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The evil of duelling.
You undergo too strict a paradox,
Striving to make an ugly deed look fair:
Your words have took such pains, as if they labour'd
Is valour misbegot, and came into the world
The worst that man can breathe; and make his wrongs
To bring it into danger.
If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill,
Stop the rage betime,
Before the wound do grow incurable :
For, being green, there is great hope of help.
Compassion recommended to the proud.
Take physic, Pomp;
Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
That thou may'st shake the superflux* to them,
559 The duty owing to ourselves and others.
Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy
I will chide no breather in the world, but myself; against whom I know most faults.
Imperfections belong to the best.
Thy honourable metal may be wrought
From that it is disposed:* Therefore 'tis meet
Honourable causes need no oath.
What other oath,
Than honesty to honesty engaged?
Unto bad causes swear
Such creatures as men doubt: but do not stain
The even virtue of our enterprise,
Nor th' insuppressive mettle of our spirits,
To think, that, or our cause, or our performance,
Though it be honest, it is never good
To bring bad news: Give to a gracious message
Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance only, Which your disease requires.
More than a wild exposure to each chance
Since the affairs of men rest still uncertain,
I charge thee fling away ambition;
By that sin fell the angels, how can man then,
* Disposed to.
Love thyself last; cherish those hearts that hate thee;
To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not!
How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester !
The danger of false accusation.
You charge not in your spleen a noble person,
Out, idle words, servants to shallow fools!
The advantage of sincerity.
With such full license, as both truth and malice
Things unavoidable not to be deplored.
But let determined things to destiny
Hold unbewail'd their way.
You ever-gentle gods
To die before you please!
Let not my worser spirit‡ tempt me again
*The sense is, that man not agitated by censure, like soil not ven.
tilated by quick winds, produces more evil than good.
†Tilling, ploughing; prepares us to produce good seed.
Corrupt nature,-a depraved nature.
If we shall stand still,
Mildness to be used in differences.
That which combined us was most great, and let not
May it be gently heard: When we debate
Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms,
Now, for the love of Love, and her soft hours,
May'st thou have the spirit of persuasion, and he the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may move, and what he hears may be believed.
Ingratitude, how extinguished.
We sent to thee; to give thy rages balm,
Let your best love draw to that point, which seeks
Reason to be regarded.
Do not banish reason
For inequality: but let your reason serve
To make the truth appear, where it seems hid;
And hide the false, seems true.
* Let not ill-humour be added.
Their refers to rages.
Praise to be bestowed seasonably.
Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove; our head shall go bare, till merit crown it: no perfection in reversion shall have a praise in present: we will not name desert, before his birth; and, being born, his addition* shall be humble. 26-iii. 2.
We thought not good to bruise an injury, till it were full ripe.
Passion allayed by reason.
I say again, there is no English soul
More stronger to direct you than yourself,
In those foundations which I build upon,
This too much lenity
And harmful pity, must be laid aside.
The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on;
I love not to see wretchedness o'ercharged,
And duty in his service perishing.
ti. c. If the proofs which I can offer will not support the opinion I have formed, no foundation can be trusted.