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He, that depends
Upon your favours, swims with fins of lead,
No heart among you?
Why, had your bodies Or had you tongues, to cry of judgment?
He that trusts you,
Where he should find you lions, finds you hares;
Or hailstone in the sun.
You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
That do corrupt my air.
What's the matter, you dissentious rogues,
You souls of geese,
That bear the shapes of men, how have you run
You are potently opposed; and with a malice
It was always yet the trick of our English nation, if they have a good thing, to make it too common.
The clothier means to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new nap upon it.
The caterpillars of the commonwealth.
Being not propp'd by ancestry (whose grace
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
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
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,
Be great in act, as you have been in thought;
Show boldness and aspiring confidence.
Something, sure, of state,
Hath puddled his clear spirit: and, in such cases,
Though great ones are their object. 'Tis even so;
Our other healthful members ev'n to that sense
Who is so gross,
That cannot see this palpable device?
Yet who so bold, but says he sees it not?
For the mutable, rank-scented many, let them
Therein behold themselves: I say again,
In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd, and
By mingling them with us, the honour'd number;
The man was noble,
But with his last attempt he wiped it out;
Destroy'd his country; and his name remains,
Behold destruction, frenzy, and amazement,
Be factious for redress of all these griefs;
As who goes farthest.
Courtiers as free, as debonair, unarm'd,
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.
Civil dissension is a viperous worm,
That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.
Cruel are the times, when we are traitors,
And do not know ourselves: when we hold rumour
From what we fear, yet know not what we fear;
Each way, and move.
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;
The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,
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?
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,
And let it keep one shape, till custom make it
We see which way the stream of time doth run,
Poise the cause in justice' equal scales,
Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause pre
Contention, like a horse,
Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,
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,
That present medicine must be minister'd,
Or overthrow incurable ensues.
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