The Works, Volume 2

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Longman, 1859
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Page 598 - IT is certain that all bodies whatsoever, though they have no sense, yet they have perception: for when one body is applied to another, there is a kind of election to embrace that which is agreeable, and to exclude or expel that which is ingrate...
Page 334 - I have heard his lordship speak complainingly, that his lordship, who thinketh he deserveth to be an architect in this building, should be forced to be a workman, and a labourer, and to dig the clay, and burn the brick ; and, more than that, according to the hard condition of the Israelites at the latter end, to gather the straw and stubble, over all the fields, to burn the bricks withal. For he knoweth, that except he do it, nothing will be done : men are so set to despiso the means of their own...
Page 667 - Secondly, the same kind of ointment applied to the hurt itself worketh not the effect; but only applied to the weapon. Thirdly, (which I like well,) they do not observe the confecting of the ointment under any certain constellation; which commonly is the excuse of magical medicines when they fail, that they were not made under a fit figure of heaven.
Page 638 - ... they do that which they do not : and people are credulous in that point, and ready to impute accidents and natural operations to witchcraft. It is worthy the observing, that both in ancient and late times, as in the Thessalian witches, and the meetings of witches that have been recorded by so many late confessions, the great wonders which they tell, of carrying in the air, transforming themselves into other bodies, &c.
Page 664 - Turks: it is true that victory had a sympathy with his spirit; for it was merely his work to conclude that league. 1 It may be that revelation was divine: but what shall we say then to a number of examples amongst the Grecians and Romans ? where the people being in theatres at plays, have had news of victories and overthrows, some few days before any messenger could come. It is true that that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things...
Page 639 - ... are still reported to be wrought, not by incantations or ceremonies, but by ointments and anointing themselves all over. This may justly move a man to think that these fables are the effects of imagination...
Page 373 - The likeliest trial is by snow and ice ; for as snow and ice, especially being holpen and their cold activated by nitre or salt, •will turn water into ice, and that in a few hours ; so it may be, it will turn wood or stiff clay into stone, in longer time.
Page 572 - Experiment solitary touching the prognostics of hard winters. 737. IT is an observation amongst country people, that years of store of haws and hips do commonly portend cold winters ; and they ascribe it to God's providence, that, as the Scripture saith, reacheth even to the falling of a sparrow ; and much more is like to reach to the preservation of birds in such seasons.
Page 387 - ... after some dislikes; it agreeth also with the taste, which is soon glutted with that which is sweet alone. The sliding from the close or cadence, hath an agreement with the figure in rhetoric which they call prceter expectatum; for there is a pleasure even in being deceived.
Page 433 - ... 285. Let it be tried, for the help of the hearing, and I conceive it likely to succeed, to make an instrument like a tunnel; the narrow part whereof may be of the bigness of the hole of the ear; and the broader end much larger, like a bell at the skirts ; and the length half a foot or more. And let the narrow end of it be set close to the ear...

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