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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.

Poems.

533

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;
Το
wrong

the
wronger,

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.

Poems,

534

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.

535

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.

536

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.

539

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

Sufferance.
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.

548

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.

549

Equanimity. Weigh thy value with an even hand.

9-ii. 7.

550

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.

551

Temperance.
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.

10-1.3.

552

The effects of anger.

Is
your

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

26--°, 2.

553

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

my
love.

28-ii. 3.

554

The same.

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

555

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

30-ii. 2.

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556

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.

557

Consideration.

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

Superfluity.

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