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derstanding were then more affected and in greater request. A similar collection adapted to modern times would be well worth making.


In this edition, where a note is signed R., it means that such is the reading of the Resuscitatio, ed. 1661. The numbers within brackets are the numbers by which the several apophthegms are distinguished in that collection. The apophthegms marked † are not contained in it at all.






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His Lordship’s Preface.? JULIUS CÆSAR did write a Collection of Apophthegms, as appears in an epistle of Cicero. I need say no more for the worth of a writing of that nature. It is pity his book is lost: for I imagine they were collected with judgment and choice; whereas that of Plutarch and Stobæus, and much more the modern ones, draw much of the dregs. Certainly they are of excellent use. They are mucrones verborum, pointed speeches. Cicero prettily calls them salinas, saltpits ; that you may extract salt out of, and sprinkle it where you will. They serve to be interlaced in continued speech. They serve to be recited upon occasion of themselves. They serve if you

take out the kernel of them, and make them your own. I have, for my recreation in my sickness, fanned the old ; 5 not omitting any because they are vulgar, (for many vulgar ones are excellent good,) nor for the meanness of the person, but because they are dull and flat; and added 6 many new, that otherwise would have died.7

1 So R. There is no heading in the original.
2 So did Macrobius, a Consular man. R.
8 Cæsar's book. R.
4 The words of the wise are as goods, saith Solomon. (Added in R.)

5 I have for my recreation, amongst more serious studies, collected some few of them; therein fanning the old. R.

6 adding. R.

7 This collection his LP: made out of his memory, without turning any book. R. (Note in margin.)


† 1. WHEN Queen Elizabeth had advanced Ralegh, she was one day playing on the virginals, and my Lo. of Oxford and another nobleman stood by: It fell out so, that the ledge before the jacks was taken away, so as the jacks were seen : My Lo. of Oxford and the other nobleman smiled, and a little whispered: The Queen marked it, and would needs know what the matter was? My Lo. of Oxford answered ; That they smiled to see that when Jacks went up Heads went down.

2. (16.) Henry the Fourth of France his Queen was great 1 with child. Count Soissons, that had his expectation upon the crown, when it was twice or thrice thought that the Queen was with child before, said to some of his friends, That it was but with a pillow. This had some ways come to the King's ear; who kept it till when the Queen waxed great; called 3 the Count Soissons to him, and said, laying his hand upon the Queen's belly, Come, cousin, it is no pillow.4 Yes, Sir, (answered the Count of Soissons,)5 it is a pillow for all France to sleep upon.

3. (26.) There was a conference in Parliament between the Upper house and the Lower, about a Bill of Accountants, which came down from the Lords



1 young. R.

2 such time as.

R. 3 Then he called. R.

4 is this a pillow ? R. 5 The C. of S. answered, Yes Sir, &c. R. 6 between the Lords' House and the House of Commons. R.

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