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gracefull and ornate Rhetorick taught
perceive what despicable creatures our common rimers and play-writes be, and Thew them, what Religious, what glorious and magnificent use might be made of Poetry both in divine and humane things. From hence and not till now will be the right season of forming thein to be able writers and composers in every excellent matter, when they shall be thus fraught with an universall insight, into things. Or whether they be to, speak in Parlament or counsell, honour. and attention would be waiting on their lips. There would then also appear in pulpits other visages, other gestures, and stuffe otherwise wrought then what we. now fit under, oft times to as great a
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; unlesfe 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 steddy pace of learning onward, as at convenient times 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 folidly united the whole body of their perfeted knowledge, like the last embattelling of a Romane
legion. Now will be worth the seeing what exercises, and what recreations may best agree, and become these studies. .
The course of study hitherto briefly describ’d, is, what I can guesse by read, ing, likest to those ancient and famous schools of Pythagoras, Plato, Isocrates,
Aristotle, 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 that city train’d up their youth moft for Warre, and these in their Academies and Lycæum, all for the gown, this inftitution 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 firft, 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