Imatges de pÓgina

Turns them to shape, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.


Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;
Not light them for themselves for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely

But to fine issues: nor Nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,

Both thanks and use.

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..


О, world, thy slippery turns! Friends now

fast sworn,

Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart, Whose hours, whose bed whose meal, and


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Are still together; who twine, as 'twere, in love
Inseparable; shall within this hour,
On a dissension of a doit, break out
To bitterest enmity. So fellest foes T
Whose passions and whose plots have broke their

To take the one the other, by some chance, Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends,

And interjoin their issues..

-So it falls out, That what we have we prize not to the worth, While we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost Why then we wreak the value; then we find


The virtue that possession would not shew us Whilst it was ours.

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Cowards die many times before their deaths The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard It seems to me most strange that men should fear : Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.

There is some soul of goodness in things eyil, Would men observingly distil it out, For our bad neighbour makes us early stirrers; Which is both healthful and good husbandry: Besides they are our outward consciences, And preachers to us all; admonishing, That we should dress us fairly for our end.

O momentary grace of mortal men, Which we more hunt for than the grace of God! Who builds his hope in th' air of men's fair looks, Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast, Ready with every nod to tumble down Into the fatal bowels of the deep

-Who shall go about

To cozen Fortune, and be honourable
Without the stamp of merit? Let none presume
To wear an undeserved dignity.

O that estates, degrees and offices

Were not deriv'd corruptly! that clear honour Were purchased by the merit of the

wearer !

How many then should cover that stand bare !
How many be commanded, that command!

Oh, who can hold a fire in his hand,
By thinking on the frosty Caucasus :
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite,
By bare imagination of a feast?

Or wallow naked in December's snow
By thinking on fantastic summer's heat?
Oh, no! the apprehension of the good
Gives but the greater feeling to the worse;

Fell Sorrow's tooth doth never rankle more, Than when it bites, but lanceth not the sore. 'Tis Slander ;

Whose edge is sharper than the sword; whose tongue

Outvenoms all the worms of Nile; whose breath
Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie
All corners of the world. Kings, queens, and


Maids, matrons, nay the secrets of the grave, This vip'rous Slander enters.

There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow Creeps in this petty space from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools. The way to dusky death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more! It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing.



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The Dervise.

A DERVISE, travelling through Tartary, being

arrived at the town of Balk, went into the King's palace by a mistake, as thinking it to be a public inn or caravansary. Having looked about him for some time, he entered into a long gallery, where he laid down his wallet, and spread his carpet, in order to repose himself upon it after the manner of the eastern nations. He had not been long in this posture, before he was discovered by some of the guards, who asked him, what was his business in that place? The Dervise told them, he intended to take up his nights lodging in that caravansary. The guards let him know in a very angry manner, that the house he was in, was not a caravansary but the king's palace. It happened that the king himself passed through the gallery during the debate and smiling at the mistake of the Dervise, asked him, how he could possibly be so dull as not to distinguish a palace from a caravansary? Sire, says the Dervise, give me leave to ask your majesty a question or two. Who were the persons that lodged in this house when it was first built? The king replied, his ancestors. And who, says the Dervise, was the last person that lodged here? The king replied, his father. And who is it, says the Dervise, that lodges here at present? the king told him, That it was he himself. And

who says the Dervise, will be here after you? The king answered, The young prince his son. Ah, Sire, » said the Dervise, « a house that changes its inhabitants so often, and receives » such a perpetual succession of guests, is not a palace, but a caravansary. »


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A turkish Tale.


WE are told, that the Sultan Mahmoud, by his perpetual wars abroad, and his tyranny at home, had filled his dominions with ruin and desolation, and half unpeopled the Persian empire. The visier to this great sultan (whether an humourist or an enthusiast, we are not informed) pretended to have learned of a certain Dervise to understand the language of birds, so that there was not a bird that could open its mouth, but the visier knew what is was it said. As he was one evening with the emperor, in their return from hunting, they saw a couple of owls upon a tree that grew near an old wall out of an heap of rubbish. I would fain know, says the sultan what those two owls are saying to one another listen to their discourse, and give me an account of it. The visier approached the tree, pretending to be very attentive to the two owls. Upon his return to the sultan : Sir, says he, I have heard part of their conversation, but dare not tell you what it is. The sultan would not be satisfied with such an answer, but forced him to repeat, word for word every thing the owls had said. You must know, then, said the visier, that one of these owls has. a son, and the other a daughter, between whom

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