Monday, May 31, 2010

Joseph Addison addresses the need for exercise in this little piece and quotes a great poem by Dryden –

“For my own part I intend to hunt twice a week during my stay with Sir Rodger; and shall prescribe the moderate use of this exercise to all my country friends, as the best kind of physic for mending a bad constitution, and preserving a good one. I cannot do this better, than in the following lines out of Mr. Dryden: --

The first physicians by debauch were made;

Excess began, and sloth sustained the trade.

By chase our long-lived fathers earned their food;

Toil strung the nerves, and purified the blood;

But we their sons, a pamper’d race of men

Are dwindled down to threescore years and ten.

Better to hunt in fields for health unbought

Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.

The wise for cure on exercise depend:

God never made His work for man to mend.

Picture by Teuku Jody Zulkarnaen

1 comment:

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Fred:)

I agree the modern generation has become lethargic and lazy. Life has become easy with many modern inventions.

People don't even walk one bus stop and they would rather take a bus.

Out door activity has become very little for children.They are mostly addicted to TV and computer games.

When God sent away Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden, He told them to earn their daily bread by the sweat of their brows. No one sweats these day to earn their living.

Very interesting post Fred:)