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Chapelain, the French poet, equally famous for fordid avarice, shabby clothes, and bad verses, used to wear his cloak over his coat in the midst of summer. Being alked why he did so, he always answered that he was indisposed. Conrart said to him one day, “ It is not you,
your coat that is indisposed."
Pope Urban VIII. having received ill treatment, as he thought, from some considerable persons at Rome, said, “ How ungrateful is this family! To oblige them, I canonized an ancestor of theirs, who did not deserve it.”— Questa gente è molto ingrata : Io ho beatificato uno de loro parenti, che non lo meritava.
1 was told many years ago by a friend, that a certain divine of quarrelsome memory, being charged with somewhat in the Convocation, rose up to justify himself, and laying his hand upon his breast, began thus : “ I call God to witness, &c.” A brother dignitary said to his next neighbour, “ Now do I know that this man is going to tell a lie; for this is his usual preface on all such occasions.” Æschines (contra Ctefiph.) said the very fame thing of Demosthenes, who was perpetually embellishing his orations with oaths. " This man,” said he,“ never calls the Gods to witness with more confidence and effrontery, Vol.I.
than when he is affirming what is notoriously false,"
Scudery travelling with his fifter, put up at an inn, and took a chamber for the night, which had two beds. Before they went to sleep, Scudery was talking with his sister about his romance called Cyrus, which he had in hand. " What shall we do," said he, “, with Prince Mazarus?” -“ Poison him,” said the lady.--"No,” said he,“ not yet; we shall still want him, and we can dispatch him when we please.” After many disputes, they agreed that he should be assassinated. Some tradesmen, who lay in the room adjoining, and divided only by a thin partition, overheard the discourse ; and thinking that they were plotting the death of some of the Royal Family, went and informed against them. They were accordingly seized, sent to Paris, and examined by a magistrate; who found that it was only the hero of a romance whom they intended to destroy.
One of Pere Simon's favourite paradoxés, was his hypothesis of the Rouleaux. He supposed that the Hebrews wrote their facred books upon small sheets of paper, or something that served for pa-, per; and rolled them up one over another, upon a stick; and that these Thcets, not being fastened together, it came to pass, in process of time, that
some of them were loft, and others displaced. We might as well suppose, that the artist, who invented a pair of breeches, had not the wit to find some method to faften them up; and that men walked, for several centuries, with their breeches about their heels; till, at length, a genius arose, who contrived buttons and buttonholes.*
George, Cardinal d'Amboise, was, as history says, an Ecclefiaftick, with no more than one benefice, and a Minister of state without covetoufness, without pride, and without self-interest; whose main design was to promote the glory of Louis the Twelfth ;-of a Prince, who accounted the prosperity of his subjects to be his greatest honour and glory.
About the year 1414, Brikman, Abbot of St. Michael, being at the Council of Constance, was pitched upon by the Prelates to say mass, because "he was a man of quality. He performed it so well, that an Italian Cardinal fancied that he must be a Doctor of Divinity, or of Canon Law, and desired to get acquainted with him. proached, and addressed himself to him in Latin, The Abbot, who knew no Latin, could not answer ; but, without shewing any concern, he turned to his own chaplain, and said, “ What
Life of Erasmus, Vol. I. p. 27.
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shall I do?" Can you not recolle&," faid the Chaplain, “ the names of the towns and villages in your neighbourhood ? Name them to him, and he will think that you talk Greek, and he will leave you."
Immediately the Abbot answered the Cardinal, “ Sturwolt, Hafe, Gisen, BoerscheRavenstede, Drispenstede, Itzem.” The Cardinal asked, if he was a Greek, and the chaplain anfwered, “ Yes;”-and then the Italian Prelate withdrew.
A Lawyer and a Physician disputed about precedence, and appealed to Diogenes. He gave it for the lawyer ; and said, “ Let the thief go first, and the executioner follow.”
An old woman, who had sore eyes, purchased an amulet, or charm, written upon a bit of parchment, and wore it about her neck,—and was cured. A female neighbour, labouring under the fame disorder, came to beg the charm of her. She would by no means part with it, but permitted her to get it copied out. A poor school-boy was hired to do it for a few pence. He looked it over very attentively, and found it to confift of characters which he could not make out : but, not being willing to lose his pay, he wrote thus :" The Devil pick out this old woman's eyes, and
the holes.”—The patient wore it about her neck, and was cured also.
Ligniere was a wit, and apt to be rather rough and blunt in conversation. One day a Nobleman boasted before him, that he could toss up cherries in the air, and catch them, as they came down, in his mouth ; and accordingly he began to shew his skill. Ligniere had not the patience to stay for the second cherry ; but said to him, “ What dog taught you that trick ?”
The Lacedæmonians were remarkable for concise speeches : but after their defeat at Leuctra, their deputies, in an assembly of the Greeks, made a very long and warm invective against Epaminondas, who had beaten them. and only replied, “ Gentlemen, I am glad we have brought you to your speech." .
He stood up,
D-faid of a stupid preacher, who was forced to hide for debt, “ Six day's he is invisble; and on Sundays he is incomprehensible."
When Kuster was at Cambridge, preparing his Suidas, and studying English, an ignorant academician
put into his hands L'Estrange's Fables, the worst book that he could have chosen. Kufter foon complained to him that he could make nothing out of it: “ For example,” said he, “ here is the word Roystoner, which I cannot find in the dictionary," L'Estrange had called a Crow a Roystoner.*
Royflon, in Hertfordshire, iş mentioned as "remarkable for a particular species of these birds.
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