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Oft it chances, in particular men,
That, for some vicious mole of nature in them,
As, in their birth, (wherein they are not guilty,
Since nature cannot choose its origin,)
By the o'ergrowth of some complexion,
Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason ;
Or by some habit, which too much o'er-leavens
The form of plausive manners ;—that these men,-
Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect;
Being nature's livery, or fortune's star,-
Their virtues else, (be they as pure as grace,
As infinite as man can undergo,)
Shall in the general censure take corruption
From that particular fault: The dram of base
Doth all the noble substance often dout,
To his own scandal,

H. i. 4.
Which warp'd the line of every other favour ;
Scorn'd a fair colour, or express’d it stolen ;
Extended or contracted all proportions,
To a most hideous object.

A.W. v. 3.
I am a Jew: Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands, or-
gans, dimensions, senses, affections, passions ? fed with the same
food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter
and summer, as a Christian is ? if you prick us, do we not bleed? if
you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we not die ?
and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge ? if we are like you in
the rest, we will resemble you in that.


Your vessels, and your spells, provide,
Your charms, and everything beside.

M, üi. 5.
Here's a gentleman, and a friend of mine.

M. M. iii. 2. PRESENT PLEASURES AND Pains. Each present joy or sorrow seems the chief.


Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd :
It is not so with him that all things knows,
As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows;
But most it is presumption in us, when

The help of heaven we count the act of men. A. W. ï. l. PRETEXT.

My pretext to strike at him admits
A good construction.

C. v. 5.
You boggle shrewdly, every feather starts you.

A. W. v.3.

I do hate a proud man, as I hate the engendering of toads.

T.C. ï. 3.
O world, how apt the poor are to be proud !

T. N. iii. 4. He that is proud, eats up himself; pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.

T. C. ii. 3.
He is so plaguy proud, that the death tokens of it
Cry,—No recovery.

T.C. ii. 3.

Harsh rage,

Defect of manners, want of government,
Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain ;
The least of which, haunting a nobleman,
Loseth men's hearts.

H. IV. Pt. 1. iii. 1.
I am too high-born to be property'd,
To be a secondary at controul,
Or useful serving-man, and instrument,
To any sovereign.

K. J. v. 2.
An he be proud with me, I'll pheeze his pride. T.C. ii. 3.

I cannot tell
What heaven hath given him, let some graver eye
Pierce into that; but I can see his pride
Peep through each part of him : Whence has he that?
If not from hell, the devil is a niggard ;
Or has given all before, and he begins
A new hell in himself.

H. VIII. i. 1.
Things small as nothing, for request's sake only,
He makes important: Possess’d he is with greatness ;
And speaks not to himself, but with a pride
That quarrels at self-breath.

T.C. ii. 3.
Small things make base men proud : this villain, here,
Being captain of a pinnace, threatens more
Than Burgulus, the strong Illyrian pirate. H. VI. Pt. II. iv. 1.

Pride hath no other glass
To show itself, but pride ; for supple knees
Feed arrogance, and are the proud man's fees. T.C. iii.3.

Yes, lion-sick, sick of proud heart: you may call it melancholy
if you will favour the man; but, by my head, 'tis pride.

T. C. ii. 3.
Very well; and could be content to give him good report for't,
but that he pays himself with being proud.

C. i. 1.
Shall the son of England prove a thief, and take purses !

H. IV. PT. 1. ii. 4.

It is not for prisoners to be too silent in their words.


What will this come to ?
He commands us to provide, and give great gifts,
And all out of an empty coffer ;
Nor will he know his purse ; or yield me this,
To show him what a beggar his heart is,
Being of no power to make his wishes good;
His promises fly so beyond his state,
That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes
For every word; he is so kind, that he now
Pays interest for it.

T. A. i. 2. PRODIGIES (See also PortEnts.)

In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead
Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets.

H. i. l.
Stars with trains of fire, and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun; and the moist star,
Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands,
Was sick almost to doomsday, with eclipse.

H. i. 1.
No natural exhalation in the sky,
No scape of nature, no distemper'd day,
No common wind, no customed event,
But they will pluck away his natural cause,
And call them meteors, prodigies, and signs,
Abortives, presages, and tongues of heaven,
Plainly denouncing vengeance upon John.

K.J. üi. 4.
Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds,
In ranks, and squadrons, and right form of war,
Which drizzled blood upon the capitol :
The noise of battle hurtled in the air,
Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan.

J. C. ii. 2.
When beggars die, there are no comets seen ;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.


His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last;
For violent fires soon burn out themselves :
Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short ;
He tires betimes, that spurs too fast betimes ;
With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder ;
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,
Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.


Against ill chances men are ever merry,
But heaviness fore-runs the good event. H. IV. PT. II. iv. 2.

The date is out of such prolixity.

R. J. i. 4. PROMISES.

Promising is the very air o' the time : it opens the eyes of expectation : performance is ever the duller for his act: and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed is quite out of use. To promise, is most courtly and fashionable ; performance is a kind of will and testament, which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it.

T: A. v. 1.
His promises were, as he then was, mighty ;
But his performance, as he now is, nothing. H. VIII. iv, 2.
I see, Sir, you are liberal in offers :
You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks,
You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd. M. V. iv. 1.
Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens,
That one day bloom'd, and fruitful were the next.

H. VI. Pt. 1. 1. 6.
The king is kind ; and, well we know, the king
Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.

H. IV. PT. I. iv. 3.
Many so arrive at second masters, upon their first lord's neck.

T. A. iv. 3.
Anticipating time with starting courage.

T. C. iv. 5.
For at hand,
Not trusting to this halting legate here,
Whom he hath us'd rather for sport than need,
Is warlike John,

K. J. v. 2.
Let the end try the man.

H, IV. PT. II. ïi. 2. Let proof speak.

Cym. iii. 1. PROPERTY.

What judgment shall I dread, doing no wrong?
You have among you many a purchas'd slave;
Which, like your asses, and your dogs, and mules,
You use in abject and in slavish parts,
Because you bought them : shall I


Let them be free, marry them to your

heirs ?
Why sweat they ler burdens ? let their beds
Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates
Be season'd with such viands. You will answer,
The slaves are ours :—so do I answer you.

M. V, iv, 1. PROPELLING.

As doth a sail, fill'd with a fretting gust,
Command an argosy to stem the waves. H. VI. PT. III. ii. 6.


No port is free ; no place,
That guard, and most unusual vigilance,
Does not attend my taking.

K. L. ii. 3.
He puts transgression to't.

M. M. iii. 2. PROSPERITY.

Prosperity's the very bond of love ;
Whose fresh complexion, and whose heart together,
Affliction alters.

W. T. iv, 3.
When mine hours
Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
Of me for jests.

A.C. iii. 11. PROVERBS.

Come hither, Fabian ; we'll whisper o’er a couplet or two of most sage saws.

T, N. iii. 4. PROVIDENCE (See also OMNIPOTENCE).

Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well,
When our deep plots do pall: and that should teach us,
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will.


Have you not set mine honour at the stake,
And baited it with all the unmuzzled thoughts
That tyrannous heart can think?

T. N. iii. 1. PRUDENCE.

Take up this mangled matter at the best:
Men do their broken weapons rather use
Than their bare hands.

0. i. 3.
When we mean to build,
We first survey the plot, then draw the model;
And when we see the figure of the house,
Then must we rate the cost of the erection :
Which if we find outweighs ability,
What do we then but draw anew the model
In fewer offices; or, at least, desist
To build at all ? Much more, in this great work,
(Which is almost to pluck a kingdom down,
Ànd set another up) should we survey
The plot of situation, and the model ;
Consent upon a sure foundation ;
Question surveyors, know our own estate,
How able such a work to undergo,
To weigh against his opposite ; or else,
We fortify in paper, and in figures,
Using the names of men, instead of men :
Like one, that draws the model of a house
Beyond his power to build it ; who, half through,
Gives o'er, and leaves his part-created cost

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