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130. In circuitu ambulant impii.-Ps. xii. 9. (The ungodly walk around on every side.)

To be direct and honest is not safe. (Oth. iii. 3.)

(See No. 3.)

131. Exigit sermo inter fratres quod discipulus non inoritur.John xxi. 23. (Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die.)

132. Omne majus continet in se minus. (Every greater contains the less.)

(Quoted in Discourse on the Union of the Church.) There was a dispute whether great heads or little heads had the better wit. And one said it must needs be the little ; for that it is a maxim, Omne majus continet in se minus.Apophthegms.

Item. She hath more hairs on her head than wit.
The greater hides the less. (Tw. G. Ver. iii. 1.)
When that this body did contain a spirit
A kingdom for it was too small a bound;
But now two paces of the vilest earth
Is room enough. (1 Hen. IV. v. 5.)

(Compare No. 1258.)

133. Sine ulla controversia quod minus est majore benedictione. (Without all contradiction that which is least is the greater blessing.—? Heb. vii. 7, changed.)

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament .... adversity of the New, which carrieth the greater benediction.

(Ess. Of Adversity.) Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel. (As. Y. L. ii. 1.) In poison there's physic. (2 Hen. IV. i. 1.) There is some good in things evil, Would men observingly distil it out. (Hen. V. iv. 1.) Full oft 'tis seen . ...our mere defects Prove our commodities. (Lear, iii. 7.)

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poor matters point to most rich ends. (Temp. iii. 1.) O benefit of ill! now I find true, That better is by evil still made better. (Son. cxix.)

(See also Ant. Cl. ii. 1, 1-8.) (Compare No. 1381.)

134. She is bright. She may be taken in play.
Fair is my love, but not so fair as fickle;
Mild as a dove, but neither true nor trusty;
Brighter than glass, and yet as glass is brittle. (Pass. Pilgrim.)
She is too bright to be looked against. (Mer. W. ii. 2.)

135. He may goe by water, for he is sure to be well landed.

Pro. Go, go, be gone, to save your ship from wreck, Which cannot perish having thee aboard, Being destined to a drier death ashore. (Tw. G. Ver. i. 2.) The pretty vaulting sea refused to drown me, Knowing that thou wouldst have me drowned on shore, &c.

(2 Hen. VI. iii. 2.)

136. Small matters need solicitation.

Great are remembered of themselves.

Lep. Small to greater matters must give way.
Eno. Not if the small come first. (Ant. Cl. ii. 2.)

137. The matter goeth too slowly forward, that I have almost forgot it myself, so as I marvaile not if my

friends forgett.

138. Not like a crabb, though like a snail.
Snail-slow in profit. (Mer. Ven. ii. 5.)
Snail-paced beggary. (R. III. iv. 3.)

Yourself, sir, should be as old as I am, if like a crab you could go backward. (Ham. ii. 2.)

This neglection of degree it is
That by a pace goes backward with a purpose it hath to climb.

(Tr. Cl. i. 3.)

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Require of (Mars) the breath of tigers ...
Yea, the speed also,—to go on I mean,
Else wish we to be snails. (Tw. N. Kins. v. 1.)

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139. Honest men hardly change their name.
When we were happy, we had other names. (John, v. 2.)
Thou speak’st as if I would deny thy name. (1 H. IV. v. 4.)

He never did harm that I heard. ... He will keep that good
name still. (H. V. ii. 7.)
I will . . . . dub thee with the name of traitor.

(Hen. V. ii. 2.)
Thy name is Gaultier, being rightly sounded.
Gaultier or Walter, which it is I care not;
Never yet did base dishonour blur our name. (2 H. VI. iv. 1.)

140. The matter though it be new (if that be new which hath been practized in like case, though not in this particular).

There begins new matter. (As You L. iv. 1.)
We need not put new matter to his charge. (Cor. iii. 3.)
Examine me upon the particulars. (1 Hen. IV. ii. 4.)
Let me question more in particular. (Ham. ii. 2.)
Make his requests by particulars. (Cor. ii. 3.)

141. I leave the reasons to the parties relations, and the consyderations of them to your wisdome.

I leave you to your wisdom. (All's Well, ii. 5.)
In thy best consideration. (Lear, i. 1.)

Folio 86.

142. I shall be content my hours for service leave me in liberty. .

I'll put my fortunes to your service. (Wint. T. i. 2.)
My heart is ever at your service. (Tim. Ath. i. 2.)
We . . . . lay our service freely at your feet. (Ham. ii. 2.)

143. It is in vain to forbear to renew that grief by speech which the want of so great a comfort must ever renew.

Ant. My precious queen, forbear. (See the parting of Anthony and Cleopatra, Ant. Cl. i. 3.)

Glou. . . . Be patient, gentle Nell; forget this grief. . . . Ab, Nell, forbear. (See 2 Hen. IV. ii. 4.)

144. I did not seeke to wynne your thankes, so your courteous acceptation of them deserveth myne.

North.

Your company.
I protest hath very much beguiled
The tediousness and process of my travel.

Bol. Of much less value is my company
Than your good words. (Rich. 11. ii. 3.)

145. The vale best discovereth the hill.—Quoted Ess. Of Followers and Friends. Sometimes a stander-by seeth more than a plaier.

Thou must be counted a servant grafted in my serious trust, and therein negligent; or else a fool, that seest a game played home, the rich stake drawn, and tak’st it all for jest. . I would not be a stander-by to hear my sovereign mistress clouded so. (W. T. i. 2.) Coe.

To the vales,
And hold our best advantage. (Ant. and Cl. iv. 10.)

Ant. Where yond pine does stand
I will discover all. (16. iv. 11.)

146. If the bone be not true sett, it will never be well till it be broken.

Ex. What news abroad in the world?

Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it. (M. M. iii. 2.)

(Connect with 147.)

147. I desire no secret news, but the truth of comen newes.

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There is scarce truth enough alive to make society secure, but scarcity enough to make societies accursed. . ;. This news is old enough, yet it is every day's news. (M. M. iii. 2.)

(Connected with 146.)

148. The shortest folly is the best.

Quoted Advt. of L. vi. 3; Antitheta Of Constancy.
All who resist . . . . perish constant fools. (Cor. iv. 7.)

149. Cherries and newes fall price soonest.

Fortune is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. (Essay Of Delays.)

When she was dear to us we did hold her so;
But now her price is fallen. (Lear, i. 1.)

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150. You use the lawyer's form of pleading.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie.
But the defendant doth that plea deny.
And
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in him thy fair appearance lies.
To 'cide this title is impannelled
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart,
And by their verdict is determined
The clear eye's moiety, and the dear heart's part. (Sonnet xlvi.)

151. The difference is not between you and me, but between your proffitte and my trust.

(Quoted in letter to Mrs. Cooke, 1593.) Who join’st thou with, but with a lordly nation, that will not trust thee but for profit's sake! (1 H. VI. iii. 2.)

Let the king know that the cardinal does buy and sell his honour as he pleases, for his own advantage. (Hen. VIII. i. 1.)

(See also of Buckingham, ‘his gentleman in trust (H. VIII. i. 2, 108); and of Wolsey (iii. 2), the contrast between the trust in him and the profit to be made.

152. All is not in years to me; somewhat is in houres well spent.

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