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You are so fretful, you cannot live long.
Thou art the Mars of malcontents.
He capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he speaks holiday,* he smells April and
What shalt thou expect,
To be depender on a thing that leans?
So much as but to prop him?
Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, hath yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time; and I most humbly beseech your lordship, to have a reverend care of your health.
One that lies three-thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.
No marvel, though you bite so sharp at reasons,
A knave; a rascal, an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundredpound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver'd, action-taking knave; a glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave. 34-ii. 2.
I am an ass indeed; you may prove it by my long I have served him from the hour of my na
* Out of the common style. †That inclines towards its fall.
tivity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service but blows: When I am cold, he heats me with beating: when I am warm, he cools me with beating. I am waked with it, when I sleep; raised with it, when I sit; driven out of doors with it, when I go from home; welcomed home with it, when I return nay, I bear it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat; and, I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from door to door. 14-iv. 4.
Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance. 13-iv. 3.
I was born about three of the clock in the afternoon, with a white head, and something a round belly. For my voice,-I have lost it with hollaing, and singing of anthems. To approve my youth farther, I will not: the truth is, I am only old in judgment and understanding: and he, that will caper with me for a thousand marks, let him lend me the money, and have at him. 19-i. 2.
I am a courtier. See'st thou not the air of the court, in these enfoldings? hath not my gait in it, the measure of the court? receives not thy nose court-odour from me? reflect I not on thy baseness, court-contempt ? 13-iv. 3.
Thou rag of honour!
I would have had you put your power well on,
You might have been enough the man you are,
With striving less to be so: Lesser had been
You had not show'd them how you were disposed,
I will be proud. I will read politic authors. I will
wash off gross acquaintance. I will be point-device, the very man. 4-ii. 5.
Methinks, sometimes I have no more wit than an ordinary man has: but I am a great eater of beef, and, I believe, that does harm to my wit. 4-i. 3.
Let the doors be shut upon him; that he may play the fool nowhere but in 's own house.
How like a fawning publican he looks!
Very vilely in the morning, when he is sober; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is drunk: when he is best, he is little better than a man; and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast.
His heart's meteors tilting in his face.
This is some fellow,
Who, having been praised for bluntness, doth affect
An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth:
An they will take it, so; if not he's plain.
These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness Harbour more craft, and more corrupter ends,
Than twenty silly+ ducking observants,
That stretch their duties nicely.
What's his fault?
The flat transgression of a school-boy; who, being overjoyed with finding a bird's nest, shows it his companion and he steals it.
*Forces his outside or his appearance to something totally differ. ent from his natural disposition.
† Simple or rustic.
Tell me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?
For them all together; which maintained so politic a state of evil, that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them.
And I, forsooth, in love! I, that have been love's whip;
A very beadle to a humorous sigh;
A critic; nay, a night-watch constable;
This wimpled, whining, purblind, wayward boy;
And wear his colours like a tumbler's hoop!
And I to sigh for her! to watch for her!
Thou gav'st thine ears, like tapsters, that bid welcome To knaves, and all approachers.
Being once chafed, he cannot
Be rein'd again to temperance.
*The officers of the spiritual courts who serve citations.
Having his ear full of his airy fame,
A knave very voluble; no farther conscionable, than in putting on the mere form of civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing of his salt and most hidden loose affection. A slippery and subtle knave; a finder-out of occasions; that has an eye can stamp and counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never present itself.
What a blunt fellow is this grown to be!
Of any bold or noble enterprise,
However he puts on this tardy form.
This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit,
Which gives men stomach to digest his words
That ever this fellow should have fewer words than a parrot, and yet the son of a woman!-His industry is-up stairs, and down stairs; his eloquence, the parcel of a reckoning.
A hungry lean-faced villain,
A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller;
A needy, hollow-eyed, sharp-looking wretch,
A living dead man.
A man, that from very nothing, and beyond the imagination of his neighbours, is grown into an unspeakable estate.
This is in thee a nature but affected,