From Brief Lives by John Aubrey,
re. John Hoskyns:
"He was a close prisoner in the Tower, tempore regis Jacobi [in the time of James the First of England's reign - 24 March 1603 – 27 March 1625], for speaking too boldly in the Parliament house of the king's profuse liberality to the Scotts.
"He made a comparison of a conduit, whereinto water came, and ran-out afarre-off.
"' Now,' said he, ' this pipe reaches as far as Edinborough.'
"He was kept a ' close prisoner ' there, i. e., his windowes were boarded up. Through a small chinke he sawe once a crowe, and another time, a kite ; the sight whereof, he sayd, was a great pleasure to him.
"He, with much adoe, obtained at length the favour to have his little son Bennet to be with him ; and he then made this distich, viz. : —
"Parvule dum puer es, nee scis incommoda linguae, Vincula da linguae, vel tibi vincla dabit.
"Thus Englished by him : —
My little Ben, whil'st thou art young.
And know'st not how to rule thy tongue,
Make it thy slave whil'st thou art free,
Least it, as mine, imprison thee. "