This is a sentence from a book I'm translating, the one before that is "The first thing I met was a regiment of the vilest odors that ever assaulted the human nose, and took it by storm." So, what is the author implying by this "Cologne" sentence?
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The author is implying that Cologne is extremely malodourous (seven and seventy evil savours is a poetic way of putting it) but the smell in Cologne is immensely preferable to the niff he is currently describing; by comparison the smell in Cologne is very pleasant: was a posy-bed [compared] to it.