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He, that depends

Upon your favours, swims with fins of lead,
And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye! Trust ye?
With every minute you do change a mind;
And call him noble, that was now your hate,
Him vile, that was your garland.

No heart among you?
Against the rectorship


28-i. 1.

Why, had your bodies Or had you tongues, to cry of judgment?


He that trusts you,

28-ii. 3.

Where he should find you lions, finds you hares;
Where foxes, geese: You are no surer, no,
Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,

Or hailstone in the sun.


28-i. 1.

You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
As reek o' the rotten fens, whose loves I prize,
As the dead carcasses of unburied men

That do corrupt my air.


What's the matter, you dissentious rogues,
That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion,
Make yourselves scabs?

28-iii. 3.

28-i. 1.


You souls of geese,

28-i. 4.

That bear the shapes of men, how have you run
From slaves that apes would beat?


You are potently opposed; and with a malice
Of as great size. Ween* you of better luck,
I mean, in perjured witness, than your Master,
Whose minister you are, whiles here he lived
Upon this naughty earth?

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25-v. 1.


It was always yet the trick of our English nation, if they have a good thing, to make it too common.

19-i. 2.


The clothier means to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new nap upon it.

22-iv. 2.

17-ii. 3.


The caterpillars of the commonwealth.


Being not propp'd by ancestry (whose grace
Chalks successors their way), neither allied
To eminent assistants, but, spider-like,
Out of his self-drawing web, he gives us note,
The force of his own merit makes his way;
A gift that Heaven gives for him. . . .

I cannot tell

What Heaven hath given him, let some graver eye Pierce into that; but I can see his pride

Peep through each part of him: Whence has he that, If not from hell?


We must suggest the people, in what hatred

25-i. 1.

He still hath held them: that to his power, he would Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders, and Dispropertied their freedoms: holding them,

In human action and capacity,

Of no more soul, nor fitness for the world,

Than camels in their war; who have their provand
Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
For sinking under them.


I love the people, But do not like to stage me to their eyes: Though it do well, I do not relish well Their loud applause, and aves vehement : Nor do I think the man of safe discretion, That does affect it.


Let not the world see fear, and sad distrust,
Govern the motion of a kingly eye.

28-ii. 1.

5-i. 1.

16-v. 1.


Be great in act, as you have been in thought;
Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire;
Threaten the threat'ner, and outface the brow
Of bragging horror, so shall inferior eyes,
That borrow their behaviours from the great,
Grow great by your example, and put on
The dauntless spirit of resolution.


Show boldness and aspiring confidence.


Something, sure, of state,

16-v. 1.

16-v. 1.

Hath puddled his clear spirit: and, in such cases,
Men's natures wrangle with inferior things,

Though great ones are their object. 'Tis even so;
For let our finger ache, and it indues

Our other healthful members ev'n to that sense

Of pain.

37-iii. 4.


Who is so gross,

That cannot see this palpable device?

Yet who so bold, but says he sees it not?
Bad is the world; and all will come to nought,
When such bad dealing must be seen in thought.


24-iii. 6.

For the mutable, rank-scented many, let them
Regard me as I do not flatter, and

Therein behold themselves: I say again,

In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition,

Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd, and


By mingling them with us, the honour'd number;
Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that
Which they have given to beggars.


The man was noble,

But with his last attempt he wiped it out;

28-iii. 1.

Destroy'd his country; and his name remains,
To the ensuing age, abhorr'd

28-v. 3.


Behold destruction, frenzy, and amazement,
Like witless antics, one another meet.


Be factious for redress of all these griefs;
And I will set this foot of mine as far,

As who goes farthest.


Courtiers as free, as debonair, unarm'd,

26-v. 3.

29-i. 3.

As bending angels; that's their fame in peace:

But when they would seem soldiers, they have galls, Good arms, strong joints, true swords; and Jove's accord,

Nothing so full of heart.

26-i. 3.

Civil dissension is a viperous worm,

That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.


Cruel are the times, when we are traitors,

21-iii. 1.

And do not know ourselves: when we hold rumour

From what we fear, yet know not what we fear;
But float upon a wild and violent sea,

Each way, and move.

15-iv. 2.


Great promotions

Are daily given, to ennoble those

That scarce, some two days since, were worth a noble.


We hear this fearful tempest sing,

Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm;
We see the wind sit sore upon our sails,
And yet we strike not, but securely perish.


The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,

24-i. 1.

17-ii. 1.

May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two

Guiltier than him they try: What's open made to


That justice seizes. What know the laws,

That thieves do pass on thieves?

5-ii. 1.


If little faults, proceeding on distemper,

Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye, When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and digested, Appear before us?


We must not make a scare-crow of the law,
Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,

20-ii. 2.

And let it keep one shape, till custom make it
Their perch, and not their terror.

5-ii. 1.


We see which way the stream of time doth run,
And are enforced from our most quiet sphere
By the rough torrent of occasion.


Poise the cause in justice' equal scales,

19-iv. 1.

Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause pre



Contention, like a horse,

22-ii. 1.

Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,

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Tiger-footed rage, when it shall find

The harm of unscann'd swiftness, will, too late,

Tie leaden pounds to his heels.


The present time's so sick,

28-iii. 1.

That present medicine must be minister'd,

Or overthrow incurable ensues.

O conspiracy!


16-v. 1.

Sham'st thou to show thy dangerous brow by night,

When evils are most free? O, then, by day,

Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough

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