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And fight and die, is death destroying death;
Where fearing dying, pays death servile breath.

17-iii. 2. 502

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.

Poems. 503

Guilt its own tormentor,

Better be with the dead,
Than on the torture of the mind to lie
In restless ecstasy.

15-iii. 2. 504

Some, that smile, have in their hearts, I fear,
Millions of mischief.

29_iv. 1. 505

Can vengeance be pursued farther than death?

35–. 3. 506

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.

24-iv. 4. 508

He that's once denied, will hardly speed.

Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece
Is every flatterer's spirit.

27-iii. 2. 509

The influence of envy.
My heart laments, that virtue cannot live
Out of the teeth of emulation.t

29-ii. 3.

* Joys that are dead.


upon him :



Sorrow's heaviness doth heavier grow
For debt, that bankrupt sleep doth sorrow owe.

7-iii. 2. 511

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.

25-iii. 2. 513

The same.

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.

31-iii. 3. 514

The danger of elevation.

Instructs you how to adore the heavens ; and bows

To morning's holy office : The gates of monarchs
Are arch'd so high, that giants may jett through
And keep their impious turbands on, without
Good-morrow to the sun.

31-iii. 3. 515 Town and country life contrasted. Often, to our comfort, shall we find The shardedf beetle in a safer hold

This gate

* 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.

1 Scaly-winged.


Than is the full-wing'd eagle. O, this life*
Is nobler, than attending for a check it
Richer, than doing nothing for a babe ;f
Prouder, than rustling in unpaid-for silk :
Such gain the cap of him, that makes them fine,
Yet keeps his book uncross'd.
Did you but know the city's usuries,
And felt them knowingly; the art o' the court,
As hard to leave, as keep : whose top to climb
Is certain falling, or so slippery, that
The fear's as bad as falling; the toil of the war,
A pain that only seems to seek out danger
l' the name of fame, and honour; which dies i the
And hath as oft a slanderous epitaph, [search;
As record of fair act; nay, many times,
Doth ill deserve by doing well; what's worse,
Must court’sy at the censure.

31-iis. 3. 516

Affairs, that walk at midnight, have
In them a wilder nature, than the business
That seeks despatch by day.

25-v. 1. 517

Death terrible to the wicked.

Death is a fearful thing,
And shamed life a hateful.
To die, and go we know not where ;
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;
This sensible warm motion to become
A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit
To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside,
In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice;
To be imprison'd in the viewless winds,
And blown with restless violence round about
The pendent world, or to be worse than worst
Of those, that lawless and incertain thoughts
Imagine howling !-'tis too horrible!

The weariest and most loathed worldly life,
That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment,
Can lay on nature, is a paradise
To what we fear of death.



5-iii, 1.

* Rustic life.
| A puppet, or plaything for children.

| Command, control.
$ Invisible.


518 Greatness, the pain of separating from. The soul and body rive* not more in parting, Than greatness going off.

30-iv. 11. 519

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.

24-ii. 3. 520

The same.
Before the days of change, still is it so:
By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust
Ensuing danger; as, by proof, we see
The water swelled before a boist'rous storm,
But leave it all to God.

24-ii. 3. 521

Instability of life.
An habitation giddy and unsure
Hath he, that buildeth on the vulgar heart.

19-i. 3. 522

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;

t Missed.

* Split.

More nor less to others paying,
Than by self-offences weighing.
Shame to him, whose cruel striking
Kills for faults of his own liking !

5-iii. 2. 525

Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
The thoughts of others!

9-i. 3. 526


Can it be, That modesty may more betray our sense Than woman's lightness ?

5-i. 2. 527

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,
In our own natures frail; and capable
Of our flesh, few are angels.

25-v. 2. 529

Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.

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.

80-i. 4. 531

Mind uncultivated.

'Tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank, and gross in nature, Possess it merely.*

36-i. 2. 532

Opportunity personified. Unruly blasts wait on the tender spring; Unwholesome weeds take root with precious flowers ; The adder hisses where the sweet birds sing ;

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* Entirely.

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