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  • Musae Responsoriae

GEORGII HERBERTI ANGLI MUSAE RESPONSORIAE

AD ANDREAE MELVINI SCOTI ANTI-TAMI-CAMI-CATEGORIAM

Augustissimo Potentissimóque Monarchae IACOBO, D.G. Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae Regi, Fidei Defensori &c

Geo. Herbertus.

Ecce recedentis foecundo in littore Nili        Sol generat populum luce fouente nouum.Antè tui, caesar, quàm fulserat aura fauoris,        Nostrae etiam Musae vile fuere lutum:Nunc adeò per te viuunt, vt repere possint,            5        Síntque ausae thalamum solis adire tui. [End Page 2]

THE ENGLISHMAN GEORGE HERBERT'S MUSES IN RESPONSE

TO THE SCOTSMAN ANDREW MELVILLE'S ANTI-OX-BRIDGE-ACCUSATION

To the Most Majestic and Mighty Monarch JAMES, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Spain The King, Defender of the Faith, Etc

George Herbert.

Behold on the fertile shore of the receding Nile        The Sun begets a new multitude with its fostering light.Before the breeze of your favor, O caesar, had shone,        Our Muses, to be sure, were vile mud:Now through you they are so alive they can crawl,        And have dared to approach your sun's inner chamber. [End Page 3]

Illustriss. Celsissimóque CAROLO, Walliae, & Iuuentutis Principi

Qvam chartam tibi porrigo recentem,Humanae decus atque apex iuuentae,Obtutu placido benignus affles,Namque aspectibus è tuis vel vnusMordaces tineas, nigrásque blattas,            5Quas liuor mihi parturit, retundet,Ceu, quas culta timet seges, pruinasNascentes radij fugant, vel acresTantùm dulcia leniunt catarrhos.Sic o te (iuuenem, senémue) credat            10Mors semper iuuenem, senem Britanni. [End Page 4]

To the Most Renowned and Lofty CHARLES, Prince of Wales, and Prince of Youth

As I present to you a newly written page,O glory and height of human youth,May you with a gentle gaze breathe on it kindly,For even one of your glances will checkBiting bookworms and black moths,Which envy spawns against me.Just as rising rays may put to flightThe frosts that the tended crop fears,Or just as sweet things can soften harsh catarrhs,So, O Prince (whether a young or an old man),May death always think you young,And may the British always think you wise with age. [End Page 5]

Reuerendissimo in Christo Patri ac Domino, EPISCOPO VINTONIENSI, &c

Sancte Pater, coeli custos, quo doctius vno        Terra nihil, nec quo sanctius astra vident;Cùm mea futilibus numeris se verba viderent        Claudi, penè tuas praeteriêre fores.Sed properè dextréque reduxit euntia sensus,            5        Ista docens soli scripta quadrare tibi. [End Page 6]

To the Most Reverend Father and Lord in Christ, BISHOP OF WINCHESTER, Etc

O Consecrated Father, heaven's guardian, Earth knows        Nothing more learned than you, the stars see nothing more holy;When my words saw themselves in merely profitless verses of limping lines,        They almost kept going past your doors.But good sense, as they passed, returned them with swiftness and skill,        Teaching these pages to mirror only you. [End Page 7]

PRO DISCIPLINA ECCLESIAE NOSTRAE EPIGRAMMATA APOLOGETICA

I. Ad Regem Instituti Epigrammatici ratio

Cvm millena tuam pulsare negotia mentem        Constet, & ex illâ pendeat orbis ope;Ne te productis videar lassare Camoenis,        Pro solido, caesar, carmine frusta dabo.Cùm tu contundis Catharos, vultúque librísque,            5        Grata mihi mensae sunt analecta tuae. [End Page 8]

EPIGRAMS IN DEFENSE OF THE DISCIPLINE OF OUR CHURCH

1. To the King The Reason for Writing Epigrams

Since thousands of pieces of business assailing your mind        Are a constant, and from your acuity the world hangs in balance,Lest I seem to tire you out with voluble Muses,        In place of one unbroken song, caesar, I shall give you short verses.Since you crush the Pure Ones with your bearing and learning,        I offer in gratitude choice morsels for your table. [End Page 9]

II. Ad Melvinum

Non mea fert aetas, vt te, veterane, lacessam;        Non vt te superem: res tamen ipsa feret.Aetatis numerum supplebit causa minorem:        Sic tu nunc iuuenis factus, egóque senex.Aspice, dum perstas, vt te tua deserat aetas,            5        Et mea sint canis scripta referta tuis.Ecce tamen quàm suauis ero! cùm, fine duelli,        Clauserit extremas pugna peracta vices,Tum tibi, si placeat, fugientia tempora reddam...

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ISSN
1931-1192
Print ISSN
0161-7435
Pages
pp. 1-97
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-19
Open Access
No
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