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Of Regiment of Henri
PAGE 21 Of Delaies . . . . . . 89 22 Of Cunning . . . . . . 91 23 Of Wisdome for a Mans Selfe . . . 96 24 Of Innouations . . . . . 99
25 Of Dispatch . . . . . . 101 - 26, Of Seeming Wise . . . . . 104 ,- 271 Of Frendship . ..
28 Of Expence . . . . . . 116 29 Of the true Greatnesse of Kingdomes and
Estates . . . 30 Of Regiment of Health . . . . 1311 '31 Of Suspicion . .
· 134 32 Of Discourse. .
1361 33 Of Plantations
. . . . . 139 34 Of Riches .
144 35 Of Prophecies .. 36 Of Ambition . . . 37 Of Maskes and Triumphs 38 Of Nature in Men . .
. . 159 39 Of Custome and Education . . . 162 40 Of Fortune · · ·
. . 165 41 Of Vsury . . . . . . 168 42 Of Youth and Age .. -43 Of Beautie , . . 44 Of Deformitie . .
45 Of Building . . 46 Of Gardens . .
186 47 Of Negotiating ..
. 195 48 Of Followers and Frends.
: : 198 49 Of Sutours . . . . . . 50/Of Studies . . . . . .
W H AT is Truth; said jesting Pilate; And
V would not stay for an Answer. Certainly there be, that delight in Giddinesse; And count it a Bondage, to fix a Beleefe ; Affecting Freewill in Thinking, as well as in Acting. And though the Sects of Philosophers of that Kinde be gone, yet there remaine certaine discoursing Wits, which are of the same veines, though there be not so much Bloud in them, as was in those of the Ancients. But it is not onely the Difficultie, and Labour, which Men take in finding out of Truth; Nor againe, that when it is found, it imposeth upon mens Thoughts; that doth bring Lies in favour: But a naturall, though corrupt Love, of the Lie it selfe. One of the later Schoole of the Grecians, examineth the matter, and is at a stand, to thinke what should be in it, that men should love Lies; Where neither they make for Pleasure, as with Poets; Nor for Advantage, as with
the Merchant; but for the Lies sake. But I. cannot tell : This same Truth, is a Naked, and Open day light, that doth not shew, the Masques, and Mummeries, and Triumphs of the world, halfe so Stately, and daintily, as Candlelights. Truth may perhaps come to the price of a Pearle, that sheweth best by day: But it will not rise, to the price of a Diamond, or Carbuncle, that sheweth best in varied lights. A mixture of a Lie doth ever adde Pleasure. Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of Mens Mindes, Vaine Opinions, Flattering Hopes, False valuations, Imaginations as one would, and the like; but it would leave the Mindes, of a Number of Men, poore shrunken Things; full of Melancholy, and Indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves? One of the Fathers, in great Severity, called Poesie, Vinum Dæmonum; because it filleth the Imagination, and yet it is, but with the shadow of a Lie. But it is not the Lie, that passeth through the Minde, but the Lie that sinketh in, and setleth in it, that doth the hurt, such as we spake of before. But howsoever these things are thus, in mens depraved Iudgements, and Affections, yet Truth, which onely doth iudge it selfe, teacheth, that the Inquirie of Truth, which is the Love-making, or Wooing of it; The knowledge of Truth, which is the Presence of it; and the Beleefe of Truth, which is the Enioying of it; is the Soveraigne Good of humane Nature. The first Creature of God, in the workes of the Dayes, was the Light of the Sense; The last, was the Light of Reason; And his Sabbath Worke,