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The Art of Swimming by BibliOdyssey

In books, history, society, sport, visual arts on March 16, 2013 at 15:34

From: The Art of Swimming by BibliOdyssey, http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.ca

Of the manner of entring into the water

Wherein naked early modernists get wet in the name of science!

“While one reflects on those many and frequent Accidents, which thro’ want of Swimming daily happen amongst us: Every one is ready to complain of the unhappiness of Man in that respect, in comparison of other Animals, to whom Nature has indulg’d that faculty, which he ought to enjoy in a more excellent degree, since it is so necessary to his Preservation.

This Art, which may be numbered among the Mechanick ones, since it is performed by Motion, and the Agitation of the Hands and Feet, has been hitherto exercised rather by a rude Imitation, than the Observation of any Rules or Precepts, by reason no on has taken the pains to reduce it to any; although it has always sufficiently deserved it, by the great advantages it brings to those who possess it, and in general to all Civil Societies, the consideration whereof ought to have made Men study to render it more easy to be learned, and more familiar to all men, since they may have so great occasion for it. [..]

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