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without the shade of some grove, in whose bottome a river dwels. Ilce carries a cloud in his face, never faire weather: his outside is framed to his inside, in that hee keepes a decorum, both unscemely. Speake to him; he heares with his eyes, eares follow his mind, and that's not at leysure. He thinkes businesse, but never does any: he is all contemplation, no action. He hewes and fashions his thoughts, as if he meant them to some purpose ; but they prove unprofitable, as a peece of wrought timber to

His spirits, and the sunne are cnemies ; the sunne bright and warme, his humour blacke and cold : variety of foolish apparitions people his head, they suffer him not to breathe, according to the necessities of nature; which makes hiin sup up a draught of as much aire at once, as would serve at thrice. He denies nature her due in sleep, and over-paies her with watchfulnesse: nothing pleaseth him long, but that which pleaseth his owne fantasies: they are the consuming evils, and evill consumptions that consume him alive. Lastly, he is a man onely in shew, but comes short of the better part; a whole reasonable soule, which is mans chiefe preeminence, and soul marke from creatures sensible.

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feares ;

S a pitcht pcece of reason calckt and

tackled, and onely studied to dispute w with tempests. He is a part of his owne provision, for he lives ever pickled. A fore-wind is the substance of his creed ; and fresh water the burden of his prayers. He is naturally ambitious, for he is ever clining: out of which as naturally he

for he is ever flying : time and he are every where, ever contending who shall arrive first: he is well winded, for he tires the day, and out-runs darknesse. His life is like a hawkes, the best part mewed ; and if he live till three coates, is a master. Hee sees Gods wonders in the deep: but so, as rather they appeare his play-fellowes, then stirrers of his zeale : nothing but hunger and hard rockes can convert him, and then but his upper decke neither ; for his hold neither feares nor hopes. His sleepes are but repreevals of his dangers, and when he wakes, 'tis but next stage to dying. His wisdome is the coldest part about him, for it ever points to the North : and it lies lowest, which makes his valour every tide ore-flow it. In a storme 'tis disputable, whether the noise be more his, or the elements, and which will first lcavc scolding ; on which side of the ship hee may bee saved best, whether his faith bee

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starre-booril faith, or lar-booril ; or the helme at that time not all his hope of heaven: his keele is the embleme of his conscience, till it be split he never repents, then no farther than the land allowes him, and his language is a new confusion, and all his thoughts new nations : his body and his ship are both one burthen, nor is it knowne who stowes most wine, or rowles most, only the ship is guided, he has no sterne : a barnacle and hce are bred together, both of one nature, and 'tis fear'd one reason : upon any but a wooden horse he cannot ride, and if the wind blow against him, he dare not : he swarves up to his seat as to a saile-yard, and cannot sit unlesse he beare a flag-staffe: if ever he be broken to the saddle, 'tis but a voyage still, for he mis-takes the bridle for a bowlin, and is ever turning his horsetaile : he can pray, but 'tis by rote, not faith, and when he would hee dares not, for his brackish belieefe hath made that ominous. A rock or a quicke-sand plucks him before hec bec ripe, else he is gathered to his friends at Wapping.

A Souldier

S the husband-man of valour, his sword

is his plough, which Honour and Aqua

vitii, two fiery metald jaules, are ever «Irawing. A younger brother best becomes armes, an elder, the thankes for them ; every heat makes him a harvest; and discontents abroad are his sowers : he is actively his princes, but passively his angers servant. He is often a desirer of learning, which once arrived at, proves his strongest armour : he is a lover at all points ; and a true defender of the faith of women : more wealth than makes him seeme a handsome foe, lightly he covets not, lesse is below him : he never truly wants, but in much having, for then his ease and lechery afflict him : the word peace, though in prayer, makes him start, and God hee best considers by his power : hunger, and cold ranke in the same file with hin, and hold; him to a man : his honour else, and the desire of doing things beyond him, would blow him greater. than the sonnes of Anack. His religion is, commonly, as his cause is (doubtfull) and that the best devotion keeps best quarter : he seldome sees gray hayres, some none at all, for where the sword failes, there the flesh gives fire : in charity, he goes beyond the clerzy, for hee loves his greatest enemy best, much drinking. Hee seemes a full student, for hee is a great desirer of controversies, he argues sharply, and carries his conclusion in his scabbard ; in the first refining of man-kind this was the gold, his actions are his ammell. His alay (for else you cannot worke him perfectly) continuall duties, heavy and weary marches, lodgings as full of need as cold

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diseases. No time to argue, but to execute. Line him with these, and linke him to his squadrons, and hee appeares a most rich chaine for princes.

A Taylor

S a creature made up out of threds, that

were pared off from Adam, when hee

was rough-cast. The end of his being differeth from that of others, and is not to serve God, but to cover sinne. Other mens pride is his best patron, and their negligence, a maine passage to his profit. He is a thing of more then ordinary judgement: for by vertue of that, hee buyeth land, buildeth houses, and raiseth the low set roofe of his crosse legged fortune. His actions are strong encounters, and for their notoriousnesse alwaies upon record. It is neither Amadis de Gaule, nor the Knight of the Sunne, that is able to resist them. A ten groats fee setteth them on foot, and a brace of officers bringeth them to execution. He handleth the Spanish pike, to the hazzard of many poore Egyptian vermins; and in shew of his valour, scorneth a greater gantlet, then will cover the top of his midle finger. Of all weapons he most affecteth the long bill; and this he will manage to the great prejudice of a customers estate. His spirit notwith

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