Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.
CONSERVA ME DOMINE
THe Bat vnknowne, yet this his natiue soyle,
And beares, that Parentes had, by Martiall prowesse toyle,
From Swoll as may appeare, of Germane race in deede,
By Emprour Charels he, that gaue each one his meede.
The Moone increasing showes, that Iustice (aye) must grow
And AEgles winges, of white, and red, the Lawes to vse below,
The mecke and milde to guide, the wicked to displaie,
As heretofore (when vertue shall) restore that did decaie,
The Starres, triangled set, declares not one, but all,
Should know their Prince, their Land, their Frend, least ouer soone they fall.
The Shield of glittering Gold, reportes a Gift of Grace,
And Starres aboue the Moone, foretells some noble race:
So borne in one Field, as the Athuauncer will
By light of light, (euen God aboue) whose powre continueth still.