C. H. Herford, Percy Simpson, and Evelyn Simpson (eds), Ben Jonson, Vol. 11: Commentary; Jonson's Literary Record; Supplementary Notes; Index

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XXXVIII. EDWARD KEMP ON THE MAGNETIC LADYIntroductory Verses to Senile Odium

  • 1                          … Regit
  • 2At quæ maligna stella scenam? pulpita
  • 3Idémque premit fatum.—sonus prævalet,
  • 4Et pulmo largus. Trutinam plebis amove,
  • 5Et tolle lances: Bellua (Jonsoni) hæc tui
  • 6Magneticam socci vim, & arduam ecstasin
  • 7Contemnere audet: merita nec satìs æstimat
  • 8Inops tribus tua, verticis gaudet nives
  • 9Spectare, canitiémque parentis:—
  • 10—Laureati (quàm dolet!)
  • 11Properavit horum contumaciâ Senis
  • 12Paralysis; en! Infamiæ (Potens) cadis
  • 13Reus invidendæ; chartularúmque veterum
  • 14Concoctiones furta putantur. Pindarum
  • 15Flaccíque lyram tui calore pio studes
  • 16Quod æmulari, Empiricus, œstróque madido
  • 17Vates, furoris haud piandi, criminum
  • 18Tibi macul´mque inussit, & nuperrimè
  • 19Poemata proscripsit. Quid annos invides
  • 20(Inflate) schedulis ? nimiùm angustum putas
  • 21Orbem, tuæ cum Musca, tenues, Cœliæ
  • 22Expanderet alas? quanta calamos undique
  • 23Infestat (en!) dysenteria, atque futiles
  • 24Pennæ premuntur usquè catarrhis! Tamesis
  • 25      Ripa insolentior incolis
  • 26      Cygnis triumphet: at animos
  • 27Stipendium arguit viles; Mechanica
  • pg 35028Ære ingenia merent, odores debiles
  • 29      Nardúmque frigidæ Poëtices
  • 30        (Pietas, modò litarent, foret)
  • 31Phœnicis aræ (proh pudor!) vendunt: vocant
  • 32E turre summâ expansa carbasa hospites.
  • 33        Spectaculum Actorum grege
  • 34        Conviva præbet gratus.
  • 35Horarium fovet manibus argenteum
  • 36Ille: annuli scintillet unde gemmula,
  • 37Scissura chirothecæ hunc beat; hic—at non vacat,
  • 38Pensum vetus instat: stabit exemplar, Typus,
  • 39Hoc Drama segni seculo. …

From Senile Odium. Comœdia Cantabrigiœ publicè Academicis recitata in Collegio Reginali ab ejusdem Collegii juventute. Autore P. Hausted, 1633.

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