|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Sir Henry Wotton. (15681639) (continued)|
| He first deceased; she for a little tried|
To live without him, liked it not, and died.
| Upon the Death of Sir Albert Mortons Wife.|
| I am but a gatherer and disposer of other mens stuff.|
| Preface to the Elements of Architecture.|
| Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.|
| The Disparity between Buckingham and Essex.|
| An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth. 1|
| Reliquiæ Wottonianæ|
| The itch of disputing will prove the scab of churches. 2|
| A Panegyric to King Charles.|
|Richard Barnfield. (d. 1570)|
| As it fell upon a day|
In the merry month of May,
Sitting in a pleasant shade
Which a grove of myrtles made.
| Address to the Nightingale. 3|
|Sir John Davies. (15701626)|
| Much like a subtle spider which doth sit|
In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
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]
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]
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]