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A LOVER IN SOLITUDE.
What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Would I not undergo for one calm look? O, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'dt, When women cannot love where they're belov'd.
INFIDELITY IN A FRIEND.
Who should be trusted now, when one's right
INCONSTANCY IN MAN.
O heaven! were man * Sing.
+ Felt, experienced.
But constant, he were perfect: that one error
YOUTHFUL INNOCENCE. We were, fair queen, Two lads, that thought there was no more behind, But such a day to-morrow as to-day, And to be boy eternal. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did frisk i’the sun, And bleat the one at the other: what we chang'd, Was innocence for innocence; we know not The doctrine of ill-doing, no, nor dream'd That any did: Had we pursued that life, And our weak spirits ne'er been higher rear'd With stronger blood, we should have answer'd
heaven Boldly, Not guilty; the imposition clear'd, Hereditary ours*.
FONDNESS OF A FATHER FOR HIS CHILD.
Leon. Are you so fond of your young prince Do seem to be of ours?
[as we Pol.
If at home, sir,
blood. * Setting aside original sin.
Is whispering nothing? Is leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting noses? Kissing with inside lip? stopping the career Of laughter with a sigh? (a note infallible Of breaking honesty): horsing foot on foot? Skulking in corners? wishing clocks more swift? Hours, minutes? noon, midnight? and all eyes
blind With the pin and web*, but theirs, theirs only, That would unseen be wicked? is this nothing? Why, then the world, and all that 's in't, is nothing; The covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing; My wife is nothing; nor nothing have these If this be nothing.
To do this deed, Promotion follows: If I could find example Of thousands that had struck anointed kings, And flourish'd after, I'd not do't: but since Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears not one, Let villany itself forswear't.
ACT II. KNOWLEDGE SOMETIMES HURTFUL. There may be A spidert steep'd, and one may drink; depart, And yet partake no venom; for his knowledge Is not infected: but if one present The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known
* Disorders of the eye. + Spiders were esteemed poisonous in our author's time.
How he hath drank, he cracks his gorge, his sides, With violent hefts*.
ELOQUENCE OF SILENT INNOCENCE.
innocence Persuades, when speaking fails.
EXPOSING AN INFANT.
Come on, poor babe: Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens, To be thy nurses! Wolves, and bears, they say, Casting their savageness aside, have done Like offices of pity.
DESPAIR OF PARDON.
But, O thou tyrant! Do not repent these things; for they are heavier Than all thy woes can stir; therefore betake thee To nothing but despair. A thousand knees Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting, Upon a barren mountain, and still winter In storm perpetual, could not move the gods To look that way thou wert. DESCRIPTION OF A GHOST APPEARING IN A DREAM. I have heard (but not believ'd) the spirits of the dead
May walk again: if such thing be, thy mother
THE INFANT EXPOSED. Poor wretch, That, for thy mother's fault, art thus expos'd To loss, and what may follow!—Weep, I cannot, But
my heart bleeds : and most accurs’d am I, To be by oath enjoin'd to this.—Farewell! The day frowns more and more; thou art like to have A lullaby too rough.