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And, like a shifted wind unto a sail,
The future anticipated by the past. There is a history in all men's lives, Figuring the nature the times deceased : The which observed, a man may prophesy, With a near aim, of the main chance of things As yet not come to life; which in their seeds, And weak beginnings, lie intreasured. 19-iii. 1.
Wise men superior to woes.
Wise men ne'er wail their present woes,
14–ii. 1. 8
Men's last words to be regarded.
The tongues of dying men Enforce attention like deep harmony ; Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in
vain, For they breathe truth, that breathe their words in
pain. He, that no more must say, is listen’d more Than they, whom youth and ease have taught to
glose ;? More are men's ends mark’d, than their lives before : The setting sun,
and music at the close,
d To pause is to rest, to be in quiet. e i.e. Who have no cause to be otherwise.
As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last;
17-ii. 1. 9
Self-interest, its influence.
They say, miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons, to make moderni and familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors ; ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear.k
11 Blessings undervalued, till irrecoverable.
Love, that comes too late, Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried, To the great sender turns a sour offence, Crying, That's good, that's gone: our rash faults Make trivial price of serious things we have, Not knowing them, until we know their grave: Oft our displeasures, to ourselves unjust, Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust.
That wishing well had not a body in't,
& Self-interest. h Poised, balanced. i Ordinary. k Fear means here, the object of fear. Ti.e. And shew by realities what we now must only think.
To persevere In obstinate condolement,m is a course Of impious stubbornness ; 'tis unmanly grief : It shews a will most incorrectn to heaven; A heart unfortified, or mind impatient; An understanding simple and unschool’d.° 36–1. 2.
Blessed be those,
Intemperance. As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue (Like rats that raving down their proper bane) À thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. 5-i. 3.
Elevation, exposed to censure.
If pow’rs divine
m Condolement, for sorrow. n Incorrect, for untutored, 01 Thess, iv. 13.
p 1 Tim. vi. 6. 9 Voraciously devour. r Inquisitions, inquiries. $ Sallies.
Certainty of Death.
29-iii. 1. 20
The value of Virtue. The honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
11-iii. 5. 21
The service of the foot Being once gangrened, is not then respected For what before it was.
Durabillity of Fame. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives, Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, And then grace us in the disgrace of death; When, spite of cormorant devouring Time, Th’ endeavour of this present breath may buy That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen edge, And make us heirs of all eternity.
Honours not hereditary.
Honours best thrive,
Confidence, not to be placed in man.
Submission to Providence. I do find it cowardly and vile,
ti.e. Through all succeeding ages.
For fear of what might fall, so to prevento
The love of Novelty. There is so great a fever on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it: novelty is only in request; and it is as dangerous to be aged in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to be constant in any undertaking. There is scarce truth enough alive, to make societies secure; but security enough to make fellowships accursed: much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world.
Miracles and means.
Miracles are ceased ; And therefore we must needs admit the means, How things are perfected.
The apprehension of evils.
I hold it cowardice To rest mistrustful, where a noble heart Hath pawn’d an open hand' in sign of love.
23_iv. 2. 30
The effects of Sorrow. Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours, Makes the night morning, and the noon-tide night. Princes have but their titles for their glories, An outward honour for an inward toil; And, for unfelt imaginations, They often feel a world of restless cares : So that, between their titles, and low name, There's nothing differs but the outward fame.
u To anticipate.