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in some few passages of greater length, chiefly of a narrative description. I shall arrange them as I casually find them in my book of extracts, without being solicitous to specify the particular work from which they are taken.
Pyramids.-" The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders."
Virtue in a short person.-" His soul had but a short diocese to visit, and therefore might the better attend the effectual informing thereof.” Intellect in
“Ofttimes such who are built four stories high, are observed to have little in their cock-loft."
Naturals. “Their heads sometimes so little, that there is no room for wit; sometimes so long, that there is no wit for so much room.”
Negroes.—“The image of God cut in ebony."
School-divinity.-" At the first it will be as welcome to thee as a prison, and their very solutions will seem knots unto thee."
Mr. Perkins the Divine.—" He had a capacious head, with angles winding and roomy enough to lodge all controversial intricacies."
The same." He would pronounce the word Damn with such an emphasis as left a doleful echo in his auditors' ears a good while after."
Judges in capital cases.-" let him take heed how he strikes, that hath a dead hand.”
Memory." Philosophers place it in the rear of the head, and it seems the mine of memory lies there, because there men naturally dig for it, scratching it when they are at a loss."
Fancy." It is the most boundless and restless faculty of the soul; for while the Understanding and the Will are kept, as it were, in libera custodia to their objects of verum et bonum, the Fancy is free from all engagements : it digs without spade, sails without ship, flies without wings, builds without charges, fights without bloodshed: in a moment striding from the centre to the circumference of the world; by a kind of omnipotency creating and annihilating things in an instant; and things divorced in Nature are married in Fancy as in a lawless place.”
Infants._"Some, admiring what motives to mirth infants meet with in their silent and solitary smiles, have resolved, how truly I know not, that then they converse with angels; as indeed such cannot among mortals find any fitter companions."
Music.-"Such is the sociableness of music, it conforms itself to all companies both in mirth and mourning; complying to improve that passion
with which it finds the auditors most affected. In a word, it is an invention which might have beseemed
son of Seth to have been the father thereof: though better it was that Cain's great grandchild should have the credit first to find it, than the world the unhappiness longer to have wanted it."
St. Monica.--"Drawing near her death, she sent most pious thoughts as harbingers to heaven, and her soul saw a glimpse of happiness through the chinks of her sickness-broken body*.”
Mortality.-" To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body, no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul."
Virgin.--"No lordling husband shall at the same time command her presence and distance; to be always near in constant attendance, and always to stand aloof in awful observance."
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
* The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd,
sinking to his heart, though causelessly condemned for a proud man, as who was a 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 shown outwards, and his vices
wrapped up in silence; as counting it barbarism to throw dirt on his memory who hath mould 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