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And never gives to truth and virtue that
Which simpleDess and merit purchaseth. Jb,

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with
traps. Jb,

For others sav thou dost deserve, and I
Believe it better than reportingly. lb.

Well, every one can master a grief but he
that has it Act 5, 2,

He brushes his hat o' mornings; what
should that bode P Jb,

Are you good men and true P Act 3, 5.

To be a well-favoured man is the gift of
fortune; but to write and read comes by
nature. 2o,

Tou are thought here to be the most sense-
less and fit man. lb.

You shall comprehend all vagrom men. lb.

For the watch to babble and talk, is most
tolerable and not to be endured. lb.

The fashion wears out more apparel than
the m aT^i lb.

Comparisons axe odorous. Act 3, 6,

I am as honest as any man fiving, that is
an old man, and no honesterthan I. lb,

A good old man, sir, he will be talking ;
as they say, ** When the age is in, the wit is
out." lb.

An two men ride of a horse, one must ride
behind. Ih,

O, what men dare do ! what men may do !
What men daily do, not knowing what they
do ! Act 4, 1.

I have marked
A thousand blushing apparitions start
Into her face ; a thousand innocent shames
In angel whiteness bear away those blushes,

For it BO falls out,
That what we have we prize not to the

Whiles we enjoy it ; but being lacked and

Why, then we rack the value. Ih,

The idea of her life shall sweetly creep
Into his study of imagination. lb.

Into the eye and prospect of his souL ii.

O that I were a man for his sake ! Ih,

But manhood is melted into courtesies,
valour into compliment. lb.

Masters, it is proved already that you are
little better than false knaves ; and it will
go near to be thought so presently.

Act 4, ^.
Yea, marry, that's the eftest way.* lb.
Flat burglaiy as ever was committed. lb,

O villain! thou wilt be condemned into
everlasting redemption for thia lb,

O that he were here to write me down an
ass !— but masters, remember that I am an
ass; though it be not written down, yet
forget not that I am an ass. lb,

A fellow that hath had losses^ and one
that hath two gowns and everything hand-
some about him. lb.

Patch grief with proverbs. Act 5, /.

'Tis all men's office to speak patience
To those that wring under the load of
sorrow. lb.

For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toK>thache patiently.

• Eftest = quickest.


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In a false qTurrel there is no trne valour.

If nch Udo about Hothin^ Act 6, 1,

Bims not thii speech like iron throngh your
WoodP lb.

He it composed and framed of treachery.

No, I was not horn nnder a rhyming planet.

Done to death by slanderous tongues.

Spite of cormorant derouring Time.

Love's Labour's Lost. Act i, i.

Fat paunches haye lean pates. lb.

Or having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath
- - - - - . - -^


Or having sworn too hard-a-fceepmg oath
Study to Dreak it, and not break my troth,

Whjr all delights axe vain ; but that most

Which, with pain purchased, doth inherit

pain. . lb.

Aspainfully to pore upon a book
1^ sedc the hght of truth ; while truth
the while
Dotti falsely blind the eyesight of his look :
Light, seeking light, dom light of light
Dcq^uile. lb.

Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

That will not be deep-searched with saucy
ffm^^ll have continual plodders ever won,

Save base authori^ from others* books.
These earthly godfatheis of heaven's lights,

That give a name to every fixM star,
Have no more profit of their Rhining nights

Tlian those tnat walk, and wot not what
they are. lb.

And men sit down to that nourishment
-vHdch is called sujyper. lb.

Thai unlettered, small-knowing souL lb.

A child of our grandmother Eve, a female ;
or, for thy more sweet undeistanding, a
woman. lb.

Welcome the sour cup of prosperity !
AiBiction may one day smile again; and
until then, sit down, Scnrow I *

In thy otmdign praise. A^t /, t,

I am in at reckoning, it fltteth the spirit

of a tapster. ^'

The world was v«y gnflty of su^ a ballad
some three ages since; but, I think, now
ttf not to be round. ^b.

Adieu, valour! rost, rapier! be still,
drum ! for your manager is in love ; yea. he
loveth. Anist me some extonporal goa of
rhyme, for I am sure I shall tun Bonnet.f
Devise, wit-! write, pen ! for I am for whole
volumes in foUo I lb.

Nothing becomes him ill, that he would
weU. Act J, 1.

A merrier man.
Within the limit of becoming mirth,
I never spent an hour's talk withal ;
His eye begets occasion for his wit ;
For every object that the one doth catch
The other tuirns to a mirth-moving jest, lb.

Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
That aged ears play truant at his tales.
And younger hearmgs are <mite ravished ;
So sweet and voluble is his discourse. lb.

Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill
tire. lb.

By my penny of observation.

Act 3, 1.

• TUf is the reading of the first folio. A
eommoa reading is: "TiH i

The heaving of my lungs provokes me to
ridiculous smiling. lb,

A very beadle to a humorous sigh :

A critic ; nay, a night-watch constable. lb.

This wimpled, whining, purblind wayward

This senior- junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid ;
Begeut of love rhymes, lord of folded arms,
Th' anointed sovereign of siffhs and groans,
liege of all loiterers and malcontents. lb.

Well, I will love, write, sigh, pray, sue,

and groan;
Some men must love my lady, and some

Joan. lb.

The heavenly rhetoric of thine eye.

Act 4, S.
Now step I forth to whip hypocrisy. lb.

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive :
They are the ground, the books, the

From whence doth spring the true Prome>-

thean fire. lb.

For where is any author in the world
Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye P lb.

As sweet and musical
As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his
hair. Jb.

He draweth out the thread of his verbosity
finer than the staple of his argument

Act 5, 1.
Prisdan a little scratched ; 'twill serve. Jb.

They have been at a great feast of lan-
guages, and stolen the scraps. lb.

then, sit thee down,

t •* Sonnet" in sU the old copies,
teer" is the later and received reading.

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In the poeterion of this day ; which the
rude xnaltitude call the afternoon.

Love'f Labour*! Loit. Act 6, 1.

The word \a well colled, chose ; sweet, and

I do assure you, sir, I do assure. ii.

O, I am stabbed with laughter. Act 5, f .

It can nerer be
They will digest this harsh indignity. lb,

Taffata phrases, silken terms precise,
Three-piled hyperboles, spruce affectation,

Figures pedantical ; these summer flies
Have olown me full of maggot ostenta-
tion, lb.

In russet yeas, and honest kersey noes. lb,

A heavy heart bears but a humble tongue.

A jest's prosperity lies in the ear
Of him that nears it, never in the tongue
Of him that makes it. lb.

When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver white,

And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight. lb.

And coughing drowns the parson*s saw. Jh,

But earthly happier * is the rose distilled.
Than that, whicn, withering on the virgin

Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
IL Midsummer Hint's Dream. Act i, i.

Ah me ! for aught that ever I could read.
Could ever hear, by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run
smooth. lb.

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the

And therefore is winged Cupid painted

blind. lb.

This is Erdes' vein. Act i, f .

I will aggravate my voice lo, that I will
roar you as gently as any sucking dove ; I
will roar you an *twere any nightingale. lb,
A proper man, as one shall see in a

summer's day. Ih,

Over hill, over dale.

Thorough bush, thorough brier.
Over park, over pale,

Thorough flooa, thorough fire. Act t, 1.

And the imperial votaress pasted on.

In maiden meditation, fancy-free. lb,

I'll follow thee, and make a heaven of hell.
To die upon the hand I love so well. Jb,

* In all the old copies the resdlng U " earthlier
happy." In the folio the words are "earthlier
happia.'* The ''r" is supposed to have been

m put a i^irdle round about the earth

In forty minutes.t lb,

1 know a bank, where the wild thyme

Where ox-lips, and the nodding violet
grows ;

Quite over-canopied with luscious wood-

With sweet musk-roees, and with eglantine. %


Who will not change a raven for a dove f

Act t, t.

The will of man is by his reason swayed.


God shield us ! — a lion among ladies is a
most dreadful tiling: for there is not a
more fearful wild-iowl than your lion,
living. ' Act 3, 1,

Bless thee. Bottom ! blest thee ! thou art
translated. lb.

To say the truth, reason and love keep
little company together now-a-days. lb.

Lord, what fools these mortals be. Act S, t.

So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted ;
But yet an union in pditition.
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.


And sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow's
eye. lb.

Cupid is a knavish lad

Thus to make poor females mad. Ih,

Jack shall have Jill,

Nought shall go ill,

The man shall have his mare again, and all

shall be welL lb,

I haTB a reasonable good ear in music : let

us have the tongs and the bones. ^^^ # ^

But as the fierce vexation of s dream, id.

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
Are of imagination au compact.
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold, —
That is. the madman : the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of E^3rpt.
The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rollmg,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from

earth to heaven.
And, as ims^^ination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's i>en
Turns them to snapes, and gives to airy

A local habitatien and a name. Act 5, U

f The reading of the flrat quarto. In the folio
the passago appears as one line : *' I'll put a girdle
about the eartn in forty minutes."

t Steevens amends this to "whereon the wild
thyme blowg," and alters " luscious woodbine *•
to *' luah woodbine."


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Or in the night, imagining some fear,
How easj is a bush supposed a bear !

A MWsnmnMir Might's Dream. Act 5, 2.

Tecy tragical mirth. lb.

For nerer anything can be amiss

When stmpleness and duty tender it. lb.

And in the modesty of fearful duty

I read as much, as from the rattlmg tongue

Of saacy and andadoos eloquence. lb.

That is the true beginning of our end. lb.

Ova true intent is — all for your delight. lb.

The best in this kind are but shadows. lb.

The iron tongue of midnight hath told

Lovers, to bed ; 'tis almost fairy time. lb.

In sooth I know not why I am so sad ;
It wearies me : you say it wearies you ;
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
I am to learn.

The Merohaat of Venice. Act 2, L

And in a word, but even now worth this,
And now worth nothing. lb.

Now, by two-headed Janus,
Nature hath fnuned strange fellows in her

-Some that will evermore peep through

their eyes .
And laugh, Eke parrots, at a baginper ;
And other of sucn vinesar aspect,
That they'll not show weir teeth In way of

Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.

Ton have too much respect upon the world :
They lose it that do buy it with much care.

I hold the world but as the world, Oratiano ;
A stage, where every man must play a part,
And nune a sad one. lb.

Why should a man, whose blood is warm

Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster P Ih,

Am who should say, I am Sir Orade,
And, when I ope my lips, let no dog bark I
O my Antonio, I do know of these.
That therefore only ore reputed wise,
For saying notJiing. Tb,

Giatiano opfinkfi an infinite deal of
nothing, more than any man in all Venice.
His reosonj are as two grains of wheat, hid
in two bushels of dbnS : Ton shall seek all
day eie yon find them ; and when you have
/oond them, they are not worth the search.

Uj paae, my person, my extremest means
lie an mJocked to your occasions. lb.

In mv school-days, when t had lost ona

I shot his fellow of the self-same flight
The self-same way, with more advisM

To find the other forth ; and by adventuring

I oft found both. lb.

They are as sick that surfeit with too
much, as they that starve with nothing.


If to do were as easy as to know what were
good to do, chapels liad been churches, and
poor men's cottages princes' palaces. lb,

God made him, and therefore let him pass
for a man. lb.

I dote on his very absence.


Ships are but boards, sailors but men,
there be land rats and water rats. Act 1, S,

If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear
him. lb.

Even there where merchants most do con-
gregate, lb.

The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.

A goodly apple rotten at the heart,
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath I

For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.

ShaU I bend low, and in a bondman's key,
With bated breath, and whispering humble-
ness ? lb.

For when did friendship take,
A breed of barren metal of his friend P lb,

father Abraham ! what these Christiani

Whose own hard dealings teach them to

The tiioughts of others ! lb,

1 like not fair terms and a villain's mind.

Mislike me not for my complexion.
The shadowed livery of the bumisned sun.

Act f , 2,
If Hercules and Lichas play at dice,
Which is the better man? The greater

May turn by fortune from the weaker hand !

O heavens, this is my true-begotten father !

Act f , t.

According to fates and destinies, and such

odd sayings, the sisters three, and other

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It is a wise father that knows his own
chad. Tha Merchant of Venice. Act 9, t.

Like one well studied in a sad ostent

To please his grandam. lb.

These foolish drops do something drown
my manly spirit. Ad S, 3.

And the yile squeaking of the wry-necked

fife. Act f, 6,

All things that are,
Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.
How like a vounker, or a prodigal
The scarfed bark puts from her native

Hugged and embracM by the strumx>et

How like the prodigal doth she return.
With over-weathered ribs, and ragged

Lean, rent, and beggared by the strumpet

wind I Act f, 6.

But love is blind, and loyers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.

I never heard a passion so confused,
So strange, outrageous, uid so variable.

Act f, 8.
A kinder gentleman treads not the earth.
^ lb.

Thus hath the candle singed the moth.
O, these deliberate foolsT Act f , 9.

The ancient saying is no heresy : —
Han ging and wivmg goes by destiny. lb.

The Qoodwins, I think they call the place ;
a very dangerous flat and fatal, where the
carcases of many a tall ship lie buried, as
they say, if my gossips-Report be an honest
woman of her word. Act J, 1.

Let him look to his bond. Jb,

If it win feed nothing else, it will feed my
revenge. /5.

Hath not a Jew ej;es? Hath not a Jew
hands, organs, dimensions, senses, liflfections,
passions? Ji,]

The villainy you teach me, I will execute :
and it shall go hard but I will better the
instruction. j^^

No satisfaction, no revenge; nor no ill-
luck stirring but what Hghts on my
shoulders ; no sighs, but o* my breathing ;
no tears, but o* my shedding. Jj,

Thou sticks st a dagger in me. lb.

He makes a swan-like «nd,
Fading in music. Act 5, t.

Tell me where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head ?


So may the outward shows be least them*

The world is still deceived with ornament.
In law what plea so tainted and corrupt.
But, being seasoned with a gracious voice.
Obscures me show of evil ? lb.

There is no vice so simple but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

Thou gaudy gold.
Hard food for Midas I lb.

Rash-embraoed despair.
And shuddering fear and green-eyed
jealousy. lb.

An unlessoned girl, unschooled, nnprao-

Happv in this, she is not yet so old
But she may learn ; happier tlian this.
She is not ]xed so dull but she can learn.

And swearinff till my very roof was dry,
With oaths of love. lb.

He did entreat me past all saying nay. lb.

Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words
That ever blotted paper 1 2b»

I'll have my bond. Act J, 3.

I never did repent for doing good.

Nor shall not now. Act 5, ^

This comes too near the praidfeg of myself.

How every fool can play upon the word !

Act 3, 5.

What a wit-snapper are you ! lb.

Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy

wit in an instant P I pray thee, understand

a plain man in his plam meaning. Jb,

Lot it serve for table talk. lb,.

A stony adversary, an inlmTn^n wretch,
Uncapable of pity, void and empty
From any dram of mercy. Act 4, 1.

Some men there are, love not a eaping pur.
Some, that are mad if they behold a cat. Ih,

Do all men kill the thing they do not love ?

A harmless necessary cat lb.

What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting
thee twice? /t.

What judgment shall I dread, doing no
wrong? 75.

The pound of flesh which I demand of him.
Is dearly bought, 'tis mine, and I will have it.

I am a tainted wether of the flock. Jb,

1 never knew so young a body with so old
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On what compulsioii moat I ? tell me that.
The Mtrchant of VenlM. Act 4, 1,

The qnali^ of mercy is not Btrained,
It droppeth. as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath : it is twice blessed ;
It bleasetn him that gires, and him that

lis mightiest in the mightiest ; it becomes
The thzonM monarch better than his crown :
His sceptre shows the force of temporal

The attribute to awe and majestj,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings ;
Bat mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is entlmm^ in the hearts of kings ;
It is an attribate to God himself ;
And earthly power doth then show likest

When mercy seasons justice. lb.

We do pray for mercy ;
And that same prayer doth teach us aU to

The deeds of mercy. lb.

Wrest once the law to your authority ;
To do a great right, do a little wrong. lb,

'Twin be recorded for a precedent ;
And many an error, by tne same example
Win rush into the state. 2b,

A Daniel ooma to judgment ! lb.

Is it so nominated in the bond P lb,

"Far berein Fortune shows hersdf more kind
Than is her custom. lb.

Speak me fair in death. lb,

Kow, inf&de], I have yon on the hip. lb.

Ton take my house, when you do take the

That doth sustain my house; you takemv life

When you do take the means whereby I

Uve. lb.

He is well paid that is well satisfied. lb,

I pray yon know me when we meet again.

Ton taught me first to beg, and now, me-

Ton tesch me how a beggar should be

answered. lb.

Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears ; soft stillness, and the

Becone the touches of sweet hazmony.
Sit, JeanoL Look, how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines* of bright gold :
There's not tha smallest orb which thou

fiat in his motion like an angel siogs,

* " Aitens " in the folia The paten or patlne Is
tbe smaU flst dish used in the service of the altsr.

Still ouiring to the ^roung-eyed cherubins ;
Such harmony is in immortal souls ;
But, whilst tnis muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.

Act 5, 1,

I am never meny when I hear sweet music.

Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of

But music for the time doth change his

The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet

Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils ;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night.
And his affections dark as Erebus ;
Let no such man be trusted ! lb.

How far that little candle throws his beams !
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

So doth the greater glory dim the less. lb.

How many things by season seasoned are
To their right praise, said true perfection !


This night, methinks, is but the daylight

sick. lb.

For a light wife doth make a heavy hus-
band, lb.

These blessed candles of the night. lb.

The courtesy of nations allows you my
better ; in that you are the first-bom.

As yon Like it. Act 1, 1,

Therefore use thy discretion ; I had as lief
thou didst break his neck as his finger. lb.

The dulness of the fool is the whetstone of
the wits. Act i, f .

Unmuzzle your wisdom. lb.

Well said : that was laid on with a trowel.


Only in the world I fill up a place, which

may be better supplied when 1 have made

it empty. lb.

Now Hercules be thy speed, young man !


My pride fell with my fortunes. lb.

Thus must I from the smoke into the
smother. lb,

Celia: Not a wordP Bot.: Not one to

throw at a dog. Aet i, S,

O, how full of briers is this working-day
world! lb.

Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.

We*U have a swashing and a martial out-
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Sweet are the uses of adTerritj ;
Which, like the toad, ttgly and TenomouB,
Wean jet a predous jewel in his head :
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, oooks in the running

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Ai yon Like it. Act f, L
The big round tears
Coursed one another dbwn his innocent

In piteous chase. lb.

Thou mak*st a testament
As worldling do, giving thy sum of more
To that which had too much. lb.

Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens I Id,

I love to cope him in these sullen fits,

For then he^s full of matter. lb.

He that doth the ravens feed,
Yea, providently caters for the sparrow.
Be comfort to my age ! Act f , S.

For in my youth I never did apply

Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood. lb.

My age is as a lusty winter,
Frosty, but kindly. lb,

O good old man, how well in thee appears
The constant service of the antique world.
When service sweat for duty, not for need !
Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
Where none will sweat but for promotion,
And having that, do choke their service up.

But travellers must be content. Act f , 4,

We that are true lovers, run into strange
capers. J^,

Thou speakest wiser than thou art ware of.

Under the greenwood tree. Act f , 5.

I can suck melancholy out of a song, as a
weasel sucks eggs. Jb,

1*11 rail against all the first-born in Egypt.

And railed on Lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms. Act f , 7.

" Call me not fool till heaven hath sent me

And then he drew a dial from his poke,
And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
Says very wisely, " It is ten o'clock.
Thus may we see," quoth he, *'how the

world wags." ij.

And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and

Lnd the

And then from hour to hour, we rot and

And thereby hangs a tale. Jb,

My lungs began to crow like chanticleer. Ih,

Motley's the only wear. lb.

If ladies be but young and fair.
They have the gift to know it : and in his

brain^ —
Which 18 as dry as the remaindor biscuit
After a voyage— he liath strange placet

With observation, the which he vents
In mangled forms. lb.

I must have liberty
Withal, as large a charts as the wind.
To blow on whom I please. lb.

The * why » is plain as way to parish church.

Tour gentleness shall force,
More than your force move us to gentlene^.

If ever you have looked on better days ,
If ever been where bells have knolled to
church. lb,

AH the world's a stage.
And all the men and women merely

They have their exits and their entrances ,
And one man in his time pla3rs many parts,
His actp Vjng seven ages. At first the

Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whimng schoolboy with his

And shining morning face, creeping like

Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woful ballad
Made to his miftress' eyebrow. Then a

Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in

Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the

In fair round belly, with good capon lined.
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut.

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