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Virtue is beauty; but the beauteous-evil
Virtue and Vice, their influence.
Virtue, as it never will be moved,
Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven;
Will sate itself in a celestial bed,
And prey on garbage.
'Tis too much proved,§—that, with devotion's visage, And pious action, we do sugar o'er
The devil himself.
Age provident. Youth heedless.
It seems, it is as proper to our age
To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,
Instability of worldly glory. Like madness is the glory of this life,
As this pomp shows to a little oil, and root.||
With poisonous spite and envy.
Mankind, its general character.
Who lives, that's not
Depraved, or depraves? who dies, that bears
Not one spurn to their graves of their friend's gift ?¶
'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes
*In the time of Shakspeare, trunks, which are now deposited in lumber-rooms, were part of the furniture in apartments where company was received. They were richly ornamented on the top and sides with scrollwork, and emblematical devices, and were elevated on feet.
† Ornamented. § Too frequent. i.e. The glory of this life is just as much madness in the eye of reason, as pomp appears to be when compared to the frugal repast of a philosopher. Ti. e. Given them by their friends.
Between the pass and fell incensed points
Time shall unfold what plaited* cunning hides,
In doing wrong, extenuates not wrong,
What rein can hold licentious wickedness,
When down the hill he holds his fierce career?
That nature which contemns its origin,
Cannot be border'd certain in itself;
She, that herself will sliver§ and disbranch
From her material sap, perforce must wither,
Dangerous conceits are, in their natures, poisons,
Burn like the mines of sulphur.
Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes,
Which after-hours give leisure to repent.
Where's that palace, whereinto foul things Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pure, But some uncleanly apprehensions
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper.' Prov. xxviii. 13.
'Who covers faults at last with shame derides.' Restrained within any certain bounds.
§ Tear off.
Keep leets,* and law-days, and in session sit
Timidity and self-confidence.
Blind Fear, that seeing Reason leads, finds safer footing than blind Reason stumbling without Fear.
Judgment influenced by circumstances.
Men's judgments are
A parcelt of their fortunes; and things outward
Gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite The man that mocks at it, and sets it light.
That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
Knowledge to be communicated.
That man-how dearly ever parted,||
How much in having, or without, or in,-
The beauty that is borne here in the face,
*Courts of equity.
Who has so virtuous a breast, that some impure conceptions will not sometimes enter into it: hold a session there as in a regular court, and bench by the side' of authorised and lawful thoughts? Rom. vii. 18-24. Prov. v. 14. Are of a piece with them. Excellently endowed.
Salutes each other with each other's form,
Till it hath travell'd, and is married there,
No man is the lord of any thing
(Though in and of him there be much consisting), Till he communicate his parts to others:
Nor doth he of himself know them for aught,
Till he behold them form'd in the applause,
Where they're extended; which, like an arch, reverberates
The voice again; or, like a gate of steel,
Fronting the sun, receives and renders back
Man not to be a slave to sense.
What is a man,
If his chief good, and market* of his time,
Be but to sleep, and feed? a beast, no more.
Sure, He, that made us with such large discourse,t Looking before, and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused.
We play the fools with the time; and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds, and mock us. 19-ii. 2.
If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings, and the widow weeps.
Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this praise, The breath is gone whereof this praise is made: Fast won-fast lost; one cloud of winter showers, These flies are couched.
† Power of comprehension.
Love, and tongue-tied simplicity,
In least, speak most, to my capacity.
The worst is not,
So long as we can say, This is the worst. 34-iv. 1.
'Tis the mind that makes the body rich;
And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
Cultivation and Sterility.
Our bodies are our gardens; to the which, our wills are gardeners: so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce; set hyssop, and weed up thyme; supply it with one gender of herbs, or distract it with many; either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry; why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills. If the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most preposterous conclusions.
Misconception of motives.
I am in this earthly world; where, to do harm,
Let the subject see, to make them know, That outward courtesies would fain proclaim Favours that keep within.f
†Then only shows of kindness have their worth,
The heart that keeps within.