Ver. 1. Lest. "A husband should teach his wife to be chaste by his own example." Lact. Relig. vi.
Ipse miser docui quo posset ludere pacto
Custodes eheu! nunc premor arte meâ. Tibul.
Ver. 4. Dancer. Gr. "musician, lest," &c. H.
--- The same person is often given to both music and dancing, (M.) and these arts are very dangerous. Met. xiv. 6.
--- The dances in the East were more licentious than ours.
Ver. 5. Gaze. It is not always possible to avoid seeing them; but the greatest caution is requisite. Job xxxii. 1. Mat. v. 28. C.
--- Jealousy and all dangerous occasions must be avoided. W.
Ver. 7. Streets. Gr. "retired parts," where bad women dwell. C.
Ver. 8. Up. Gr. "of a fine appearance." Grabe substitutes, "who has found favour." H.
--- The Fathers condemn too much dressing as a mark of levity and incontinence.
Ver. 12. Nor, &c. is also admitted in many copies, though found in the Comp. and Ald edit. C.
--- Grabe replaces it on the authority of Clem. (Pæd. ii. 7.) as he does many other passages, which are erroneously left out in several editions. Prolog. t. 4. c. 3. It would therefore be injurious to the word of God, if we were always to reject the additions in the Vulg. which are not in the Vat. Gr. copy; and they must not all at least be considered as interpolations.
Ver. 16. Envy not. If thou hast faith and wisdom, thou wilt rather dread his punishment. Ps. xxxvi. 1. and Prov. iii. 31. C.
--- He is like a summer flower, that is quickly cut down. W.
Ver. 17. Wrong. Gr. "applauses of the unjust. Remember that they will not be justified even to hell." H.
--- The world itself will finally approve only of virtue. C.
--- The wicked will be condemned both by God and man. H.
Ver. 20. It. Gr. "Know what thou art...walking on the pinnacles of the city." H.
--- The same sense is given in the Vulg. as people walking among armed men in a rage, are exposed to imminent danger. M.
Ver. 21. Beware. Gr. "aim at." Examine the person to whom thou intrusteth a secret.
Ver. 24. Artificers. All strive to excel in their profession.
Ver. 25. Hateful. Satirists are dangerous. C.
Excutiat sibi, non cuiquam parcet amico. Hor. i. sat. 4.