where I will point ye out the right path of a vertuous and noble education ; laborious indeed at the first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect, and melodious sounds on every fide, that the harp of Orpheus. was not more charming. I doubt not but ye shall have more adoe to drive our dullest and laziest youth, our stocks and ftubbs from the infinite desire of such a happy, nurture, then we have now to hale and drag our choiseft and hopefulleft-wits to that afinine feast of sowthistles and brambles which is commonly set before them, as all the food and entertainment of their tenderest and most docible age. I call therefore a compleate and generous education that which fits

a man

a man to perforin juftly, skilfully, and magnanimously all the offices both private and publike of peace and war. And how all this may be done between twelve and one and twenty, lesse time then is now bestow'd in pure trifling at Grammar and Sophistry, is to be thus order'd.

First to finde out a spatious house and ground about it fit for an Academy, and big enough to lodge a hundred and fifty persons, whereof twenty or thereabout may be attendants, all under the government of one, who shall be thought of desert sufficient, and ability either to doe all, or wisely to direct, and oversee it done. This place should be at once both School and University, not needing

a re

a remove to any other house of Schollership, except it be some peculiar Colledge of Law, or Phyfick, where they mean to be practitioners; but as for those generall studies which take up all our time from Lilly to the commencing, as they term it, Master of Art, it should be absolute. After this pattern, as many edifices may be converted to this use, as íball be needfull in every city, throughout this land, which would tend inuch to the encrease of learning and civility every where. This number, lesse or more thus collected, to the convenience of a foot company, or interchangeably two troops of cavalry, should divide their daics work into three parts, as it lies or


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derly. Their studies, their exercise, and their diet.

For their studies, First they fhould begin with the chief and necessary rules of some good Grammar, either that now us’d, or any better: and while this is dbing, their speech is to be fashion’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 obsery'd by all other nations to speak exceeding close and inward: So that to {matter Latin with an English mouth, is as ill a hearing as law French. Next to make them expert in the usefullest points

Exercise of grammar, and withall to season them,

and win them early to the love of vertue fhoul and true labour, ere any flattering sey rule' ducement, or vain principle seise them at not wandering, fome easie and delightfull this book of education would be read to u'd te them ; whereof the Greeks have store, Smeet as Cebes, Plutarch, and other Socratic Elly in discourses. But in Latin we have none

of classic authoritie extant, except the our two or three first books of Quintilian, bh to and some select peeces elsewhere. But

here the main kill and groundwork will exo

be, to temper them such lectures and explanations upon every opportunity, as may lead and draw them in willing obedience, enflam'd with the study of learning, and the admiration of vertue, stirr’d N


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