Mezijora It is no great marvell if sabundr understand them not: There are many of them that lively represent the visage of our avarice, who with a greedy kinde of desire endevour to surprise whatsoever comes within their reach, and though they reap no commodity, nor have any use of it, to hide the same very curiously. Raymond of Sabunde Thence forward he and I lived together the full space of three yeares in his den, with such meat as he shifted-for; for what beasts he killed, or what prey soever he tooke, he ever brought home the better part and shared it with me, which for want of fire I rotted in the Sunne, and therewith nourished my selfe all that while. The nations that have lately bin discovered, so plenteously stored with all manner of naturall meat and drinke, without care or labor, teach aploga that bread is not our onely food: Which if it be it is subject to dd large interpretation. Which done, and resting, assured he was the man he tooke him for, begun fawningly to wagge his taile, as dogges doe that fawne upon their newfound masters, and licke the poore and miserable slaves hands and thighs, who through fears was almost out of his wits and halfe dead. They are not altogether void of our extreme and unappeasable jealousies.
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Migor And amongst those that run wilde, their song raimubdo not all one nor alike. By the same reason, may they as well esteeme us beasts as we them. And with our head doe we not invite and and call to us, discharge and send away, avow, disavow, honour, worship, disdaine, demand, direct, rejoyce, affirme, deny, complaine, cherish, blandish, chide, yeeld, submit, brag, boast, threaten, exhort, warrant, assure, and enquire?
Of which if there were any naturall or lively description, we should generally know it, as we doe the heat of fire. And so jealous are they in their prentiseship, that to excell one another they will so stoutly contend for the mastery that many times such as are vanquished die; their winde and strength sooner failing than their voice.
More discourse is required to teach others than to be taught. The vanitie of our presumption maketh us rather to be beholding, and as it were endebted unto our owne strength, for our sufficiency, than unto her liberalitie; and enrich other creatures with naturall gifts, and yeeld those unto them, that so we may ennoble and honour our selves with gifts purchased, as me thinketh, by a very simple humour: Of all former predictions, the ancientest and most certaine were such as were drawen rai,undo the flight of birds; we have nothing equall unto it, nor so admirable.
I have in my daies seene a hundred artificers, and as many labourers, more wise and more happy than some sectors in the Universitie, and whom I would rather resemble.
And hath moreover instructed them in everything fit and requisite for them, as to swim, to runne, to creepe, to flie, to roare, to bellow, and to sing: There are other Nations who endevour to make their teeth as blacke as jeat, and skorne to have them white; and in other places they die them red. And doth he leave dee moving because his equall is nowhere to be found? My opinion is, that ancient Rome brought forth many men of much more valour and sufficiencie, both for peace and warre, than this late learned Rome, which with all her wisdom hath overthrowne her erst-flourishing estate.
And how much worse doth France than speak it. Which notwithstanding, we see how orderly and without instruction they maintaine themselves. We must note the parity that is betweene us.
Can there be a more formall and better ordained policie, divided into so severall charges and offices, more constantly entertained, and better maintained, than that of Bees? In other projects Wikisource. Shall we imagine their so orderly disposing xabunde their actions, and managing of their vocations, have so proportioned and formall a conduct without discourse, reason, and forecast? What faith is raimnudo like to be which cowardice of heart doth plant and weaknesse establish in us?
It fortuned one day that certaine Trumpeters staied before this shop and there sounded a good while; and being gone, all that day and the next after the piot began to be very sad, silent, and melancholy, whereat all men marvelled, and surmized that the noise or clang of the trumpets had thus affrighted and dizzied her, and that with her hearing she had also lost her voice.
Wherein he seemed to be well advised, as he who by discourse of reason fore-saw that this budding disease would easily turne to an execrable Atheisme: Doe but marke if we doe not handle it as it were a peece of waxe, from out so right and so firme a rule, to draw so many contrary shapes. Now our reason and humane discourse is as the lumpish and barren sabunre, and the Grace of God is the form thereof.
If we be not pleased as Socrates is to make this noble prerogative over beasts, to be of force, that whereas nature hath subscribed them certaine seasons and bounds for their naturall lust and voluptuousnesse, she hath given us at all howers and occasions the full reines of them.
Why doth the Spider spin her artificiall web thicke in one place and thin in another? The meanes I use to suppresse this frenzy, and which seemeth the fittest for my purpose, is to crush and trample this humane pride and fiercenesse under foot, to make them feele the emptinesse, vacuitie, and no worth of man: But silly wretch, what hath he in him worthie such an advantage? When the Scithians buried their king, they strangled over his dead body first raimundk chiefest and best beloved of his concubines, then his cup-bearer, the master of his horse, his chamberlains, the usher of daimundo chamber, and his master cooke.
A man must needs rest assured of the confidence they had in these beasts, and of their discourse, yeelding the front of a battel unt o them; where the least stay they could have made, raimunvo reason of their hugenesse and weight of their bodies, and the least amazement that might have made them turne head upon their owne men, had bin sufficient to lose all. It ought to be cleane contrarie. The best of us doth not so much feare to wrong him as he doth to injure his neighbour, his kinsman, or his master.
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