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216. CHARITY IN ACCUSING.
If thou do accuse,
218. ACCUSATION CALUMNIOUS. Come not in way of accusation To taint that honour every good tongue blesses.
219. LAW; NOT MALICE. When faults lie open to the Law, let that, Not you, correct thein. 220. DETRACTION.
To be traduc'd by ignorant tongues Is the rough brake that Virtue must go through.
221. We must not stint Our necessary actions, in fear To cope malicious censurors. 222. CONFIDENCE JUST.
Things done well Exempt themselves from fear. 223. INNOVATION.
Things done without example Are to be fear'd.
224. CORRUPTION FROM GOOD. When education, learning, eloquence, All these so noble benefits,-shall prove Not well dispos’d, the mind grown once corrupt, They turn to vicious forms ten times more ugly Than ever they were fair.
227. MERCY-LEGAL IS JUSTICE. If the worst offender may Find mercy in the law, 'tis his. 228. POPULAR ESTIMATION.
What we oft do best, By sick interpreters is not allow'd ; What worst, is oft cry'd up for our best action.
229. WOMEN. Two women plac'd together makes cold weather.
230, CONFIDENCE MISPLACED. Where you are liberal of your loves, and counsels, Beşure you be not loose: for those you make friends, And give your hearts to, when they once perceive The least rub in your fortunes, fall
away Like water from ye, never found again But where they mean to sink ye.
231. GRANDEUR. If majesty and pomp attach the heart, To leave's a thousand times more bitter than "Tis sweet at first to acquire.
232. RELIGION TEACHERS OF IT. They should be good men whose employ is
righteous. 233. OBSCURITY AFFECTED. A strange tongue makes a cause more strange; suspicious,
THE WILL OF HEAVEN BE DONE IN ALL THINGS.
235. GRIEF. Grief makes bold mouths. 236. MAGNANIMITY UNSUSPICIOUS.
. A noble spirit ever casts Doubts, as false coin, from it.
237. POVERTY SHOULD BE BEFRIENDED. Stand the poor people's friend.
239. REST SHOULD HAVE IT'S SEASON.
240. VIRTUE ABOVE SELFISHNESS. A good man stands upon his truth and honesty. If they should fail he with his enemies (not, Would triumph o'er his person ; which he wishes Being of those virtues vacant, and fears nothing What can be said against him. 241. MEDIOCRITY OF STATION.
'Tis better to be lowly born, And range
with humble livers in content, Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief, And wear a golden sorrow. 242. ADVANCEMENT.
Honour's train Is longer than his fore-skirt. 243. DETRACTION.
Many enemies, like village curs, Bark when their fellows do.
244. CONTENT. Our content is our best having,
245. APPEARANCES. All hoods make not monks.
246. JUSTICE DIVINE. Heaven is above all yet;. there sits a Judge, That no King can corrupt,
247. VIRTUE. Virtue finds few friends.
248. Churchmen should nurse no slanders ; for their The way of their profession, is against it: [station, They are to cure our sorrows; not to sow them,
249. OBEDIENCE. The hearts of Princes kiss obedience, So much they love it. 250. MAGNANIMITY.
Though perils did Abound as thick as thought could make them and Appear in forms more horrid, yet should Duty, As doth a rock against the chiding flood *, The approach of this wild river break, and stand Unshaken. 251. WORDS.
'Tis a kind of good deed to say And yet words are no deeds.
252. ENVY, Of what base metal art thou moulded, envy!
253. OPPRESSION. Press not a falling man too far.
* Ut Pelagi Rupes immota resistit:
254. MUTABILITY OF LIFE. This is the state of man :-To-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hopes; to-morrow blossoms And bears his blushing honours thick upon
him: The third day comes a frost, a killing frost, And—when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a ripening-nips his root. And then he falls. 255. RELIANCE ON HUMAN SUPPORT.
O, how wretched Is that poor man, that hangs on Princes' favours ! There is, betwixt that smile he would aspire to, That sweet aspect of Princes, and their ruin, More pangs and fears than wars or women have; And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again.
256. CONSCIENCE. A still and quiet conscience is a peace Above all earthly dignities.
257. HONOURS. Too much honour is a burthen Too heavy for a man that hopes for Heaven,
258. FORTITUDE. A man may out of fortitude of Soul Endure more miseries and greater far Than his weak-hearted enemies dare offer. 259. VIRTUE FOR IT'S OWN SAKE.
§ Do justice For Truth's sake and your conscience." 260. AMBITION.
Fling away ambition; By that sin fell the Angels. How can man tben, The image of his Maker, hope to win by it.