« AnteriorContinua »
The extravagant and erring* spirit hies
THE REVERENCE PAID TO CHRISTMAS TIME.
It faded on the crowing of the cock. Some say,
that ever 'gainst that season comes, Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, This bird of dawning singeth all night long; And then they say no spirit dares stir abroad; The nights are wholsome; then no planets strike, No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm, So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.
But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastern hill.
Seems, madam! nay, it is; I know not seems. 'Tis not alone, my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected 'haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, modes, shows of grief, That can denote me truly: These, indeed, seem, For they are actions that a man might play: But I have that within, which passeth show; These, but the trappings and the suits of woe.
IMMODERATE GRIEF DISCOMMENDED. 'Tis sweet and commendable in your nature,
To give these mourning duties to your father;
HAMLET'S SOLILOQUY ON HIS MOTHER'S MARRIAGE.
O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve* itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canont 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God ! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on't! O fie! 'tis an unweeded garden, [ture, That grows to seed; things rank, and gross in naPossess it merely. That it should come to this! But two months dead!—Nay, not so much, not two: So excellent a king; that was, to this, Hyperion to a satyr: so loving to my mother, That he might not beteem|| the winds of heaven * Dissolve. + Law. #Entirely.
$ Apollo. # Suffer.
Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!
THE EXTENT OF HUMAN PERFECTION.
He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.
CAUTIONS TO YOUNG FEMALES.
For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favour,
Then weigh what loss your
may sustain, If with too credent* ear you listt his
songs: Or lose your heart: or your chaste treasure open * Believing
+ Listen to.
To his unmaster'd* importunity.
SATIRE ON UNGRACIOUS PASTORS.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keep, As watchman to my heart : But, good my brother, Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven; Whilst, like a puff’d and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, And recks not his own readg.
ADVICE TO A SON GOING TO TRAVEL.
Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel; But do not dull thy palm|| with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade. Beware Of entrance to a quarrel: but, being in, Bear it that the opposer may beware of thee. Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice:
* Licentious. + Most cautious. S Regards not his own lessons.
* Careless. || Palm of the hand.
Take each man's censure", but reserve thy judgment.
mean, That thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon, Making night hideous; and we fools of nature, So horridly to shake our disposition, With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls? * Opinion. + Noble.