A collection of some modern epistles of Monsieur de Balzac. Carefully translated out of French. Being the fourth and last volume
Balzac, Jean-Louis Guez, seigneur de, 1597-1654., Marshall, William, fl. 1617-1650, engraver., Bowman, Francis.

LET. XXXIII. To Monsieur Habert, Abbat of Cerizy.


I Beleeve that you will not be of∣fended with a petition that this Bearer shall commence unto you in my behalfe. Your goodnesse car∣rieth you so farre as to love your Persecutors; and you have enter∣tain'd so favourably my first impor∣tunities that I stand not now in Page  138 feare of making motions. If you had givē me the repulse at first, you had taught me the Vertue of discreti∣on, & provided better for your own quietnesse. But the force of exam∣ple is dangerous: the evill doth sud∣dainly insinuate & grow familiar, and treads oft that way, which it was wont to measure. So that I think that I have now some colour of justice to torment you; and it is habituall unto me to abuse a thing, when I have not found difficulty enough to make me use it with moderation. I shall continue Sir, an importunate Begger till you forget to bee generous: and doe not doubt, but I knowe how to make use of a good so diffusive, and beneficiall, as is your Amity. You shall travell to day for the good of my estate, because there Page  139 is a Councell; and to morrow for the good of my soule, because there is a Sermon; that I may acknowledge you my friend, for my spirituall as well as temporall good, and that you may receive my thanks, both in this and the other world. That which you are to pronounce with gracefulnesse of Action, & cannot well be communicated in writing, hath notwithstanding already gi∣ven me infinite delight upon paper. I have never seen our Mysteries il∣lustrated with so much light of elo∣quence, nor Reason so successefully imployed in the service of Faith, nor Christian Morality better sea∣son'd, to make it relish well in pro∣fane palates. But in this particular, J would faine be lesse beholding to you, that J might have the more freedome, and be able to assure you Page  140 (without any supposition of en∣gagement, or signe of acknow∣ledgement) that I admire all your Muses universally, both the politer and the severer ones; both those that can compose Hymnes and An∣thems, and sing the praises of our Saviour Christ: and those that can resolve Problems, and deale in Christian learning. J bid you good day, and remaine with all my soule


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Paris 29. Apr. 1636.