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And feebling such as stand not in their liking,
290 When drums and trumpets shall l'the field prove flatterers, let courts and cities be Made all of false-faced soothing !
28-i. 9. 291 Ingratitude is monstrous: and for the multitude to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude.
292 The Providence that's in a watchful state, Knows almost every grain of Plutus' gold; Finds bottom in the uncomprehensive deeps ; Keeps place with thought, and almost, like the gods, Does thoughts unveil in their dumb cradles. There is a mystery in the soul of state; Which hath an operation more divine, Than breath, or pen, can give expressure to.
293 We must not rend our subjects from our laws, And stick them in our will. Sixth part of each? A trembling contribution! Why, we take, From every tree, lop, bark, and part o' the timber; And, though we leave it with a root, thus hack’d, The air will drink the sap.
This makes bold mouths:
295 It doth appear: for, upon these taxations,
The clothiers all, not able to maintain
This double worship,Where one part does disdain with cause, the other Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, wisCannot conclude, but by the yea and no [dom, Of general ignorance,-it must omit Real necessities, and give way the while To unstable slightness; purpose so barr’d, it follows, Nothing is done to purpose: Therefore, beseech
you, You that will be less fearful than discreet; That love the fundamental part of state, More than you doubt the change of 't; that prefer A noble life before a long, and wish To jump a body with a dangerous physic, That's sure of death without it,-at once pluck out The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick The sweet which is their poison: your dishonour Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state Of that integrity which should become it; Not having the power to do the good it would, For the ill which doth control it.
298 I have in equal balance justly weigh'd What wrongs our arms may do, what wrongs we
suffer, And find our griefs heavier than our offences.
19-iv. l. 20—ii. 4.
When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model ; And when we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the erection: Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then, but draw anew the model In fewer offices; or, at least, desist To build at all ? Much more, in this great work, (Which is, almost, to pluck a kingdom down, And set another up,) should we survey The plot of situation, and the model; Consent upon a sure foundation; Question surveyors; know our own estate, How able such a work to undergo, To weigh against his opposite; or else, We fortify in paper, and in figures, Using the names of men, instead of men: Like one, that draws the model of a house Beyond his power to build it; who, half through, Gives o'er, and leaves his part-created cost A naked subject to the weeping clouds, And waste for churlish winter's tyranny. 19-i. 3.
301 It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe: For peace
itself should not so dull a kingdom, (Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in ques
d Luke xiv. 28, &c.
Cannot defend our own door from the dog,
303 They tax our policy, and call it cowardice; Count wisdom as no member of the war; Forestall prescience, and esteem no act But that of hand: the still and mental parts,That do contrive how many hands shall strike, When fitness calls them on; and know, by measure Of their observant toil, the enemies' weight,Why, this hath not a finger's dignity: They call this-bed-work, mappery, closet-war: So that the ram, that batters down the wall, For the great swing and rudeness of his poize, They place before his hand, that made the engine; Or those, that with the fineness of their souls. By reason guide his execution.
26-i. 3. 304
Take heed How you awake the sleeping sword of war; We charge you in the name of God, take heed: For never two such kingdoms did contend, Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless drops Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, 'Gainst him, whose wrongs give edge unto the swords That make such waste in brief mortality. 20-i.2.
you again unknit
you did give a fair and natural light;
306 'Tis better using France, than trusting: Let us be back'd with God, and with the seas,
Which he hath given for fence impregnable,
The king-becoming graces,
310 They do abuse the king that flatter him: For flattery is the bellows blows up sin; The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, To which that breath gives heat and stronger glowing; Whereas reproof, obedient and in order, Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err.
311 Majesty might never yet endure The moody frontier of a servant brow. 18-i.3.