By Charles Cotton.
Cotton, Charles. (1630-1687) - Lestrange, Roger. - Virgil - Aeneid : Scarronides: Or, Le Virgile Travesty. A Mock Poem. Being the First Book of Virgils Æneis [Aeneid] in English, Burle´sque. Imprimatur, Roger L'Estrange
Printed by E. Cotes for Henry Brome at the Gun in Ivy-lane, 1664. - The poet and translator Charles Cotton (1630- 87) , best remembered as friend of Izaak Walton and co-author of The Universal Angler (1676) , was at the centre of a small literary coterie on the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border and was himself a prolific writer. His translations included the essays of Montaigne ( 1685) , which was frequently reprinted, and among his original verse writings his robust burlesque of Virgil, Scarronides (1664) , proved especially popular, going through numerous editions. His miscellaneous poems were largely unpublished in his lifetime, though preserved in a manuscript kept by his friends, and were posthumously published in 1689. http://www.bibliophile.net/books/cotton_charles-l…
The text online in The Genuine Poetical Works of Charles Cotton
Scarronides: or, Virgile travestie A mock-poem. Being the first book of Virgils Æneis in English, burlésque.
Cotton, Charles, 1630-1687., Virgil. Aeneis. Liber 1.
London: printed by E. Cotes for Henry Brome at the Gun in Ivy-lane, 1664.
Early English Books Online [full text]
A travesty indeed. Compare:
I sing of warfare and a man at war.
From the sea-coast of Troy in early days
He came to Italy by destiny,
To our Lavinian western shore,
A fugitive, this captain, buffeted
Cruelly on land as on the sea
Robert Fitzgerald, 1983
I sing of arms and the man, he who, exiled by fate,
first came from the coast of Troy to Italy, and to
Lavinian shores – hurled about endlessly by land and sea
A.S. Kline, 2002
I sing the man (read it who list,
A Trojan true as ever pist,)
Who from Troy-town, by Wind and Weather
To Italy (and God knows whither)
Was packt, and wrackt, and lost, and tost,
And bounc'd from Pillar unto Post
Charles Cotton, 1664
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.