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To vouch this is no proof,
Without more certain and more overt test,
Than these thin habits, and poor likelihoods
Of modern seeming do prefer against him.


A very good piece of work, I assure you, and a merry. M.N.D.i, 1.

Let it be booked with the rest of this day's deeds ; or I swear I will have it in a particular ballad, with mine own picture on the

H. IV. PT. II. iv. l. ACQUITTAL.

Now doth thy honour stand,
In him that was of late an heretic,
As firm as faith.


Let your own discretion be your tutor : suit the action to the word, and the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature : for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first, and now, was, and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature ; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure : * O, there be players, that I have seen play, -and heard others praise, and that highly;--not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians, nor the gait of Christian, Pagan, nor man, have so strutted, and bellowed, that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.

H. iii. 2. ADOPTION.

'Tis often seen, Adoption strives with nature ; and choice breeds A native slip to us from foreign seeds.


What you do,
Still betters what is done. When you speak, sweet,
I'd have you do it ever: when you sing,
I'd have you buy and sell so; so give alms;
Pray so ; and, for the ordering of your affairs,
To sing them too: When you do dance, I wish you
A wave o' the sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that ; move still, still so, and own
No other function: Each your doing,
So singular in each particular,
Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds,
That all your acts are queens.

W. T. iv. 4.
A man I am, cross'd with adversity.

T. G. iv. I.

But myself,
Who had the world as my confectionary;
The mouths, the tongues, the eyes, the hearts of men



At duty, more than I could frame employment;
That numberless upon me stuck, as leaves
Do on the oak, have with one winter's brush
Fell from their boughs, and left me open, bare,
For every storm that blows; I, to bear this,
That never knew but better, is some burden.

T. A. iv. 3.
Such a house broke !
So noble a master fallen! All gone ! and not
One friend to take his fortune by the arm,
And go along with him !

T. A. iv. 2.

What think'st
That the bleak air, thy boisterous chamberlain,
Will put thy shirt on warm? Will these moist trees,
That have out-lived the eagle, page thy heels,
And skip when thou point'st out ? will the cold brook,
Candied with ice, caudle thy morning taste,
To cure thy o'er-night's surfeit? Call the creatures ;
Whose naked natures live in all the spight
Of wreakful heaven ; whose bare unhoused trunks,
To the conflicting elements expos’d,
Answer mere nature,—bid them fatter thee.

T. A. iv.3.
ITS Uses.
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in its head.

4. Y. ii. 1.
'Tis good for men to love their present pains,
Upon example ; so the spirit is eas’d :
And, when the mind is quicken’d, out of doubt,
The organs, though defunct and dead before,
Break up their drowsy grave, and newly move
With casted slough, and fresh legerity.

H. V. iii. l.
In poison there is physic; and these news
Having been well, that would have made nie sick;
Being sick, have in some measure made me well.
And as the wretch whose fever-weaken’d joints,
Like strengthless hinges, buckle under life,
Impatient of his fit, breaks like a fire
Out of his keeper's arms; even so my limbs,
Weaken'd with grief, being now enrag'd with grief,
Are thrice themselves.

H. IV. Pt. II. i. 1.
ADVICE (See also Caution).
Fasten your ear to my advisings.

M. M. iii. l. Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly; swear not; commit not with man's sworn spouse; set not thy sweet heart on proud array.

K. L. iii. 4. Take heed, be wary how you place your words. H.VI. pt.1. iii. 2.

Let go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following it; but the great one that goes up

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the hill, let him draw thee after. When a wise man gives thee
better counsel, give me mine again.

K. L. ii. 4.
Pray be counsel'd :
I have a heart as little apt as yours,
But yet a brain, that leads my use of anger
To better 'vantage.

C. iii. 2.
Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none : be able for thine enemy
Rather in power than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key : be check'd for silence,
But never tax'd for speech.

A. W. i.l.
Keep thy pen from lenders' books, and defy the foul fiend.

K. L. iii. 4. Let not the creaking of shoes nor the rustling of silks, betray thy poor heart to women.

K. L. iii. 4.

Fear it, my dear sister ;
And keep you in the rear of your affection,
Out of the shot and danger of desire.
The chariest maid is prodigal enough,
If she unmask her beauty to the moon ;
Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes :
The canker galls the infants of the spring,
Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd;
And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
Contagious blastments are most imminent.
Be wary then ; best safety lies in fear; .
Youth to itself rebels, though none else near.

H. i.3.

Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.
Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.
The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel ;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each unhatch’d, unfledg'd comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel : but, being in,
Bear it that the opposer may beware of thee.
Give ev'ry man thine ear, but few thy voice :
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy ; rich, not gaudy:
For the apparel oft proclaims the mai. :-
Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend;
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all,—To thine own self be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to

Farewell :—my blessing season this in thee !

H. 1.3.


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Mark but my fall, and that that ruin'd me.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition ;
By that sin fell the angels; how can man then,
The image of his Maker, hope to win by't?
Love thyself last; cherish those hearts that hate thee ;
Corruption wins not more than honesty.
Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not :
Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
Thy God's, and truth's ; then if thou fall’st, o Cromwell,
Thou fall'st a blessed martyr.

H. VIII. iii. 2.
ADULATION (See also FlatterY).

You shout me forth
In acclamations hyperbolical ;
As if I lov'd my little should be dieted
In praises sauc'd with lies.

C. i.9.
These new tuners of accents.

R. J. ii. 4.

Amiction is enamour'd of thy parts,
And thou art wedded to calamity.

R. J. iii. 3.
The silver livery of advised age.

H. VI. PT. II. v. 2. Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old, with all the characters of age ? Have you not a moist eye ? a dry hand ? a yellow cheek ? a white beard ? a decreasing leg? an increasing belly? Is not your voice broken? your wind short? your chin double ? your wit single ? and every part about you blasted with antiquity ? and will you yet call yourself young? O fye, Sir John.

H. IV. Pt. ii. i. 2.
Youth no less becomes
The light and careless livery that it wears,
Than settled age his sables, and his weeds,
Importing health and graveness.

H. iv. 7.
Though now this grained face of mine be hid
In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow,
And all the conduits of my blood froze up;
Yet hath my night of life some memory,
My wasting lamp some fading glimmer left,
My dull deaf ears a little use to hear.

C. E. v. 1. I would there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty ; or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing between but wenching, wronging the ancientry, stealing, and fighting,

W. T. ii.3.
His silver hairs
Will purchase us a good opinion,
And buy men's voices to commend our deeds :

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AGE,- continued.

It shall be said his judgment rul'd our hands ;
Our youths, and wildness, shall no whit appear,
But all be buried in his gravity.

J. C. ii. l.
As you are old and reverend you should be wise. K. L. i. 4.
When age is in the wit is out.

M, A. iii.5.
Becomes it thee to taunt his valiant age,
And twit with cowardice a man half dead ? H.VI. PT.1. iii. 2.

AND FRAilty.
The blood of youth burns not with such excess
As gravity's revolt to wantonness.

L. L. v. 2.
Thou should'st not have been old before thou had'st been

K. L. i.5.

I am old now,
And these same crosses spoil me.

K. L. v. 3.
O! grief hath chang’d me since you saw me last;
And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand,
Have written strange defeatures in my face.

C. E. v. 1.
These tedious old fools !

H. ii. 2.
Here is the heart of my purpose.

M. W, üi. 2.

A bond of air, strong as the axle-tree
On which heaven rides.

T. C. i. 3.

What stir is this? what tumult's in the heavens ?
Whence cometh this alarum, and the noise ? H.VI. PT. 1. 1.4.
What's the business,
That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley
The sleepers of the house?

M. ii. 3.
Silence that dreadful bell, it frights the isle
From its propriety.

0. ii. 3. ALLEGIANCE.

Your highness' part
Is to receive our duties: and our duties
Are to your throne and state, children and servants ;
Which do but what they should, by doing every thing
Safe toward your love and honour.

M. i. 4.

But the changes I perceived in the king and Camillo, were very notes of admiration : they seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their eyes ; there was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture; they looked, as they had heard of a word ransomed, or one destroyed. A notable passion of wonder appeared in them: but the wisest beholder, that

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