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I. F the Inconstancy of our Astions
II. Of Drunkenness
III. Of the Custom of the Isle of Cea
IV. To-morrow is a new Day

43 V. Of Conscience

45 VI. Exercise and Habit makes Things familiar 51 VII. Of bonorary Rewards

65 VIII. Of Parents Affection to their Children

69 IX. Of the Armour of the Parthians

94 X. Of Books

99 XI. Of Cruelty

117 XII. An Apology for Raimond de Sebonde

137 XIII. Of judging of the Death of another 379. XIV. How the Mind bampers itself

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Of the Inconstancy of our Astions.
HEY who apply themselves to the critical In-
spection of human Actions, do not find them-

selves, in any Thing, so much perplexed as how to reconcile them, and set them off with equal Luftre; for they do commonly so strangely contradict one another, that it seems impossible they should proceed from one and the same Person. We find the younger Marius one While a Son of Mars, and another the Son of Venus. Pope Boniface VIII. is said to have entered on the Papacy like a Fox, to have behaved in it like a Lion, and to have died like a Dog. And who could believe it to be the same Nero, that perfect Image of Cruelty, who, when the Sentence passed upon a Criminal, was brought to him in Form to sign it,

* Would to God I had never been taught to write ! So much it went to his Heart to condemn a Man to Death. All History is so full of the like Instances, nay, every Man is able to furnish himself with so many out of his own Practice, that I sometimes wonder to see Men of Understanding give themselves the Trouble of reconciling such Vol. II.

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In* Vellem nefcire literas. Senec. de Clementia, lib. ii. cap. I.

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