If therefore I have committed any errors, O you hunter of fine names and words, do not be too angry with me; for, according to Timotheus of Miletus, the poet,—
I do not sing of ancient themes,And Antiphanes says, in his Alcestis—
For all that's new far better seems.
Jove's the new king of all the world;
While anciently 'twas Saturn hurl'd
His thunders, and the Heavens ruled;
So I'll no longer be befool'd
With dotard's ancient songs.
Dost thou love things of modern fashion?And I will prove to you, that the ancients were acquainted with the water which is called dicoctas, in order that you may not be indignant again, when I speak of boiled and spiced water. For, according to the Pseudheracles of Pherecrates—
So too does he; for he is well assured
That new devices, though they be too bold,
Are better far than old contrivances.
Suppose a man who thinks himself a geniusBut do not grudge, I entreat you, said Ulpian, to explain to me what is the nature of that Bull's water which you spoke of; for I have a great thirst for such words. And Cynulcus said,—But I pledge you, according to your fancy; you thirst for words, taking a desire from Alexis, out of his Female Pythagorean,
Should something say, and I should contradict him,
Still trouble not yourself; but if you please,
Listen and give your best attention.
A cup of water boil'd; for when fresh-drawnBut it was Sophocles, my friend, who spoke of Bull's water, in his Aegeus, from the river Taurus near Trœzen, in the neighbourhood of which there is a fountain called Hyoëssa. [p. 203]
'Tis heavy, and indigestible to drink.