Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

conscience of him that is Chancellor, and as that is larger or narrower, so is Equity. ’T is all one as if they should make the standard for the measure we call a “foot” a Chancellor's foot; what an uncertain measure would this be ! One Chancellor has a long foot, another a short foot, a third an indifferent foot. "T is the same thing in the Chancellor's conscience.

Table Talk. Equity. Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes ; they were easiest for his feet. ? Friends.

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practise; and yet everybody is content to hear.

Humility. T is not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the

excess.

Ibid.

[ocr errors]

Commonly we say a judgment falls upon a man for something in him we cannot abide.

Judgments. Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because 't is an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.

Law. No man is the wiser for his learning.

Learning. Wit and wisdom are born with a man.

Ibid. Few men make themselves masters of the things they

Ibid. Take a straw and throw it up into the air, - you may see by that which way the wind is.

Libels. Philosophy is nothing but discretion. Philosophy. Marriage is a desperate thing.

Marriage. Thou little thinkest what a little foolery governs the world.

Pope.

write or speak.

1 See Bacon, page 171.

2 Bebold, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed. - OXEN. STIERN (1583-1654).

[ocr errors]

They that govern the most make the least noise.

Table Talk, Power, Syllables govern the world.

Ibid. Never king dropped out of the clouds.

Ibid, Never tell your resolution beforehand.

Wisdom. Wise men say nothing in dangerous times. Ibid.

WILLIAM DRUMMOND. 1585-1649.

God never had a church but there, men say,

The Devil a chapel hath raised by some wyles." I doubted of this saw, till on a day I westward spied great Edinburgh's Saint Gyles.

Posthumous Poems

FRANCIS BEAUMONT. 1586–1616.

What things have we seen
Done at the Mermaid ! heard words that have been
So nimble and so full of subtile flame
As if that every one from whence they came
Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest,
And resolved to live a fool the rest
Of his dull life.

Letter to Ben Jonson

Here are sands, ignoble things,
Dropt from the ruined sides of kings.

On the Tombs of Westminster Abbey

It is always good When a man has two irons in the fire.

The Faithful Friends. Act i. Sc. 2

1 See Burton, page 192.

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.

(Francis Beaumont and John FLETCHER.)

[ocr errors]

All your better deeds
Shall be in water writ, but this in marble.!

Philaster. Act v. Sc. 3
Upon my burned body lie lightly, gentle earth.

The Maid's Tragedy. Act i. Sc. 2.
A soul as white as heaven.

Activ. Sc. 1.
But they that are above
Have ends in everything.”

Act v. Sc. I.
It shew'd discretion, the best part of valour.8

A King and No King. Act iv. Sc. 3
There is a method in man's wickedness, –
It grows up by degrees."

Act v. Sc. 4.
As cold as cucumbers.

Cupid's Revenge. Act i. Sc. 1 Calamity is man's true touchstone.

Four Plays in One: The Triumph of Honour. Sc 1.
Kiss till the cow comes home. Scornful Lady. Act iii. Sc. 1.

It would talk,
Lord ! how it talked ! 6

Act v. Sc. 1.
Beggars must be no choosers.?

Sc. 3. No better than you should be. 8 The Coscomb. Act iv. Sc. 3. 1 See Shakespeare, page 100.

2 See Shakespeare, page 145. 8 See Shakespeare, page 87. * Nemo repente fuit turpissimus (No man ever became extremely wicked all at once). — JUVENAL: ü. 83.

Ainsi que la vertu, le crime a ses degrés (As virtue has its degrees, so has vice). - RACINE : Phédre, act iv. sc. 2. . Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros (Fire is the test of gold ; adversity, of strong men). – SENECA: De Providentia, v. 9.

8 Then he will talk - good gods! how he will talk! – LEE : Alexander the Great, act i. sc. 3.

7 See Heywood, page 14.

8 She is no better than she sbould be. — FIELDING: The Temple Bear act id. sc. 3.

[ocr errors]

From the crown of the head to the sole of the foot.'

The Honest Man's Fortune. Act ii. Sc. 2. One foot in the grave.? The Little French Lawyer. Act i. Sc. 1.

Go to grass.

Act it. Sc. 7

There is no jesting with edge tools.

Ibid. Though I say it that should not say it.

Wit at Several Weapons. Act ü. Sc. 2. I name no parties.*

Sc. 3. Whistle, and she'll come to you."

Wit Without Money. Act it. Sc. 4. Let the world slide.

Act v. Sc. 2.
The fit's upon me now!
Come quickly, gentle lady;
The fit's upon me now.

Sc. 4 He comes not in

my
books.?

The Widow. Act i. Sc. 1. Death hath so many doors to let out life.S

The Customs of the Country. Act ii. Sc. 2. Of all the paths [that] lead to a woman's love Pity's the straightest.

The Knight of Malta. Act i. Sc. 1. Nothing can cover his high fame but heaven; No pyramids set off his memories, But the eternal substance of his greatness, To which I leave him.

The False One. Act i. Sc, 1.

PLUTARCH :

occurs in the Book of

1 See Shakespeare, page 51.

2 An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave. On the Training of Children.

8 It is no jesting with edge tools. — The True Tragedy of Richard III. 11594.)

4 The use of "party" in the sense of “person Common Prayer, More's " Utopia,” Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Fuller, and other old English writers.

6 Whistle, and I'll come to ye. — Burns: Whistle, etc. 6 See Shakespeare, page 72.

7 See Shakespeare, page 50. 8 See Webster, page 180. 9 Pity's akin to love. SOUTHERNE : Oroonoka, act ii. sc. 1. Pitv swells the tide of love.

Young : Night Thoughts

, night line 107.

[ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small]

Thou wilt scarce be a man before thy mother."

Love's Cure. Act ii. Sc. 2.
What's one man's poison, signor,
Is another's meat or drink.”

Act ii. Sc. 2.

Primrose, first-born child of Ver,
Merry springtime's harbinger.

The Two Noble Kinsmen. Act i. Sc. 1.

O great corrector of enormous times,
Shaker of o'er-rank states, thou grand decider
Of dusty and old titles, that healest with blood
The earth when it is sick, and curest the world
O the pleurisy of people!

Act . Sc. 2.

GEORGE WITHER. 1588–1667.

Shall I, wasting in despair,

Die because a woman's fair ?
Or make pale my cheeks with care,

'Cause another's rosy are ?
Be she fairer than the day,
Or the flowery meads in May,

If she be not so to me,
What care I how fair she be? 8

The Shepherd's Resolution.
Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance.

Poem on Christmas.
Hang sorrow! care will kill a cat,4
And therefore let's be merry.

Tbia.

But strive still to be a man before your mother. – CowPER : Connois.

seur.

Motto of No, iii. ? Quod ali cibus est aliis fuat acre venenum (What is food to one may be fierce poison to others). – LUCRETIUS : io. 637.

3 See Raleigh, page 26.

4 See Jonson, page 177.

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »