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For this being smelt, with that part cheers each part;
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed foes encamp them still
In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will ;
And, where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.

35-ii. 3. 238 Real happiness, where chiefly found.

They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing: ]t is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean ; superfluity comes sooner* by white hairs, but competency lives longer.

9-i. 2. 239

Ambition and content. Thoughts tending to Ambition, they do plot Unlikely wonders. Thoughts tending to Content, flatter themselves,That they are not the first of fortune's slaves, Nor shall not be the last; like silly beggars, Who, sitting in the stocks, refuge their shame, That many have, and others must sit there :P And in this thought they find a kind of ease, Bearing their own misfortune on the back Of such as have before endured the like. 17-v. 5.





Misguided expectations. How mightily, sometimes, we make us comforts of our losses ! And how mightily, some other times, we drown our gain in tears !

11-iv. 3. 241 Timidity, incapable of adventure. Impossible be strange attempts, to those That weigh their pains in sense ; and do suppose, What hath been cannot be. I

11-i. 1. 242

The love of life.

O our lives' sweetness ! That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, Rather than die at once!

34-v. 3.

* Sooner comes, sooner acquires, becomes old. | Exod. xxiii. 2.

| New attempts seem impossible to those who estimate their la. bour or enterprises by sense, and believe that nothing can be but what they see before them.


'Tis good for men to love their present pains,
Upon example ; so the spirit is eased :
And, when the mind is quicken'd, out of doubt,
The organs, though defunct and dead before,
Break up their drowsy grave, and newly move
With casted slough and fresh legerity.* 20-iv. 1.

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven: the fated sky
Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull
Our slow designs, when we ourselves are dull.

11-i. 1. 245

Fortitude in trials. Wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss, But cheerly seek how to redress their harms, What though the mast be now blown over-board, The cable broke, the holding anchor lost, And half our sailors swallow'd in the flood ? Yet lives our pilot still : Is't meet, that he Should leave the helm, and, like a fearful lad, With tearful eyes, add water to the sea, And give more strength to that which hath too much; Whiles, in his moar., the ship splits on the rock, Which industry and courage might have saved ?

23–V. 4. 246

Grief unavailing. When remedies are past, the griefs are ended, By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended. To mourn a mischief that is past and gone, Is the next way to draw new mischief on. What cannot be preserved when fortune takes, Patience her injury a mockery makes. [thief; The robb’d, that smiles, steals something from the He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief.

37-i. 3. 247

Men at some time are masters of their fates;

The fault is not in our stars,
But in ourselves.

29-i. 2.

* Lightness, nimbleness.



Delays dangerous.

That we would do, We should do when we would; for this would changes, And hath abatements and delays as many, As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents; And then this should is like a spendthrift's sigh, That hurts by easing.

36-iv. 7. 249

How poor are they, that have not patience !--
What wound ever did heal, but by degrees ?

37-ii. 3. 250

Evils, wrongly ascribed to Heaven. This is the excellent foppery of the world! that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeit of our own behaviour), we make guilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers,* by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on.t

34-i. 2. 251

How oft, when men are at the point of death,
Have they been merry? which their keeperst call
A lightning before death.

3. 252

The influence of infection.
They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces,
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die;
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity :


* Traitors.

| James i. 13, 14.

| Attendants.

For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.

Poems. 253

Against ill chances, men are ever merry;
But heaviness foreruns the good event.* 19-iv. 2.

Our own precedent passions do instruct us
What levity's in youth.

27-i. 1. 255


Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.

5-i. 5. 256

Decaying nature of Love.
There lives within the very flame of love
A kind of wick, or snuff, that will abate it;
And nothing is at a like goodness still ;
For goodness, growing to a pleurisy,
Dies in his own too-much.

36-iv. 7. 257

Time produces ingratitude. Time hath a wallet at his back, Wherein he puts alms for oblivion, A great-sized monster of ingratitudes; Those scraps are good deeds past; which are devour'd As fast as they are made, forgot as soon As done: Perseverance Keeps honour bright: To have done, is to hang Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail In monumental mockery.

26-iii. 3 258 The present opportunity to be taken.

Take the instant way; For honour travels in a straight so narrow, Where one but goes abreast : keep then the path ; For emulation hath a thousand sons, That one by one pursue: If you give way, Or hedge aside from the direct forthright,

* Careless gayety is the forerunner of calamity; vigilance, of suc. CESS and permanent welfare.

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Like to an enter'd tide, they all rush by,
And leave you

Or, like a gallant horse fallen in first rank,
Lie there for pavement to the abject rear,
O'er-run and trampled on.

26_iii. 3. 259

Farewell and Welcome. Time is like a fashionable host, That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand; And with his arms out-stretch'd, as he would fly, Grasps-in the comer: Welcome ever smiles, And farewell goes out sighing.

26-iii. 3. 260 The praise of Virtue consists in action.

0, let not virtue seek Remuneration for the thing it was ! For beauty, wit, High birth, vigour of bone, desert in service, Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all To envious and calumniating time. 26-iii. 3. 261

Prevalence of appearances. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,That all, with one consent, praise new-born gawds,* Though they are made and moulded of things past; And give to dust, that is a little gilt, More laud than giltt o'er-dusted.

26-iii. 3. 262


All solemn things Should answer solemn accidents. Triumphs for nothing, and lamenting toys,f Is jollity for apes, and grief for boys. 31-iv. 2. 263

Prosperity and Adversity. Prosperity is the very bond of love; Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together Aliction alters.

One of these is true : I think affliction may subdue the cheek, But not take in the mind.

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13-iy. 3.

* New-fashioned toys.


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