, hunc ex occafione quadam amicè fic alloquitur ; Cur me conjux chariffime non amas? Refpondet maritus, Ego vero te vehementer amo: querebat igitur maritus qualia figna vellet? Cui uxor, Nunquam, ait, me verberafti. (Rer. Mofcoviticar. Comment. Sigifmundi, &c. 1600. Ratio contrahendi Matrimonium, P. 35-)

We

Let Men ufurp th' unjust Dominion,
As if they were the Better Women.

We fee after all, (fays Mr. Byron) That the Widow is too cunning to be intrapp'd, either by the Threats, or Intreaties, in the Knight's Letter. She gives him no Hopes of a peaceable Compliance with his Demands, nor any Handle for a forc'd one, either in Law, or Equity. Her Satyr is juft, and fo appofitely levell'd at the most fenfible Part of his Paffion, that all his Pretenfions to it, are ridiculed and overthrown: All his hypocritical Schemes and Pretences being thus difappointed, we may conjecture, that it wrought in his stubborn Mind, a Conviction, that they were vain, empty, and unavailable: And accordingly we find, that he now puts an End to a three Years fruitless Amour; for we hear nothing of him afterwards.

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A.

BSTINENCE, from eating,
remarkable Inftances of, (note.)
Achen, Women of, the King's

Chief Counsellors, n.

A Woman his Admiral, n.

Adair, Archibald, Bishop of Killala, de-

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priv'd, for favouring the Scotch Cove-363. 145

nanters, n.

Affidavit. See Affidavit Hand.

Agitators, who, n.

Wo-}

Aglonice, impos'd upon the Theffalian Wo-
men, by foretelling an Eclipfe, n.
Agrippa, Cornelius, an Account of him
and his Dog, n.

Alchoran. The Compilers of it, n.
Alectryon, his Story, n.

Alexander, the Third Pope, an Account

247. 272

55. 599

60.61.635
644

310. 1101

of his haughty Ufage of the Empe-438. 283

ror, Frederick Barbaroffa, n.

Aligators, n.

Alimony, what, n.

Ib.

Amazons, an Account of them, n.

Amurath 3, Emperor of the Turks, his

remarkable fate, n.

217. 1553

438.

309. 1074

195. 1188

419. 252

172. 819

99. 1120

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Anaxagoras, his Opinion concerning the
Sun, n.

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