The anatomy of melancholy
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The anatomy of melancholy

By Robert Burton
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Excerpt: CHAPTER V. THE CURE OF MELANCHOLY. Melancholy is said to be the inexorable parent of every mental disease; but Paracelsus ridicules the idea of its being incurable; and certain it is, that this dreadful malady, even in its most afflicting stages, seldom causes immediate death) except, indeed, by the ungoverned hand of the miserable sufferer. Montanus, however, is of opinion, that to whatever extent the patient may be relieved, some dregs and vestiges, the vcteris vestigia flamma:, will still remain, and accompany him to his grave; and unquestionably it is a disease much more easy to be prevented than entirely cured. " To administer to a mind diseased, Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the foul bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart, is certainly a task surrounded with difficulties seemingly insurmountable; but when we seriously consider the assistance that may be derived from Him who turns " the mourning of those that trust in Him into joy and gladness," the frowns of despair will be converted into thesmiles of hope, and the idea of difficulty will vanish in proportion to our faith in the Almighty. licclmaaticua. " For the Almight...

Table of Contents
  • DEMOCRITUS JUNIOR TO HIS BOOK
  • THE ARGUMENT OF THE FRONTISPIECE.
  • DEMOCRITUS JUNIOR TO THE READER.
    • LECTORI MALE FERIATO.
      • TO THE READER AT LEISURE.
    • THE SYNOPSIS OF THE FIRST PARTITION.
  • THE FIRST PARTITION.
    • SECT. I. MEMB. II.
      • MEMB. III.
      • SECT. II. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. II.
      • MEMB. III.
      • MEMB. IV.
      • MEMB. V.
      • SECT. III. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. II.
  • THE SYNOPSIS OF THE SECOND PARTITION.
  • THE SECOND PARTITION. THE CURE OF MELANCHOLY.
    • MEMB. IV.
      • SECT. II. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. VI.
      • SECT. IV. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. II.
      • SECT. V. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. III.
  • THE SYNOPSIS OF THE THIRD PARTITION.
  • THE THIRD PARTITION, LOVE-MELANCHOLY.
    • MEMB. II.
      • SECT. II. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. II.
      • MEMB. V.
      • SECT. III. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. IV.
      • SECT. IV. MEMB. I.
      • MEMB. II.
    • INDEX.
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