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Critical Apparatus3Some in their Discourse, desire rather Commendation of Wit, Critical Apparatus4in being able to hold all Arguments, then of Judgment, in Critical Apparatus5discerning what is True: As if it were a Praise, to know what Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus6might be Said, and not what should be Thought. Some have Editor’s Note7certaine Common Places, and Theames, wherein they are 8good, and want Variety: Which kinde of Poverty is for the Critical Apparatus9most part Tedious, and when it is once perceived, Ridiculous. Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus10The Honourablest Part of Talke, is to give the Occasion; And Critical Apparatus11againe to Moderate and passe to somewhat else; For then pg 104Critical Apparatus12a Man leads the Daunce. It is good, in Discourse, and Speech Critical Apparatus13of Conversation, to vary, and entermingle Speech, of the Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus14[2C2] present Occasion with Arguments; Tales with Rea-|sons; 15Asking of Questions, with telling of Opinions; and Jest with Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus16Earnest: For it is a dull Thing to Tire, and, as we say now, to Critical Apparatus17Jade, any Thing too farre. As for Jest, there be certaine Editor’s Note18Things, which ought to be priviledged from it; Namely Critical Apparatus19Religion, Matters of State, Great Persons, Any Mans present Critical Apparatus20Businesse of Importance, And any Case that deserveth Pitty. Critical Apparatus21Yet there be some, that thinke their Wits have been asleepe; 22Except they dart out somewhat, that is Piquant, and to the Editor’s Note23Quicke: That is a Vaine, which would be brideled;
Editor’s Note24Parce Puer stimulis, et fortiùs utere Loris.
Critical Apparatus25And generally, Men ought to finde the difference, between Editor’s Note26Saltnesse and Bitternesse. Certainly, he that hath a Satyricall 27vaine, as he maketh others afraid of his Wit, so he had need Editor’s Note28be afraid of others Memory. He that questioneth much, shall Critical Apparatus29learne much, and content much; But especially, if he apply Critical Apparatus30his Questions, to the Skill of the Persons, whom he asketh: | Critical Apparatus31[2C2V] For he shall give them occasion, to please themselves in Critical Apparatus32Speaking, and himselfe shall continually gather Knowledge. Critical Apparatus33But let his Questions, not be troublesome; For that is fit for 34a Poser. And let him be sure, to leave other Men their Turnes 35to speak. Nay, if there be any, that would raigne, and take up 36all the time, let him finde meanes to take them off, and to Editor’s Note37bring Others on; As Musicians use to doe, with those, that Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus38dance too long Galliards. If you dissemble sometimes your pg 10539knowledge, of that you are thought to know; you shall be Editor’s Note40thought another time, to know that, you know not. Speach Critical Apparatus41of a Mans Selfe ought to be seldome, and well chosen. I knew 42One, was wont to say, in Scorne; He must needs be a Wise 43Man, he speakes so much of Himselfe: And there is but one Critical Apparatus44Case, wherein a Man may Commend Himselfe, with good Critical Apparatus45Grace; And that is in commending Vertue in Another; Critical Apparatus46Especially, if it be such a Vertue, whereunto Himselfe Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus47pretendeth. Speech of Touch towards Others, should be spa-| Editor’s Note48ringly used: For Discourse ought to be as a Field, without [2C3] Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus49comming home to any Man. I knew two Noble-men, of the 50West Part of England; Whereof the one was given to Scoffe, 51but kept ever Royal Cheere in his House: The other, would 52aske of those, that had beene at the Others Table; Tell truely, 53was there never a Flout or drie Blow given; To which the 54Guest would answer; Such and such a Thing passed: The 55Lord would say; I thought he would marre a good Dinner. 56Discretion of Speech, is more then Eloquence; And to speak Critical Apparatus57agreeably to him, with whom we deale, is more then to 58speake in good Words, or in good Order. A good continued Critical Apparatus59Speech, without a good Speech of Interlocution, shews Critical Apparatus60Slownesse: And a Good Reply, or Second Speech, without Critical Apparatus61a good Setled Speech, sheweth Shallownesse and Weaknesse. Editor’s Note62As we see in Beasts, that those that are Weakest in the Course, Critical Apparatus63are yet Nimblest in the Turne: As it is betwixt the Grey-64hound, and the Hare. To use too many Circumstances, ere Critical Apparatus65one come to the Matter, is Wearisome; To use none at all, is 66Blunt. |
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