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Thus we debase The nature of our seats, and make the rabble Call our cares, fears : which will in time break ope The locks o' the senate, and bring in the crows To peck the eagles.
330 Let our alliance be combined, Our best friends made, and our best means stretch'd
And let us presently go sit in council,
How covert matters may be best disclosed,
And open perils surest answer'd.
331 Time it is, when raging war is done, To smile at 'scapes and perils over-blown. 12-v. 2.
332 I will use the olive with my sword : Make war breed peace; make peace stint war; maka
each Prescribe to other, as each other's leech. 27-v. 5.
No more shall trenching war channel her fields,
Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofs
Of hostile paces : those opposed eyes,
Which, like the meteors of a troubled heaven,
All of one nature, of one substance bred, -
Did lately meet in the intestine shock
And furious close of civil butchery.
Shall now, in mutual, well-beseeming ranks,
March all one way; and be no more opposed
Against acquaintance, kindred, and allies :
The edge of war, like an ill-sheathed knife,
No more shall cut his master.
Then, if you fight against God's enemy,
God will, in justice, ward you as his soldiers ;
If you do sweat to put a tyrant down,
You sleep in peace, the tyrant being slain ;
If you do fight against your country's foes,
Your country's fat shall pay your pains the hire;
If you do fight in safeguard of your wives,
Your wives shall welcome home the conquerors;
If you do free your children from the sword,
Your children's children quit it in your age.
24-V. 3 335
thou son of hell! Whom angry heavens do make their minister.
This battle fares like to the morning's war,
When dying clouds contend with growing light;
What time the shepherd, blowing of his nails,
Can neither call it perfect day, nor night.
Now sways it this way, like a mighty sea,
Forced by the tide to combat with the wind;
Now sways it that way, like the self-same sea,
Forced to retire by fury of the wind :
Sometime, the flood prevails; and then, the wind;
Now, one the better; then, another best ;
Both tugging to be victor, breast to breast,
Yet neither conqueror, nor conquered:
So is the equal poise of this fell war. 23–ii. 5.
The cannons have their bowels full of wrath;
And ready mounted are they, to spit forth
Their iron indignation.
16-ii. 2. 338
Doubtfully it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together,
And choke their art.
15-i. 1. 339
He could not Carry his honours even: whether 'twas pride, Which out of daily fortune ever taints The happy man; whether defect of judgment, To fail in the disposing of those chances Which he was lord of; or whether nature, Not to be other than one thing, not moving From the casque to the cushion, but commanding peace
Even with the same austerity and garb
As he controll'd the war.
28-iv. 7. 340 I raised him, and I pawn'd Mine honour for his truth: Who being so heighten'd, He water'd his new plants with dews of
Seducing so my friends : and, to this end,
He bow'd his nature, never known before
But to be rough, unswayable, and free.
28y. 5. 341 You shout me forth In acclamations hyperbolical; As if I loved my little should be dieted In praises sauced with lies.
342 He now, forsooth, takes on him to reform Sonne certain edicts, and some strait decrees, That lie too heavy on the commonwealth: Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep, Over his country's wrongs; and, by this face, This seeming brow of justice, did he win The hearts of all that he did angle for. 18-iv. 3.
343 O, he sits high in all the people's hearts ; And that which would appear offence in us, His countenance, like richest alchymy, Will change to virtue, and to worthiness. 29_i. 3.
344 The gentleman is learn'd, and a most rare speaker, To nature none more bound; his training such, That he may furnish and instruct great teachers, And never seek for aid out of himself.
When these so noble benefits shall prove
Not well disposed, the mind growing once corrupt,
They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly,
Than ever they were fair.
At some time when his soaring insolence
Shall teach the people (which time shall not want,
If he be put upon't; and that's as easy,
As to set dogs on sheep), will be his fire
To kindle their dry stubble; and their blaze
Shall darken him for ever.
28-ii. 1. 346
To the common peopleHow he did seem to dive into their hearts, With humble and familiar courtesy ; What reverence he did throw away on slaves ; Wooing poor craftsmen, with the craft of smiles, And patient underbearing of his fortune, As 'twere, to banish their affects with him. Off goes his bonnet to an oyster-wench; A brace of draymen bid-God speed bim well, And had the tribute of his supple knee, With-Thanks, my countrymen, my loving friends.
347 He speaks home; you may relish him more in the soldier, than in the scholar.
37–ji. 1. 348
This man so complete,
Who was enroll’d 'mongst wonders, and when we,
Almost with ravish'd list’ning, could not find
His hour of speech a minute; he
Hath into monstrous habits put the graces,
That once were his, and is become as black
As if besmear'd in hell.
25-i. 2. 349
God forbid That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your reading, Or nicely charge your understanding soul With opening titles miscreate, whose right Suits not in native colours with the truth. 20-i. 2.
O, who shall believe,
But you misuse the reverence of your place ;
Employ the countenance and grace of Heaven,
As a false favourite doth his prince's name,
In deeds dishonourable ?
For holy offices I have a time; a time
To think upon the part of business, which
I bear i' the state ; and nature does require
Her times of preservation, which, perforce,
I, her frail son, amongst my brethren mortal,
Must give my tendance to.
25-iii. 2. 352
He was a man
Of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking
Himself with princes; one that, by suggestion,
Tied all the kingdom : simony was fair play;
His own opinion was his law : ['the presence
He would say untruths; and be ever double,
Both in his words and meaning. He was never,
But where he meant to ruin, pitiful;
His promises were, as he then was, mighty ;
But his performance, as he is now, nothing.
It better show'd with you,
When that your flock, assembled by the bell,
Encircled you, to hear with reverence
Your exposition on the holy text;
Than now to see you here an iron man,
Cheering a rout of rebels with your drum,
Turning the word to sword, and life to death.
Oft have I seen the haughty cardinal-
More like a soldier, than a man o' the church,
As stout, and proud, as he were lord of all. 22-i. 1.
You are meek and humble-mouth'd ;
You sign your place and calling, in full seeming,
With meekness and humility : but your heart
Is cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride.
You have, by fortune,
Gone slightly o’er low steps; and now are mounted,
Where powers are your retainers : and your words,
Domestics to you, serve your will, as't please
Yourself pronounce their office.