Non equidem hoc studeo bullatis ut mihi nugis Pagina turgescat, dare pondus idonea fumo. PERS., Sat. v. 19. 'Tis not indeed my talent to engage In lofty trifles, or to swell my page With wind and noise. There is no kind of false wit which has been so recommended by the practice of all ages as that which consists in a jingle of words, and is comprehended under the general name of punning.
"Alma Venus, coeli subter labentia signa Quae mare navigerum, quae terras frugiferenteis Concelebras . . . . . . . Quae quondam rerum naturam sola gubernas, Nec sine te quidquam dias in luminis oras Exoritur, neque fit laetum neque amabile quidquam; Te sociam studeo!"
He was a scholar and man of the world, who had a retentive memory, and, says Bayle, 'could say a thousand good things in a thousand pleasing ways. No. 61. Thursday, May 10, 1711. Addison. 'Non equidem studeo, bullalis ut mihi nugis Pagina turgescal, dare pondus idonea fumo. Pers.
I do not here form a statue to erect in the great square of a city, in a church, or any public place: "Non equidem hoc studeo, bullatis ut mihi nugis, Pagina turgescat...... Secreti loquimur:" 'tis for some corner of a library, or to entertain a neighbour, a kinsman, a friend, who has a mind to renew his acquaintance and familiarity with me in this image of myself.
"A Scotch surgeon may have more learning than an English one, and all Scotland could not muster learning enough for Lowth's Prelections." See ante, ii. 363, and March 30, 1783. The poem is entitled Gualterus Danistonus ad Amicos. It begins: 'Dum studeo fungi fallentis munere vitae' Which Prior imitates: 'Studious the busy moments to deceive.
Herein I shall answer for my self with the Comoedian, Placere studeo bonis quam plurimis, et minimé multos lædere: I endeavor to give content to the most I can of those that are well disposed, and no scandal to any. I grant, I find him blamed and condemned: I do no less my self.