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Nor did his fault'ring hands e'en then forget
To play a soldier's part ; appearing yet:
Worthy the fear of his affailing foe;
While death attended ev'ry furious blow :
Too late that prowess comes; and he in vain
By fers'nal valour hopes to cure again
That malady, which ill conduct begat:
No soldier's valiant hand can expiate
A gen'ral's folly ; nor one private hand-
Redeem the errors of a king's command.

May's Edward III.
He covets less
Than misery itself would give; rewards
His deeds with doing them, and is content
To spend his time to end it.

Shakespear's Coriolanus. How easy is a noble fp'rit difcern'd From harsh and fulph'rous matter, that flies In contumelies, makes a noise, and stinks! May we find good and great men, that know how To stoop to wants, and mere necessities, And will not torn from any equal suits : Such men, they do not fuccour more the cause They undertake with favour and success; Than by it their own judgments they do raise, In turning just mens needs into their praise.

Johnson's Catiline. Whose breast, too narrow for her heart, was itill Her reason's throne, and prison to her will.

Sir William Davenant. Thou can'ít not reach the light that I Mall find ; A gen'rous foul is fun-fhine to the mind.

Sir Robert Howard's V. ftal Virgin. They that do An act that does deserve requital ; Pay first themselves the stock of such content :



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Nature has giv'n to ev'ry worthy mind,
If others should be bankrupt.

Sir Robert Howard's Blind Lady.
It is unnatural a gen'rous mind
Should grieve to be from gen'rous acts confin'd :
That he in spite of him ignoble proves,
And cannot act as bravely as he loves ?
Crown's Second Part of the Destruction of Jerufalem.

G E N T L E M A N.
He is the card, or calendar of gentry ;
- you

shall find in him the continent Of what part a gentleman would see.

Shakespear's Hamlet. Nor stand so much on your gentility, Which is an airy, and mere borrow'd thing, From dead mens duft and bones : And none of your's, Except you make, or hold it.

Johnson's Every Man in his Humour.
For your behaviour, let it be free and
Negligent; not clogg'd with ceremony
Or observance · give no man honour, but
Upon equal terms ; for look how much thou
Giv'st any man above that, fo much thou
Tak'st from thyself : He that will once give the

, shall be quickly thrust into the kennel :
Measure not thy carriage by any man's eye ;
Thy speech by no man's ear ; but be resolute
And confident in doing and saying ;
And this is the grace of a right gentleman,

Chapman's May-Day.
He that bears himself like a gentleman ; is
Worth to have been born a gentleman.

Chapman's May-Day. Gentry and baseness in all ages jarr, And poverty and wealth are still at war.

Heywood and Rowley's Fortune by Land and Sca. I am a gentleman ; and by my birth Companion with a king : a king's no more.

lam poffefsd of many fair revenues,
Sufficient to maintain a gentleman.
Touching my mind, I'm study'd in all arts ;
The riches of my thoughts, and of my time,
Have been a good proficient.

Heywood's Woman kill'd with Kindness
He is a noble gentleman ; withal
Happy in's endeavours : The gen'ral voice
Sounds him for courtely, behaviour, language,
And ev'ry fair demeanor, an example :
Titles of honour add not to his worth ;
Who is himself an honour to his title.

John Ford's Lady's Trial.

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A gentleman free-born ; I never wore
The rags of any great man's looks ; nor fed
Upon their after-meals: I never crouch'a
To th' offal of an office-promised
Reward for long attendance, and then mist.
I read no difference between this huge,
This monstrous big word, lord, and gentleman,
More than the title sounds ; for aught I learn,
The latter is as noble as the firft ;
I'm sure more ancient.

John Ford's Lady's Triah.

G I F T S.
Win her with gifts, if she respects not words ;
Dumb jewels often in their filent kind,
More than quick words, do move a woman's mind.

Shakespear's True Gentlemen of Verona.
1. I never gave you aught.
2. My honour'd lord, you know right well, you did ;
And with them, words of fo sweet breath compos'd,
As made the things more rich : That perfume loft,
Take these again : For to the noble mind,
Rich gifts wax poor, when givers prove unkind.

Shakespear's Hamlet.
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Selves prais'd : But reserve ftill to give, left your
Deities be despised. Lend to each man enough,
That one need not to lend another : For
Were your godheads to borrow of men, men
Would forsake the gods.

Shakespear's Timon.
To help the need
Of any, is a great and gen'rous deed ;
Yea of th’ingrateful : And he forth must tell
Many a pound, and piece, will place one well.

Johnson's Underwoods. They are the nobleft benefits, and fink Deepest in man ; of which when he doth think, The memory delights him more, from whom, Than what he hath receiv'd. Gifts stink from fome, They are so long a coming, and so hard ; Where deed is forc'd, the grace is marr’d. Can I owe thanks for courtefies receiv'd Against his will that does them: That hath weav'd Excuses or delays ? Or done them scant,

That they have more oppress'd me than my want ? Or if he did it not to succour me, But by mere chance ? For int'reft? Or to free Himself of farther trouble, or the weight Of preffure ; like one taken in a straight? All this corrupts the thanks ; less hath he won, That puts it in his debt-book ere't be done ; Or that doth sound a trumpet, and doth call His grooms to witness ; or else lets it fall In that proud manner, as a good fo gainod, Must make me sad, for what I have obtain'd. No, gifts and thanks should have one chearful face ; So each that's done, and ta'en, becomes a brace : He neither gives, or does, that doth delay A benefit : Or that doth throw't away, No more than he doth thank, that will receive Nought but in corners ; and is loath to leave,


Leaft air, or print, but fies it : Such men would
Run from the conscience of it, if they could.

Fobnfon, Ibid.
Nor in this will I imitate the world,
Whose greater part of men think when they give
They purchase bondmen, not make worthy friends.

Beaumont and Fletcher's Queen of Corinth. In alms regard thy means, and others merit ;

Think heav'n a better bargain, than to give
Only thy fingle market-money for it;

Join hands with God to make a man to live :
Give to all something ; to a good poor man,
Till thou change names, and be where he began."

Free without art, or project ; giving still
With no more snare, or hope, than in his will.

Cartwright, A princely gift : But, fir, it comes too late : Like sun beams on the blasted blossoms, do Your favours fall.

Suckling's Brennoral.)" Gripe, to me all, when he is dead, will give ; Will part with nothing while he is alive : What thanks is that to gape for dead mens shoes ? To give them only when you cannot chuse? Give now ; 'tis left then 'gainst your will I know : It is twice giv'n, what living we beftow. He leaves a good name, who gives while he lives, And only carries with him what he gives.

Heath's Clarastellas - Free circumstance Does oft the value of mean things advance : Who thus repeats what he bequeath'd before, Proclaims his bounty richer than his store.

Bishop King, There the gift is free, When 'tis beftow'd on deepest misery.

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