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[Masque of Alfred.
Contempt. Away!--no woman could descend so low, 1 skipping, dancing, worthless tribe you are.
Fit only for yourselves, you herd together;
[Mercb. of Venice,
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Humility. I know not how to thank you. Rude I ani, In speech and manners; never, till this hour, Stood I in such, a prefence: Yet, my Lord, There's something in my breast that makes me bold To say, that Norval ne'er will shame thy favor. (Doug
Melancholy. There is a stupid weight upon my senses, A difinal fullen stillness, that fucceeds The storm of rage and grief, like filent death, After the tumult and the noile of life, Love was th' informing active fire within : Now that is quench'd, the mass forgets to move, And longs to mingle with its kindred earth. [Fair Penit.
Silence, ye winde,
And thou, old ocean, still thy boist'rous waves :
Rinaldo & Armida.
The captive, bending with the weight of bonds, said
Perplexity. Stands Go fellow, get tliee home, provide fome carts, And bring away the armour that is there. Gentlerden, will you go and muster men?
If I know how to order these affairs,
a million, laughed at iny losses, mocked at my gains, 'scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies. And what's his reason? I am a Jew, Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, fenfes, affections, passions? Is he not fed with the fame food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the fame diseases, healed by the fame incans, warmed and cooled by the fame winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us do we not bleed ? If
tickle us, not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, Mall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility ? Revenge. If a Chrifa tian wrong a Jew, what should his fufferance be, by, Christian example ? Whiy, revenge.
The villainy you teach ine I will execute ; and it shall go hard, but I will beiter by the instruction.
[Merchant of Venice.
Remorse. I remember a mass of things but nothing diftinctly; a quarrel but nothing wherefore. O that man should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains.! that we should, with joy, pleafance, revel and applause, transform ourselves into beasts. I will ask him for my place agaiii
... he shall tell me I am a drunkard ! Had I
mouths as a Hydra, fuch an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible m.in, by and by a fool, and prefently a beast. Every inordinate cup is unbleit and the ingredient is a devil.
[ Tragedy of Othelle.
In the following lessons tbere are many examples of an.
tithesis, or opposition in tbe sense. For tbe benefit of the learned, some of tbese examples are distinguisbed by Italic Letters; and the words so marked are ems pbatical.
CHAP. I. very active in laudable pursuits is the distinguishe ing characteristic of a inan of merit. There is an heroic innocence, as well as an heroic cou. rage.
There is a mead in all things. Even virtue itself has its stated limits, which not being stridly observed, it ceases to be virtue.
It is wiser to prevent a quarrel before hand, than to revenge it afterwards.
It is much better to reprove than to be angry secretly.
No revenge is more heroic, than that which torments envy by doing good.
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a tranfgression. #Money, like manure, does no good till it is sprcad. There is no real use of riches, except in the distribution; the rest is all conceit.
A wif man will delire no more than what he may get juftly, use fsberly, diftribute cheerfully, and live upon coritentedly.
A contented mind and a good conscience, will make a man happy in all conditions. He knows not how to fear who dares to aie.
There is but one way of fortifying the foul against all gloomy presages and terrors of the mind; and that is, by fecuring to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being who disposes of events, and governs futurity.
Philofophy is then only valuable, when it serves for the law of life, and not for the oftentation of science.