LET. XLV. To the same.
YOur last message did give me exceeding content, & though I am well assured of your af∣fection towards me, yet I take a singular delight to read in your Let∣ters that you love me. These be words, whose fragrancy time can∣not weare away; and which will Page 183 be as pleasant to me many years hence▪ as when they were first spo∣ken. I am (indeed) ravished with your last protestations: But I rejoyce with you the rather, for the felicity of this new age, since you are in part the cause of it, and that by your suggestions, Monsieur — doth purpose to allot a considerable Te∣nement of lands for the releefe of poore and disconsolate Muses. We shall see this year Sonnets, and Odes, and Elegies enough. The Almanack doth promise wonderfull plenty, and Parnassus must not yeeld lesse then it did under the Pontificate of Leo the Tenth. For you Sir, if you believe me, you shall never take pen in hand againe, but in case of necessity, and only that commerce may not decay. Hitherto you have been a Horace, now you are a Mece∣nas; Page 184 and if we doe not celebrate you (every Scribler of us) and ad∣dresse our Works, both in prose and verse to you, you have just cause to indict us of ingratitude. For my part, I would willingly both live and dye under your patronage; and I doe provide an Oration for you in genere demonstrativo; wherein (at first salute) J shall astonish the world with this great prodigy. That you are both a complete Courtier, and a perfect Friend. Since you would absolutely have it so, that J come to Paris, it is to you, that J shall make my most frequent re∣sorts to doe my respects; and it is in your Cabinet that I shall (by your good leave) redeeme the time, which J have lost in the Country, but we must give place (a while) to the anger of stormeing Iove; or to Page 185 speak the language of men, we must permit it to raine and freeze in Beausse; and not goe to out-brave the month of February. J have no great need to dye out of too much dareing. My health is still very infirme and unconstant; and if J did not take incredible care, (I say not to preserve my person, but only to continue my sleepes) you had lost me a great while since. Since J am wholly yours, you will allow me the use of this word, and take it not ill, that J reckon my selfe in the number of those things, that are not to you indifferent. You have in∣finitely obliged me in assuring Mon∣sieur the Count of — of the conti∣nuance of my zeale and fidelity. J have made him so eminent and publike a marke, that as J can never recant it, so can he never suspect it. Page 186 I omit a thousand things that I should tell you of: but this will be imploiment for the next weeke: and I am forced to conclude that I am
Balzac. 10. Feb. 1632.