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Why then Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our works ; And think them shames, which are, indeed, nought
else But the protractive trials of great Jove, To find persistive constancy in men ? The fineness of which metal is not found In fortune's love ; for then, the bold and coward, The wise and fool, the artist and unread, The hard and soft, seem all affined* and kin: But, in the wind and tempest of her frown, Distinction, with a broad and powerful fan, Puffing at all, winnows the light away; And what hath mass, or matter, by itself Lies, rich in virtue, and unmingled. 26-i. 3. 176
Virtue and Knowledge.
I held it ever,
177 Glory and Wealth, their temptation.
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'Tis the curse of service;
* Joined by affinity. † Knowledge. | Hasty, precipitate.
By recommendation from powerful friends.
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Poverty and Riches.
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Disguise. Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness, Wherein the pregnant enemy does much. 4-ii. 2. 183
Nature, its weakness.
Strange it is,
30-v. 1, 184 Judgment governed by circumstances. Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; Robes, and furr'd gowns, hide all. Plate sin with
gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks : Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it.
34-iv. 6. 185
Virtue. Virtue, that transgresses, is but patched with sin; and sin, that amends, is but patched with virtue.
4-i. 5. 186
* That is, no griefs, evidently affected, have a sympathetic influ. ence by reaction upon others. The conceit is from a ball con. trasted to a bladder.
| Entirely. I'I have learned in whatever state,' &c. - Phil. iv. 11. $ Endless, unbounded.
|| Wintcr, producing no fruits. i Dexterous, ready fiend.
When we are born, we cry, that we are come
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Vicissitudes of life. Sometimes, hath the brightest day a cloud : - And, after summer, evermore succeeds Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold; So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet. 22–ii. 4.
188 T'he camomile and youth contrasted.
Though the camomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows, yet youth, the more it is wasted the sooner it wears.
Pride, its effects.
Men, their various characters.
O heavens, what some men do,
Contentment, its happiness.
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1 Low steps
Parental discipline neglected. Had doting Priam check’d his son's desire, Troy had been bright with fame, and not with fire.* 194
Deceiver of Females. How easy is it for the proper-falset. In women's waxen hearts to set their forms! 4-ii. 2.
Stubbornness of mind.
To wilful men, The injuries, that they themselves procure, Must be their schoolmasters.
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Prayers insincere, ineffectual.
What we do determine, oft we break.
like fruit unripe, sticks on the tree; But fall, unshaken, when they mellow be. 36-ji. 2. 198
It so falls out, That what we have we prize not to the worth, Whiles|| we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, Why, then we rackT the value ; then we find The virtue, that possession would not show us Whiles it was ours.
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Mediocrity of life.
Full oft 'tis seen Our mean** secures us; and our mere defects Prove our commodities.
*1 Sam. iii. 12, 13,
† Fair deceiver.
|| While. ** Mean signifies a middle state.
Disinterestedness. Never any thing can be amiss, When simpleness and duty tender it. 7-v. 1. 201
Mental passions, their effects.
The passions of the mind,
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Disquietude. Care is no cure, but rather corrosive, For things that are not to be remedied. 21-iii. 3. 203
Exaltation, its danger. They that stand high, have many blasts to shake
And, if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
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Treason and murder, handmaids.
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O mischief ! thou art swift To enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
* But fear of what may happen.