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There is a kind of confession in your looks, which your modesties have not craft enough to colour.


Being fed by us, you used us so
As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,*
Useth the sparrow: did oppress our nest;
Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,

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That even our love durst not come near your sight,
For fear of swallowing.

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Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye.

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A devil, a born devil, on whose nature

Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains,
Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost;

And as, with age, his body uglier grows,

So his mind cankers.


A fearful eye thou hast: Where is that blood,
That I have seen inhabit in those cheeks?
So foul a sky clears not without a storm.


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His face, though full of cares, yet show'd content;
So mild, that Patience seem'd to scorn his woes.

An humble gait, calm looks, eyes wailing still,
A brow unbent, that seem'd to welcome woe;
Cheeks neither red nor pale, but mingled so
That blushing red no guilty instance gave,
Nor ashy pale the fear that false hearts have.

But, like a constant and confirmed devil,

He entertain'd a show so seeming just,

*The cuckoo's chicken, who being hatched and fed by the sparrow, in whose nest the cuckoo's egg was laid, grows in time able to devour her nurse. † Education.

And therein so ensconced his secret evil,
That jealousy itself could not mistrust,
False-creeping craft and perjury should thrust
Into so bright a day such black-faced storms,
Or blot with hell-born sin such saint-like forms.


Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade.*



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The middle of humanity thou never knewest, but the extremity of both ends. When thou wast in thy gilt, and thy perfume, they mocked thee for too much curiosity; in thy rags thou knowest none, but art despised for the contrary.


He cannot buckle his distemper'd cause
Within the belt of rule.


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Allowed by order of law a furred gown to keep him warm; and furred with fox and lamb-skins too, to signify, that craft, being richer than innocency, stands for the facing.


Why should we be tender,

To let an arrogant piece of flesh threat us;
Play judge, and executioner, all himself?


In seeking tales and informations,

Against this man, (whose honesty the devil

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And his disciples only envy at,)

Ye blew the fire that burns ye.


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Whose disposition, all the world well knows,

Will not be rubb'd, nor stopp'd.

*An establish'd habit.

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For too much finical delicacy. [Here is the depth, precision,

and acuteness, of Aristotle.]


His show

Beguiles him, as the mournful crocodile
With sorrow snares relenting passengers;
Or as the snake, roll'd in a flowering* bank,
With shining checker'd slough,† doth sting a child,
That, for the beauty, thinks it excellent.


This cur is venom-mouth'd, and I

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Have not the power to muzzle him; therefore, best
Not wake him in his slumber.

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He hath faults, with surplus, to tire in repetition.

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Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,

Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time's flies,t
Cap and knee slaves, vapours, and minute-jacks.§


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If thou wert honourable,

Thou would'st have told this tale for virtue, not
For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange.
Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far
From thy report, as thou from honour.


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How fairly this lord strives to appear foul! takes virtuous copies to be wicked; like those, that, under hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire. Of such a nature is his politic love.

*i. e. In the flowers growing on the bank. Flies of a season.

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† Skin.

§ Jacks of the clock.


I would not buy

Their mercy at the price of one fair word;
Nor check my courage for what they can give,
To have 't with saying, Good morrow.


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He hath no friends, but who are friends for fear.


Thou disease of a friend, and not himself!
Has friendship such a faint and milky heart,
It turns in less than two nights?


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How he coasts,

But in this point

And hedges, his own way.*

All his tricks founder, and he brings his physic

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If the devil have given thee proofs for sin,
Thou wilt prove his.

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Too bad for bad report.

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Thou know'st no law of God nor man;

No beast so fierce, but knows some touch of pity.


O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!

Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?

Beautiful tyrant, fiend angelical!

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*Not to take the direct and open path, but to steal covertly through circumvolutions.

Dove-feather'd raven! wolvish-ravening lamb!
Despised substance of divinest show!
Just opposite to what thou justly seem'st,
A damned saint, an honourable villain!


Is not thy kindness subtle, covetous,

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If not a usuring kindness; and as rich men deal gifts, Expecting in return twenty for one?


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He that will give good words to thee, will flatter

Beneath abhorring.


This top-proud fellow,

(Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but
From sincere motions,*) by intelligence,
And proofs as clear as founts in July, when
We see each grain of gravel, I do know
To be corrupt and treasonous.

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False of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand; hog in sloth, fox in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in prey.


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Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain


Which are too intrinset t' unloose: smooth every pasThat in the nature of their lords rebels;

Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods;

*Honest indignation.

† Perplexed.

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