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day : as if he, who was never satisfied how many
volumes soever ho devoured, had looked upon


it as a kind of gluttony to eat that meal, the
time of eating which might, without prejudice
to heahh, have been better spent upon a
book. Porphyrin's wish, that he were able to
live without eating and drinking at all, that so
he might be wholly taken up with nobler things,
is surely the wish of thousands in the learned
world. Certain I am it was his ; and that if piety
would have suffered him, and they had not been
such friends, he would have fallen out with
God, for tying his soul to such a body as could
not subsist without (what he would often call
no better than time-consuming things) meat,
and drink, and sleep.

That this, his laborious studiousness, was as
delightful and pleasant to him as the highest
voluptuousness can be to the most sensual sot,
I conclude, not only from the constancy of it,
but from his charging matrimony, to which
afterward he became a subject, with no greater
tyranny than tlie necessity which it laid upon
him of being kinder sometimes unto himself
than he was wont to be in Oxford. For, being
married, an intimate friend of his, of the same
college, who had thoughts of changing his con-
dition, wrote to him, and in a jesting manner
desired of him an account of the inconveniences
of marriage ; to whom he returned this pleasant
but very signiricant answer : " Thou wouldest
know the inconveniences of a wife ; and I will
tell thee : first of all, whereas thou risest con-
stantly at four in the morning, or before, she
will keep thee till about six ; secondly, whereas


thou usest to study fourteen hours in the day ;
she will bring thee to eight or nine ; thirdly,
whereas thou art wont to forbear one meal a
day, at least, for thy studies ; she will bring
thee to thy meat. If these be not mischiefs
enough to affright thee, I know not what thou

Through his industry, with God's blessing
upon it, he exceedingly prospered in his stu-
dies, and quickly appeared a notable proficient.
He would often say that he chiefly affected ra-
tional learning, valuing skill in languages only
for the sake of things ; and those things most
which were of ail most likely to improve his
judgment. And the truth of his words was
sufficiently evident ; for all that knew him knew
him to be a good linguist, a smart disputant, and
an excellent philosopher. When he performed
any academical exercises, either in the hall or
in the schools, he seldom or never came off
without the applause, or at least approbation,
of all but the envious ; who also themselves,
even by their very detractions, in spite of their
teeth, commended him вАФ there being to the in
genuous no surer sign almost of his having
acquitted himself well, than that such as they
could not endure it should have been said so.

Certain I am his pregnant parts and early
accomplishments were so much taken notice of
in the college, that so soon almost as he was
bachelor of arts, he was even compelled to com-
mence a tutor ; and presently intrusted (to speak
within compass) with as great a number of pu-


pils as any in the house. Some of his scholars
were soon graduates in divinity, and singular
ornaments of that flourishing society ; (as Mr.
John Rosewell, B. D., Mr. Nicholas Horseman,
B. D., &LC. ;) others of them, who left the uni-
versity, have not gone without considerable pre-
ferments in the church ; as Mr. John Peachil,
lately lecturer at St. Clements Danes, without
Temple-bar ; ^Ix. Christopher Coward, Preben-
dary of Wells,

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