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Indeed I cannot unless you tell me where

she is.

Go bring her me,

And set her before me! tis the king

Will have it so, whose breath can still the winds,
Uncloud the sun, charm down the swelling sea,
And stop the floods of heaven: speak, can it not?
Dion. No.

King. No; cannot the breath of kings do this? Dion. No, nor smell sweet itself, if once the lungs

Be but corrupted—

King. Is it so? Alas! what are we kings? Why do you gods place us above the rest; To be serv'd, flatter'd, and ador'd, till we Believe we hold in our hands your thunder, And when we come to try the power we have, There's not a leaf shakes at our threatnings? BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.. Philaster, Act IV.

WE shall all lie alike in our graves.

English Proverb. IN the grave there is no distinction of persons, which made Diogenes say, when searching a charnel house, that he could find no difference betwixt the skull of king Philip and another man's.

Clown. earth twenty-three years.


Collection of Aphorisms, p. 319.

HERE's a skull now has lain you i'the

Hamlet. Whose was it?


Clown. This same skull, sir, was sir Yorick's skull, the king's jester.


Hamlet. Alas, poor Yorick!-I knew him, Horatio a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorr'd in my imagination it is my gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips, that I have kiss'd I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar! not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap fall'n? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that.-Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing?

Horatio. What's that, my lord?

Hamlet. Dost thou think Alexander look'd o' this fashion i' the earth?

Horatio. E'en so.

Hamlet. And smelt so? pah!

Horatio. E'en so, my lord.

Hamlet. To what base uses we may return!


Hamlet, act.

WITHIN the hollow crown,

That rounds the mortal temples of a king,

Keeps Death his court; and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp;
Allowing him a breath, a little scene
To monarchise, be fear'd and kill'd with looks:



Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable; and humour'd thus,
Comes at the last, and with a little pin
Bores through his castle walls, and farewel king.


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Richard II. act iii.


AND it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from thy hard bondage in which thou wast made to serve,

That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.

He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet they break forth into singing.

Yea, the fir-trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.

[The grave] from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth: it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

All they shall speak and say unto thee, Aft thou also become weak as we? Art thou become like unto us?


Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to the grave, to the sides of the pit.

They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?

That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, and opened not the house of his prisoners?

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WHETHER we consider natural reason, which tells us, that men, being once born, have a right to their preservation, and consequently to meat and drink, and such other things as nature affords for their subsistence; or revelation, which gives us an a count of those grants God made of the world to Adam, and to Noah and his sons; it is very clearthat God has given the earth to the children of men, given it to mankind in common.

LOCKE. Civil Government, b. ii. chap. v.

God has given the earth to the children of men, and he has undoubtedly in giving it to them, given them what is abundantly sufficient for all their exigencies, not a scanty, but a most liberal provision for them all. The Author of our nature has written it strongly in that nature, and has promulgated the same law in his written word, that man shall eat his bread by his labour; and I am persuaded that no man and no combinations of for their own ideas of their particular profit, can, without great impiety, undertake to say, that he shall not do so; that they have no sort of right either


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