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Wits Fittes and Fancies. Fronted and entermedled with presidentes of honour and wisdome. Also: Loves Owl. An idle conceited dialogue betwene loue, and an olde man. Recta securus. A.C.
Anthony Copley (1567-1607?)
A me•rie Recorder of London riding vpon his Mule would needs take the wall of all men, and riding in an euening all too ambitiouslie vnder the pentisses for that prerogatiue, down he fell and his Mule both into an Ale-celler, and sore bruis'd him: Insomuch as euer after hee vs'd to haue a man goe betweene him and the wall as he rid, for feare of any moe the like mis∣chances.
The said Recorder passing along the street, and hearing a Souldiour in an Ale-house calling for a Kingston-pot of beere, straight stept in vnto him, and arrested him of high treason, say∣ing: Sir•ha, often haue I heard, and tasted of a pennie-pot of beere, and found good of the price, but of a Kingston-pot of Beere I neuer heard: Sure, it is some counterfeit coyne, and I must know how thou camm'st by it.
The said Recorder mistaking the name of one Pepper, call'd him Piper: Whereunto the partie excepting, and saying: Sir, you mistake, my name is Pepper, not Piper: hee answered: Why, what difference is there (I pray thee) between Piper in Latin, and Pepper in English; is it not all one? No sir (reply'd the other) there is euen as much difference betweene them, as is between a Pipe and a Recorder.
Printed by Richard Iohnes, Holborne.
The first part of
Wits Fittes, and Fancies
is derived from
by M. de Santa Cruz de Dueñas. The second section
is a translation of
Dialogo entre el amore y un caballero viejo
by Rodrigo de Cota.
Anthony Copley was a poet and conspirator, who was concerned in the plot for placing Lady Arabella Stuart on the throne and condemned to death but later pardoned.
Welch (1911/1961: 113-114)
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