- Dec 2015
Bed of Ease
Reference to a Hymnal written by Christian Isaac Watts (1674-1748) titled "Am I A Soldier of The Cross." (Wikipedia online)
"Must I be carried to the skies On flowery beds of ease, While others fought to win the prize And sailed through bloody seas?"(Hymnal.net)
"Jack-sauce" n. Obs. a saucy or impudent fellow. (OED online)
“Domestick Intelligence” refers to “Domestick Intelligence: Or News both from CIty and Country” an early local newspaper developed by Anti- Catholic, Pro-Whig publisher Benjamin Harris. In the context of this text, one in possesion of the “Domestick Intelligence” would have negative connotations placed upon him. (Wikipedia Online)
a plaguy Rogue!
A “Plaguie Rogue” in this context,is an insulting name attributed to mischievous, annoyingly playful individuals. The term “plaguie” is supposed to worsen the insult, as it suggests the individual is a carrier of the fatal bubonic plague (OED).
“Plaguey” A. adj.
- Now arch. and rare. a. Of the nature of or relating to bubonic plague or any other plague-like disease; pestiferous, pestilential, pernicious. (OED online)
“Rogue”: n. A mischievous person, esp. a child; a person whose behaviour one disapproves of but who is nonetheless likeable or attractive. Freq. as a playful term of reproof or reproach or as a term of endearment. (OED online)