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Q. Whether doth it wax old or not? A. All Writers do agree, and one Age testifieth unto another, that it waxeth old as doth a Garment : And Experience itself finds, that in the Fruitfulness and Operation of Herbs, Plants, and Vegetables, the Defect and Decay thereof is daily seen ; and this lessening of the Operation and Vir, tue most sensibly perceived in the languishing Dolour of many incurable Diseases in these Times. Job xxxviii. 4. Where waft thou when I laid the Foundations of the Earth, declare, if thou haft Understanding ? Who hath laid the Measures thereof, if thou knowelt, or who hath stretched the Line upon it?
Q. Is the Life of a rich covetous Citizen, better than that of a rich country Farmer?
A. No; for it is better to be a Man among Beasts of the Field, than in the midst of a peopled City to be a Beast among Men. In the homely Village thou art more safe than in a fortified Caftle'; the Stings of Envy, or the Ballets of Treason are never shot through those thin Walls. Sound Health is drank out of the wooden Dish, when the golden Cup boils over with Poison. The country Cottage is neither battered down in Time of War, nor pestered with clamorous Suits in Time of Peace; the Fall of Cedars, that tumble from the Top of Kingdoms, and the Ruin of great Houses that bury Families in their overthrow, and the Noise of Shipwrecks, that beget even Shrieks in the Hearts of Cities, seldom send their Terrors there. The Countryman is thrice happy in this, that he plays not with his Wings in the golden Flames of the Court, nor putteth his foot in the busy throng of the City; but resting contented in Winter to fit by a Country Fire, and in Summer to lay his Head on the green Pillows of the Earth, where his Sleep is soft Slumbers, and his waking, pleasant as golden Dreams his highest Ambition is to get up to the Mountains,
where he thinks himself a petty King; the greatest Trees bow to do him Reverence, and the Willows that bend at every Blast he may count his Flatterers, and the Valleys humbled at his Feet, his Slaves ; no Prince keeps more skilful Musicians, the Birds are his Concerts, and their Instruments yield ten thousand several sorts of Tunes. As the Poet farther writeth,
If Heaven the grateful Liberty would give,
Nor should the Sons of Poverty repine,
choose, (For who would so much Satisfaction lose, As witty Nymphs in Conversation giver) Near some obliging modest Fair to live ; For there's that Sweetness in a Female Mind, Which, in a Man's, we never yet could find.
Law-Suits I'd fun with as much studious Care;
Happiness consilts not in Sovereignty, or Power, or in great Riches, but in a right Composure of your Affections, and in directing all your Actions according to right Reason. What are Riches? Riches are but Cyphers, it's the Mind that makes the Sum. What am I the better for a great Eftate if I am not content with it? for the Desire of having, will quickly take away all the Delights and Comforts in poflefling. Alexander upon his Imperial Throne, with a restless and an ambitious Mind, is in a worse Condition than Diogenes in his Tub. What are Crowns and Scepters but gulden Fetters and splendid Miferies, which if Men did but truly understand, there would be more King., doms than Kings to govern them ; look not on the Splendor of a Crown, but upon the many Cares which accompany it; fix not your Eyes on the Purple, but upon the Mind of the King, more sad and dark than the Purple itself: Look not at the Squadrons of his Guards, but at the Armies E
of his Molestations that disturb him.
When the Report came to Galiinus the Emperor, that Egypt was lost, what then said he? “ Cannot I live without the Flax of Egypt?"_And when he had Notice that a great Part of his Dominions in Asia were waited, what then said he ? “ Cannot I live without the “ Delicacies of Apa?" It is an excellent Thing for Christians to speak thus of their Losses, from a Principle of true Resignation and Dependance
Habakkuk 3. 17. 18. Verses. Alho' che Fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall Fruit be in the Vines, the Labour of the Olive Mall fail, and the Fields shall yield no Meat, the Flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no