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From that it is disposed:o Therefore 'tis meet
That noble minds keep ever with their likes:
For who so firm, that cannot be seduced ? 29-i. 2.

Honourable causes need no oath.

What other oath,
Than honesty to honesty engaged ?-

Unto bad causes swear
Such creatures as men doubt: but do not stain
The even virtue of our enterprise,
Nor th' insuppressive mettle of our spirits,
To think, that, or our cause, or our performance,
Did need an oath.

29-ii. I. 563

News, good and bad.
Though it be honest, it is never good
To bring bad news: Give to a gracious message
An host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell
Themselves, when they be felt.

30-ii, 5.


564 Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance only, Which your disease requires.

25-i. 1.


Humility recommended.

Love and meekness, Become a churchman better than ambition.

25-V.2. 566


Determine on some course, More than a wild exposure to each chance That starts i’ the way before thee. 28-iv. 1.

may befall.


The same.
Since the affairs of men rest still uncertain,
Let's reason with the worst that

29-v. 1. 568

The sin of ambition.

I charge thee fling away ambition; By that sin fell the angels, how can man then, The image of his Maker, hope to win by't?

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Love thyself last; cherish those hearts that hate thee;
Corruption wins not more than honesty.
Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not!
Let all the ends, thou aim'st at, be thy country's,
Thy God's, and truth's.

25-iii. 2. 569

Jests unbecoming to age.
How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester!

19-V.5. 570 The danger of false accusation.

Take good heed, You charge not in your spleen a noble person, And spoil your nobler soul!

25-i. 3. The same. Be certain what you do; lest your justice Prove violence.




Out, idle words, servants to shallow fools !
Unprofitable sounds, weak arbitrators!



The advantage of sincerity.

Taunt my faults With such full license, as both truth and malice Have power to utter. O, then we bring forth weeds, When our quick winds' lie still; and our ills told us, Is as our earing."

30-i. 2. 574 Things unavoidable not to be deplored. Be you not troubled with the time, which drives O’er your content these strong necessities; But let determined things to destiny Hold unbewail'd their way.

30-iii. 6.



You ever-gentle gods
Let not my worser spirit' tempt me again
To die before you please!

34-iv. 6.

P The sense is, that man not agitated by censure, like soil not ventilated by quick winds, produces more evil than good.

Tilling, ploughing ; prepares us to produce good seed.

' Corrupt nature,---a depraved nature.

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If we shall stand still, In fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at, We should take root here where we sit, or sit State statues only.

25-i.2. 577 Mildness to be used in differences. That which combined us was most great, and let not A leaner action rend us. What's amiss, May it be gently heard: When we debate Our trivial difference loud, we do commit Murder in healing wounds: Then, Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms, Nor curstness grow to the matter. 30–ii. 2.


The same. Now, for the love of Love, and her soft hours, Let's not confoundt the time with conference harsh : There's not a minute of our lives should stretch Without some pleasure now.

30-i. 1.


Persuasion. May'st thou have the spirit of persuasion, and he the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may move, and what he hears may be believed.

18-i. 2. 580

Ingratitude, how extinguished. We sent to thee; to give thy rages balm, To wipe out our ingratitude with loves Above their" quantity.

27-V. 5. 581

Kindness. best love draw to that point, which seeks Best to preserve it.

30-iii. 4. 582

Reason to be regarded.

Do not banish reason
For inequality:' but let your reason serve
To make the truth appear, where it seems hid ;
And hide the false, seems true.

Let your


$ Let not ill-humour be added. u Their refers to rages.

t Censure. " Apparent inconsistency.


Praise to be bestowed seasonably. Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove; our head shall


bare, till merit crown it: no perfection in reversion shall have a praise in present: we will not name desert, before his birth; and, being born, his addition shall be humble. 26-iii. 2.



Injuries. We thought not good to bruise an injury, till it were full ripe.

20iii. 6. 585 Passion allayed by reason.

Be advised:
I say again, there is no English soul
More stronger to direct you than yourself,
If with the sap of reason you would quench,
Or but allay, the fire of passion.

25ci. 1. Suspicion.

If I mistake
In those foundations which I build upon,
The centre' is not big enough to bear
A school-boy's top.

13-ii. I. 587

The exuberance of lenity.

This too much lenity
And harmful pity, must be laid aside.
To whom do lions cast their gentle looks ?
Not to the beast that would usurp their den.
Whose hand is that the forest bear doth lick ?
Not his, that spoils her young before her face.
Who 'scapes the lurking serpent's mortal sting?
Not he, that sets his foot upon her back.
The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on;
And doves will peck, in safeguard of their brood.

23-ij. 2. 588

I love not to see wretchedness o'ercharged,
And duty in his service perishing.

7-1. I.

w Title. * i.e. If the proofs which I can offer will not support the opinion I have formed, no foundation can be trusted.


Honour and policy. Honour and policy, like unsevered friends, I' the war do grow together: Grant that, and tell me, In peace, what each of them by th’ other lose, That they combine not there.

28-iii. 2.


Drunkenness. Drinking: I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment. 37-ii. 3.


The necessity of repose.
These should be hours for necessities,
Not for delights; times to repair our nature
With comforting repose, and not for us
To waste.




See, that you come Not to woo honour, but to wed it.

11-ü. 1. 593

Justice to self.
Believe not thy disdain, but presently
Do thine own fortunes that obedient right,
Which thy duty owes.

11_ii. 3.


Honour disinterested.
If you shall cleave to my consent, '—when ’tis,
It shall make honour for you.

So I lose none,
In seeking to augment it, but still keep
My bosom franchised, and allegiance clear,
I shall be counsel'd.

15-ii. 1.


Caution in choosing friends. Where you are liberal of your loves, and counsels, Be sure, you be not loose: for those you make friends, And give your hearts to, when they once perceive The least rub in your fortunes, fall away Like water from ye, never found again But where they mean to sink ye.

25-ii. 1.

y Cleave to me constant.

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