Ajax - NOTES TO THE TRIAL OF MISACMOS

NOTES TO THE TRIAL OF MISACMOS

1. Side note: Canaries were so called, of the dogs that were found in them.

2. Side note: The saying is, Thrice an an under sheriff, and ever a knave.

3. de Cruce] "Concerning the Cross."

4. donatus rude] "Given his discharge on retiement"

5. Side note: And they both be honester occupations than Zoilus and Momus

6. Side note: Martial saith, quincuncies puto post decem peractos ("After finishing ten measures of wine")

7. qui tollit peccata mundi] "He who takes away the sins of the world" i.e. Jesus.

8. Side note: That they found in the 56th Page.

9. Side note: Canons signify nine rules of law. Now they are not right canons, but bastard canons, that batter innocency.

10. Num iterum volito viva per ora virum] "Now once again may I flutter from the mouths of men."

11. bonos et legales homines] "Good and law-abiding men."

12. quindena pascha] A report from the sheriff to a court saying how he had carried out the judgements

13. Side note: Ano. 1. 2. Phil. and Mar. cap. 3. Ano. 23. Eliz. cap. 2

14. Side note: I mean no lawyer of our time, but one that Martial speaks of.

15. ο και η φιλοστιπνος] O kai e philostilpnos = "And you hater of filth."

16. Quid imprecabor O Severe liventi,
Opto Mulos habeat et suburbanum
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] "How shall I curse his purple face, Severus? May he have mules and a suburban property."

17. Side note: Directions for showing the book.

18. omnia probate] "Try everything."

19. ridentem dicere verum quis vetat] "What prevents one from telling the truth while laughing?."

20. Side note: A common excuse of such as as break up house.

21. Side note: Praise of fat men.

22. Corpus cum causa] Literally, "The body with the writ," a court order for the imprisonment of a debtor.

23. Side note: Lubberland.

24. Side note: Four sorts of men that will mislike of this book.

25. Side note: Proud. Fools. Beggars.

26. billa vera . . . ignoramus] Verdicts brought by a grand jury, indicating respectively that there is, or is not, enough evidence to bring the accused person to trial.

27. patrisare . . . . avisare] To inherit from, or take after, one's father or grandfather respectively.

28. non est inventus in baliva] "Not found within the bailiff's area of jurisdiction."

29. intro quatuor maria] "between the four seas" i.e. in England

30. Side note: Wooden stocks were fitter for them than silk stockings

31. decem tales] "Ten such persons."

32. ultra reprisas.] "Net of expenses."

33. Erupuit sors &c.] "You can see this building restored as it was of old in this place. She took many hardships from me, and gave me many benefits. May the great Elizabeth live forever, whose graciousness made me so rejoice."

34. Side note: There were earls of the Spensers

35. γνοθι σεαυτον] gnothi seauton "Know thyself," the inscription on the temple at Delphi.

36. Tout beau] "All good."

37. Priscilla and Aquila] See Acts xviii.

38. Side note: According to the tale in the Hundred Merry Tales. (The Decameron, by Boccaccio)

39. aurum potabile] "Drinkable gold", a colloidal suspension of gold nanoparticles, much promoted as a cure-all.

40. Side note: Gratis signifieth to thankful persons. But gratis, the adverb, signifies freely.

41. Franco, sciolto, slegato, O che felice, stato?] "Footloose, free, not tied down, oh how happy a state."

42. tales] Something just as good.

43. Side note: What is a knave's warrant worth? A by-word in Somersetshire.

44. Side note: And let him pray for Trajan's soul with St. Gregory.

45. oves et boves, et pecora campi] "Sheep and cattle, and beasts of the field."

46. Candida sint comitum Goodyeere nil nisi nigrum] "Let our companions be white; Goodyear is nothing but black."

47. Hic niger est, hunc tu regina caveto] "This is black, I warn you of this, O queen.

48. quare impedit] Literally, "Why does he hinder", a writ which begins a legal action for deciding a disputed right of presentation to a benefice. It is typically brought by a patron against a bishop who refuses to appoint the patron's nominee as a priest. (Wikipedia).

49. Side note: In memoria aeterna erit iustus. ("May the just man be remembered for ever.")

50. Cave credas Tanquam stercus memoria impiorum] "You must believe that the memory of the impious is so much dung."

51. Candido piu nel cuor che di fuor cigno] "Purer in his heart than the whiteness of a swan."

52. Rara avis in terris nigroque similimo cigno] "A rare bird on earth, black, and looking a swan."

53. Side note: A lewd libel made at the death of the Lord Chancellor Hatton

54. Side note: King's Bench.

55. Side note: Penniless Bench.

56. libro fictitio.] "A fictitious book."

57. Side note: Agrippa.

58. Side note: The libel is thus: Unton is undone; Markham is malcontent.

59. Side note: Flower fadeth

60. Side note: Swaile waileth.

61. Side note: Bancroft is bankrupt.

62. Side note: Hatton is hat off

63. Tu ments par la gorge] French. Literally "You lie through your throat", corresponding to English "through your teeth" i.e. you lie outrageously.

64. Side note: A most honourable Earl, and true friend.

65. Hary Osto] i.e. Ariosto, author of Orlando Furioso, which Queen Elizabeth ordered Harington to translate in full as a punishment for having shown a translation of the naughty bits to her ladies-in-waiting.

66. Side note: mine own subauditor, verse, or wife, which you will.

67. ad perpetuam rei memoriam] "That its memory may last for evermore."

68. Side note: Aristotle ruled by his wife.

69. Side note: Semiramis asked leave to rule but a week, but you know what followed.

70. Latrina lingua,] "The language of the privy"?a pun on Latina lingua?"The Latin language."

71. ultimi Ruffianorum] "The greatest of all ruffians."

72. Side note: Recantare, is to sing the same song again

73. Side note: All that defend the queen's proceedings are counted no better than Papists with these hot fellows; and they call my Lord of Canterbury our Pope.

74. cum licentia] "With a licence to preach."

75. cum privilegio] Authorised to print by Royal permission.

76. Side note: For some of them I hope are but Protestants of anno Primo Eliz.

77. Side note: To have a bad tongue is bad religion

78. Side note: James, C. i. v. 26,27.

79. Side note: Judge Markham would have been of that opinion in the time of Edward the Third; and the Judge Portman, your grandfather, in Edward the Sixth.

80. Side note: Sapientis est nihil praestare praeter culpam ("It is wise not to pledge oneself against anything except doing wrong."

81. Gallus gallinaceus dum vertit stercorarium, invenit gemmam.] "The cock while searching in the dung, found a jewel."

 

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