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since Nobilitie hangeth not vpon the aiery esteeme of vulgar opinion, but is indeed of itselfe essentiall and absolute .
He was indebted here to John Smith and other Cambridge Platonists in the 17th century who had contrasted the "thin, aiery knowledge that is got by meer speculation" with the "sweetness and deliciousness of divine truth" that has to be "tasted and relished" in order to be taken in.