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your spirit, and keep your tongue in subjection. If what is said be true, correct your self; if false, let not the anguish you express, give it the cre

dentials of truth. 777. Seeing there is no protection against the sting of a malevolent wit, and licentious tongue, if at any

chance to be touch'd to the quick, turn wittily into a jest what was rudely said in earnest. 778. I He that Revengeth himself by not seeming

offended, retorts upon his adversary the grief and smart intended by the affront, with the additional

sting of the disappointment. 779. Be not startled at every foolish rumour, much

less govern your self by Dreams, and idle fancies, without any reasonable ground or conjecture ; much less be so superstitious as to grow pale when there are thirteen at table, or at the over-turning a saltseller, and the like : The dread of which

imaginary presages is a gross relick of heathenism. 780. Future things are concealed from us to humble

our pride, or increase our dependance on pro

vidence. 781. The concern of the Wise is to retrench the evils

of life by the reasonings of philosophy; the employment of Fools to multiply misfortunes by the sentiments of superstition.

782. True Wisdom consists in exactly knowing and

doing our duties ; and whatever carries us farther than that, is generally either dangerous or unpro

fitable. 783. I In speaking of the Dead fold up your dis

course so handsomely as their vertues may be shown outwards, and their vices wrapt up in silence.

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784. Avoid all Divertisements contrary to law, health,

or a good conscience. 785. Let your Recreations be decent, becoming your

person, place, and calling : Seasonable, obstructing neither duty nor business : Neither too Costly, nor SCANDALOUS; us’d as a liberal exercise, not as a

sordid trade. 86. Hunting is a royal pastime fit for princes,

enuring their bodies to motion and exercise. ::87. Machiavel observes, Hunting acquaints with

variety of places and situations, as hills, dales, woods, plain and uneven, moorish and dry grounds ;

a knowledge very useful for a military person. 788. SWIMMING was publickly taught at Athens,

and is an healthful exercise that saves many a man's

life. 789. The Romans thought it so necessary an accom

plishment, that they rank'd it with letters : Their common phrase to speak one ill educated, and good for nothing, was, Nec literas didicit nec natare—he

had neither learnt to read nor swim. 790. In SWIMMING for pleasure exceed not your depth,

for fear of cramps, stitch, weeds, &c.

In seeking to save another beware of drowning


your self.

792. DANCING gives a becoming confidence and be

haviour, manly thoughts and carriage, and a freedom and easiness to all the motions of the

body. 793. The antients us'd many dances; for instance,

their Eumelia, wherein they set forth the majesty of princes. Their EnopliÆ, shewing the manner of engaging an army.-Their CORDAX, used in comedies by men of base behaviour, probably not unlike our antick dances.—Their Hormus, wherein young men and maidens danced together; the Man expressing in his motion and countenance, fortitude and magnanimity; the MAIDEN, moderation and

shamefac'dness. 794. It's fit a GENTLEMAN should be early taught the

steps, but aim not at such perfection in dancing as may make people suspect you have transferr'd to your feet, the care you ought to have had for your

head. 795. & SINGING modulates the voice, gives a great

grace to elocution, and needs no instrument to

remove or tune. Yet, 796. When king Philip heard his son Alexander

sing musically, he ask'd him, if he were not

asham'd he cou'd sing so well. 797. | Musick takes up much time to acquire to any

considerable perfection; and to understand little of it, is neither graceful, satisfactory, or durable : It's used chiefly to please others, who may receive the same gust from a mercenary; consequently, is scarce worth a gentleman's time, which might be much better employ'd in the Mathematicks, or what else would qualify him for the service of his country. (8 606.)

Those that are wasted and wearied with the business and employment of their calling, shou'd use such RecreATIONS as may relieve and refresh the part that has been most exercis'd and tired, and yet do something which besides the present delight and ease may produce what will afterwards

be profitable. 799. I Drawing is an admirable secret to give body

to our thoughts, thereby to render them visible; a thing very useful to a gentleman, but especially if he travels, as helping him often to express in a few lines well put together, what a whole sheet of



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