an excerpt: 1. COURTEOUS Reader, I compare the whole Philosophy, Astrology and Theology, together with their Mother, to a goodly Tree, which groweth in a fair Garden of Pleasure. 2. Now the Earth in which the Tree stands affords Sap continually toMorean excerpt: 1. COURTEOUS Reader, I compare the whole Philosophy, Astrology and Theology, together with their Mother, to a goodly Tree, which groweth in a fair Garden of Pleasure.
2. Now the Earth in which the Tree stands affords Sap continually to the Tree, whereby the Tree has its living Quality: But the Tree in itself groweth from the Sap of the Earth, becomes large, and spreads itself abroad with its Branches: And then as the Earth works with its Power upon the Tree, to make it grow and increase- so the Tree also works continually with its Branches with all its Strength, that it might still bear good Fruit abundantly.
3. But when the Tree bears not much Fruit, and those but small, shriveled, rotten, and worm-eaten, the Fault doth not lie in the Will of the Tree, as if it desired purposely to bear Evil Fruit, because it is a goodly Tree of good Quality- but here lies the Fault, because there is often great Cold, great Heat, Mildew, Caterpillars and other Worms happen to it: For the Quality in the Deep, from the Influence of the Stars, spoils it, and that makes it bear but little good Fruit.
4. Now the Tree is of Condition, that the bigger and older it is, the sweeter Fruit it bears: in its younger Years it bears not much Fruit, which the crude and wild Nature of the Ground or Earth causes, and the superfluous Moisture in the Tree: and though it bears many fair Blossoms, yet the most of its Apples fall off whilst they are growing, which is not so, when it stands in a very good Soil or Mould. Now this Tree also has a good sweet Quality, but there are three others, which are contrary to it, namely, the bitter, sour, and astringent.
5. And as the Tree is, so will its Fruit be, till the Sun works on it and makes it sweet- so that it comes to be of a sweet Taste, and its Fruit must also hold out in Rain, Wind and Tempest. 6. But when the Tree grows old, that its Branches wither, and the Sap ascends no more, then below the Stem or Stock there grow many Suckers- at last from the Root also Twigs grow, and make the old Tree flourish, showing that it also was once a green Twig and a young Tree, and is now become old. For Nature, or the Sap, struggles so long, till the Stock grows quite dry, and then it is to be cut down, and burnt in the Fire.