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To every purpose! O thou touch of hearts !
Think, thy slave man rebels ; and by thy virtue
Set them into confounding odds, that beasts
May have the world in empire !

27-iv. 3. 226. An over-regard for the world. You have too much respect upon the world : They lose it, that do buy it with much care. 9-i. 1. 227.

The world deluded by appearances.
The world is still deceived with ornament.
In Law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
But, being season'd with a gracious voice,
Obscures the show of evil ? In Religion,
What damned error, but some sober brow
Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
There is no vice so simple, but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
How many Covards, whose hearts are all as false
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars;
Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk?
And these assume but valour's excrement,
To render them redoubted. Look on Beauty,
And you shall see 't is purchased by the weight;
Which therein works a miracle in nature,
Making them lightest that wear most of it:
So are those crisped h snaky golden locks,
Which make such wanton gambols with the wind,
Upon supposed fairness, often known
To be the dowry of a second head,
The scull that bred them, in the sepulchre.
Thus ornament is but the guiled i shore
To a most dangerous sea ; the beauteous scarf
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on
To entrap the wisest.

9iii. 2. 228.

Danger of delay.
Let's take the instant by the forward top;
For we are old, and on our quick’st decrees

8 Winning favour, pleasing. h Curled. i Treacherous.

The inaudible and noiseless foot of time
Steals, ere we can effect them.

11-7. 3.


The danger of delay.

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 sigb, That hurts by easing.

36-iv. 7. 230. Danger of precipitancy. Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot, That it do singe yourself k. We may outrun, By violent swiftness, that which we run at, And lose by over-running. Know you not, The fire that mounts the liquor till it run o'er, In seeming to augment it, wastes it ? 25-i. 1. 231. Danger of confident security.

The wound of peace is surety,
Surety secure; but modest doubt is callid
The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches
To the bottom of the worst.

26-ii. 2.

232. The danger of dalliance.

Do not give dalliance
Too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw
To the fire i' the blood.

1-iv. 1.

This gate

233. The danger of elevation.

Stoop. Instructs you how to adore the heavens; and bows you To morning's holy office : The gates of monarchs Are arch'd so high, that giants

may jet? through And keep their impious turbands on, without Good-morrow to the sun.

31-iii. 3. k “Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.”—Dan. iii. 22.

Strut, walk proudly.



Danger of exaltation.

Our virtues
Lie in the interpretation of the time;
And power, unto itself most commendable,
Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair
To extol what it hath donem.

28-iv. 7.



The same. They that stand high, have many blasts to shake

them; And, if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.

24-i. 3. 236. 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 heavenn.

37-iv. 1. 237. Effects of the want of judgment and taste.

When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward child, Understanding; it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little roomo.

10—iii. 3. 238. The effect of over-indulgence. What doth cherish weeds, but gentle air ? And what makes robbers bold, but too much lenity ?

23–ii. 6. 239.

Effects of disease. Before the curing of a strong disease, Even in the instant of repair and health, The fit is strongest; evils, that take leave, On their departure most of all shew evil. 16-iii. 4.

* That is, exaltation, by exciting envy, often is the grave of power, and sinks fame in oblivion.

" Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”—Matt. iv. 7.

Implies, that the entertainment was mean, and the bill was extravagant. It is said by Rabelais, there was only one quarter of an hour in human life passed ill, and that was between the calling for the reckoning and the paying for it.


The effects of trials.

You were used To say, extremity was the trier of spirits; That common chances common men could bear; That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike Shew'd mastership in floating: fortune’s blows, When most struck home, being gentle wounded, crave A noble cunning.

28-iv. 1. 241. The evil of loose discipline.

Now, as fond fathers,
Having bound up the threat’ning twigs of birch,
Only to stick it in their children's sight,
For terror, not to use; in time the rod
Becomes more mock'd than fear'd: so our decrees,
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
And liberty plucks justice by the nose;
The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
Goes all decorum.

5-i. 4. 242.

Duty fearless.

To plainness honour 's bound, When majesty stoops to folly.

34-i. 1. 243. The duty owing to ourselves and others.

Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy
Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key; be check'd for silence,
But never tax'd for speech.

11-i. 1. 244. The ill effects of neglected duty. Those wounds heal ill that men do give themselves: Omission to do what is necessary p. Seals a commission to a blank of danger; And danger, like an ague, subtly taints Even then when we sit idly in the sun. 26-iii. 3. 245.

What pleasure find we in life, to lock it
From action and adventure ?

31-iv. 4. p By neglecting our duty, we commission or enable that danger of dishonour which could not reach us before, to lay hold

upon us.


Occupation. Every lane's end, every shop, church, session, hanging, yields a careful man work. 13-iv. 3.

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If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work ;
But when they seldom come, they wish’d-for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents. 18—i. 2.

Labour with hope.

Service shall with steeled sinews toil; And labour shall refresh itself with hope. 20—ii. 2.

249. Pleasure often preceded by labour. There be some sports are painful; but their labour Delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness Are nobly undergone; and most poor matters Point to rich ends.

1-ii. 1.

250. Pleasure, more pursued than enjoyed.

Who riseth from a feast, With that keen appetite that he sits down? Where is the horse that doth untread again His tedious measures with the unbated fire That he did pace them first? All things that are, Are with more spirit chased than enjoy'd. How, like a younker, or a prodigal, The scarfed a bark puts from her native bay, Hugg'd and embraced by the strumpet wind ! How like the prodigal doth she return, With over-weather'd ribs, and ragged sails, Lean, rent, and beggar'd, by the strumpet wind!

9ii. 6. 251. Pleasure, preferred to knowledge.

Who, being mature in knowledge, Pawn their experience to their present pleasure, And so rebel to judgment.

30—i. 4.

4 Decorated with flags.


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