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Full of wise saws and modern instances, –
And so he plays his part": [-" then succeeds the manly age, when it becomes more solid and exact," says the Latin.)
“ The sixth age shifts
And whistles in his sound": [" and lastly, its old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust," or, as the Latin reads, “ Lastly, its old age creeps on, when it becomes dry and exhaust, garrulity only remaining."]
"Last scene of all,
Act II. Sc. 7. [“ But it is not good to look too long upon these turning wheels of vicissitude, lest we become giddy."]
Here, there is resemblance in the thought, manner, and word, but not any absolute identity : the similitude is rather distant and remote, as we should expect to find it in writings so different in character, even the subject being not the same. As will be seen, the Latin translation comes nearer to the very language of the poetry than the English original of the Essay; and upon a close study, it is pretty evident that, in the scientific study of the “ Differences of Youth and Old Age," and in the "History of Life and Death,” may be found the actual first origin of both the poetry and the prose. The general ideas are certainly very similar, the difference of the subject in the Essay necessarily occasioning some variations and omissions of particulars. The manner is nearly the same in both, and the turn of expression, and use of words, is alike in both ; as for instance, the words creep, manly voice and manly age, severe and exact, yarrulity and childish treble, this strange eventful history and the turning wheels of vicissitude. And then we have the same order and succession of the like ideas as far as they
“The Church of Rome, a donative cell of the King of Spain.” VII. 162. -"the obscure cells of solitary monks.” — Int. of Nat.
-" that part of learning which answereth to one of the cells, domicils, or offices, of the mind of man; which is that of Memory." — Adv. II.
-“bred in the cells of gross and solitary monks." — Adv., II.
“ Your beadsman, therefore, addresseth himself to your Majesty for a cell to retire to.” – Letter to the King.
-“for it was time for me to go to a cell." Letter. " It were a pretty cell for my fortune.” – Letter.
not that I am more better Than Prospero, master of a full poor cell." — Temp., Act I. Sc. 2. -" it is a cell of ignorance." — Cym., Act IV. Sc. 2. - "sweet cell of virtue and nobility.”. Tit. And., Act I. Sc. 2.
“O, proud death! What feast is toward in thine eternal cell ? "-Ham., Act V. Sc. 2.
the vapours and fumes of law." — Sp., VII. 268.
“By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
1 Hen. IV., Act I. Sc. 2.
" the local centre and heart of the laws of this realm."-Sp., VII. 268.
- "this foul swine Lies now even in the centre of this isle."
Rich. III., Act V. Sc. 2.
" whereof he doubteth not they have heard by glimpses.” — Sp., VII. 310. _" the fault and glimpse of newness.”
Measure for Measure, Act I. Sc. 3. “ That thou, dead corse, in complete steel Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon.” — Ham., Act I. Sc. 4.
“ I hope I shall not be found to have the troubled fountain of a corrupt heart.” – Letter, 1620.
"Our pleasure therefore is, who are the head and fountain of justice in our dominions." - VII. 327.
“For there are certain fountains of justice, whence all civil laws are derived but as streams." - Adv., II. 295.
- "his majesty who is the fountain of grace." — Sp., VII. 252. -"the ready fountain of her continual benignity."
Dis. of Eliz. VII. 156. " the most sacred fountain of all grace and goodness." — VII. 6. " the spring-head thereof seemeth to me not to have been visited."
Macd. Your royal father 's murder'd.” — Macb., Act II. Sc. 3. “ The fountain from which my current runs." — Oth., Act IV. Sc. 2.
" the fountain of our love.". Tro. and Cress., Act III. Sc. 2.
_" those legions of spectres and worlds of shadows, which we see hovering over all the expanse of the philosophies.” — Int. Globe, XII. 155.
With many legions of strange fantasies.” — K. John, Act V. Sc. 7.
" she hath legions of angels.". Mer. Wives, Act I. Sc. 3. “Methought a legion of foul fiends.” - Richard III., Act I. Sc. 4.
move always and be carried with the motion of your first mover, which is your sovereign." — Sp., VII. 259.
[This “first mover comes from Aristotle, who treats of the Divine Spirit, or absolute cause of all movement, as the “ First Mover” (TPWTOV xwrouv).]
“O, thou eternal Mover of the heavens,
2 Hen. VI., Act III. Sc. 3.
“I think that all this dust is raised by light rumours and buzzes.” — Speech.
“Suspicions that the mind of itself gathers are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men's heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.” — Essay, XXXI. “For I will buzz abroad such prophecies."
3 Henry VI., Act V. Sc. 6.
Richard III., Act I. Sc. 1.
-"well studied in the book of God's word, or in the book of God's works: divinity or philosophy." — Adv., Spedd., VI. 97.
-"and so by degrees to read in the volumes of his creatures."
Int. Nat., Ibid. 36. “ when the book of hearts shall be opened.” — Letter, 1620. – "laying before us two books or volumes to study, if we will be secured from error; first the Scriptures revealing the will of God, and then the creatures expressing his power.". - Int. Nat., Ibid. 33.
“I' the world's volume Our Britain seems as of it, but not in it; In a great pool, a swan's nest.” Cymb., Act III. Sc. 4.
“Jul. O, Nature, - ..... Was ever book containing such vile matter So fairly bound?”
" - Rom. and Juliet, Act III. Sc. 2. " In Nature's infinite book of secrecy, A little I can read." . Ant. and Cleo., Act I. Sc. 2. “Within the book and volume of my brain."
Hamlet, Act I. Sc. 5.
“ The leaf of barrage hath an excellent spirit to repress the fuliginous vapour of dusky melancholy, and so to cure madness;
it will make a sovereign drink for melancholy passions.” – Nat. Hist., § 18.
—" sable colored melancholy.” — Love's Labor 's Lost, Act I. Sc. 1.
-“the sovereign'st thing on earth
“Because the partition of sciences are not like several lines that meet in one angle, but rather like branches of trees that meet in one stem."
XVI. n. 4, App. " As many arrows loos'd several ways
Fly to one mark; ...,
“Caius Marius was general of the Romans against the Cimbers, who came with such a sea of multitude upon Italy.” — Apoth. 242. “Who taught the bee to sail through such a vast sea of air?” – Adv.
“Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
“But my level is no farther but to do the part of a true friend."
Letter, 1623. “As for all direct or indirect glances or levels at men's persons.” –VII. 59.
-“for the other do level point blank at the inventory of causes and axioms." - Nat. Hist.
[A favorite expression.]
-"no levell’d malice
-"and be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others." — Ess., XXIII.
“Pol. .... To thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Hamlet, Act I. 8c. 3.
“The poets make fame a monster. They describe her in part elegantly; and in part gravely and sententiously. They say look how many feathers she hath; so many eyes she hath underneath; so many tongues; so many voices; she pricks up so many ears. This is a fourish. There follow excellent parables; as that she gathereth strength in going; that she goeth upon the ground, and yet hideth her head in the clouds: that in the day time she sitteth in a watchtower, and flieth most by night: that she mingleth things done with things not done and that she is a terror to great cities. . “But now, if a man can tame this monster,
But we are infected with the style of the poets." — Essay of Fame.
"Enter RUMOUR, painted full of tongues.
Rumour is a pipe