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derly. Their studies, their exercise, and their diet.
For their studies, First they should begin with the chief and neceffary rules of some good Grammar, either that now us’d, or any better: and while this is doing, their speech is to be fafhion'd to a distinct and cleer pronuntiation, as neer as may be to the Italian, especially in the vowels. For we Englishmen being farre northerly, doe not open our mouthes in the cold air, wide enough to grace a Southern tongue; but are observ’d by all other nations to speak ex.ceeding close and in vard: So that to smatter Latin with an English mouth, is as ill a hearing as law French. Next to make them expert in the usefullest points
of grammar, and withall to season them, and win them early to the love of vertue and true labour, eré any flattering feducement, or vain principle 'seise them wandering, fome easie and delightfull book of education would be read to them; whereof the Greeks have store, as Cebes, Plutarch, and other Socratic discourses. But in Latin we have none of classic authoritie extant, except the two or three first books of Quintilian, and some select peeces elsewhere. But here the main skill and groundwork will be, to temper them such lectures and explanations upon every opportunity, as may lead and draw them in willing obedience, enfiam'd with the study of learning, and the admiration of vertue, stirr’d
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up with high hopes of living to be brave men, and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages. That they may despise and fcorn all their childish, and ill-taught qualities, to delight in manly, and liberall exercises : which he who hath the art, and proper eloquence to catch them with, what with mild and effectuall perswafions, and what with the intimation of some fear, if need be, but chiefly by his own example, might in a short space gain them to an incredible diligence and courage : infusing into their young brests such an ingenuous and noble ardor; as would not fail to make many of them renowned and matchlesse men. At the same time, some other hour of the day, might be taught
them the rules of Arithmetick, and foon after the elements of geometry even playing, as the old manner was. After evening repast, till bed time their thoughts will be best taken up in the easie grounds of religion, and the story of scripture. The next step would be to the Authors of Agriculture, Cato, Varro, and Colummella, for the matter is most eafie, and if the language be difficult, fo much the better, it is not a difficultie above their yeers. And here will be an occasion of inciting and inabling them hereafter to improve the tillage of their country, to recover the bad foil, and to remedy the wast that is niade of good; for this was one of Hercules praises. Ere halfe these Aui. thors be read, which will soon be with N2
plying hard, and dayly, they cannot choose but be masters of any ordinary prose. So that it will be then seasonable for them to learn in any modern Author, the use of the globes, and all the maps first with the old names; and then with the new : or they might be then capable to read any compendious method of naturall philosophy. And at the same time might be entring into the Greek tongue, after the same manner as was before prescrib'd in the Latin; whereby the difficulties of grammar being soon overcome, all the Historicall Physiology of Aristotle and Theophrastus are open before them, and as I may fay, under contribution. The like accesse will be to Vitruvius, to Senecas naturall ques