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7. He should imitate nature which does nothing in
288 If he cannot make any thing of it for the present, yet to make it as a seed of somewhat in time to come. 8. He should reserve a power to retreat
289 Following the wisdom in the ancient fable of the two frogs, which consulted when their plash was dry whither they should go; and the one moved to go down into a pit, because it was not likely the water would dry there; but the other answered, “ True, but if it do, how shall we get out again ?" 9. He should be cautious in his friendships and enmities.
“ Et ama tranquam inimicus futurus, et odi tanquam
amaturus." 37. Fortunes may be obtained without precept.
They come tumbling into some men's laps ; and a number obtain good fortunes by diligence in a plain way, little in.
termeddling, and keeping themselves from gross errors. 38. Of vicious precepts for self-advancement
290 39. The number of bad precepts for advancement in life is greater than good
290 It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly
the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about. 40. In the pursuit of fortune, man ought to set before his eyes the general map of the world
211 All things are vanity and veration of spirit.— Being without well being is a curse : and the greater the being,
the greater the curse. 41. The incessant and sabbathless pursuit of fortune leaveth not
the tribute which we owe to God of our time.
It is to small purpose to have an erected face towards heaven, and a perpetual grovelling spirit upon earth, eating dust, as doth the serpent.
* Events are not in our power ; but it always is to make a good use of the very worst.
42. The adopting vicious precepts cannot be tolerated by the
intended good ends. 43. Fortune, like a woman, if too much wooed, is the further off
293 44. Divinity points upwards to the kingdom of God: philosophy
inwards to the goods of the mind..
The human foundation hath somewhat of the sands, as we see in M. Brutus, when he brake forth into that speech,
" Te colui, virtus, ut rem; at tu nomen inane es ; yet the divine foundation is upon the rock.
WISDOM OF GOVERNMENT
293 1. Government is a part of knowledge, secret and retired, 2. In the governors towards the government all things ought to
be manifest 3. Statesmen are the proper persons to write on universal justice
295 4. Of universal justice.
There are in nature certain fountains of justice, whence all civil laws are derived but as streams: and like as waters do tuke tinctures and tastes from the soils through which they run, so do civil laws vary according to the regions and governments where they are planted, though, they proceed
from the same fountains. 5. Of the wisdom of a law maker
296 6. Bacon intends a work in aphorisms upon universal justice.* 7. Of the laws of England
297 The whole book is not much better than that noise or sound which musicians make while they are tuning their instruments; which is nothing pleasant to hear, but yet is a cause why the music is sweeter afterwards : so have I been content to tune the instruments of the muses, that they may play that have better hands.
* See the Treatise “De Augmentis," where some progress is made in this science, now nobly advanced, and advancing by the labours of Bentham.-(See note U.)
8. Observations upon the prospects of the progress of know
1. It is the sabbath of all men's labours. 2. The prerogative of God extends to man's reason, and to his
will 3. Sacred theology is grounded upon the oracle of God. 4. The use of reason in matters spiritual is extensive.
The Christian Faith, as in all things, so in this deserveth to be highly magnised; holding and preserving the golden mediocrity in this point between the law of the heathen and the law of Mahomet, which have embraced the two extremes. For the religion of the heathen had no constant belief or confession, but left all to the liberty of argument; and the religion of Mahomet, on the other side, interdicteth argument altogether : the one having the very face of error,
and the other of imposture. 5. Uses of reason in spiritual matters
301 1. In the conception of revealed mysteries.
2. In inferences from revelation, 6. A treatise on the limits of reason in spiritual matters is
This would be an opiate to stay and bridle not only the vanity of curious speculations, wherewith the schools lahour, but the fury of controversies, wherewith the church
1. The matter revealed.
THE NATURE OF THE REVELATION.
1. Its limits.
8. The points fundamental and of perfection ought to be distinguished
· 305 We see Moses when he saw the Israelite and the Ægyptian fight, he did not say, Why strive you ? but drew his sword and slew the Ægyptian : but when he saw the two Israelites fight, he said, You are brethren, why strive
The coat of our Saviour was entire without seam, and so is the doctrine of the Scriptures in itself; but the garment of the church was of divers colours.
The Limits of the Information 9. Considerations respecting the limits.
1. The inspiration of individuals.
proper use of reason.
The Sufficiency of the Information
305 10. Considerations respecting the sufficiency.
1. Fundamental and perfective points of religion.
- abate controversy.
The Acquisition of the Information
306 11. It rests upon the sound interpretation of scripture.
They are the fountains of the waters of life. 12. Different modes of interpreting scripture.
This divine water, which excelleth so much that of Jacob's well, is drawn forth much in the same kind as natural water useth to be out of wells and fountains; either it is first forced up into a cistern, and from thence fetched and derived for use; or else it is drawn und received in buckets and vessels immediately where it springeth.
18. Methodical mode of interpretation.
It seems to be more ready, but is more subject to
1. Summary brevity,
3. Complete perfection.
309 The philosophical mode
809 To seek philosophy in divinity is to seek the dead amongst the living : neither are the pots or lavers, whose place was in the outward part of the temple, to be sought in the holiest place of all, where the ark of the testimony was seated. 2. The perfection of the laws of nature. 3. The secrets of the heart of man
311 4. The future succession of all ages. 18. The expositions of scripture are not deficient. 19. A work is wanted of a sound collection of texts, not dilated
into common places, or hunting after controversies, or methodized, but scattered.
. 313 20. Different sorts.
The one being as the internal soul of religion, and the other as the external body. 1. Matter of belief.
2. Matter of science.
1. The nature of God.