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The House of Feasting, Or, The Epicure's Measures.

The House of Feasting, Or, The Epicure's Measures.

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Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. —
1 Cor. XV. 32. last part.


Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. —
1 Cor. XV. 32. last part.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 31, 2014
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THE HOUSE OF FEASTIG, OR, THE EPICURE'S MEASURES. BY REV. JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D., PART I. Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. — 1 Cor. XV. 32. last part. This is the epicure's proverb, begun upon a weak mistake,* started by chance from the discourses of drink, and thought witty by the undiscerning company, and prevailed infinitely, because it struck their fancy luckily, and maintained the merry meeting ; but as it happens commonly to such dis- courses, so this also, when it comes to be examined by the consultations of the morn- ing, and the sober hours of the day, it seems (he most witless and the most unreasonable m the world. When Seneca describes the spare diet of Epicurus and Metrodorus, he uses this expression : •' Liberaliora sunt delicacies, which, after the first alteration, must be poured upon the ground, and looked upon as the worst part of the ac- cursed thing. And there is also the same proportion of unreasonableness, that be- cause men shall " die to-morrow," and by the sentence and unalterable decree of God they are now descending to their graves, that therefore they should first destroy their
reason, and then force dull times to run faster, that they may die sottish as beasts, and speedily as a fly : but they thought there was no life after this; or if there were, it was without pleasure, and every soul thrust into a hole, and a dorter of a spanks length allowed for his rest and for his walk; and in the shades below no num- bering of healths by the numeral letters of Philenium's name, no fat mullets, no oysters of Lucrinus, no Lesbian or Chian wines. Tovro <ra4>w(, avBpattt, f»a$Ciiit tii^paivt Oiovtov. Therefore now enjoy the delicacies of nature, and feel the descending wines dis- tilling through the limbeck of thy tongue and larynx, and suck the delicious juice of fishes, the marrow of the laborious ox, and the tender lard of Apulian swine, and .the condited bellies of the scarus ; but lose no time, for the sun drives hard, and the shadow is long, and "the days of mourning are at hand," but the number of the day? of darkness and the grave cannot be told. Thus they thought they discoursed wisely, and their wisdom was turned into folly; for all their arts of providence, and witty secu- rities of pleasure, were nothing but unman- ly prologues to death, fear and folly, sensu- ality and beastly pleasures. But they are to be excused rather than we. They placed themselves in the order of beasts and birds, and esteemed their bodies nothing but receptacles of flesh and wme, larders and pantries; and their soul the fine instrument of pleasure and brisk perception of relishes and gusts, reflections and duplications ot delight; and therefore they treated them- selves accordingly. But then, why we should do the same things, who are led by
other principles, and a more severe institu- alimenta carceris : sepositos ad capitale Mupplicium, non tam anguste, qui occisurus|tion, and better notices of immortality, who est, pascit:" "The prison keeps a better understand what shall happen to a soul table ; and he that is to kill the criminal in- | hereafter, and know that this time is but a morrow-morning, gives him a better supper ; passage to eternity, this body but a servant overnight." By this he intended to repre- to the soul, this soul a minister totheSpitit, »ent his meal to be very short ; for as dying and the whole man in order to God and to (lersons have but little stomach to feast high, so thev that mean to cut their tliroat. felicity; this, I say, is more unreasonable than to eat aeoniia to preserve our heahh. Sbrm. XV. THE HOUSE OP FEASTIG. Hi

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