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almost all sea; or (which is most apparent) of the cold of the northern parts, which is that, which, without aid of discipline, doth make the bodies hardest, and the courage warmest.
Upon the breaking and shivering of a great State and empire, you may be sure to have wars; for great empires, while they stand, do enervate and destroy the forces of the natives which they have subdued, resting upon their own protecting forces; and then when they fail also, all goes to ruin, and they become a prey; so it was in the decay of the Roman empire, and likewise in the empire of Almaigne,' after Charles the Great, every bird taking a feather, and were not unlike to befall to a Spain, if it should break.
The great accessions and unions of kingdoms do likewise stir up wars; for when a State grows to an over power, it is like a great flood, that will be sure to overflow, as it hath been seen in the States of Rome, Turkey, Spain, and others. Look when the world hath fewest barbarous people, but such as commonly will not marry, or generate, except they know means to live (as it is almost everywhere at this day, except Tartary), there is no danger of inundations of people; but when there be great shoals of people, which go on to populate, without foreseeing means of life and sustentation, it is of necessity that once in an age or two they discharge a portion of their people upon other nations, which the ancient northern people were wont to do by lot—casting lots what part should stay at home, and what should seek their fortunes. When a warlike State grows soft and effeminate, they may be sure of a war; for commonly such States are grown rich in the time of their degenerating, and so the prey inviteth, and their decay in valour encourageth a war.
As for the weapons, it hardly falleth under rule and observation; yet we see even they have returns and vicissitudes; for
1 Almaigne. Germany.
• Then I stoutly won in fight
The Emperour's daughter of Almaigne.'--Sir Guy of Warwick. 2 Befall to (unusual with to). To happen.
“Some great mischief hath befallen
To that meek man.'— Milton, 3 Sustentation. Support. “He (Malcolm) assigned certain rents for the sustentation of the canons he bad placed there of the order of St. Augustine.'-Holinslied.
certain it is, that ordnance was known in the city of the Oxy. draces in India, and was that which the Macedonians called thunder, and lightning, and magic, and it is well known that the use of ordnance hath been in China above two thousand years. The conditions of weapons and their improvements are first, the fetching' afar off, for that outruns the danger, as it is seen in ordnance and muskets; secondly, the strength of the percussion, wherein likewise ordnance do exceed all arietations? and ancient inventions; the third is, the commodious use of them, as that they may serve in all weathers, that the carriage may be light and manageable, and the like.
For the conduct of the war: at the first men rested extremely upon number; they did put the wars likewise upon main force and valour, pointing days for pitched fields, and so trying it out upon an even match, and they were more ignorant in ranging and arraying their battles. After, they grew to rest upon number rather competent than vast, they grew to advantages of place, cunning diversions, and the like, and they grew more skilful in the ordering of their battles.
In the youth of a State, arms do flourish, in the middle age of a State, learning, and then both of them together for a time; in the declining age of a State, mechanical arts and merchandise. Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning, and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced ;6 and, lastly, his? old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust. But it is not good to look too long upon these turning wheels of vicissitude, lest we become giddy. As for the philology of them, that is but a circle of tales, and therefore not fit for this writing.
i Fetch. To strike from a distance.
Arietation. The use of battering-rams. 3 Point. To appoint. See page 465. * Fields. Batlles.
“And whilst a field should be dispatch'd and fought,
You are disputing of your generals.'--Shakespere. 5 Battles. Forces.
• What may the king's whole battle reach unto ?'—Shakespere. 6 Reduced. Subjected (to rule). The Romans reduced Spain, Gaul, and Britain by their arms.'--Ogilvie. 7 His. Its. See page 424.
Exhaust. Exhausted. See page 97.
• Speculative heresies, such as ...... the Arminians.' Bacon very coolly sets down the Arminians as Heretics, through never so pronounced by our Church. But they were cruelly persecuted by fellow-Protestants in Holland; and their tenets probably misrepresented; as they are by some at this day. And hence probably he took for granted without inquiry that they must have taught something very shocking.
Even in the present day, some have been so unscrupulous as to fabricate, and others so culpably credulous as to believe and circulate, a charge against the Arminians of teaching the meritorious claims of good-works.
Though I am not myself an Arminian,' I protest against all calumny.
They were persecuted for refusing to admit that the Most High dooms, by a Decree confessedly • horrible,' vast multitudes of his creatures to misery FOR NO CAUSE WHATEVER (nulla alia de causa are Calvin's very words), but that such is his will, for the assertion of his sovereignty,' and the promotion of his own glory!
i See Essay on Election,
A FRAGMENT OF AN ESSAY ON FAME.
THE poets make Fame a monster; they describe her in part
1 finely and elegantly, and in part gravely and sententiously; they say, look, how many feathers she hath, so many eyes she hath underneath, so many tongues, so many voices, she pricks up so many ears.
This is a flourish: there follow excellent parables ; as that she gathereth strength in going: that she goeth upon the ground, and yet hideth her head in the clouds; that in the day-time she sitteth in a watch-tower, and flieth most by night; that she mingleth things done with things not done; and that she is a terror to great cities : but that which passeth all the rest is, they do recount that the earth, mother of the giants that made war against Jupiter, and were by him destroyed, thereupon in anger brought forth Fame; for certain it is that rebels, figured by the giants, and seditious fames and libels, are but brothers and sisters, masculine and feminine. But now if a man can tame this monster, and bring her to feed at the hand, and govern her, and with her fly? other ravening3 fowl and kill them, it is somewhat worth. But we are infected with the style of the poets. To speak now in a sad* and serious manner, there is not in all the politics a place less handled, and more worthy to be handled, than this of fame; we will therefore speak of these points; what are false fames, and what are true fames, and how they may be best discerned, how fames may be sown and raised, how they may be spread and multiplied, and how they may be checked and laid dead, and other
i Fames. Reports; rumours. See page 152. ? Fly. To fly at ; to attack.
• Fly everything you see, and censure it freely.'-Ben Jonson. 3 Ravening. Predatory; rapacious. “As a ravening and roaring lion.' P8. xxii. 13. + Sad. Grave.
• A sad, wise valour is the brave complexion
That leads the van.'-Herbert. 5 Discerned. Distinguished. Then shalt thou return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.' - Mal. iii. 18.
things concerning the nature of fame. Fame is of that force, as? there is scarcely any great action wherein it hath not a great part, especially in the war. Mucianus undid? Vitellius by a fame that he scattered, that Vitellius had in purpose to move the legions of Syria into Germany, and the legions of Germany into Syria ; whereupon the legions of Syria were infinitely inflamed. Julius Cæsar took Pompey unprovided, and laid asleep his industry and preparations by a fame that he cunningly gave out, how Cæsar's own soldiers loved him not ; and being wearied with the wars, and laden with the spoils of Gaul, would forsake him as soon as he came into Italy. Livia settled all things for the succession of her son Tiberius, by continually giving out that her husband Augustus was upon recovery and amendment;5 and it is a usual thing with the bashaws to conceal the death of the great Turk from the janizaries and men of war, to save the sacking of Constantinople, and other towns, as their manner is. Themistocles made Xerxes, King of Persia, post apace 6 out of Grecia, by giving out that the Grecians had a purpose to break his bridge of ships which he had made athwarts the Hellespont. There be a thousand such like examples, and the more they are, the less they need to be repeated, because a man meeteth with them everywhere; wherefore, let all wise governors have as great a watch and care over fames, as they have of the actions and designs themselves.
1 As. That. See page 26.
2 Undid. Ruined. (Not so frequently used in this sense as are the other tenses of the verb 'to undo.')
Where, with like haste, through several ways they run,
Some to undo, and some to be undone.'— Denham. 3 Tacit. Hist. ii. 80.
4 Caes. de Bell. Civ. i. 6.
'Ay, quoth my uncle Glo'ster,
Because sweet flowers are slow, and weeds make haste.'- Shakespere. 7 Grecia. Greece. “Through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.'-Dan. xi. 2. & Athwart. Across.
*Execrable Shape! That darst, though grim and terrible, advance
Thy miscreated front athwart my way,'- Milton. 9 Vid. Herod. viü. 108, 109.