The politicke and militarie discourses of the Lord de La Nouue VVhereunto are adioyned certaine obseruations of the same author, of things happened during the three late ciuill warres of France. With a true declaration of manie particulars touching the same. All faithfully translated out of the French by E.A.
La Noue, François de, 1531-1591., Aggas, Edward.
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The ninth Discourse.

That the Frenchmens great affection to foreine warres, is at this time more hurtfull than profitable.

AMong ye French nation, armes haue ben euer∣more * in special recommendation: and the com∣mon opinion is, that by the same it hath obtay∣ned that great glory that it hath achieued, & ac∣cording to the varietie of times is increased or diminished. Euen the nobilitie which is abun∣dantly crept out of this innumerable a••heape of people maketh (as it seemeth) no such account of anie fame, as of that which hath proceeded from the sword, which neuerthelesse hath cost both them and their neighbours deere, by reason of the great warres that they haue maintained. The Romaines haue a∣boue all nations in the world exceeded in earnest desire to this exer∣cise, * which they haue greatly affected, to the ende therewith to bring vnder the yoake of their vnsupportable ambition, those that gladly would eschue the same. A most violent custome which since hath had continuall course. In the first ages force was put in vse to repell the iniuries whereinto humaine mallice was ouer flow∣en: But in these daies it serueth rather to doe iniurie than to defend therefro. So farre doe all things by little and little decline to corruption. Neuerthelesse no man looketh so neere thereto, for the most parte doe thinke that as weapons, if they bee not often made cleane, doe rust, so lykewise they must bee often occupyed, least mennes courages through the rust of cowardnesse should be daun∣ted, as haue bene throughly tried among vs within these 35. yeres. Which notwithstanding, so farre are some from beeing satisfied with warre, that yet after so manye ruines and losses, wanting it in theyr houses, they trauayle to seeke it else where, farre or neere.

Those that among the rest are readiest to depart are certayn soul∣diors & new captains, who in ye ciuil wars hauing liued licentious∣ly & vpon the spoile, & now are loth to return vnder the yoke of the laws which represse insolencie, & withal vnderstanding yt their good Page  116 mother Nurce is else where, are yet desirous to goe and sucke her breasts. Some of them likewise are allured by foreine paie: and others because they will not become artificers at home, will liue a∣broade lyke souldiours. These are the ordinarie causes that make them to take the fielde, although most of them pretende the win∣ning of honour. As also since the beginning of these diuisions, or∣ders haue not bene so straightlie obserued as afore time: for who so list, may departe and no man taketh anie care thereof, as if they were euill humours that purged away.

Now these men that make account that they cannot liue but in the warres, and doe so vowe themselues thereto, that they make of that profession (which shoulde bee as it were extraordinarie) such * a perpetuall vocation as they exalt it aboue all others, are greatlie deceiued: as not knowing, or at the least, not willing to knowe that man ought principallie to shoote at peace and tranquilitie, to the end to liue more vprightly. For so long as the same beare swaie, all thinges as well publike as priuate, are in farre better order than when the confusions of warre haue as it were reuersed all manners and lawes.

In this my saying, I meane not neuerthelesse to condemne the lawfull warres whereinto necessitie constrayneth men to enter for theyr defence: for so is it no blemish to vse them. Neyther will I anie whit contemne the ordinarie bandes of Princes and common wealthes: because they bee the gardes of the lande, who also for the most parte doe liue in rest. But they of whom I minde to speake will neuer bee in peace, neyther doe they care when they serue or wherefore, so as they may finde fatte pastures. There is a pretie Spanish saying which manye times they bee, and I haue translated it thus.

Warre is my Countrie, my harnesse, my house,
I am readie at all times to fight for a souse.

What more could a bad Phisition and a worse iudge, which wish the Citie to be full fraught with maladies, mortalitie, and strife, to the end to haue good doings, saie? For these men likewise seeke nothing but alteration of estates, that they may gorge themselues with the destruction of the same. In this our age wherein wee liue, it is impossible for anie to exempt themselues from warre, because ambition, couetousnesse, and reuenge, are as fruitfull as euer they were to ingender the same: and when it comes, good men doe swallowe it lyke a most bitter pill. But to delyght in Page  117 so troublesome a custome, is to do as he that seeketh to be tormen∣ted continuallie vpon the sea: Whome a man may iudge to be ve∣rie crooked and peruerse.

Moreouer, these perpetuall warriours doe (as much as in them lie) shake off all such dueties as are most requisite in a good Citi∣zen, as that to their Countrie, wherein they staie no longer than it is troubled, &c. to their parents whome some doe, after they are growen prowd by armes, disdaine because of their pouertie. Con∣cerning the perticular care, that euerie one ought to haue to the e∣recting of a familie, to the end to leaue children to his Countrie, they neuer thinke of it, as seeking rather to haue some bastard by their gentle gossips that followe them, for whom afterward they take but small care. These imperfections be the dependaunces of that choice of lyfe, wherein the most of those that haue embraced it, doe wrap themselues, and finallie after long labour, if they can attaine thereto, they perish against some rocke, or vpon some coast as a rouers ship.

There are, will some man saie, some that rise thereby, true: but not one of the fiftie. And hee that woulde gather a Catalogue of those that suffer shipwracke vppon that hope, must haue a long roule. Another obiection is this: many beeing brought vp ong in the warres, and scarce knowing of whence they are, cannot but followe that trade whereinto they are fashioned. This were not to bee blamed, if hauing reaped some fruite of their labours, they would, as some doe, staie themselues when they are meetelie well: But incessantlie to runne heere and there, as rauens after carren that they haue smelt, is, as a man shoulde saie, to transforme them∣selues into rauenous beasts or foules of praie. The French souldiour ought in warre to serue his king, and his Countrie, and when peace commeth he must seeke, if hee may, to get into the en∣tertayned bandes, whereto if hee cannot reatch, hee should not ne∣uerthelesse vppon a desperate minde, cast himselfe headlong into vnconsiderate enterprises, as if the Realme were not able to keepe him, or himselfe to finde meanes whereby to liue in the time of peace.

It is a wofull matter to thinke vppon the number of men that so cast awaie themselues. For the pettie piracies of Perow doe swallowe vp aboue fiue hundred euerie yeere, and other foreine warres more, although the groundes bee vnlyke: so as in fiue or sixe yeeres eight or nine thousande braue souldiours do shrinke a∣waie, Page  118 who might better haue serued some other time (if they could haue had the patience to staie) the necessitie of the common wealth.

I haue heard that at the battayle which Sebastian king of Por∣tugal lost, hee had certayne French harquebuts with him, as also that in the armie of the Moores that ouer came him, there were some lykewise. Is not this a mad lusting after warre, to runne so farre to seeke it, yea, and to serue vnder Infidelles▪ I thinke when those men fall into anie premeditated perill, they bee some∣what touched with repentance for theyr rashnesse: but it is then ve∣rie late.

Those who for profite onelie doe flitter about, like a birde at the * call, are more to bee excused than they that I haue spoken of. For when some Captaynes haue spedde, and the souldiours passed o∣uer their necessitie, they returne home agayne, although it many times fall out, that as well the one as the other are defrauded of theyr hope, in that the paie proueth so small and rare, that they are not able to holde out: yea, and in place where paie is rifest, the soul∣diours taste but little thereof: It is onelie for a fewe Colonelles and Captaines, who beeing licorous of such foode, doe deuoure it, and leaue the souldiours in lyke case as Colliers and Smiths, who are all blacke and full of sweate, while none but their masters that set them on worke, doe gather the profite. Which custome is farre different from that of our auncestours, who appointed to the Cap∣taines the honour, and to the souldiours the siluer. But of all that profite by payes, none doe so well helpe themselues as the Reysters: And to saie the truth, wee are but clownes in respecte of them, though some thinke themselues more actiue: For they are so perfecte in Arithmetike, that they neuer ouershoote themselues in accounts.

Lykewise they keepe possession of the Priuiledges that they haue obtained, namely, high parlies, and will alwayes bee payed their olde billes. And besides all this, they are wonderous poly∣tike to liue in the fielde. But I praie you, will some aunswere, doe the French aduenturer sleepe in his sentinell: dooth hee not plaie his parte well inough? Truelie wee must confesse, that he that is an vnthrift and corrupt, helpeth himselfe brauelie, and vnderstandeth it better than most of the Priests of Lymosin doo theyr Dominus vobiscum: But in deed they can neither write nor reade. Yet do they not come neere these others, in the vnderstanding of this martiall Page  119 practise.

Now a worde or two of those that had rather runne alwayes a∣broade, * than returne to theyr occupations, or serue: some there are that thinke such delyberations to proceede of generositie. Which I cannot graunt, vnlesse to a verie fewe: for it is not vnlyke but among a greate number of common people exercising handie ceaftes, there maye bee some that are indued with a noble minde, and well disposed to vertue. Setting aside therefore this small number, I will speake of the rest, of whome I will saie, that it is more lykely that the ainglorie wherewith, after they haue ser∣ued a while, they bee pused vp, together with idlenesse and souldi∣erlyke libertie, dooth breede their vnwillingnesse to returne to their former trade of life. For they imagine that such as see them trauayle and get theyr liuinges with their handie worke, especial∣ly after they haue ben Corporals or Serieaunts, will scorne them: but withall they consider not that in seeking to eschue this ima∣ginarie shame they doe manye times by a voluntarie con∣straynt plunge themselues in robberyes, deceites, and couso∣nings.

Necessitie, saie some, doe sometimes compell the poore souldior for his lyfe, to borrowe of them that haue ouermuch: yea, accor∣ding to the law of Necessitie. But lykewise according to the ciuill lawes, if they bee caught, they paie deerelie for it. It were more for theyr profite to imitate a great number of other Souldiours, who after they haue valyauntly handeled their weapons, doe not disdayne their olde accustomed vocations. And my selfe haue kno∣wen them in Gascogne (whose stomackes are haughtie enough) whome in the time of peace we shoulde see in Townes working in theyr shoppes, and yet in the time of warre had charge and com∣mande ouer companies. And the same is the practise in all the Townes of France, especiallie since the ciuill warres be∣ganne.

For in as much as during the troubles all the Townsmen haue bene in armes, also that for theyr safegards so many tooke weapon in hande, it must needes followe that all this multitude in time of peace shoulde returne to theyr first trades, sauing some fewe. But before it was not so, for it was some trouble to furnish againe those that had abandoned them.

And euen at this time among such of the Spaniards as liue in their Page  120 bandes, it is a reproch to trauayle in Mechanicall artes. Where∣in they haue reason: because that they endeauouring to fashion, maintaine and increase themselues in footemen, and withall so continuing some twentie or fiue and twentie yeeres without anie care of returning into their owne Countries, it becommeth them not amisse.

I will also aduowe that among vs he that hath some long time professed armes, delighteth in them, and is in the waie to attaine thereto, in seeking a place among the standing companies, or some other good fortune, dooth but his dutie. But when such commodi∣ties fayle him, hee ••ust not thinke himselfe dishonoured though he labour for the maintainance of himselfe and his familie, if he haue anie, as euen to this daie they doe in Germanie, Zuitzerland, and Flanders. All these so common exāples should rather induce those that be gone affraie to imitate them, than to doe as they doe. But if anie doe thinke that the setting vp againe of their occupations, doth abase them, let them goe serue the Gentlemen. Which in my opinion they cannot refuse to doe, considering how the poorer sorte of gentlemen can settle themselues to that calling: howbeit if they be out of tast herewith, they must be let runne, and tarie till time a∣mend them.

We lykewise finde some of the bodie of the Gentrie, who mo∣ued by diuerse reasons doe also set the feather in the winde, and go * to seeke the like aduentures. Among which the youth is most to bee excused, who driuen by a certaine desire to learne and to winne credite, doo goe wheresoeuer occasion may serue. They wanting iudgement to discerne which enterprises are lawfull and which not, so soone as the winde bloweth in the sayles of theyr desires, which are large, doe spred them, and so are easily carried awaie. It is pittie so many are lost in such places, where beeing neither kno∣wen nor guided, they passe vnder the miseries of the multitude. Those that haue authoritie ouer them ought to be careful to coun∣sayle them well.

Others there are whome pouertie driueth from home: for bee∣ing noble, the exercises of Mechanicall artes and traficke woulde turne to their reproch, and therefore they must seeke the liberall and honourable, among whome weapons doe walke. Neuerthe∣lesse though this profession bee conuenient for them, yet must they not abuse it as they that I haue spoken of. For so are they the more to be blamed, in that the noble Gentleman is straightlyer bound Page  121 to liue vertuously than the peasant. What shall hee then doe, if you will not let him seeke his fortune? I answere, that in our France poore Gentlemen haue no cause, as desperate persons, to take di∣uerse partes, considering what meanes they haue to attayne to ho∣nour and wealth.

First the men of armes were instituted for the maintainance of these, to the end theyr valour should not perishe, but bee reserued for the benefite of the state. Then haue they the Ecclesticall offices whereto they may ascend, as also the iusticeship which in olde time they exercised. The cōmendatories of Malta do also releeue some: likewise the seruice of Lordes with whome not onely they were brought vp as pages, but also being men they haue their maintai∣nance is a good refuge for them.

Finally, the bands of footmen doe retaine many. Wherefore the wise should rather settle themselues to the best of these, than by thinking to profite abroade to loose their liues. Some will saie that death catcheth not so many as wee speake of, but they de∣ceiue themselues: for I haue noted the number to be greater than we weene for, & of meere compassion that I take of them, I would that through good instrutions or other remedies, the mischiefe might bee preuented. Yet doe I not meane that orders shoulde be so strict, that none may go forth without leaue. For in such a great populous kingdome as this, that lawe cannot be established. And if there were but foure or fiue hundred voluntaries as well of the Gentrie as communaltie, that of theyr owne perticular motions would yeerely go into the warres, as foule to theyr haunt, it were but a small matter & not to be spoken of. But there go many more of that sorte as I haue sayd. And many Gentlemen also of account and greate credite who are readie inough to march: and whensoe∣uer they moue, they incite many other. Wherfore before they so do, it were theyr parts well to examine the causes, which being vnlaw∣full, as being moued by nothing but their owne profite or honour, they shew that they haue small care of their friends, in counsailing them those things that tend more to their own particular interest, than to common equitie. In this case men must be wise to choose rather than willing to depart.

Now are we to looke what fruite our Nation reape of these martiall voyages, which they take vppon them rather of iolitie * than any good foundation. I take it to bee verie small. First in▪ these dayes most of them through the libertie of ciuill warres, bee∣ing Page  122 growen into wonderfull discordes, going abroade, doe nothing but laie open theyr imperfections, which they should seeke eyther to amend or hide. Some are blasphemers of God: others adulte∣rers, quarellers, and dissolute persons, and many disobedient to their Captaynes: of whome lykewise some do eyther for their owne profite or through ignaraunce breake good lawes and order. So as when men see that the effects bee not answerable to the French name, they growe of liking with them.

On the other side, those people that are driuen to beare theyr in∣solencies, I meane of the lawlesse, not of the modest, (albeit euer∣more there bee good and valiant men mingled among the greate number) doe growe to hate the whole Nation for the mallice of some, thinking it incompatible: and in their harts doe powre forth continuall curses agaynst the same: so as although there be some Captaines, Gentlemen, and Souldiours, who through theyr good behauiours doe become agreeable vnto them, yet are they not able to suppresse the generall mislyke. And heere is yet another incon∣uenience, namelie, that if there happen anie mishappe in the warre, rather through the strength of the enimie, than anie presumption or insufficiencie of the Captaines, eyther through the disobedience or small valour of the souldiours, than doe the peoples tongues euen teare in peeces those whome hauing begunne to hate, they after∣warde vtterly contemne.

Now it is most certayne, that in this counterfaite discipline losses are as common as good successe or rather more. Which truelie shoulde make these that haue charge to beleeue, that it is harde to escape stumbling in so rugged a quarrie. Whosoeuer therefore purposeth to goe on warrefare in a foreine Countrie, let him make greate account of vertue, for according to the same hee shall be esteemed, and many times a little shall bee accounted off. Whereas contrariwise if men cary new vices, especiallie such as offende, no man will receiue them for seruauntes, much lesse for Maisters: and without affoording them anie thing, will laugh at them, & which is yet worse, they shall be feared as much as if they were open enimies.

This together with the miseries afore touched maketh mee to * beleeue that vntill that manners and martiall discipline bee in better state among the French nation, they shall atchieue small credite and lesse good will among our neighbours whome they shall goe to serue. Truelie it is in vaine to thinke that force one∣lie Page  123 can worke anie greate effects: for not beeing accompanyed with iustice, faith, and modestie, it is vnperfect. But by the de∣monstration of vertue the heart is wonne, which is a sure and glo∣rious conquest, examples whereof the Romaines haue lefte vnto vs.

I knowe well inough that as well the Gentleman as the Souldiour maye obiecte to those that set them on worke manie things worthie consideration: namelie, that they hazarde theyr liues, receiue bodilie woundes, spende their goods, and endure great paine for their seruice: all which will neuerthelesse loose their grace and bee of no account, if these deprauations continue. For the people whome the Souldiours dooth oppresse will not so much excuse them for defending of them, as they will curse them for deuouring them, as burying the remembrance of the benefite in the smart of the euils. But those that performe theyr duties to the best of theyr powers as well in fighting as in good life, they loue and excuse.

Some will saie, in these foreine warres that they they go to seeke, * they may learne much. I confesse it: But withall wee must note, that from the siege of Mastricht, which was the notablest in our time, there escaped but tenne French Souldiours, and not foure from that of Harlem, in which two Townes there were e∣nough, as I haue heard.

I am not so ignoraunt but I knowe that the propertie of warre is ordinarilie to deuour at the least the fourth parte of those that followe it: but when of the fiue partes it catcheth foure, as often times it doth, is it not too rauenous? This haue I sayde to the end that those that goe as vnfeathered boultes into places of great noise, may remember yt easely they depart, but verie hardly returne agayne. Those that weene that when France hath had peace for two or three yeeres, she shoulde neuer haue warre agayne, doe de∣ceiue themselues. For if they consider what hath passed since the yeere 1494. they shall see that shee hath not beene long in rest since.

To be briefe, they that bee wise (if they will follow my coun∣saile) shal enter into these voluntarie purposes with leaden heeles, yea, euen the Gentlemen, as calling to minde that to goe rashlie and put their liues in more dangerous than necessarie aduentures, (which they shoulde neuer doe but vppon good occasions) is an Page  124 argument of French rashnesse, an engendering of parents teares and a weakening of the sinowes of the state. But when theyr en∣terprises are vnderpropped with iustice, and that the lawe full commaundements of Kinges wealthes doe set in foote, who in respecte of alliaunces doe sende helpe to theyr confederates, and vppon any other necessarie occasion doe succour and releeue the op∣pressed: then must wee not consider of anie daungers or discom∣modityes. For in dooing our duetyes, whether wee suffer, or whether wee perishe, our labour or losse is alwayes well im∣ployed.

Nowe will I discourie vppon a certayne polytike rule, vsual∣lie alleadged in such lyke affayres as this. Which many verie ex∣cellent * persons both haue and still doe allowe, to see howe the same may agree with vs. This is it, A great estate replenished with warlike people, ought still to haue some foreine warre wherewith to keepe it occupied, least beeing at quiet they conuert their weapons each against other.

The maintayners heereof doe alleadge the example of Scipio Nasica, who counsayled it to the Romaines. Concluding that Carthage ought not to bee razed, to the end still to haue an enimie whome to feare and bee alwayes busied withall: For (sayde he) if this feare and cause bee taken awaie, they be in danger to moue one a∣gainst another in their owne land. Heereto they adde, that expe∣rience hath taught, that when we haue appeased our foreine warres, we haue entered into ciuill which haue almost beaten vs quite down.

Moreouer, that our Nation beeing insolent in peace, impatient of tarrying long in the house, full of generositie, and desirous of glorie, must of necessitie exercise it selfe in armes, to the ende to discharge so many conceites of the minde, without the Realme, and not with∣in.

Finallie, that the badde humours remayning of our ciuill dissen∣tion (by these humours meaning corrupted persons) had need to be purged, and therefore that we should suffer them to go out of them∣selues, if wee see them so displosed, or else to force them foorth by arte, least they shoulde breede anie new disease. And this hath beene put heeretofore in practise at the ende of our warres agaynst the English Nation. Trulie I dare not denie but we are to attribute much to the obseruations of antiquitie, of things that haue had good successe when they haue bene vsed in time conuenient. But withall, I dare aduowe that euerie time to applie the same to an estate, and not to Page  125 consider the seuerall disposition thereof, is to mistake. Likewise the better to know how to applie this vnto vs, let vs looke in what state it now standeth. In truth it is so euill at ease, that the ministe∣ring of so vigorous a lawe, in steade of a remedie, were the waie to weaken it more and more. Euerie man knoweth that our troubles began aboue 24. yeres agoe, which haue beene no warres, but but∣cherly slaughters, & who so list to beleue a booke printed vnder the name of Frumenteau, which layeth open the chiefe desolations of our land, how can be but wonder at so terrible destructions? Aboue halfe the Nobilitie is perished: As for souldiours we must count them by legions, the people vniuersally wasted, the treasuries suc∣ked * drie, debts increased, discipline neglected, godlinesse perished, manners depraued, iustice corrupted, men diuided, and all thinges in sale. Be not these braue preparatiues to build new purposes? It is as if a man in lieu of stones should take clots of earth, and myre in stead of lime, and then choose a marish ground to builde a Castle vpon: whom we might with good reason wish to renue his wits, to consider the defects of his stuffe, and to staie vntill hee were better prouided. Likewise in that state wherein we now stand, to enter of a iolitie into anie great warre before that foure or fiue yeres haue renued our youth, were it not as a man shoulde say, as much as to let him bloud againe that hath alreadie lost almost all his bloud? And to vndertake the same wtout discipline, is as much as to builde without rule. Neither is it any lesse inconuenience to be vnproui∣ded of money. For sooner might a man make a ship to swim with∣out oares or sayles, than prosecute a warre without wealth. Who then would be so farre ouerseene as to counsayle vs to beginne the thing that must haue a bad end, which necessarilie will ensue of the defects aforesayd?

I am sure that Scipio Nasica aforementioned, neuer meant to wish them voluntarily to begin an enterprise whereof they coulde reape nothing but losse and infamie, neither would aduowe such a one to bee profitable to a lande alreadie halfe buried in miseries: For hee feared not the Romaines aduersitie, but theyr prosperitie, which brought with it pride and insolencie. And this we are to note, that foure yeere after that Publius Cornelius Scipio had o∣uercome Hannibal, and made peace with the Carthegenians, the Romaines grewe so haughtie, seeing themselues crowned with so many victories and triumphes, that theyr skinnes coulde not holde them. Then was not discipline anie whit out of frame. The Page  126 common treasurlie was mightilie increased as well with the riche spoylos of Carthage as of Spaine, neyther had they anie want of men. This was the cause that moued the Senate to thinke it con∣uenient to be doing with Philip of Macedon which was a verie wise practise of ye rule aforesaid. But what conformitie is there be∣tween our present state and the state of the Romaines at that time? As much as betweene a rich, sound, and well ordered man, and a poore, sieke, and buruly person. Let vs then first cure our disea∣ses, before wee imitate their dooinges in theyr full force and strength.

Many doe thinke France to bee as well replenished with men as euer it was. Wherein they deceiue themselues. And in my o∣pinion * the matter that deceiueth them is, that they see the most of those that ga••e vp and downe make great bragges in words, ha∣bite and co••tenaunce: For if a cobler hath beene a souldiour but two yeeres, hee will thinke himselfe worthie to weare a guilte swoorde (which our Fathers woulde haue beene loath to permitte to anie vnder the degree of knighthoode) yea, and hee will weare it if hee can come by it eyther by hooke or crooke, as also his silke neatherstockes, which good King Henrie the second neuer ware: whereto lykewise his speech shall bee correspondent. For if this souldiour doe but looke awrie vppon a man, hee is by and by dead at the least. This is it that blindeth such as take in payment shews and lookes, who peraduenture applying to them the Prouerbe that, One man is worth an hundered, doe imagine that our France doe ouerflowe with men of armes and warriours. But my opinion heerein is, that yet wee haue a good number both Gen∣tlemen and commons: These beeing well kepte, and to them ad∣ioyning the youth which sixe yeeres may bring forward, wee maye trulie saie, that it shall ouerflowe with such men as shall neede no great pricking forward to make them to stirre. Lesse time can we not haue to redresse our warfare and replenish our coffers, but espe∣cially to restore our vertues.

But, will some saie, if anie good occasion should fall out, shal we let it slippe? That is the maisters parte to iudge of, and perad∣uenture the Ladie may be so beautifull, that shee may haue a good * looke. Yet will it be hard for vs to lyke of anie, vntill we haue put on agayne our auncient ornamentes. As for the purgation afore∣mentioned, meete to cast foorth the dregges which the ciuill wars haue lefte behinde them, I doubt it will proue lyke to Antimo∣nie,Page  127 which expelleth both good and badde humours together: As wee maye see by that which euen lately wee haue to our domage tried.

Our weaknesse longeth rather after restoritiues, than those things that purge violentlie. For, so to thinke that France cannot bee pacified without sending awaie fiue or sixe thousand disordered souldiours, is but to winke with one eie. But let vs stirre them a little, and wee shall see that wee must goe farther, and that these little bells doe not sound before the great ones haue rong out. We must thinke that most Frenchmen, yea, euen those that follow ad∣uentures are wearie of suffering so many mischiefes, as the Ro∣maines were of the slaughters of Marius and Silla: lykewise that they mislike not of rest, because they knowe it to bee necessa∣rie for them, which after they shall for a while haue inioyed, they wil afterwarde be but ouer-readie to imploie themselues where a man list. But now had they no other enterprises in hand, yet were it vnlikelie that anie coulde prosper vntill the imperfections as well publike as perticular, which burie our aun∣cient fame, were banished, good order ree∣stablished, and vertue ho∣noured.