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And fight and die, is death destroying death;
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Time tedious to the afflicted. Short time seems long, in sorrow's sharp sustaining, Though woe be heavy, yet it seldom sleeps, And they that watch, see time how slow it creeps.
Guilt its own tormentor,
Better be with the dead,
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A noble resolve. Had I a dozen sons-each in my love alike,—I had rather had eleven die nobly for their country, than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.
28-i. 3. 507. Sorrows eased by being imparted.
Why should calamity be full of words? Windy attorneys to their client woes, Airy succeeders of intestate joys,* Poor breathing orators of miseries! Let them have scope; though what they do impart Help nothing else, yet do they ease the heart.
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The influence of envy.
* Joys that are dead.
upon him :
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Somnambulism. A great perturbation in nature ! to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching.
15—9. 1. 512 The instability of human happiness. This is the state of man; to-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hope, to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honours thick The third day, comes a frost, a killing frost ; And,—when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a ripening,-nips his fruit,* And then he falls.
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Then was I as a tree, Whose boughs did bend with fruit: but in one night, A storm, or robbery, call it what you will, Shook down my mellow hangings, nay, my leaves, And left me bare to weather.
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The danger of elevation.
31-iii. 3. 515 Town and country life contrasted. Often, to our comfort, shall we find The shardedf beetle in a safer hold
* Root is received by all the commentators, but evidently wrong; if fruit be taken, then the metaphor throughout is complete.--In confirmation of this, it may be observed that frosts do not nip the roots of trees and plants; they are so deep in the earth as to be protected from the influence of frosts. And it is therefore not to be thought that Shakspeare, who was so minute and accurate an observer of na. ture, should have written root. 1 Strut, walk proudly.
Than is the full-wing'd eagle. O, this life*
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Death terrible to the wicked.
Death is a fearful thing,
The weariest and most loathed worldly life,
* Rustic life.
| Command, control.
518 Greatness, the pain of separating from. The soul and body rive* not more in parting, Than greatness going off.
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Predictions. When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks ; When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms make men expect a dearth.
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Instability of life.
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The desire of novelty. It hath been taught us from the primal state, That he, which is, was wish'd until he were; And the ebb'd man, ne'er loved, till ne'er worth love, Comes dear'd by being lack’d.t This common body, Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream, Goes to, and back, lackeying the varying tide, To rot itself with motion.
30—3. 4. 523 The effects of care on age and youth. Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And where care lodges, sleep will never lie; But where unbruised youth with unstuff'd brain. Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign.
35-ii. 3. 524 Impartiality to be shown in judging. He, who the sword of Heaven shall bear, Should be as holy as severe : Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go;
More nor less to others paying,
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Can it be, That modesty may more betray our sense Than woman's lightness ?
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Life. Hold the world but as the world, A stage, where every man must play a part. 9-i. 1. 528
The frailty of man.
We all are men,
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21-i. 2. 530 Pleasure, preferred to knowledge.
Who, being mature in knowledge, Pawn their experience to their present pleasure, And so rebel to judgment.
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'Tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank, and gross in nature, Possess it merely.*
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Opportunity personified. Unruly blasts wait on the tender spring; Unwholesome weeds take root with precious flowers ; The adder hisses where the sweet birds sing ;