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ESSAYS.

ESSAYS.

I. Of Truth.

HAT is Truth? faid jefting Pilate; and would not ftay for an Answer. Certainly there be, that delight in Giddinefs; and count it a Bondage, to fix a Belief; affecting Free-will in Thinking, as well as in Acting. And though the Sects of Philofophers of that Kind be gone, yet there remain certain difcourfing Wits, which are of the fame Veins, though there be not fo much Blood in them, as was in those of the Ancients. But it is not only the Difficulty, and Labour, which Men take in finding out of Truth; Nor again, that when it is found, it impofeth upon men's Thoughts; that doth bring Lies in favour: But a natural, though corrupt, Love, of the Lie itself. One of the later Schools of the Grecians examineth the matter, and is at a ftand, to think what should be in it that men fhould love Lies; where neither they make for Pleasure, as with Poets; nor for Advantage, as with the Merchant; but for the Lie's fake. But

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