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Mine honour into lust; to take away
PASSION TOO STRONG FOR VOWS.
Look thou be true; do not give dalliance Too much the rein; the strongest oaths are straw To the fire i'the blood : be more abstemious, Or else, good night, your vow!
VANITY OF HUMAN NATURE.
These our actors,
DRUNKARDS ENCHANTED BY ARIEL.
I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking; So full of valour, that they smote the air For breathing in their faces; beat the ground For kissing of their feet; yet always bending Towards their project: Then I beat my tabor, At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd their ears, Advanc'd their eyelids, lifted up
* Vanished. + A body of clouds in motion; but it is most probable that the author wrote track.
As they smelt music: so I charm'd their ears, That, calf-like, they my lowing follow'd, through Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss, and
thorns, Which enter'd their frail shins: at last I left them I'the filthy mantled pool beyond your cell, There dancing up to the chins.
LIGHTNESS OF FOOT.
Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole may not Hear a foot fall.
His tears run down his beard, like winter's drops From eaves* of reeds.
AND CLEMENCY SUPERIOR TO RE
Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling Of their afflictions ? and shall not myself, One of their kind, that relish all as sharply, Passion as they, be kindlier mov'd than thou art? Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the
quick, Yet, with my nobler reason, 'gainst my fury Do I take part: the rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent, The sole drift of my purpose doth extend Not a frown further.
FAIRIES AND MAGIC.
Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and
groves; And ye, that on the sands, with printless foot Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him, When he comes back; you demi-puppets, that By moonshine do the green-sour ringlets make, Whereof the ewe not bites; and
whose pastime Is to make midnight mushrooms; that rejoice To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid (Weak masters though you be) I have be-dimm'd The noontide sun, call’d forth the mutinous winds, And 'twixt the green sea and the azur’d vault Set roaring war: to the dread rattling thunder Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak With his own bolt: the strong-bas'd promontory Have I made shake; and by the spurs pluck'd up The pine, and cedar: graves, at my command, Have wak'd their sleepers; op’d, and let them forth By my so potent art.
The charm dissolves
-O my good Gonzalo,
You brother mine, that entertain'd ambition,
After summer, merrily:
If music be the food of love, play on,
bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour.
* Pity, or tenderness of heart.
NATURAL AFFECTION ALLIED TO LOVE.
O, she, that hath a heart of that fine frame, To pay
this debt of love but to a brother, How will she love, when the rich golden shaft Hath kill'd the flock of all affections else That live in her! when liver, brain, and heart, These sovereign thrones, are all supplied, and fillid, (Her sweet perfections) with one self king!
ESCAPE FROM DANGER.
I saw your brother,
A BEAUTIFUL BOY.
Dear lad, believe it;
DETERMINED LOVE. Oli. Why, what would you?
Vio. Make me a willow cabin at your gate, And call upon my soul within the house; Write loyal cantons of contemned love, And sing them loud even in the dead of night: Holla your name to the reverberatet hills, Cantos, verses.