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of that college wherein I spent some years : who at my parting, after I had taken two degrees, as the manner is, signified many ways, how much better it would content them that I would stay; as by many letters full of kindness and loving respect, both before that time, and long after, I was assured of their singular good affection towards me. Which being likewise propense to all stick as were for their studious and civil life worthy of esteem, I could not wrong their judgments, and upright intentions, so much as to think I had that regard from them for other cause, than that I might be still encouraged to proceed in the honest and laudable courses, of which they apprehended I had given good proof. And to those ingenuous and friendly men, who were ever the countenancers of virtuous and hopeful wits, I wish the best and happiest things, that friends in absence wish one to another

TPTUUTTIUIT Or dislike of that place, as now it is, that I should esteem or disesteen myself, or any other the more for that; too simple and too credulous is the confuter, if he think to obtain with me, or any right discerner. tice were that physician, who could not judge by what both she or her sister hath of long time vomited, that the worser stuff she strongly keeps in her stomach, but the better she is ever kecking at, and is queasy. She vomits now out of sickness; but ere it will be well with her, she must vomit by strong physic. In the mean while that suburb sink, as this rude scavenger calls it, and more than scuirilously taunts it with the plague, having a worse plague in his middle entrail, that suburb wherein I dwell, shall be in my account a more honourable place than his university. Which as in the time of her better health, and mine own younger judgment, I never greatly admired, so now much less. But he

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follows me to the city, still usurping and forging beyond
his book notice, which only he affirms to have had ;
" and where my morning haunts are, be wisses not."
It is wonder, that being so rare an alchyniist of slander,
he could not extract that, as well as the university vo-
mit, and the suburb sink which his art could distil so
cunningly; but because his limbec fails him, to give
him and

envy

the more vexation, I will tell him. Those
morning haunts are where they should be, at home;
not sleeping, or concocting the surfeits of an irregu-
- lar feast, but up and stirring, in winter often ere the
sound of any bell awake men to labour, or to devotion ;
in summer as oft with the bird that first rouses, or not
much tardier, to read good authors, or cause them to be
read, till the attention be weary or memory have its
full fraught : then with useful and generous labours pre-
serving the body's health and hardiness to render light-|
some, clear, and not lumpish obedience to the mind, to
the cause of religion, and our country's liberty, when it
shall require firm hearts in sound bodies to stand and
cover their stations, rather than to see the ruin of our
protestation, and the enforcement of a slavish life. These
are the morning practices : proceed now to the after-
noon;

“ in playhouses,” he says, and the bordelloes."
Your intelligence, unfaithful spy of Canaan? He gives
in his evidence, that “ there he hath traced me." Take
him at his word, readers, but let hin bring good sure-
ties ere ye dismiss him, that while he pretended to dog
others, he did not turn in for his own pleasure : for so
much in effect he concludes against himself, not con-
tented to be caught in every other gin, but he must be
such a novice, as to be still hampered in his own hemp.
In the Animadversions, saith he, I find the mention of
old cloaks, false beards, nightwalkers, and salt lotion ;

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therefore the animadverter haunts playhouses and bors delloes; for if he did not, how could he speak of such gear? Now that he may know what it is to be a child, and yet to meddle with edged tools, I turn his antistrophon upon his own head; the confuter knows that these things are the furniture of playhouses and bordelloes, therefore by the same reason “ the confuter himself hath been traced in those places.” Was it such a dissolute speech, telling of some policitians who were wont to eavesdrop in disguises, to say they were often liable to a nightwalking cudgeller, or the eniptying of a urinal? What if I had writ as your friend the author of he aforesaid mime, “Mundus alter et idem,” to have been ravished like some young Cephalus or Hylas, by a troop of camping housewifes in Viraginea, and that he was there forced to swear himself an uxorious varlet ; then after a long servitude to have come into Aphrodisia that pleasant country, that gave such a sweet sinell to his nostrils among the shameless courtezans of Desvergonia ? Surely he would have then concluded me as constant at the bordello, as the galleyslave at his oar. But since there is such necessity to the hearsay of a tire, a periwig, or a vizard, that plays must have been seen, what difficulty was there in that? when in the colleges so many of the young divines, and those in next aptitude to divinity, liave been seen so often upon the stage, writhing and unboning their clergy limbs to all the antic and dishonest gestures of Trinculoes, buffoons, and bawds; prostituting the shame of that ministry, which either they had, or were nigh having, to the eyes of courtiers and court ladies, with their grooms and mademoiselles. There while they acted and overacted, among other young scholars, I was a spectator; they thought themselves gallant men, and I thought them fools; they made sport, and I laughed; they mispronounced, and I misliked ; and to make up the atticism, they were out, and I hissed. Judge now whether so many good text-men were not sufficient to instruct me of false beards and vizards, without more expositors; and how can this confuter take the face to object to me the seeing of that, which his reverend prelates allow, and incite their young disciples to act? For if it be unlawful to sit and behold a mercenary comedian personating that which is least unseemly for a hireling to do, how much more blameful is it to endure the sight of as vile things acted by persons either entered, or presently to enter into the ministry; and how much more foul and ignominious for them to be the actors ?

But because as well by this upbraiding to me the bordelloes, as by other suspicious glancings in his book, he would seem privily to point me out to his readers as one whose custom of life were not honest, but licentious; I sh Il intreat to be borne with, though I digress; and in a way not often trod, acquaint ye with the sum of my thoughts in this matter, through the course of my years and studies. Although I am not ignorant how hazardous it will be to do this under the nose of the envious, as it were in skirmish to change the compact order, and instead of outward actions, to bring inmost thoughts into front. And I must tell ye; readers, that by this sort of men I have already been bitten at; yet shall they not for me know how slightly they are esteemed, unless they have so much learning as to read what in Greek anesporaníz is, which, together with envy, is the common disease of those who censure books that are not for their reading. With me it fares now, as with him whose outward garment hath been injured and illbedighted ; for having no other shift, what help but to turn the inside outwards, especially if the lining be of the same, or, as it is sometimes, much better? So if my name and demeanour be not evident enough to defend me, I must make trial, if the discovery of my inmost thoughts can: wherein of two purposes both honest, and both sincere, the one perhaps I shall not iniss; although I fail to gain belief with others, of being such as my perpetual thoughts shall here disclose me, I may yet not fail of success in persuading some to be such really themselves, as they cannot believe me to be more than what I fain. I had my time, readers, as others have, who have good learning bestowed upon them, to be sent to those places, where the opinion was, it might be soonest attained; and as the manner is, was not unstudied in those authors which are most commended; whereof some were grave orators and historians, whose matter methought I loved indeed, but as ny age then was, so I understood them; others were the smooth elegiac poets, whereof the schools are not scarce, whom both for the pleasing sound of their numerous writing, which in imitation I found most easy, and most agreeable to nature's part in me, and for their matter, which what it is, there be few who know not, I was so allured to read, that no recreation came to me better welcome: for that it was then those years with me which are excused, though they be least severe, I may be saved the labour to remember ye. Whence having observed them to account it the chief glory of their wit, in that they were ablest to judge, to praise, and by that could esteem themselves worthiest to love those high perfections, which under one or other name they took to celebrate; I thought with myself by every instinct and presage of nature, which is not wont to be false, that what emboldened them to this task, might with such diligence as they used embolden me; and

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