The assembled souls of all that men held wise.
Gondibert (1650), Book ii. Canto v. Stanza 37.
Since knowledge is but sorrow’s spy,It is not safe to know.William Davenant
For angling-rod he took a sturdy oake;For line, a cable that in storm ne’er broke;His hooke was such as heads the end of poleTo pluck down house ere fire consumes it whole;The hook was baited with a dragon’s tale,—And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.William Davenant