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other wants it; yet both are snails, and it is a question whether case is the better: that which hath an house hath more shelter, but that which wants it hath more freedom; the privilege of that cover is but a burthen; you see -if it hath but a stone to climb over, with what stress it draws up that beneficial load; and if the passage prove strait, finds no entrance; whereas tb.3 empty snail makes no difference of way. Surely, it is always an ease and sometimes au happiness to have nothing; no man is so worthy of envy as he that can be cheerful in want.
Upon hearing of Music by Nig fit.
How sweetly doth this music sound in this dead season! In the day time it would not, it could not so much affect the ear. All harmonious sounds are adi vanced by a silent darkness; thus it is with the glad tidings of salvation; the gospel never sounds go sweet as in the night of preservation, or of our own private affliction; it is ever the same, the difference is in our disposition to receive it. O God, whose praise it is to give songs in the night, make iny prosperity conscionable, and my crosses che,er~
soul; the agitation whereof cannot but through time and experience work out many hidden truths; to suppress these would be no other than injurious to mankind; whose minds, like unto so many candles, should be kindled by each other: the thoughts of our deliberation are most accurate; thes^ 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 mas* ters, 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 Lis faithful-servants, that have left their blood, their spirits, their lives in these precious papers; and have willingly wasted themselves into these during raonu-. ments, to give light unto others.
Moats in the Sun.
llow these little moats move up and down in the sun, and never rest, whereas the great mountain* stand ever still, and move not but with an earth* quake; even so light and busy spirits are in continual agitation, to little purpose; while great deep Vrits sit still, and stir not, but upon extreme ocqa-^ sions: were the motion of these little atoms as useful as it is restless, I had rather be a moat than a mountain. v
Upon a Man sleeping.
I do not more wonder at any man's art than at his, who profess'esto 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 be a 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 c 2
eye or ear may be distracted, not to discern his own objects) but in the mean time he thinks that, whereof he cannot give an account; like as we many times dream when we cannot report our fancy. I should more easily put myself to school unto that man, who undertakes the profession of thinking many things at once: instantany motions are more proper for a spirit than a dull rest. Since my mind will needs be ever working, it shall be my car«, 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 Uniyersity 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 I. 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