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Ay, ay, Antipholus, look strange, and frown; Some other mistress hath thy sweet aspects, I am not Adriana, nor thy wife. The time was once, when thou unurg'd would'st
The venon clamours of a jealous woman Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. It seems his sleeps were hinderd by thy railing: And thereof comes it that his head is light. Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraid
ings; Unquiet meals make ill digestions, Thereof the raging fire of sever bred; And what's a fever but a fit of madness? Thou-say’st, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls Sweet recreatjon barr’d, what doth ensue, But moody and dull melancholy, (Kinsman to gry and comfortless despair;) And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop of pale distemperatures, and foes to life? DESCRIPTION OF A BEGGARLY FORTUNE-TELLER,
A hungry lean-fac'd villain,
And with no face, as 'twere outfacing me,
Though now this grained* face of mine be hid
BRAVE conquerors!—for so you are, That war against your own affections, And the huge army of the world's desires.
VANITY OF PLEASURE.
Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain, Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain.
Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
looks Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from others' books. l'hese earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,
That give a name to every fixed star, Have no more profit of their shining nights,
Than those that walk, and wot not what they are Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; And every godfather can give a name.
* Furrowed, lined
An envious sneaping* frost, That bites the first born infants of the spring.
A CONCEITED COURTIER. A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain: One, whom the music of his own vain tongue
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony; A man of compliments, whom right and wrong
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: This child of fancy, that Armado hight, t
For interim to our studies, shall relate, In high-born words, the worth of many a knight
From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate
My beauty, though but mean, Needs not the painted flourish of your praise; Beauty, is bought by judgment of the eye, Not uiter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues.
A MERRY MAN.
A merrier man,
ACT III. HUMOUROUS DESCRIPTION OF LOVE. 0!-And I, sorsooth, in love! I, that have been
love's whip; A very beadle to a humourous sigh: A critic; nay, a night-watch constable; A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Than whom no mortal so magnificent! This wimpled," whining, purblind, wayward boy; This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid; Regent of love-rhymes, lord of folded arm, The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Liege of all loiterers and malecontents, Dread prince of plackets,t king of codpieces, Sole imperator, and great general or trotting paritorst-O my little heart! And I to be a corporal of his field, And wear bis colours like a tumbler's hoop! What? I! I love! I sue! I seek a wife! A woman, that is like a German clock, Still a repairing; ever out of frame; And never going aright, being a watch, But being watch'd that it may still go right)
Did not the ncavenly rhetoric of thine eye
('Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument,) Persuade my heart to this false perjury?
Vows, for thee broke, deserve not punishment. A woman I forswore; but, I will prove,
Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee:
Thy grace being gain'd, cures all disgrace in mo.
† Petticoats. The officers of the spiritual courts who serve citations.
If broken then, it is no fault of mine; If by me broke, what fool is not so wise, To lose an oath to win a paradise?
On a day, (alack the day!)
THE POWER OF LOVE.