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Epigrams from Defensio 1651 and Defensio Secunda 1654

Epigram from A Defense of the English People 1651


Quis expedivit Salmasio suam Hundredam,
Picamque docuit nostra verba conari?
Magister artis venter, & Iacobæi
Centum, exulantis viscera marsupii regis.
Quòd si dolosi spes refulserit nummi, [ 5 ]
Ipse Antichristi qui modò primatum Papæ
Minatus uno est dissipare sufflatu,
Cantabit ultrò Cardinalitium melos.

Epigram from A Defense of the English People 1651

Who loosed Salmasius with his "hundreda" and taught the magpie to attempt our tongue? His belly is his schoolmaster along with one hundred Jacobuses sprung from the exiled king's purse. When the expectation of treacherous coins glistens, he who once threatened to blow away the primacy of the Papal Antichrist with one puff, will willingly sing the Cardinals' song.