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is the goddesse, and he takes paines to get her, not to looke like her. Hee knowes the condition of the worlıl, that he must act one thing like another, and then another. To these he carries his desires, and not his desires him, and stickes not fast by the way (for that contentment is repentance) but knowing the circle of all courses, of all intents, of all things, to have but one center or periol, without all distruction, he hasteth thither and ends there, as his true and naturall element. He doth not contemno fortune, but not confesse her: lle is no gamester of the world (which onely complaine and praise her) but being only sensible of the honesty of actions, contemnes a particular profit as the excrement or sciun. Unto the society of men he is a sun, whose clearenesse directs their steps in a regular motion : when he is more particular, he is the wise mans friend, the example of the indifferent, the medicine of the vicious. Thus time goeth not from him, but with him: and he feeles are more by the strength of his soule, then the weaknes of his body; thus feeles he no paine, but estcemes all such things as friends, that desire to file off his fetters, and helpe him out of prison.
An Olde man
S a thing that hath been a man in his
daies. Old men are to be known blind
folded : for their talke is as terrible as their resemblance. They praise their own times as vehemently, as if they would sell them. They become wrinckled with frowning and facing youth; they admire their old customes, even to the eating of red herring, and going wetshod. They call the thumbe under the girlle, gravitie; and because they can hardly smell at all, their posies are under their girdles. They count it an ornament of speech, to close the period with a cough; and it is venerable (they say) to spend time in wiping their driveled beards. Their discourse is unanswerable, by reason of their obstinacy : their speech is much, though, little to the purpose.
Truths and lyes pisse with an equall affirmation : for their memories severall is wonne into one receptacle, and so they come out with one sense. They teach their servants their duties with as much scorne and tyranny, as some people teach their dogs to fetch. Their envy is one of their diseases. They put off and on their clothes, with that certainty, as if they knew their heads would not direct them, and therefore custome should. They take a pride in halting and going stiffely, and therefore their staves are carved and tipped: they trust their attire with much of their gravity; and they dare not goe without a gownc in summer. Their hats are brushed, to draw mens eyes off from their faces; but of all, their pomanders are worne to most purpose, for their putrified breath ought not to want either a smell to defend, or a dog to excuse.
1 Country Gentleman
S a thing, out of whose corruption the
generation of a justice of peace is proEr duced. He speakes statutes and husbandry well enough, to make his neighbors thinke him a wise man; he is well skilled in arithmetick or rates : and hath eloquence enough to save his twopence. His conversation amongst his tenants is desperate; but ainonyst his equals full of doubt. His travellis seldome farther then the next market towne, and his inquisition is about the price of corne : when he travelleth, he will goe ten mile out of the way to a cousins house of his to save charges; and rewards the servants by taking them by the hand when hice departs. Nothing under a sub pena can draw him to London : and when he is there, he sticks fast upon every object, casts his eyes away upon gazing, and becomes the prey of every cutpurse. When he comes home, those wonders serve him for his holy-day
talke. If he goe to Court, it is in yellow stockings; and if it be in winter, in a slight tafety cloake, and pumps and pantofles. He is chained that wooes the usher for his comming into the presence, where he becomes troublesome with the ill managing of his rapier, and the wearing of his girdle of one fashion, and the hangers of another. By this time he hath learned to kisse his hand, and make a legge both together, and the names of Lords and Councellors ; hee hath thus much toward entertainincnt and courtesie, but of the last he makes more use ; for by the recitall of my Lord, he conjures his poore conntrimen. But this is not his element, he must home againe, being like a Dor, that ends his flight in a dunghill.
A fine Gentleman
S the Cynamon tree, whose bark is more
worth then his body. He hath read the x Booke of good manners, and by this time each of his limbs may read it. He alloweth of no judge, but the eye; painting, boulstering, and bombasting are his orutors: by these also he proves his industry : for hee hath purchased legs, haire, beanty, and straightnesse, inore than nature left him. Ile unlockes mairlen-heads with his language, and speaks Euphus, not so gracefully as heartily. His discourse
makes not his behaviour, but hee buyes it at Court, as countreymen their clothes in Birchin-lane. He is somewhat like the Salamander, and lives in the Hame of love, which paines he expresseth comically: and nothing grieves him so much, as the want of a poet to make an issue in his love; yet he sighes sweetly, and speakes lainentably: for his breath is perfined, and his words are wind. He is best in season at Christmas; for the boares head and reveller come together; his hopes are laden in his quality : and lest fillers should take him unprovided, hee weares pumps in his pocket : and lest he should take fillers unprovided, he whistles his owne galliard. He is a calender of ten yeares, and mariage rusts him. Afterwards he maintaines himselfe an implement of houshold, by carving and ushering. For all this, he is judiciall only in taylors and barbers, but his opinion is ever ready, and ever idle. If you will know more of his acts, the brokers shop is the witnesse of his valour, where lyes wounded, dead, rent, and out of fashion, many a spruce sute, overthrown by his fantasticknesse.