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in all hast, to provide for danger, for that the old Earlc of Angus, was up in arms, and with great forces was upon the way to surprize the court and him. The King without any disturbance at all laiil himselfe againe to sleep, saying, If it be true, I ain sorry for the old man that he will thus undoe himselfc, I would fain he will doe well, but I see it will not be ; this rumor was presently after confirmed by the Earle of Orkney, and yet notwithstanding he went a hunting according to his former purpose, and played at tennis after ; at length the report proved false, and all was nothing.

73. A wise King ruleth not by rumor, but pursues his own way without distraction.

74. Those Princes that seeke to secure themselves by blood, shall find, the more they kill, the more they shall need to kill.

75. He that is vainc and foolish of himselfe, becomes more so, by the addition of learning. Men of the high understanding, as they do many things above the common straine, so they often fall into greater errors than those of meaner capacity, which in all their actions will rather doe nothing faulty then any thing extraordinary, being of a better temper than the former.

76. A lye of error is a fault of credulity, not of falshood, but a presumptuous lye is that which a man makes as God made the world, of nothing.


77. Of all the number of men slaine in the warrs, notthetenth man hath been killed lighting, but flying.

78. The persons of all men are to be alike equall to us, and our hate or love should goe according to their vertues, or vices. The bonds of kindred should only command us in all civill dutyes, but not our judgement, and particular injuries should only make us hate the particuler decus, but not the doer in generall.

79. 'Tis better enjoy civility with multitude of pride (which are corruptions commonly following it) than barbarisme without these, for tho' the fruit of the former be worse, yet the thing it selfe is better,

80. The French Embassador,' Count de Tilliers, coming unto the King upon the rumour of Count Mansfields entring into France, and the Duke of Bouloignes joyning with his forces to attempt the aid of the Protestants against the French King. Tilliers said, he wondered much why the Duke would enter into such a dangerous attempt by warr, as those troubles would bring him unto, being now scaventyfive years old, when wise men would end their dayes in peace and safety, rather than to choose the hazard of death, and the infamy of a traytor.

81. The King replyed, that he saw no reason why the Duke de Bouloigne might not as well take arms for the inaintenance of the true religion at the age of seaventy-five, as the new constable Desdiguiers to change his religion at eighty-four, and to fight against his conscience for a constableship.

82. All extremities come round to one end, the simple obedience of the Papist, or the non obedience of the Puritane ; the one breeds confusion, the other ignorance and security.

83. If I were of the age of old Desdiguiers is of, though I thought then I was of the false religion, I would not change it ; for I might justly think that age might weaken my judgement, and I might doubt my selfe if extreame age would councell me; against that religion which I maintained when I was in the strength of my judgement and understanding, and therefore I had little reason, or none at all, to alter my manly opinion to a decrepid.

84. That which we call witt, consists much in quickness and tricks, and is so full of lightness, that it seldome goes with judgement and solidity ; but when they doe meet 'tis commonly in an honest man.

85. We seldome sce a man excellent in the mathematicks, languages, or heraldry, or any of those little arts, but he is as defective in greater matters.

86. Men as often fall out upon small things as upon great, because after the first contradiction they maintain themselves, and not the argument.

87. Astronomie was first taught by God, for noe man could have discovered it, and therefor the first must needs have been the excellentest in that.

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88. At his first coming into England, an Embassador was sent hither from the then Emperor Podalph, desiring the King to maintain threc thousand men in his warrs, against the Turks : his maty asked hin, why he did not solicit Spaine, and France, sceing their countries lay nearer, and so might doe more good, or receive more hurt, and therefore fitter for that assistance: the Embassador said, 'twas true, but his matics example, being a more remote Prince, would more effectually work upon them, than his own reason. The King replyed, he loved not to anger Princes, and that proportion demanded would do no more hurt to the Turk, than fleas to mens skinns ;. but if other Princes would go soundly to work to attempt the subvertion of the whole Turkish empire by some brave and thorough enterprize, he would with all his heart bear them company; for great attempts may do good, by a distruction, but poore ones doc but stir up anger and hurt themselves.

89. No man gains by warr, but he that hath not wherewith to live in peace.

90. The people still desire warr till they have it, and they desire it presupposing good success, but one overthrow, an ill journy, or taxes imposed to maintain it, they require peace as much. In giveing pardons, I loe allwayes suppose my selfe in the offender, and then judge how far the like occasion might have tempted me.

91. There is in essentiall things a certain truth, and imutability in things indifferent, ncither good nor ill, but as the Church, or State, creates it.

92. Being desired by a nobelman to grant a dispensation to one of his maties most eminent chaplains to hold two benefices without distance, his maty denyed it, saying, I must answer it to God, if the people be not fed by their Pastour, and therefore I will never grant a dispensation in that kind; but the Nobleman replyed and said, his maty had done it to other men. If I did, God forgive me, he was a knave that misinformed me, and I a foole for not better enquiring.

93. Preachers are like to whores, that may be said to say and doe any thing for their advantage.

94. There are noe people which turn their religion so soon as Puritans and Jesuites : for zeale transports them inore than knowledge, and having but a glimering of the same, when they come to be better taught, they are ready to make religion turn the way of their apprehensions, and so upon fancy are subject to alteration.

95. All corruption is nothing but dissolution, and the last dissolution of every thing is into the earth, which shews that from thence we began.

96. When I hear musick, first I am sattisfied with the sound of it, but after I have heard it a while, I then looke what the meaning of it is, what it significs, and 'tis but aire. Many men are wise in a narrow

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