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The strong-ribb'd bark through liquid mountains cut,
Like Perseus' horse: Where's then the saucy boat,
And flies fled under shade, why, then the thing of
As roused with rage, with rage doth sympathise,
Determinations of Anger.
What to ourselves in passion we propose,
O place! O form!
How often dost thou with thy case, thy habit,
What valour were it, when a cur doth grin,
Self-praise no commendation.
The worthiness of praise distains his worth,
If that the praised himself bring the praise forth:
That breath fame follows; that praise, sole pure, transcends. §
*The gad-fly that stings cattle.
It is said of the tiger, that in storms and high winds he rages and roars most furiously.
§ Prov. xxvii. 2.
Dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. And I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality, that it is but a shadow's shadow.
A gibing spirit,
Whose influence is begot of that loose grace,
He that can endure
To follow with allegiance a fallen lord,
Does conquer him that did his master conquer,
Danger of exaltation.
Lie in the interpretation of the time;
Can counsel, and speak comfort to that grief,
To be so moral, when he shall endure
There was never yet philosopher,
That could endure the toothache patiently;
* That is, exaltation, by exciting envy, often is the grave of power,
and sinks fame in oblivion.
However, they have writ the style of gods,*
Thou dost conspire against thy friend,
If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mak'st his ear A stranger to thy thoughts.
It is the curse of kings to be attended
By slaves, that take their humours for a warrant;— And, on the winking of authority,
To understand a law; to know the meaning
Of dangerous majesty, when, perchance, it frowns
Who buys a minute's mirth, to wail a week?
For one sweet grape, who will the vine destroy?
Would with the sceptre straight be strucken down?
Authority, though it err like others,
Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself,
That skins the vice o' the top.
Mouldeth goblins swift as frenzy thoughts.
To be possess'd with double pomp,
* The style of gods, means, an exalted language; such as we may suppose would be written by beings superior to human calamities, and therefore regarding them with neglect and coldness.
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
The king is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him, as it doth to me; the element shows to him, as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions:* his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man; and though his affections are higher mounted than ours, yet, when they stoop, they stoop with the like wing. 20-iv. 1.
Men often blind to their faults.
Men's faults do seldom to themselves appear,
God's vengeance on the wicked.
There is no king, be his cause never so spotless, if it come to the arbitrement of swords, can try it out with all unspotted soldiers. Some, peradventure, have on them the guilt of premeditated and contrived murder; some of beguiling virgins with the broken seal of perjury; some, making the wars their bulwark, that have before gored the gentle bosom of peace with pillage and robbery. Now, if these men have defeated the law, and outrun native punishment, though they can outstrip men, they have no wings to fly from God:t war is his beadle, war is his vengeance; so that here men are punished, for beforebreach of the king's laws, in now the king's quarrel : where they feared the death, they have borne life away; and, where they would be safe, they perish.‡ Then, if they die unprovided, no more is the king guilty of their damnation, than he was before guilty of those impieties for the which they are now visited. Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own. 20-iv. 1.
† Isa. x. &c., that is, punishment in their native country. Matt. x. 39, and xvi. 25.
Man different only in exterior.
Though mean and mighty, rotting
Together, have one dust; yet reverence*
(That angel of the world) doth make distinction Of place 'tween high and low.
Kings, and mightiest potentates, must die;
Unwelcome news, thankless.
The first bringer of unwelcome news
As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent,
Nothing can we call our own, but death;
Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.
Conflict of Grace.
The flesh being proud, Desire doth fight with Grace, For there it revels, and when that decays,
The guilty rebel for remission prays.
The ample proposition, that hope makes
In all designs begun on earth below,
Fails in the promised largeness: checks and disasters
As knots, by the conflux of meeting sap,
* Reverence, or due regard to subordination, is the power that keeps peace and order in the world.