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at such a convoy; who came off bravely, who was shot, who disgraced, what terms the enemy stood on; and this they con perfectly in the phrase of war, which they trick up with new-tuned oaths: And what a beard of the general's cut, and a horrid suit of the camp, will do among foaming bottles, and ale-washed wits, is wonderful to be thought on! but you must learn to know such slanders of the age, or else you may be marvellous mistook. 20-iii. 6.
He hath much land, and fertile; let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the king's mess: 'Tis a chough; but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt.
My credit now stands on such slippery ground,
Will you have me, lady?
No, my lord, unless I might have another for workingdays; your grace is too costly to wear every day.
My master is deaf. I am sure he is, to the hearing of any thing good. 19-i. 2.
O thou great thunder-darter of Olympus, forget that thou art Jove, the king of gods: and, Mercury, lose all the serpentine craft of thy Caduceus; if ye take not that little little less-than-little wit from them that they have! which short-armed ignorance itself knows is so abundant scarce, it will not in circumvention deliver a fly from a spider, without drawing their massy irons, and cutting the web. 26-ji. 3.
A bird like a jackdaw.
The wand of Mercury, which is wreathed with serpents.
i. e. Without drawing their swords to cut their webs: they use no means but those of violence.
See you those clothes? say, you see them not, and think me still no gentleman born you were best say, these robes are not gentleman born. Give me the lie; do; and try whether I am not now a gentleman born. Ay, and have been so any time these four hours. 13-v. 2.
I have rubb'd this young quat almost to the sense,*
Here comes Monsieur Le Beau, with his mouth full of news, which he will put on us, as pigeons feed their young. 10-i. 2.
He was wont to speak plain, and to the purpose, like an honest man, and a soldier; and now is he turned orthographer; his words are a very fantastical banquet, just so many strange dishes.
Why, what's the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm, and cloudiness?
I have ere now, sir, been better known to you, when I have held familiarity with fresher clothes; but I am now, sir, muddied in fortune's moat, and smell somewhat strong of her strong displeasure. 11-v. 2.
I do remember him, like a man made after a supper of a cheese-paring: when he was naked, he was, for all the world, like a forked radish, with a head fantastically carved upon it with a knife: he was so forlorn, that his dimensions to any thick sight were invisible: he was the very genius of famine. 19-iii. 2.
*To the quick.
It is the disease of not listening, the malady of not marking, that I am troubled withal.
Either thou art most ignorant by age,
Or thou wert born a fool.
Thy bones are hollow: impiety has made a feast of
A rude despiser of good manners,
That in civility thou seem'st so empty.
O, he is the courageous captain of compliments. He fights as you sing prick-song,* keeps time, distance, and proportion; rests me his minim rest, one, two, and the third in your bosom: the very butcher of a silk button, a duellist, a duellist; a gentleman of the very first house,-of the first and second cause:† Ah, the immortal passado! the punto reverso! the hay! 35-ii. 4.
Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me: the brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to vent any thing, that tends to laughter, more than I invent, or is invented on me: I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.
He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under presentation of that, he shoots his wit. 10-v. 4.
He is knight, dubbed with unhacked rapier, and on carpet consideration.
* By notes pricked down.
† A gentleman of the first rank of the first eminence among duellists, and will tell you of the first cause and the second cause for which a man is to fight
Terms of the fencing school.
O, you are sick of self-love, and taste with a distem
He is a very valiant trencher-man, he hath an excellent stomach.
A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
On objects, arts, and imitations;
Which, out of use, and staled by other men,
Begin his fashion.
I cannot tell for which of his virtues it was, but he was certainly whipped out of the court.
What cracker is this same, that deafs our ears
Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old with all the characters of age? Have you not a moist eye? a dry hand? a yellow cheek? a white beard? a decreasing leg? an increasing belly? Is not your voice broken? your wind short? your chin double? your wit single ?* and every part about you blasted with antiquity ?+ and will you yet call yourself young? Fye, fye, fye.
You are rather point-device in your accoutrements; as loving yourself, than seeming the lover of any
Fit for the mountains, and the barbarous caves,
Where manners ne'er were preach'd!
He hears merry tales, and smiles not: I fear, he will prove the weeping philosopher when he grows old, being so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. 9-i. 2.
Thou thread, thou thimble,
I did think, by the excellent constitution of thy leg, it was formed under the star of a galliard.
For a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession for it perpetually. 11—iv. 3.
He will lie with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool; drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be swine drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his bed-clothes about him; but they know his conditions, and lay him in straw.
He is of a free and open nature,
That thinks men honest, that but seem to be so;
As asses are.
He his special nothing ever prologues.
Why, what a wasp-stung and impatient fool
Art thou, to break into this woman's mood ;*
Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own? 18-i. 3.
* Mind, humour.