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take, and resolutely to despatch great enterprizes and employments of difficulty: it is not seen in a flaunting garb, or strutting deportment; not in hectorly, ruffian-like swaggering or huffing; not in high looks or big words; but in stout and gallant deeds, employing vigour of mind and heart to achieve them: how can a man otherwise approve himself for courageous, than by signalizing himself in such a way?
And for courtesy, how otherwise can it be well displayed than in sedulous activity for the good of men ? It surely doth not consist in modish forms of address, or complimental expressions, or hollow professions, commonly void of meaning, or of sincerity; but in real performances of beneficence, when occasion doth invite, and in waiting for opportunities to do good; the which practice is accompanied with some care and pain, adding a price to it; for an easy courtesy is therefore small, because
easy, and may be deemed to proceed rather from ordinary humanity than from gentle disposition; so that, in fine, he alone doth appear truly a Gentleman who hath the heart to undergo hard tasks for public good, and willingly taketh pains to oblige his neighbours and friends.
5. The work indeed of Gentlemen is not so gross but it may be as smart and painful as any other. For all hard work is not manual; there are other instruments of action beside the plough, the spade, the hammer, the shuttle; nor doth
every work produce sweat, and visible tiring of body: the head may
work hard in contrivance of good designs ; the tongue may be very active in dispensing advice, persuasion, comfort, and edification in virtue; a man may bestir himself in "going about to do good :" these are works employing the cleanly industry of a Gentleman.
6. In such works it was, that the
truest and greatest pattern of gentility that ever was, did employ himself. Who was that? Even our Lord himself; for he had no particular trade or profession :no man can be more loose from any engagement to the world than he was ; no man had less need of business or pains-taking than he; for he had a vast estate, being “ heir of all things,” all the world being at his disposal; yea, infinitely more, it being in his power with a word to create whatever he would to serve his need, or satisfy his pleasure; omnipotency being his treasure and supply; he had a retinue of angels to wait on him, and minister to him ; whatever sufficiency any man can fancy to himself to dispense with his taking pains, that had he in a far higher degree : yet did he find work for himself, and continually was employed in performing service to God, and imparting benefits to men; nor was ever
industry exercised upon earth comparable to his.
Gentlemen therefore would do well to make him the pattern of their life, to whose industry they must be beholden for their salvation : in order whereto we recommend them to his grace.
IN OUR PARTICULAR CALLING, AS SCHOLARS.
Rom. xii. 11.
Not slothful in Business.
PROCEED to the other sort of persons, whom we did propound, namely,
II. Scholars; and that on them particularly great engagements do lie to be industrious, is most evident from various considerations.
The nature and design of this calling do suppose industry; the matter and extent of it do require industry; the worth of it doth highly deserve industry. We are in special gratitude to God, in