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The other, at high wish. Best state, contentless,
Treason, silent in its operations.
22-iii. 1. 215
Malice, its extent.
29_ii. 1. 216
The value of a good name. Good name, in man,
and woman, Is the immediate jewel of their souls:d Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something,
nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands: But he, that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that, which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.
Peasant and Courtier. The age is grown so picked, that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe.
36-v. 1. 219
A tide in human life.
b Best states contentless have a wretched being-a being worse than that of the worst states that are content. c Malice. d Prov. xxii, 1. e Mark.
f Spruce, affected. & Humour.
And we must take the current when it serves,
220 When fortune means to men most good, She looks upon them with a threatening eye.
16-iii. 4. 221
Natural defects impair virtues.
livery, or fortune's star, h-
Insolence of power.
Insolence shall break his wind,
Riches not true which are to be courted.
i Do out.
h Star, signifies a scar of that appearance.
k Eccles, X. 1. Imagination.
Pride hath no other glass To shew itself but pride; for supple knees Feed arrogance, and are the proud man's fees.
26-iii. 3. 226
Neglect of departed friends.
Decay of pomp.
Vast confusion waits (As doth a raven on a sick-fallen beast) The imminent decay of wrested pomp." 16—iv. 3. 228
Love, the display of.
Sufferings softened by sympathy. '
34-iii. 6, 230
Infirmity, its effects. 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.
The power of melancholy. O hateful Error, Melancholy's child!
m Greatness arrested from its possessor. n Show, token.
o States clear from distress.
Why dost thou shew to the apt thoughts of men
29_V.3. 232 Truth and Beauty, their excellence. Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd; Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay; But best is best, if never intermix'd.
Poems. 233 Man values only what he sees and knows.
'Tis very pregnant, The jewel that we find, we stoop, and take it, Because we see it; but what we do not see, We tread upon, and never think of it. 5-ii. 1.
234 Friendship with the wicked, dangerous.
Earth, Nature's mother.
and yet all different. 35-ii. 3. 236
Nature, oft perverted by man. O, mickle is the powerful grace,9 that lies In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities: For nought so vile, that on the earth doth live, But to the earth' some special good doth give; Nor aught so good, but, strain'd from that fair use, Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse: Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied; And vice sometime's by action dignified. 35-ii. 3.
Good and evil mixed.
ri.e. To the inhabitants of the earth.
For this being smelt, with that part cheers each part;
35-ii. 3. 238
Real happiness, where chiefly found. They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing: It is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean; superfluity comes sooners by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
9—i. 2. 239
Ambition and content. Thoughts tending to Ambition, they do plot Unlikely wonders. Thoughts tending to Content, flatter themselves, That they are not the first of fortune's slaves, Nor shall not be the last; like silly beggars, Who, sitting in the stocks, refuge their shame,That many have, and others must sit there:t And in this thought they find a kind of ease, Bearing their own misfortune on the back Of such as have before endured the like. 17-v. 5.
Misguided expectations. How mightily, sometimes, we make us comforts of our losses! And how mightily, some other times, we drown our gain in tears!
11-iv. 3. 241
Timidity, incapable of adventure.
The love of life.
O our lives' sweetness ! That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, Rather than die at once!
5 Sooner comes, sooner acquires, becomes old. t Exod. xxiii. 2.
u New attempts seem impossible to those who estimate their labour or enterprises by sense, and believe that nothing can be but what they see before them.