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To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not : Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
Thy God's, and truth's; then, if thou fall'st, O Cromwell,
Thou fall'st a blessed martyr.
And,—pr'ythee, lead me in ;
Serve the king;
There take an inventory of all I have,
To the last penny; 'tis the king's: my robe,
I dare now call mine own. O Cromwell, Cromwell,
Such a noise arose
As the shrouds make at sea in a stiff tempest,
Cardinal Wolsey's Death.
At last, with easy roads,* he came to Leicester, Lodg'd in the abbey; where the reverend abbot, With all his convent, honourably receiv'd him ; To whom he gave these words,-“ O father abbot, An old man, broken with the storms of state, Is come to lay his weary bones among ye; Give him a little earth for charity!"
where eagerly his sickness
So went to bed;
* By short stages.
Pursued him still; and, three nights after this,
Wolsey's Vices and Virtues.
So may he rest; his faults lie gently on him!
His promises were, as he then was, mighty;
The clergy ill example.
Was fashion'd to ‡ much honour. From his cradle
* Pride. + Of the king.
Those twins of learning that he raised in you,
Archbishop Cranmer's Prophecy of the Future Greatness of the Infant Princess, afterwards Queen Elizabeth.
Let me speak, sir,
For heaven now bids me; and the words I utter
Shall still be doubled on her: truth shall nurse he
She shall be lov'd and fear'd: her own shall bless her;
Her foes shake like a field of beaten corn,
And hang their heads with sorrow
good grows with
In her days, every man shall eat in safety,
As great in admiration as herself,
So shall she leave her blessedness to one, (When Heaven shall call her from this cloud of dark
Who, from the sacred ashes of her honour,
Shall star-like rise, as great in fame as she was,
And so stand fix'd: peace, plenty, love, truth, terror,
Shall be, and make new nations: he shall flourish,
Shall see this, and bless Heaven.
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.
This play describes the wanderings of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, to avoid the anger of Antiochus, King of Antioch, who was seek
ing to kill him. It has been generally conjectured, that portions only of the drama were written by Shakspere's hand. The play, however, appears in every edition of the great dramatist's works. Malone says of Pericles—“The numerous expressions bearing a similitude to passages in the undisputed plays, some of the incidents, and in various places the colour of the style, all combine to set the seal of Shakspere on the play, and furnish us with proofs that a considerable portion of it was written by him."
Sanctity of a Good Man's Word.
I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both.
Description of a Prosperous City.
This Tharsus, o'er which I have government,
(A city, on whom plenty held full hand),
And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at;
Sorrows never come singly.
One sorrow never comes but brings an heir, That may succeed as his inheritor.
* Jet, to strut.
Trim, to dress.