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A rotten cause abides no handling. H. IV. PT. II. iv. 1.
I cannot fight upon this argument.

T.C. i. 1. CAUTION (See also Advice).

Too much trust hath damag'd such
As have believ'd men in their loves too much. Poems.
Take heed o' the foul fiend !

K. L. iii. 4.
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,
And that craves wary walking.

J. C. ï. 1.
Good, my lord, let's fight with gentle words,
Till time lend friends, and friends their helping swords.

R. II, iii. 3.
Como not between the dragon and his wrath. K. L. i. 1.

Hear you me, Jessica:
Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum,
And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife,
Clamber not you up to the casement then,
Nor thrust your head into the public street,
To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces;
But stop my house's ears ; I mean my casements :
Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter
My sober house.

M. V. ii. 5.
Think him as a serpent's egg,
Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischievous ;
And kill him in the shell.

J.C. ii. 1.
Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Not fear still to be taken.

K. L. i. 4.
How far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell,
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. K. L. i. 4.

But, beshrew my jealousy!
It seems, it is as proper to our age
To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,
As it is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion.

H. ii. 1.
CELEBRITY (See also Fame).
Thrice-fam'd beyond all erudition.

T.C. ü. 3. CELERITY.

Celerity is never more admir'd.
Then by the negligent.

A. c. iui. 7.
The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
Unless the dood go with it.

M. iv. 1.


We, in the world's wide mouth
Live scandaliz'd, and foully spoken of. H. IV. PT. 1. i. 3.
Why, who cries out on pride,
That can therein tax any private party?
Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea,
Till that the weary very means do ebb?
What woman in the city do I name,
When that I say, The city woman bears
The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders ?
Who can come in and say that I mean her,
When such a one as she, such is her neighbour ?
Or what is he of basest function,
That says his bravery is not on my cost,
(Thinking that I mean him,) but therein suits
His folly to the mettle of my speech ?
There, then; How, what then ? Let me see wherein
My tongue hath wrong'd him; if it do him right,
Then he hath wrong'd himself; if he be free,
Why then, my taxing like a wild-goose flies,
Unclaim'd of any man.


Was but devis'd at first to set a gloss
On faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown,
But where there is true friendship, there needs none.

T. A. i. 2.

And worthy shameful check it were to stand
On more mechanic compliment.


Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich lees
Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and pease ;
Thy turfy mountains where live nibbling sheep,
And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep;
Thy banks with peonied and lilied brims,
Which spungy April at thy hest betrims,
To make cold nymphs, chaste crowns; and dark broom

Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves,
Being lass-lorn; thy pole-clipt vineyard;
And thy sea-marge, sterile, and rocky hard,
Where thou thyself dost air: The queen o’sky,
Whose watery arch, and messenger, am I,
Bids thee leave these ; and with her sovereign grace,
Here, on this grass-plot, in this very place,
To come and sport.

T. iv. 1.


Here's the challenge, read it; I warrant there's vinegar and pepper in't.

T. N. iii. 4.
Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold

H. i. 1.
God bless me from a challenge!

M. A. v. 1. Read thou this challenge; mark but the penning of it.

K. L. iv. 6. Draw, you rogue; for though it be night, the moon shines.

K. L. ii. 2. I'll write thee a challenge; or I'll deliver thy indignation by word of mouth.

T. N. ii. 4. By gar, it is a shallenge: I vill cut his troat in de park.

M.W. i. 4. Go, write it in a martial hand; be curst and brief; it is no matter how witty, so it be eloquent, and full of invention; taunt him with the license of ink. T. N. iii. 2.

I protest
Maugre thy strength, youth, place, and eminence,
Despite thy victor

sword, and fire-new fortune,
Thy valour, and thy heart,—thou art a traitor:
False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father ;
Conspirant gainst this high illustrious prince;
And from the extremest upward of thy head,
To the descent and dust beneath thy feet,
A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, No,
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits are bent,
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak,
Thou liest.

K. L. v. 3.
I never in my life
Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
Unless a brother should a brother dare
To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
He gave you all the duties of a man;
Trimm'd up your praises with a princely tongue ;
Spoke your deservings like a chronicle ;
Making you ever better than his praise,
By still dispraising praise, valued with you:
And, which became him like a prince indeed,
He made a blushing cital of himself;
And chid his truant youth with such a grace,
As if he master'd there a double spirit,

Of teaching and of learning instantly. H. IV. PT. I. v. 2. CHAMPION.

Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,

CHAMPION, continued.

Nor ask advice of any other thought
But faithfulness and courage.

P. P. i. 1. CHANCE (See also FORTUNE).

Full oft 'tis seen,
Our mean secures us; and our mere defects
Prove our commodities.

K. L. iv. 1.
Why, here's a change indeed in the commonwealth !

M. M. i. 2.
And art thou come to this?

K. L. iii. 4.
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. H. IV. PT. I. i. 2. CHANGELING.

His humour
Was nothing but mutation; Ay and that
From one bad thing to worse.

Cym. iv. 2. CHARITY.

My learn'd lord cardinal,
Deliver all with charity.

H. VIII. i. 2.
For he is gracious if he be observ'd;
He hath a tear for pity, and a hand

Open as day for melting charity. H. IV. PT. II. iv. 4. CHARM.

For a charm of powerful trouble
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

M. iv. 1.
Then I beat my tabor,
At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd their ears,
Advanc'd their eyelids, lifted up their noses,
As they smelt music; so I charm'd their ears,
That, calf-like, they my lowing follow'd through
Tooth'd briars, sharp furzes, pricking goss, and thorns,
Which enter'd their frail shins : at last I left them
I'the filthy mantled pool beyond your cell. T. iv. 1.

The charm dissolves apace;
And as the morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
Their clearer reason.

T. v. l. CHASTITY.

Chaste as the icicle,
That's curded by the frost from purest snow,
And hangs on Dian's temple.

C. v. 3.
Of chastity, the ornaments are chaste.

She'll not be hit
With Cupid's arrow; she hath Dian's wit;
And, in strong proof of chastity well arm’d,
From love's weak childish bow she lives unharm'd.

R.J. i. 1.
I thought her
As chaste as unsunn'd snow.

Cym. ii. 6.
She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
Nor 'bide th’ encounter of assailing eyes,
Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.

R.J. i. 1.
CHEATS (See also KnAVES).

They say, this town is full of cozenage ;
As, nimble jugglers, that deceive the eye,
Dark-working sorcerers, that change the mind,
Soul-killing witches, that deform the body;
Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,
And many such like libertines of sin.

C. E. i. 2.

I see this hath a little dash'd your spirits. 0. ii. 3.

Why should a man whose blood is warm within,
Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?
Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice
By being peovish.

M. V. i. 1.

But I'll not chide thee;
Let shame come when it will, I do not call it:
I do not bid the thunder-bearer shoot,
Nor tell tales of thee to high-judging Jove :
Mend, when thou can'st; be better at thy leisure:
I can be patient.

K. L. ii. 4.
O, what a beast was I to chide him !

R. J. iii, 2.

I shall see

The winged vengeance overtake such children. K. L. iii. 7. CHIVALRY.

Now thou art seal'd the son of chivalry. H.VI. Pt. 1. iv. 6.

In this glorious and well foughten field,
We kept together in our chivalry.

H.V. iv. 6.

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