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gument of the
Lying an Ar
odious Colours, when he says, “That it is to
' manifest a Contempt of God, and withal a Contempt of Fear of Man.' , It is not possible more coGod.
piously to represent the Horror, Baseness, and Irregularity of it ; for, what can be imagined more vile, than a Man, who is a Coward towards Man, fo courageous as to defy his Maker ? Our Intelligence being by no other Canal to be conveyed to one another but by Words, he who falsifies them betrays public Society : 'Tis the only Tube through which we communicate our Thoughts and Wills to one another ; 'tis the Interpreter of the Soul, and, if it fails us, we no longer know, nor have any farther Tie upon one another : If that deceive us, it breaks all our Correspondence, and diffolves all the Bands of our Government. Certain Nations of the new. discovered Indies (no Matter for naming them, since they are no more ; for, by a wonderful and unheard-of Example, the Desolation of that Conquest extended to the utier Abolition of Names, and the ancient Knowledge of Places) offered to their Gods human Blood, but only < such as was drawn from the Tongue and Ears, to at• tone for the Sin of Lying, as well heard as pronounced.' The good Fellow of Greece " was wont to say, · That • Children were amused with Rattles, and Men with • Words.' As to the various Usages of our giving the Lye, and
the Laws of Honour in that Case, and the The Greeks
Alterations they have received, I shall refer mest fo delicate saying what I know of them to another Time, in the Article of and shall learn, if I can, in the mean while, Lying, as we
at what Time the Custom took Beginning,
of so exactly weighing and measuring Words, and of engaging our Honour to them; for it is easy to judge, that it was not anciently amongst the Greeks and Romans ; and I have often thought it strange to see them rail at, and give one another the Lye, without any farther Quarrel : The Laws of their Duty Iteered some other Course than ours. Cæfar is sometimes called Thief, and foinetiines Drunkard, to his Teeth. We see the Liberty
of * Lysander, in Plutarch's Life of him, c. 4.
of Invectives, which they practised upon one another, I mean the greatest Chiefs of War of both Nations, where Words were only revenged with Words, without any other Consequence.
CHA P. XIX.
Of Liberty of CONSCIENCE.
IS usual to fee good Intentions, if pursued with
out Moderation, push Men on to ve- Religious Zeal ry vicious Effects. In this Dispute, which often extravahas now engaged France in a Civil War, the gant, and conbest and the foundest Cause, no Doubt, is sequently unjuft. that which maintains the ancient Religion and Government of the Kingdom. Nevertheless, amongst the good Men of that Party (for I do not speak of those that make a Pretence of it, either to execute their own particular Revenge, or to gratify their Avarice, or to court the Favour of Princes; but of those who engage in the Quarrel out of true Zeal to Religion, and a pious Affection to maintain the Peace and Government of their Country) of these, I say, we see many whom Passion transports beyond the Bounds of Reason, and sometimes inspires with Counfels that are unjust and violent, and also rash. · It is true, that, in thofe primitive Times, when our Religion began to gain Authority with the
Tbis Zeal, in Laws, Zeal armed many against all Sorts of Pagan Books, by which the Learned fuffered Christians, an exceeding great Lofs; which, I conceive, when they bedid more Prejudice to Letters, than all the came Masters, Flames kindled by the Barbarians. Of this
to destroy Pagan
Books Cornelius Tacitus is a very good Witness ; for though the Emperor Tacitus, his Kinsman, had, by express Order, furnished all the Libraries in the World with his Book, nevertheless, one intire Copy could not escape the curious Search of those who desired to abolish it, for 3
only five or fix idle Clauses in it, that were contrary to And to praise
They were also very ready to lend undue bad Emperors, Praises to all the Emperors who did any avbo favoured Thing for us, and universally to condemn Chriftianity, all the Actions of those who were our Adand to blame
versaries, as is evidently manifest in the EmJulian, and oibers, who op- peror Julian, surnamed the Apoftate ; who posed it.
was, in Truth, a very great and rare Man, a The Charakter Man in whose Soul that Philosophy was imof the Emperor printed in lively Characters, by which he Julian the A- professed to govern all his Actions ; and, in poftate.
Truth, there is no sort of Virtue, of which he has not left behind him very notable Examples. In His Chastity. Chastity (of which the whole Course of his
Life has given manifest Proof) we read the like of him, as was said of Alexander and Scipio ', that, being in the Flower of his Age (for he was Nain by the Parthians at one and thirty) of a great many very beau. tiful Captives, he would not touch, nor so much as look upon one.
As to his Justice P, he took himself the Pains to hear the Parties, and although he would, out of Curiosity, enquire what Religion they were of, nevertheless the Hatred he had to ours, never turned the Balance. He made several good Laws, and cut off a great Part of the Subsidies and Taxes levied by his Predeceffors ! We have two good Historians, who were Eye-witnesses
of his Actions ; one of whom, Marcellinus, Julian blamed by two Hifto
in several Places of his History, sharply rerians, Eye proves an Edict of his, whereby “he interwitnesses of his dicted all Christian Rhetoricians and GramActions.
marians to keep School, or to teach', and says, ' he could wish that Act of his had been buried in • Silence ',' It is very likely, that, had he done any more severe. Things against us, the Historian, who was so affectionate to our Party, would not have passed it over in Silence.
o Ammian. Marcell. lib. xxiv, c. 8. | Idem, ibid. lib. xxii. c. 10, 2 Idem, lib. xxv. c. 5, 6. Idem, lib. xxii. C. 10.
He was, indeed, sharp against us, but yet no cruel Enemy : For our own People tell this Story His Moderaof him, That, one Day, walking about tion, by the • the City of Chalcedon, Maris, Bishop of that Report of a 6. Place, called out to him, and told him,
thor. that he was an Atheist, and an Apoftate :' To which he only answered, “Go, Wretch, and lament (the Loss of thy Eyes :' To this the Bishop replied again, • I thank Jesus Christ for taking away my Sight, that I
might not see thy impudent Face So it is, that this Action of his favours nothing of the Cruelty that he is said to have exercised towards us ; though they say, that his Answer to the Bishop was but an Affectation of Philosophic Patience. He was (says Eutropius', my other Witness) an Enemy to Christianity, but without fhedding • Blood.' And, to return to his Justice, there
His Justice. is nothing in that whereof he can be accused, but the Severity he practised in the Beginning of his Reign, against those who had followed the Party of Conftantius, his Predecessor ".
As to his Sobriety, he lived always a Soldier's kind of Life ; and kept a Table, in Times of the
His Sobriety, most profound Peace, like one that prepared and inured himself to the Rigours of War ".
His Vigilancy was such, that he divided the Night into three or four Parts, of which always the
His Vigilancy. least was dedicated to Sleep , the rest was spent either in visiting the Estate of his Army and Guards, in Person, or in Study; for, amongst other rare Qualities, he was very excellent in all sorts of Literature. Tis faid of Alexander the Great, “That, when he was in Bed, ' for fear lest Sleep should divert him from his Thoughts • and Studies, he had always a Bafon set by his Bed-side, • and held one of his Hands out with a Buller of Copper • in it, to the End, that, if he fell asleep, and his Fingers left their Hold, the Bullet, by falling into the Bason,
might awake him ' But this Julian was so bent upon what he had a Mind to do, and so little disturbed with Fumes, by reason of his singular Abstinence, that he had no Need of any such Invention. As to his Military Experience, he was admirable in all
the Qualities of a great Captain, as it was His Military Experience.
likely he should, having been, almost all his
Life, in a continual Exercise of War, and most of that Time with us in France, against the Germans and Franconians : We hardly read of any Man that ever encountered more Dangers, or that made more frequent Proofs of his personal Valour. His Death has something in it like that of Epaminon
das ; for he was wounded with an Arrow, His Death.
which he tried to pull out, and had done it, but that, being two-edged, it cut the Sinews of his Hand. He called out forthwith, That they would carry him, • in this Condition, into the Midst of the Battle to en
courage his Soldiers,' who very bravely disputed the Battle without him, till Night parted the Armies'. He was obliged to his Philosophy for the fingular Contempt he had for this Life, and all human Things; and he had a firm Belief of the Immortality of the Soul.
In Matters of Religion, he was Vicious throughout, He was ad
and was surnamed the Apoftate, for having dicted to the relinquished ours : Though, methinks, 'tis Worship of more likely, that he had never thoroughly false Gods.
embraced it, but had dissembled, out of Obedience to the Laws, till he came to the Empire.
He was, in his own, so superstitious, that he was laughExceffively su
ed at for it, by those of the same Opinion of perftitious.
his own Time, who said, “That, had he got
• the Victory over the Parthians, he had de.. stroyed the Breed of Oxen in the World to supply his « Sacrifices. He was, moreover, a Bigot to the Arc of Divination, and gave Authority to all sorts of Predictions. He said, amongst other Things, at his Death, · That he was obliged to the Gods, and thanked them,
* Ammian. Marcell. lib. xvi. c. 2. y Idem, ibid. lib. XXV. C. 3. : Idem, ibid. c. 6. a Idem, ibid. lib. xxv. C. 4.