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PHILIP MASSINGER
English dramatic poet
(1583 - 1640)
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The sum of all that makes a just man happy
  Consists in the well choosing of his wife:
    And there, well to discharge it, does require
      Equality of years, of birth, of fortune;
        For beauty being poor, and not cried up
          By birth or wealth, can truly mix with neither.
            And wealth, when there's such difference in years,
              And fair descent, must make the yoke uneasy.
      - New Way to Pay Old Debts (act IV, sc. 1)
        [Matrimony]

Some undone widow sits upon mine arm,
  And takes away the use of it; and my sword,
    Glued to my scabbard with wronged orphan's tears,
      Will not be drawn.
      - New Way to Pay Old Debts (act V, sc. 1)
        [War]

Ill news, madam,
  Are swallow-winged, but what's good
    Walks on crutches.
      - Picture (act II, 1) [News]

And, to all married men, be this a caution,
  Which they should duly tender as their life,
    Neither to doat too much, nor doubt a wife.
      - Picture (act V, sc. 3) [Matrimony]

Get me some French tailor
  To new-create you.
      - Renegade (act III, sc. 1) [Tailors]

I in my own house am an emperor,
  And will defend what's mine.
      - Roman Actor (act I, sc. 2) [Home]

This many-headed monster.
      - Roman Actor (act III, sc. 4) [Acting]

Factions among yourselves; preferring such
  To offices and honors, as ne'er read
    The elements of saving policy;
      But deeply skilled in all the principles
        That usher to destruction.
      - The Bondman (act I, sc. 3, l. 210)
        [Politics]

For a flying foe
  Discreet and provident conquerors build up
    A bridge of gold.
      - The Guardian (act I, sc. 1) [War]

Quiet night, that brings
  Best to the labourer, is the outlaw's day,
    In which he rises early to do wrong,
      And when his work is ended dares not sleep.
      - The Guardian (act II, sc. 4) [Night]

We, that would be known
  The father of our people, in our study,
    And vigilance for their safety, must not change
      Their ploughshares into swords, and force them from
        The secure shade of their own vines, to be
          Scorched with the flames of war.
      - The Maid of Honour (act I, 1) [Patriotism]

How sweetly sounds the voice of a good woman!
  It is so seldom heard that, when it speaks,
    It ravishes all senses.
      - The Old Law (act IV, sc. 2, l. 34) [Voice]

Nor custom, nor example, nor cast numbers
  Of such as do offend, make less the sin.
      - The Picture (act IV, sc. 2) [Sin]

You may boldly say, you did not plough
  Or trust the barren and ungrateful sands
    With the fruitful grain of your religious counsels.
      - The Renegado [Failure]

Though the desire of fame be the last weakness
  Wise men put off.
      - The Very Woman (act V, sc. 4) [Fame]

I have play'd the fool, the gross fool, to believe
  The bosom of a friend will hold a secret
    Mine own could not contain.
      - Unnatural Combat (act V, sc. 2)
        [Folly : Secrecy]

Out, you impostors!
  Quack salving, cheating mountebanks! your skill
    Is to make sound men sick, and sick men kill.
      - Virgin-Martyr (act IV, sc. 1)
        [Quackery : Quacks]


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