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women, the beauty of her court, and the grace of her sex in the royalty of her spirit. She is like the moon, that giveth light among the stars, and but unto the sun, gives none place in her brightness. She is the pure diamond upon the king's finger, and the orient pearl unprizable in his eyes, the joy of the court in the comfort of the king, and the wealth of the kingdom in the fruit of her love: she is reason's honour, in nature's grace, and wisdom's love, in virtue's beauty. In sum, she is the handmaid of God, and the king's second self, and in his grace, the beauty of a kingdom.
A WORTHY PRINCE,
A worthy prince is the hope of a kingdom, the richest jewel in a king's crown, and the fairest flower in the queen's garden : he is the joy of nature in the hope of honour, and the love of wisdom in the life of worthiness : in the secret carriage of his heart's intention, till his designs come to action, he is a dumb shew to the world's imagination : in his wisdom he startles the spirits of expectation; in his valour, he subjects the hearts of ambition; in his virtue, he wins the love of the noblest; and in his bounty binds the service of the most sufficient: he is the crystal glass, where nature may see her comfort, and the book of reason, where virtue may read her honour: he is the morning star, that hath light from the sun, and the blessed fruit of the tree of earth's paradise: he is the study of the wise in the state of honour, and, in the subject of learning, the history of admiration. In sum, he is, in the note of wisdom, the aim of honour, and in the honour of virtue the hope of a kingdom.
AN UNWORTHY PRINCE.
An unworthy prince is the fear of a kingdom, when will and power carry pride in impatience, in the close carriage of ambitious
intention, he is like a fearful dream to a troubled spirit: in his passionate humours he frighteth the hearts of the prudent, in the delight of vanities he loseth the love of the wise, and in the misery of avarice is served only with the needy: he is like a little mist before the rising of the sun, which, the more it grows, the less good it doth: he is the king's grief, and the queen's sorrow, the court's trouble, and the kingdom's curse. In sum, he is the seed of unhappiness, the fruit of ungodliness, the taste of bitterness, and the digestion of heaviness.
A worthy privy counsellor is the pillar of a realm, in whose wisdom and care, under God and the king, stands the safety of a kingdom: he is the watch-tower to give warning of the enemy, and a hand of provision for the preservation of the state: he is an oracle in the king's ear, and a sword in the king's hand, an even weight in the balance of justice, and a light of grace in the love of truth: he is an eye of care in the course of law, a heart of love in his service of his sovereign, a mind of honour in the order of his service, and a brain of invention for the good of the commonwealth: his place is powerful, while his service is faithful, and his honour due in the desert of his employment. In sum, he is a fixed planet among the stars of the firmament, which, through the clouds in the air, shews the nature of his light.
AN UNWORTHY COUNSELLOR.
An unworthy counsellor is the hurt of a king and the danger of a state, when the weakness of judgment may commit an error,
or the lack of care may give way to unhappiness : he is a wicked
In sum, he is an unfit person for the place of a coun-
A NOBLE MAN.
A NOBLE man is a mark of honour, where the eye of wisdom in the observation of desert sees the fruit of grace: he is the orient pearl that reason polisheth for the beauty of nature, and the diamond spark where divine grace gives virtue honour: he is the notebook of moral discipline, where the conceit of care may find the true courtier: he is the nurse of hospitality, the relief of necessity, the love of charity, and the life of bounty: he is learning's grace, and valour's fame, wisdom's fruit, and kindness' love: he is the true falcon that feeds on no carrion, the true horse that will be no hackney, the true dolphin that fears not the whale, and the true man of God, that fears not the devil. In sum, he is the darling of nature, in reason's philosophy; the loadstar of light in love's astronomy, the ravishing sweet in the music of honour, and the golden number in grace's arithmetic.
AN UNNOBLE MAN.
An unnoble man is the grief of reason, when the title of honour is put upon the subject of disgrace; when either the imperfection
of wit, or the folly of will, shews an unfitness in nature for the virtue of advancement: he is the eye of baseness, and spirit of grossness, and in the demean of rudeness the scorn of nobleness: he is a suspicion of a right generation in the nature of his disposition, and a miserable plague to a feminine patience: wisdom knows him not, and honour fits him not: prodigality or avarice are the notes of his inclination, and folly or mischief are the fruits of his invention. In sum, he is the shame of his name, the disgrace of his place, the blot of his title, and the ruin of his house.
A WORTHY BISHOP.
A worthy bishop is an ambassador from God unto man, in the midst of war to make a treaty of peace; who with a general pardon upon confession of sin, upon the fruits of repentance gives assurance of comfort: he brings tidings from heaven of happiness to the world, where the patience of mercy calls nature to grace: he is the silver trumpet in the music of love, where faith hath a life that never fails the beloved : he is the director of life in the laws of God, and the chirurgeon of the soul, in lancing the sores of sin, the terror of the reprobate, in pronouncing their damnation, and the joy of the faithful, in the assurance of their salvation. In sum, he is the nature of grace, worthy of honour, and in the inessage of life, worthy of love: a continual agent betwixt God and man, in the preaching of his word, and prayer for his people.
AN UNWORTHY BISHOP.
An unworthy bishop is the disgrace of learning, when the want of reading, or the abuse of understanding, in the speech of error may beget idolatry. He is God's enemy, in the hurt of his people, and his own woe, in abuse of the word of God: he is the shadow of a candle, that gives no light; or, if it be any, it is but to lead unto darkness: the sheep are unhappy that live in his fold, when they shall either starve, or feed on ill ground: he breeds a war in the wits of his audience, when his life is contrary to the nature of his instruction : he lives in a room, where he troubles a world, and in the shadow of a saint, is little better than a devil: he makes religion a cloak of sin, and with counterfeit humility, covereth incomparable pride: he robs the rich to relieve the poor, and makes fools of the wise with the imagination of his worth: he is all for the church, but nothing for God, and for the ease of nature, loseth the joy of reason. In sum, he is the picture of hypocrisy, the spirit of heresy, a wound in the church, and a woe in the world.
A WORTHY JUDGE.
A JUDGE is a doom, whose breath is mortal upon the breach of law, where criminal offences must be cut off from a commonwealth: he is a sword of justice in the hand of a king, and an eye of wisdom in the walk of a kingdom: his study is a square for the keeping of proportion betwixt command and obedience, that the king may keep his crown on his head, and the subject his head on his shoulders : he is feared but of the foolish, and cursed but of the wicked; but, of the wise honoured, and of the gracious beloved : he is a surveyor of rights, and revenger of wrongs, and in the judgment of truth, the honour of justice. In sum, his word is law, his power grace,
and his desert honour.
AN UNWORTHY JUDGE.
An unworthy judge is the grief of justice in the error of judgment, when, through ignorance, or will, the death of innocency lies