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Gifts, not our own. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do; Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not.* Spirits are not finely touch'd, But to fine issues: nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use.f
5-i. 1. 2
Thyself and thy belongings
Faults, extenuation of.
* Matt. y. 15, 16.
f Interest. Matt. xxv. 20, &c.
And, like a shifted wind unto a sail,
The future anticipated by the past.
Wise men superior to woes.
Wise men ne'er wail their present woes,
14-ii. 1. Men's last words to be regarded.
The tongues of dying men Enforce attention like deep harmony; Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in
vain, For they breathe truth that breathe their words in
pain. He, that no more must say, is listen'd more Than they, whom youth and ease have taught to
glose;f More are men's ends mark’d, than their lives before :
The setting sun, and music at the close,
* To pause is to rest, to be in quiet.
As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last;
17-ii. 1. 9
Self-interest, its influence.
16–ii. 2. 10
Assured wisdom. They say, miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons, to make moderns and familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear.
11-ii. 3. 11 Blessings undervalued, till irrecoverable.
Love, that comes too late
That wishing well had not a body in't,
† Poised, balanced. 1 Ordinary.
Ś Fear means here, the object of fear. li. e. And show by realities what we now inust only think.
To persevere In obstinate condolement,* is a course Of impious stubbornness; 'tis unmanly grief: It shows a will most incorrectt to heaven; A heart unfortified, or mind impatient; An understanding simple and unschoold. I 36—i. 2. 15
Blessed be those,
31-i. 7. 16
Intemperance. As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue (Like rats that ravin|| down their proper bane), A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. 5-i. 3.
Elevation, exposed to censure.
If pow'rs divine
* Condolement, for sorrow, | Incorrect, for untutored. | 1 Thess. iv. 13.
$ 1 Tim. vi. 6. Voraciously devour. | Inquisitions, inquiries. ** Sallies.
Certainty of Death.
29-iii. 1. The value of Virtue. The honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
11-iii. 5. 21
The service of the foot Being once gangrened, is not then respected For what before it was.
28-iii. 1. 22
Durability of Fame. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives, Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, And then grace us in the disgrace of death ; When, spite of cormorant devouring Time, Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen edge, And make us heirs of all eternity.*
8-i. 1. 23
Honours not hereditary.
Honours best thrive,
11-ii. 3. 24
Confidence, not to be placed in man.
24-jii. 4. 25
Submission to Providence. I do find it cowardly and vile,
* i.e. Through all succeeding ages.