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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Certaine Rules for the True Discovery of Perfect Anagrammes by Mary Fage

Momus, I know, at this my worke will wonder,
And blaming me will belching envy thunder,
By blusterous words, out of his mouth, which he
Shall seconded by Zoilus likewise be.
Tush say they, what! a Woman this worke frame?
Her with will not attaine an Anagramme;
There many may be false within her Booke.
Yet Monsier Critick, notwithstanding looke
I pray thee on these following Roules, and than
Anagrammes here according to them scan.
E, may most what conclude an English word,
And so a letter as a neede afford.
Hi, is an an aspiration, and no letter;
It may be had or left, which we thinke better.
I, may be I, or Y, as neede require.
Q, ever after death a U desire.
Two V’s may be a double V, and then
A double V may be two V’s againe.
X, may divided by, and S and C,
May by that letter comprehended be.
Z, a double S may comprehend.
And lastly, an apostrophe may case
Sometimes a letter where it doth not please.
Try th’ Anagrammes hereby, and then youle say
Whether I’ve used all the helps I may.
And that each one that in the Booke doth rest,
Is fram’d by mine industry I protest:
And who will noe beleeve my protestation;
Ile hardly leane on their asseveration.
But naught’s the verse. ‘Tis truth: tears so bespotted
The lines in writing, they remaine still blotted.

From: Fage, Mary; Cullen, Patrick and Travitsky, Betty S. (eds.), The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works. Series I: Printed Writings, 1500-1640: Part 2. Volume IIL The Poets, II: Mary Fage, 2000, Routledge: London and New York, p. [unnumbered].

Date: 1637

By: Mary Fage (fl. 1637)