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Or else the ways being foul, twenty to one,
14 Show'd him his room where he must lodge that night, Pullid off his boots, and took away
the light: If any
ask for him, it shall be said, Hobson has supt, and's newly gone to bed.
the gentlemen at once, without " which stood next to the stable
going from college to college to “ door; so that every customer “ borrow, as they have done since “ was alike well served according " the death of this worthy man: “ to his chance, and
horie I say, Mr. Hobson kept a stable “ ridden with the fame justice :
of forty good cattel, always “ from whence it became a pro"ready and fit for traveling; but “ verb, when what ought to be
when a man came for a horse,“ your election was forced upon “ he was led into the flable, where you, to say Hobson's choice. This " there was great choice, but he “ memorable man stands drawn in "obliged him to take the horse “ fresco at an inn (which he used)
That he could never die while he could move;
5 Until his revolution was at stay. Time numbers motion, yet (without a crime 'Gainst old truth) motion number'd out his time: And like an engin mov'd with wheel and weight, His principles being ceas'd, he ended strait. Rest that gives all men life, gave him his death, And too much breathing put him out of breath; Nor were it contradiction to affirm Too long vacation hasten'd on his term. Merely to drive the time away he ficken'd,
15 Fainted, and died, nor would with ale be quicken'd;
« in Bishopsgate-ftreet, with an lifh Proverbs says that he raised “ hundred pound bag under his himself to a great eftate, and did “ arm, with this inscription upon much good in the town, relieving o the said bag,
the poor, and building a public
conduit in the market place. The • The fruitful mother of an hundred more.
infcription on the conduit is as fol
lows. “ Thomas Hobson, late Mr. Ray in his Collection of Eng- “ carrier between London and this
Nay, quoth he, on his swooning bed out-stretch'd,
though the cross doctors all stood hearers,
30 Link'd to the mutual flowing of the seas, Yet (strange to think) his wain was his increase : His letters are deliver'd all and
gone, Only remains this superscription.
town, in his life time was at the « conduit for ever. Moreover at “ fole charge of erecting this " his death he gave sol. towards " fructure A. D. 1614. He de- “ the further beautifying the fame.”
parted this life January 1, 1630, I cannot fay much in commenda" and gave by will the rent of tion of these verses upon his death : " leven Lays of pasture-ground they abound with that sort of wit, “ lying in St. Thomas's Lays to which was then iņ request at Cam« wards the maintenance of this bridge. Vol. II.
ENCE loathed Melancholy,
Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born, In Stygian cave forlorn Mongst horrid shapes, and fhrieks, and fights unholy,
* This and the following poem “ jolly pastimes that will fetch the are exquisitely beautiful in them- "
day about from sun to sun, and selves, but appear much more beau- “ rock the tedious year as in a tiful, when they are confidered, as delightful dream." Vol. 1. p.1542 they were written, in contrast to 155. Edit. 1738. each other. There is a great va- 1. Hence loathed Melancholy, &c.] riety of pleasing images in each The beginning of this poem is of them; and it is remarkable, somewhat like the beginning of that the poet represents several of Kal. Decembres Saturnales of Stathe same objects as exciting both tius, Sylvarum Lib. I. mirth and melancholy, and affect
Et Phæbus pater, & fevera Pallas, ing us differently according to the different dispositions and affections
Et Mufæ procul ite feriatæ : of the foul. This is nature and
Jani vos revocabimus Kalendis.
Saturnus mihi compede exoluta, experience. He derives the title of both poems from the Italian,
Et multo gravidus mero De
cember, which language was then principally in vogue. L'Allegro is the
Et ridens jocus, et sales protervis chearful merry man; and in this
Adfint, dum refero diem beatam
Läti Cæsaris, ebriamque partem. poem he describes the courfe of mirth in the country and in the 2. Of Cerberus and blackeft Midcity from morning till noon, and night born,] The poet in makfrom noon till night: and possibly ing Melancholy the daughter of Cer. he might have this in his thoughts, berus might perhaps inrend to inflwhen he said afterwards in his nuate, that the has something of Areopagitica " there be de- the cynic
, as well as fomething " lights, there be recreations and mon frous and unnatural, in her