The Essays of Abraham Cowley

The Essays of Abraham Cowley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... actual increase daily with their age and growth: the more people, the more wicked all of them; 3 Gen. xi. 4. every one brings in his part to inflame the contagion, which becomes at last so universal and so strong, that no precepts can be sufficient preservatives, nor any thing secure our safety, but flight from among the infected. We ought, in the choice of a situation, to regard, above all things, the healthfulness of the place, and the healthfulness of it for the mind, rather than for the body. But suppose (which is hardly to be supposed) we hadr antidote enough against this poison; nay, suppose further, we were always and at all pieces armed and provided, both against the assaults of hostility, and the mines of treachery, it will yet be but an uncomfortable life to be ever in alarms; though we were compassed round with fire, to defend ourselves from wild beasts, the lodging would be unpleasant, because we must always be obliged to watch that fire, and to fear no less the defects of our guard, than the diligences of our enemy. The sum of this is, that a virtuous man is in danger to be trod upon and destroyed in the crowd of his contraries, nay, which is worse, to be changed and corrupted by them; and that it is impossible to escape both these inconveniences without so much caution, as will take away the whole quiet, that is, the happiness, of his life. Ye see, then, what he may lose; but, I pray, what can he get there? Quid Romas faciam? Mentiri nescio.4 What should a man of truth and honesty do at Rome P He can neither understand nor speak the language of the place; a naked man may swim in the sea, but it is not the way to catch fish there; they are likelier to Juv. Sat. iii. 41. devour him, than he them, if he bring no nets, and use more

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  • English
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