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KNOWELL'S ADVICE TO MASTER STEPHEN
EARN to be wise, and practise how to thrive ;
that would I have you do: and not to spend your coin on every bauble that you fancy, or every foolish brain that humours you. I would not have you to invade each place, nor thrust yourself on all societies, till men's affections, or your own desert, should worthily invite you to your rank. He that is so respectless in his courses, oft sells his reputation at cheap market. Nor would I, you should melt away yourself in flashing bravery, lest, while you affect to make a blaze of gentry to the world, a little puff of scorn extinguish it, and you be left like an unsavoury snuff, whose property is only to offend. I'd have you sober, and contain yourself ; not that your sail be bigger than your boat; but moderate your expenses now, at first, as you may keep the same proportion still, nor stand so much on your gentility, which is an airy and mere borrowed thing, from dead men's dust and bones; and none of yours except you make, or hold it.
Elid. K these mighty piles of magic-planted rock,
NOW that thou stand'st on consecrated ground :
, thus ranged in mystic order, mark the place where but at times of holiest festival the Druid leads his train. Aul. Did. Where dwells
the seer? In yonder shaggy cave; on which the moon now sheds a side-long gleam. His brotherhood possess the neighbouring cliffs. A. D. Yet up the hill mine eye descries a distant range of caves, delved in the ridges of the craggy steep : and this way still another.
On the left reside the sages skill'd in Nature's lore: the changeful universe, its numbers, powers, studious they measure, save when meditation gives place to holy rites: then in the grove each hath his rank and function. Yonder grots are tenanted by bards, who nightly thence, rob’d in their flowing vests of innocent white, descend, with harps that glitter to the moon, hymning immortal strains. The spirits of air, of earth, of water, nay of heav'n itself, do listen to their lay, and oft, 'tis said, in visible shapes dance they a magic round to the high minstrelsy.
for thou hast heard my store long since, dare say;
930 THE PATRIARCH OF THE GREEK CHURCH-NICE
PHORUS BOTONIATES EMPEROR OF THE EAST
PEAK but the word at once, the blow shall follow.
so it be sudden. Whatsoe'er fear'd
to warn him retribution is at hand.
There is a desperate carelessness of life
in him which oft secures it when most menaced. Pat. His friends are not as he is. Him removed,
they straight are nothing. Nic.
How canst thou divide them? Pat. My liege, 'twere easy, as I said, if sudden.
But let a rumour of our aim go forth,
AY, my spirit,
from eaves of reeds : your charm so strongly works
would become tender. Pro.
Dost thou think so, spirit?
And mine shall.
DESCRIPTION OF NIGHT IN A CAMP
FROM camp to camp, through the foul womb of
the hum of either army stilly sounds,
who, like a foul ugly witch, doth limp 933 so tediously away. The poor condemned English,
like sacrifices, by their watchful fires
presenteth them unto the gazing moon
LOSS OF POWER LOSS OF HOMAGE
Ach. THAT mean these fellows? Know they not
to send their smiles before them to Achilles;
to holy altars. Ach.
What, am I poor of late? 'tis certain, greatness, once fallen out with fortune, must fall out with men too: what the declin'd is, he shall as soon read in the eyes of others, as feel in his own fall: for men, like butterflies, shew not their mealy wings but to the summer; and not a man, for being simply man, hath any honour; but honour for those honours that are without him, as place, riches, favour, prizes of accident as oft as merit; which when they fall, as being slippery standers, the love that lean'd on them as slippery too, doth one pluck down another, and together