Passion for power: the wicked gadfly which is mounted on the vainest peoples; the scorner
of all uncertain virtue; which rideth on every horse and on every pride.
With his air of looking down on the highest, and confidentially inviting you to be of his company in the seat of the scorner
he is irresistible; his very confession that he is a snob, too, is balm and solace to the reader who secretly admires the splendors he affects to despise.
Robson, the scorner
of the female sex, was not above the foppery of stays.
of her love should pay the price upon the fiery altar.
But before he died he redeemed his name from the scorner
And certainly it is little better, when atheists, and profane persons, do hear of so many discordant, and contrary opinions in religion; it doth avert them from the church, and maketh them, to sit down in the chair of the scorners
Let not the light scorners
of female fascination erect their ears to listen to a new tale of love which shall serve them for a jest; for Miss Brass, however accurately formed to be beloved, was not of the loving kind.
They can not afford to run the risk of having their hospitality abused by travelers, especially since travelers are such notorious scorners
of honest behavior.
However, Prov 9:7-8 warns against correcting the scorner
or the wicked.
Around 1515, Wynkyn de Worde published Hycke Scorner
, and, around fifteen years later, he invested in two other titles, Temperance and Humility and The Interlude of Youth.
Having lodged this caveat against disinterestedness, the narrator entreats "Thou scorner
of the prison, airy pow'r" to "mount through the regions of the whistling wind," "leave the loit'rer lightning far behind," "lightly scim / O'er Chili's hills, Peru's enchanting groves, / Scenes that the unfetter'd fancy dearly loves," and "Measure the serpents folds" where "waving Forest trees .
To confirm this statement Wilkins invokes the authority of the Bible, which again makes the modern reader aware that, in this heterogeneous book, an empirical observation of infantile behaviour seems of equal epistemological value as a quotation from the Proverbs: "And the Wiseman notes it of the scorner
, that hee winketh with his eyes, hee speaketh with his feet, hee teacheth with his fingers (Mercury, 112).