An Excerpt from

A Treatie of Human Learning (1633)

by Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke



The mind of man is this world's dimension,
And knowledge is the measure of the mind ;
And as the mind, in her vast comprehension,
Contains more worlds than all the wolrd can find :
    So knowledge doth itself far more extend,
    Than all the minds of men can comprehend.


A climbing height it is without a head ;
Depth without bottom, way without an end ;
A circle with no line environèd ;
Not comprehended, all it comprehends ;
    Worth infinite, yet satisfies no mind,
    'Till it that infinite of the Godhead find.

Grosart, Alexander B., Ed. The Friend of Sir Philip Sidney.
London: Elliot Stock, 1894. 185.

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