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ing no time to repent.
91. A rapier or small sword.
92. The battle here referred to was the one between Don John of
Austria and the Turkish fleet, near Lepanto, in 1571. The battle
of Lepanto (that is, the capture of the town by the Turks) did not
take place till 1678.
93. Several authors say that Aristotle died of grief because he could
not find out the reason for the ebb and flow of the tide in Epirus.
94. Who deny that there is such a thing as science.
95. A motto on a ring or cup. In an old will, 1655, there is this
passage: "I give a cup of silver gilt to have this posy written in
the margin: -

"When the drink is out, and the bottom you may see,
Remember your brother I. G."

96. The opposition of a contrary quality, by which the quality it opposes
becomes heightened.
97. Adam as he was created and not born.
98. Meaning a world, as Atlas supported the world on his shoulders.
99. Merriment. Johnson says that this is the only place where the
word is found.
100. Said to be a cure for madness.
101. Patched garments.
102. A game. A kind of capping verses, in which, if any one repeated
what had been said before, he paid a forfeit.

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NOTES TO HYDRIOTAPHIA.

1. Just.
2. Destruction.
3. A chemical vessel made of earth, ashes, or burnt bones, and in
which assay-masters try their metals. It suffers all baser ones
when fused and mixed with lead to pass off, and retains only
gold and silver.
4. This substance known to French chemists by the name "adipo-cire,"
was first discovered by Sir Thomas Browne.
5. From its thickness.
6. Euripides.
7. Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Egyptian, Arabic defaced by the Emperor Licinius.

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NOTES TO LETTER TO A FRIEND.

1. Will not survive until next spring.
2. Wasting.
3. An eminent Italian Physician, lecturer in the University of Pavia,
died 1576. He was a most voluminous medical writer.
4. An eminent doctor and scholar who passed his time at Venice and
Padua studying and practising medicine, died 1568.
5. Charles V. was born 24th February, 1500.
6. Francis I. of France was taken prisoner at the battle of Pavia, 24th
February, 1525.
7. One of the greatest Protestant generals of the seventeenth century.
He died at Zara, 1626.
8. An inflation, or swelling, from the French bouffee*.
9. August 20th, 1526. He was defeated by Solyman II., and suffocated
in a brook, by a fall from his horse, during the retreat.
10. The caul.
11. Money-seeking.
12. Cacus stole some of Hercules' oxen, and drew them into his cave
backward to prevent any traces being discovered. Ovid Fast, 1. 554.
13. Narrow, like walking on a rope.
14. A Greek philosophical writer. This [Greek omitted] is a representation
of a table where the whole human life with its dangers and temptations
is symbolically represented.
15. Picture.
16. The course taken by the Spanish Treasure ships. See Anson Voyages.
17. A recommencement.

"Dulcique senex vicinus Hymetto
Qui partem acceptae sava inter vincia cicutae
Accusatori nollet dare," - Juv. Sat. xiii. 185.

19. A small revolution made by one planet in the orbit of another.




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