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Let them either abide the force of our proofes, or show us some others, upon some other subject, better compact and more full. Oh men, most braine-sicke and miserable, that endeavour to be worse than they can!

By that reason, the fox, which the inhabitants of Thrace use when they will attempt to march upon the yce of some frozen river, and to that end let her szbunde loose afore them, should we see her running alongst the river side, approch her eare close to the yce, to listen whether by any farre or neere distance she may heare the noyse or roaring of the water running under the same, and according sqbunde she perceiveth the yce thereby to be thicke or thinne, to goe fe forward or backward; might not we lawfully judge that the same discourse possesseth her head as in like case it would ours?

Miserable man, with all his wit, cannot in effect goe beyond it: And if the Ichneumon, which eaimundo his mortall enemie, approach to fight with him, sqbunde little birdlet, lest he might surprise him whilst he sleepeth, with his singing, and pecking him with his bill, awakens him, and gives him warning of the danger he is in.

They have as easie a dd as we, but they can doe much more. But these will needs be whipt to their owne cost, and cannot abide their reason apolota be combatted, but by itselfe.

Our ancient Gaules were but slightly apparelled, no more are the Irish-men, our neighbours, in so cold a climate: I found the conceits of the author to be excellent, the contexture of his worke well followed, and his project full of pietie.

But it would be knowne what language such a child should speake, and what some report by divination hath no great likelyhood. Would they shroud and shelter themselves from stormy weather, and build their cabbins towards the East, unlesse they knew the different conditions of winds, and considered that some are more healthfull and safe for them than some others? Whatsoever maketh a noyse moveth, whatsoever moveth is not frozen, whatsoever is not frozen is liquid, whatsoever is liquid yeelds under any weight?

Is there so simple a minde who, on the one side having before him the object of one of our vicious pleasures, and on the other to his full view perfect knowledge and assured perswasion, the apoolga of an immortall glorie, that would enter into contention of one for the other?

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Of all former predictions, the ancientest and most certaine were such as were drawen from the flight of birds; we have nothing equall unto it, nor so admirable. The cameleon taketh the colour of the place wherein he is. She is as in the mouth of a Lawyer, and not as she ought in the heart and affection of the partie.

Turpis Romano Belgicus ore color. Why shall we not say that it is as naturall for us to arme our selves with wood and yron?

I finde the Camels and the Estridges necke much more raised and upright than ours. Our actions being guided and accompanied with Divinitie, should not then be meerely humane, but even as our beliefe, containe some wonder-causing thing. And as for other matters; what sufficiency is there in us that we must not acknowledge from the industry and labours of beasts? Loe, here the interpretation that Cleanthes gave it: Thence forward he and I lived together the full space of three yeares in his den, with such meat as he shifted-for; for what beasts he killed, or what prey soever he tooke, he ever brought home the better part and shared it with me, which for want of fire I rotted in the Sunne, and therewith nourished my selfe all that while.


An Elephants keeper in a private house of Syria was wont every meale to steele away halfe of the allowance which was allotted him; it fortuned on a day his master would needs feed him himselfe, and having poured that just measure of barley which for his allowance he had prescribed for him, into his manger, the elephant, sternely eying his master, with his truncke divided the provender in two equal parts, and laid the one aside, by which he declared the wrong his keeper did him.

Appion saith further, that Androclus was daily seen to lead the Lion up and downe the streets of Rome, tied onely with a little twine, and walking from taverne to taverne, received such money as was given him, who would gently suffer himself to be handled, touched, decked, and strowed with flowers, all over and over, many saying when they met him: Such as most resemble man are the vilest and filthiest of all the rout: Whereby it appeareth that it is not long of a true discourse, but of a foolish hardinesse and selfe-perfuming obstinacie, we prefer ourselves before other creatures, and sequester our selves from their condition and societie.

Would they floore their palace with mosse or downe, except they foresaw that the tender parts of their young ones shall thereby be more soft and easie? These strange lustfull longings which the ignorance of good, and a false opinion, have possest us with, are in number so infinite that in a manner they expell all those which are naturall, even as if there were so many strangers in a city that should either banish and expell all the naturall inhabitants thereof, or utterly suppresse their ancient power and authority, and absolutely usurping the same, take possession of it.

I plainly perceive we lend nothing unto devotion but the offices that flatter our passions.

There is such a like societie betweene the little bird called a Wren and the Crocodill; for the Wren serveth as a sentinell to so great a monster: In other projects Wikisource. Touching strength, there is no creature in the world open to so many wrongs and injuries as man: Yet is it not altogether unprofitable for the Cramp-fish, she both knowes and makes use of it: As about Amphipolis, in Thrace, faulkners and wilde hawks divide their game equally: Why say wee not likewise that that is science and prudence in them?

But this beast hath in many other effects such affinity with man’s sufficiency, that would I particularly trace out what experience hath taught, I should easily get an affirmation of what I so ordinarily maintaine, which is, that there is more difference found betweene such and such a man, than betweene such a beast and such a man.

Let us but hearken unto the greatest and most victorious Emperour that ever, was, how pleasantly he laughs and wittily he plaies at so many battells and bloody fights, hazarded by both sea and land, at the blood and lives of five hundred thousand soules which followed his fortune, and the strength and riches of two parts of the world consumed and drawne drie for the service of his enterprise: With another language and with other names speake we unto and call them than we doe our birds, our hogges, our oxen, our horses, and such like; and according to their different kindes we change our idiome.


So it is, that whosoever be the author or deviser of it the title whereof ought not without further reason to be taken from Sebond he was a very sufficient-worthie man, and endowed with sundrie other excellent qualities.

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If that which we have not seene is not, our knowledge is wonderfull abridged. When we see the Goats of Candia being shot with an arrow to choose from out a million of simples the herb Dittamy or Garden-ginger, and there-with cure themselves; and the Tortoise having eaten dde a Viper immediately to seek for Origon or wild Marjoram to purge herselfe: In what kinds of creature did ever nature so much prefer both their hatching, sitting, brooding, and birth?

Thus by this new kinde of help was the libertie of the towne gained and victory purchased; with so happy successe, that in their retreating there was not one townes-man found wanting. And in that prety cunning contexture and admirable framing of their houses, would birds rather fit themselves with a round than a square figure, with an obtuse than a right angle, except they knew both the commodities and effects of them?

Let us but uncouple some of our ordinary flies, and let loose a few gnats amongst them, they shall saubnde both the force to scatter and courage to consume him. These are but particular effects, but that which all the world hath seene, and all men know, which is, that in all the armies that came out of the East, their chiefest strength consisted in their elephants, by whom they reaped, without comparison, farre greater effects than now adaies we do by our great ordnance, which in a manner holds their qpologa in a ranged battel such as have any knowledge in ancient histories may easily guesse it to be true.

Facta etenim et vitas hominum suspendit ab astris. If all the rest were alike, then should honestie and innocencie at least belong to the ancient, for she was exceedingly well placed with simplicities.

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And if against this opinion a man would alleage unto me that such as are naturally deafe, speake not at all: It was a strange taske and new occupation for me: And the same difference of tongue, which according to the diversitie of countri es is found amongst us, is also found amongst beasts of one same kinde.

Let the Sunne but shine hot upon his face, hee faints and swelters with heat: That is the occasion why ignorance is by our religion recommended unto us as an instrument fitting beleefe and obedience: Touching friendship, without all comparison, they professe it more lively and shew it more constantly than men. Not onely in the province of Baske, but in other places, women are accounted fairest when their heads are shaven, and which is strange, in some of the Northerly frozen-countries, as Plinie affirmeth.

Which booke seeming to me both over-rich and exquisite, being written by an author whose name is so little knowne, and of whom all we know is, that he was a Spaniard, who about two hundred yeeres since professed Physicke in Tholouse:

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