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perceive what despicable creatures our common rimers and play-writes be, and shew them, what Religious, what glorious and magnificent use might be made of Poetry both in divine and humane things. From hence and not till now will be the right season of forming them to be able writers and composers in every excellent matter, when they shall be thus fraught with an universall insight into things. Or whether they be to speak in Parlament or counsell, honour and attention would be waiting on their lips. There would then also appear

in pulpits other visages, other gestures, and stuffe otherwise wrought then what we now fit under, oft times to as great a triall of our patience as any other that they preach to us. These are the studies wherein our noble and our gentle youth ought to bestow their time in a disciplinary way from twelve to one and twenty; unlesse they rely more upon their ancestors dead, then upon themselves living In which methodicall course it is so suppos’d they must proceed by the steddy pace of learning onward, as at convenient times for memories fake to retire back into the middle ward, and sometimes into the rear of what they have been taught, untill they have confirm’d, and solidly united the whole body of their perfeted knowledge, like the last embattelling of a Romane

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legion. legion. Now will be worth the seeing what exercises, and what recreations may best agree,

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The course of study hitherto briefly describ’d, is, what I can guesse by reading, likeft to those ancient and famous schools of Pythagoras, Plato, Isocrates, Aristotle, and such others, out of which were bred

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such a number of renowned Philosophers, orators, Historians, Poets and Princes all over Greece, Italy, and Asia, besides the flourishing studies of Cyrene and Alexandria. But herein it shall exceed them, and supply a defect as great as that which Plato, noted in the commonwealth of Sparta; whereas

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that city train'd up their youth most for warre, and these in their Academies and Lycæum, all for the gown, this institution of breeding which I here delineate, shall be equally good both for peace and warre. Therefore about an hour and a halfe ere they eat at noon should be allow'd them for exercise and due rest afterwards : but the time for this may be enlarg’d at pleasure, according as their rifing in the morning shall be early. The exercise which I commend first, is the exact use of their weapon; to guard

; .and to strike safely with edge, or point; this will keep them healthy, nimble, strong, and well in breath, is also the likeliest means to make them

grow large, and tall, and to inspire them with a gal

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lant and fearlesse courage, which being temper'd with seafonable lectures and precepts to them of true fortitude, and patience, will turn into a native and heroic valour, and make them hate the cowardise of doing wrong. They must be also practiz'd in all the locks and gripes of wrafthing, wherein Englifhmen were wont to excell, as need may 1 often be in fight to tugge, to grapple, and to clofe. And this perhaps will be anough, wherein to prove and heat their fingle Itrength. The interiin of unfweating themselves regularly, and convenient rest before meæ may both with profit and delight be taken up in recreating and compoling their travail'd fpirits with solemn and divine harmonies of mufick O

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