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tion; I have two geldings in my stable, and I have “ divers times business of importance, and still I send “ forth one of my geldings, and not the other; would

you not think I set him aside for a jade ?” “ No, “my lord,” said Bromley, “ I would think you spared him for your own saddle.”

53. Alonso Cartilio was informed by his steward of the greatness of his expence, being such as he could not hold out with. The bishop asked him wherein it chiefly arose ? His steward told him, in the multitude of his servants. The bishop bad him make a note of those that were necessary, and those that mought be spared. Which he did. And the bishop taking occasion to read it before most of his servants, said to his steward, Well, “ let these remain because I need them; and these “ other also because they have need of me.”

54. Queen Elizabeth was wont to say, upon the commission of sales, “ That the commissioners used " her like strawberry wives, that laid two or three

great strawberries at the mouth of their pot, and “ all the rest were little ones; so they made her two

or three good prizes of the first particulars, but “ fell straightways."

55. Queen Elizabeth was wont to say of her instructions to great officers, " That they were like “ to garments, strait at the first putting on, but did by and by wear loose enough.” 56. Mr. Marbury the preacher would say,

“ that “ God was fain to do with wicked men, as men “ do with frisking jades in a pasture, that cannot

“ take them up, till they get them at a gate. So “ wicked men will not be taken up till the hour of « death."

57. Thales, as he looked upon the stars, fell into the water ; whereupon it was after said, “ that

if he had looked into the water he might have seen the stars, but looking up to the stars he could not see the water.”

58. The book of deposing king Richard the Second, and the coming in of Henry the Fourth, supposed to be written by doctor Hayward, who was committed to the Tower for it, had much incensed queen Elizabeth ; and she asked Mr. Bacon, being then of her learned counsel, “ Whether there were

any treason contained in it ?” Mr. Bacon intending to do him a pleasure, and to take off the queen's bitterness with a merry conceit, answered, “ No, madam, “ for treason I cannot deliver opinion that there is any, but very

much felony.” The queen, apprehending it gladly, asked, “ How? and wherein ?”

? ” Mr. Bacon answered, “ Because he had stolen many “ of his sentences and conceits out of Cornelius « Tacitus.”

59. Mr. Popham, when he was speaker, and the lower house had sat Jong, and done in effect nothing ; coming one day to queen Elizabeth, she said to him ; “ Now, Mr. Speaker, what hath passed in the « lower house ?" He answered, “ If it please your “majesty, seven weeks.”

60. Pope Sixtus the Fifth, who was a poor man's son, and his father's house ill thatched, so that the sun came in in many places, would sport with his ignobility, and

say, “ he was 'nato di casa illustre : son of an illustrious house."

61. When the king of Spain conquered Portugal, he gave special charge to his lieutenant, that the soldiers should not spoil, lest he should alienate the hearts of the people: the army also suffered much scarcity of victual. Whereupon the Spanish soldiers would afterwards say, “ that they had won the king "a kingdom, as the kingdom of heaven used to be “ won: by fasting and abstaining from that that “ is another man's."

62. Cicero married his daughter to Dolabella that held Cæsar's party : Pompey had married Julia, that was Cæsar's daughter. After, when Cæsar and Pompey took arms one against the other, and Pompey had passed the seas, and Cæsar possessed Italy, Cicero stayed somewhat long in Italy, but at last sailed over to join with Pompey; who when he came unto him, Pompey said, “ You are welcome, but “ where left you your son-in-law ?" Cicero answered, “ With your father-in-law.”

63. Nero was wont to say of his master Seneca, “ That his stile was like mortar of sand without lime.

64. Sir Henry Wotton used to say, “ That cri“ tics are like brushers of noblemens clothes."

65. Queen Elizabeth being to resolve upon a great officer, and being by some, that canvassed for others, put in some doubt of that person whom she meant to advance, called for Mr. Bacon, and told him, “ She was like one with a lanthorn seeking a


man;" and seemed unsatisfied in the choice she had of men for that place. Mr. Bacon answered

« That he had heard that in old time there was “ usually painted on the church walls the day of “ doom, and God sitting in judgement, and St. “ Michael by him with a pair of balances; and the “ soul and the good deeds in the one balance, and “ the faults and the evil deeds in the other: and the “soul's balance went up far too light. Then was “our lady painted with a great pair of beads, who " cast them into the light balance, and brought down " the scale : so, he said, place and authority, which

were in her hands to give, were like our lady's “ beads, which though men, through divers im

perfections, were too light before, yet when they “ were cast in, made weight competent."

66. Mr. Savil was asked by my lord of Essex his opinion touching poets? Who answered my lord; “ that he thought them the best writers, next “ to those that writ prose.”

67. Mr. Mason of Trinity college, sent his pupil to another of the fellows, to borrow a book of him, who told him, “ I am loth to lend my

books out “of my chamber, but if it please thy tutor to come “ and read upon it in my chamber, he shall as long as " he will." It was winter, and some days after the same fellow sent to Mr. Mason to borrow his bellows; but Mr. Mason said to his pupil, “ I am loth to lend

my bellows out of my chamber, but if thy tutor “ would come and blow the fire in my chamber, he “ shall as long as he will.”

68. Nero did cut a youth, as if he would have transformed him into a woman, and called him wife : there was a senator of Rome that said secretly to his friend, " It was pity Nero's father had not such “a wife.”

69. Galba succeeded Nero, and his age being much despised, there was much licence and confusion in Rome; whereupon a senator said in full senate, “ It were better live where nothing is lawful, “ than where all things are lawful.”

70. In Flanders by accident a Flemish tiler fell from the top of a honse upon a Spaniard, and killed him, though he escaped himself; the next of the blood prosecuted his death with great violence, and when he was offered pecuniary recompence, nothing would serve him but “ lex talionis ;" whereupon the judge said to him, “ that if he did urge that kind of “sentence, it must be, that he should go up to the top “ of the house, and then fall down upon the tiler.”

71. Queen Elizabeth was dilatory enough in suits, of her own nature; and the lord treasurer Burleigh, to feed her humour, would say to her, “Madam, you “ do well to let suitors stay; for I shall tell you, 'bis “dat, qui cito dat: if you grant them speedily, they will come again the sooner.”

72. They feigned a tale of Sixtus Quintus, that after his death he went to hell, and the porter of hell said to him, “ You have some reason to offer yourself “ to this place; but yet I have order not to receive

you : you have a place of your own, purgatory; you may go thither.' So he went away, and sought

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