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I cannot bring my mind, Great as my haste to see the festival Certainly is, to leave you, Sir, without Just saying some three or four hundred words. How is it possible that on a day Of such festivity, you can bring your mind To come forth to a solitary country With three or four old books, and turn your back On all this mirth ?
My master 's in the right; There is not anything more tiresome Than a procession day, with troops of men, , And dances, and all that.
From first to last, Clarin, you are a temporizing flatterer; You praise not what you feel, but what he does ;Toadeater!
You lie-under a mistake-
Enough, you foolish fellows, Puffed up with your own doting ignorance, You always take the two sides of one question. Now go, and as I said, return for me When night falls, veiling in its shadows wide This glorious fabric of the universe.
How happens it, although you can maintain
The folly of enjoying festivals,
Nay, the consequence Is clear :-who ever did what he advises Others do?
Would that my feet were wings, So would I fly to Livia.
To speak truth, Livia is she who has surprised my heart; But he is more than half way there.—Soho ! Livia, I come; good sport, Livia, soho!
Now since I am alone, let me examine
It is a hidden truth
Enter the Devil, as a fine Gentleman.
Search even as thou wilt, But thou shalt never find what I can hide.
What noise is that among the boughs ? Who moves ? What art thou ?
'Tis a foreign gentleman.
business Of some importance, but wrapt up in cares (Who is exempt from this inheritance ?) I parted from my company, and lost My way, and lost my servants and my comrades.
'Tis singular, that, even within the sight
And such is ignorance! Even in the sight
my part, I feel
Studied much ?
No ;-and yet I know enough Not to be wholly ignorant.
Pray, Sir, What science may you
Much pains must we expend on one alone,
And with truth. For, in the country whence I come, sciences Require no learning,—they are known.
It is so true that I Had so much arrogance as to oppose The chair of the most high Professorship, And obtained many votes, and though I lost, The attempt was still more glorious than the failure Could be dishonourable: if you
believe not, Let us refer it to dispute respecting That which you know best, and although I
Know not the opinion you maintain, and though It be the true one, I will take the contrary.
The offer gives me pleasure. I am now
It is a passage, if I recollect it right, couched in these words: “God is one supreme goodness, one pure essence, One substance, and one sense, all sight, all hands."
What difficulty find you here?
I do not recognize among the Gods
The wisdom Of the old world masked with the names of Gods The attributes of Nature and of Man ; A sort of popular philosophy.