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Sorrow distorts appearances.
Each substance of a grief hath twenty shadows,
Which show like grief itself, but are not so:
For sorrow's eye, glazed with blinding tears,
Divides one thing entire to many objects;
Like perspectives,* which, rightly gazed upon,
Show nothing but confusion; eyed awry,
Distinguish form.

17-ii. 2. 290

Fortitude under afflictions.

Bid that welcome Which comes to punish us, and we punish it Seeming to bear it lightly.

30-iv. 12. 291

Adversity, the uses of. Sweet are the uses of adversity; Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. 10%ii. 1. 292


From Rumour's tongues They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true wrongs.

19-Induction. 293

Time. Time. 1,--that please some, try all; both joy, and

terror, Of good and bad ; that make, and unfold, error.

13-iv. Chorus. 294 Mankind different in exterior only. Are we not brothers ?

So man and man should be ; But clay and clay differs in dignity, Whose dust is both alike.

31-iv. 2.

* Amongst mathematical recreations, there is one in optics, in which a figure is drawn, wherein all the rules of perspective are in. verted, so that if held in the same position with those pictures which are drawn according to the rules of perspective, it can present no. thing but confusion : and to be seen in form, and under a regular appearance, it must be looked upon from a contrary station ; or, as Shakspeare says, eyed awry:

This curious double allusion to an optical experiment, not even now very familiar, shows the strength, comprehensiveness and sub. tilty, of the poet's observation. The anamorphosis cylinder and polymorphic prism are both introduced.


Popularity. There have been many great men that have flattered the people, who never loved them; and there be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore: so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better ground.

28-ii. 2. 296

Cruelty insecure. There is no sure foundation set in blood ; No certain life achieved by others' death. 16-iv. 2.


Truth, beauty's ornament. 0, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem, By that sweet ornament which truth doth give ! The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem For that sweet odour which doth in it live. The canker-blooms have full as deep a dye, As the perfumed tincture of the roses ; Hang on such thorns, and play so wantonly, When summer's breath their masked buds discloses ; But, for their virtue only is their show, They live unwood, and unrespected fade; Die to themselves ; sweet roses do not so; Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made.

Poems. 298


The end crowns all;
And that old common arbitrator, Time,
Will one day end it.

26-iv. 5.


Justice due to Heaven.
If the great gods be just, they shall assist
The deeds of justest men.

30-ii. 1.


Station. To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen to move in it, are the holes where eyes should be, which pitifully disaster the cheeks.* 30-ii. 7.

* · The being called into a huge sphere, and not being seen to move in it,' resembles sockets in a face where eyes should be (but are not]; which empty sockets, or holes without eyes, pitifully disfigure the countenance.

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Heaven is above all; there sits a Judge,
That no king can corrupt.

25-iii. 1. 302

O cunning enemy, that, to catch a saint,
With saints dost bait thy hook ! Most dangerous
Is that temptation, that doth goad us on
To sin in loving virtue.

5-ii. 2. 303 The danger of relying on our own strength. (Lie in the lap of sin,) and not mean harm? It is hypocrisy against the devil: They that mean virtuously, and yet do so, The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt heaven.*

37-iv. 1. 304

Pomp and power, their end. Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust? And, live we how we can, yet die we must.

23-v. 2. 305

Equality of human life. Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else, to fat us; and we fat ourselves for maggots: Your fat king, and your lean beggar, is but variable service; two dishes, but to one table; that's the end.

36-iy, 3. 306

Insinuations, painful. 'Tis better to be much abused, Than but to know't a little.

37-ii. 3. 307 The clearest sight without wisdom, blindness.

What an infinite mock is this, that a man should have the best use of eyes, to see the way of blindness!

31-v. 4. 308

A guilty conscience.

Unnatural deeds
Do breed unnatural troubles: Infected minds
To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.

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15-v. 1.

* Matt. iv. 7.



The sleeping, and the dead, Are but as pictures : 'tis the eye of childhood, That fears a painted devil.

15-ii. 2. 310

The variableness of mankind.
The veins unfill'd, our blood is cold, and then
We pout upon the morning, are unapt
To give or to forgive; but when we have stuff'd
These pipes, and these conveyances of our blood,
With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls
Than in our priest-like fasts.

28-y. 1. 311

Confident security dangerous.
The wound of


is surety,
Surety secure; but modest doubt is call'd
The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches
To the bottom of the worst.

26-ii. 2. 312

Love, its dereliction.

Sweet love, changing his property, Turns to the sourest and most deadly hate.

17-iii. 2. 313

Severe justice.
After execution, judgment hath
Repented o'er his doom.*

5–ii. 2. 314

Reverence due to Heaven,

Shall we serve heaven
With less respect than we do minister
To our gross selves ?

5ii. 2. 315

Unstable friends.
What viler thing upon the earth, than friends,
Who can bring noblest minds to basest ends!

27-iv. 3. 316

Ambition. Thriftless ambition, that will raven up Thine own life's means !

15—ii. 4.

* This was the case of Queen Elizabeth after the execution of Essex.


The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to scourge us.*

34-v. 3. 318


Our size of sorrow, Proportion'd our cause, must be as great As that which makes it.

30-iv. 13.


Time, its fleetness.

It is ten o'clock:
Thus may we see, how the world wags :
'Tis but an hour ago, since it was nine;
And after an hour more 'twill be eleven;
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,
And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot,
And thereby hangs a tale.

10%ii. 7. 320

Wickedness, its own reward.
What mischiefs work the wicked ones;
Heaping confusion on their own heads thereby !

22-ii. 1. 321

Earthly glory.
O mighty Cæsar! dost thou lie so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
Shrunk to this little measure ?

29_iii. 1. 322

When two authorities are up,
Neither supreme, how soon confusion
May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take
The one by the other.

28-iii. 1. 323

God's procedure. You snatch some hence for little faults; that's love, To have them fall no more ; you some permit To second ills with ills, each elder worse; And make them dread it to the doers' thrift.

31-v. 1. 324

Omnipotence. Can we outrun the heavens ?

22-v. 2.

* God often punishes sin with sin.

| Ps. cxxxix.

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