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Religio Medici and Hydriotaphia

Sir Thomas Browne

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Religio Medici (The Religion of a Doctor) sets out Sir Thomas Browne's spiritual testament as well as being an early psychological self-portrait.

Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial, or a Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns lately found in Norfolk. Its nominal subject was the discovery of a Roman urn burial in Norfolk.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Galen his books, <i>De Usu Partium</i>,<16> as in Suarez's Meta- physicks. Had Aristotle been as curious in the enquiry of this cause as he was of the other, he had not left behind him an imperfect piece of philosophy, but an absolute tract of divinity.

<i>Sect.</i> 15.—<i>Natura nihil agit frustra</i>, is the only indis- putable axiom in philosophy. There are no grotesques in nature; not any thing framed to fill up empty cantons, and unnecessary spaces. In the most imperfect creatures, and such as were not preserved in the ark, but, having their seeds and principles in the womb of nature, are everywhere, where the power of the sun is,—in these is the wisdom of his hand discovered. Out of this rank Solomon chose the object of his admiration; indeed, what reason may not go to school to the wisdom of bees, ants, and spiders? What wise hand teacheth them to do what reason cannot teach us? Ru. . . Read More