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yet less danger and vexation ; lastly, that be is truly wise who sees by a light of his own, when the rest of the world sit in an ignorant and confused darkness, unable to apprehend any truth, save by the helps of an outward illumination.
Had this fowl come forth in the day time, how had all the little birds flocked wondering about her, to see her uncouth visage, to hear her untuned notes; she likes her estate never the worse, but pleaseth herself in her own quiet reservedness; it is not for a wise man to be much affected with the censures of the rude and unskilful vulgar, but to hold fast unto his own well-chosen and well-fixed resolutions; every fool knows what is wont to be done; but what is best to be done, is known only to the wise.
What a world of wit is here packed up together! I know not whether this sight doth more dismay or comfort me; it dismays me to think, that here is so much that cannot know ; it comforts me to think that this variety yields so good helps to know what I should. There is no truer word than that of Solomon--there is no end of making many books ; ihis sight verifies it; there is no end ; indeed, it were pity there should; God hath given to man a busy
soul; the agitation whereof cannot but through time and experience work out many hidden truths; to sup, press these would be no other than injurious to mankipd; whose minds, like unto so many candles, should be kindled by each other : the thoughts of our deliberation are most accurate; these we vent into our papers; what an happiness is it, that, without all offence of necromancy, I may here call up any of the ancient worthies of learning, whether human or divine, and confer with them of all my doubts ! that I can at pleasure summon whole synods of reverend fathers, and acute doctors from all the coasts of the earth, to give their well-studied judgments in all points of question which I propose ! Neither can I cast my eye casually upon any of these silent masters, but I must learn somewhat: it is a wantonness to complain of choice.
No law binds me to read all'; but the more we can take in and digest, the better-liking must the mind's needs be ; blessed be God that hath set up so many clear lamps in his church.
Now none but the wilfully blind can plead darkness; and blessed be the memory of those his faithful servants, that have left their blood, their spirits, their lives in these precious papers; and have willingly wasted themselves into these during monuments, to give light unto others.
Upon Moats in the Sun,
How these little moats move up and down in the sun, and never rest, whereas the great mountains stand ever still, and move not but with an earthquake; even so light and busy spirits are in continual agitation, to little purpose; while great deep wits sit still, and stir not, but upon extreme occasions : were the motion of these little atoms as useful as it is restless, I had rather be a moat than a mountain.
Upon a Man sleeping.
I do not more wonder at any man's art than at his, who professes to think of nothing to do nothing: and I do not a little marvel at that man who says he can sleep without a dream ; for the mind of man is a restless thing; and though it give the body leave to repose itself, as knowing it is a mortal and earthly piece, yet itself being a spirit, and therefore active, and indefatigable, is ever in motion : give me a sea that moves not, a sun that shines not, an open eye that sees not; and I shall yield there
may reasonable soul that works not. It is possible that through a natural or accidental stupidity, a man may not perceive his own thoughts; (as sometimes the
eye or ear may be distracted, not to discern his own
mind will needs be ever working, it shall be my care, that it may always be well employed.
EDWARD HERBERT, baron of Cherbury in Shropshire, an eminent statesman and writer, was descended of an ancient family, and born at Montgomery Castle, in Wales, in 1581. He was admitted gentleman commoner of Uni. versity College, Oxford, at the age of fourteen ; but left college without a degree. He then set out on his travels, applied himself to military exercises, and returned an accomplished gentleman.
On occasion of the promotions preparatory to the coronation of James ļ. he was created Knight of the Bath; and was subsequently one of the council of his majesty for military affairs. About 1616, he was sent ambassador to Louis XIII. king of France, to mediate