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9-ii. 9. 118
Merit, too often unrewarded. O, that estates, degrees, and offices, Were not derived corruptly! and that clear honour Were purchased by the merit of the wearer! How
many then should cover, that stand bare ! How many be commanded, that command! How much low peasantry would then be glean'd From the true seed of honour! and how much honour Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times, To be new varnish'd !
Mercy, the fairest virtue.
5–ii. 2. 120
Capriciousness of fortune. Will fortune never come with both hands full, But write her fair words still in foulest letters ? She either gives a stomach, and no food,Such are the poor, in health; or else a feast, And takes away the stomach,-such are the rich, That have abundance, and enjoy it not. 19-iv. 4. 121
The power of prejudice.
There may be in the cup
Court and country manners. Those, that are good manners at the court, are as ridiculous in the country, as the behaviour of the country is most mockable at the court. 10-iii. 2. 123
Precept and Example. If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. * The brain may devise laws, for the blood; but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree; such a hare is madness the youth, to skip over the meshes of good counsel the cripple.
941. 2. 124
Labour sweetens leisure.
5iii. 2. 126
Disease, its effects.
16-ji. 4. 127
Ceremony, its origin.
Ceremony Was but devised at first, to set a gloss On faint deeds, hollow welcomes, Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown; But where there is true friendship, there needs none.
27-i. 2. * John xiii. 17.
Public justice. Thieves are not judged, but they are by to hear, Although apparent guilt be seen in them. 17-iv. 1. 129
Promises and Performances. Promising is the very air o' the time: it opens the eyes of expectation : performance is ever the duller for his act; and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed of saying is quite out of use. To promise is most courtly and fashionable: performand is a kind of will, or testament, which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it. 27-y. l.
130 Pleasure oflen preceded by labour.
1-iii. 1. 131
Lenity and Cruelty. When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner. 20-iii. 6. 132
Posthumous good and evil. The evil, that men do, lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.
29_jii. 2. 133
Love and Fear. Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; Where little fears grow great, great love grows there.
36-iii. 2. 134
'Tis often seen, Adoption strives with nature; and choice breeds A native slip to us from foreign seeds. 11-i. 3.
135 Patience and Cowardice compared. That which in mean men we entitle-patience, Is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts. 17-i. 2. 136
Crisis. Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward To what they were before.
Shall the proud lord, That bastes his arrogance with his own seam,* And never suffers matter of the world Enter his thoughts,--save such as do revolve And ruminate himself,—shall he be worshipp'd Of that we hold an idol more than he ? 26-ii. 3.
Authority. Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? And the creature run from the cur ? There thou might'st behold the great image of authority: a dog's obeyed in office.
34-iv. 6. 139
Strange is it, that our bloods, Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off In differences so mighty.
11-ii. 3. 140
Obedience to Princes.
25-iii. 1. 141
30-i. 2. 142 The ill effects of neglected duly. Those wounds heal ill that men do give themselves : Omission to do what is necessary Seals a commission to a blank of danger; And danger, like an ague, subtly taints Even then when we sit idly in the sun. 26-iii. 3.
tie. Change of circumstances, that is, the pleasure of to-day by revolution of events, and change of circumstances, often loses all its value to us, and becomes to morrow a pain.'
| By neglecting our duty, we commission or ena that danger of dishonour which could not reach us before, to lay hold upon us.
5-iv. 2. 144
The advantage of caution.
Things, done well,
25-i. 2. 145
30-iv. 8. 146
Flattery, its evil.
He does me double wrong, That wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.
17-iii. 2. 147
Wisdom, superior to Fortune. Wisdom and fortune combating together, If that the former dare but what it can, No change inay shake it.
30-iii. 11. Calamity lightened by fortitude. He bears the sentence well, that nothing bears But the free comfort, which from thence he hears : But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow, That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow.
37-i. 3. 149
Adversity, the test of character.
In the reproof of chance Lies the true proof of men. The sea being smooth, How many shallow bauble boats dare sail Upon her patient breast, making their way With those of nobler bulk ? But let the ruffian Boreas once enrage The gentle Thetis,* and anon, behold
* The daughter of Neptune.