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The Deceit of Appearances.
The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? There is no vice so simple, but assumes Some mark of virtue on its outward parts. How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars; Who, inward search'd have livers white as milk? And these assume but valour's excrement, To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, And you shall see 'tis purchased by the weight; Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it: So are those crisped snaky golden locks, Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known
To be the dowry of a second head,
The skull that bred them in the sepulchre.
To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on
Hath come so near creation? Move these eyes?
Should sunder such sweet friends: here in her hairs
I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak; I'll have my bond: and therefore speak no more. I'll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool, To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield To Christian intercessors.
Shylock's Reason for Revenge.
You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have A weight of carrion flesh, than to receive Three thousand ducats: I'll not answer that: it is my humour; is it answer'd? What if my house be troubled with a rat,
And I be pleased to give ten thousand ducats
To have it baned?* What, are you answer'd yet?
The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd;
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,—
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Sit, Jessica: look, how the floor of heaven
There's not the smallest orb, which thou behold'st,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims :
* A small dish used in the sacramental service.
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
Do but note a wild and wanton herd,
You shall perceive them make a mutual stand,
Let no such man be trusted.
A good deed.
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Nothing good out of Season.
The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark,
When neither is attended; and, I think
How many things by season season'd are
A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM.
Hermia, daughter of Egeus, is in love with Lysander contrary to her father's will, he wishing her to marry Demetrius. appeal is made by Egeus to Theseus, Duke of Athens, who condemns Hermia to death or perpetual celibacy except she marries the man of her father's choice. On hearing this sentence, Hermia and Lysander determine to escape beyond the sway of the Duke, and be married privately. Helena, who is in love with Demetrius, (who, however, does not return her love), informs him of the escape of the lovers, on which he pursues them, followed by Helena. In a wood near Athens, Oberon, king of the fairies, overhears a conversation between Helena and Demetrius, in which he rudely repulses her love. The fairy king instructs Puck, an attendant fairy, to squeeze the juice of a certain plant on the eyelids of Demetrius whilst he is asleep, by which he will be charmed into violent love for the first living object that meets his eyes when he awakes, it being presumed that Helena will be this object. Puck by mistake anoints the eyes of Lysander, whose waking eyes first light on Helena, to whom, in obedience to the charm, he at once transfers his affections. Oberon, discovering Puck's error, releases Lysander from the spell, thus restoring his love for Hermia, whilst Demetrius retains his newly awakened affection for Helena. The underplot, in which Titania the fairy queen figures prominently, adds greatly to the interest of the drama.
A Father's Authority.
To you your father should be as a god;