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A wise son maketh a glad father:
BOOK OF GOOD DEVICES .
SIR HENRY SIDNEY TO HIS SON.
Hear the instruction of thy father.
ET your first action be the lifting up of
your mind to Almighty God, by hearty prayer;
and feelingly digest the words you speak in prayer, with continual meditation, and thinking of Him to whom you pray, and of the matter
for which you pray. And use this as an ordinary, and at an ordinary hour; whereby the time itself will put you in remembrance to do that which you are accustomed to do. In that time apply your study to such hours as your discreet master doth assign you, earnestly; and the time he will so limit, as shall be both sufficient for your learning and safe for your health. And mark the sense and the matter of that you read, as well as the words. So shall
So shall you both enrich your tongue with words, and your wit with matter; and judgment will grow as your years
Forsake not the law of thy mother.
But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Be temperate in all things.
If sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
groweth with you. Be humble and obedient to
Be courteous of gesture, and affable to all men,
It shall make you grateful in each company, and otherwise loathsome. Give yourself to be merry, for you degenerate from your father if you find not yourself most able in wit and body to do anything, when you be most merry: but let your mirth be ever void of all scurrility, and biting words to any man; for a wound given by a word is oftentimes harder to be cured than that which is given with the sword. Be you rather a hearer and bearer away of other men's talk, than a beginner or procurer of speech, otherwise you shall be counted to
Incline thine ear unto wisdom.
A blustering man is a coward.
The tongue is an unruly member.
Apply thine heart to understanding.
delight to hear yourself speak. If you hear a wise
Let never oath be heard to come out of your
Above all things, tell no untruth, no, not in trifles. The custom of it is naughty; and let it not satisfy you that, for a time, the hearers take it for a truth; for after, it will be known as it is to your shame ; for there cannot be a greater reproach to a gentleman than to be accounted a liar. Study and endeavour yourself to be virtuously occupied. So shall you make such an habit of well-doing in you, that you shall not know how to do evil, though you would.
SIR HENRY SIDNEY.
Trust in the Lord with all thy might.
All lies disgrace a gentleman.
The Lord giveth wisdom.
A wise man will hear and increase learning.
How poor ! how rich ! how abject ! how august!
The Lord is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
Remove thy feet from evil.
A good man is a common good.
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
OW much evil may be done by one wicked
slender abilities, becoming an indefatigable
instruments of cursed memory ply the intention of doing mischief at a strange rate, till they have undone a whole country ; yea, unto the undoing of more than three kingdoms. It is a melancholy consideration, and I may say, an astonishing one; you will hardly find one of a thousand who does half so much to serve God and Christ and his own soul, as you may see done by thousands to serve the devil. A horrible thing!
We read of a man "who deviseth mischief upon his bed; who setteth himself in a way that is not good.” Now, why should not we be as active, as frequent, as forward in devising good, and as full of exquisite contrivances ? Why should not we be as wise to do good as any are to do evil ? I am sure we have a better cause, and better reason for it. My friend—though perhaps thou art one who makest but a little figure in the world, "a brother of low degree,” yet behold a vast encouragement. A little man inay do a great deal of harm ; and, pray, why
A good name is the reward of goodness.
Strive to do good unto all men.