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Yet hath Sir Proteus . . . . made use and fair advantage of his days; . . . . his years but young, but his experience old, his head unmellowed, but his judgment ripe. (Two Gen. Ver. ii. 3.)
Had you been as wise as old,
Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise. (Lear, i. 5.)
153. Offer him a booke.
(Mer. Wiv. ii. 1.)
Being so reputed
154. Why hath not God sent you my mynd, or me your means.
I look upon myself, and curse my fate,
(Sonnet xxix.) 155. I think it my double good happ both for the obtaining and for the means.
Ten times double gain of happiness. (R. III. iv. 4.)
An. Then give me leave that I may turn the key,
(Aumerle locks the door.)
Open the door, secure, foolhardy king :
157. I wish one as fitt as I am unfitt.
158. I do not only dwell farre from neighbours, but near yll neighbours.
Our bad neighbour makes us early stirrers. (Hen. V. iv. 1.)
159. As please the paynter.
Oli. Have you any commission from your lord to negotiate with my face? ... We will draw the curtain, and show you the picture. Look you, Sir; such a one I was this present: is't not well done ?
Vio. Excellently done, if God did all.
(Tw. N. i. 5.) (See R. Lucrece, l. 1366–7, 1387-1414, and folio 126.)
160. Receperunt mercedem suam.—Matt. v. 16. (They have their reward.)
Duty never yet did want his meed. (Tw. G. Ver. ii. 4.)
(All's W. ii. 1, 150.) Death's my fee. (16. 192.)
161. Secundum fidem vestram fiet vobis.-Matt. xvi. 28. (Be it unto you according to your faith.)
We will, according to your strengths and qualities, as we hear you do reform yourselves, give you advancement. (2 Hen. IV. v.5.)
For your faithfulness we will reward you. (Per. i. 1.)
I will use them according to their desert. (Ham. ii. 2.)
162. Ministerium meum honorificabo.—Rom. xi. 13. (I will magnify mine office.)
(Quoted in the Essay Of Praise.)
Folio 1866. 163. Beati mortui qui moriuntur in domino.—Rev. xiv. 13. (Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.) Right dear in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
(Ps. cxvi., quoted Advt. of L. vii. l.) Dying so, death is to him an advantage. (See Hen. V. iv. 1.)
(Compare No. 655.)
164. Detractor portat diabolum in linguâ. (The slanderer carries the devil in his tongue.)
As slanderous as Satan. (Aer. Wives W. v. 5.)
(Cymb. iii. 4; and see Cymb. i. 7, 142–148.) Slander, whose sting is sharper than the sword. (W. T. ii. 3.) Devil Envy, say Amen. (Tr. Cr. ii. 3.) That monster envy, oft the wrack Of earned praise. (Per. iv. 3.)
165. Frangimur heu fatis (inquit) ferimurque procellâ. - Virg. Æn. vii. 594. (We are wrecked, alas ! by the fates and hurried on by the storm (of misfortune).
But, lords, we hear this fearful tempest sing,
King. Even as men wrecked upon a sand, that look to be washed off the next tide. (H. V. iv. 1.)
(See 3 H. VI. v. 4, 1-39, &c.)
And spur my
166. Nunc ipsa vocat res.—Virg. Æn. ix. 320. (Oc
* casion offers.--Dryden. More literally matter,' or rence. There are in the plays and in Bacon's prose works a number of passages in which the advantages of seizing opportunities, or of profiting by occasions or occurrences, are set forth.)
(See Of Opportunity; Lucrece, 1. 874-935.) I'll sort occasion. (R. 111. ii. 3, 147.) Advantage feeds him fat while men delay. (1 Hen. IV. iii. 3.) Advantage is a better soldier than rashness. (Hen. V. iii. 6.) How all occasions do inform against me,
revenge. (Ham. iv. 5.) The honourablest part of talk is to give the occasion.
(Ess. Of Discourse. Other encounters so glib of tongue That give occasion ? welcome ere it comes. (Tr. Cr. iv. 5.) Mer, Make it a word and a blow.
Tyb. You shall find me apt enough for that, sir, an' you give me occasion. Mer. Could you not take some occasion without giving ?
(Rom. Jul. iii. 1, and ib. ii. 4, 161.) A finder out of occasions. (Oth. ii. 1.) &c.
Occasion (as it is in the common verse) turneth a bald noddle after she hath presented her locks in front, and no hold taken ; or, at least, turneth the handle of the bottle first, &c. (Ess. Of Delays.)
Take the saf'st occasion by the front. (Oth. iii. 1.)
1 Mr. Collier's text.
Other editions read 'give a coasting welcome.'
Not one word of the consumed time, Let's take the instant by the foremost top, &c. (All's W. v. 3.) (And see M. Ado, i. 2, 13.)
167. Dii meliora piis errorem (que) hostibus illum.Virg. Georg. iii. 513.
(Ye gods to better fate good men dispose,
Now the fair goddess Fortune
(See No. 1159.)
168. Aliquisque malo fuit usus in illo.--Ovid. there was some use in that evil.)
Deceit bred by necessity. (3 H. VI. iii. 3.)
(To such a
169. Usque adeo latet utilitas.-Ovid. degree does usefulness lie hidden.)
O mickle is the powerful grace that lies
i Compare Essay Of Delays, where delays, like Sibylla's offer, are said to consume part by part, with the whole of the passage in All's Well, v. 3.