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ROBERT GREENE
English poet, dramatist and author
(1558? - 1592)

A mind content both crown and kingdom is.
      - [Contentment]

By wit we search divine aspect above,
  By wit we learn what secrets science yields,
    By wit we speak, by wit the mind is rul'd,
      By wit we govern all our actions;
        Wit is the loadstar of each human thought,
          Wit is the tool by which all things are wrought.
      - [Wit]

Her lips are roses over-washed with dew.
      - [Lips]

Her locks are plighted like the fleece of wool
  That Jason and his Grecian mates achiev'd,
    As pure as gold, yet not from gold deriv'd;
      As full of sweets as sweet of sweets is full.
      - [Hair]

-----No greater mischief could be wrought
  Than love united to a jealous thought.
      - [Jealousy]

Oft times many things fall out between the cup and the lip.
      - [Proverbs]

For as one star another far exceeds,
  So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds.
      - A Maiden's Dream [Deeds]

He kept no Christmas-house for once a yeere,
  Each day his boards were fild with Lordly fare;
    He fed a rout of yeoman with his cheer,
      Nor was his bread and beefe kept in with care;
        His wine and beere to strangers were not spare,
          And yet beside to all that hunger greved,
            His gates were open, and they were there relived.
      - A Maiden's Dream (l. 232) [Hospitality]

Love is a lock that linketh noble minds,
  Faith is the key that shuts the spring of love.
      - Alcida--Verses Written under a Carving of Cupid Blowing Bladders in the Air
        [Love]

A noble mind disdains to hide his head,
  And let his foes triumph in his overthrow.
      - Alphonso, King of Arragon (act I) [Mind]

Set a beggar on horse backe, they saie, and hee will neuer alight.
      - Card of Fancie [Beggary]

Then grew a wrinkle on fair Venus' brow,
  The amber sweet of love is turn'd to gall!
    Gloomy was Heaven; bright Phoebus did avow
      He would be coy, and would not love at all;
        Swearing no greater mischief could be wrought,
          Than love united to a jealous thought.
      - Jealousy [Jealousy]

I know
  My God commands, whose power no power resists.
      - Looking-Glass for London and England [God]

Though men determine, the gods doo dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip.
      - Perimedes the Blacksmith [Fate : Gods]

On woman Nature did bestow two eyes,
  Like Hemian's bright lamps, in matchless beauty shining,
    Whose beams do soonest captivate the wise
      And wary heads, made rare by art's refining.
      - Philomela, a sonnet [Eyes]

Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content;
  The quiet mind is richer than a crown;
    Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent;
      The poor estate scorns fortune's angry frown:
        Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,
          Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.
      - Song--Farewell to Folly [Contentment]

Waste brings woe, and sorrow hates despair.
      - Sonnet [Woe]

Stop shallow water from running, it will rage; tread on a worm and it will turn.
      - Worth of Wit [Courage]


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