Grammatical drollery consisting of poems & songs wherein the rules of the nouns & verbs in the accendence are pleasantly made easy, for the benefit of any that delight in a tract of this nature
Hickes, William, fl. 1671.
A Participle doth participate
With Noun and Verb in all degrees and state:
With the Noun, in Gender, Case, Declension;
With the Verb, in Tense and Signification.
And yet to make the wonder the bigger,
Takes part with both in number and figure.
Page 29There are of Participles but four kinds,
Which scarce do know one anothers minds:
For they never are together at one time;
Which to offer to do, wou'd be a Crime.
The Present, Preter, Future in rus and dus:
How, two Futures! that's preposterous.
O, Sir, 'tis most certain; and I say yes:
For is not the next year future to this?
And the third year also future to that?
So now you see there's two futures, that's flat.
The present hath two ends to lodge at, ans
And ens; and the Landlord to th' first is amans
Loving: for we know that a mans loving is
The cause of his great sorrow or bliss.
And as before-said, the second is call'd ens,
Whose Masters name is Monsieur docens:
Who is teaching of 'em all perpetually;
But those that are not present, by and by:
But chiefly the present time is his aim,
And every day will be to him the same.
The second is praeter, who likewise has three ends
In English, as d, t, n, who are his friends;
As loved, taught, slain. He has also
Three ends of Latin too, which we also know,
As tus, sus, xus; as amatus, visus, nexus;
Who when we are construing, does always vex us.
And another dull dead word, in uus,
Which is Mr. Morio•'s Son, mortuus:
He hates the present Tense; for he's for nought
But that which is past, which he has dearly bought
By vindicating that which he will ne'r see,
And so to himself is a great Enemie.
But that in rus, which is a Country-man,
Has an active voice (though looking wan)
Page 30By being about to love Amaturus Daughter;
That is, if not now, he'll do't hereafter.
But that in dus doth suffer very much more
Than all the other three that were before:
For he scorns to love, being often moved
To it; but with amandus, to be beloved:
For a man does love to be belov'd sometimes;
That is, when young Ladies are in their primes.
And as they were all to Nouns and Verbs alli'd,
So in their distinct seasons, were to them a Guide.
They all were glad the Verbs a Peace had made;
For when they heard on't first, were all afraid:
And to the Concords for that agreement
Which they had made, they in their seasons went
To give 'em thanks; and then their Healths did tipple:
Which was then done by every Participle.