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But when it first did help to wound itself.

Nought shall make us rue
If England to herself do rest but true.

K.J. v. 7.
O England, model to thy inward greatness,
Like little body with a mighty heart, —
What might'st thou do, that honour would thee do,
Were all thy children kind and natural!
But see thy fault!

H.V. ii. chorus.
O nation, that thou could'st remove !
That Neptune's arms, who clippeth thee about,
Would bear thee from the knowledge of thyself,
And grapple thee unto a pagan shore.

K. J. v.2.
Let us be back'd with God, and with the seas,
Which he hath given for fence impregnable,
And with their helps, only, defend ourselves;

In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies. H. VI. PT. III. iv. l. ENGLISH, The.

Would I had never trod this English earth,
Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it!
Ye have angels' faces, but heaven knows your hearts !

H.VIII. ii. 1. The men do synipathize with the mastiffs, in robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives; and then give them great meals of beef, and iron, and steel, they will eat like wolves, and fight like devils.

H. V. iii. 7. WRANGLERS, Be friends, you English fools, be friends; we have French quarrels enough, you could tell how to reckon.


The nightingale in summer's front doth sing,
And stops his pipe in growth of riper days;
Not that the summer is more pleasant now

Than when his mournful hymns did hush the night;
But that wild music burdens every bough,

And sweets grown common lose their dear delight. Poems.
Ay, marry, now my soul hath elbow room.

K. J. v.7. ENMITY.

If I had a thunderbolt in mine eye, I can tell who should down.


Impossible be strange attempts, to those
That weigh their pains in sense; and do suppose
What hath been, cannot be.

A. W. i. 1.
Of all exploits since first I follow'd arms,
Ne'er heard I of a warlike enterprise
More venturous or desperate than this. H. VI. PT. J. ii. 1.

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Know you not, master, to some kind of men
Their graces serve them but as enemies ?
No more do yours; your virtues, gentle master,
Are sanctified and holy traitors to you.
0, what a world is this, when what is comely
Envenoms hiin that bears it!

A. Y. ii.3.
Lean-fac'd Envy in her loathsome cave.

H. VI. PT, II. iii. 2.

Now I feel
Of what coarse metal ye are moulded,,envy.
How eagerly ye follow my disgraces,
As if it fed ye ! and how sleek and wanton
Ye appear in every thing may bring my ruin !
Follow your envious courses, men of malice;
You have Christian warrant for them, and, no doubt,
In time will find their fit rewards.

H. VIII. iii. 2.
My heart laments, that virtue cannot live
Out of the teeth of emulation.

J. C. ii. 3.
Men, that make
Envy, and crooked malice, nourishment,
Dare bite the best.


Truly, master Holofernes, the epithets are sweetly varied, like a scholar at the least.

L. L. iv. 2.

A world
Of pretty, fond, adoptious Christendoms,
That blinking Cupid gossips.


Nobly he yokes
A smiling with a sigh ; as if the sigh
Was that it was, for not being such a smile ;
The smile, mocking the sigh, that it would fly
From so divine a temple, to commix
With winds, that sailors rail at.

Cym. iv. 2.
Thus ready for the way of life or death,
I wait the sharpest blow.


'Faith, here's an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale; who committed treason enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven.

M. ii. 3. How absolute the knave is! we must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.

H, v. l. ERROR.

O hateful error, melancholy's child !
Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
The things that are not ? O error, soon conceiv'd,
Thou never com’st unto a happy birth,
But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee.

J.C. v.3. ERROR,-continued.

But we worldly men
Have miserable, mad, mistaking eyes.

Tit. And. v. 2. 0, what men dare do! what men may do! what men daily do! not knowing what they do!

M. A. iv. l.
When from things true, the heart and eyes have err’d,
To a false plague they often are transferr’d.

In your affairs, my lord,
If ever I were wilful-negligent,
It was my folly; if industriously
I play'd the fool, it was my negligence,
Not weighing well the end ; if ever fearful
To do a thing, where I the issue doubted,
Whereof the execution did cry out
Against the non-performance, 'twas a fear
Which oft affects the wisest : these, my lord,
Are such allow'd infirmities, that honesty
Is never free of.

W. T. i. 2.
'Tis the time's plague, when madmen lead the blind. K. L. iv. 1.

You may thank the unquiet time for your quiet o'er-posting that action.

H. IV. PT, II. i. 2. I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last, that, I fear me, will never out of my bones: I shall not fear fly-blowing.

T. v. 1. ESPOUSALS (See also Wife).

Let still the woman take
An elder than herself; so wears she to him,
So sways she level in her husband's heart.
For, boy, however we do praise ourselves,
Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,
More longing, wavering, sooner lost and won,
Than womens' are.

T. N. ii. 4.
Then let thy love be younger than thyself,
Or thy affection cannot hold the bent :
For women are as roses, whose fair flower,

Being once display'd, doth fall that very hour. T. N. ii. 4. EVASION.

What trick, what device, what starting hole, canst thou now find out, to hide thee from this open and apparent shame.

H. IV. PT. I. ii. 4.
For, well you know, we of th' offending side
Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement:
And stop all sight-holes ; every loop, from whence
The eye of reason may pry in upon us.

H. IV. PT. I. iv. 1.
I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my,-0 Lord, Sir : I see,
things may serve long, but not serve ever.

A. W. ii. 2.


Light thickens; and the crow
Makes wing to the rooky wood.

M. iii. 2.
The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day :
Now spurs the lated traveller apace,
To gain the timely inn.

M. iii. 3. Good things of day begin to droop and drowze. M. iii. 2. EVIL.

There is some soul of goodness in things evil
Would men observingly distil it out:
For our bad neighbour makes us early stirrers,
Which is both healthful, and good husbandry ;
Besides, they are our outward consciences,
And preachers to us all; admonishing,
That we should dress us fairly for our end.
Thus may we gather honey from the weed,
And make a moral of the devil himself.

H. V. iv. l. EXALTATION.

Now climbeth Tamora Olympus' top;
Safe out of fortune's shot : and sits aloft,
Secure of thunder's crack, or lightning's flash;

Advanc'd above pale Envy's threat’ning reach. Tit. And. ii. 1. EXAMINATION.

Peace ; sit you down,
And let me wring your heart; for so I shall,
If it be made of penetrable stuff ;
If damned custom have not braz'd it so,
That it be proof and bulwark against sense.

H. iii. 4.
You go not, till I set you up a glass,
Where you may see the inmost part of you.

H. ii. 4. EXAMPLE.

Thieves for their robbery have authority
When judges steal themselves.

M. M. ii. 2. More authority, dear boy, name more ; and, sweet my child, let them be even of good repute and carriage.


Why, look you, I am whipp'd and scourg'd with rods,
Nettled, and stung with pismires, when I hear
Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke.

H. IV. Pt. 1. i.3. EXCELLENCE.

They are worthy
To inlay heaven with stars.

Cym. v.5.
The top of admiration ; worth
What's dearest to the world.

T. iii. 1.

So perfect and so peerless, are created
Of every creature's best.

T. iii. l.

O you,


As surfeit is the father of much fast,
So every scope by the immoderate use
Turns to restraint: our natures do pursue
(Like rats, that ravin down their proper bane)
A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die.

M. M. 1.3.
Allow not nature more than nature needs.

K. L. ii. 4. EXCITEMENT. And thereof came it that the man was mad.


When workmen strive to do better than well,
They do confound their skill in covetousness :
And, oftentimes, excusing of a fault,
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse ;
As patches set upon a little breach,
Discredit more in hiding of the fault,
Than did the fault before it was so patch’d.


Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises ; and oft it hits,
Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.

A.W. ii. l.
For now sits Expectation in the air.

H. V. ii. chorus.
So tedious is this day,
As is the night before some festival
To an impatient child, that hath new robes,
And may not wear them.

R. J. iii. 2.
Now expectation, tickling skittish spirits,
On one and other side, Trojan and Greek,
Sets all on hazard.

T.C. Prologue.
The town is empty ; on the brow o' the sea
Stand ranks of people, and they cry,-a sail.

0. ii. l.
For every minute is expectancy
Of more arrivance.

0. i. 1.
It is a high-wrought flood;
I cannot, 'twixt the heaven and the main,
Descry a sail.

0. ii. 1.
Even till we make the main, and the aërial blue
An indistinct regard.

0. ii. 1. EXPEDIENCY.

Construe the times to their necessities. H. IV. PT. II. iv. l. EXPERIENCE.

Experience is by industry achiev'd,
And perfected by the swift course of time.

T. G. i.3.
Experience, O, thou disprov'st report !

Cym. v. 2. EXPIRING.

Vex not his ghost ; 0 let him pass, he hates him,
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Stretch him out longer.

K. L. v. 3.

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