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An epigram of Martial to Cirinus.

Sic tua, Cirini, promas epigrammata vulgo
Ut mecum poflis, &c.

Inscribed to Mr. Jofrab Hort, 1694.
Now Lord Bishop of Kilmore in Ircland.

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So smooth your numbers, friend, your verse so sweet,
So sharp the jest, and yet the turn so neat,
That with her Martial Rome would place Cirine,
Rome would prefer your sense and thought to mine.
Yet modeft you decline the publick stage

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To fix your friend alone amidst th' applauding age;
So Maro did: the mighty Maro sings
In valt heroick notes of valt heroick things, [strings.
And leaves the ode to dance upon his Flaccus'
He scorn’d to daunt the dear Horatian lyre,
Tho' his brave genius flash'd Pindarick fire,
And at his will could silence all the Lyrick quire.
So to his Varius he resign'd the praise
Of the proud buskin and the tragick bays,
When he could thunder with a loftier vein, 15
And sing of gods and heroes in a bolder strain.

A handsome treat, a piece of gold, or so,
And compliments, will ev'ry friend bestow.
Rarely a Virgil, a Cirine, we meet,
Who lays his laurels at inferiour feet,
And yields the tend'rest point of honour, wit. 21

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Epiftola fratri fuo dilecto, R. W.I.W.S.P. D.

Rursum tuas, amande frater, accepi literas, codem fortaffè momento, quo meæ ad te pervenerunt; idenique qui te scribentem vidit dies, meum ad epistolare munus excitavit calamum; non inane est inter nos fraternum nomen,

unicus enim fpiritus nos intùs animat, agitque, et concordes in ambobus efficit motus: O utinam crefcat indies et vigefcat mutua charitas! faxit Deus, ut amor fui nostra incendat et defæcet pectora, tunc etenim et alternis puræ amicitiæ flammis erga nos invicem divinum in modum ardebimus; contemplemur Jefum noftrum, cælefte illud et adorandum exemplar charitatis. Ille est

Qui quondam æterno delapsus ab æthere vultus
Induit humanos, ut posset corpore nostras
(Heu miseras!) sufferre vices; sponsoris obivit
Munia, et in sese tabulæ maledicta minacis
Tranftulit, et sceleris pænas hominisque reatum. 5

Ecce jace defertus humi, diffusus in herbam
Integer, innocuas versus sua fidera palmas
Et placidum attollens vultum, nec ad oscula Patris
Amplexus solitosve; artus nudatus amicu
Sidereos, et sponte finum patefactus ad iras
Numinis armati. Pater, hic infige * sagittas,

† Job iv. 6.

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“ Hæc” ait“ iratum forbebunt pectora ferrum, “ Abluat æthereus mortalia crimina sanguis.”

Dixit, et horrendum fremuêre tonitrua coli Infensusque Deus; (queni jam pofuisse paternum 15 Musa queri vellet nomen, sed et ipfa fragores Ad tantos pavefacta filet.) Jam diffilit æther, Pandunturque fores, ubi duro carcere regnat, Ira, et pænarum thefauros mille coercet, Inde ruunt gravidi vesano sulphure nimbi, Centuplicisque volant contorta volumina flammä In caput immeritum; diro hic sub pondere pressus Reftat compressos dumque ardens explicat artus. Purpureo * veftes tinctæ sudore madefcunt. Nec tamen infando vindex regina labori

25 Segniùs incumbit, sed laffos increpat ignes Acriter, et sumno languentem suscitat cnsem : “Surge, age, divinum pete pectus, et imbue facro “ Flumine mucronem; vos hinc mea fpicula late " Ferrea per totum gite tormina Christum, 30 “ Immensum tolerare valet; ad pondera pena " Sustentanda hominem fuffulciet incola numen. " Et tu sacra Decus Legum, violata tabella, " Ebibe vindictam; vasta satiabere cæde, “ Mortalis culpæ pensabit dedecus ingens 35 6. Permistus deitate cruor. Sic fata, immiti contorquet vulaera dextrậ * Luke xxli. 44.

Zech. xiii. 7.

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Dilaniatque finus; sancti penetralia cordis
Pandunter, sævis avidus dolor involat alis,
Atque audax mentem scrutator, et ilia mordet; 40
Intereà Servator * ovat, victorque doloris
Eminet, illustri | perfusus membra cruore,
Exultatque miser fieri; nam fortiùs illum
Urget Patris honos, et non vincenda voluptas
Servandi miseros fontes; O nobilis ardor

45 Pænarum! O quid non mortalia pectora cogis Durus amor? Quid non cælestia?

Atsubfidat phantasia, vanescant imagines; nescio que me proripuit amens Musa: volui quatuor lineas pea dibus astringere, et ecce! numeri crescunt in immenfum; dumque concitato genio laxavi fræna, vereor ne juvenilis impetus theologiam læserit, et audax nimis imaginatio. Heri adlata eft ad me epiftola indicans matrem meliusculè fe habere, licet ignis febrilis non prorsus deseruit mortale ejus domicilium. Plus ra volui, fed turgidi et crescentes verfus noluêre plura, et coarctârunt fcriptionis limites. Vale, amice frater, et in studio pietatis et artis medicæ ftrenuus decurre. Datum à Mufæo mco Londini, xvto kalend. Febr.

anno Salutis ciɔɔcxciii.

* Col. ii. 15

Luke xxii. 24.

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Fratris E.W. olim navigaturo, Sep. 30. 1691.
I Felix, pede prospero
I frater, trabe pinea
Sulces
æquora

cærula
Pandas carbasa flatibus
Quæ tutò reditura sint.

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Non te monftra natantia
Ronti carnivoræ incolæ
Prædentur rate naufraga.

Navis, tu tibi creditum
Fratrem dimidium mei,
Salvum fer per inhospita
Ponti regna, per avios
Tractus, et liquidum chaos.
Nec te forbeat horrida
Syrtis, nec scopulus minax

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Rumpat roboreum latus.
Captent mitia flamina
Antennæ; et Zephyri leves
Dent portum placidum tibi.

Tu, qui flumina, qui vagos
Fluctus oceani regis,
Et fævum Boream domas,
Da fratri faciles vias,
Et fratrem reducem fuis.

I'olume VI.

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