fore the better to express my self I say, that as to the truth, of
which Mathematical demonstrations give us the knowledge, it is
the same, which the divine wisdom knoweth; but this I must grant
you, that the manner whereby God knoweth the infinite propo­

sitions, of which we understand some few, is highly more excellent
than ours, which proceedeth by ratiocination, and passeth from con­

clusion to conclusion, whereas his is done at one single thought or
intuition; and whereas we, for example, to attain the knowledg
of some passion of the Circle, which hath infinite, beginning
from one of the most simple, and taking that for its definition,
do proceed with argumentation to another, and from that to a
third, and then to a fourth, &c. the Divine Wisdom, by the
apprehension of its essence comprehends, without temporary raci­
ocination, all these infinite passions; which notwithstanding, are
in effect virtually comprised in the definitions of all things; and, to

conclude, as being infinite, perhaps are but one alone in their nature,
and in the Divine Mind; the which neither is wholly unknown to
humane understanding, but onely be-clouded with thick and

grosse mists; which come in part to be dissipated and clarified,
when we are made Masters of any conclusions, firmly demon­
strated, and so perfectly made ours, as that we can speedily run
through them; for in sum, what other, is that proposition, that
the square of the side subtending the right angle in any triangle,
is equal to the squares of the other two, which include it, but
onely the Paralellograms being upon common bases, and between
parallels equal amongst themselves? and this, lastly, is it not the
same, as to say that those two superficies are equal, of which
equal parts applyed to equal parts, possesse equal place? Now

these inferences, which our intellect apprehendeth with time and a
gradual motion, the Divine Wisdom, like light, penetrateth in
an instant, which is the same as to say, hath them alwayes pre­
sent: I conclude therefore, that our understanding, both as to
the manner and the multitude of the things comprehended by us,
is infinitely surpast by the Divine Wisdom; but yet I do not so
vilifie it, as to repute it absolutely nothing; yea rather, when I
consider how many and how great misteries men have understood,
discovered, and contrived, I very plainly know and understand
the mind of man to be one of the works, yea one of the most ex­
cellent works of God.

Gods manner of
knowing different
from that of men.

Humane under­
standing done by

Definitions con­
tein virtually all
the passions of the
things defined.

Infinite Passions
are perhaps but
one onely.

The discourses
which humane
reason makes in a
certain time, the
Divine Wisdom re­
solveth in a mo­
ment; that is, hath
them alwayes pre­

SAGR. I have oft times considered with my self, in pursuance

of that which you speak of, how great the wit of man is; and
whil'st I run thorow such and so many admirable inventions found
out by him, as well in the Arts, as Sciences; and again reflecting
upon my own wit, so far from promising me the discovery of any
thing new, that I despair of comprehending what is already dis­