Much like a subtle spider which doth sit In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
Note 1. In a letter to Velserus, 1612, Wotton says, This merry definition of an ambassador I had chanced to set down at my friends, Mr. Christopher Fleckamore, in his Album. [back]
Note 2. He directed the stone over his grave to be inscribed:
Hic jacet hujus sententiæ primus author:
DISPUTANDI PRURITUS ECCLESIARUM SCABIES.
Nomen alias quære
(Here lies the author of this phrase: The itch for disputing is the sore of churches. Seek his name elsewhere). Izaak Walton: Life of Wotton. [back]
Note 3. This song, often attributed to Shakespeare, is now confidently assigned to Barnfield; it is found in his collection of Poems in Divers Humours, published in 1598.Ellis: Specimens, vol. ii. p. 316. [back]