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770 To sue to live, I find, I seek to die; And seeking death, find life.o
5-iii. 1. 771
23-iv. 6. 772
Joyous expectation of death.
• Phil. i. 21.
9 James iv. 14.
P A holy resolution.
Unless you would devise some virtuous lie,
775 His detestation of a theatrical life. Alas, 'tis true, I have gone here and there, And made myself a motley to the view, Gored mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most Made old offences of affections new.
[dear, Most true it is, that I have look'd on truth Askance and strangely; but, by all above, These blenches gave my heart another youth, And worse essays proved thee my best of love. Now all is done, save what shall have no end: Mine appetite I never more will grind On newer proof, to try an older friend, A God in love, to whom I am confined. Then give me welcome, next my heaven the best, E'en to thy pure and most most loving breast.
The same. O for my sake do thou with Fortune chide, 9 The guilty goddess of my harmful deeds, That did not better for my life provide, Than public means, which public manners breeds. Thence comes it that my name receives a brand, And almost thence my nature is subdued To what it works in, like the dyer's hand. Pity me then, and wish I were renew'd; Whilst, like a willing patient, I will drink Potions of eysell," 'gainst my strong infection;
9 The editor is confident that our author, who was so sound a moralist, meant not by what he here says, to cast any reflection on Divine Providence. The expressions made use of are merely poetical: For. tune, in the language of poetry, is an imaginary being, supposed to distribute the lots of life according to her own humour,
No bitterness that I will bitter think,
His cure of self-love.
An apostrophe to his soul.
• Vile body. Phil. iii. 1.
t Ps. xc. 10.
Then, Soul, live thou upon thy servant's loss,
780 The foundation of his faith and hope in Christ alone.
“In the name of God, amen. I, William Shakspeare, at Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwick, gent. ; in perfect health and memory, God be praised! do make and ordain this, my last will and testament, in manner and form following; that
First, I commend my soul into the hands of God my creator, hoping, and assuredly believing, through the only merits of Jesus Christ, my Saviour, to be made partaker of life everlasting; and my body to the earth whereof it is made."
is to say:
From his Wil.
u Feeding upon Christ by faith. I Luke xx. 36---55. 1 Cor. xv. 55. Rev. xxi. 4.