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Enter Lucius, with Wine and Tapers. Bru. Speak no more of her.Give me a bowl of
wine : In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. [Drinks.
Cas. My heart is thirsty for that noble pledge:
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Cas. For ever, and for ever, farewell, Brutus !
Bru. Why then, lead on.—0, that a man might
MELANCHOLY, THE PARENT OF ERROR.
Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
ANTONY'S CHARACTER OF BRUTUS.
A FATHER'S ANGER.
Let it be so,-Thy truth then be thy dower:
From this time.
BASTARDY. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law My services are bound : Wherefore should I Stand in the plague* of custom; and permit The curiosityt of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines Lag of a brother! Why bastard ? wherefore base? When my dimensions are as well compact, My mind as generous, and my shape as true, As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base? Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take More composition and fierce quality, Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops, Got 'tween asleep and wake?
ASTROLOGY RIDICULED. This is the excellent foppery of the world! that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit of our own behaviour) we make guilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars ; as if we were villains by necessity : fools, by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers f, by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the dragon's tail ; and my nativity was under ursa major Ø ; so that it follows, I am rough and lecherous.-Tut, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing.
FILIAL INGRATITUDE. Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, Than the sea-monster!
* The injustice. The nicety of civil institution. # Traitors. Great bear, the constellation so named.
A FATHER'S CURSE ON HIS CHILD.
Hear, nature, hear;
FLATTERING SYCOPHANTS. That such a slave as this should wear a sword, Who wears no honesty. Such smiling rogues as these, Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain sion Which are too intrinse # t’unloose: smooth every pasThat in the natures of their lords rebels; Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods; Reneges, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks With every gale and vary of their masters, As knowing nought, like dogs, but following.
PLAIN BLUNT MEN.
This is some fellow, Who, having been prais'd for bluntness, doth affect * Degraded. + Falling. Perplexed. Disowned.
|| The bird called the king-fisher, wbich, when dried and hung up by a thread, is supposed to turn his bill to the point from whence the wind blows.
A saucy roughness, and constrains the garb,
While I may scape, I will prescrve myself: and am bethought To take the basest and most poorest shape, That every penury, in contempt of man, Brought near to beast: my face I'll grime with Glth; Blanket my loins; elft all my hair in knots; And with presented nakedness outface The winds, and persecutions of the sky. The country gives me proof and precedent Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices, Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare arms Pins, wooden prickst, nails, sprigs of rosemary; And with this horrible object, from low farms, Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills, Sometime with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers, Enforce their charity.
THE FAULTS OF INFIRMITY PARDONABLE. Fiery? the fiery duke?-Tell the hot duke, that No, but not yet:-may be, he is not well: Infirmity doth still neglect all office, Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves, When nature, being oppress'd, commands the mind To suffer with the body: I'll forbear; And am fallen out with my more headier will, To take the indispos'd and sickly fit For the sound man.
* Simple or rustic.
+ Hair thus knotted was supposed to be the work of elves and fairies in the night.