Lastly by plaine setting downe, how it extends it selfe out
of the limits of a mans owne little world, to the gouernment of families, and mainteining of publike
societies. The Historian scarsely giues leisure to the
Moralist to say so much, but that he loaden with old
Mouse-eaten Records, authorising himselfe for the
most part vpon other Histories, whose greatest authorities are built vppon the notable foundation
Heresay, hauing much ado to accord differing writers, & to pick truth out of partiality:
better acquainted with a 1000 . yeres ago, then with the present age,
and yet better knowing how this world goes, then
how his owne wit runnes, curious for Antiquities,
and inquisitiue of Nouelties, a wonder to yoong
folkes, and a Tyrant in table talke; denieth in a great
chafe, that any man for teaching of vertue, and vertues actions, is comparable to him.
I am Testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoriae, magistra vitae, nuncia vetustatis.
The Philosopher saieth he, teacheth a disputatiue vertue, but I do an actiue. His
vertue is excellent in the dangerlesse Academy of Plato: but mine
sheweth forth her honourable face in the battailes
of Marathon, Pharsalia, Poietiers, and Agincourt. Hee
teacheth vertue by certaine abstract considerations:
but I onely bid you follow the footing of them that
haue gone before you. Old aged experience, goeth
beyond the fine witted Philosopher: but I giue the
experience of many ages.