Why, that to know, which else we should not know.
Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from common sense?
Ay, that is study's godlike recompense.
Come on, then; I will swear to study so,
To know the thing I am forbid to know:
As thus, to study where
I well may dine,
When I to feast expressly am forbid;
Or study where to meet some mistress fine,
mistresses from common sense are hid;
Or, having sworn too hard a keeping oath,
Study to break it and
not break my troth.
If study's gain be thus and this be so,
Study knows that which yet it doth not know:
me to this, and I will ne'er say no.
These be the stops that hinder study quite
And train our intellects to vain delight.
Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain,
Which with pain purchased doth inherit pain:
to pore upon a book
To seek the light of truth; while truth the while
Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his
Light seeking light doth light of light beguile:
So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,
grows dark by losing of your eyes.
Study me how to please the eye indeed
By fixing it upon a fairer eye,
dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed
And give him light that it was blinded by.
Study is like the heaven's
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks:
Small have continual plodders ever won
base authority from others' books
These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights
That give a name to every
Have no more profit of their shining nights
Than those that walk and wot not what they are.
much to know is to know nought but fame;
And every godfather can give a name.
How well he's read, to reason against reading!
Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding!
He weeds the corn and still lets grow the weeding.
The spring is near when green geese are a-breeding.
How follows that?
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