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vern a wife and family, so, if thou stay long, shou shals hardly see the education of thy children, who, being left to strangers, are in effect lost: and better were it to be unborn than ill-bred; for thereby thy posterity shall either perish, or remain a shame to thy name and family. -Sir W. Raleigh-to his Son.

See what money can do: that can change
Men's manners; alter their conditions !
How tempestuous the slaves are without it.
0, thou powerful metal! what authority
Is in thee! thou art the key of all men's
Mouths: with thee a man may lock up the jaws
Of an informer, and without thee, he
Cannot the lips of a lawyer.


All sects are different, because they come from men,
morality is every where the same, because it comes from

O may I with myself agree,
And never covet what I see;
Content me with an humble shade,
My passions tam'd my wishes laid;
For while our wishes wildly roll,
We banish quiet from the soul
'Tis then the busy beat the air,
And misers gather wealth and care.

Grongar Hill.--Dyer.

DXXXVII. It is a strange thing, to see the care and solicitude that is used to strengthen and cherish the body; the study, and industry and skill to form and shape every member and limb to beauty and comeliness; to teach the hands and feet and eyes the order and gracefulness of motion; to cure any defects of nature or accident, with any hazard and pain, insomuch as we oftentimes see

even those of the weaker sex, and less inclined to suffering, willingly endure the breaking of a bone that cannot otherwise be made straight; and all this ado but to make a handsome and beautiful person, which at best is but the picture of a man or woman, without a wise soul: when to the information and improvement of that jewel, which is the essence of man; and which unconsidered, even that which we so labour for and are proud of, our beauty and handsomeness, is by many degrees inferior to that of a thousand beasts and other creatures; to the cultivating and shaping and directing of the mind, we give scarce a thought, not an hour of our life; never suppress a passion, never reform an affection; insomuch as (though never age had fewer wise men to show to the world) we may justly wonder We are not all fools and idiots, when we consider how little we have contributed to make ourselves other: and doubtiess, if nature (whom we are ready to accuse of all our weakness and perverseness, had not out of her store bountifully supplied us, our own art and industry would never have kept up our faculties to that little vile height they are at.- Clarendon.

DXXXVIII. When fix'd to one, love safe at anchor rides, But dares the fury of the wind and tides; But losing once that hold, to the wide ocean borne, It drives at will, to every wave or scorn. Dryden.

DXXXIX. Age is a powerful distemper, which naturally and imperceptibly steals in upon us, and therefore a vast provision of study and great precaution are absolutely necessary to avoid the imperfections it loads us with, or at least to weaken their progress. Notwithstandling all my retrenchments and redoubts, I find age gaining upon me inch by inch; I make as stout a defence as I can, but I am entirely ignorant whither it will drive me at last. At all hazards I am satisfied, that when I tall, the world may know from whence I fell.--Montaigne.

Obligation is thraldom, and thraldom is hateful.

DXLI. In company 'tis a very great fault to be more forward in setting one's self off, and talking to show one's parts than to learn the worth, and to be truly acquainted with the abilities of other men. He that makes it his business not to know, but to be known, is like a foolish tradesmen, who makes all the harte he can to sell off his old stock, but takes no thought of laying in any new. Charron.

DXLII. The small reckoning I have known (especially in their life-time) of excellent wits, bids me advise you, that if you find any delight in writing, to go on; but in hope to please or satisfy others, I would not black the end of a quill; for long experience has taught me, that builders always, and writers for the most part, spend their money and time in the purchase of reproof and censure from envious contemporaries, or self-conceited posterity.-F. Osborn-to his Son.

DXLIII. What a deform'd thief fashion is? How giddily he turns about all the hot bloods, between fourteen and fiveand-thirty? Sometime, fashioning them like Pharoah's soldiers in the reechy painting; sometime, like god Bel's priests in the old church window; sometime, like the shaven Hercules in the smirch'd worm-eaten tapestry.--Shakspeare.

DXLIV Run not into debt, either for wares sold, or money borrowed; be content to want things that are not of absolute necessity, rather than to run up the score: such a man pays at the latter end a third part more than the principal comes to, and is in perpetual servitude to his creditors; lives uncomfortably; is necessitated to increase bis debts, to stop his creditors mouths; and many times falls into desperate courses.- Sir M. Hale.

As Nature and Garrick were talking one day,

It chanced they had words and fell out;
Dame reason would fain have prevented a fray,

But could not, for both were so stout.
Says Garrick, I honour you, madam, 'tis true,

And with pride to your laws I submit;
But Shakspeare paints stronger and better than you,

All critics of taste will admit.
How! Shakspeare paint better and stronger than me,

Cries Nature (quite touch'd to the soul;)
Not a word in his volumes I ever could see

But what from any records he stole.
And thou, wicked thief, nay the story I'll tell,

Whenever I paint or I draw,
My pencils you filch, and my colours you steal,

For which thou shalt suffer the law.
And when on the stage in full lustre you shine,

To me all the praise shall be given:
The toil shall be yours, and the honour be mine,
So Nature and Garrack are even.


DXLVI. The spring, that bringeth out flies and fools, maketh some ladies inhabitants in Hyde Park; and in the winter they are an incumbrance to the play-house, and the ballast of the drawing-room.-Saville, 1751.


They abuse our scene,
And say we live by vice; indeed, 'tis true;
As physicians by diseases do;
Only to cure them: they do live we see
Like cooks, by pamp’ring prodigality;
Which are our fond accusers. On the stage,
We set an' answerer to tell this age
How ugly looks his soul; a prodigal,
Is taught by us how far from liberal
His folly bears him; boldly I dare say,
There has been more by us in some one play

Laugh'd into wit, and virtue, than hath been
By twenty tedious lectures drawn from sin
And foppish humours; hence the cause doth rise
Men are not worn by the ears, as by the eyes.

Rand. Muses' Looking-Glass. i

DXLVIII. Gentility is nothing but ancient riches.-Lord Bur. leigh.

It is but a chill and insipid pleasure to have always to do with such supple and well-bred fools, as consent, and flatter, and applaud all you say, be it true or false, right or wrong, indifferently.-Charron.

DXLIX. The sight of a drunkard is a better sermon against that vice, than the best that was ever preached upon that subject-Saville.

Love, fair maid, is an extreme desire,
That's not to be examin'd, but fulfill’d:
To ask the reason why thou art in love;
Or, what might be the noblest end in love;
Would overthrow that kindly rising warmth,
That many times slides gently o'er the heart:
"Twould make thee grave and staid, thy thoughts

would be
Like a thrice married widow, full of ends,
And void of all compassion; and to fright thee
From such inquiries: whereas thou art now
Living in ignorance, mild, fresh, and sweet,
And but sixteen: the knowing what love is
Would make thee six and forty.



The base measure all men's marches by their own pace.---Sir P. Sidney.

What do you think of marriage?
I take't, as those that deny purgatory: .

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