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Erasmus in Praise of Folly


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Erasmus in praise of folly : with portrait, life of Erasmus, and his Epistle to Sir Thomas More ; illustrated with many curious engravings, designed, drawn and etched -

Erasmus, Desiderius, d. 1536 - Publisher: New York : P. Eckler (1922)

An oration of feigned matter, spoken by FOLLY in her own person.

Flip Book > search > pilgrim > page 187: drawing of The Pilgrim.
Full Text > search > pilgrim > page 186-189 [in one sentence of 323 (!) words] :

There is another sort of base scoundrels in gentility, such scraping merchants, who although, for the better vent of their commodities they lie, swear, cheat, and practice all the intrigues of dishonesty, yet think themselves no way inferior to persons of the highest quality, only because they have raked together a plentiful estate; and there are not wanting such insinuating hangers on, as shall caress and compUment them with the greatest respect, in hopes to go snacks in some of their dishonest gains ; there are others so infected with the philosophical paradox of banishing property, and having all things in common, that they make no conscience of fastening on, and purloining whatever they can get, and converting it to their own use and possession ; there are some who are rich only in wishes, and yet while they barely dream of vast mountains of wealth, they are as happy as if their imaginary fancies commenced real truths ; some put on the best side outermost, and starve themselves at home to appear gay and splendid abroad ; one with an open- handed freedom spends all he lays his fingers on ; another with a logic-fistcd gripingnesa catches at and grasps all he can come within the reach of; one apes it about in the streets to court popularity; another consults his ease, and sticks to tlie confinement of a chimney-corner ; many others are tugging hard at law for a trifle, and drive on an endless suit, only to enrich a deferring judge, or a knavish advocate ; one is for new-modelling a settled government ; another is for some notable heroical attempt; and a third by all means must travel a pilgrim to Rome, Jerusalem, or some shrine of a saint elsewhere, though he have no other business than the paying of a formal impertinent visit, leaving his wife and children to fast, while he himself forsooth is gone to pray.

[Erasmus uses the word pilgrim only twice here: in the sentence above and the picture below.
Erasmus is mentioned in 10 other posts on this forum now -gb]


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