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high hopes of living to be brave Men, and worthy Patriots, dear to God, and famous to all Ages; that they may despise and scorn all their childish, and ill-taught Qualities, to delight in manly, and liberal Exercises : which he who hath the Art and proper Eloquence to catch them with, what with mild and effectual Persuafions, and what with the intimation of some Fear, if need be, but chiefly, by his own Example, might in a short space gain them to an incredible Diligence and Courage; infusing into their young Breasts such an ingenuous and poble Ardor, as would not fail to make many of them renowned and matchless Men. At the same time, some other hour of the Day, might be taught them the Rules of Arithmetick, and soon after the Elements of Geometry even playing, as the old manner was.

After Evening-repafts, till bed-time, their Thoughts will be best taken up in the easy grounds of Religion, and the story of Scripture. The next Atep would be to the Authors of Agricul. ture, Cato, Varro, and Columella ; for the matter is moft easy, and if the Language be difficult, so much the better, it is not a difficulty above their years : And here will be an occasion of inciting and inabling them hereafter to improve the tillage of their Country, to recover the bad Soil, and to remedy the waste that is made of good; for this was one of Hercules' Praises. Ere half these Authors be read (which will soon be with plying hard, and daily) they cannot chuse but be Masters of an ordinary Prose. So that it will be then seasonable for them

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to 'learn 'in any modern Author, 'the use of the Globes, and all the Maps; first with the old namesi And then with the 'new : or they might be then capable to read any compendious method of natural Philosophy. And at the same time might they be entring into the Greek Tongue, after the same man. Her as was before prefcribd in the Latin; whereby the difficulties of Grammar being soon "overcome, all the Historical Physiology of Aristotle and Theo pbralius are open before them, and, as I may fay, under contribution. The like access will be to Via truviùs, to Seneca's natural Quefions, to Mela, Cile Jus, Pliny, or Solinus. And having thus paft the Principles of Aritbmetičk, Geometry, Afronomy, and Geograpby, with a general Compact of Phyficks, they may defcend in Matbematičks to the instrumental Science of Trigonometry, and from thence to For. tification, Architecture, Enginry, or Navigation. And in natural Philosophy they may proceed lei. fürely from the History of Meteors, Minerals, Planes and living Creatures, as far as Anatomy. Then also in course might be read to them out of some not tedious Wrirer the Inftitution of Physick; that they may know the Tempers, the Humours, the Seasons, and how to manage a Cruditý: Which he who can wisely and timely do, is not only a great Physician to himself, and to his friends, but also may at some time or other fave an Army by this frugal and expenseless means only; and not let the healthy and stout Bodies of young Men rot away andér him for want of this difciplinë ; which is ·


great pity and no less 'a "Thame to the Cominanders To set forward all these proceedings in Nature and Mathematicks, what hinders, but that they may procure as oft as shall be 'needful, the helpful expe. riences of Hunters, Fowlers, Fishermen, Shepherds, Gardeners, Apothecaries'; and in the other Sciences, Architects, Engineers, Mariners, Anatomists;

who doubtless would be ready, fome for Reward, and fome to favour such an hopeful Seminary? And this will give them such a real tinature of natural Knowledge, as they. Thall never forget, but daily augment with delight. Then also thore Poets which are now counted moft hard, will be both facil and pleasant, Orpbeus, Hefiod, Theocritus, Aratus, Nicander, Oppian, Dionyfius; and in Latin, Lucretius, Maniliuis, and the rural part of Virgil.

By this time, Year's and good general Precepts will have furnisht them more distinctly with that act of Reafon which in Etbics is callid Proairefis; that they may with some Judgment contemplate upon moral Good and Evil. Then will be requir'd a special reinforcement of constant and found Endoctrinating to set them right and firm, instructing them more amply in the knowledge of Virtue and the hatred of Vice: while their young and pliant Affections are ted thro' all the moral Works of Plato, Xenopbon, Cicero, Plutarcb, Laertius, and those Locrian Remnants; but still to be reduc'd in theit nightward studies, wherewith they close the day*: Work, under the determinate Sentence of David or Solomon, or the Evangelists and Apostolic Scriptures.


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Being perfect in the knowledge of personal Duty; they may then begin the Study ọf OEconomics. And either now, or before this, they may have easi. Jy learnt at any odd hour the Italian Tongue. And foon after, but with wariness and good Antidote, it would be wholesome enough to let them taste some choice Comedies, Greek, Latin, or Italian: Those Tragedies also that treat of houshold Matters, as Tracbinia, Alcestis, and the like. The next remove . must be to the Study of Politics ; to know the Beginning, End, and Reasons of political Societies ; that they may not in a dangerous Fit of the Common-wealth be such poor, maken, uncertain Reeds, of such a tottering Conscience, as many of our great Counsellors have lately shewn themselves, but Ited. fast Pillars of the State. After this they are to dive into the grounds of Law, and legal Justice; deliver'd first, and with best warrant, by Moses; and as far as human Prudence can be trusted, in those extollid remains of Græcian Lawgivers, Lycurgus, Solon, Za. leucus, Charondas ; and thence to all the Roman Ediets and Tables, with their Juftinian; and so down to the Saxon and common Laws of England, and the Statutes. Sundays also and every Evening may be now understandingly spent in the highest Matters of I heology, and Church-History Antient and Modern : and ere this time the Hebrew Tongue at a set hour might have been gain'd, that the Scriptures may be now read in their own Original; whereto it would be no impossibility to add the Chaldee, and the Syria an Dialect. When all these Employments are well


conquer'd, then will the choice Histories, Heroic Poems and Attic Tragedies of stateliest and most regal Argument with all the famous Political Ora. tions, offer themselves; which if they were not on. ly read, but some of them got by Memory, and fo. lemnly pronounc'd with right Accent and Grace, as might be taught, would endue them even with the Spirit and Vigor of Demoft benes, or Cicero, Euria pides, or Sopbocles. And now lastly will be the time to read with them those organic Arts which inable Men to discourse and write perspicuously, elegantly, and according to the fittest style of Lofty, Mean, or Lowly. Logic therefore, so much as is useful, is to be referr'd to this due Place, with all her wellcoucht Heads and Topics, until it be time to open her contracted Palm into a graceful and ornate Rhetorick, taught out of the Rules of Plato, Aristotle, Pbalereus, Cicero, Hermogenes, Longinus. To which Poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less subtile and fine, but more simple, sensuous and passionate. I mean not here the Prosody of a Verse, which they could not but have hit on before among the Rudiments of Gram. mar; but that sublime Art which in Aristotle's Poco fics, in Horace, and the Italian Commentaries of Caflevetro, Taso, Mazzoni, and others, teaches what the Laws are of a true Epic Poem, what of a Dramatic, what of a Lyric,.what Decorum is, which is the grand Mafter-piece to observe. This would make them soon perceive what despicable Creatures our common Rhymers and Play-writers be, and


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