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HIS REFLECTIONS ON THE EARTH,

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That nature, being sick of man's unkindness, Should yet be hungry!—Common mother, thou,

[Digging Whose womb unmeasurable, and infinite breast,* T'eems, and feeds all; whose self-same mettle, Whereof thy proud child, arrogant man, is puff'd, Engenders the black toad, and adder blue, The gilded newt, and eyeless venom'd wormt With all the abborred births below crispi heaven Whereon Hyperion's quickening fire doth shine; Yield him, who all thy human sons doth hate, From forth thy plenteous bosom one poor root! Ensear thy fertile and conceptious womb, Let it no more bring out ingrateful man! Go great with tigers, dragons, wolves, and bears: Teem with new monsters, whom thy upward face Hath to the marbled mansion all above Never presented !-0, a root, Dear thanks! Dry up thy marrow, vines, and plough-torn leas; Whereof ingrateful man, with liquorish draughts, And morsels unctuous, greases his pure wind, That from it all consideration slips!

HIS DISCOURSE WITH APEMANTUS.
Apem. This is in thee a nature but affected.
A poor unmanly melancholy, sprung
From change of fortune. Why this spade? this

place?
This slave-like habit? and these looks of care?
Thy flatterers yet wear silk, drink wine, lie sost;
Hug their diseas'd perfumes, § and have forgot
That ever Timon was. Shame not these woods,
By putting on the cunning of a carper,
Be thou a flatterer now, and seek to thrive
By that which has undone thee, hinge thy knee,
And let his breath, whom thou’lt observe,

* Boundless surface.
+ The serpent called the blind worm.

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gi. e. Their diseased perfumed mistresses.
U i. e. Shame not these woods by finding fault.

Blow off thy cap; praise his most vicious strain,
And call it excellent: Thou wast told thus;
Thou gav'st thine ears, like tapsters, that bid wel.

come,
To knaves, and all approachers; 'Tis most just,
That thou turn rascal; hadst thou wealth again,
Rascals should hav't. Do not assume my likeness.

Tim. Were I like thee, I'd throw away myself. Apem. Thou hast cast away thyself, being like

thysell; A madman so long, now a fool: What think’st That the bleak air, thy boisterous chamberlain, Will put thy shirt on warm? Will these moss'd

trees, That have outliv'd the eagle, page thy heels, And skip when thou point'st out. Will the cold

brook, Candied with ice, caudle thy morning taste, To cure thy o’ernight's surfeit? call the creatures, Whose naked natures live in all the spite Of wreakful heaven; whose bare unhoused trunks, To the conflicting elements expos'd, Answer mere nature,-bid them flatter thee; Q! thou shalt find

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Tim. Thou art a slave, whom Fortune's tender

arm

With favour never clasp’d; but bred a dog.
Hadst thou, like us, from our first swath,* proceeded
The sweet degrees that this brief world affords
To such as may the passive drugs of it
Freely command, thou would'st have plung'd thy.

self
In general riot; melted down thy youth
In different beds of lust; and never learn'd
The icy precepts of respectf but follow'd
The sugar'd game before thee. But myself,
Who had the

world as my confectionary;
* From infancy.
+ Tho cold admonitions of cautious prudence.

men

The mouths, the tongues, the eyes, and hearts of
At duty, more than I could frame employment;
That numberless upon me stuck, as leaves
Do on the oak, have with one winter's brush
Fell from their boughs, and left me open, bare
For every storm that blows;-1, to bear this
That never knew but better, is some burden:
Thy nature did commence in sufferance, time
Hath made thee hard in't. Why shouldest thou

hate men?
They never flatter'd thee: What hast thou given
If thou wilt curse-thy father, that poor rag,
Must be thy subject; who, in spite, put stuff
To some she beggar, and compounded thee
Poor rogue hereditary. Hence! be gone !
If thou hadst not been born the worst of men
Thou hadst been a knave, and flatterer.

ON GOLD.

O, thou sweet king-killer, and dear divorce

[Looking on the Gold Twixt natural son and sire; Thou bright defiler of Hymen's purest bed! thou valiant Mars! Thou ever young, fresh, lov’d, and delicate wooer, Whose blush doth thaw the consecrated snow Chat lies on Dian's lap! thou visible god, Chat solder'st close impossibilities, And mak’st them kiss! that speak’st with every

tongue, To every purpose; 0, thou touch*of hearts! Think, thy slave man rebels; and by thy rirtue Set them into confounding odds, that beasts May have the world in empire! Why should you want? Behold the earth hath roots; Within this mile break forth a hundred springs: The oaks bear mast, the briars scarlet hips; The bounteous housewife, nature, on each bush Lays her full mess before you. Want? why want?

* For touchstone.

TIMON TO THE THIEVES.

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| Thief. We cannot live on grass, on berries,

water, As bcasts, and birds, and fishes. Tim. Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds, and

fishes;
You must eat men. Yet thanks I must you con,
That you are thieres prosess’d; that you work not
In holier shapes: for there is boundless thest
In limited* professions. Rascal thieves,
Here's gold: Go, suck the subtle blood of the grape,
Till the high fever seeth your blood to froth,
And so 'scape hanging: trust not the physician;
His antidotes are poison, and he slays
More than you rob: take wealth and lives together;
Do, villany, do, since you prosess to do't,
Like workmen. l'll example you with thierery:
The sun's a thies, and with his great attraction
Robs the vast sca: the moon's an arrant thies,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun:
The sea's a thiel, whose liquid surge resolves
The moon into salt tears: the earth's a thics,
That feeds and breeds by a composturef stolen
From general excrement: each thing's a thies;
The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power
Hare uncheck'd ihest. Love not yourselves: away;
Rob one another. There's more gold: Cut throats;
All that you meet are thieves: To Athens, go,
Break open shops; nothing can you steal,
But thieves do lose it.

ON HIS HONEST STEWARD.
Forgive my general and exceptless rashness,
Perpetual sober gods! I do proclaim
One honest man,-mistake me not,-but one:
No more, I pray,—and he is a steward.-
How fain would I have hated all mankind,
And thou redeem'st thyself: But all, save thce,
I fell with curses.
Mehiniks thou art more honest now, than visc,
For, by oppressing and betraying me,
l' hou might'st have sooner göt another service:
For legal

+ Compost manure.

For many so arrive at second masters,
Upon their first lord's neck.

ACT V.

PROMISING AND PERFORMANCE,

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Promising is the very air othe time: it eyes of expectation: performance is ever the duller for his act; and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed of saying* is quite out of use To promise is most courtly and fashionable: perforin ance is a kind of will or testament, which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it.

WRONG AND INSOLENCE.

Now breathless wrong
Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease;
And pursy insolence shall break his wind,
With fear and hurrid flight.

TITUS ANDRONICUS.

ACT I.

MERCY.

WILT thou draw near the nature of the gods?
Draw near them then in being merciful:
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Thanks, to men
Of noble minds, is honourable meed.

THANKS.

ACT II.

INVITATION TO LOVE.
The birds chant melody on every bush;
The snake lies rolled in the cheerful sun;
The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind,
And make a chequer'd shadow on the ground;
Under their sweet shade, Aaron, let us sit,
And-whilst the babbling echo mocks the hounds,

• The doing of that we said we would do.

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