In the meane time my state was verily most pleasant and easefull. I felt no maner of care or affliction, nither for my selfe nor others. It was a slumbering, langushing and extreame weaknesse, without anie paine at all. I saw mine owne house and knew it not; when I was laide in my bedde, I felt great ease in my rest, For I had beene vilely hurred and haled by those poore men, which had taken the paines to carry me vpon their armes a long and wearysome way, and to say truth, they had all beene wearied twice or thrice over, and were faine to shift severall times.
To say truth, it had beene a very happy death: For, the weakenesse of my discourse hinderd me from judging of it, and the feeblenes of my body from feeling the same. Me-thought I was yeelding vp the ghost so gently, and after so easie and indolent a maner, that I feele no other action lesse burthensome then that was. But when I beganne to come to life againe and recover my former strength,. This discourse of so slight an accident, is but vaine and frivolous, were not the instructions I have drawne from thence, for my vse: For truly, for a man to acquaint himselfe with death, I finde no better way, then to approch vnto it.
Now as Plinie saith, every man is a good discipline vnto himselfe alwayes provided he be able to prie into himselfe. What serves my turne, may happily serve another mans; otherwise I marre nothing, what I make vse of, is mine owne. And if I play the foole, it is at mine owne cost, and without any other bodies interest. For it is but a kind of folly, that dies in me, and hath no traine. We have notice but of two or three former ancients, that have trodden this path; yet can we not say, whether altogether like vnto this of mine, for we know but their names.
And if I study any thing else, it is imediatly to place it vpon, or to say better, in my selfe. And me thinkes I erre not, as commonly men doe in other sciences, without all comparison lesse profitable. There is no description so hard, nor so profitable, as is the description of a mans owne life. Now I continually tricke vp my selfe; for I vncessantly describe my selfe. Custome hath made a mans speech of himselfe, vicious.
And obstinately forbids it in hatred of boasting, which ever seemeth closely to follow ones selfe witnesses, whereas a man should wipe a childes nose, that is now called to vn nose himselfe. I finde more evill then good by this remedie: But suppose it were true, that for a man to entertaine the company with talking of himselfe, were necessarily presumption: I ought not following my generall intent, to refuse an action, that publisheth this crazed quality, since I have it in my selfe: and I should not conceale this fault, which I have not onely in vse, but in profession.
Neverthelesse to speake my opinion of it, this custome to condemne wine is much to blame, because many are therewith made drunke. No more doe I, though I be no more the one then other. If they write purposely or directly of it, yet when occasion doth conveniently leade them vnto it, faine they not, headlong to cast themselves into the listes? We religiously shriue our selves to God and our confessour as our neighbours to all the people.
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Who forbids me to speake of it, according to my sense, experience, and custome; Let him appoint the Architect to speake of buildings, not according to himselfe, but his neighbours, according to anothers skill, and not his owne. Wiser men, and more learned and devout, have lived avoyding all apparant effects. Effects would speake more of fortune, then of me.
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The effect of the cough produceth one part, that of palenesse ot panting of the heart another, and that doubtfully. I write not my gests, but my selfe and my essence. I am of opinion that a man must be very wise to esteeme himselfe, and equally consciencious to give testimony of it: be it low, be it high indifferently. To speake lesse of himselfe then he possesseth, is folly and not modesty. To pay himselfe for lesse then he is worth, is basenesse and pusilanimity, saith Aristotle. No vertue aides it selfe with false-hood; and truth is never a matter of errour.
And yet for a man to say more of himselfe, then he can well prove, is not ever presumption, though often sottishnesse. For a man to over-weene, and please himselfe exceedingly with what he is, and fall into indifereet love with himselfe, is in my conceit, the substance of this vice. The best remedy to cure him, is to doe cleane contrary to that which those appoint, who inforbidding men to speake of themselves, doe consequently also inhibite more to thinke of themselves.
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Pride consisteth in conceit: The tongue can have no great share in it. For one to ammuse on himselfe, is in their imagination to please himselfe: And for a man to frequent and practise himselfe, is at an over-deare rate to please himselfe. Whosoever shall so know himselfe, let him boldly make himselfe knowen by his owne mouth:. And that which was ever knowne by ancient experience, and at other times we have plainely perceived amongst ourselves, that men of qualitie, were ever more jealous of such recompences, then of others, wherein was both gaine and profit: which was not without reason and great apparance.
The order of the Knights of Saint Michaell in France, which of so long continuance hath bin in credite amongst vs, had no greater commoditie then that it had no manner of communication with any other advantage or profite, which hath hecretofore beene the cause, that there was no charge or state of what quality soever, whereto the nobilitie pretended with so much desire, or aspired with more affection, as it did to obtaine that order; nor calling, that was followed with more respect or greatnes. For, to say truth, other giftes have novse so worthy; masmuch, as they are imployed to all manner of occasions.
Auguctus had therefore reason, to be much more niggardly and sparing of this last, then of the former, forasmuch has honour is a priviledge which drawes his principall essence from rarenesse: And so doth vertue it selfe. We shall not see a man highly regarded, or extraordinarily commended, that is curiouslie carefull to have his children well nurtured, because it is a common action, how just and worthy praise soever it be: no more then one great tree, where the forrest is full of such.
There is no recompence fals vnto vertue, how great soever it be, if it once have past into custome: And I wot not whether we might call it great, being common. Since then the rewardes of honor, have no other prize and estimation then that few enjoy it, there is no way to disannull them, but to make a largesse of them. It is most certaine that the recompence of our order did not in former times onely concerne prowis, and respect valour; it had a further aime. It was never the reward or payment of a valiant souldier; but of a famous Captaine.
But I say, that if more men should now adaies be found worthy of it, then have bin heretofore, yet should not our Princes be more liberall of it: and it had bin much better, not to bestow it vpon all them to whom it was due, then for ever to loose, as of late we have done the vse of so profitable an invention. And it will come to passe that the last shall even from her birth incur the incommodities, which haue lately ruined and ouerthrowne the other. The only proper and essential forme of our nobility in France, is military vocation. Of the affection of fathers to their children.
To the Ladie of Estissac. MAdame, if strangenesse doe not save, or novelty shielde mee, which are wont to give things reputation, I shall never, with honestie, quit my selfe of this enterprise; yet is it so fantasticall, and beares a shew so different from common custome, that that may haply purchase-it free passage. It is a melancholy humor, and consequently a hatefull enemy to my naturall complexion, bredde by the anxietie, and produced by the anguish of carking care, whereinto some yeares since I cast my selfe, that first put this humorous conceipt of writing into my head.
And finding my selfe afterward wholy vnprovided of subject, and voyde of other matter. For, to so vaine a ground and base a subject, the worldes best workeman, could never have given a fashion deserving to be accompted-of. I praise God Madam it hath beene so well employed: For, the good hopes, which the yoong Lord of Estissac, your sonne giveth of himselfe, fore-shew an vndoubted assurance, that when he shall come to yeeres of discretion, you shall reape the obedience of a noble, and find the acknowledgement of a good childe.
If there be any truely-naturall law, that is to say, any instinct, vniversally and perpetually imprinted, both in beasts and vs, which is not without controversie I may, according to mine opinion, say, that next to the care, which each living creature hath to his preservation, and to flie what doth hurt him; the affection which the engenderer beareth his off-spring, holds the second place in this ranke.
Therefore is every man, in some sort or other in his owne workmanship. Honestie is firme and permanent, affording him that did it, a constant gratification. Profite is verie slipperie, and easilie lost, nor is the memorie of it so sweet, or so fresh. Such things are dearest vnto vs, that have cost vs most: And to give, is of more cost then to take.
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And I could never well endure to have them brought vp or nursed neere about me. For the most part; it goeth cleane contrary, and commonly feele our selves more mooved with the sports, idlenesse, wantonnesse, and infant-trifles of our children, than afterward we doe with all their actions, when they bee men: As if we had loved them for our pastimes, as we doe apes, monkies, or perokitoes, and not as men. And some that liberally furnish them with sporting bables while they be children, will miserably pinch it in the least expence for necessaries when they grow men. Nay, it seemeth that the jelousie we have to see them appeare into, and injoy the world, when we are ready to leave them, makes vs more sparing and close-handed toward them.
And in my daies, I have seene divers yong-men, of good, houses so given to stealing and filching, that no correction could divert them from it. And even at that time he came from stealing certaine jewels from a Lady, in whose bed-chamber he fortuned to come with certaine other Gentlemen when she was rising, and had almost beene taken. He made me remember a tale I had heard of an other Gentleman, from his youth so fashioned and inclined to this goodly trade of pilfering, that comming afterward to be heire and Lord of his owne goods, resolved to giue over that manner of life, could notwithstanding if he chanced to come neere a shop, where he saw any thing he stood in neede of not chuse but steale the same, though afterward he would ever send mony and pay for it.
And I have seene diverse so inured to that vice, that amongst their companions, they would ordinarily steale such things, as they would restore againe. I am a Gascoine, and there is no vice wherein I have lesse skill: I hate it somewhat more by complexion, then I accuse it by discourse. I doe not so much as desire another mans goods. I vtterly condemne all maner of violence in the education of a yong spirit, brought vp to honour and liberty. So was I brought vp: they tell mee, that in all my youth, I never felt rod but twice, and that very lightly.
And what education I have had my selfe, the same have I given my children. And were my desire frustrate, there are diverse other causes to take hold-of, without reproving my discipline, which I know to be just and naturall. I would also have beene much more religious in that towards male-children, not borne to serve as women, and of a freer condition. I should have loved to have stored their minde with ingenuity and liberty.
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Will we remove all occasions from them to wish our death? Let vs reasonably accommodate their life, with such things as are in our power. For, this inconvenience doth vnavoidably cast vs into many difficulties, and encombrances. They are as many new implements to thrive, and instruments to grow rich. I was married at thirty yeeres of age, and commend the opinion of thirty-five, which is said to be Aristotles. Plato would have no man married before thirty, and hath good reason to scoffe at them that will defer it till after fifty-five, and then marry; and condemneth their breed as vnworthy of life and sustenance.
Thales appointed the best limites, who by his mother, being instantly vrged to marry whilest he was yong, answered that it was not yet time; and when he came to be old he said it was no more time. A man must refuse opportunity to every importunate action. But a father over-burthend with yeares, and crazed through sickenesse, and by reason of weakenesse and want of health, barred from the common societie of men, doth both wrong himselfe, injure his, idely and to no vse to hoorde vp, and keepe close a great heape of riches, and deale of pelfe.
He is in state good enough, if he be wise to have a desire to put off his clothes to goe to bed. I will not say to his spirt, but to a good warme night gowne, As for other pompe and trash whereof hee hath no longer vse or neede; hee ought willingly to distribute and bestow them amongst those, to whom by naturall decree they ought to belong. It is reason he should have the vse, and bequeath the fruition of them, since nature doth also deprive him of them, otherwise without doubt there is both envy and malice stirring.
I would leave the vse and fruition of all vnto them, the rather because it were no longer fit for me to weald the same. And touching the disposing of all matters in grosse, I would reserve what I pleased vnto my selfe.