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for certain of my creditors : and yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.


Nature is made better by no mean,
But nature makes that mean; so, o'er that art
Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art
That nature makes.

W.T. iv. 3.
This is an art
Which does mend nature,-change it rather; but
The art itself is nature.


I therefore apprehend and do attach thee,
For an abuser of the world, a practiser
Of arts inhibited, and out of warrant.


Say, what's thy name?
Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
Bears a command in't ; though thy tackle's torn
Thou show'st a noble vessel.

C. iv. 5. He is able to pierce a corslet with his eye'; talks like a knell, and his hum is a battery,

C. v. 4. SOUR. The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes. C. iv. 4. ASPIRANT, A high hope for a low having : God grant us patience !

L, L. i. 1. Sir, I lack advancement.

H. iii. 2. ASS.

Now, what a thing it is to be an ass ! Tit. And. iv. 2.

O that he were here to write me down an ass ! but, masters, remember that I am an ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass.

M. A. iv, 2. I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass. M. W. v.5. If thou beʼst not an ass, I am youth of fourteen.

A.W. ii. 3. With the help of a surgeon he might recover, and prove an ass.

M. N. v. 1. ASSASSINS. Kill men i' the dark! where are these bloody thieves ?



The mightiest space in fortune nature brings

To join like likes, and kiss like native things. 4.W. i. 1. ASTRONOMERS.

These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,

That give a name to every fixed star,
Have no more profit of their shining nights

Than those that walk and wot not what they are.
Too much to know, is to know nought but fame,
And every godfather can give a name.


I have professed me thy friend, and I confess me knit to thy deserving with cables of perdurable toughness.

0. i. 3. I have forsworn his company hourly, any time this two. and-twenty years, and yet I'm bewitched with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged; it could not be else.

H. IV. PT. I. ii. 2. ATTENDANCE.

Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry. A.W. ii. 1. ATTENTION.

Lend thy serious hearing to what I shall unfold. H. i. 5.
Season your admiration for a while
With an attent ear; till I may deliver,
Upon the witness of these gentlemen,
This marvel to you.


But I can tell, that in each grace of these
There lurks a still and dumb discoursive devil,
That tempts most cunningly.

T. C. iv. 4. AVARICE.

This avarice,
Sticks deeper; grows with more pernicious root
Than summer-seeding lust.

M. iv. 3.
I think oxen and wain-ropes cannot hale them together.

T. N. iii. 2. AUSTERITY.

Be opposite with a kinsman, surly with servants ; let thy tongue tang arguments of state ; put thyself into the trick of singularity.

T. N. üi. 4.


Five justiceg' hands to it, and authorities more than my pack will hold.

W.T. iv. 3. AUTHOR (See also POET, RHYMSTER).

Nay, do not wonder at it: you are made
Rather to wonder at the things you hear
Than to work any. Will you rhyme upon't,
And vent it for a mockery?

Cym. v. 3. AUTHORITY (See also OFFICE).

O place! O form!
How often dost thou with thy case, thy habit,
Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wisest souls
To thy false seeming. Blood, thou still art blood :
Let's write good angel on the devil's horn,
Tis not the devil's crest.

M. M. ii. 4.
Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar,
And the creature run from the cur: There,
There, thou might'st behold the great image of authority:
A dog's obeyed in office.

K. L. iv. 6.
Authority, though it err like others,
Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself,
That skins the vice o' the top.

M. M. ii. 2.
I shall remember:
When Cæsar says,-Do this, it is perform'd. J.C. i. 2.
Authority bears a credent bulk,
That no particular scandal once can touch
But it confounds the breather.

M. M. iv. 4.
Who will believe thee, Isabel !
My unsoil'd name, the austereness of my life,
My vouch against you, and my place i' the state,
Will so your accusation overweigh,
That you shall stifle in your own report,
And smell of calumny.

M. M. q. 4.
O, he sits high, in all the people's hearts;
And that which would appear offence in us,
His countenance, like richest alchemy,
Will change to virtue and to worthiness. J.C. i. 3.

Well, I must be patient, there is no fettering of

A.W. ii. 3. And though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.

W.T. iv. 3.
Thus can the demi-god, Authority,
Make us pay down for our offence by weight. M.M. i. 3.

Could great men thunder,


As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'eo be quiet;
For every pelting petty officer
Would use his heaven for thunder; nothing but thunder.
Merciful heaven!
Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt,
Split’st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak,
Than the soft myrtle. 0, but man! proud man!
Dress'd in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assurd,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep.

M. M. ü. 2 AUTUMN.

Not yet on summer's death, nor on the birth
Of trembling winter.

W.T. iv. 3.


Fie, what a spendthrift he is of his tongue ! T. ii. 1.
Tut, tut, my lord, we will not stand to prate,
Talkers are no good doers, be assur'd:

We go to use our hands, and not our tongues. R. III. i. 3. BACKING.

Call you that backing your friends ? a plague upon such backing! give me them that will face me.


Cousin, thou wast not wont to be so dull. R. III. iv. 2.
Damnable, both sides rogue.

A.W. iv. 3.
Abhorred slave;
Which any print of goodness will not take
Being capable of all ill.

T. i. 2.
God keep the prince from all the pack of you!

A knot you are of damned blood-suckers. R. III. iii. 3. BALLADS.

I love a ballad but even too well; if it be doleful matter merrily set down; or a very pleasant thing indeed, and sung lamentably.

W.T. iv. 3. Traduo'd by odious ballads.


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An Í have not ballads made on you all, and sung to filthy tunes, let a cup of sack be my poison.

H. IV. PT. II. ii. 2. I love a ballad in print a' life ; for then we are sure they are true.


I had rather be a kitten, and cry,-mew,
Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers :
I had rather hear a brazen can'stick turn'd,
Or a dry wheel grate on an axletree;
And that would set my teeth nothing on edge,
Nothing so much as mincing poetry;
'Tis like the forc'd gait of a shuffling nag.


O master, if you did but hear the pedlar at the door, you would never dance again after a tabor and pipe; no, the bag-pipe could not move you: he sings several tunes, faster than you'll tell money ; he utters them as he had eaten

ballads, and all men's ears grow to their tunes. W. T. iv. 3. BANISHMENT.

Banish'd, is banish'd from the world,
And world's exile is death : then banish'd
Is death misterm’d: calling death,—banishment,
Thou cut'st my head off with a golden axe,
And smil'st upon the stroke that murders me. R. J. iii. 3.
Then England's ground, farewell ; sweet soil, adieu ;
My mother, and my nurse, that bears me yet!
Where'er I wander, boast of this I can,-
Though banish’d, yet a true-born Englishraan. R. II. i. 3.

Banished ?
O friar, the damned use that word in hell;
Howlings attend it.

R.J. üi. 3.
I've stoopt my neck under your injuries,
And sigh'd my English breath in foreign clouds,
Eating the bitter bread of banishment. R. II. ii. 1,

Banish me?
Banish your dotage ; banish usury,
That makes the senate ugly.

T. A. iii. 5. BANTERING.

With that, all laugh'd, and clapp'd him on the shoulder;
Making the bold wag, by their praises, bolder:
One rubb'd his elbow, thus ; and feer'd, and swore,
A better speech was never heard before. L. L. v. 2

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