LET. XXI. To Monsieur De MAURY.
YOu have sent me a Presente which was extreamly deare and welcome to me, and which J must highly prize, both for the manner of sending, and the Page 80 matter sent; the Affliction which you paint out and emblazon, is so Christian, that all the Ioy in the world is not able to countervaile it; and you complaine in such a lear∣ned forme, that we must forbid men to comfort you, least you should cease complaining. J am, you know, but a simple French Doctor; yet J doe now and then, make excursion into the Latine Countrey, and take a view of the Frontiers. But this is too litle for to know the just valew of your Muse, and to give you the commendation that you deserve. You have an an∣cient Roman neere you, that can di∣stinguish between the Native, and the Forrainer; and makes it Religi∣on to confound the modesty of the age of Augustus, with the intempe∣rance of succeeding times. He hath Page 81 a smack of the primitive Poetry, which the Spaniards had not yet vi∣tiated, and made immodest; and of that pure Latine, which the Decla∣mators had not yet corrupted with nice subtilities. He it is, that can give you ample and just commen∣dation, & can make a just estimate of the riches of your stile: For my part, J can but testify unto you my deep apprehension of your courte∣sies in this behalfe, and assure you that J will be while I live
Balzac. 23. Oct. 1636.