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Power to do good, is the true and lawful end of aspiring : for good
thoughts (though God accept them), yet, towards men, are little better
than good dreams, except they be put in act ; and that cannot be with-
out power and place, as the vantage and commanding ground.

BACON.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
HENRY COL-BURN, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

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SHACKELL AND BAYLIS, JOHNSON'S COURT.

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DE VERE.

CHAPTER I.

A CONFLICT.

This above all, to thine own self be true;
And it must follow as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

SHAKSPEARE.

De Vere had observed, with watchful though silent anxiety, the progress which he could not help thinking Lord Cleveland had made in the good graces of his cousin, as we have developed it at the end of our last volume. Lord Mowbray's joy was evident, and the Marchioness's favour. not disguised. Even Lady Eleanor seemed not ill disposed to him. It was only Clayton who showed some gloom, though upon

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