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heard, or learnt; either while the skilful Organis plies his grave and fancied defcant in lofty fugues, or the whole symphony with artfull and unimaginable touches adorn and grace the well-studied cords of some choise composer; some times the Lute, or foft organ stop waiting on elegant voices either to religious, martiall, or civill ditties; which if wise men & prophets be not extremely out, have a great power over dispositions and manners, to finooth and make them gentle from rustick harfhnesse and diftemper’d paffions. The like also would not be unexpedient after meat to assist and cherish nature in her first concoction, and send their mindes backe to study in good tune and satisfaction. Where hav
ing follow'd it close under vigilant eyes till about two hours before supper, they are by a sudden alarum or watch word, to be call'd out to their military motions, under skie or covert, according to the feason, as was the Romane wont; first on foot, then as their age permits, on horse back, to all the art of cavalry; That having in sport, but with much exactnesse, and dayly muster, serv'd out the rudiments of their Souldiership in all the skill of embattailing, marching, encamping, fortifying, beseiging and battering, with all the helps of ancient and inodern stratagems, Tuctiks and warlike maxims, they may as it were out of a long warre come forth renowned and perfect Commanders in the service of 0 2
their country. They would not then, if they were trusted with fair and hopefull armies, suffer them for want of juft and wise discipline to thed away from about them like fick feathers, though they be never so oft fuppli’d; they would not fuffer their empty and unrecrutible Colonells of twenty men in a company, to quaffe out, or convay into secret hoards, the wages of a delusive list, and a miserable remnant : yet in the mean while to be overmafter'd with a fcore or two of drunkards, the only souldiery left about them, or else to comply with all rapines and violences. No certainly, if they knew ought of that knowledge that belongs to good men or good governours, they would not suffer thefe things.
But to return to our own institute, befides these conftant exercises at home, there is another opportunity of gaining experience to be won from pleasure itselfe abroad; In those vernal seasons of the yeer, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and fullenneffe against nature not to go out, and see her riches, and partake in her rejoycing with heaven and earth. I should not therefore be a perswader to them of studying much then, after two or three yeer that they have well laid their grounds, but to ride out in companies with prudent and staid guides, to all the quarters of the land : learning and observing all places of strength, all commodities of building and of soil, for towns and tillage, bar-
bours and ports for trade. Somtimes taking sea as farre as to our navy, to learn there also what they can in the practicall knowledge of failing and of sea fight. These wayes would trie all their peculiar gifts of nature, and if there were any secret excellence among them, would fetch it out, and give it fair opportunities to advance it felfe by, which could not but mightily redound to the good of this nation, and bring into fashion again those old admired vertues and excellencies, with farre more advantage now in this puritie of Christian knowledge. Nor shall we then need the Monsieurs of Paris to take our hopefull youth into thir flight and prodigall custodies and send them over back again trans