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than he finds. Men's behaviour should be like their apparel, not too strait or point device, but free for exercise or motion.


PRAISE is the reflection of virtue, but it is as the glass or body which giveth the reflection; if it be from the common people, it is commonly false and nought, and rather followeth vain persons, than virtuous; for the common people understand not many excellent virtues : the lowest virtues draw praise from them, the middle virtues work in them astonishment or admiration ; but of the highest virtues they have no sense or perceiving at all; but shews and species virtutibus similes” serve best with them. Certainly, fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drown things weighty and solid ; but if persons of quality and judgnrent concur, then it is, (as the scripture saith) “Nomen bonum " instar unguenti fragrantis:" it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odours of ointments are more durable than

those of flowers. There be so many false points of praise, that a man may justly hold it in suspect. Some praises proceed merely of flattery; and if he be an ordinary flatterer, he will have certain common attributes, which may serve every man ; if he be a cunning flatterer he will follow the arch flatterer, which is a man's self, and wherein a man thinketh best of himself, therein the flatterer will uphold him most: but if he be an impudent flatterer, look wherein a man is conscious to himself that he is most defective, and is most out of countenance in himself, that will the flatterer entitle him to perforce,

Spreta consci“ entia.” Some praises come of good wishes and respects, which is a form due in civility to kings and great persons,“ laudando præci

pere;" when by telling men what they are, they represent to them what they should be : some men are praised maliciously to their hurt, thereby to stir envy and jealousy towards them; “pessimum genus inimicorum laudantium;" insomuch as it was a proverb amongst the Grecians, that, “ He that was praised to his “hurt, should have a push rise upon

his nose;" as we say, that a blister will rise upon one's


tongue that tells a lie; 'certainly, moderate praise, used with opportunity, and not vulgar, is that which doth the good. Solomon saith, “He that praiseth his friend aloud rising early, or it shall be to him no better than a curse." Too much magnifying of man or matter doth irritate contradiction, and procure envy and

To praise a man's self cannot be decent, except it be in rare cases; but to praise a man's office or profession, he may do it with good grace, and with a kind of magnanimity. The cardinals of Rome, which are theologues, and friars, and schoolmen, have a phrase of notable contempt and scorn towards civil business; for they call all temporal business of wars, embassages, judicature, and other employments, sherrerie, which is under sheriffries, as if they were but matters for under-sheriffs and catch.poles; though many times those under-sheriffries do more good than their high speculations. St. Paul, when he boasts of himself, doth oft interlace," I speak like a fool;"> but speaking of his calling, he saith, “magni“ ficabo apostolatum meum."



It was prettily devised of Æsop; the fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot wheel, and said, “ What a dust do I raise !” So are there some vain persons, that, whatsoever goeth alone or moveth upon greater means, if they have never so little hand in it, they think it is they that carry it. They that are glorious must needs be factious; for all bravery stands upon comparisons. They must needs be violent to make good their own vaunts : neither can they be secret, and therefore not effectual; but according to the French proverb, “ beaucoup de “ bruit, peu de fruit; “ much bruit, little of fruit."

Yet, certainly there is use of this quality in civil affairs ; where there is an opinion and fame to be created, either of virtue or greatness, these men are good trumpeters, Again, as Titus Livius noteth in the case of Antiochus and the Ætolians, there are sometimes great effects of cross lies; as if a man that negociates between two princes, to draw them to join in a war against the third, doth

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