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THE END OF KNOWLEDGE.
HE mistaking or misplacing of the last or farthest end of
knowledge, is the greatest error of all the rest. For, men have entered into a desire of learning and know
ledge, sometimes upon a natural curiosity and inquisitive appetite; sometimes to entertain their minds with variety and delight; sometimes for ornament and reputation; and sometimes to enable them to victory of wit and contradiction; and most times for lucre and profession ;-but seldom sincerely to give a true account of their gift of reason, to the benefit and use of men: as if there were sought in knowledge a couch whereupon to rest a searching and restless spirit; or a terrace for a wandering and variable mind to walk up and down with a fair prospect; or a tower of state for a proud mind to raise itself upon; or a fort or commanding ground for strife and contention ; or a shop for profit or sale ;—and not a rich store-house for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man's estate.
Is of all these the gentlier-mightiest.
Innumerable mountains rise, and rise,
The schoolboy, wandering through the wood
To pull the primrose gay,
And imitates thy lay.