« PreviousContinue »
they expected worthy and delightfull knowledge; till poverty or youthfull yeers call them importunately their feverallwayes, and haften them with the sway of friends either to an ambitious and mercenary, or ignorantly zealous Divinity; Some allur'd to the trade of Law grounding their purposes not on the prudent, and heavenly contemplation of justice and equity which was never taught them, but on the promifing and pleafing thoughts of litigious terms, fat contentions, and flowing fees; others betake them to State affairs, with fouls fo unprincipl'd in vertue, and true generous breeding, that flattery and court shifts and tyrannous aphorifmes appear to them the highest points of wisdom; in
ftilling their barren hearts with confcientious flavery, if, as I rather think,' it be not fain'd. Others laftly of a more delicious and airie fpirit, retire themfelves knowing no better, to the enjoyments of ease and luxury, living out their daies in feast and jollity; which indeed is the wifeft and fafeft courfe of all thefe, unleffe they were with more integrity undertak'n. And thefe are the errours, and thefe are the fruits of mifspending our prime youth at the Schools and Univerfities as we do, either in learning meere words or fuch things chiefly, as were better unlearnt.
I fhall detain you now no longer in the demonftration of what we should not doe, but ftrait conduct ye to a hill fide,
where I will point ye out the right path. of a vertuous and noble education; laborious indeed at the first ascent, but, elfe fo fmooth, fo green, fo full of good-.. ly profpect, and melodious founds on every fide, that the harp of Orpheus · was not more charming. I doubt not but ye fhall have more adoe to drive our, dulleft and laziest youth, our stocks and ftubbs from the infinite defire of fuch a happy nurture, then we have now, to hale and drag our choifeft and hopefulleft wits to that afinine feaft of fowthiftles and brambles which is commonly fet before them, as all the food and enter-, tainment of their tendereft and most do
cible age. I call therefore a compleate, and generous education that which fits.
a man to perform juftly, skilfully, and magnanimoufly all the offices both private and publike of peace and war. And how all this may be done between twelve and one and twenty, leffe time then ist now bestow'd in pure trifling at Grammar and Sophistry, is to be thus order'd.
Firft to finde out a fpatious house and ground about it fit for an Academy, and big enough to lodge a hundred and fifty perfons, whereof twenty or thereabout may be attendants, all under the govern→ ment of one, who fhall be thought of defert fufficient, and ability either to doe all, or wifely to direct, and oversee it done. This place fhould be at once both School and Univerfity, not needing
a remove to any other house of Schollership, except it be fome peculiar Colledge of Law, or Phyfick, where they mean to be practitioners; but as for thofe generall ftudies which take up all our time from Lilly to the commencing, as they term it, Mafter of Art, it should be abfolute. After this pattern, as many edifices may be converted to this ufe, as shall be needfull in every city throughout this land, which would tend much to the encrease of learning and civility every where. This number, leffe or more thus collected, to the convenience of a foot company, or interchangeably two troops of cavalry, fhould divide their daies work into three parts, as it lies orderly.