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Rumour, its diffusiveness.
Rumour is a pipe
Loud Rumour speaks: I, from the orient to the drooping west, Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold The acts commenced on this ball of earth : Upon my tongues continual slanders ride ; The which in every language I pronounce, Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
In companions That do converse and waste the time together, Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, There must be needs a like proportion Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit. 9-iii. 4. 58
Friendship. Friendship is constant in all other things, Saye in the office and affairs of love : Therefore,* all hearts in love use their own tongues; Let every eye negotiate for itself, And trust no agent: for beauty is a witch, Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.t
6-ii. 1. 59
Happiness, where delusive. O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes !
10-v. ii. 60
The effect of show on weak minds. The fool multitude, that choose by show, Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach ; Which pries not to th' interior, but, like the martlet,
“Therefore.' Let, which is found in the next line, is understood here.
Builds in the weather on the outward wall,
9-ü. 9. 61
36—i. 3. 63
Guile. O, what authority and show of truth Can cunning sin cover itself withal! 6-iv. 1. 64
Hypocrisy. The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. I An evil soul, producing holy witness, Is like a villain with a smiling cheek; A goodly apple rotten at the heart; O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath! 9-i. 3. 65
Fear unfits for action. The guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed, And extreme fear can neither fight nor fly, But coward-like with trembling terror die. Poems. 66
Fame, the love of. Glory grows guilty of detested crimes; When, for fame's sake, for praise, an outward part, We bend to that the working of the heart. 8-iv. 1. 67
O perilous mouths,
| Matt. iv. 6.
* made in crimes, Making practice on the times, Draw with idle spiders, stringst Most pond'rous and substantial things ! 5-iii. 2. 69
thou shalt not escape calumny.
36-iii. 1. 70
27-i. 1. 71
Falsehood, its evil.
Will poor folks lie, That have afflictions on them; knowing 'tis A punishment, or trial? Yes; no wonder, When rich ones scarce tell true: To lapse in fulness Is sorer,s than to lie for need; and falsehood Is worse in kings, than beggars.
31-iii. 6. 72
0, it is excellent To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.
5-ii. 2. 73
Authority. Could great men thunder As Jove himself
does, Jove would ne'er be quiet, For every pelting,ll petty officer,
[der.Would use his heaven for thunder: nothing but thunMerciful Heaven ! Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled T oak,
† False and feeble pretences. I Sorer, a greater or heavier crime. $ The poble saying of John of France. That if truth were banished all other places of the earth, she ought still to find a dwelling in the hearts of kings.'
Than the soft myrtle !–0, but man, proud man !
5–11. 2. 74
You are above,
34-iv. 2. 75
25-iv. 2. 76
Things to be valued by their worth. From the lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The place is dignified by the doer's deed : Where great additions* swell, and virtue none, It is a dropsied honour : good alone Is good, without a name; vileness is so:f The property by what it is should go, Not by the title.
11-ii. 3. 77
We must not stinti
25-i. 2. 78 Judgment of weak minds not to be regarded.
What we oft do best,
Titles. † Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vileness vile.
| Retard. § Encounter. | Sometime. 1 Approved.
Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up
25-i. 2. 79
34-iy. 2. 80
36_iii. 4. 81
36-i. 5. 82
27-i. 2. 83
Virtue and Vice. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall: Some run from brakest of vice, and answer none; And some condemned for a fault alone. 5-ii. 1. 84
Satan outwitting himself. The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politic; he crossed himself by't : and I cannot think, but, in the end, the villanies of man will set him clear.
Mental deformity and virtue.
* Titus i. 15.
† Bend. I · Brakes of vice,' means the engine of torture. In Holinshed,
670, it is mer ned, 'the said Hawkins was cast into Tower, and at length brought to the brake,' &c. This engine is still to be seen in the Tower.