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THE ORIGINAL of this
text is in the British Museum
(The Workes of Ben Jonson,
vol. 2, C. 39. k. 9.). Apart
from the few misprints noted
on page 107, no alterations
have been made in the text.
Misprints in the Latin have
been allowed to stand. The
figures in brackets denote the
end of a page in the original
copy.

G. B. H.

English Alumnus

This reprint first published in 1923

Made and Printed in Great Britain at the
CURWEN PRESS, Plaistow, E.13

.TIMBER:"

OR,

DISCOVERIES; Jonson

MADE VPON MEN

· AND MATTER: AS THEY have flow'd out of his daily Readings; or had their refluxe to his peculiar Notion of the Times.

By

BEN: IOHNSON,

Tecum habita, ut noris quam sit tibi curta supellex.

Pers. sat. 4.

LONDON,

Printed M.DC.XLI.

1641

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Erum, & sententiarum, quasi Y"λn dicta à multiplici materiâ, & varietate, in iis contenta. Quemadmodùm enim vulgò solemus infinitam arborum nascentium indiscriminatim multitudinem Sylvam dicere: Ità etiam libros suos in quibus varia, & diverse materiæ opuscula temerè congesta erant, Sylvas appellabant Antiqui: Tymber-trees.

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LL Fortune never crush't that man, whom good Fortuna. Fortune deceived not. I therefore have counselled my friends, never to trust to her fairer side, though she seem'd to make peace with them: But to place all things she gave them so, as she might aske them againe without their trouble; she might take them from them, not pull them: to keepe alwayes a distance betweene her, and themselves. He knowes not his own strength, that hath not met Adversity. Heaven prepares good men with crosses; but no ill can happen to a good man. Contraries are not mixed. Yet, that which happens to any man, may to every man. But it is in his reason what hee accounts it, and will make it.

Change into extremity is very frequent, and easie. Casus. As when a beggar suddenly growes rich, he commonly becomes a Prodigall; for, to obscure his former obscurity, he puts on riot and excesse.

No man is so foolish, but may give an other good Consilia. counsell sometimes; and no man is so wise, but may easily erre, if hee will take no others counsell, but his owne. But very few men are wise by their owne counsell; or learned by their owne teaching. For hee that was onely taught by himselfe, had a foole to his AvrodiMaster.

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Negotia.

Amor Patriæ.

Ingenia.

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Opinio.

Impostura.

A Fame that is wounded to the world, would bee better cured by anothers Apologie, then its owne: For few can apply medicines well themselves. Besides, the man that is once hated, both his good, and his evill deeds oppresse him: Hee is not easily emergent.

In great Affaires it is a worke of difficulty to please all. And oft times wee lose the occasion of carrying a busines well, and thoroughly, by our too much haste. For Passions are spirituall Rebels, and raise sedition against the understanding.

There is a Necessity all men should love their countrey: He that professeth the contrary, may be delighted with his words, but his heart is there.

Natures that are hardned to evill, you shall sooner breake, then make straight; they are like poles that are crooked, and dry: there is no attempting them.

Wee praise the things wee heare, with much more willingnesse, then those wee see: because wee envy the present, and reverence the past; thinking ourselves instructed by the one, and over-laid by the other.

Opinion is a light, vaine, crude, and imperfect thing, settled in the Imagination; but never arriving at the understanding, there to obtaine the tincture of Reason. Wee labour with it more then Truth. There is much more holds us, then presseth us. An ill fact is one thing, an ill fortune is another: Yet both often times sway us alike, by the error of our thinking.

Many men beleeve not themselves, what they would perswade others; and lesse doe the things, which they would impose on others: but least of all,

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