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Man not to be a slave to sense.

What is a man, If his chief good, and market of his time, Be but to sleep, and feed ? a beast, no more. Sure, He, that made us with such large discourse, Looking before, and after, gave us not That capability and godlike reason To fusth in us unused.

36-iv. 4.

95. Experience necessary to complete the man. He cannot be a perfect man, Not being tried and tutor’d in the world. Experience is by industry achieved, And perfected by the swift course of time. 2-i.3.

96. Man values only what he sees and knows.

'T is very pregnant, The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Because we see it; but what we do not see, We tread upon, and never think of it. 5-ii. 1.

97. Right qualifications of man.

Is not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man?

26-i. 2. 98. Man to be studied before trusted. 'T is not a year or two shews us a man : They are all but stomachs, and we all but food; They eat us hungrily, and when they are full, They belch us.

37-iii. 4. 99.

The frailty of man.

We all are men,
In our own natures frail; and capable
Of our flesh, few are angels.

25—7. 2.

8 Power of comprehension.

f Profit.

i Plain.

la Grow mouldy.


Frailty of man.
Where's that palace, whereinto foul things
Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pure,
But some uncleanly apprehensions
Keep leetsk, and law-days, and in session sit
With meditations lawfully

37-iii. 3.
101. Confidence not to be placed in man.
O momentary grace of mortal men,
Which we more hunt for than the grace of God!
Who builds his hope in air of your fair looks,
Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast;
Ready, with every nod, to tumble down
Into the fatal bowels of the deep.

24iii. 4. 102. Men often blind to their faults. Men's faults do seldom to themselves appear, Their own transgressions partially they smother : 0! how are they wrapt in with infamies, That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes !

Poems. 103. Man and Woman, comparative view of.

Men have marble, women waxen, minds, And therefore are they form’d as marble will; The weak oppress'd, the impression of strange kinds Is form'd in them by force, by fraud, or skill: Then call them not the authors of their ill, No more than wax shall be accounted evil, Wherein is stamp'd the semblance of a devil. Their smoothness, like a goodly champaign plain, Lays open all the little worms that creep; In men, as in a rough-grown grove, remain Cave-keeping evils that obscurely sleep: Through chrystal walls each little mote will peep: Though men can cover crimes with bold stern looks, Poor women's faces are their own faults' books.

k Courts of equity.

1 Who has so virtuous a breast, that some impure conceptions will not sometimes enter into it; hold a session there as in a regular court, and “bench by the side” of authorized and lawful cs? “For I know that in me (th

is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For

No man inveigh against the wither'd flower,
But chide rough Winter that the flower hath kill'd!
Not that devour'd, but that which doth devour,
Is worthy blame. 0, let it not be hild
Poor women's faults, that they are so fulfill'd
With men's abuses: those proud lords, to blame,
Make weak-made women tenants to their shame.

Poems. 104.

Advice to young men. Obey thy parents, keep thy word justly; swear not; commit not with man's sworn spouse; set not thy sweet heart on proud array. Keep thy foot out of brothels, thy pen from lenders’ books.

34 iii. 4. 105.

The same.

Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. 36-i. 3. 106.

The same. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. 36—i. 3. 107.

The same. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel ; But do not dull thy palm" with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledged comrade. 36_i. 3. 108.

The same.

Of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in,
Bear it, that the opposer may beware of thee.

36-i. 3. 109.

The same. Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice: Take each man's censuren, but reserve thy judgment.

36-i. 3.

the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me."-Rom. vii. 18-21. “I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.”—Prov. v. 14.

m Palm of the hand. Opinion.



Advice to young men.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy:
For the apparel oft proclaims the man. 36–1. 3.

The same.
Neither a borrower, nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend;
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandryo.

36-i. 3. 112.

The same.

To thine ownself be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. 36-i. 3. 113.

Advice to females. Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under: many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shews in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you farther; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no farther danger known, but the modesty which is so lost.

11-iii. 5. 114.

The same.
When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
Lends the tongue vows: these blazes, daughter,
Giving more light than heat,-extinct in both,
Even in their promise, as it is a making,-
You must not take for fire.
Be somewhat scanter of your


presence; Set your entreatments at a higher rate, Than a command to parley.

36_i. 4. 115.

The same.
Do not believe his vows: for they are brokers
Not of that die which their investments shew,
But mere implorators of unholy suits,
Breathing like sanctified and pious bonds,
The better to beguile.

36-i. 4. Economy, swiftness.

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Advice to females.
The chariest P maid is prodigal enough,
If she unmask her beauty to the moon:
Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes:
The canker galls the infants of the spring,
Too oft before their buttons be disclosed;
And in the morn and liquid dew of youth,
Contagious blastments are most imminent.
Be wary then: best safety lies in fear;
Youth to itself rebels, though none else near.

36-i. 3. 117.

The same. Weigh what loss your honour may sustain, If with too credent9 ear you listr his songs; Or lose your heart; or your chaste treasure open To his unmaster'ds importunity. Fear it, fear it, And keep you in the rear of your affection, Out of the shot and danger of desire. 36%i. 3.

118. Beauty heightened by goodness.

The hand, that hath made you fair, hath made you good: the goodness, that is cheap in beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of your complexion, should keep the body of it ever fair.

5-iii. 1. 119.

Beauty transient.
Women are as roses; whose fair flower,
Being once display'd, doth fall that very hour.

4-i. 4. 120.

The frailty of beauty. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o'er-sways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower ? O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wreckful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor gates of steel so strong, but time decays ? p Most cautious.

9 Believing. i Listen to.

• Licentious.

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