Henry Craik, ed. English Prose. 1916. Vol. II. Sixteenth Century to the Restoration
An Ill Match
By Thomas Fuller (16081661)
From Good Thoughts in Bad Times
DIVINE PROVIDENCE is remarkable in ordering, that a fog and a tempest never did, nor can, meet together in nature. For as soon as a fog is fixed the tempest is allayed; and as soon as a tempest doth arise the fog is dispersed. This is a great mercy; for otherwise such small vessels as boats and barges, which want the conduct of the card and compass, would irrecoverably be lost.
How sad, then, is the condition of many sectaries in our age; which in the same instant have a fog of ignorance in their judgments, and a tempest of violence in their affections, being too blind to go right, and yet too active to stand still.