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4. Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his poor


Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee;

Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be brib'd To do him justice, and revenge on you.


Dissimulation, to a snake.

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5. Or as a snake, roll'd in a flowering bank, With shining checker'd slough, doth sting a child, That, for the beauty, thinks it excellent.



Rumour,-to a musical instrument.

Rumour is a pipe

Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures;
And of so easy and so plain a stop,

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That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,

Can play upon it.


711. Hollow friends,-to showy horses.

7. But hollow men, like horses hot at hand, Make gallant show and promise of their mettle: But when they should endure the bloody spur, They fall their crest, and, like deceitful jades, Sink in the trial.


Vague thoughts, to distant clouds.

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8. These things seem small and undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned into clouds.

713. Anger, to over-boiling water.

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9. Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
That it do singe yourself: We may outrun,
By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
And lose by over-running. Know you not,
The fire, that mounts the liquor till it run o'er,
In seeming to augment it, wastes it?

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Time,―to a fashionable host.

10. Time is like a fashionable host,

That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand; And with his arms out-stretch'd, as he would fly, Grasps-in the comer.

715. Revolution, like a high-fed horse.


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Contention, like a horse

Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,
And bears down all before him.

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So work the honey-bees;

Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king, and officers of sorts:
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home;
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad;
Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds;
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor:

Who, busied in his majesty, surveys

The singing masons building roofs of gold:
The civil citizens kneading up the honey;
The poor mechanic porters crouding in
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate;
The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum,
Delivering o'er to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone.

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717. Honey-suckles,-to princes and favourites.

13. Where honey-suckles, ripen'd by the sun, Forbid the sun to enter;-like favourites, Made proud by princes, that advance their pride Against that power that bred it: there will she


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718. England, to an eagle; and Scotland,-
to a weasel.

14. The eagle England being in prey,
To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot
Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs;
Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat,
To spoil and havoc more than she can eat.

719. A doubtful battle,―to two swimmers.

Doubtfully it stood;

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15. As two spent swimmers, that do cling together, And choke their art.

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The same,-to the dawn of day.

16. This battle fares like to the morning's war, When dying clouds contend with growing light.


The same,-to a tempestuous sea.

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17. Now sways it this way, like a mighty sea,
Forc'd by the tide to combat with the wind:
Now sways it that way, like the self-same sea
Forc'd to retire by fury of the wind:

Sometime, the flood prevails; and, then, the wind:
Now, one the better; then, another best;
Both tugging to be victors, breast to breast,
Yet neither conqueror, nor conquered.

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