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Alcib. Is man so hateful to thee, that art thyself a man?
Mal. Dispute it like a man?
But I must also feel it as a man.
I shall do so,
(Macb. iv. 3.)
(Ib. v. 5.)
Wert thou a man, thou wouldst have mercy on me. (Ant. Cl. v. 2.)
Ariel. If you now beheld them, your affections
Would become tender. . . . Mine would. . .
37. The grace of God is worth a fayre.
(Temp. v. 1.)
You have the grace of God, and he hath enough. (Mer. Ven. ii. 2.) God give him grace. (L. L. L. iv. 3; R. III. ii. 3; R. II. i. 3, rep.) grace of heaven. (2 Hen. IV. iv. 2.) God mark thee in His grace!
(Rom. Jul. i. 3.)
All good grace to grace a gentleman. (Tw. G. Ver. ii. 4.)
I. . . . do curse the grace that with such grace hath graced them.
(Ib. iii. 1.)
The heavens such grace did lend her. (Ib. iv. 2, song.)
(See No. 97.)
38. Black will take no other hue.
All the water in the ocean could never turn the swan's black
legs to white. (Tit. And. iv. 2.)
Coal black is better than another hue. (Tit. And. iv. 2.)
(See f. 1866, 174.)
39. Unum augurium optimum tueri patria (sic). (The best of all auguries is to defend one's native country.)
Cometh Andronicus, bound with laurel boughs,
To resalute his country.
Thou great defender of this Capitol
Stand gracious to the rites that we intend!
Ad manes fratum sacrifice his limbs. (Tit. And. i. 2.)
40. Exigua res est ipsa justitia.—Er. Ad. 377. (Justice by itself (without the reputation of being just) is a thing of little consequence.)
Ang. We must not make a scarecrow of the law,
Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,
And let it keep one shape, till custom make it
Their perch, and not their terror.
Just. Lord Angelo is severe.
It is but needful:
Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so. (M. M. ii. 1.)
(See M. M. ii. 2, 99-104; iii. 2, 262-284.)
He shall have merely justice and his bond. (Mer. Ven. iv. 1.)
41. Dat veniam corvis vexat censura columbas. Juvenal, Sat. ii. 63. (Censure extends pardon to ravens (but) bears hard on doves.)1
Great men may jest with saints, 'tis wit in them,
But in the less foul, profanation;
That in the captain's but a choleric word
Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy. (M. M. ii. 3.)
A raven's heart within a dove. (Tw. N. v. 1.)
The dove pursues the griffin. (M. N. D. ii. 2.)
Who will not change a raven for a dove? (Ib. ii. 3.)
Seems he a dove? his feathers are but borrowed,
For he's disposed as the hateful raven. (2 Hen. VI. iii. 1.) As an eagle in a dovecote. (Cor. v. 5.)
(See f. 936, 541.)
42. Homo homini deus.-Er. Ad. 47. (Man is man's god.)
A king is a mortal god on earth. (Ess. Of a King.)
A god on earth thou art. (R. II. v. 3.)
Thy gracious self. . . . the god of my idolatry. (Rom. Jul. ii. 2.) Kings are earth's gods. (Per. i. 1.)
This entry and some of the succeeding extracts illustrate Mrs. Cowden Clarke's remark upon the frequent association of two birds in passages in the plays. See 'Shakespeare Key,' p. 725.
(Jul. Cæs. i. 2.)
This man is now become a god.
He's the very Jupiter of men.
(Ant. Cl. iii. 1.)
He is a god, and knows what is most right. (Ant. Cl. iii. 2.) Immortality attends (nobleness), making a man a god. (Per. iii. 2.) Men are not gods. (Oth. iii. 4.)
We scarce are men, and you are gods. (Cymb. v. 2.)
43. Semper virgines furiæ. Courting a furye.-Er. Ad. 590. (The furies are always maidens.)
Ben. Her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December. (M. Ado, i. 1.)
Will you woo this wild cat? (Tam. Shrew, i. 2.)
I will bring you from a wild cat to a Kate, conformable as other Kates. (Tam. Shrew, ii. 1.)
44. Di danari di senno e di fede, c'è ne manco che tu credi. Quoted Advt. L. viii. 2. (Of money, good sense, and faith you believe too much-lit. there is less than you fancy.)
(Repeated f. 886, 265.)
(For difficulties connected with want of money, see Falstaff, Mer. Wiv. ii. 2; 1 Hen. IV. iii. 3; Antonio, Mer. Ven. i. 1, 3; iii. 2; iv. 1, &c.; Tim. Ath. ii. 4, &c.)
(Instances of 'dullness,' want of 'sense,'
sense,' 'feeling,' &c., are
Why hast thou broken faith with me?
O! where is faith? O! where is loyalty? (1 Hen. VI. v. 2.) (Upwards of fifty passages on want of faith or fidelity.)
45. Chi semina spine non vada discalzo. (He who sows thorns should not go barefoot.)
The care you have of us to mow down thorns that would annoy our foot is worthy praise. (2 H. VI. iii. 1.)
O! the thorns we stand upon! (W. T. iv. 4.)
46. Mas vale a quien Dios ayeuda que a quien mucho madruga. (Things go better with him whom God helps, than with him who gets up early to work.)
Heaven shall work for me in thine avail. . .. I'll stay at home and pray God's blessing unto thine attempt. (All's Well, i. 3.)
47. Quien nesciamente pecca nesciamente va al inferno. (He who ignorantly sins, ignorantly goes to hell.) Sayest thou the house is dark?
Madman, thou errest: I say there is no darkness but ignorance. . . . I say this house is dark as ignorance, though ignorance were as dark as hell. (Tw. N. iv. 2.)
The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, be thine in great revenue ! Heaven bless thee from a tutor, and discipline come not near thee. Let thy blood be thy direction till thy death. I have said my prayers, and devil Envy, say Amen. (Tr. Cr. ii. 3.)
48. Quien ruyn es en su villa, ruyn es en Sevilla. (He who is mean at home is mean at Seville (abroad.)
(Folio 95, 613.)
49. De los leales se hinchen los huespitales. (The hospitals (almshouses) are full of loyal subjects.)
(Folio 95, 622.)
50. We may doe much yll ere we doe much woorse.
Ten thousand worse (evils) than ever I did would I perform,
if I might have my will. (Tit. And. v. 3.)
No worse of worst extended,
With vilest torture let my life be ended. (All's Well, ii. 1.)
What's worse than murderer, that I may name it? (3 H. VI. v. 6.) I will make good. what I have spoke, or thou canst worse
devise. (R. II. i. 2.)
(See No. 956.)
51. Vultu læditur sæpe pietas.-Er. Ad. 1014. (Piety
is often wounded by a person's looks.)
Nothing ought to be counted light in matter of religion and piety; as the heathen himself would say-Etiam vultu sæpe læditur pietas. (Pacification of the Church.)
Proud prelate, in thy face I see thy fury. (2 Hen. VI. i. 2.) The devout religion of mine eye. (Rom. Jul. i. 2.)
Glancing an eye of pity. (Mer. Ven. iv. 1.)
I spy some pity in thy looks. (R. III. i. 4.)
52. Difficilia quæ pulchra.-Eras. Adagia, 359. (The beautiful or good is difficult, or hard of attainment.)
These oracles are hardly attained
And hardly understood. (2 Hen. VI. i. 4.)
Is my Cressid, then, so hard to win? (Tr. Cr. iii. 1.)
Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
That will not be deep-searched with saucy looks;
Small have continual plodders ever won. (L. L. L. i. 4.)
So study. . . . is won as towns with fire; so won, so lost. (Ib.) (See 989.)
53. Conscientia mille testes.-Eras. Adagia, 346; Quintilian, v. xi. 41. (Conscience is worth a thousand
Have struck more terror to the soul of Richmond
Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers. (R. III. v. 3.)
The witness of a good conscience. (Mer. Wiv. iv. ii. 201.)