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To feed, and clothe thee? Why should the poor be
flatter'd? No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp; And crook the pregnant* hinges of the knee, Where thrift may follow fawning. Dost thou hear? Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice, And could of men distinguish her election, She hath seal'd thee for herself: for thou hast been As one, in suffering all, that suffers nothing; A man, that fortune's buffets and rewards Hast ta'en with equal thanks: and bless'd are those Whose blood and judgment are so well co-mingled, That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger To sound what stop she please : Give me that man, That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee.
36 How his audit stands, who knows, save Heaven? But, in our circumstance and course of thought, 'Tis heavy with him.
36-iii. 3. 37
Your constancy Hath left you unattended.
27-ii. 2. 39
I would, I could Quit all offences with as clear excuse,
* Quick, ready. † Apartments allotted to culinary offices, &c. | A pipe with a turning stopple running to waste.
As well as, I am doubtless, I can purge
4-ü. 3. 42 You are liberal in offers ; You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks, You teach me how a beggar should be answer’d.
43 By the pattern of mine own thoughts I cut out The purity of his.
44 How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in & naughty world. 9-v. 1.
* Officious parasites.
ti. e. At an ebb. Intending had anciently the same meaning as attending. Broken hints, abrupt remarks. A half.cap, is a cap slightly moved, not put off. Wealth
45 O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown! The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword : The expectancy and rose of the fair state, The glass of fashion, and the mould* of form, The observed of all observers ! quite, quite down! And I, of ladies most deject and wretched, That suck'd the honey of his music vows, Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh; That unmatch'd form and feature of blown youth, Blasted with ecstasy.t
now, Like all mankind, show me an iron heart? 27-iii. 4.
47 Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low.
18-iv. 3. 48
O, sick to death :
may be negligent, foolish, and fearful;
* The model by whom all endeavoured to form themselves. † Alienation of mind.
Are such infirmities, that honesty
50 This world to me is like a lasting storm, Whirring me from my friends.
52 My eye's too quick, my heart o'erweens too much, Unless my band and strength could equal them.
54 If well-respected honour bid me on, I hold as little counsel with weak fear,
55 Could beauty have better commerce than with honesty ?
loved him next heaven ? obey'd him?
* To perceive the beauty of this passage, view it in'its connexion in the play.
† Served him with his superstitious attention.
Bring me a constant woman to her husband ;
25-iii. 1. 53 Those, that do teach young babes, Do it with gentle means, and easy tasks: He might have chid me so; for, in good faith, I am a child to chiding.
37-iv. 2. 59
your sacred person, in God's name,
61 Your changed complexions are to me a mirror, Which shows me mine changed too : for I must be
* As is the dew to the sea.