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The which obsery'd, a man may prophecy,
With a near aim, of the main chance of things
As yet not come to life; which in their seeds,
And weak beginnings, lie intreasured. 19iii. 1.

Confidence in the future.

Doubt not but success
Will fashion the event in better shape
Than I can lay it down in likelihood. 6-iv. 1.

63. The variableness of mankind.
The veins unfill’d, our blood is cold, and then
We pout upon the morning, are unapt
To give or to forgive; but when we have stuff’d
These pipes, and these conveyances of our blood,
With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls
Than in our priest-like fasts.

28—v.l. 64.

Hold the world but as the world,
A stage, where every man must play a part. 9–i. 1.

Life, its character.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle !
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour



And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

15—7.5. 66.

Mediocrity of life.

Full oft 't is seen, Our meant secures us; and our mere defects Prove our commodities.

34-iv.1. 67.

Vicissitudes of life.
Sometimes, bath the brightest day a cloud:
And, after summer, evermore succeeds

Mean signifies a middle state.


Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold: So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet. 22–ii. 4. 68.

Instability of life. An habitation giddy and unsure Hath he; that buildeth on the vulgar heart. 19-i. 3. 69.

The love of life.

O our lives' sweetness ! That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, Rather than die at once !

34-v.3. 70.

The brevity of life.

The time of life is short; To spend that shortness basely, were too long, If life did ride upon a dial's point, Still ending at the arrival of an hour. 18-v. 2. 71.

The same. Some, how brief the life of man

Runs his erring pilgrimage; That the stretching of a span Buckles in his sum of age.

10iii. 2. 72.

Suspension of life. Death may usurp on nature many

hour And yet the fire of life kindle again The overpressed spirits.

33-iii. 2. 73.

Mortality. There's nothing serious in mortality: All is but toys: renown, and grace, is dead. 15—ii. 3. 74.

Ill-timed counsel. Bid a sick man in sadness make his will; Ah, word ill urged to one that is so ill ! 354i, .



The soul. The immortal part needs a physician; though that be sick, it dies not.

19–ii. 2. 76.

Certainty of death.
That we shall die, we know; 't is but the time,
And drawing days out, that men stand upon.

29-iii. 1.


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Death common to all.
Kings, and mightiest potentates, must die;
For that's the end of human misery. 21-iii. 2.

Nothing can we call our own, but death;
And that small model of the barren earth,
Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.

17-iii. 2. 79.

The same.
How oft, when men are at the point of death,
Have they been merry ? which their keepers a call
A lightning before death.

35—v. 3. 80.

'T is a vile thing to die, When men are unprepared, and look not for it.

24-iii. 2. 81.

Men must endure Their going hence, even as their coming hither: Ripeness is all.

34-1.2. 82.

The same.

Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, When death's approach is seen so terrible !

22-iii. 3. 83.

Death terrible to the wicked.

Death is a fearful thing,
And shamed life a hateful.
To die, and go we know not where;
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;
This sensible warm motion to become
A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit
To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside
In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice;
To be imprison'd in the viewless x winds,
And blown with restless violence round about
The pendent world, or to be worse than worst


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Of those, that lawless and incertain thoughts
Imagine howling !—'t is too horrible !
The weariest and most loathed worldly life,
That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment,
Can lay on nature, is a paradise
To what we fear of death.

5-iii. 1.

84. Joyous expectation of death. I every day expect an embassage From my Redeemer to redeem me hencey. 24–ii. 1. 85.

Joy in death.

joy Death, at whose name Y oft have been'afeard, Because I wish'd this world's eternity?. 224ii. 4. 86.

The same.
To sue to live, I find, I seek to die;
And seeking death, find life a.

5-iii. 1. 87. Triumph over death.

Holy Men, at their death, have good inspirationsb. 9-i. 2.

88. Men's last words to be regarded.

The tongues of dying men Enforce attention, like deep harmony; Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain; For they breathe truth, that breathe their words in



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Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”—James iv. 14.

z “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”—Luke xvii. 33. “He that loveth his life shall lose it: and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”—John xii. 25.

a “ For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”—Phil. i. 21.

6 " And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land vihich he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”—Gen.

He, that no more must say, is listen’d more
Than they whom youth and ease have taught to

glose; More are men's ends mark’d, than their lives before;

The setting sun, and music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last; Writ in remembrance, more than things long past.

17-ii. 1. 89. Mankind, its general character.

Who lives, that's not Depraved, or depraves ? who dies, that bears Not one spurn to their graves of their friend's gifta ?

27-i. 2. 90. Mankind different in exterior only. Are we not brothers ?

So man and man should be;
But clay and clay differs in dignity,
Whose dust is both alike.

31-iv. 2. 91.

The same.
Though mean and mighty, rotting
Together, have one dust; yet reverence e
(That angel of the world) doth make distinction
Of place 'tween high and low.

31-iv.2. 92. Man changed by outward circumstances.

At all times alike Men are not still the same; 'T was time and griefs, That framed him thus; time, with his fairer hand Offering the fortunes of his former days, The former man may make him.

27-v. 2. 93. Men, their various characters.

O heavens, what some men do,
While some men leave to do!
How some men creep in skittish Fortune's hall,
While others play the idiots in her eyes !
How one man eats into another's pride,
While pride is fasting in his wantonness! 26—iii. 3.

• Flatter.
& i. e. That is given them by their friends.

Reverence, or due regard to subordination, is the power that keeps peace and order in the world.

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