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Amp. There are no finer fellows under the sunne, nor experter in their noble science of barbing than they be. And therefore in the fulnes of their overflowing knowledge (oh, ingenious heads, and worthie to be dignified with the diademe of follie and vain curiositie) they have invented such strange fashions and monstrous maners of cuttings, trimmings, shavings, and washings, that you would wonder to see. They have one maner of cut, called the French cut, another the Spanish cut; one the Dutch cut, another the Italian; one the newe cut, another the old; one of the bravado fashion, another of the meane fashion ; one a gentleman's cut, another the common cut; one out of the court, another of the country, with infinite the like vanities which I overpasse. They have also other kinds of cuts innumerable, and therefore when you come to be trained, they will aske you whether you will be cut to look terrible to your enimie, or aimiable to your friend, grime and sterne in countenance, or pleasant and demure (for they have divers kinds of cuts, for all these purposes, or els they lie.) Then when they have done all their feats, it is a world to consider, how their mowchatowes must be preserved and laid out, and from one cheke to another, yea almost from one ear to another, and turned up like two hornes towards the forehead. Besides that, when they come to the cutting of the haire, what snipping and snapping of the cycers is there, what tricking and triming, what rubbing, what scratching, what combing and clawing, what tricking and toyling, and all to tawe out money you may be sure. And when they come to washing, oh how gingerly they behave themselves therein. For then shall your mouth be bossed with the lather or fome that riseth off the balles (for they have their sweet balles wherewithall they use to washe) your eyes closed must be anointed therewith also. Then snap go the fingers ful bravely, God wot. Thus this tragedy ended, comes me warme clothes to wipe and dry him withall, next the eares must be picked and closed again artificially forsooth. The haire of the nostrils cut away, and every thing done in order comely to behold. The last act in this tragedie is the payment of monie. And least these cunning barbers might seeme unconscionable in asking much for their paines, they are of such a shamefast modestie, as they will aske nothing at all, but standing to the curtisie and liberalitie of the giver, they will receive all that comes how much soever it be, not giving anie againe I warrant you : for take a barber with that fault and strike off his head. No, no, such fellowes are Rare aves in terris, nigrisque similimæ cygnis, Rare birds on the earth, and as geason as blacke swans. You shall have also your orient perfumes for your nose, your fragrant waters for your face, wherewith you shall all to besprinkled : your musicke again and pleasant harmonie shall sound in your eares, and all to tickle the same with vain delight. And in the end your cloke shall be brushed, and God be with you, gentleman.”

The faculty are very roughly handled: the physicians and surgeons are accused of keeping the rich ill, and of killing the poor out of the way, and the apothecaries of the adulteration and substitution of drugs. The number of ignorant quacks and quacking old women is lamented, and it is proposed that none such be allowed to prescribe or poison, except gratis ; and that all candidates for the profession be examined touching their skill, “ as also for godliness, christian zeale, pure religion, compassion and love to their brethren”-qualifications, we are afraid, not considered quite indispensable in the College of Surgeons. Our author has sense enough to despise the astronomers, prognosticators, and almanack-makers, with their trumpery science, which he declares “ standeth upon nothing else but mere conjectures, supposals, likelihoods, guesses, probabilities, observations of times and seasons, conjunctions of signes, starres and planets, with their aspects and occurants and the like; and not upon anie certaine ground, knowledge, or truth, either of the word of God or of natural reason.” Having almost exhausted the high crimes and misdemeanours of the laiety, our anatomist enters upon the “ Corruption and Abuses of the Spiritualitie,” to which he devotes a considerable portion of his Second Part. As we have no wish to follow him in his discussion of the evil of pluralities and non-residence, or of the difference between a reading and a preaching ministry, we shall here take our leave of Philip Stubbes, with a feeling of gratitude for the information and amusement he has afforded us, and of respect for the perseverance and hardihood with which he stood forth to combat the real and supposed enormities of the age.

ART. IX. Franc. Baconis de Verulamio Summi Anglia Cancellarii Novum Organum Scientiarum.

Multi pertransibunt et augebitur scientia. · Lugd. Bat. 1645. pp. 457.

The most valuable, but the most neglected, of Lord Bacon's works, is the Novum Organum.

His Essays upon subjects of such general interest as Friendship, Love, Marriage, Parent and Child, Goodness and Goodness of Nature, Adversity and Prosperity, full of thought from his philosophic mind, and of beauty from his sweet fancy, have been, as he predicted, the most current of all his works: “they come home,” he says, “ to 'men's business and bosoms, and, like the late new half-pence, the pieces are small and the silver is good.”—When we read in his Essay on Adversity, that

“ The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New, which carrieth the greater benediction and the clearer revelation of God's favour. Yet even in the Old Testament, if you listen to David's harp, you shall hear as many herselike airs as carols; and the pencil of the Holy Ghost hath laboured more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. We see in needle-works and embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work upon a lightsome ground ; judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart by the pleasure of the eye. Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant where they are incensed or crushed : for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.'

And when we read, in his essay on Goodness and Goodness of Nature, that

“ The parts and signs of goodness are many. If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shews he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. If he be compassionate towards the afflictions of others, it shews that his heart is like the noble tree that is wounded itself when it gives the balm. If he easily pardons and remits offences, it shews that his mind is planted above injuries, so that he cannot be shot. If he be thankful for small benefits, it shews that he weighs men's minds, and not their trash.”

When we read such interesting subjects so beautifully treated, we are not astonished at his prediction, that his essays “ would last as long as books last.The whole, indeed, of this little volume may be described in the words of Ben Jonson, who, when speaking of Bacon's eloquence in parliament, says, “ No man ever spake more neatly, more pressly, more weightily, or suffered less emptiness, less idlenesse in what he uttered. My conceit of his person was never increased toward him by his place or honours : but I have and do reverence him, for the greatness that was only proper to himself, in that he seemed to me ever, by his works, one of the greatest men and most worthy of admiration, that had been in many ages. In his adversity, I ever prayed that God would give him strength, for greatness he could not want. Neither could I condole in a word or syllable for him, as knowing no accident could do harm to virtue, but rather help to make it manifest.”

The Advancement of Learning was, as Bacon well knew, likely to possess a temporary ascendancy over his more abstruse works. Within its outline is included the whole of science. After having examined all the objections to learning; all the advantages of learning; the places of learning, or universities; the books of learning, or libraries ; the shrines where all the relicks of the antient saints, without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed; after having thus cleared the way, and, as it were, made silence to have the true nature of learning better heard and understood, he investigates all knowledge relating to the Memory, or every species of

1. Natural History 2. Civil

(3, Ecclesiastical; and to the Imagination, or every species of

1. Narrative Poetry 2. Representative

( 3. Parabolical ; of which he says:

“Being as a plant that cometh of the lust of the earth, without a formal seed, it hath sprung up and spread abroad more than any other kind: but to ascribe unto it that which is due, for the expression of affections, passions, corruptions, and customs, we are beholden to poets more than to the philosophers' works : and for wit and eloquence, not much less than to orators' harangues. But it is not good to stay too long in the theatre. Let us now pass to the judicial place or palace of the mind, which we are to approach with more reverence and attention.”

He then proceeds to all knowledge relating to the understanding or philosophy, and having classed every species of natural philosophy, he thus arranges human philosophy, or the knowledge of man ; which we select, because, being more easily detached, it affords a specimen by which his analysis may be most conspicuously exhibited.

MAN.

1. AS AN INDIVIDUAL.

11. Of the Person of Man..

11. HUMAN DEPRAVITIES. 11. Of the undivided

12. HUMAN EXCELLENCIES.. State of Man.

(1. THE ACTION OF THE BODY ON THE MIND.

11. The Doctrine of Impression. 2. (2. Of the League between Body and Mind. {

ression. 2. THE ACTION OF THE MIND ON THE BODY.

I. PHYSIOGNOMY. 12. The Doctrine of Disclosure. 2. THE EXPOSITION OF DREAMS.

11. THE PRESERVATION OF HEALTH.
11. Health.

12. THE CURE OF DISEASES.
(1. THE BODY.

(3. THE PROLONGATION OF LIFE.

2. Strength.
12. Of the divided State of Man.

3. Beauty.
1 4. Pleasure.

( 1. INVENTION

si. Literate Experience.

*12. NOVUM ORGANUM.
(1. OF THE UNDERSTANDING. { 2. JUDGMENT.
(2. THE MIND.

3. MEMORY.

11. The Knowledge of the helps of Memory.
12. The Knowledge of Memory itself.

{ 1. Literary.
4. TRA

12. Philosophical.
2. Eloquence.

fl. THE ART CRITICAL. 3.Appendices. 2. THE ART OF IN

STRUCTION.

2. MAN IN SOCIETY.

(1. Private Good. (2. OF THE WILL. 4. THE J 1. THE IMAGE OF GOOD.

2. Public Good.

(2. THE CULTURE OF THE MIND. (1. THE ART OF CONVERSATION.

2. THE ART OF NEGOTIATION. The Art of Advancement in Life. (3. THE ART OF GOVERNMENT. {Of universal Justice.

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