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And often, to our comfort, shall we find
The sharded beetle in a safer hold
Than is the full-wing'd eagle. Cymbeline, A. 3, S. 3,

Most miserable
Is the desire that's glorious : blessed be those,
How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills,
Which seasons comfort. Gymbeline, A. I, S: 7.

This commendation I can afford her; that were
she other than she is, she were unhandsome; and be-
ing no other but as she is, I do not like her:

Much ado about nothing, A. I, S. i.
He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer
than the staple of his argument. I abhor such pha-
natical phantasms, such unsociable and point-devise
companions. Love's Labour Loft, A. 5, S. 1.

- Proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my hosts
That he, which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse :
We would not die in that man's company,
That fears his fellowship to die with us.

Henry V. A. 4, S. 3.
Reply not to me with a fool-born jest;
Presume not, that I am the thing I was;
For heaven doth know, so shall the world perceive,
That I have turned away my former self;
So will I those that kept me company.

Henry IV. P. 2, A. 5, S. 5, I have forsworn his company hourly, any time this two and twenty years, and yet I am bewitch'd with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given

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me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hang'd; it could not be else. Henry IV. P. I, A. 2, S. 2.

There's but a shirt and a half in all my company ; and the half-thirt is two napkins, tack'd together, and thrown over the shoulders like a herald's coat without sleeves; and the shirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host of Saint Alban's, or the rednose inn-keeper of Daintry. But that's all one ; they'll find linen enough on every hedge.

Henry IV. P. I, A. 4; S. 2

Some four or five attend him ; All, if you will; for I myself am best, When least in company. Twelfth Night, A. 1, S. 4,

COM P E T E N C Y. For aught I see, 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 sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.

Merchant of Venice, A. I, S. 2.

COM P L E X I O N. ·

Call us ten times frail ; ; For we are as soft as our complexions are, And credulous to false prints.

Measure for Measure, A. 2, S. 4.

CONFERENCE. I will fetch you a tooth-picker now from the farthest inch of Asia; bring you the length of Prester John's foot; fetch you a hair of the great Cham's

I for I myself am best,

Wher leaft in company.]
Nunquam minus folus quam cum folus."

A, B,

beard ;

beard; do you any embassage to the Pigmies, rather than hold three words conference with this harpy.

Much ado about nothing, A. 2, S. 1.

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Twenty consciences,
That stand 'twixt me and Milan, candy'd be they,
And melt, ere they molest. Tempest, A, 2, S, I,
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sickly'd o’er with the pale cast of thought ;
And enterprizes of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. Hamlet, A. 3, S. 1,

- Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe ;
Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.

Richard III. A. 5, S. 3:
My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.

Richard III. A. 5, S. 3:
What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted?
Thrice is he arm’d, that hath his quarrel just;
And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel,
Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.

Henry VI. P. 2, A. 3, S. 2. Certainly the Jew is the very devil incarnation ; and in my conscience, my conscience is but a kind

great pith and moment.] Thus the folio. The quartos read, of great pitch.

STEEVENS. Pitch seems to be the better reading. The allusion is to the pitching, or throwing the bar; a manly exercise, usual in country villages.

REMARKS. “ Enterprizes of great pith and moment,” is, enterprizes of great matter and moment. Pith is unquestionably the true reading.


A. B.

of hard conscience, to offer to counsel me to stay with the Jew.

Merchant of Venice, A. 2, S. 2.


At that very moment,
Consideration like an angel came,
And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him;
Leaving his body as a paradise,
To envelop and contain celestial spirits.

Henry V. A. I, S. 1.


O conspiracy!
Sham'st thou to shew thy dangerous brow by night,
When evils are most free? O, then, by day,
Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough,
To mask thy monstrous visageSeek none con

Hide it in fmiles, and affability;
For if thou path, thy native semblance on,
Not Erebus itself were dim enough
To hide thee from prevention.

Julius Cæfar, A. 2, $. !.

Co Ν Τ Ε Μ Ρ L A TI ο Ν.

- When would you, my liege,
In leaden contemplation, have found out
Such fiery numbers, as the prompting eyes
Of beauteous tutors have enrich'd you with ?

Love's Labour Loft, A. 4, S. 3.
When holy and devout religious men
Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them thence;
So sweet is zealous contemplation.

Richard III. A. 3, S. 7.


O now, for ever, Farewel the tranquil mind! farewel content ; Farewel the plumed troop, and the big wars, That make ambition virtue ! Othello, A. 3, S. 3, Where zeal strives to content, and the contents Dies in the zeal of that which it presents, There form confounded makes most form in mirth; When great things labouring perish in their birth.

Love's Labour Lot, A. 5, S. 2, If thou, that bidst me be content, wert grim, Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious, Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending marks, I would not care, I then would be content.

King John, A. 3, S. 1. Best state, contentless, Hath a distracted and most wretched being, Worse than the worst, content.

Timon of Athens, A, 4, S. 3: This diamond he greets your wife withal, By the name of most kind hostess; and shut up In measureless content."

Macbeth, A. S. I,


Let this world no longer be a stage,
To feed contention in a lingering act ;
But let one spirit of the first-born Cain
Reign in all bofoms, that, each heart being sex
On bloody courses, the rude scene may end,
And darkness be the burier of the dead !

Henry IV. P. 2. A. 1, S. 1.

Shut up

In measureless content.] Mr. Steevens fay), that to shut up is to conclude ; and then quotes three or four passages to prove, that such is its meaning, Shut up in, however, is given up to-enjoying “ My soul hath her content fo absolute,” &c.


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