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36-iii. 4. 182. The power of imagination.
Conceit may rob The treasury of life, when life itself Yields to the theftk.
34-iv. 6. 183.
These should be hours for necessities,
25-v. 1. 185.
Somnambulism. A great perturbation in nature! to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching.
15—v. 1. 186.
Action and elocution. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand; but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance, that may give it smoothness.
Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'er-step not the modesty of nature.
36-iii. 2. 187. Studies to be pursued according to taste and
Continue your resolve,
This virtue, and this moral discipline,
8-iv. 3. 189. Cultivation and Sterility.
Our bodies are our gardens; to the which, our wills are gardeners: so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce; set hyssop, and weed up thyme; supply it with one gender of herbs, or distract it with many; either to have it steril with idleness, or manured with industry; why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills. If the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most preposterous conclusions.
37—i. 3. 190. Things to be valued by their worth. From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The place is dignified by the doer's deed: Where great additions swell, and virtue none, It is a dropsied honour: good alone Is good, without a name; vileness is soo: The property by what it is should go, Not by the title.
11-ii. 3. 191. The character of true excellence.
Value dwells not in particular will; It holds its estimate and dignity 1 Harsh rules.
m Animate. n Titles. • Good is good independent of any worldly distinction; and so is vileness, vile.
As well wherein 't is precious of itself
26-ii. 2. 192. 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: performance is a kind of will, or testament, which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it. 27-v. 1. 193.
Prevalence of appearances. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,That all, with one consent, praise new-born gawdst, Though they are made and moulded of things past; And give to dust, that is a little gilt, More laud than gilt u o'er-dusted. 26-üi. 3. 194.
The desire of novelty. There is so great a fever on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it: novelty is only in re
P The will dotes that attributes or gives the qualities which it affects; that first causes excellence, and then admires it. 9 i. e. Under the guidance of my will. Shrink, or fly oit.
· Basket. New-fashioned toys.
quest; and it is as dangerous to be aged in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to be constant in
any undertaking: There is scarce truth enough alive, to make societies secure; but security enough to make fellowships accursed: much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world.
5-iii. 2. 195.
The desire of novelty. It hath been taught us from the primal state, That be, which is, was wish'd until he were; And the ebb’d man, ne'er loved, till ne'er worth love, Comes dear'd by being lack’dx. This common body, Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream, Goes to, and back, lackeying the varying tide, To rot itself with motion.
196. Customs, new, heedlessly followed.
197. Custom supreme in its power.
28-ii. 3. 198.
The force of habit.
36-iii. 4. 199.
Ceremony, its origin.
Ceremony Was but devised at first, to set a gloss
On faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
27-1. 2. 200.
Fashion. Where doth the world thrust forth a vanity, (So it be new, there's no respect how vile,) That is not quickly buzz'd into the ears? 17-. 1. 201.
5-vl. 202. 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.
203. Town and country life contrasted. Often, to our comfort, shall we find The sharded a beetle in a safer hold Than is the full-wing'd eagle. O, this lifeb Is nobler, than attending for a checko; Richer, than doing nothing for a babed; Prouder, than rustling in unpaid-for silk: Such gain the cap of him, that makes them fine, Yet keeps his book uncross'd. Did you but know the city's usuries, And felt them knowingly; the art o' the court, As hard to leave, as keep; whose top to climb Is certain falling, or so slippery, that The fear 's as bad as falling; the toil of the war, A pain that only seems to seek out danger I'the name of fame, and honour; which dies i’ the
search, And hath as oft a slanderous epitaph, · Then only shows of kindness have their worth,
When outward courtesies truly declare
The heart that keeps within. a Scaly-winged. b Rustic life. • Command, control. a A puppet, or plaything for children.