English 204 1
Feb 1 2012
II. — TO MY BOOK.
- Epigram: short poem ending in a witty or
It will be look'd for, BOOK, when some but see ingenious turn of thought, to which the
Thy title, EPIGRAMS, and named of me,
Thou shouldst be bold, licentious, full of gall, rest of the composition is intended to lead
Wormwood, and sulphur, sharp, and tooth'd withal ; up.
o Short [up to 20 lines]
Become a petulent thing, hurl ink, and wit, o Satirical
As madmen stones ; not caring whom they hit.
Deceive their malice, who could wish it so ; o Witty
And by thy wiser temper, let men know o Ingenious turn of thought
Thou art not so covetous of least self-fame, o To some extent Johnson’s was like a
Made from the hazard of another's shame ; epigram
Much less, with lewd, profane, and beastly phrase, - This book represents so much more, he is
To catch the world's loose laughter, or vain gaze.
He that departs with his own honesty not looking for vulgar praise
- He is asking the reader and the book to
For vulgar praise, doth it too dearly buy. understand one another, and to talk to
- You can judge my book if it’s good III. — TO MY BOOKSELLER.
to sell or not Thou that mak'st gain thy end, and wisely well,
- He doesn’t want it advertised for Call'st a book good, or bad, as it doth sell,
people who will not be able to
Use mine so too ; I give thee leave : but crave,
understand the book For the luck's sake, it thus much favor have,
- He wants it to sell for itself To lie upon thy stall, till it be sought ;
Not offer'd, as it made suit to be bought ;
- Buckler’s-bury – a market where
even if the book doesn’t sell as a Nor have my title-leaf on posts or walls,
book people will buy it even if just Or in cleft-sticks, advanced to make calls
For termers, or some clerklike serving-man,
to wrap the fish Who sca