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wise; for either he avoids them with great discretion, or undertakes them with the most Christian-like fear. 6-ii. 3.


O good old man; how well in thee appears
The constant service of the antique world,
When service sweat for duty, not for meed!
Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
Where none will sweat, but for promotion;
And having that, do choke their service up
Even with the having:* it is not so with thee.


10-ii. 3.

I cannot cog, and say, thou art this and that, like a many of these lisping hawthorn buds, that come like women in men's apparel, and smell like Buckler'sburyt in simple-time.

3-iii. 3.


Look how we can, or sad, or merrily,
Interpretation will misquote our looks.

18-v. 2.


My blood begins my safer guides to rule;
And passion, having my best judgment collied,
Assays to lead the way.


37-ii. 3.

If his own life answer the straitness of his proceeding, it shall become him well: wherein, if he chance to fail, he hath sentenced himself.


Thus stand my state,

Like to a ship, that, having 'scaped a tempest,

5-iii. 2.

Is straightway calm'd, and boarded with a pirate.

22-iv. 9.

Even with the promotion gained by service, is service extinguished.

+ Formerly chiefly inhabited by druggists.


I am disgraced, impeach'd and baffled here;
Pierced to the soul with slander's venom'd spear.


17-i. 1.

I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad, when I have cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure; sleep when I am drowsy, and tend to no man's business; laugh, when I am merry, and claw no man in his humour.


Too full of the milk of human kindness.


Mine honesty shall be my dower.


4-i. 3.

15-i. 5.

23-iii. 2.

Faster than spring-time showers, comes thought on


And not a thought, but thinks on dignity.

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Were for myself.

As if the golden fee, for which I plead,


I have sounded the very base string of humility.


18-ii. 4.

In his commendations I am fed ;

24-iii. 5.

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His real habitude gave life and grace
To appertainings and to ornament,

Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case:

All aids themselves made fairer by their place;
Came for additions, yet their purposed trim
Pieced not his grace, but were all graced by him.
So on the tip of his subduing tongue

All kind of arguments, and question deep,
All replication prompt, and reason strong,
For his advantage still did wake and sleep:
To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep,
He had the dialect and different skill,
Catching all passions in his craft of will;
That he did in the general bosom reign

Of young, of old; and sexes both enchanted.

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Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time:
Some, that will evermore peep through their eyes,
And laugh, like parrots, at a bag-piper;

And other of such vinegar aspect,

That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile,
Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.


There are a sort of men, whose visages

Do cream and mantle, like a standing pond;
And do a wilful stillness* entertain,
With purpose to be dress'd in an opinion
Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit;
As who should say, I am Sir Oracle,
And, when I ope my lips, let no dog bark!

* Obstinate silence.

9-i. 1..

I do know of these,

That therefore only are reputed wise,

For saying nothing; who, I am very sure,

If they should speak, would almost damn those ears, Which, hearing them, would call their brothers, fools.


This fellow's wise enough to play the fool;
And, to do that well, craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time;

And, like the haggard,* check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice,
As full of labour as a wise man's art;

For folly, that he wisely shows, is fit;

9-i. 1.

But wise men, folly fallen,† quite taint their wit.


I do know him valiant,

And, touch'd with choler, hot as gunpowder,
And quickly will return an injury.


With a proud heart he wore

His humble weeds.


This milky gentleness, and course of yours,

Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon,

4-iii. 1.

20-iv. 7.

28-ii. 3.

You are much more attask'df for want of wisdom,
Than praised for harmful mildness.


34-i. 4.

As you are old and reverend, you should be wise.


You do unbend your noble strength, to think

So brainsickly of things.


34-i. 4.

15-ii. 2.

His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his

*A hawk not well trained. Liable to reprehension.

† i. e. Wise men fallen into folly.

tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical.*

Being scarce made up,


I mean, to man, he had not apprehension

8-v. 1.

Of roaring terrors; for the effect of judgment
Is oft the cause of fear.

31-iv. 2.


Your capacity

Is of that nature, that to your huge store
Wise things seem foolish, and rich things but poor.


8-v. 2.

A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain :
One, whom the music of his own vain tongue
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony.


8-i. 1.

He has every thing that an honest man should not have; what an honest man should have, he has nothing.


O, he's as tedious

As is a tired horse, a railing wife;

11-iv. 3.

Worse than a smoky house-I had rather live
With cheese and garlic, in a windmill, far,
Than feed on cates, and have him talk to me,
In any summer-house in Christendom.


18-iii. 1.

I have neither the scholar's melancholy, which is emulation; nor the musician's, which is fantastical; nor the courtier's, which is proud; nor the soldier's, which is ambitious; nor the lawyer's, which is po

* Boastful.

† Effect for defect.


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