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Not what is meet but what must be is law*.
171. MAGNANIMITY. * Some natures are too noble for this world.
Who truly knows a great man's worthiness, To his faults is not blind.
173. APOSTASY INEXCUSABLE. Let it suffice if while men love their Country, Their country honours them. The service of the Being once gangren'd, is not then respected [foot For what it was before,
174. FITNESS. Let what is meet be said,
175. A STATE. What is the City but the People || ?
That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous Where the disease is violent.
177. RAGE LEARNS REPENTANCE. Tyger-footed rage, when it shall find The harm of unscann'd swiftness, will too late Tye leaden pounds to it's heels. 178. SINCERITY.
* Never wish a man False to his nature. Rather let him play Nobly, the man he is.
179. ARROGANCE. * An haughty overweening wears power out Ere it is well put on.
* This is true in fact ; but false in Right.
Agreeably to Classic Antiquity. Thus Sir Wm. Jones, in his noble Ode---"What constitutes a State ?"
180. PROSPERITY. 6 Pride out of daily fortune hourly taints The happy man. 181. NECESSITY OF PRUDENCE.
'Tis a defect of judgment To fail in the disposal of those chances We are made Lords of. 182. PARDON A ROYAL VIRTUE.
Royal it is to pardon, When it is least expected.
183. COMPASSION. Of no relenting tenderness to be Requires nor child nor woman's face to see.
184. REPENTANCE FOLLOWS VIOLENCE.
185. HONOUR AND POLICY.
188. Must a base tongue give to a noble heart A lie that it must bear?
189. ADVERSITY. Extremity is the trier of the spirits.
190. ADVERSITY. Common chances common men can bear.
191. When the sea is calm all boats alike Shew mastership in floating.
192. REGRET. A man is lov'd when he is lack'd.
193. GRIEF IN AGE. An old man's tears are salter than a youth's.
194. RESIGNATION. "Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes As 'tis to laugh at them. 195. OCCASION.
Advantage ever cools In the absence of the needer. 196. MODERATION.
+ Having shewn our power, Let us seem humbler after it is done, Than when it was in doing. 197. DISSENTION.
Friends,-how fast sworn, Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart, Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise, Are still together, who twin (as 'twere) in love Unseparable, shall, within an hour, On a dissention of a doit, break out To bitterest enmity. 198. POPULAR ESTIMATION.
Our virtues Lie in the interpretation of the times. 199.
To extol what it hath done *..
To climb steep hills .
o Him in eye
* Times there are,
That is, exaltation, by exciting envy, often is the grave of power, and sinks fame in oblivion-Omnium judicio dignus imperio nisi imper
That is, the sense of injury is too apt to restrain pity.
207. PRODIGALITY RUINS ĘSTATES.
* Many Have broke their backs by laying Manors on them For earthly hopes and pageants: and by this So sicken'd their estates that haply never They shall abound as formerly.
208. REASON AGAINST PASSION. Let your reason with
choler question What 'tis you go about.
209. LEARNING MORE NOBLE THAN TITLE. A beggar's book outworths a noble’s blood *.
210. ANGER. Anger is like a full hot horse, Who being allowed his way, self-mettle tires him.
211. FOLLY OF REVENGE. Heat not a furnace || for your foe so hot That it do singe yourself.
212. REASON AND PASSION. Let the sap of reason quench the fire of passion.
We may out-run
* This is applied sarcastically in the Drama : but it is true that Genius and Learning, when pre-eminent and suitably applied, have that internal Nobility which transcends Ancestry; more than Ancestry is
The metaphorical turn of this Aphorism gives it a very Pythagorean cast. It seems at the same time to allude to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,