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descant, in lofty sugues, or the whole symphony with artsul and unimaginable touches adorn and grace th« well-studied chords of some choice composer; sometimes the lute, or soft organ-stop waiting on elegant voices either to religious, material, or civil ditties; which, if wise men and prophets be not extremely out, have a great power over dispositions and manners, to smooth and make them gentle from rustic hardiness and distempered paffions. The like also would not be unexpedient after meat to assist and cherish nature in her sirst concoction, and send their minds back to study in good tune and fatisfaction. Where having followed it close under vigilant eyes till about two hours before supper, they are by sudden alarm or watch-word, to be called out to their military motions, under sky or covert, according to the season, as was the Roman wont; sirst on foot, then as their age permits on horseback, to all the art of cavalry; that having in sport but with much exactness, and daily muster, served out the rudiments of their soldiership in all the sicill of embattelling, marching, encamping, fortifying, besieging and battering, with all the helps of antient and modern stratagems, Tacticks, and warlike maxims, they may as it were out of a long war come forth renowned and perfect commanders in the service of their country. They would not then, if they were trusted with fair and hopesul armies, suffer them for want of just and wise discipline to shed away from about them like sick feathers, though they be never so oft supplied: they

would would not suffer their empty and unrecruitible colonels of twenty men in a company, to quaff out, or convey into secret hoards, the wages of a delusive list and a miserable remnant: yet in the mean while to be overmastered with a score or two of drunkards, the only soldiery left about them, or else to comply with all rapines and violences. No certainly, if they knew ought of that knowledge that belongs to good men or good governors, they would net sufler these things. But to return to our own institute, besides these constant exercises at home, there is another opportunity of gaining experience to be won from pleasure itself abroad. In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleafant, it were an injury and sullenncsi against nature not to go out, and lee her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth. 1 should not therefore be a persuader to them of studying much then, aster two or three years that they have well laid their grounds, but to ride out in companies with prudent and staid guides, to all the quarters of the land y learning and observing all places of strength, all commodities of building and of foil, for towns and tillage, harbours and ports for trade: sometimes taking sea asfar as to our navy, to learn there also what they canin the practical knowledge of failing and of sea-sight. These ways would try all their peculiar gifts of nature; and if there were any secret excellence amongthem, would fetch it out, and give it fair opportunities to advance itself by, which could not but mightily redound to the good of this nation, and bring into fa-:

shion again those old admired virtues and excellencies, with far more advantage now in this purity of Christian knowledge. Nor shall we then need the Monsieurs of Paris to take our hopesul youth into their slight and prodigal custodies, and send them over back again transformed into mimics, apes, and kickshaws. But if they desire to see other countries at three or four-and-twenty years of age, not to learn principles, but to enlarge experience and make wise observation, they will by that time be such as shall deserve the regard and honour os all men where they pass, and the society and friendship of those in all places who are best and most eminent: and perhaps then other nations will be glad to visit us for their breeding, or else to imitate us in their own country.

Now lastly for their diet there cannot be much to fay, five only that it would be best in the fame house; for much time else would be lost abroad, and many ill habits got; and that it mould be plain, healthful, and moderate, I suppose is out of controversy. Thus, Mr. Hartlib, you have a general view in writing, as your desire was, of that which at several times I had discoursed with you concerning the best and noblest way of education; not beginning as some have done from the cradle, which yet might be worth many considerations, if brevity had not been my scope: many other circumstances also I could have mentioned, but this, to such as have the worth in them to make trial, for light and direction may be

enough. enough. Only I believe, that this is not a bow for every man to shoot in that counts himself a teacher; but will require sinews almost equal to those which Homer gave Ulysses; yet I am withal persuaded that it may prove much more easy in the essay, than it now seems at a distance, and much more illustrious; howbek not more difficult than I imagine, and that imagination presents me with nothing but very happy and very poffible according to best wishes; if God have so decreed, and this age have spirit and capacity enough to apprehend.

Vol. XII. Y CON

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