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By tracing Heaven his footsteps may be found:
Behold! how awfully he walks the round!
God is abroad, and wondrous in his ways
The rise of empires, and their fall surveys.
- Britannia Rediviva (l. 75) [God]
The proud he tam'd, the penitent he cheer'd:
Nor to rebuke the rich offender fear'd.
His preaching much, but more his practice wrought;
(A living sermon of the truths he taught:)
For this by rules severe his life he squar'd:
That all might see the doctrines which they heard.
- Character of a Good Parson (l. 75)
And quick digestion wait on you and yours.
- Cleomenes (act IV, sc. 1) [Appetite]
For women with a mischief to their kind,
Pervert with bad advice our better mind.
- Cock and the Fox (l. 555) [Women]
A woman's counsel brought us first to woe,
And made her man his paradise forego,
Where at heart's ease he liv'd; and might have been
As free from sorrow as he was from sin.
- Cock and the Fox (l. 557) [Women]
I am as free as nature first made man,
Ere the base laws of servitude began,
When wild in woods the noble savage ran.
- Conquest of Granada (act I, sc. 1)
Forgiveness to the injured does belong,
But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.
- Conquest of Granada (pt. II, act I, sc. 2)
[Forgiveness : Proverbs]
Old as I am, for ladies' love unfit,
The power of beauty I remember yet,
Which once inflam'd my soul, and still inspires my wit.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 1) [Beauty]
The fool of nature stood with stupid eyes
And gaping mouth, that testified surprise.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 107) [Stupidity]
Love taught him shame; and shame, with love at strife,
Soon taught the sweet civilities of life.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 133) [Love : Shame]
She hugg'd the offender, and forgave the offence;
Sex to the last.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 367) [Women]
She hugged the offender, and forgave the offense,
Sex to the last.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 367) [Forgiveness]
Mouths without hands; maintained at vast expense,
In peace a charge, in war a weak defense:
Stout once a month they march, a blustering band,
And ever, but in times of need, at hand.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 401) [Soldiers]
Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 407)
When beauty fires the blood, how love exalts the mind!
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 41) [Beauty]
Ill fortune seldom comes alone.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 592) [Fortune]
He trudg'd along, unknowing what he sought,
And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
- Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 84) [Thought]
This comes of altering fundamental laws and overpersuading by his landlord to take physic (of which he died) for the benefit of the doctor--Stavo bene (was written on his monument) ma per star meglio, sto qui.
- Dedication of the Aeneid (XIV, 149)
Ill writers are usually the sharpest censors.
- Dedication of translations from Ovid
I trade both with the living and the dead for the enrichment of our native language.
- Dedication to translation of The Aeneid
Ay, these look like the workmanship of heaven;
This is the porcelain clay of human kind,
And therefore cast into these noble moulds.
- Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1) [Nobility]
Let fortune empty her whole quiver on me.
I have a soul that, like an ample shield,
Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
- Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1) [Fortune]
This is the porcelain clay of humankind.
- Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1) [Frailty : Man]
Damn'd neuters, in their middle way of steering,
Are neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring.
- Duke of Guise (epilogue, l. 39) [Fish]
Damned Neuters, in their Middle way of Steering,
Are neither Fish, nor Flesh, nor good Red Herring.
- Duke of Guise--Epilogue [Politics]
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