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This mass of thought, this animated flime,
This dying substance, and this living shadow,
E of Sterline's Cræfus.
E. of Sterline's Alexandrean Tragedy. For our defects in nature who fees not?
We enter first things present, not conceiving, Not knowing future ; what is past forgot : 1
All other creatures instant power receiving, To help themselves ; man only bringeth sense To feel, and wail his native impotence.
Lord Brooke of Human Learning. Oh wretched men, which under Thame are lay'd, For faults, which we, and which our parents made !
Lord Brooke's Muftapha. Oh wearifome condition of humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound! Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity!
Created fick, commanded to be found ! What meaneth nature by these divers laws? Passion and reason felf-division cause.
Lord Brooke's Mustapha. All other creatures follow after kind, But man alone doth not beget the mind.
Drayton's Queen Margaret to Duke of Suffolk. First seeds of ev'ry creature are in us, What ere the world hath bad, or precious, Man's body can produce : hence hath it been, That stones, worms, frogs and snakes in men are seen :
But who e'er faw, though nature can work so,
ibid. 'Tis the deepest art to study man : I know this, which I never learn'd in schools ; The world's divided into knaves and fools.
Tourneur's Revenger's-Tragedy. Man's curse is, things forbid ftill to pursue ; What's freely offer'd, not to hold worth view.
Dauborne's Christian turned Turk. Nature, and all those universal pow'rs, Which shew'd such admirable God-like skill, In framing this true model of ourselves, This man, this thing call'd man ! why do you thus Make him a spectacle of such laughter for you, When in each man we see a monarchy ? For, as in states, all fortunes ftill attend ; So with a kingdom ; with a compleat state Well governd, and well manag'd, in himself Both each man bears, when that best part of man, Reason, doth sway, and rule each passion.
Goffe's Courageous Turk.
To be man,
John Ford's Lover's Melancholy.
of man's fair composition best accords,
Fohn Ford's Lover's Melancholy.
Randolph's Jealous Lovers. 1. From outward actions, man should not derive The knowledge of himself; for fo, he's made The creature of beginnings ; over which His virtue may command fortune and chance. When he by fpeculation hath informd His divine part, he is perfect ; and till then But a rough matter, only capable Of better fortune. It oft begets my wonder, That thou, a rude Barbarian, ignorant Of all art, but of wars, which custom only Hath, being join'd to thy first nature, taught thee, Should't know so much of man ! 2 I study man Better from practice, than thou can't by books ; Thy learning's but opinion, mine known truth, Subject to no gross errors, such as cannot Be reconciled, but by production Of new and greater.
Nabbs's Hannibal and Scipio. Man is an actor, and the world the stage ; Where some do laugh, some weep, fome fing, some rage: All in their parts during the scene of breath, Ad follies, scourg'd by the tragedian death.
Richards's Meffalina. VOL. II.
Man is to man, a monster-hearted stone ;
Richard Brome's City Wit. Much of man's fand through time's wide glass does run,
Many of his freshest years do periods know :
Howell. To study God, God's student, man was made ; To read him as in nature's text convey'd
Not as in heav'n ; but as he did descend
Sir W. Davenant to Ogilby.
Sir R. Howard's Vefal Virgin. 1. What is a man? A congregation or disagreeing things ; his place of birth, A confus'd crowd of fighting elements; To nothing fix’d, but to eternal change : They would all lose their natures should they fix. 2. Why, say they did, were they not better loft Than kept at such expence? What does poor man Pay for vain life? 1. What's matter what he pays ? Gods did not make this world only for man ; He's but a parcel o'th'universe, A fellow-fervant with the meanest thing, To carry on the service of the whole, And pleasure o'the gods, the lords of all.
Crorun's Darius. M A R R 1 A G E. We wordly folk account him
wise That hath the wit most wealthily to wed : By all means therefore always we devise, To see our issue rich in spousals sped. We buy and sell rich orphans : Babes scant bread
marry, ere they know what marriage means : Boys marry old trots, old fools wed young queans. We call this wedding; which in any wise
Can be no marriage, but pollution plain :
The devil's net, a filthy fleshly gain :