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I called for men, and not for varlets

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. Jeremiah 5:1

If you can find a man… i.e., A godly, a zealous man.

For homines permulti, viri perpauci, saith Herodotus: there is a great paucity of good people.

Diogenes is said to have sought for a good man in Athens with a lantern and candle at noonday. And once, when he had made an O yes in the market place, crying out, ‘Ακουσατε ανδρες, Hear, O ye men; and thereupon company came about him to hear what the matter was, he rated them away again with this speech, Ανδρας εκαλεσα, ου καθαρματα, I called for men, and not for varlets. Continue reading “I called for men, and not for varlets”

Thy wizards and diviners, those deceivers of the people

Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee. (Isaiah 47:15)

Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured.

But all in vain; viz., with thy wizards and diviners, those deceivers of the people, concerning whom Cato once said, Potest Augur Augurem videre et non ridere?  Can those fellows look one on another and not laugh, when they consider how they deceive people, and cheat them of their moneys?

Hence they are called merchants also in the next words.


Painting: The Opening of Waterloo Bridge seen from Whitehall Stairs, 18 June 1817, oil on canvas, c. 1832. Tate Britain, by John Constable

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