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'T is immortality to die aspiring,
Conspiracy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act i. Sc. I.
Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act iii. Sc. 1. He is at no end of his actions blest Whose ends will make him greatest, and not best.
Act v. Sc. 1. Words writ in waters. Revenge for Honour. Act v. Sc. 2. They're only truly great who are truly good. Ibid.
Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee. Light gains make heavy purses. 'Tis good to be merry and wise. 4
Eastward Ho.5 Act i. Sc. 1. Make ducks and drakes with shillings.
Only a few industrious Scots perhaps, who indeed are dispersed over the face of the whole earth. But as for them, there are no greater friends to Englishmen and England, when they are out on't, in the world, than they are. And for my own part, I would a hundred thousand of them were there [Virginia); for we are all one countrymen now, ye know, and we should find ten times more comfort of them there than we do here. Act iii. Sc. 2.
Ibid. Enough 's as good as a feast. Eastward Ho. Act iii. Sc. 2. Fair words never hurt the tongue. Act iv. Sc. 1. Let pride go afore, shame will follow after. Ibid.
1 Here lies one whose name was writ in water. – Keats's own Epitaph. 2 To be noble we 'll be good. – Winifreda (Percy's Reliques).
'T is only noble to be good. — TENNYSON: Lady Clara Vere de Vere, stanza 7.
3 The same in Franklin's Poor Richard.
6 This is the famous passage that gave offence to James I., and caused the imprisonment of the authors. The leaves containing it were cancelled and reprinted, and it only occurs in a few of the original copies. — RICHARD HERNE SHEPHERD.
I will neither yield to the song of the siren nor the voice of the hyena, the tears of the crocodile nor the howling of the wolf.
Act v. Sc. 1. As night the life-inclining stars best shows, So lives obscure the starriest souls disclose.
Epilogue to Translations. Promise is most given when the least is said.
Musæus of Hero and Leander.
WILLIAM' WARNER. 1558–1609.
Albion's England. Book viii. chap. xli. stanza 53.
To be as be we would,
Book x, chap. lix. stanza 68.
SIR RICHARD HOLLAND.
O Douglas, O Douglas !
The Buke of the Howlat.4 Stanza xxxi. 1 Dives and Pauper (1493). GASCOIGNE: Memories (1575). Fielding: Covent Garden Tragedy, act ii. sc. 6. BICKERSTAFF: Love in a Village, act iii. sc. 1. See Heywood, page 20.
2 See Heywood, page 12. 8 See Heywood, page 13.
4 The allegorical poem of The Howlat was composed about the middle of the fifteenth century. Of the personal history of the author no kind of ir formation has been discovered. Printed by the Bannatyne Club, 1823.
SIR JOHN HARRINGTON. 1561-1612.
Epigrams. Book iv. Ep. 5
SAMUEL DANIEL. 1562-1619.
As that the walls worn thin, permit the mind
History of the Civil War. Buok iv. Stanza 84. Sacred religion! mother of form and fear.
Musophilus. Stanza 57. And for the few that only lend their ear, That few is all the world.
Stanza 97. This is the thing that I was born to do. Stanza 100. And who in time) knows whither we may vent
The treasure of our tongue ? To what strange shores This gain of our best glory shall be sent
T'enrich unknowing nations with our stores ?
· Stanza 163. Unless above himself he can Erect himself, how poor a thing is man!
To the Countess of Cumberland. Stanza 12. Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night, Brother to Death, in silent darkness born.
To Delia. Sonnet 51. 1 Prosperum ac felix scelus Virtus vocatur (Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue).
SENECA : Herc. Furens, ii. 250. 2 The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd, Lets in new light through chinks that Time has made.
Waller : Verses upon his Dirine Poesy. 3 Westward the course of empire takes its way. - BERKELEY : On the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America.
MICHAEL DRAYTON. 1563–1631.
(Said of Marlowe.) To Henry Reynolds, of Poets and Poesy. For that fine madness still he did retain Which rightly should possess a poet's brain.
Ibid. The coast was clear.
Nymphidia. When faith is kneeling by his bed of death, And innocence is closing up his eyes, Now if thou wouldst, when all have given him over, From death to life thou might'st him yet recover.
Ideas. An Allusion to the Eaglets. lxi.
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE. 1565–1593.
Comparisons are odious. Lust's Dominion. Act ü. Sc. 4.
Hero and Leander.
The Passionate Shepherd to his Love.
1 SOMERVILLE: The Night- Walker. 2 See Fortescuie, page 7.
8 Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just,
And he but naked, though locked up in steel,
SHAKESPEARE: Henry VI. act ü. sc. 2. 4 The same in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Compare Chapman,
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
The Passionate Shepherd to his Love.
And a thousand fragrant posies. Infinite riches in a little room. The Jew of Malta. Act i. Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
Now will I show myself to have more of the serpent than the dove; 2 that is, more knave than fool. Act ü. Love me little, love me long. 8
Act iv. When all the world dissolves, And every creature shall be purified, All places shall be hell that are not heaven. Faustus. Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium ? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss ! Her lips suck forth my soul : 4 see, where it flies !
Ibid. O, thou art fairer than the evening air Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
Ibid. Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, And burnèd is Apollo's laurel bough, That sometime grew within this learned man.
1 To shallow rivers, to whose falls
&c. i. (Sung by Evans). 2 Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. -- Matthew . 16. 8 See Heywood, page 16.
4 Once he drew
TENNYSON : Fatima, stanza 3.
SHAKESPEARE: Antony and Cleopatra, act iv. sc. 13.