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your wits from wool-gathering ?
The Family of Love. Act v. Sc. 3. As true as I live.
From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot."
A Mad World, my Masters. Act i. Sc. 3.
That disease Of which all old men sicken, - avarice.?
The Roaring Girl. Act i. Sc. 1. Beat all your feathers as flat down as pancakes.
Ibid. There is no hate lost between us.3 The Witch. Act iv. Sc. 3.
Let the air strike our tune,
Act v. Sc. 2.
As old Chaucer was wont to say, that broad famous English poet. More Dissembler's besides Women Act i. Sc. 4. 'T is a stinger."
Act iii. Sc.2. The world 's a stage on which all parts are played.8
A Game at Chess. Act v. Sc. 1.
1 See Shakespeare, page 51.
2 So for a good old gentlemanly vice,
BYRON : Don Juan, canto i. stanza 216. 3 There is no love lost between us. - - CERVANTES : Don Quixote, book ir. chap. xxiii. GOLDSMITII : She Stoops to Conquer, act iv. GARRICK : Correspondence, 1759. FIELDING : The Grub Street Opera, act i. sc. 4.
4 See Shakespeare, page 123.
5 These lines are introduced into Macbeth, act iv. sc. 1. According to Steevens, “the song was, in all probability, a traditional one." Collier says, "Doubtless it does not belong to Middleton more than to Shakespeare." Dyce says, “ There seems to be little doubt that “Macbeth' is of an earlier date than · The Witch.'”
6 See Chaucer, page 5.
7 He 'as had a stinger. -- BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER : Wit without Money, act iv. sc. 1.
8 See Shakespeare, page 69.
Turn over a new leaf.
Anything for a Quiet Life. Act iii. Sc. 3.
My nearest And dearest enemy.?
Act r. Sc. 1. This was a good week's labour.
Sc. 3. How many honest words have suffered corruption since Chaucer's days! No Wit, no Help, like a Woman's. Aclii. Sc. 1. By many a happy accident.
SIR HENRY WOTTON. 1568–1639.
How happy is he born or taught,
That serveth not another's will;
The Character of a Happy Life.
More of his grace than gifts to lend;
And having nothing, yet hath all." Ibid.
That poorly satisfy our eyes
You common people of the skies,
On his Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia.6
1 A Health to the Gentlemanly Profession of Sercingmen (1598). Turn over a new leaf. – DEKKER : The Honest Whore, part ii. act i. sc. 2. BURKE: Letter to Mrs. Hariland. 2 See Shakespeare, page 128.
happy accident. MADAME DE STAËL: L'Allemagne, chap. xri. CERVANTES : Don Quixote, book iv. part ii. chap. lvii.
4 As having nothing, and yet possessing all things. - 2 Corinth. vi. 10. 5 "Sun" in Reliquiæ Wottoniance (eds. 1651, 1654, 1672, 1685).
6 This was printed with music as early as 1624, in Est's “Sixth Set of Books,” etc., and is found in many MSS. – HANNAH: The Courtly Poets.
He first deceased; she for a little tried
Upon the Death of Sir Albert Morton's Wife. I am but a gatherer and disposer of other men's stuff.
Preface to the Elements of Architecture. Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.
The Disparity between Buckingham and Essex. An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.1
Reliquiæ Wottonianæ. The itch of disputing will prove the scab of churches.?
A Panegyric to King Charles.
As it fell upon a day
Address to the Nightingale.8
SIR JOHN DAVIES. 1570-1626.
Much like a subtle spider which doth sit
In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
1 In a letter to Velserus, 1612, Wotton says, “This merry definition of an ambassador I had chanced to set down at my friend's, Mr. Christopher Fleckamore, in his Album." 2 He directed the stone over his grave to be inscribed :
Hic jacet hujus sententiæ primus author :
Nomen alias quære (Here lies the author of this phrase : “ The itch for disputing is the sore of churches." Seek his name elsewhere).
Walton: Life of Wotton. 3 This song, often attributed to Shakespeare, is now confidently assigned to Barnfield ; it is found in his collection of “Poems in Divers Humours," published in 1598. - Ellis: Specimens, vol. ii. p. 316.
If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
The Immortality of the Soul.
To public feasts, where meet a public rout,
Contention betwixt a Wife, etc.
Ye gentlemen of England
That live at home at ease,
1 Our souls sit close and silently within,
DRYDEN : Mariage à la Mode, act ü. sc. 1.
POPE : Epistle i. line 217. 2 'T is just like a summer bird-cage in a garden : the birds that are without despair to get in, and the birds that are within despair and are in a consumption for fear they shall never get out. – WEBSTER : The White Devil, act i. sc. 2.
Le mariage est comme une forteresse assiégée ; ceux qui sont dehors veulent y entrer, et ceux qui sont dedans veulent en sortir (Marriage is like a beleaguered fortress : those who are outside want to get in, and those inside want to get out). — QUITARD: Études sur les Proverbes Français,
It happens as with cages : the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out. MONTAIGNE : Upon some l'erses of Virgil, chap. v.
Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in? – EMERSON : Representative Men: Montaigne.
8 When the battle rages loud and long,
CAMPBELL : Ye Mariners of England.
DR. JOHN DONNE. 1573–1631.
He was the Word, that spake it:
Divine Poems. On the Sacrament,
Funeral Elegies. On the Death of Mistress Drury.
It was a mighty while ago.
Erery Man in his Humour. Act i. Sc. 3.
1 Attributed by many writers to the Princess Elizabeth. It is not in the original edition of Donne, but first appears in the edition of 1654, p. 352.
2 See Fortescue, page 7.
6 Get place and wealth, – if possible, with grace ;
Pope : Horace, book i. epistle i. line 103.