¶Of Time. Cap. 2.
TIme is measure of changable things, as Arist. saith De quinque substan∣eijs, Time is number and tale, numbe∣ring and tellyng, in all thinges that are numbred and folde. Or els as Rabanus saith, Time is dimention of changeable things, touching mouing and abiding, & dureth in moueable things, as Austen saith. Nothing is more precious than time. Wherefore of each possession two may be had togethers or moe: but of time two moments may not be had to∣gethers. And time lost cannot be reco∣uered, for losse of time is short, chaun∣gable, vnstable, and vnreconerable, for it passeth with mouing and mouable body, and beginneth therwith: and where mo∣uing sayleth, then time endeth. And ther∣fore time shall not indure alwayes: but it shall cease, when nothing shall be but Eternitas, euerlasting, as Austen saith.
(*The state of mans life, is compre∣hended in vii. triumphs. Loue ouercomes Man, Chastitie ouercomes Loue, Death ouercomes Chastitie, Fame ouercomes Death, Time ouercomes Fame, Eter∣nitie ouercomes Time.)
Nothing is more common than time: for it is egally common to all thing. Nothing is more passing than time: for time resteth neuer, but when it begin∣neth it beginneth to decrease and lessen. And againswarde: for the time that is present, is ende of the time that is pas∣sed, and beginning of the time that is comming. For all time varieth in thrée manner wise, that is to wit, Time that is passed: present, that is now: and fu∣ture, that shall be. And so shortlye to speake, in this manner euery time was, is, or shall be, by rising of time, of his diuersitie, succession of partes, that come each after other, alway is daye & night, as: beda sayth: but in one place is day, and in another is night: and some where is daye, some where is night.
Nothing is more vncertaine, than time, nothing is more vnperceptible, nor more vnknowen of it selfe. For as Isi∣dore sayeth, Time is not knowen by it selfe, but onely by workes and déedes of men. Nothing is more chaungeable that time: and therefore no thing is more perillous in the body.
For as Hippocrates sayeth, The chaunging of times gendereth most e∣••tis. For sodayne chaunging of colde into heate, chaungeth and appay∣reth bodyes: and that is, for that kinde suffereth not sodayne chaungings, as he sayth.
Page [unnumbered]Therefore ofte sodaine chaunging of time, is cause of sicknesse. Also nothing is more healthfull to the bodye, then is time that is temperate in his qualyties. Therefore it is sayd in Aphor. If times be in good temperature, as the time as∣keth, then be good states: and sickenesse come most to good ende in such times.
Also though time be so chaungeable, yet nothing is more continual than time: for parts of time be contained. Therefore Marcianus sayth, That time that wer∣eth olde in Winter, quickeneth again in springing time. And againward (that is so reneweth.)
*While we haue time, let vs do good vnto all men, but specially to those that are of the household of faith.