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Ah, be not those most miserable fouls,
Their judgments to refine, who never strive !
Which without practice do experience give :
Are dead in ignorance, intomb'd alive :
E. of Sterline to Prince Henry.
The strain's heroick, and the end renown'd:
Times match'd with times, what they beget to spy;
A pillar whereupon good sp’rites rely;
The square of reason, and the minds clear eye : ; Which leads the curious reader through huge harms, Who stands secure, whilft looking on alarms.
E. of Sterline to Prince Henry. Hiftorians to some courts have had recourse
By kings commands; who did of them explore
As skilful pilots of great states before;
And the fiege of Troy, there were few things committed
Lingua. Chronologers, many of them, are so fantastick, As when they bring a captain to the combat, Lifting up his revengeful arm to dispart The head of his enemy, they'll hold up His arms so long, till they have bestow'd three Or four pages in describing the gold Hilts of his threatning fauchion; so that In ny fancy, the reader may well wonder His adversary stabs him not, before He strikes.
Lingua. The ftile is full, and princely, Stately, and absolute, beyond what e'er These eyes have seen ; and Rome, whose majesty Is there describ'd, in after-times shall owe For her memorial to your learned pen, More than to all those fading monuments Built with the riches of the spoiled world.
When ruft shall eat her brass, when times strong hand
John Hall on Charles Aleyn. Historians, only things of weight, Results of persons, or affairs of state, Briefly, with truth and clearness should relate : Laconick shortness memory feeds
Heath. H O N E S T r. 1. Take note, Oh world, To be direct and honest, is not safe. I thank you for this profit, and from hence, I'll love no friend, fith love breeds such offence. 2. Nay, itay thou should'It be honest1. I should be wise, for honesty's a fool, And loses what it works for.
Shakespear's Othelle. A good man should and must Sit rather down with loss, than rise unjust.
Lands mortgag'd may return, and more esteemd ;
Midilleton's Trick to catch the Old One.
Tourneur's Revenger's Tragedy. 'Tis honesty you urge; what's honesty ? 'Tis but heav'n's beggar ; and what woman is So foolish to keep honesty, And be not able to keep her self? no, Times are grown wiser, and will keep less charge : A maid that has small portion, now intends To break up house, and live upon her friends.
Tourneur, Ibid. For if charity Be an essential part of honesty, And should be practis'd first upon ourselves, Which must be granted; then your honest man That's poor, is most dishoneft ; for he is Uncharitable to the man, whom he Should most respect.
Tourneur's Arbeiff's Tragedy. An honest foul is like a ship at sea, 'That seeps at anchor when the ocean's calm ; But when the rages, and the wind blows high, He cuts his way with skill and majesty.
Beaumont and Fletcher's Honeft Man's Fortune. He that would mount to honour, must not make Dainty to use the head of his mother, Back of his father, or noek of his brother, For ladders to his preserment : for, but observe, And you shall find for the most part, cunning
Villany fit at a feast as principal guest,
Beaumont and Fletcher's Honest Man's Fortune.
you have lost your essence; and that truth
Sir Robert Howard's Blind Lady. An honest man is still an unmoy'd rock, Wah'd whiter, but not shaken with the shock: Whose heart conceives no sinister device Fearless he plays with fames, and treads on ice.
Davenport's City Night-Cap. He says he'll keep his honesty; damn'd fot! What will he do with it? go beg with it? For in this age, tis of no other use, But like a beggar's child to move compassion ; Yet never gains the half it cost in keeping, For all men will suspect it for a bastard.
Crown's Ambitious Statesman.
Η ο Ν Ο U R.
Does swim, and bathe himself in courtly bliss,
And in oblivion ever buried is :