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schools, they feel liberty and freedom in stables, which causeth them utterly to abhor the one, and most gladly to haunt the other.*
* We have sufficient experience of the great lack of discipline in the education of youth at the present day, in contemplating the manners of the generality of our young men, more especially those who are born to affluence and independance. No sooner are they freed from the trammels of the boarding-school or the public seminary, than they launch out into the excess of foppery, frivolity, and every unworthy pursuit; their mornings (if the preceding night's debauch does not consign them to the arms of Somnus until the meridian hour) are devoted to the company of blackguard ostlers and bruisers; their afternoons to those idle haunts, designated fashionable lounges, and promenades; their evenings to the theatre, or gaming-table; and the general run of their discourse is upon horses and harlots, boxing and blasphemy. Well does Cowper, after his finely drawn portrait of “ Old
Discipline” (which, by the bye, exhibits a very lively picture of the honest schoolmaster, from whose works the above extracts are made) describe the evil consequences resulting from an abandonment of that system of wholesome and necessary restraint, formerly observed in our schools and universties.
“ A dissolution of all bonds ensued ;
IF your scholar do miss sometimes, chide not hastily; for that shall both dull his wit and discourage his diligence; but monish him gently, which shall make him both willing to amend and glad to go forward, in love and hope of learning.
If the child miss, either in forgetting a word, or in changing a good with a worse, or misordering the sentence, I would not have the master, either frown or chide with him, if the child have done his diligence, and used no truantship therein. For I know, by good, experience, that
Is-Squander'd in pursuit of idle sports
Now blame we most, the nurslings or the nurse?
à child shall take more profit of two faults gently warned of, than of four things rightly hit.
THERE are none in the world so wickedly inclined, but that a religious instruction and bringing up, may fashion anew and reform them; nor any so well disposed whom (the reins being let loose) the continual fellowship and familiarity, and the examples of dissolute men may not corrupt and deform. Vessels will ever retain a savour of their first liquor, it being equally difficult to cleanse the mind once corrupted, or to extinguish the sweet savour of virtue first received when the mind was yet tender, open, and easily seasoned.
SIR WALTER RALEGH,
A MIND well-tramed and loug exercised in virtue, doth not easily change any course it once undertakes, but upon well-grounded and wellweighed causes; for, being witness to itself of its own inward good, it finds nothing without it of so high a price for which it should be altered.
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.
METHINKS were not amiss for an Englishinan to give such a sentence between the Macedonians and Romans, as the Romans once did (being chosen arbitrators) between the Ardeates and Aricini, that strove about a piece of land, saying, that it belonged unto neither of them, but unto the Romans themselves.
If therefore it be deipanded, whether the Macedonian or the Roman were the best warrior ? I will answer, The Englishman; for it will soon appear to any that shall examine the noble acts of our nation in war, that they were performed by no advantage of weapon; against no savage or unmanly people; the enemy being far superior unto us in numbers, and all needful provisions, yea, as well trained as we, or commonly better, in the exercise of war.
In what sort Philip won his dominions in Greece ; what manner of men the Persians and Indians were, whom Alexander vanquished; as, likewise of what force the Macedonian phalanx was, and how well appointed against such arms as it commonly encountered ; any man that hath taken pains to read the story of them, doth sufficiently understand. . Yet was this phalanx never, or very seldom, able to stand against the Roman armies, which were embattled in so excellent a form, as I know not whether any nation besides them have used, either before or since. The Roman weapons. likewise, both offensive and defensive, were of greater use than those with which any other mation hath served, before the fiery instruments of Gunpowder were known. As for the enemies with which Romes had to do, we find that they which did over-match her in numbers, were as far over-matched i by her: in weapons, and that they of whom she had little advantage in arms, had as little advantage of her in multitude. This alsa (as Plutarch: well' observeth) was a part of her happiness, that she was never over-laid with two great wars-at once..
It is not my purpose to disgrace the Roman valour, which was very noble, or to blemish the reputation of so many famous victories;: I am not so idle. This I say, that among all their wars I find not'any wherein their valour hath appeared comparable to the English. If my judgment seem over-partial, our wars in France may help to make it good.
First, therefore, it is welb known that: Rome, or perhaps all the world besides;. had never any.so Brave a commander in war, as Julius Cæsar, and that no Roman army was comparable unto that which served under the same Cesar, Likewise, it is apparent, that this gallant army, which had given fáir proof of the Roman courage, in good performance of the Helvetian war, when it first