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From their abominable and beastly touches
Take, oh take, those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
Lights that do mislead the morn:
Which thy frozen bosom bears,
Are of those that April wears:
Bound in those icy chains by thee.
GREATNESS SUBJECT TO CENSURE.
* CHARACTER OF AN ARCH HYPOCRITE.
O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st There is another comfort than this world, That thou neglect me not, with that opinion That I am touch'd with madness: make not impos
sible That which but seems unlike: 'Tis not impossible. * Sall.es.
but one, the wicked'st caitiff on the ground,
MERCHANT OF VENICE.
ACT I. MIRTH AND MELANCHOLY. NOW, by two-headed Janus, Nature hath fram’d strange fellows in her time: Some that will evermore peep through their eyes, And laugh, like parrots, at a bag-piper; And other of such vinegar aspect, That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile, Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.
You have too much respect upon the world: 'They lose it, that do buy it with much care.
THE WORLD'S TRUE VALUE,
Let me play the Fool: With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come: And let my liver rather heat with wine, Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. 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 peevish?
* Habits and characters of office
LOQUACITY. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice: his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them; and, when you have them, they are not worth the search.
MEDIOCRITY. For aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing: It is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean; superfluity comes sooner by white hạirs, but competency lives longer.
SPECULATION MORE EASY THAN PRACTICE. If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood; but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree; such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the eripple.
* Obstinate silence.
THE JEW'S MALICE.
Mark you this, Bassanio,
THE JEW'S EXPOSTULATION.
Hath a dog money? is it possible,
Signior Bassanio, hear me: If I do not put on a sober habit, Talk with respect, and swear but now and then, Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely; Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes Thus with my hat, and sigh, and say, amen; Use all the observance of civility, Like one well studied in a sad ostent* To please his grandam, never trust me more.
THE JEW'S COMMANDS TO HIS DAUGHTER. 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 casements 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. POSSESSION MORE LANGUID THAN EXPECTATION,
0, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly Io seal love's bonds new made, than they are wont, To keep obliged faith unforfeited! Who riseth from a feast, With what keen appetite that he sits down? Where is the horse that doth untread again His tedious measures with the unbated fire
* Show of staid and serious demeanour.