"Modestia is a fine virtue," continued the gentleman; "however, as to your speech, I must say mihi secus videtur: yet I am willing to suspend my judicium." "May I ask with whom I have the pleasure of speaking?" asked the Councillor. "I am a Bachelor in Theologia," answered the gentleman with a stiff reverence. This reply fully satisfied the Councillor; the title suited the dress.
Then the squire pottered on, wretched in heart; or, rather, down in the mouth, as we say, and gave his advice to his younger daughter, not, in truth, knowing how her heart stood. But a man, when he undertakes to advise another, should not be down in the mouth himself. Equam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem, non secus ac bonis.
It literally is not possible that any fruitful power of the Muses should be put forth upon a people which disdains their Helicon; still less is it possible that any Christian nation should grow up "tanquam lignum quod plantatum est secus decursus aquarum," which cannot recognise the lesson meant in their being told of the places where Rebekah was met; where Rachel, where Zipporah, and she who was asked for water under Mount Grerizim by a Stranger, weary, who had nothing to draw with.
Postquam sub Ducibus digesta per agmina stabant Quæque fuis, Equitum turmæ, Peditumque Cohortes, Obvia torquentes Danais vestigia Troës Ibant, sublato Campum clamore replentes: Non secus ac cuneata Gruum sublime volantum Agmina, dum fugiunt Imbres, ac frigora Brumæ, Per Coelum matutino clangore feruntur, Oceanumque petunt, mortem exitiumque cruentum Irrita Pigmæis moturis arma ferentes.
"Oh no," replied the counsellor; "I can only discourse on topics which every one should understand." "Modestia is a beautiful virtue," said the man. "Moreover, I must add to your speech mihi secus videtur; yet in this case I would suspend my judicium." "May I ask to whom I have the pleasure of speaking?" "I am a Bachelor of Divinity," said the man. This answer satisfied the counsellor.