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Both Loves, to whom my heart long time did yield,*

Your golden ensigns pluck + out of my field.

* Both Loves, to whom my heart long time did yield] Marlowe's copy of Ovid had "Culte puer, puerique parens mihi tempore longo" (instead of what we now read, "Amathusia culti").

† pluck] Old eds. "pluckt."

Horn'd Bacchus graver fury doth distil;
A greater ground with great horse is to till.
Weak Elegies, delightful Muse,* farewell;
A work that, after my death, here shall dwell.

* Weak Elegies, delightful Muse] "Imbelles Elegi, genialis Musa.'

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Three editions of the volume, of which these Epigrams form a portion, have been already described, p. 312.

J. D. are the initials of John (afterwards Sir John) Davies, author of the well known and excellent Teipsum, &c. For more on this subject, see the Account of Marlowe and his Writings.

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FLY, merry Muse,† unto that merry town, Where thou mayst plays, revels, and triumphs


The house of fame, and ‡ theatre of renown,
Where all good wits and spirits love § to be.
Fall in between their hands that praise and love


And be to them a laughter and a jest: But as for them which ¶ scorning shall reprove* thee,

Disdain their wits, and think thinett own the best.

But if thou find any so gross and dull,
That thinks I do to private taxing §§ lean,
Bid him go hang, for he is but a gull,
And knows not what an epigram doth |||| mean,



* Epigrams by J. D.] MS. Harleian 1836 contains a collection of Epigrams, among which are found all the present Epigrams, with the exception of the 8th, 12th, 14th, 20th, 45th, 46th, 47th, and 48th. That MS. has helped me to several important corrections of the text, and in the 40th Epigram has supplied two lines which were necessary to complete a stanza. Though it is of a date considerably posterior to the first appearance in print of Epigrams by J. D., perhaps all the pieces which it exhibits are from the pen of Davies.

Some of these Epigrams are to be found among the Epigrams in Wit's Recreations: see the reprint of that work (1817) from a collation of eds. 1640-41-54-63.

Muse] So eds.-MS. "newes."

and] So eds. -MS. "the."

§ love] So eds.-MS. "loues.

|| praise and love thee] Eds. (against the rhyme) "loue and praise thee."-MS. "seeme to love thee."

them which] So eds.-MS. "those that " **reprove] So eds. B, C; and MS.-Ed. A " tt thine] So eds. -MS. "thy."

11 thinks] So MS.-Eds. "thinke."


$$ private taxing] i. e. censuring of individuals. So eds. -MS. "private talkinge."-Compare the Induction to The Knight of the Burning Pestle;

"Fly far from hence

All private tazes !", &c.

Beaumont and Fletcher's Works, ii, 136, ed. Dyce. doth] So MS.-Eds. "does."

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But, to define a gull in terms precise,-
A gull is he which† seems and is not-wise.‡

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* terms] So eds.-MS. "words." twhich] So eds.-MS. "that."

t is not wise) To this epigram there is an evident allusion in the following one;


"Friend Candidus, thou often doost demaund
What humours men by gulling understand.
Our English Martiall hath full pleasantly
In his close nips describde a gull to thee:
I'le follow him, and set downe my conceit
What a gull is-oh, word of much receit !
He is a gull whose indiscretion

Cracks his purse-strings to be in fashion;
He is a gull who is long in taking roote

In barraine soyle where can be but small fruite;
He is a gull who runnes himselfe in debt
For twelue dayes' wonder, hoping so to get;
He is a gull whose conscience is a block,

Not to take interest, but wastes his stock;

He is a gull who cannot haue a whore,

But brags how much he spends upon her score;

He is a gull that for commoditie



Quintus the dancer useth evermore

His feet in measure and in rule to move:
Yet on a time he call'd his mistress whore,
And thought with that sweet word to win her

O, had his tongue like to his feet been

Itt never would have utter'd such a thought!

fry of] So eds.-MS. "cry of the."

tt greater] So eds.-MS. "greatest." It may have] So eds.-MS. "men may." $$ do] So eds.-MS. "did."

Payes tenne times ten, and sells the same for three;

He is a gull who, passing finicall,

Peiseth each word to be rhetoricall;
And, to conclude, who selfe-conceitedly

Thinks al men guls, ther's none more gull then he."
Guilpin's Skialetheia, &c., 1598, Epig. 20.
§ either to the stage] See note ¶ on Epigram xxviii.

through a grate] Malone has cited this passage (Shakespeare, by Boswell, iii. 81), and, if he explains it rightly, the allusion is to one of the two boxes (sometimes called private boxes) which were situated on each side of the balcony or upper stage.

double] So eds. -MS. "doubtfull."

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* And thought] So eds.-MS. "Thinkinge."

+ It] So eds.-MS. "Hee."

In Plurimos] So eds.-MS. "In meritriculas [sic] Londinensis."

§ Faustinus... Cinna, Ponticus] So eds.-MS. "Fau tinus Cuma, Pontinus." Lesbia] So eds.-MS. "Lisba."

Rhodope] So eds. B, C; and MS -Ed. A "Rodpe."

** Staines] So eds-MS. "Ware."

tt their lodging] So eds.-MS. "3 lodgings."

It fell] So eds.-MS. "falle.” §§ their

their] So eds.-Not in MS.
Il dissolv'd] So MS.-Eds. "dissolues."
¶¶ rout] i, e. rabble, set.
***thus] So eds.-MS. "first."

ttt discoursing] So eds.-MS. "discerninge.'
11 as] So eds. -MS. "so."

$$$ thus did] So eds. -MS. "straight would.

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