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Kingdom of Naples, was taken prisoner by King Charles, and put to death in the flower of his youth; a little after (ultionem Conradini mortis, Pandulphus Collinutius Hist. Neap, lib. 5. calls it,) King Charles's own soone, with 200. Nobles was so taken prisoner, and beheaded in like sort. Not in this only, but in all other offences, quo quisq; peccat in eo punictur, * they shall be punished in the same kinde, in the same part, like nature, eye with or in the eye, head with or in the head, persecution with persecution, lust with effects of lust; let them march on with ensignes displayed, let drums beat on, trumpets sound Taratantarra, let them sack cities, take the spoil of countries, murder infants, deflour Virgins, destroy, burn, persecute, and tyrannize, they shall be fully rewarded at last in the same measure, they and theirs, and that to their desert.
«+ Ad generum Cereris sine cæde & sanguine pauci
Few Tyrants in their beds do die,
Oftentimes too a base contemptible fellow is the instrument of God's justice to punish, to torture and vex them, as an Ichne. mon doth a Crocodile. They shall be recompenced according to the works of their hands, as Haman was hanged on the gal. lowes he provided for Mordochy; “ They shall have sorrow of heart, and be destroyed from under the heaven,” Thre. 3. 64, 65, 66. Only be thou patient : i vincit qui patitur : and in the end thou shalt be crowned. Yea but 'tis a hard matter to do this, flesh and blood may not abide it; 'Tis grave, grave! no (Chrysostome replies) non est grave ó homo, 'tis not so grievous, “ I neither had God commanded it, if it had been si) difficult.” But how shall it be done? “ Easily,” as he followes it, w if thou shalt look to heaven, behold the beauty of it, and what God hath promised to such as put up injuries.” But if thou resist and go about viin vi repellere, as the custome of the world is, to right thy self, or hast given just cause of of'fence, 'tis no injury then but a condign punishment; thou hast deserved as much: ad te principium, in te recidit crimen quod à te fuit; peccasti, quiesce, as Ambrose expostulates with Cain. lib. 3. de Abel & Cain. * Dionysius of Syracuse, in his exile, was made to stand without dore, patienter ferendum, fortasse nos tale quid fecimus, quum in honore
* Wisd. 11. 6.' + Juvenal. i Apud Christianos non qui patitur, sed qui facit injuriam miser est. Leo ser. : Neq; præcepisset deus si grave suisset; sed qua ratione potero? facilè si ccelum suspexeris; & ejus pulchritudine, & quod pollicetur Deus, &c. Valer. lib. 4. cap. 1.
essemus, * Ep. Q. frat. + Camerarius emb, 75. cen. 2. Pape, inquit : mullun animal tam pusillum quod non cupiat ulcisci. Quod tibi fieri non vis, alteri ne feceris i 1. Pet. 2. Siquidem malorum proprium est inicrre damna, & bonorum pedisso qua est injuria. | Alciat. enib. | Naturain expellas íurca licet usq; recurret. By many indignities we come to dignities. . Tibi subjicito quæ fiunt aliis, furtum convitia, &c. Et in iis in te admissis non excandesces. Epictetus. It Plutarch. quinquagies Catoni dies dicta ab inimicis. Lib. 18.
tractoselves. bet ti mua spleegel warpethe Hulter's lapu
essemus, he wisely put it up, and laid the fault where it was, on his own pride and scor, which in his prosperity he had formerly shewed others. 'Tis * Tullie's axiome, ferre ea molestissimè homines non debent, que ipsorum culpá contracta sunt, self do, self have, as the saying is, they may thank themselves. For he that doth wrong inust look to be wronged again; habet & musca splenem, & fornice sua bilis inest, -The least fly hath a Spleen, and a little Bee a sting. + An
Asse overwhelmed a Thisselwarp's nest, the little Bird pecked his gaul'd back in revenge ; and the Humble-bee in the fable fung down the Eagle's eggs out of Jupiter's lap. Bracides in Plutarch put his hand into a Mouse nest, and hurt her young ones, she bit him by the finger: II see now (saith hej there is no creature so contemptible, that will not be revenged. Tis ler Talionis, and the nature of all things so to do: If thou wilt live quietly thy self, $do no wrong to others ; if any be done thee, put it up, with patience endure it, For.“ i this is thank worthy,” saith our Apostle, “if any man for conscience towards God endure grief, and suffer wrong undeserved: for what praise is it, if when he be buffeted for your faults, ye take it patiently? but if when you do well, ye suffer wrong, and take it paticntly, there is thanks with God; for hereunto verily we are called.” Qui mala non fert, ipse sibi testis est per impatientiam quòd bonus non est, He that cannot bear injuries witnesseth against himself that he is no good man, as *Gregory holds. “T'Tis the nature of wicked inen to do injuries, as it is the property of all honest inen patiently to bear them.” Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio. The Wolf in the || Emblein sucked the Goat, (so the shepheard would have it) but he kept nevertheless a Wolf's nature ; **a knave will be a knave. Injury is on the other side a good man's foot-boy, his fidus Achates, and as a lackey followes him wheresoever he goes. Besides misera est fortuna que curet inimico, he is in a miserable estate that wants enemiestt: it is a thing not to be avoided, and therefore with more patience to be endured. Cato Censorius, that upright Cato of whom Pa. terculus gives that honourable elogium, benè fecit quod aliter facere non potuit, was $150 times endited and accused by his fellow citizens, and as $ $ Ammianus well hath it, Quis erit in, nocens si clam vel palam accusasse suffciat? if it be sufficient to accuse a man openly or in privat, who shall be free ? If there were no other respect then that of Christianity, Religion, and the like, to induce men to be long-suffering and patient, yet me thinks the nature of injury it self is sufficient to keep them quiet, the tunults, uproars, miseries, discontents, anguish, losse, dangers that attend upon it might restrain the calamities of contention : for as it is with ordinary gamesters, the gains go to the box, so falls it out to such as contend ; the Lawyers get all; and therefore if they would consider of it, aliena pericula cautos, other men's inisfortunes in this kind, and common experience might detain them. . The more they contend, the more they are involved in a Labyrinth of woes, and the Catastrophe is to consume one another, like the Elephant and Dragon's conflict in Pliny *; the Dragon got under the Elephant's belly, and sucked his blood so long, till he fell down dead upon the Dragon, and killed him with the fall, so both were ruin'd. 'Tis an Hydra's head, contention; the more they strive, the more they may : and as Praxitiles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy face in it, brake it in pieces : but for that one, he saw many more as bad in a mnoment: for one injury done they provoke another cum fænore, and twenty enemies for one. Noli irritare crabrones, oppose not thy self to a multitude: but if thou hast received a wrong, wisely consider of it, and if thou canst possibly, compose thy self with patience to bear it. This is the safest course, and thou shalt find greatest ease to be quiet.
" I say the same of scoffs, slanders, contumelies, obloquies, defamations, detraction s, pasquilling libels, and the like, which may tend any way 10 our disgrace : 'tis but opinion: if we could neglect, contein, or with patience digest them, they would reflect on then that offered them at first. A wise citizen, I know not whence, had a scold to his wife: when she brawled, he plaid on his drum, and by that ineans madded her more, because she saw that he would not be moved. Diogenes in a crowd when one called him back, and told him how the boys laughed him to scorn, Ego, inquit, non rideor, took no notice of it. Socrates was brought upon the stage by Aristo. phanes, and misused to his face, but he laughed as if it concerned him not: andi as Ælian relates of him, whatsoever good or bad accident or fortune befel him, going in or coming out, Socrates still kept the same countenance: Even so should a
* Hoc scio pro certo quod si cum stercore certo, Vinco seu vincor, semper ego maculor. + Lib. 8. cap. 2. Obloquutus est, probrumq; tibi intulit quispiam, sive vera is dixerit, sive falsa, maximam tibi coronam texueris si mansuete convitiuin tuleris. Chrys, in 6. cap. ad Rom. ser. 10.
Christian do, as Hierom describes him, per infamiam & bonam famam grassari ad immortalitatem, march on through good and bad reports to immortality, not to be moved: for honesty is a sufficient reward, probitas sibi premium ; and in our times the sole recompence to do well, is, to do well : but naughtiness will punish it self at last, * Improbis ipsa nequitia supplicium, As the diverbe is,
" Qui benè fecerunt, illi sua facta sequentur;
Qui malè fecerunt, facta sequentur eos :"
But they that ill, shall suffer for that's past. Yea but I am ashamed, disgraced, dishonoured, degraded, exploded: my notorious crimes and villanies are come to light, (deprendi miserum est) my filthy lust, abominable oppression and avarice lies open, my good name's lost, my fortune's gone, I have been stigmatized, whipt at post, arraigned and condemned, I ain a common obloquy, I have lost my ears, odious, execrable, abhorred of God and men, Be content, 'tis but a nine dayes wonder, and as onc sorrow drives out another, one passion another, one cloud another, one ruinor is expelled by another ; every day almost, come new news unto our ears, as how the Sun was eclipsed, meteors seen i'th aire, monsters born, prodigies, how the Turks were overthrown in Persia, an Earth-quake in Helvetia, Calabria, Japan, or China, an in. undation in Holland, a great plague in Constantinople, a fire at Prage, a dearth in Germany, such a inan is made a Lord, a Bishop, another hanged, deposed, prest to death, for some murder, treason, rape, theft, oppression, all which we do hear at first with a kind of admiration, detestation, consternation, but by and by they are buried in silence: thy father's dead, thy brother rob’d, wife runs mad, neighbour hath kil'd him. selfe ; 'tis heavy, gastly, fearfull newes at first, in every inan's mouth, table talk; but after a while who speaks or thinks of it? It will be so with thee and thine offence, it will be forgotten in an instant, be it theft, rape, sodomy, murder, incest, treason, &c. thou art not the first offender, nor shalt not be the last, 'tis no wonder, every houre such malefactors are called in question, nothing so common,
“ Quocunq; in populo, quocunq; sub axe.” Comfort thy self, thou art not the sole man. If he that were guiltless himself should Aing the first stone at thee, and he alone
• Tullius epist. Dolabella, tu forti sis animo; & tua moderatio, constantia, morum infamet injuriam, * Boethius consol. lib. 4. pros. 3.
should should accuse thee that were faultless, how many executioners, how many accusers wouldst thou have? If every man's sinnes were written in his fore-head, and secret faults known, how many thousands would parallel, if not exceed thine offence? It may be the Judge that gave sentence, the Jury that condemned thee, the spectators that gazed on thee, deserved much more, and were farre more guilty than thou thyself. But it is thine infelicity to be taken, to be made a publike example of justice, to be a terror to the rest; yet should every man have his desert, thou wouldest peradventure be a Saint in comparison ; verat censura columbas, poor souls are punished; the great ones do twenty thousand times worse, and are not so much as spoken of.
“ * Non rete accipitri tenditur neq; milvio,
The net's not laid for kites or birds of prey,
But for the harmless still our gins we lay. Be not dismaid then, humanum est errare, we are all sinners, daily and hourely subject to temptations, the best of us is an hypocrite, a grievous offender in God's sight, Noah, Lot, David, Peter, &c. how many mortal sins do we commit? Shall I say, be penitent, ask forgiveness, and make amends by the sequel of thy life, for that foule offence thou hast committed ? recover thy credit by some noble exploit, as Themistocles did, for he was a most deboshed and vitious youth, sed juvente maculas preeclaris factis delevit, but made the World amends by brave exploits ; at last become a new man, and seek to be reformed. He that runs away in a battle, as Demosthenes said, may fight again; and he that hath a fall may stand as upright as ever he did before. Nemo desperet meliora lapsus, a wicked liver may be reclaimed, and prove an honest man; he that is odious in present, hissed out, an exile, may be received again with all men's favours, and singular applause; so Tully was in Rome, Alcibiades in Athens. Let thy disgrace then be what it will, quod fit, infectum non potest esse, that which is past cannot be recalled ; trouble not thy selfe, vexe and grieve thyself no more, be it obloquy, disgrace, &c. No better way, then to neglect, contemn, or seem not to regard it, to make no reckoning of it, Deesse robur arguit dicacitas; If thou be guiltless it concerns thee not:
“ + Irrita vaniloquæ quid curas spicula linguæ,
* Ter. Phor.
+ Camerar, emb. 61. cent. 3.