The Works of George Herbert

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A TREATISE OF TEMPERANCE
AND SOBRIETIE:
Written by Lud. Cornarus,
Translated into English by Mr. George Herbert.

HAving observed in my time many of my friends, of excellent wit and noble disposition, overthrown and undone by Intemperance; who, if they had lived, would have been an ornament to the world, and a comfort to their

friends: I thought fit to discover in a short Treatise, that 5
Intemperance was not such an evil, but it might easily be remedied; which I undertake the more willingly, because divers worthy young men have obliged me unto it. For when they saw their parents and kindred snatcht away in
the midst of their dayes, and me contrariwise, at the age of 10
eightie and one, strong and lustie; they had a great desire to know the way of my life, and how I came to be so. Wherefore, that I may satisfie their honest desire, and withall help many others, who will take this into consideration, I will
declare the causes which moved me to forsake Intemperance, 15
and live a sober life, expressing also the means which I have used therein. I say therefore, that the infirmities, which did not onely begin, but had already gone farre in me, first caused me to leave Intemperance, to which I was much
addicted: For by it, and my ill constitution, (having a most 20
cold ∧ moist stomack) I fell into divers diseases, to wit, into the pain of the stomack, and often of the side, and the beginning of the Gout, with almost a continuall fever and thirst.

From this ill temper there remained little else to be

expected of me, then that after many troubles and griefs 25
I should quickly come to an end; whereas my life seemed as farre from it by Nature, as it was neare it by Intemperance.

From Hygiasticon: Or, The right course of preserving Life and Health unto extream old Age. Written in Latine by Leonard Lessius, And now done into English. Cambridge, Printed by R. Daniel. 1634. (Bodleian copy, Douce L 2) (cited as 34): 2nd edn 1634 (342) : 3rd, 1636 (36). Reprinted as "The Temperate Man", 1678 (78) (copy in Pemb. Coll. Cam. Library). 7 remedied; 342: remedied: 34

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