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“ age may perchance purchase a long standing “ upon the stage.”

“ Contrariewise, a witte in youth that is not « over dulle, heavie, knottie, and lumpishe, but “ hard, tough, and though somewhat staffishe (as 66 Tullie wisheth, otium quietum non languidum, et negotium cum labore, non cum periculo); such « a witte, I say, if it be at the first well handled “ by the mother, and rightlie smoothed and « wrought as it should, not over wartlie, and “ against the wood, by the scholemaster, both 6 for learning and hole course of living, proveth « alwaies the best. In woode and stone, not the « softest but hardest be alwaies aptest for por« traiture, both fairest for pleasure, and most “ durable for profit. Hard wittes be hard to “ receive, but sure to keepe ; painful without “ wearienesse, heedfull without wavering, con6 stant without newfanglenesse ; bearing heavy “ thinges, though not lightlie yet willinglie ; “ entring hard thinges, though not easilie yet “ deeplie; and so come to that perfectnesse of “ learning in the end, that quick wittes seem in ¢ hope, but do not in dede, or else verie seldome, “ ever attaine unto. Also, for manners and " lyfe, hard wittes commonlie are hardlie carried “ either to desire everie newe thinge, or else to


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« marvel at everie strange thinge ; and therefore 66 they be carefull and diligent in their own mat, « ters, not curious and busey in other men's c affaires, and so they become wise themselves, 66 and also are counted honest by others. They “ be grave, stedfast, filent of tongue, secret of “ hart: not hastie in making, but constant in “ keepinge any promise: not rashe in uttering, cs but ware (wary) in considering every matter : « and thereby not quicke in fpeaking, but deepe u of judgement, whether they write or give " counsell in all weightie affaires. And theis be “ the men that become in the ende both most " happie for themselves, and alwaies best esteemed € abrode in the world.”

MR. PAGE. In the golden days of good Queen Bess, those halcyon days to which every Englishman affects to look up with rapture, the punishment for a libel was sometimes striking off the hand of the unfortunate offender. Mr. Page, who had written a pamphlet upon the Queen's marriage with the Duke of Anjou, suffered that punishment; and, according to that very elegant miscellany the “ Nugæ Antiquæ,made the following manly


and spirited speech upon the scaffold before his hand was chopped off.

“ Fellow-countrymen, I am come hither to .6 receive the law according to my judgment, and

66 thanke the God of all; and of this I take 6 God to witness, (who knoweth the hartes of « all men,) that as I am forrie I have offended " her Majestie, so did I never meane harme to “ her Majestie's person, crown or dignity, but “ have been as true a subject as any was in “ England to the best of my abilitie, except

none. Then holding up his right hand, he 6 faid, This hand did I put to the plough, and s got my living by it many years. If it would “ have pleased her Highress to have taken my 6 left hand, or my life, she had dealt more fa“ vourably with me; for now I have no means 66 to live; but God (which is the Father of us « all) will provide for me. I beseech you all, “ good people, to pray for me, that I may take “ my punishment patiently. And so he laid “ his right hand upon the block, and prayed the “ executioner to dispatch him quickly. At two “ blows his hand was taken off. So lifting up « the bleeding stump, and pointing to the block, " he said to the by-standers, See, I have left " there a true Englishman's hand. And so he “ went from the scaffold very stoutly, and with “ great courage.”

With what indignation must the unnecessary cruelty of the punishment, and the noble intrepidity of the sufferer, have affected the spectators of this disgrace to justice and humanity!


[1603—1625.] On the devolution of the kingdom of England to this Monarch, Henry the Fourth of France said, « En verité, c'est un trop beau morgeau pour un e pedant."

· The entrance of this Prince into England is thus described by Wilson :

6 But our King coming through the North, « (banqueting and feasting by the way,) the 66 applause of the people in so obsequious and < submissive a manner (stil admiring change) " was checkt by an honest plain Scotsman (un“ used to hear such humble acclamations) with “ a prophetical expression: This people will fpoyi “ a gude King. The King as, unused, so tired “ with multitudes, especially in his hunting, 66 (which he did as he went), caused an inhibi« tion to be published, to restrain the people from

« hunting « hunting him. Happily being fearfull of so « great a concourse as this novelty produced, “ the old hatred betwixt the Borderers, not yet " forgotten, might make him apprehend it to “ be of a greater extent; though it was generally 66 imputed to a desire of enjoying his recreations “ without interruption."

James was extremely fond of hunting, and very severe against those who disturbed him in the pursuit of that amusement. “ I dare boldly say," says Osborn with some spleen, “ that one man “ in his reign might with more safety have killed

another than a rascal deer; but if a stag had “ been known to have miscarried, and the author « fled, a proclamation, with the description of 56 the party, had been presently penned by the “ Attorney-General, and the penalty of his Ma“ jesty's high displeasure (by which was unders stood the Star-chamber) threatened against all fc that did abet, comfort, or relieve him : thus “ satyrical, or, if you please, tragical, was this “ fylvan Prince against deer-killers, and indul« gent to man-layers. But, left this expression << should be thought too poctical for an historian, “ I shall leave his Majesty dressed to posterity in 66 the colours I saw him in the next progress s after his inauguration, which was as green as 56 the grass he trød on, with a feather in his cap,

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