learned Jesuit Clavius, Melanchthon, Frisius, Valturius his geometry military. Albert Duerer hath excellently written hereof in high Dutch; and in French, Forcadell upon Euclid, with sundry others.
TO SWEETEN your severer studies by this time vouchsafe poetry your respect, which howsoever censured and seeming fallen from the highest stage of honor to the lowest stair of disgrace, let not your judgment be infected with that pestilent air of the common breath to be an infidel, in whose belief and doer of their contrary actions is to be religious in the right and to merit if it were possible by good works.
The poet, as that laurel Maia dreamed of, is made by miracle from his mother's womb, and, like the diamond, only polished and pointed of himself, disdaining the style and midwifery of foreign help.
Hence Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones too; and Ovid so backward in prose that he could almost speak nothing but verse. And experience daily affordeth us many excellent young and growing wits, as well from the plow as palace, endued naturally with this divine and heavenly gift, yet not knowing, if you should ask the question, whether a metaphor be flesh or fish.
If bare saying poetry is an heavenly gift be too weak a prop to uphold her credit with those buzzardly poor ones, who, having their feathers moulted, can creep no farther than their own