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The other, at high wish. Best state, contentless,
Hath a distracted and most wretched being,
Worse than the worst, contentt.

27-iv. 3. 375.

Heaven is above all; there sits a Judge,
That no king can corrupt.

25-iii. 1. 376.

Condemnation. Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. 22-iii. 3. 377. Judgment influenced by circumstances.

Men's judgments are
A parcel• of their fortunes; and things outward
Do draw the inward quality after them,
To suffer all alike.

30-iii. 11. 378.

The same. Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear ; Robes, and furr'd gowns, hide all. Plate sin with gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks: Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it.

34-iv. 6. 379.

Tenderness in judging.

Breathe his faults so quaintly,
That they may seem the taints of liberty:
The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind;
A savageness* in unreclaimed blood,
Of general assaulty.

36-ii. 1.

380. Impartiality to be shewn in judging.
He, who the sword of Heaven will bear,
Should be as holy as severe;
Pattern in himself to know,
Grace to stand, and virtue go;
More nor less to others paying,
Than by self-offences weighing:
Shame to him, whose cruel striking
Kills for faults of his own liking !

5-iii. 2. + Best states contentless have a wretched being--a being worse than that of the worst states that are content. • Are of a piece with them.

« Wildness. s i. e. Such as youth in general is liable to.


Unjust pardon. Ignomy? in ransom, and free pardon, Are of two houses: lawful mercy is Nothing akin to foul redemption.

5-ii. 4. 382.

Pardon, purchased by such sin,
For which the pardoner himself is in:
Hence hath offence his quick celerity,
When it is borne in high authority:
When vice makes mercy, mercy 's so extended,
That for the fault's love, is the offender friended.

5-iv. 2. 383.

Severe justice.
After execution, judgment hath
Repented o'er his dooma.

5-ii. 2. 384.

Public justice.
Thieves are not judged, but they are by to hear,
Although apparent guilt be seen in them. 17—iv. 1.

Retributive justice.
We still have judgment here; that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor: This even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poison’d chalice
To our own lips.

15-i. 7. 386.


Now we have shewn our power,
Let us seem humbler after it is done,
Than when it was a doing.

28-iv. 2. 387.

The power, that I have on you, is to spare you;
The malice towards you, to forgive you. 31-v. 5.

388. The benefit of reparation.
If we do now make our atonement well,
Our peace will, like a broken limb united,
Grow stronger for the breaking.

19-iv.l. * An ignominious ransom.

This was the case of Queen Elizabeth after the execution of Essex.



389. The exuberance of lenity.

This too much lenity
And harmful pity, must be laid aside.
To whom do lions cast their gentle looks ?
Not to the beast that would usurp their den.
Whose hand is that the forest bear doth lick ?
Not bis, that spoils her young

ore her face.
Who 'scapes the lurking serpent's mortal sting?
Not he, that sets his foot upon her back.
The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on;
And doves will peck, in safeguard of their brood.

23—ii. 2. 390.

Faults, extenuation of.
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 faultb,
Than did the fault before it was so patch’d. 16_iv. 2.

Needful severity.
Thou hast cleft my heart in twain.

0, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half. 36-iii. 4. 392.

Our own precedent passions do instruct us
What levity 's in youth.

27-i. 1. 393.

Prevention. As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent, In my opinion, ought to be prevented. 24-ii. 2. 394.


Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what 's past; avoid what is to comec; And do not spread the composta on the weeds, To make them ranker.

36-iii. 4.

• Blemish.

“Bring forth, therefore, fruits meet for repentance.”– Matt. iii. 8.

d Manure.


Reconciliation. Forget, forgive; conclude, and be agreed. 17-i. 1. 396.

The same.
The broken rancour of your high-swoln hearts,
But lately splinted, knit, and join'd together,
Must gently be preserved, cherish’d, and kept.

24-ii. 2. 397.

Persuasion. May'st thou have the spirit of persuasion, and he the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may move, and what he hears may be believed. 18–i. 2. 398.

Reflection. I would, you would make use of that good wisdom whereof I know you are fraughte; and put away these dispositions, which of late transform you from what you rightly are.

344i. 4. 399.

Equanimity. Weigh thy value with an even hand. 9-ü. 7.

400. Misguided expectations.

How mightily, sometimes, we make us comforts of our losses! And how mightily, some other times, we drown our gain in tears !

11-iy. 3. 401.

Extremity. The worst is not, So long as we can say, This is the worst. 34-iv. 1. 402.

The same.
Who is ’t can say, I am at the worst ? 34-iv. 1.

403. The influence of infection.
They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do shew,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces,

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• Stored.

And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die;
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds. Poems.

'T is good for men to love their present pains,
Upon example; so the spirit is eased :
And, when the mind is quicken'd, out of doubt,
The organs, though defunct and dead before,
Break up their drowsy grave, and newly move
With casted slough and fresh legerityf. 20-iv. 1.

405. Example and precept.
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Shew me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
Whilst, like a puffd and recklesso libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own readh.

36_i. 3. 406.

The same. If to do were as easy, as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching! The brain may devise laws, for the blood; but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree; such a hare is madness the youth, to skip over the meshes of good counsel the cripple.

9-i. 2. 407.

Merit, its value.

Who shall go about
To cozen fortune, and be honourable
Without the stamp of merit ! Let none presume
To wear an undeserved dignity.

9-1.9. Lightness, nimbleness.

8 Careless. Regards not his own lessons.

“ If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." -John xii. 7.



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