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they expected worthy and delightfull knowledge; till poverty or youthfull yeers call them importunately their severallwayes, and haften them with thesway of friends either to an ambitious and meccenary, 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 cquity which was never taught them, but on the promising and pleasing thoughts of litigious terms, fat contentions, and flowing fees; others betake them to State affairs, with souls so unprincipl'd in vertue, and true generous breeding, that flattery and court shifts and tyrannous aphorisines appear to them the highest points of wisdom ; in
stilling stilling their barren hearts with conscientious Navery, if, as I rather think,' it be not fain'd. Others lastly of a more delicious and airie spirit, retire themselves knowing no better, to the enjoyments of ease and luxury, living out their daies in feast and jollity; which indeed is the wifest and safest course of all these, unlesse they were with more integrity undertak’n. And these are the errours, and these are the fruits of milspending our prime youth at the Schools and Universities as we do, either in learning meere words or such things chiefly, as were better unlearnt.
I shall detain you now no longer in the demonftration of what we should not doe, but strait conduct ye to a hill side, where I will point ye out the right path of a vertuous and noble education ; laborious indeed at the first ascent, but , else so sinooth, so green, fo full of good-. ly prospect, and melodious sounds on every side, that the harp of Orpheus , was not more charming. I doubt not but ye
shall have more adoe to drive our, dullest and laziest youth, our stocks and stubbs from the infinite desire of such a happy nurture, then we have now, to hale and drag aur choisest and hopefulleft wits to that afinine feast of fowthistles and brambles which is commonly set before them, as all the food and enter-, tainment of their tenderest and most docible age.
I call therefore a compleate, and generous education that which fits
a man to perform justly, skilfully, and magnanimously all the offices both private and publike of peace and war. And how all this may be done between twelve anu one and twenty, lesse time then is now bestow'd in pure trifling at Grammar and Sophistry, is to be thus order'd.
Firft to finde out a spatious houfe and ground about it fit for an Academy, and big enough to lodge a hundred and fifty persons, whereof twenty or thereabout may be attendants, all under the
govern ment of one, who shall be thought of desert sufficient, and ability either to doe ail, or wisely to direct, and oversee it done. This place should be at once both School and University, not needing
a remove to any other house of Schollership, except it be some peculiar Colledge of Law, or Phyfick, where they mean to be practitioners; but as for those generall studies which take up all our time from Lilly to the commencing, as they term it, Master of Art, it should be absolute. After this pattern, as many edifices may be converted to this use, 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, lesse or more thus collected, to the convenience of a foot company, or interchangeably two troops of cavalry, should divide their dries work into three parts, as it lies or