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England, of all countries in the world,
Most blind to thine own good.
First worship God; he that forgets to pray
Bids not himself good morrow, nor good day.
Honor thy parents to prolong thy end.
It weaks the brain, it spoils the memory,
Hasting on age, and wilful poverty;
It drowns thy better parts, making thy name
To foes a laughter, to thy friends a shame.
'Tis virtue's poison, and the bane of trust,
The match of wrath, the fuel unto lust.
Quite leave this vice, and turn not to 't again,
Upon presumption of a stronger brain;
For he who holds more wine than others can,
I rather count a hogshead than a man.
Men are more eloquent than women made; but women are more powerful to persuade.
Reprove not in their wrath incensed men;
Good counsel comes clean out of reason then,
But when his fury is appeased and past,
He will conceive his fault, and mend at last.
When he is cool, and calm, then utter it;
No man gives physic in the midst o' the fit.
Thy credit wary keep, 'tis quickly gone;
Being got by many actions, lost by one.
To tell thy mis'ries will no comfort breed;
Men help thee most, that think thou hast no need;
But if the world once thy misfortunes know,
Thou soon shall lose a friend and find a foe.
Whoever makes his father's heart to bleed,
Shall have a child that will revenge the deed.
Whose wound no salve can cure. Each blow doth leave
A lasting sear, that with a poison eats
Into the marrow of their fame, and lives;
Th' eternal ulcer to their memories.
Stolen sweets are always sweeter:
Stolen kisses much completer;
Stolen looks are nice in chapels:
Stolen, stolen be your apples.
- Song of Fairies [Thieving]
A free school
For th' education of young gentlemen,
To study how to drink and take tobacco.
- The Muses' Looking-glass (act III. sc. 1)
Promise themselves a name from building churches.
- The Muses’ Looking-glass (act III, sc. 1)
We care not for money, riches, nor wealth;
Old sack is our money, old sack is our wealth.
- The Praise of Old Sack [Wine and Spirits]