Steps to the Temple: Delights of the Muses, and Other Poems

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REVERENDO ADMODUM
VIRO
BENJAMINO LANY

SS. Theologiæ Professori,
Aulœ Pembrochianœ Custodi dignissimo,
ex suorum minimis
minimus
R. C.
custodiam cœlestem
P.

SUus est & florũ fruƐtus; quibus fruimur, si non utiliùs, delicatiùs certé. Neque etiam rarum est quod ad spem veris, de se per flores suos quasi pollicentis, adultioris anni, ipsiúsq; adeò Autumni exigamus fidem. Ignoscas igitur (vir colendissime) properanti sub ora Apollinis sui, primæq́ue adolescentiæ lasciviâ exultanti Musæ. Teneræ ætatis flores adfert, non fruƐtus seræ : quos quidem exigere ad seram illam & sobriam maturitatem, quam in fruƐtibus expeƐtamus meritò, durum fuerit ; forsan & ipsa hac præcoci importunitate suâ placituros magís: Tibi præsertim quem paternus animus (quod fieri solet) intentum tenet omni suæ spei diluculo, quo tibi de tuorum indole promittas aliquid. Ex more etiam eorum, qui in præmium laboris sui pretiúmque patientiæ festini, ex iis quas severunt ipsi & excoluerunt, quicquid est flosculi prominulum, primâ quasi verecundiâ auras & apertum Jovem experientis arripiunt avidè, saporémque illi non tam ex ipsius indole & ingenio quàm ex animi sui

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