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Once more before him stood.
Soon, do you call it ?” Death replies : “Surely my friend, you're but in jest,
Since I was here before, 'Tis six-and-thirty years at least,
And you are now fourscore." “So much the worse," the clown rejoined, “To spare the aged would be kind; Besides, you promised me three warnings, Which I have looked for nights and mornnigs But for that loss of time and ease, I can recover damages." “I know," cries Death," that at the best, I seldom am a welcome guest ; But don't be captious, friend, at least; I little thought you'd still be able To stump about
farm and stable : Your years have run to a great length; I wish you joy, though, of your strength.":
Hold,” says the farmer, “not so fast; I have been lame these four years past." “And no great wonder,” Death replies ;
However, you still keep your eyes; And, sure, to see one's loves and friends, For legs and arms would make amends." “Perhaps," says Dobson, " so it might; But, latterly, I've lost my sight." “This is a shocking story, faith! Yet there's some comfort still,” says Death “Each strives your sadness to amuse; I warrant you hear all the news.” “ There's none,” cries he, “and if there were I'm grown so deaf I could not hear." “Nay, then," the spectre stern rejoined, These are unjustifiable yearnings:
If you are lame, and deaf, and blind,
105. On Stridy.
STUDIES serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight, is for privateness and retiring;. for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business. For expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of, particulars one by one; but the general counsels, and the plots, and marshalling of affairs, come best from those that are learned.
To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affectation ; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar. They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience; for natural abilities require study, as natural plants need pruning; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience. Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them ; for studies teach not their own use this wise men learn by observation. Read not to contradict and refute, not to believe and take for granted, but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few' to be chewed and digested ; that is, some books are to be read only in part; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, oi extracts of them may be made by others; but that should be
only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are like common distilled waters - flashy things. Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not
106. The Passions.
Wuen Music, heavenly maid, was young,
First Fear his hand, its skill to try,
Amid the chords bewildered laid,
Even at the sound himself had made,
Next Anger rushed; his eyes, on fire,
In lightnings owned his secret stings;
In one rude clash he struck the lyre,
And swept with hurried hand the strings.
With woful measures, wan Despair —
Low, sullen sounds his grief beguiled;
'Twas sad by fits, by starts 'twas wild.
But thou, O Hope, with eyes so fair,
What was thy delighted measure!
Still it whispered promised pleasure, And bade the lovely scenes at distance hail ! Still would her touch the strain prolong,
And from the rocks, the woods, the vale, She called on Echo still through all the song ; And where her sweetest theme she chose,
A soft, responsive voice was heard at every close; And Hope, enchanted, smiled, and waved her golden hair
And longer had she sung — but, with a frown,
Revenge impatient rose;
And, with a withering look,
The war-denouncing trumpet took,
And ever and anon he beat
The doubling drum with furious heat;
Dejected Pity, at his side,
Her soul-subduing voice applied, Yet still he kept his wild, unaltered mien, While each strained ball of sight seemed bursting from his
Tky numbers, Jealousy, to nought were fixed -
Of differing themes the veering song was mixed;
And now it courted Love ; now, raving, called on Hate.
With eyes upraised, as one inspired,
In notes by distance made more sweet,
And dashing soft from rocks around,
Bubbling runnels joined the sound;
Round a holy calm diffusing,
Love of peace, and lonely musing, In hollow murmurs died away.
But, 0, how altered was its sprightlier tone,
When Cheerfulness, a nymph of healthiest hue,
Her buskins gemmed with morning dew,
The oak-crowned sisters, and their chaste-eyed queen,
Last came Joy's ecstatic trial :
He, with viny crown advancing,
But soon he saw the brisk, awakening viol,
They would have thought, who heard the strain,