triall of our patience as any other that they preach to us. These are the studies wherein our noble and our gentle youth ought to bestow their time in a disciplinary way from twelve to one and twenty; unleffe they rely more upon their ancestors dead, then upon themselves living. In which methodicall course it is so suppos’d they must proceed by the fteddy pace of learning onward, as at convenient tiines for memories fake to retire back into the middle ward, and sometimes into the rear of what they have been taught, untill they have confirm’d, and solidly united the whole body of their perfeted knowledge, like the fast embattelling of a Romane*


legion. Now will be worth the seeing what exercises, and what recreations may best agree, and become these studies.

THEIR EXERCISE. The course of study hitherto briefly describ’d, is, what I can guesse by reading, likest to those ancient and famous schools of Pythagoras, Plato, Isocrates, Aristoile, and such others, out of which were bred up such a number of renowned Philosophers, orators, Historians, Poets and Princes all over Greece, Italy, and Asia, besides the flourishing studies. of Cyrene and Alexandria. But herein: it shall exceed them, and supply a defect as great as that which Plato, noted in the commonwealth of Sparta ; whereas


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that city train’d up their youth most for warre, and these in their Academies and Lycæum, all for the gown, this institution of breeding which I here delineate, shall be equally good both for peace and warre. Therefore about an hour and a halfe ere they eat at noon should be allow'd them for exercise and due rest afterwards : but the time for this may be enlarg’d at pleasure, according as, their rising in the morning shall be early. The exercise which I commend first, is the exact use of their weapon; to guard and to strike safely with edge, or point; this will keep them healthy, nimble, strong, and well in breath, is also the likeliest means to make them grow large, and tall, and to inspire them with a gal


fairt and fearleffe courage, which being

it eyes temper'd with feasonable lectures and

r, they precepts to them of true fortitude, and

word, patience, will turn into a native and he

otions, roic valour, and make them hate the

to the cowardife of doing wrong. They must

t; first be also practic'd in all the locks and

its, on gripes of wratling, wherein English

all of cavalry; were wote to exceti o sport, but with much be in fight «v, and dayly muster, serv'd out clofe: Aidiments of their Souldiership in where he skill of embattailing, marching, strerzamping, fortifying, beseiging and thattering, with all the helps of ancient land modern stratagems, Tactiks and war(like maxims, they may as it were out

of a long warre come forth renowned and perfect Commanders in the service of O 2


heard, or learnt; either while the skilful Organist plies his grave and fancied descant in lofty fugues, or the whole symphony with artfull and unimaginable touches adorn and grace the well-studied cords of fome choise composer ; fome;

times the Lute, or soft organ stop waitin an elegant voices either to religious, martiall, or civm ditties; which if wise men & prophets be not exi remely out, have a great power over dispofit/" "ons and i manners, to finooth and make it, them: gentle from rustick harshnesse andar diftemper’d passions. The like also wounts de not be unexpedient after meat to affin's and cherish nature in her first concoction, and send their mindes backe to study int good tune and satisfaction. Where hav

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