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A CLOWN'S DESCRIPTION OF A WRECK. I would you did but see how it chafes, how it rages, how it takes up the shore! but that's not to the point: O, the most piteous cry of the poor souls! sometimes to see 'em, and not to see 'em: now the ship boring the moon with her mainmast; and anon, swallowed with yest and froth, as you'd thrust a cork into a hogshead. And then for the land service, To see how the bear tore out his shoulder-bone; how he cried to me for help, and said, his name was Antigonus, a nobleman: But to make an end of the ship:-to see how the sea flap-dragoned it:-but, first, how the poor souls roared, and the sea mocked them;-and how the poor gentleman roared, and the bear mocked him, both roaring louder than the sea, or weather.
A GARLAND FOR OLD MEN.
you there's rosemary, and rue; these keep
NATURE AND ART.
Per. Sir, the year growing ancient,Not yet on summer's death, nor on the birth Of trembling winter, the fairest flowers o' the seaAre our carnations, and streak'd gillyflowers, [son Which some call nature's bastards: of that kind Our rustic garden's barren; and I care not To get slips of them.
+ Likeness and smell.
Wherefore, gentle maiden,
Do you neglect them?
For* I have heard it said,
There is an art, which, in their piedness, shares With great creating nature.
Say, there be;
Yet nature is made better by no mean,
But nature makes that mean: so, o'er that art,
That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry
And make conceive a bark of baser kind
By bud of nobler race: This is an art
Which does mend nature,-change it rather: but The art itself is nature.
A GARLAND FOR MIDDLE-AGED MEN.
I'll not put
The dibble † in earth to set one slip of them;
A GARLAND FOR YOUNG MEN.
Cam. I should leave grazing, were I of your And only live by gazing.
You'd be so lean, that blasts of January
Would blow you through and through.-Now, my
A tool to set plants.
I would I had some flowers o' the spring, that might
That come before the swallow dares, and take
A LOVER'S COMMENDATION.
What you do,
Still betters what is done. When you speak, sweet,
I'd have you buy and sell so; so give alms;
So singular in each particular,
Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds, That all your acts are queens.
He says, he loves my daughter:
I think so too; for never gaz'd the moon
Upon the water, as he'll stand, and read,
PRESENTS LIGHTLY REGARDED BY REAL LOVERS.
Pol. How now, fair shepherd?
Your heart is full of something, that does take
Old sir, I know
The gifts, she looks from me, are pack'd and lock'd
A FATHER THE BEST GUEST AT HIS SON'S NUPTIALS.
Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest
That best becomes the table. Pray you, once more:
+ Put to difficulties. The sieve used to separate flour from bran is called a bolting-cloth.
Is not your father grown incapable
With age, and altering rheums? Can he speak? hear? Know man from man? dispute his own estate*? Lies he not bedrid? and again does nothing,
But what he did being childish?
No, good sir:
He has his health, and ampler strength, indeed,
By my white beard,
You offer him, if this be so, a wrong
Something unfilial: Reason, my son,
Should choose himself a wife; but as good reason,
I was not much afeard: for once, or twice, I was about to speak; and tell him plainly, The selfsame sun, that shines upon his court, Hides not his visage from our cottage, but Looks on alike.
LOVE CEMENTED BY PROSPERITY, BUT LOOSENED by ADVERSITY.
Prosperity's the very bond of love;
Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together Affliction alters.
WONDER PROCEEDING FROM SUDDEN JOY.
There was speech in their dumbness, language
* Talk over his affairs.