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Seneca thinks the gods are well pleased when they see great men contending with adversity.
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part ii. Sect. 2, Memb. 1, Subsect. 1. Machiavel says virtue and riches seldom settle on one man.
Memb. 2. Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards; their worthiest captains, best wits, greatest scholars, bravest spirits in all our annals, have been base (born].
Ibid. As he said in Machiavel, omnes eodem patre nati, Adam's sons, conceived all and born in sin, etc. “We are by nature all as one, all alike, if you see us naked ; let us wear theirs and they our clothes, and what is the difference ?"
Tbid. Set a beggar on horseback and he will ride a gallop.!
Ibid. Christ himself was poor. . . . And as he was himself, so he informed his apostles and disciples, they were all poor, prophets poor, apostles poor.2
Memb. 3. Who cannot give good counsel ? 'Tis cheap, it costs them nothing Many things happen between the cup and the lip.
Ibid. What can't be cured must be endured.
Ibid. Everything, saith Epictetus, hath two handles, – the one to be held by, the other not.
Ibid. All places are distant from heaven alike.
1 Set a beggar on horseback, and he 'll outride the Devil. — Bons : For. eign Proverbs (German).
2 See Worton, page 174.
3 There is many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip. - Hazlitt: English Proverbs.
Though men determine, the gods doo dispose ; and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip. — GREENE : Perimedes the Blacksmith (1588).
The commonwealth of Venice in their armoury have this inscription : "Happy is that city which in time of peace thinks of war."
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part ii. Sect. 2, Memb. 0. "Let me not live,” saith Aretine's Antonia, “ if I had not rather hear thy discourse than see a play."
Part iii. Sect. 1, Memb. 1, Subsect. 1. Every schoolboy hath that famous testament of Grunnius Corocotta Porcellus at his fingers' end.
Ibid. Birds of a feather will gather together. And this is that Homer's golden chain, which reacheth down from heaven to earth, by which every creature is annexed, and depends on his Creator. Memb. 2, Subsect, 1. And hold one another's noses to the grindstone hard."
Memb. 3. Every man for himself, his own ends, the Devil for all."
Ibid. No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.s
Sect. 2, Memb. 1, Subsect. 2. To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun.
Ibid. He is only fantastical that is not in fashion.
Memb. 2, Subsect. 3.
1 See Heywood, page 11.
2 See Heywood, page 20. 3 Those curious locks so aptly twin'd, Whose every hair a soul doth bind.
CAREW : Think na 'cause men flattering say.
She knows her man, and when you rant and swear,
DRYDEN: Persius, salire v. line 246. Beauty draws us with a single hair. - Pope: The Rape of the Lock, canto ü. line 27.
And from that luckless hour my tyrant fair
BLAND: Anthology, p. 20 (edition 1813)
[Quoting Seneca] Cornelia kept her in talk till her children came from school, " and these," said she, “are my jewels."
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part iii. Sect. 2, Memb. 2, Subsect. 3. To these crocodile tears they will add sobs, fiery sighs, and sorrowful countenance.
Subsect. 4. Marriage and hanging go by destiny; matches are made in heaven."
Subsect. 5. Diogenes struck the father when the son swore. Ibid. Though it rain daggers with their points downward.
Memb. 3. Going as if he trod upon eggs.
Ibid. I light my candle from their torches.
Memb. 6, Subsecl. 1. England is a paradise for women and hell for horses ; Italy a paradise for horses, hell for women, as the diverb goes.
Sect. 3, Memb. 1, Subsect. 2. The miller sees not all the water that goes by his mill.”
Memb. 4, Subsect. 1. As clear and as manifest as the nose in a man's face.
Ibid. Make a virtue of necessity.
Ibid. Where God hath a temple, the Devil will have a chapel.
Sect. 4, Memb. 1, Subsect. 1. If the world will be gulled, let it be gulled. Subsect. 2.
1 See Heywood, page 10.
3 See Heywood, page 18. 8 See Shakespeare, page 44.
4 See Chaucer, page 3. 6 For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build & chapel. – MARTIN LUTHER : Table Talk, lxvii.
God never had a church but there, men say,
DRUMMOND : Posthumous Poems.. No sooner is a temple built to God but the Devil builds a chapel hard by. – HERBERT : Jacula Prudentum.
Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
DEFOE : The True-born Englishman, part i. line 1
For “ignorance is the mother of devotion," as all the world knows.
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part iii. Sect. 4, Memb. 1, Subsect. 2. The fear of some divine and supreme powers keeps men in obedience.
Ibid. Out of too much learning become mad.
Ibid. The Devil himself, which is the author of confusion
Subsect. 3. Isocrates adviseth Demonicus, when he came to a strange city, to worship by all means the gods of the
Subsect. 6. When they are at Rome, they do there as they see
Memb. 2, Subsect. 1. One religion is as true as another.
Ibid. They have cheveril consciences that will stretch.
SIR THOMAS OVERBURY. 1581-1613.
In part to blame is she, Which hath without consent bin only tride: He comes to neere that comes to be denide.
A Wife. St. 36. 1 Ignorance is the mother of devotion.- JEREMY TAYLOR: To a Person newly Converted (1657).
Your ignorance is the mother of your devotion to me. DRYDEX: The Maiden Queen, act i. sc. 2.
2 The fear o'hell's a hangman's whip
Burns : Epistle to a Young Friend. • Saint Augustine was in the habit of dining upon Saturday as upon Sunday ; but being puzzled with the different practices then prevailing (for they had begun to fast at Rome on Saturday), consulted Saint Ambrose on the subject. Now at Milan they did not fast on Saturday, and the answer of the Milan saint was this: "Quando hic sum, non jejuno Sabbato; quando Romæ sum, jejuno Sabbato" (When I am here, I do not fast on Saturday ; when at Rome, I do fast on Saturday). – Epistle xxxvi. to Casulanus.
4 In part she is to blame that has been tried :
Mary W. MONTAGU : The Lady's Resolve PHILIP MASSINGER. 1584–1640.
Some undone widow sits upon mine arm,
A New Way to pay Old Debts. Act v. Sc. 1 Death hath a thousand doors to let out life.”
A Very Woman. Act v. Sc. 4. This many-headed monster.3 The Roman Actor. Act üi. Sc. 2. Grim death.
Act iv. Sc. 2.
The world 's a theatre, the earth a stage
Apology for Actors (1612). I hold he loves me best that calls me Tom.
Hierarchie of the Blessed Angells. Seven cities warred for Homer being dead, Who living had no roofe to shrowd his head. Ibid. Her that ruled the rost in the kitchen.?
History of Women (ed. 1624). Page 286.
JOHN SELDEN. 1584-1654.
Equity is a roguish thing. For Law we have a measure, know what to trust to; Equity is according to the
1 See Middleton, page 172.
2 Death hath so many doors to let out life. – BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: The Custom of the Country, act ii. sc. 2.
The thousand doors that lead to death. – BROWNE : Religio Medici, part i. sect xliv.
8 See Sir Philip Sidney, page 34. 4 Grim death, my son and foe. – Milton: Paradise Lost, book ii. line 804 o See Shakespeare, page 69. 6 See Burton, page 189.
7 See Heywood, page 11.