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Justice, like lightning, ever should appear
Swenam, the Woman-Hater,
With an equal scale
Home to the head the may the arrow bring; And when provoked justice draws her blade,
Into the fire she will the scabbard fling.
Aleyn's Henry VII.
Thou may't not these condemn, and those absolve.
K IN GS.
Is for to have of people governance,
To put thy body to such ordinance,
That thy virtue, thine honour may advance; For how should princes govern their regions, That cannot duly guide their own persons ?
Sir David Lindsay. Among all other pastime and pleasure, Now in thine adolescent yeares young, Wouldst thou each day ftudy but half an hour The regiment of princely governing; To thy people it were a pleasant thing: VOL. II.
There might'st thou find thine own vocation,
Sir David Lindsay.
Ibid. Abuse of pow'r abaseth princes all. In throne on earth, a prince as god doth sit; And as a god, no justice should omit.
Mirror for Magiftrates, Right is of itself most strong ;' No kingdom got by cunning, can stand long.
Marlo's Luft's Dominion. 1. But who dares tell a prince he goes aside ? 2. His conscience best, if wisdom were his guide : 1. But they are great, and may do what they will: 2. Great, if mich good ; not great, if they do ill: 1. But we must yield to what princes will have. 2. He is no prince, that is affection's save. 1. Be what he will, his pow'r is over-strong. 2. Heav'ns will not fuffer fin to flourish long.
Brandon's Octavia. "T'is greater care, to keep, than get a crown. Virtue doth raise by small degrees you see : Where in a moment fortune casts us down. And surely those that live in greatest place, Must take great care, to be such as they seem: They are not princes, whom sole titles grace ; Our princely virtues, we should most esteem.
Brandon's Octavia. The love of kings is like the blowing of Winds, which whistle sometimes gently among The leaves, and traightway turn the trees up by The roots ; or fire, which warmeth afar off, And burneth near hand ; or the sea, which makes Men hoise their sails in a flattering calm,
And to cut their masts in a rough storm. They
Lilly's Alexander and Campaspe. Kings are earth's gods : In vice their law's their will; And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill.
Shakespear's Pericles. It is the curse of kings, to be attended By Naves, that take their humours for a warranty To break into the bloody house of life ; And, on the winking of authority, To understand a law, to know the meaning Of dang 'rous majesty ; when, perchance it frowns More upon humour, than advis'd respect.
Shakespear's King John.
many a watchful night : Sleep with it now!
Shakespear's Second Part of King Henry IV.
Their fortunes and their liberties should be
Johnson's Sejanus. She tells him first, that kings Are here on earth the most conspicuous things :, That they, by heav'n, are plac'd upon his throne, To rule like heav'n; and have no more their own, As they are men, than men : That all they do, Though hid at home, abroad is search'd into : And being once found out, discover'd lies Unto as many envies there, as eyes: That princes, since they know it is their fate, Oft-times to have the secrets of their state Betray'd to fame; should take more care, and fear In publick ats, what face and form they bear.
Johnson on King James. For though by right, and benefit of times, He own'd their crowns, he would not fo their crimes : He knew, that princes who had sold their fame To their voluptuous lufts, had lost their name : And that no wretch was more unbleft than he, Whose neceslary good 'twas now to be