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HAT is Truth? said jesting Pilate;

and would not stay for an Answer. Certainly there be, that delight in Gid

diness; and count it a Bondage, to fix a Belief; affecting Free-will in Thinking, as well as in Acting. And though the Sects of Philofophers of that Kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing Wits, which are of the same Veins, though there be not so much Blood in them, as was in those of the Ancients. But it is not only the Difficulty, and Labour, which Men take in finding out of Truth; Nor again, that when it is found, it imposeth upon men's Thoughts; that doth bring Lies in favour : But a natural, though corrupt, Love, of the Lie itself. One of the later Schools of the Grecians examineth the matter, and is at a stand, to think what should be in it that men should love Lies; where neither they make for Pleasure, as with Poets; nor for Advantage, as with the Merchant; but for the Lie's sake. But

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