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There is yet some good in public envy, whereas in private, there is none. Is it peace, Jehu,? There be three degrees of this hiding and veil- ing of a man's self.
Mahomet made the people believe that he would call an hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers, for the observers of his law. As Solomon saith, To re- spect persons is not good; for such a man will transgress for a piece of bread.
As for talkers and futile persons, they are commonly vain and credu- lous withal. It is well, when nobles are not too great for sovereignty nor for justice; and yet maintained in that height, as the insolency of inferiors may be broken upon them, before it come on too fast upon the majesty of kings. A man shall see, where there is a house full of children, one or two of the eldest respected, and the youngest made wantons; but in the midst, some that are as it were forgotten, who many times, nevertheless, prove the best. For there be that in their nature do not affect the good of others. It is a strange thing, to note the excess of this passion, and how it braves the nature, and value of things, by this; that the speaking in a perpetual hyperbole, is comely in nothing but in love. The third and greatest is, that it depriveth a man of one of the most principal in- struments for action; which is trust and belief. For soldiers, I find the generals commonly in their hortatives, put men in mind of their wives and children; and I think the despising of marriage amongst the Turks, maketh the vulgar soldier more base.
This is a thing may seem to many a matter trivial, and done already. For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt.
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And there- fore, whensoever it cometh to that pass, that one saith, Ecce in deserto, another saith, Ecce in pene- tralibus; that is, when some men seek Christ, in the conventicles of heretics, and others, in an outward face of a church, that voice had need continually to sound in men's ears, Nolite exire, - Go not out. The first creature of God, in the works of the days, was the light of the sense; the last, was the light of reason; and his sabbath work ever since, is the illumination of his Spirit. The same is the case of men, that rise after ca- lamities and misfortunes. I understand a fit head, to be one that hath greatness and reputation; that hath confidence with the discontented party, and upon whom they turn their eyes; and that is thought discontented, in his own particular: which kind of persons, are either to be won, and reconciled to the state, and that in a fast and true manner; or to be fronted with some other, of the same party, that may oppose them, and so divide the reputation. For it is the solecism of power, to think to command the end, and yet not to endure the mean. Besides, in great oppressions, the same things that provoke the patience, do withal mate the courage; but in fears it is not so. But if a man be thought secret, it inviteth discovery; as the more close air sucketh in the more open; and as in con- fession, the revealing is not for worldly use, but for the ease of a man's heart, so secret men come to the knowledge of many things in that kind; while men rather discharge their minds, than impart their minds. And again, when Mucianus encourageth Vespasian, to take arms against Vitel- lius, he saith, We rise not against the piercing judgment of Augustus, nor the extreme caution or closeness of Tiberius. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum, to call up all that are against them. For utility is their bond, and not respects. For there was never proud man thought so absurdly well of him- self, as the lover doth of the person loved; and therefore it was well said, That it is impossible to love, and to be wise. For these winding and crooked courses are the goings of the serpent; which goeth basely upon the belly, and not upon the feet.
Virgil, giving the pedigree of Fame, saith, she was sister to the Giants: Illam Terra parens, ira irritata deorum, Extremam ut perhibent Coeo Enceladoque sororem Progenuit. For while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them, confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity.
For good thoughts though God accept them yet, towards men, are little better than good dreams, except they be put in act; and that cannot be, without power and place, as the vantage, and commanding ground. For indeed, every sect of them, hath a diverse pos- ture, or cringe by themselves, which cannot but move derision in worldlings, and depraved politics, who are apt to contemn holy things.
Persons of noble blood, are less envied in their rising.
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Above all, those are most subject to envy, which carry the greatness of their fortunes, in an insolent and proud manner; being never well, but while they are showing how great they are, either by outward pomp, or by triumphing over all opposi- tion or competition; whereas wise men will rather do sacrifice to envy, in suffering themselves some- times of purpose to be crossed, and overborne in things that do not much concern them. Never was there such a state for magnanimity as Rome. The parts and signs of goodness, are many. Concerning those that are more or less subject to envy: First, persons of eminent virtue, when they are advanced, are less envied. For it seemeth but right done to their birth. Mahomet made the people believe that he would call an hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers, for the observers of his law. And after a time, set before thee thine own example; and examine thyself strictly, whether thou didst not best at first. For their fortune seemeth, but due unto them; and no man envieth the payment of a debt, but rewards and liberality rather. And certain it is, that nothing destroyeth authority so much, as the unequal and untimely interchange of power pressed too far, and relaxed too much. The first creature of God, in the works of the days, was the light of the sense; the last, was the light of reason; and his sabbath work ever since, is the illumination of his Spirit. And let men beware, how they neglect and suffer matter of trouble to be prepared for no man can forbid the spark, nor tell whence it may come. For you may imagine, what kind of faith theirs was, when the chief doctors, and fathers of their church, were the poets.
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