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Elder Brother." Is one who made haste to come into the world to bring his parents the first news of male posterity, and is well rewarded for his tidings.”
Bishop Fletcher." His pride was rather on him than in him, as only gait and gesture deep, not sinking to his heart, though causelessly condemned for a proud man, as who was good hypocrite, and far more humble than he appeared.”
Masters of Colleges.-"A little allay of dulness in a Master of a College makes him fitter to manage secular affairs."
The Good Yeoman." Is a gentleman in ore, whom the next age may see refined.”
Good Parent.- -“For his love, therein, like a well drawn picture, he eyes all his children alike.”
Deformity in Children. This partiality is tyranny, when parents despise those that are deformed; enough to break those whom God. had bowed before."
Good Master:~" In correcting his servant he becomes not a slave to his own passion. Not cruelly making new indentures of the flesh of his apprentice. He is tender of his servant in sickness and age. If crippled in his service, his house is his hospital. Yet how many throw away those dry bones, out of the which themselves have sucked the marrow !”
Good Widow." If she can speak but little good of him [her dead husband) she speaks but little of him. So handsomely folding up her discourse, that his virtues are shewn outwards, and his vices wrapped up in silence; as counting it barbarism to throw dirt on his memory who hath moulds cast on his body.”
Horses." These are men's wings, wherewith they make such speed. A generous creature a horse is, sensible in some sort of honour; and made most handsome by that which deforms men most-pride."
Martyrdom.--"Heart of oak hath sometimes warped a little in the scorching heat of persecution. Their want of true courage herein cannot be excused. Yet many censure them for surrendering up their forts after a long siege, who would have yielded up their own at the first summons. Oh! there is more required to make one valiant, than to call Cranmer or Jewel coward; as if the fire in Smithfield had been no hotter than what is painted in the Book of Martyrs."
Text of St. Paul.-—" St. Paul saith, let not the sun go down on your wrath, to carry news to the antipodes in another world of thy revengeful nature. Yet let us take the Apostle's meaning rather than his words, with all possible speed to depose our passion; not understanding him so literally, that we may take leave to be angry
till sunset: then might our wrath lengthen with the days; and men in Greenland, where the day lasts above a quarter of a year, have plentiful scope for revenge."*
Bishop Brownrig.--" He carried learning enough in numerato about him in his pockets for any discourse, and had much more at home in his chests for any serious dispute.”
Modest Want.--" Those that with diligence fight against poverty, though neither conquer
* This whimsical prevention of a consequence which no one would have thought of deducing,-setting up an absurdum on purpose to hunt it down,-placing guards as it were at the very outposts of possibility, gravely giving out laws to insanity and prescribing moral fences to distempered intellects, could never have entered into a head less entertainingly constructed than that of Fuller, or Sir Thomas Browne, the very air of whose style the conclusion of this passage most aptly imitates.
till death makes it a drawn battle ; expect not but prevent their craving of thee: for God forbid the heavens should never rain, till the earth first opens her mouth; seeing some grounds will sooner burn than chap."
Death-bed Temptations.- -" The devil is most busy on the last day of his term ; and a tenant to be outed cares not what mischief he doth.”
Conversation." Seeing we are civilized Englishmen, let us not be naked savages in our talk.” Wounded Soldier.
::-" Halting is the stateliest march of a soldier; and 'tis a brave sight to see the flesh of an ancient as torn as his colours.”
Wat Tyler~" A misogrammatist; if a good Greek word may be given to so barbarous a rebel.”
Heralds." Heralds new mould men's names, -taking from them, adding to them, melting out all the liquid letters, torturing mutes to make them speak, and making vowels dumb,—to bring it to a fallacious homonomy at the last, that their names may be the same with those noble houses they pretend to."
Antiquarian Diligence.-“ It is most worthy observation, with what diligence he (Camden]
enquired after ancient places, making hue and cry after many a city which was run away, and by certain marks and tokens pursuing to find it; as by the situation on the Roman highways, by just distance from other ancient cities, by some affinity of name, by tradition of the inhabitants, by Roman coins digged up, and by some appearance of ruins. A broken urn is a whole evidence; or an old gate still surviving, out of which the city is run out. Besides, commonly some new spruce town not far off is grown out of the ashes thereof, which yet hath so much natural affection as dutifully to own those reverend ruins for her mother."
Henry de Essex." He is too well known in our English Chronicles, being Baron of Raleigh, in Essex, and Hereditary Standard Bearer of England. It happened in the reign of this king [Henry II.] there was a fierce battle fought in Flintshire, at Coleshall, between the English and Welsh, wherein this Henry de Essex animum et signum simul abjecit, betwixt traitor and coward, cast away both his courage and banner together, occasioning a great overthrow of English. But he that had the baseness to do, had the boldness to deny the doing of so foul a fact; until he was