The Praise of Folie; A Booke Made in Latin

The Praise of Folie; A Booke Made in Latin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1549 edition. Excerpt: ...amongsChristians. For what anoumbre of theim see we, to set tapers afore the virgin mother of God: and that at noone daies whan lest nede is? But than againe, how few of theim goe about to folowhir stepps either in chastnesse of life, so-brenesse of maners, orlove of heavenly thyngs? For so shulde saincts most dignely be woorshipped. Moreover, why shoulde I fynde lacke of a temple, seeyng all this worlde is in maner of a temple most goodly (as I take it) unto me? And as for priests of my law, and other ministers of my religion, I am sure I want none in any pIace, wheras men want not. Than, I am not altogether so foolish, to demaunde any graven or peincted images representyng me, whiche rather shoulde derogate than advance myne honour. Wheras oftentymes I see many dolts, and fattehedds woor-shippe suche stocks, in stede of the saincts theim selves, wherby I might chance to be served, as they that are thruste out of theyr roumes, by theyr deputies. But I take it, that so many imags are erected in my name, as there be livyn g men, bearyng the lively re presentacion and image of me about theim, will they, or will they not. Wherfore, I have no cause to be agreeved with the other Godds, though they be woorshipped sundrely, in sundrie partes of the earth: and that at tymes of the yere prefixed. As Phebus in the Isle of Rhodes, Venus in Cypres, uno at Argos, Minerva at Athenes, upiter in Olympus, N eptunus atTarentum: and Priapus at Lampsacum, Wheras all the worlde universally offreth me daie by daie farre dearer, and more digne sacrifiics, than theirs are. What and if I seme to some folks, to have spoken these woords more stoutly, than truely, goe to, let us but viewalittle, and consider the veraie lyves, and doyngs of men, and so it shall mashow more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123687532X
  • 9781236875327