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Maine purposes will be given of it, why scholars could be extra topic to this illness then others. the only is, they stay a sedentary, solitary existence, sibi & musis, unfastened from physically workout, and people usual disports which different males use: and lots of instances if discontent and idlenesse concurre with it, that is too common, they're caused into this gulfe on a surprising: however the universal reason is overmuch examine; an excessive amount of studying (as Festus advised Paul} hath made thee mad; 'tis that different extreame which results it. So did Trincavellius lib. i. consil. 12. & thirteen. finde by way of his event, in of his sufferers, a tender Baron, and one other, that reduced in size this illness by way of too vehement examine. So Forestus observat. lib. 10. observ. /j. in a tender Divine in Lovain, that was once mad, and acknowledged, he had a Bible in his head: Marsilius Ficinus de sanit. tuend. lib. i. cap. i. three. four. & lib. 2. cap. sixteen. offers many purposes, why scholars dote extra usually then others: the 1st is their negligence: different males loofye to their tooles, a Painter will wash his pencills, a Smith will loof^e to his hammer, anvill, forge: an husbandman will mend his plough-irons, and grinde his hatchet if or not it's boring; a faultier or huntsman could have an especiall care of his haut^es, hounds, horses, dogges, &c. a Musitian will string and unstring his Lute, &c. basically scholiers overlook that software, their braine and spirits (i meane) which they day-by-day use, and through which they vary over the entire global, which via a lot learn is fed on. Vide (saith Lucian) nefuniculum nimis intendo, aliquando abrumpas: See thou twist no longer the rope so difficult, until eventually at size it holiday. Ficinus in his fourth cap. supplies another purposes; Saturne & Mercury, the patrones of studying, are either dry Planets: & Origanus assignes an identical reason, why Mercurialists are so poore, and such a lot half beggers: for that their President Mercury had no higher fortune himselfe. The Destinies of previous, positioned poverty upon him as a punMelancholic States 137 ishment; seeing that while, Poetry and Beggery, are Gemelli, twin-borne brattes, inseparable partners: And to this present day is each choller poore, Grosse gold from them runnes headlong to the boore: Mercury, can helpe them to wisdom yet to not cash. the second one is contemplation, which dries the braine, and extinguished typical! warmth; for while the spirits are reason to mediation above within the head, the stomac^e and liver are left destitute, and thence come blacfye blood and crudities via disorder of concoction, and for wish of workout, the superfluous vapours can't exhale, &c. a similar purposes are repeated by means of Gomesius lib. four. cap. i. de sale, Nymannus orat. de Imag. To. Voschius lib. 2. cap. five. de peste: and anything extra they adde, that onerous scholars are generally stricken with gouts, catarrhes, rhumes, cacexia, bradiopepsia, undesirable eyes, stone and collide, crudities, oppilations, vertigo, windes, crampes, consumptions, and all such illnesses as come through overmuch sitting; they're so much half leane, dry, in poor health colored, spend their fortunes, free their wits, and lots of occasions their lives, and throughout excessive paines, and, notable experiences.

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