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Who, wayward once, his mood with nought agrees.
Old woes, not infant sorrows, bear them mild;
Continuance tames the one, the other wild,
Like an unpractised swimmer, plunging still,
With too much labour, drowns for want of skill.

Poems. 503. Grief not to be cherished.

Lay aside life-harming heaviness, And entertain a cheerful disposition. 17-ii. 2. 504.

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. The robb’d, that smiles, steals something from the

thief; He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief. 37—i. 3.

505. Grief alleviated by submission to Heaven. Peace, ho, for shame! confusion's cure lives not In these confusions. Heaven and yourself Had part in this fair maid: now Heaven hath all, And all the better is it for the maid : Your part in her you could not keep from death; But Heaven keeps his part in eternal life. The most you sought was—her promotion; For 't was your heaven, she should be advanced: And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced, Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself ? 0, in this love, you love your child so ill, That you run mad, seeing that she is well. 35-iv. 5. 506.

Undue grief.

To persevere
In obstinate condolementų, is a course
Of impious stubbornness; 't is unmanly grief:
It shews a will most incorrect * to heaven;

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A heart unfortified, or mind impatient;
An understanding simple and unschool'dy. 36–1. 2.

507. Excess of grief and joy. The violence of either grief or joy. Their own enactures? with themselves destroy: Where joy most revels, grief doth most lament; Grief joys, joy grieves, on slender accident. 36-iii. 2. 508.

Lamentation. Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living". 11-i. 1.

509. Complaints unavailing. None can cure their harms by wailing them. 24-ii. 2.


Sorrow's heaviness doth heavier grow
For debt, that bankrupt sleep doth sorrow owe.

7-iii. 2. 511.

The same.

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

30-iv. 13. 512.

The effects of sorrow. Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours, Makes the night morning, and the noon-tide night. Princes have but their titles for their glories, An outward honour for an inward toil; And, for unfelt imaginations, They often feel a world of restless cares: So that, between their titles, and low name, There's nothing differs but the outward fame.

24-i. 4.

“I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”—1 Thess. iv. 13.

: Determinations.

a “Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”'--Job i. 21.

513. The sight of sorrow, its effects. To see sad sights moves more, than hear them told; For then the eye interprets to the ear The heavy motion, that it doth behold; When every part a part of woe doth bear, ’T is but a part of sorrow that we hear. Deep sounds make lesser noise, than shallow fords; And sorrow ebbs being blown with wind of words.

Poems. 514. Sorrows eased by being imparted.

Why should calamity be full of words? Windy attorneys to their client woes, Airy succeeders of intestate joys, Poor breathing orators of miseries! Let them have scope; though what they do impart Help nothing else, yet do they ease the heart.

24-iv. 4. 515.

Silent sorrow.
Give sorrow words; the grief, that does not speak,
Whispers the o’erfraught heart, and bids it break.

15—iv. 3. 516. Sorrow, heaviest when unaided by the tongue.

The heart bath treble wrong, When it is barr'd the aidance of the tongue. An oven that is stopp'd, or river staid, Burneth more hotly, swelleth with more rage: So of concealed sorrow may be said.

Poems. 517. Sorrow distorts appearances. Each substance of a grief hath twenty shadows, Which shew 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,


• Joys that are dead.

Amongst mathematical recreations, there is one in optics, in which a figure is drawn, wherein all the rules of perspective are inverted, so that if held in the same position with those pictures which are drawn according to the rules of perspective, it can present nothing but confusion: and to be seen in form,

Shew nothing but confusion; eyed awry,
Distinguish form.

17-ii... 518. Sorrow not to be courted.

In wooing sorrow let 's be brief, Since, wedding it, there is such length in grief.

17-v. 1. 519. Past sorrows not to be cherished. Let us not burden our remembrances With a heaviness that 's gone.

1-r.l. 520.

Sorrows subdued. Gnarling sorrow hath less power to hite The man that mocks at it, and sets it light. 1741. 3.

521. Mirth not suitable to sorrow. Sad souls are slain in merry company; Grief best is pleased with grief's society. True sorrow then is feelingly surprised, When with like semblance it is sympathised. Poems. 522.

Affliction sanctified.
Afiction has a taste as sweet
As any cordial comfort.

13—4. 3. 523. Affliction, most felt by contrast.

To be worst,
The lowest, and most dejected thing of fortune,
Stands still in esperance e; lives not in fear:
The lamentable change is from the best;
The worst returns to laughter.

34-iv. 1. 524. Fortitude under afflictions.

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

30-iv.12. 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 subtilty, of the poet's observation. The anamorphosis cylinder and polymorphic prism are both introduced. Growling.



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The miserable have no other medicine,
But only hope.

5-iii. 1. 526.

Hope and Despair.
The instant action (a cause on foot)
Lives so in hope, as in an early spring
We see th' appearing buds; which, to prove fruit,
Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair,
That frosts will bite them.

19-i. 3. 527. The encouragement to hope. What! we have many goodly days to see: The liquid drops of tears that you have shed, Shall come again, transform’d to orient pearl ; Advantaging their loan with interest, Of ten-times-double gain of happiness. 24-iv. 4. 528.

The failure of hope. The ample proposition, that hope makes In all designs begun on earth below, Fails in the promised largeness: checks and disasters Grow in the veins of actions highest rear's : As knots, by the conflux of meeting sap,. Infect the sound pine, and divert his grain Tortive and errant from his course of growth.

Why then Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our works; And think them shames, which are, indeed, nought

else But the protractive trials of great Jove, To find persistive constancy in men ? The fineness of which metal is not found In fortune's love : for then, the bold and coward, The wise and fool, the artist and unread, The hard and soft, seem all affined i and kin : But, in the wind and tempest of her frown, Distinction, with a broad and powerful fan, Puffing at all, winnows the light away; And what hath mass, or matter, by itself Lies, rich in virtue, and unmingled. 26-1, 3.

f Joined by affinity.

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