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Spot, as the Ensign of a Diadem : She drives away all other Serpents with her Hisling: She doth not roll up her self, as others do ; but bears her Body, upright: She burns Herbs, kills Fruit, and breaks Stones by her approaching near them.

Q. What is the swiftest Thing in the World?

A. One answered the Sun, because his Speed is such that in a Day he compasseth the whole Circuit of the Earth ; but another said, that Thought was swifter than that, and can travel the World in a Moment.

Q. What is the frongest of all things?

A. One answered, Woman ; another, Wine ; a third, a King : All these are very powerful; but Truth is the strongest of all things, and overcomes all things in the end. Read 1 Esdras iv.

Q. How many are the Properties of good Wine ?

A. As many as there are Senses in a Man's Body; for to every Sense good Wine ought to have a Relation. First, to the Sight, good Colour, Pureness and Clearnefs: Secondly, to the Hearing ; being poured forth, a sparkling, or fpeaking Noise: Thirdly, to the Tafte, good Relish: Fourthly, to the touching, Coldness, Fifthly, to the Smell, Sweetness.

Q. Who first brought that Use of pledging one another, being drank unto ? - A. This Cuftom took its Original at such Times as the Danes ruled in England, who used, when the Englijh drank, to słab them, or cut their Throats; to avoid whicb Villainy, the Party then drinking would request fome of the next Sitters, by to be his Surety, or Pledge, while he paid Nature her due, and hence have we our Custom of pledging one another, now grown a Complia ment among us.

Q. How many Sorts of Fafts are there in ure?
A. Six: l he fick Man's faft; the poor


Tart; the Miser's Fast; the Glutton's Faft; the
Hypocrite's Falt; the righteous Man's Falt.

Experience out of Observation says,
Six Sorts of People keep their Fasting Days.
Which, if you will in order have them shewn,
Then thus they are distinguish'd ev'ry one :
The fick Man falls, because he cannot eat ;
The poor Man falis, because he wanteth Meat;
The Mifer fasts, with greedy Mind to spare ;
The Glutton faits, to eat a greater Share ;
The Hypocrite, he fasts to seem more roly;
The righteous Man, to punish sinful Folly.

Q. What Place is that which is accounted the Middle, or Center of the Earth?

A. Some say Paieftine; but in particular, the Valley of Jehosaphat; of which Opinion are many of our ancient and modern Divines. Our Historians allot the same tə Pythia, a Town in Greece, of which they say, Jupiter desirous once to know the exact Middle of the Earth, let fly two Eagles, the one from the Last, and the other from the Welt; these Eagles, meeting in this Place, thewed plainly that it was the Navel, or mid Part of the Earth.

Q. How many Colours are there in the Rain. bow?

A. Various Colours ; but two especially most apparent, å watry and fiery Colour, which owo Colours express two Judgments ;. The one of. Water, in the Beginning of the World, and the other of Fire, in the End thereof.

Q. What Trees are most lasting?

A. Most Trees are very strong and durable to withstand the Violence of Wind and Weather: The Oak Tree increaseth an hundred Years, and decreaseth longer. Some Trees will last fix hundred Years: The Cedar and Box Tree are thought


to be of an everlasting Continuance ; after whose Exanıple one thus moralizeth, as no Fruit can be expected from chat Tree which doth not first bring forth Leaves and Blossoms ; so no Honour can accrew to that Age, that Youth doth not bud in Discipline and Labour.

Q. Why do young Men many Times say that they are younger than they are, and old Men, that they are older than they are ?

A. This doth Youth, that he may seem to preserve the Flower of Youth the longer: This doch Age, that he may gain more Reverence and Authority ; but either foolishly.

Q. Whom doth he resemble that draws his Precepts from ancient learned Men ?

A. He that cats old Grapes and drinks old Wine; for they whose Studies are more painful in Youth, their Pleasures are more perfect in Age ; for in the Fullness of Knowledge is the Sweetness of Life, and therefore, neither in Youth nor Age ought we to think ourselves either too old or too young to learn; but with the Resolution of a certain Father say:

Learning would I desire, and Knowledge crave,
Tho' I were half scpulchred in my Grave.

Q. How many, and what Creatures are they that live without Meat ?.

A. Four: The Camelion, by the Air; the Ant or Mole, by the Earth; the Sea-Herring, by Water ; the Salamander, by Fire. To which may be added, the Dormouse, which lives partly by Sleep.

Q. There are three Things memorable which, Spain boasts of, and what are they?'

A. First a Bridge, over which the Water flows, that is used to run under all other Bridges. Secondly, a City, that is encompass'd with Fire,

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which is called Madrid, by Reason of the Walls which are all of Flint. Thirdly, another Bridge, on which continually ten thousand Cattle are fed, under which the Water runs seven Miles under Ground : Besides a great Mountain of Salt, from which whatsoever is taken, it presently encreaseth to the same quantity again.

Q. What are thoie three Things which are very strange or rather miraculous, in the Country of - Scotland?

A. First the Lake of Mirton, part of which congeals, part not. Secondly, the Lake of Lenox, twentyfour Miles round, in which are thirty INands, one of which is driven to and fro in every Tempeft. Thirdly, the Deaf Stone, which is twelve Feet high, 33 Cubits thick, and is of this rare Quality, that a Musket shot of at one side, cannot be heard by a Man ftanding on the other.

Q. What did our Ancients hold to be the greateft Wonders in the World ?

A. The Pyramids of Egypt, built by the If raelites under the Opprefion of Pharoah, which were forty Cubits high, fifiy Cubits thick, and in Compass twelve German Miles; the Tower of Pharoab; the Walls of Babylon : the Colossus of the Sun at Rhodes; the Temple of Diana at Ephesus ; the Tomb of Mausolus, and others.

Q. What Stone, of all other, is of the greatest Wonder ?

A. The Flint Stone which contains Fire within, it is a wonderful Secret and Benefit to Man.

Q. What Stone is that will yield neither to the Fire nor Hammer ?

A. 'The Adainant; which, as our Naturalists observe, can be dissolved only in Goat's Blood : Yet St. Chryfoftom writeth, “ Tho' the Heart of as a Sioner, be more hard than an Adamant, yet " will the Blood of Christ mollify it.


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Q. There are three Things unhappy in the Law of the Lord, and what are they?

A. First, he that knoweth and teacheth not ; he that teacheth and doeth not; he that is ignorant and learneth not.

Q. What Language, according to the Conjectures of some Learned, shall we speak in the World to come?

A. Hebrew : A Language spoke by Christ himfelf in this world, and is molt facred and antient' of all, and was spoken by Adam and Eve, and was not changed at the Confufion of Babel,

Q. Where should a Man travel to learn the Lan. guages?

A. To Orleans for the French; to Florence for the Italian ; to Leipfick for the Dutch, and to Lon. don for the English.

Q. Three Things often move Debate among Friends, and what are they?

A. First to talk with him that is angry, to send him of an Errand that is weary, and to awake a Man out of his Sleep.

Q. Who were the most noted for early Parts?

A. Augustus Cæfar began at nineteen Years to manage Affairs ; Cofmo Medici, at the Age of seventeen,

him the Government;

Michael Angelo, when a Child, began to draw Figures ; ofeph Pious, Earl of Mirandola, at twenty-one Years of Age, defended nine hundred Conclusions againft all Öppofers : Shria Scaliger, at the Age of seventeen, took upon him the Government ; Oedipus Grotius, when eight Years old, made Verses, and Cowley at thirteen ; Calvin printed his Institutions at twenty-five Years old ; Sir Philip Sidney, Mr. Oughted, and many more of the English Nation.

Q. What is the greatest Wonder in the Art of Navigation ? A. The Needle of the Compass, which touched

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