Metaphysical Poem:

Attitude to Learning

In studying AA305, I had continually come across things that I’ve wanted to explore further, but alias not the time, so I place here a metaphysical poem regarding study, such as Nicholas Breton’s, written in London, which I think is most appropriate, entitled “the Mother’s Blessing” (1602), of the Renaissance attitude to learning:  

Studie the lawe, but to maintaine thy state,
Divinitie, to keep thy soule in peace;
Logicke, but only questions to debate,
Arthmeticke, but knowledge to encrease,
How numbers may both multiply and cease.
Philosophy, to judge of Natures best,
And Phisicke, but groose Humors to digest,
And rethoricke, to speake in tune and sence,
Musique, but to remove melancholy;
Astrology, to know circumference;
For Architecture, learne Geometry,
And for thy travaile, learne Cosmography.
For  recreation, scorne not Poetry:
But for discourses, study History.
Learne for instruction, Reede for exercise;
Practise for knowledge, and for gaine
  Remember:
In worldly pleasures make no paradise.
REFERENCE: Edited by Woudhuysen, H.R, (2005), The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse, published by Penguin Books, London.
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