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SIR JOHN DAVIES
English poet and judge
(1569 - 1626)

Hence it is that old men do plant young trees, the fruit whereof another age shall take.
      - [Trees]

If aught can teach us aught, Affliction's looks,
  Making us pry into ourselves so, near,
    Teach us to know ourselves, beyond all books,
      Or all the learned schools that ever were.
      - [Affliction]

These wickets of the soul are plac'd so high,
  Because all sounds do highly move aloft;
    And that they may not pierce too violently,
      They are delay'd with turns and twinings oft.
        For should the voice directly strike the brain,
          It would astonish and confuse it much;
            Therefore these plaits and folds the sound restrain.
              That it the organ may more gently touch.
      - [Hearing]

This is the slowest, yet the daintiest sense;
  For ev'n the ears of such as have no skill,
    Perceive a discord, and conceive offence;
      And knowing not what's good, yet find the ill.
      - [Hearing]

What more than madness reigns, when one short sitting many hundreds drains.
      - [Gambling]

Wit,--the pupil of the soul's clear eye.
      - [Wit]

For what made that in glory shine so long
  But poets' Pens, pluckt from Archangels' wings?
      - Bien Venu [Pen]

Wedlock, indeed hath oft compared been
  To public feasts, where meet a public rout,
    Where they that are without would fain go in,
      And they that are within would fain go out.
      - Contention Betwixt a Wife, etc.
        [Matrimony]

There was a man bespake a think,
  Which when the owner home did bring,
    He that made it did refuse it:
      And he that brought it would not use it,
        And he that hath it doth now know
          Whether he hath it yea or no.
      - Riddle upon a Coffin [Undertakers]

Deeds are males, words females are.
      - Scene of Folly (p. 147) [Deeds]

Much like a subtle spider, which doth sit
  In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide:
    If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
      She feels it instantly on every side.
      - The Immortality of the Soul
         (sec. XVIII, Feeling) [Spiders]


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