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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ... as by a regard for his appetite and a love of ease. He had not been successful as a student, being only skilful in singing, an art The young monk Cantelius 351 Hseret inter sacrum et saxum, ut est in Proverbiis. Adagia, Chil. I. Cent. i. Prov. 15. t The Convent of Stein, where Erasmus was professed, was in the vicinity of Gouda, but there is nothing now to mark the spot. See vol. i. p. 41. X A few lines further on, Cantelius is, somewhat inconsistently, described as a foster-brother (collactaneus) of Florentius. Cornelius VVerden, the prototype of Cantelius, appears to have been Erasmus's schoolfellow at Deventer, when Erasmus was already nine years old. Possibly he had been at an earlier time a fellow chorister at Utrecht. See vol. i. pp. 9, 43. that he had practised from his earliest years. On his return from Italy, where he had chased Fortune in vain, he found his parents bewailing the straitness of their circumstances and the multitude of their children, and consequently took refuge in a cowl, for which there is this to be said, that it provides a fairly comfortable subsistence for many a creature that would otherwise starve. In this interview Cantelius did not fail to observe how accomplished a scholar Florence had become. His next thought was for himself; and being of a Mercurial turn, he set to work with incredible ardour to persuade the other to share his profession, drawing an attractive picture of the monastic life, and exaggerating its sacred tranquillity, freedom and concord; representing it, in short, as a fellowship of Angels; and especially repeating and impressing on his friend, what an abundance there was of books and what leisure for study. He knew the bait with which the lad's mind might be caught. If you had heard him, you might have th...
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