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Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set. (Ess. Of Beauty.) I will set
you neither in gold nor silver, but in vile apparel, and send you back again to your master for a jewel. (2 Hen. IV. i. 2.)
The parts that fortune hath bestowed upon her,
gems That nature pranks her in, attracts my soul. (Tw. N. ii. 4.) (England) This precious stone set in the silver sea.
(Rich. II. ii. 1.) Never so rich a gem was set in worse than gold.
(Mer. Ven. ii. 7.) The jewel best enamell’d will lose its beauty. (Com. Er. ii. 1.)
The best governments are like precious stones, wherein every flaw or grain are seen and noted. (Speech.) My love to thee is without crack or flaw. (L. L. L. v. 2.)
. He is the very brooch, the gem of the nation. (Ham. iv. 7.) A gem of women! (Ant. Cl. iii. 11.)
O noble fellow !
90. A whery man (sic), that looks one way and pulls another.
(Quoted in a letter to Essex, 1593.)
92. Mors in olla : poyson in.—2 Kings iv. 40.
I have noted that in all God's book I find examples of other offences and offenders in their kinds, but not of impoisonment.
Mors in olla. (Charge against Wentworth, 1616.)
(See Cymb. vi. 1-5; and Ham. v. 2. Also No. 97.)
93. Fumos vendere. (To sell smoke.)— Eras. Ad. 241 ; Martial, 457.)
Item.—No knight of this order shall give out what gracious words the Prince hath given him.
Contrary to the late inhibition of selling smoke. (Gesta. Graym.)
(L. L. L. iv. 3, sonnet.) 94. Oremus. Let us all to meditation. (2 H. VI. iii. 3.) All lost! To prayers, to prayers ! (Temp. i. 1.)
) Ham. Such as it is : and for mine own poor part I'll go pray. (Ham. i. 5.)
(References to saying prayers about 150 times.)
95. Suavissima vita indies meliorem fieri. (The sweetest life is to become daily better.)
You will confess that the greatest delight is 'Sentire te indies fieri meliorem.' (Advice to the Duke of Rutland, 1595.)
And so we leave you to your meditations,
(See Ham. iii. 4. 150-173.)
96. The grace of God is worth a faire.
with you. (Lear, v. 2.) Thou art a wicked villain, despite all grace. (M. M. i. 2, rep.) Heaven give thee moving graces! (M. M. ii. 2.) Heaven rain grace. (Temp. iii. 1.) (See No. 37.)
* Upon this sheet is written Promus.'
97. Mors in olla.
(See No. 92.)
98. No wise speech, though easy and voluble.
99. Notwithstanding his dialogues (of one that giveth life to his speech by way of question).
So skipping a dialogue. (Tw. N. i. 5.)
100. He can tell a tale well (of those courtly gifts of speech which are better in describing than in considering).
I tell this tale vilely. (M. Ado. iii. 3.)
101. A good comediante (of one that hath good grace in his speech).
Are you a comedian?
No, my profound heart · But this is from my commission. I will on with my speech in your praise. . . . I took great pains to study it. (Tw. N. i. 5.)
Sometimes, great Agamemnon,
102. To commend judgments.
Cle. He's very knowing, I do perceive't:
.. that I have adventured To try your taking of a false report : which hath Honoured with confirmation your great judgment. (Cymb. i. 7.)
(About a hundred instances in which good judgment is commended and defect of judgment condemned.)
103. To commend sense of law.
If you deny me, fie
upon your law. (Mer. Ven. iv. 1.) I stand here for law. ..
... I charge you by the law.
(Mer. Ven. iv. 1.) You know the law; your exposition bath been most sound.
(Mer. Ven. iv. 1.) Let your haste commend your sense of duty. (Ham. i. 2.)
104. Cunning in the humours of persons, but not in the conditions of actions.
It is one thing to understand persons, and another to understand matters; for
many are perfect in men's humours that are not greatly capable of the real part of business, &c. (Ess. Cunning.) Will you bide within ? I
my lord the Emperor
Tit. (aside) I know them all, though they sụppose me mad, And will o'er-reach them in their own devices. (Tit And. v. 2.)
Shame that they wanted cunning, in excess hath broke their hearts. (Tim. Ath. v. 4.) Falstaff will learn the humour of the age. (Mer. Wiv. i. 3.)
I see men's judgments are A parcel of their fortunes ; and things outward Do draw the inward quality after them, &c. (Ant. Cl. iii. 11.)
(See also Oth. iii. 3; Lear, i. 1, 2, iii. 1, 20; Cymb. v. 5, 180-209 ; Per. iii. 2, 27, &c. &c.)
105. Stay a little that we may make an end the
(Quoted as a saying of Sir Amyas Paulet, Apothegms.)
106. A fool's bolt is soon shot.
A fool's bolt is soon shot. (H. V. iii. 7 ; As Y. L. v. 4.) I will shoot my fool's bolt since you will have it so. (Letter to Essex, 1597.)
A bolt of nothing, shot at nothing,
Which the brain makes of fumes. (Cymb. iv. 2.)
107. His lippes hang in his light.
108. Best we lay a straw here.
Two thousand souls, and twenty thousand ducats,
Is, not to stir without great argument;
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw. (Ham. iv. 4.)
She spurns enviously at straws.
iii. 4, 128.)1
(Ham. iv. 5; and John,
109. A myle post thwitten (sic) to a pudding pricke. (? From Dis to Daedalus, from post to pillar.-Tw. N. Kins. iii. 6.)
110. One swallo (sic) maketh no summer.
Sec. Lord. The swallow follows not summer
More willingly than we your Lordship.
Tim. Nor more willingly leaves winter.
Such summer birds are men. (Tim. Ath. iii. 6.)
King. O Westmoreland! thou art a summer bird,
The lifting up of day. (2 Hen. IV. iv. 4.)
1 These passages are only introduced because they all show a straw' to be used as expressive of a very trifling thing or obstacle. Perhaps the note may mean- 'Here we must raise a small objection,' or 'Here we must throw out a slight hint.'