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He gratis comes; and thou art well appay'd,
As well to hear as grant what he hath said.





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Guilty thou art of murder and of theft;
Guilty of perjury and subornation;
Guilty of treason, forgery, and shift;
Guilty of incest, that abomination:
An accessary by thine inclination
To all sins past, and all that are to come,
From the creation to the general doom.



Time personified. Mis-shapen Time, copesmate of ugly night, Swift subtle post, carrier of grisly care; Eater of youth, false slave to false delight, Base watch of woes, sin's pack-horse, virtue's snare; Thou nursest all, and murderest all, that are.

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Time's glory is to calm contending kings ;
To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light;
To stamp the seal of time on aged things;
To wake the morn, and centinel the night;


till he render right;
To ruinate proud buildings, with thy hours,
And smear with dust their glittering golden towers:
To fill with worm-holes stately monuments;
To feed oblivion with decay of things;
To blot old books, and alter their contents;
To pluck the quills from ancient ravens' wings;
To dry the old oak's sap, and cherish springs;
To spoil antiquities of hammer'd steel,
And turn the giddy round of fortune's wheel:
To shew the beldame daughters of her daughter;
To make the child a man, the man a child;
To slay the tiger, that doth live by slaughter;
To tame the unicorn, and lion wild;
To mock the subtle, in themselves beguiled;
To cheer the ploughman with increaseful crops,
And waste huge stones with little water-drops.
Why work'st thou mischief in thy pilgrimage,
Unless thou could'st return to make amends?

One poor retiring minute in an age,
Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends;
Lending him wit, that to bad, debtors lends.



Moral conquest.
Brave conquerors!—for so you are,
That war against your own affections,
And the huge army of the world's desires.

8-i. 1.


Every place a home to the wise.
All places, that the eye of heaven visits,
Are to a wise man ports and happy havens:
Teach thy necessity to reason thus;
There is no virtue like necessity.

17-i. 3.


The proffered means of Heaven to be embraced. The means, that heaven yields, must be embraced, And not neglected; else, if heaven would, And we will not, heaven's offer we refuse; The proffer'd means of succour and redress.

17-iii. 2. 537

Self-conquest. Better conquest never can'st thou make, Than arm thy constant and thy nobler parts. Against those giddy loose suggestions. 16-iii. 1.

538 Acquaintanceship to be formed with caution.

It is certain that either wise bearing, or ignorant carriage, is caught, as men take diseases, one of another: therefore, let men take heed of their company.

19-v. 1.

1 Tit. i. 15.


Sorrow not to be courted.

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

17-v. 1. 510

The solemnity of oaths.

The truth thou art unsure To swear, swearTM only not to be forsworn; Else, what a mockery should it be to swear!

16-iii. 1. 541

Resignation to the will of God.

Heaven me such usage send,
Not to pick bad from bad; but, by bad, mend !

37-iv. 3. 542

Knowledge to govern ourselves. Let's teach ourselves. Ah, honourable stop, Not to outsport discretion.

37-ii. 3. 543

Anger to be controlled by reason.
Let your reason with your choler question
What 'tis you go about: To climb steep hills
Requires slow pace at first: Anger is like
A full hot horse; who being allow'd his way,
Self-mettle tires him.

25-i. 1. 544

Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper
Sprinkle cool patience.

36-iii. 4. 515

Virtuous conflict.

( virtuous fight, When right with right wars, who shall be most right!

26-iii. 2. 546

The sin of suicide.

Against self-slaughter
There is a prohibition so divine,
That cravens my weak hand.

31-iji. 4. 547

The danger of delay.
Let's take the instant by the forward top;
For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
The inaudible and noiseless foot of time
Steals, ere we can effect them.

11-V. 3.

m Old copy reads swears.


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.


Equanimity. Weigh thy value with an even hand.

9-ii. 7.


Confidence in the future.

Doubt not but success Will fashion the event in better shape Than I can lay it down in likelihood.

6-iv. 1.


Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty:
For in my youth I never did apply
Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood;
Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
The means of weakness and debility;
Therefore my age is as a lusty winter,
Frosty, but kindly.



The effects of anger.


So madly hot, that no discourse of reason,
Nor fear of bad success in a bad cause,
Can qualify the same ?

26--°, 2.


Fidelity. You should account me the more virtuous, that I have not been common in


28-ii. 3.


The same.

How long Shall tender duty make me suffer wrong? 17-ii. 1.


Poison's hours had bound me up
From mine own knowledge.

30-ii. 2.



The evil of duelling. You undergo too strict a paradox, Striving to make an ugly deed look fair : Your words have took such pains, as if they labour'd To bring manslaughter into form, set quarrelling Upon the head of valour; which, indeed, Is valour misbegot, and came into the world When sects and factions were newly born: He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer The worst that man can breathe; and make his wrongs His outsides; wear them like his raiment, carelessly; And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart, To bring it into danger. If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill, What folly 'tis, to hazard life for ill? 27-iii. 5.



Stop the rage betime,
Before the wound do grow incurable;
For, being green, there is great hope of help.

22-iii. 1. 558 Compassion recommended to the proud.

Take physic, Pomp;
Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
That thou may'st shake the superflux" to them,
And shew the heavens more just.

34-üi. 4.

559 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. 560

Self-knowledge. I will chide no breather in the world, but myself; against whom I know most faults.

10-iii. 2. 561

Imperfections belong to the best.

Thou art noble; yet, I see, Thy honourable metal may be wrought


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