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sortiuntur. Talia opera Epistemides vocantur, id est scientiæ filiæ, quæ non alias in actum veniunt quam per scientiam et interpretationem meram, cum nihil obvii contineant. Inter hæc autem et obvia quot gradus numerari putas ? Tene (fili) et obsigna.

12. Postremo loco tibi consulo (fili) quod facto imprimis opus est, hoc est, ut mente illuminata et sobria interpretationem rerum divinarum et naturalium distinguas, neve has ullo modo inter se committi patiare. Satis erratum est in hoc genere. Nihil hic nisi per rerum inter se similitudines addiscitur. Quæ licet dissimillimæ videantur, premunt tamen similitudinem germanam interpreti notam. Deus autem sibi 1 tantum similis est absque tropo. Quare nullam ad ejus cognitionem hinc lucis sufficientiam expecta. Da fidei, quæ fidei sunt.

1 tibi in the original. – J. 8.

APHORISMI ET CONSILIA,

PREFACE

TO THE

APHORISMI ET CONSILIA.

The fragment which follows stands in Gruter's volume (in which it first appeared) immediately before the Sententiæ XII.; but there is evidently no connexion between the two, and I conclude that this was the later written from its nearer resemblance to the Novum Organum in those passages which occur in all three, and can be compared.

When it was written is another question, and one on which I can offer no opinion. A memorandum in the Commentarius Solutus, 26. July, 1608, — " The finishing of the Aphorisms, Clavis Interpretationis, and then setting forth of the book," — refers no doubt to some paper of the kind ; some early rudiment of the Novum Organum ; but it is impossible to say whether the Aphorisms alluded to are these or not. The note at the end, reliqua non erant perfecta, implying that the paper had been laid by in its unfinished state, makes the memorandum particularly applicable to them. The notes to this are Mr. Ellis's.

J. S.

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