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Virtue never will be mov’d,
Though lewdness court it in a shape of Heaven;
But Vice, though to a radiant Angel linkt,
Will sate itself of a celestial bed.

One may smile and smile and be a villain.

28. With devotion's visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The Devil himself.

29. DOUBLE MEANING. + The Harlot's cheek, beautied by plastering art, Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it, Than are vile meanings hid in specious words, 30. FUTURITY.

Think of something after Death: And let us rather bear the ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of.

Beauty carnot have better commerce than
with honesty.

Let the false candied tongue lick absurd pomp,
And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee
Where profit follows fawning.

There are more things in Heaven and Earth
Than are dreamt of in our philosophy.

Love leads the will to desperate undertakings
As ost as any passion under Heaven.

It is as proper to old age
To cast beyond itself in it's opinions

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As it is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion.

It is a transformation
When nor the 'exterior nor the inward man
Resembles that it was.

37. WISHES OF KINGS. Kings, by their sovereign power, Put

their dread pleasures more into command Than to entreaty,

38. CONCISEN ESS. Brevity is the soul of wit.

39. TRUE INTEGRITY. To be honest, as this world goes, is to be a man pickt out of ten thousand.

40. MAN-HIS DIGNITY. What a piece of work is Man! how noble in reason; how vast in faculties; in form and moving how

express and admirable! in action how like an Angel; in apprehension how like a God! the beauty of the world ; the paragon of animals. .

41. COMPOSITION-SIMPLICITY. I In Dramatic Composition and all just writing a good method is wholesome as sweet; and by very much more handsome than fine. 42. POWER OF THE DRAMA.

A just and a well-acted Play Makes mad the Guilty.

43. JUSTICE. 9 Use every man after his desert.

44. DETECTION. Murther, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ.


To the noble mind Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.

46. DRAMATIC ACTION. Suit the action to the word; the word to the action: with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of Nature.

47. ACTORS. Let those who play clowns speak no more than is set down for them. For there be that will themselves laugh to set some quantity of barren spectators to laugh also. This shews a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. 48. MAGNANIMITY.

+A Man truly great
Will be in suffering all as suffering nothing :
As one that Fortune's buffets or rewards
Hath taken with equal thanks.

Give me that man that is not passion's slave,
And I will wear him in my heart of hearts;
In my heart's core.

Fear and Love hold quantity :
In neither aught*; or in extremity.

51. Where Love is great the smallest doubts are Fear: Where little Fears grow great, great Love grows

52. PASSIONATE RESOLVES. [there. What to ourselves in passion we propose The passion ending doth the purpose lose.

53. PASSION IN EXTREMES. The violence of either grief or joy

* In either nought, would be clearer.

Their own enactures with themselves destroy.

54. Where joy most revels grief doth most lament; Grief joys, joy grieves, on slender accident.

55. MUTABILITY OF LIFE. This world is not for aye.

56. The great man down, you mark his favourite flies; The

poor advanc'd, makes friends of enemies.

57. FALSE FRIENDS, He who not needs shall never lack a friend.

58. POSTHUMOUS FAME. A great man's memory may outlive his life half a 59. FRIENDSHIP FALSE.

[year, He who in want a hollow Friend doth try, Directly seasons him his Enemy.

60. CONSCIENCE. Let the galled wince.

61. VIGILANCE AND SECURITY. Some must watch, while some sleep.

62. DUTIES RELATIVE TO THE PUBLIC, The single and peculiar life is bound With all the strength and armour of the mind, To keep itself from ’noyance; but much more That Spirit

' on whose weal depend and rest The lives of many. 63. CHILDREN.

In what concerns a Child 'Tis meet that some more audience than a Mother, Since Nature makes them partial, should deterUpon it's merit.

[mine 64. PRAYER.


prayer is two-fold force: To be forestalled ere we come to fall,


Or pardon'd, being down.

REPENTANCE. * Say not “ Forgive my crime," when still possest Of those effects for which thou did'st the crime.

66. Who can be pardon'd and retain the offence.

67. DIVINE JUSTICE. $ In the corrupted currents of this world, Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice, And in worst tinies the wretched prize itself Buys out the Law. But 'tis not so above; There is no shuffling: there the action lies In it's true nature, and we ourselves compellid, E'en to the teeth and forehead of our faults, To give in evidence. 68. MERCY.

Whereto.serves mercy, But to confront the visage of offence?

69. REPENTANCE. ti Try what repentance can, what can it not But what can aught when habits are so fixt That we cannot repent. 70. FRAUD AND PERJURY.

$ There are those
Who from the body of a contract pluck
It's very soul: and sweet Religion make
A rhapsody of words.

71. PRAYER. Words, without thoughts, never to Heaven go.

72. APPREHENSION. Conceit'in weakest bodies strongest works.

73. OPPRESSION. In the vile rankness of abandon'd times Virtue itself of Vice must pardon beg,

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