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Me thinks the vilest and basest servants will never doe that so willingly for their masters which princes are glad to doe for their beasts. The bond which should binde our judgement, tie our will, enforce and joyne our soules to our Creator, should be a bond taking his doubling and forces, not from our considerations, reasons, and passions, but from a divine and supernaturall compulsion, having but one forme, one countenance, and one grace, which is the authoritie and grace of God.

And if we impartially enter into judgement with our selves, we shall finde that if there be any creature or beast lesse favoured in that than we, there are others and that in great numbers to whom nature hath been more favourable than to us.

We perceive by the greater part of their workes what excellency beasts have over us, and how weake our art and short our cunning is, if we goe about to imitate them. They also report of a dragon that was exceedingly in love with a young maiden, and of a goose in the city of Asope which dearely loved a young childe; also of a ram that belonged to the musitian Glausia.

How comes it to passe that so few are found who have still held one same wil and progresse in our publike revolutions, and that we see them now and then but faintly and sometimes as fast as they can headlong to runne into the action?

Aristotle to that purpose alleageth the divers calles or purres of partriges, according to the situation of their place of breeding.

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So that even Stoike Philosophie dareth to affirme, that if Heraclitus raimudo Pherecydes could have changed their wisdome with health, and by that meanes the one to have rid himselfe of the dropsie and the other of the lowsie-evill, which so sore tormented them, they would surely have done it: As for the use of eating and feeding, it is in us, as in them, naturall and without teaching.

Sebond hath much travelled about this worthie studie, and sheweth us, that there is no parcell of this world that either belyeth or shameth his Maker.


Amongst other slaves, that in sight of all the people were presented to encounter with these beasts, there chanced to be one Androclus of Dacia, who belonged unto a Roman Lord who had been Consull. The errour of Paganisme and the ignorance of our sacred truth, was the cause of this great soules-fall: Deventer; Strasburg; Paris; Venice, etc.

But at last they found she was but in a deep study and dumpish, retracting into herself, exercising her minde, and preparing her voice to represent the sound, and expresse the noise of the Trumpets she had heard.

All which is a most evident token that we receive our religion but according to our fashion and by our owne hands, and no otherwise than other religions are received.

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Chrysippus, sabundf in other things as disdainfull a judge of the condition of beasts as any other Philosopher, considering the earliest sabubde of the dog, who comming into a path that led three severall wayes in search or quest of his Master, whom he had lost, or in pursuit of some prey that hath escaped him, goeth senting first one way and then ramundo, and having assured himself of two, because he findeth not the tracke of what he hunteth for, without more adoe furiously betakes himselfe to the third; he is enforced to confesse that such a dog must necessarily discourse thus with himselfe, ‘I have followed my Masters footing hitherto, hee must of necessity pass by one of these three wayes; it is neither this nor that, then consequently hee is gone this other.

The young ones wil very sadly sit recording their lesson, and are often seene labouring how to imitate certaine song-notes: We see, notwithstanding, even in our grosest works, what faculties we employ in them, and how our raimndo employeth the uttermost of her skill and forces in them: As the Spider to weave and sew, the Swallow to build, the Swan and the Nightingale musicke, and divers beasts, by imitating them, the art of Physicke: Whatsoever we behold in those high bodies doth affright us: Doe we not sue and entreat, promise and performe, call men unto us and discharge them, bid them farewell and be gone, threaten, pray, beseech, deny, refuse, demand, admire, number, confesse, repent, feare, bee ashamed, doubt, instruct, command, incite, encourage, sweare, witnesse, accuse, condemne, absolve, injurie, despise, defie, despight, flatter, applaud, blesse, humble, mocke, reconcile, recommend, exalt, shew gladnesse, rejoyce, complaine, waile, sorrow, discomfort, dispaire, cry out, forbid, declare silence and astonishment: It was first written in Latin but not in a strictly classical Latin, since it contained plenty of Catalan -influenced Latin words.


View but the horrible impudencie wherewith we tosse divine reasons to and fro, and how irreligiously wee have both rejected and taken them againe, according as fortune hath in these publike stormes transported us from place to place.

Which if it be it is subject to a large interpretation. From obeying and yeelding unto him proceed all other vertues, even as all sinnes derive from selfe-overweening.

We must note the parity that is betweene us. That is the occasion why ignorance is by our religion recommended unto us as an instrument fitting beleefe and obedience: My house hath long since ever stood open to men of understanding, and is very well knowne to many of them: It is easie to translate such Authors, where nothing but the matter is to be represented; but hard and dangerous to undertake such as have added much to the grace and elegancy of the language, namely to reduce them into a weaker and poorer tongue.

Touching a subtil pranke and witty tricke, is there any so famous as that of Thales the philosopher’s mule, which, laden with salt, passing thorow a river chanced to stumble, so that the sacks she carried were all wet, and perceiving the salt because the water had melted it to grow lighter, ceased not, as seene as she came neere any water, together with her load, to plunge herselfe therein, untill her master, being aware of her craft, commanded her to be laden with wooll, which being wet became heavier; the mule finding herselfe deceived, used her former policy no more.

There are certaine inclinations of affection which, without counsell of reason, arise sometimes in us, proceeding of a casuall temerity, which some call sympathie: An Elephants keeper in a private house of Syria was wont every meale to steele away halfe of the allowance which was allotted him; it fortuned on a day his master would needs feed him himselfe, and having poured that just measure of barley which for his allowance he had prescribed for him, into his manger, the elephant, sternely eying his master, with his truncke divided the provender in two equal parts, and laid the one aside, by which he declared the wrong his keeper did him.

This vast huge bodie hath so many faces and severall motion, which seeme to threat both heaven and earth. Till, their fault left, they turne to sense againe.