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diores asinis, ut è brutis planè natos dicas: no learning, no knowledg, no civility, scarce common sense, nought but barbarism amongst them, belluino more vivunt, neq; calceos gestant, neq; vestes, like rogues and vagabonds, they go barefooted and bare-legged, the soals of their feet being as hard as horse hoofs, as * Radzivilus observed at Damiata in Egypt, leading a laborious, miserable, wretched, unhappy life, “like beasts and juments, if not worse :” (for a + Spaniard in Incatan, sold three Indian boyes for a Cheese, and an hundred Ne. gro slaves for an horse) their discourse is scurrility, their summum bonum, a pot of Ale. There is not any slavery which these villains will not undergo, Inter illos pleriq; latrinas evacuant, alii culinariam curant, alii stabularios agunt, urinatores, & id genus similia exercent, &c. like those people that dwell in the *Alps, Chimney-sweepers, Jakes-fermers, Dirt-daubers, Vagrant rogues, they labour hard some, and yet cannot get clothes to put on, or bread to eat. For what can filthy poverty give else, but I beggery, fulsom nastiness, squalor, contempt, drudgery, labor, ugliness, hunger and thirst: pediculorum, & pulicum numerum? as Y he well followed it in Aristophanes, fleas and lice, pro pallio vestem laceram, & pro pulvinari lapidem benè magnum ad caput, rags for his rayment, and a stone for his pillow, pro cathedră, rupte caput urne, he sits in a broken pitcher, or on a block for a chair, & malue ramos pro panibus comedit, he drinks water, and lives on wort leaves, pulse, like a hogg, or scraps like a dog, ut nunc nobis vita afficitur, quis non putabit insaniam esse, infelicitatemq;? as Chremilus concludes his speech, as we poor men live now adayes, who will not take our life to be . infelicity, misery, and inadness?
If they be of little better condition than those base villains, hunger-starved beggars, wandring rogues, those ordinary slaves, and day-labouring drudges; yet they are commonly so preyed upon by - poling officers for breaking laws, by their tyrannizing Land-lords, so flead and fleeced by perpetuall bexactions, that though they do drudge, fare hard, and starve their Genius, they cannot live in some countries; but what they have is instantly taken from them, the very care they take to live, to be drudges, to maintain their poor families, their trouble and anxiety "takes away their sleep,” Sirac. 31. 1. it makes them weary of their lives: when they have taken all pains, done their utmost and honest endeavors, if they be cast behinde by sicknesse, or over-taken with years, no man pities them, hard-hearted and mercilesse, uncharitable as they are, they leave them so distressed, to beg, steal, murmur and drebell, or else starve. The feeling and feare of this miserie com. pelled those old Romanes, whom Menenius Agrippa pacified, to resist their governours: outlaws, and rebels in most places, to take up seditious armes, and in all ages hath caused uproares, murinurings, seditions, rebellions, thefts, murders, mutinies, jarres and contentions in every common-wealth: grudging, repining, complaining, discontent in each private fainily, because they want meanes to live according to their callings, bring up their children, it breakes their hearts, they cannot do as they would. No greater misery then for a Lord to have a Knight's living, a Gentleman a Yeoman's, not to be able to live as his birth and place requires. Poverty and want are generally corrosives to all kind of men, especially to such as have been in good and flourishing estate, are suddenly distressed, nobly born, liberally brought up, and by some disaster and casualty, miserably dejected. For the rest, as they have base fortunes, so have they base mindes correspondent, like Beetles, è stercore orti, è stercore victus, in stercore delicium, as they were obscurely born and bred, so they delight in obscenity; they are not so thoroughly touched with it.
* Peregrin. Hieros. • Nihil omnino meliorem vitam degunt, quam fcræ in silvis, jumenta in terris. Leo Aler, f. Bartholomeus a Casa. * Ortelius in Helvetia. Qui habitant in Cæsia valle nt plurimùm latomi, in Oscella valle cultrorü fabri fumarii, in Vigetia sordidum genus hominum, quod repurgandis caminis victum parat. | I write not this any ways to upbraid, or scoffe al, or misuse poor men, but rather to condole and pity them, by expressing, &c. y Chremilus Act. 4. Plaut.
2 Paupertas durum onus miseris mortalibus. - Vexat censura columbas. • Deux ace non possunt, & sixcinq. solvere nolunt : Omnibus est notum quater tre solverc totum. • Scandia, Africa, Lithania, A a 3
Angustas animas angusto in pectore versant.” Yea, that which is no small cause of their torments, if once they come to be in distress, they are forsaken of their fellows, most part neglected, and left unto themselves; as poor * Terence in Rome was by Scipio, Lælius, and Furius, his great and noble friends.
“ Nil Publius Scipio profuit, nil ei Lalius, nil Furius,
Horum ille operâ ne domum quidem habuit conductitiam." 'Tis generally so, Tempora si fuerint nubila, solus eris, he is left cold and comfortless, nullus ad amissas ibit amicus opes, all fee from him as from a rotten wall, now ready to fall
à Montaign, in his Essayes, speaks of certain Indians'in France, that being asked how they liked the country, wondred how a few rich men could keep so many poor 'men in subjection, that they did not cut their throats. . Augustas animas animoso in pectore versans, * Donatus vit. ejus.
on their heads. Prov. 19. 4. “ Poverty separates them from their neighbours.”
« * Dum fortuna favet, vultum servatis amici,
Cùm cecidit, turpi vertitis ora fuga."
But when she fled, a friend I could not see.
« h Quum cæpit quassata domus subsidere, partes
Thither comes all the weight by an instinct.
“ si miserum fortuna Sionem
* Prov. 19.7. though he be instant yet they will not. * Petronius. & Non est qui doleat vicem, ut Petrus Christum, jurant sc hominem non novisse. b Ovid. in Trist. i Horat. k Ter. Eunuchus act. 2. Quid quod materiam præbet causamque jocandi : Si toga sordida sit, Juv. Sat. 2.
m Hor. + In Phænis. " Odyss. 17. Idem. • Mantuan. Аа 4
he will betray his father, prince, and countrey, turn Turk, forsake Religion, abjure God and all, nulla tam horrenda proditio, quam illi lucri causa (saith - Leo Afer) perpetrare nolint. * Plato therefore cals poverty, “ theevish, sacrilegious, filthy, wicked and mischievous :” and well he might. For it makes many an upright man otherwise, had he not been in want, to take bribes, to be corrupt, to do against his conscience, to sell his tongue, heart, hand, &c. to be churlish, llard, unmerciful, uncivil, to use indirect means to help his present estate.
It makes Princes to exact upon their subjects, Great men tyrannize, Landlords oppress, Justice mercenary, Lawyers vultures, Physicians Harpyes, friends importunate, tradesmen lyars, honest men theeves, devout assacinates, great men to prostitute their wives, daughters and themselves, middle sort to repine, commons to mutiny, all to grudge, murmer and complain. A great temptation to all mischief, it compels some miserable wretches to counterfeit several diseases, to dismember, make themselves blinde, lame, to have a more plausible cause to beg, and lose their limbs to recover their present wants. Jodocus Damhoderius a Lawyer of Bruges, praxi rerum criminal. c. 112. hath some notable examples of such counterfeit Cranks, and every village almost will yeeld abundant testimonies amongst us; we have Dummerers, Ábra, ham men, &c. And that which is the extent of misery, it en, forceth them through anguish and wearisomness of their lives, to make away themselves: They had rather be hanged, drowned, &c. then to live without means,
"? In mare cætiferum, ne te premat aspera egestas,
Much better 'tis to break thy neck,
Or drowne thyself i'th' Sea,
Goe make thyself away. A Sybarite of old, as I finde it registred in tAthenæus, sup, ping in Phiditiis in Sparta, and observing their hard fare, said it was no inarvel if the Lacedæmonians were valiant men; “ for his part he would rather run upon a sword point (and so would any man in his wits) then live with such base diet, or lead so wretched a life." In Japonia 'tis a common thing to stifle their children if they be poor, or to make an abort, which
p De Africa lib. 1. cap. ult. * 4. de legibus. furacissima paupertas, sacrilega, turpis, flagitiosa, omnium malorum opifex. 1 Theognis. + Dipposophist lib. 12. Millies potius moriturum (si quis mente constarot) quan tam vilis & ærumnosi victus communionem haberc. Gasper Vilela Jesuita epist. Japon. lib.
Aristotle • Mat. Riccius expedit. in Sinas lib. 1. c. 3. *Vos Romani procreatos filios feris & canibus exponitis, nunc strangulatis vel in saxum eliditis, &c. + Cos. mog. 4. lib. cap. 22. vendum liberos victu carenies tanquá pecora interdum & seipsos; ut apud divites satureniur c bis. 'Vel honorum desperatione vel malorum perpessione fracti & fatigari, plures violentas manus sibi interunt.
Aristotle commends. In that civil commonwealth of China, * the mother strangles her childe, if she be not able to bring it up, and had rather lose, then sell it, or have it endure such misery as poor men do. Arnobius lib. 7. adversus gentes, * Lactantius lib. 5. cap. 9. objects as much to those ancient Greeks and Romans, " they did expose their children to wilde beasts, strangle, or knock out their brains against a stone, in such cases.” If we may give credit to + Munster, amongst us Christians in Lituania, they voluntarily mancipate, and sell themselves, their wives and children to rich men, to avoid hunger and beggery; ' many make away themselves in this extremity. Apicius the Roman, when he cast up his accounts, and found but 100000 Crownes left, murdered himself for fear he should be famished to death. P. Forestus in his medicinal observations, hath a memorable example, of two brothers of Lovain, that, being destitute of means, became both melancholy, and in a discontented humor massacred themselves. Another of a merchant, learned, wise otherwise and discreet, but out of a deep apprehension he had of a loss at Seas, would not be perswaded but as - Ventidius in the Poet, he should die a begger. In a word thus much I may conclude of poor men, that though they have good * parts, they cannot shew or make use of them: Ý ab inopià ad virtutem obsepta est via, 'tis hard for a poor man to z rise, haud facilè emergunt, quorum virtutibus obstat res angusta domi : “the wisdom of the poor is despised, and his words are not heard.” Eccles. 6. 19. his works are rejected, contemned, for the baseness and obscurity of the author, though laudable and good in themselves, they will not likely take.
“ Nulla placere diù, neque vivere carmina possunt,
Quæ scribuntur aquæ potoribus.”Poor men cannot please, their actions, counsels, consultations, projects, are vilified in the world's esteem, amittunt consilium in re, which Gnatho long since observed. I Sapiens crepidas sibi nunquam nec soleas fecit, a wise man never cobled shoes; as he said of old, but how doth he prove it? I am sure we finde it otherwise in our daies, a pruinosis horret facundia pannis, Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by
Hor. * Ingenio poteram superas volitare per arces : Ut me pluma levai, sic grave mergit onus. y Terent. 2 Hor. Sat. 3. lib, 1. | Paschalius • Pcyonius,