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P O PULA RI TY.
AN UNCERTAIN POSSESSION.
Archbishop of York. An habitation giddy and unsure
2nd part King Henry IV. Act i. Scene 3.
Cade. Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro, as this multitude.
2nd part King Henry VI. Act iv. Scene 8.
King Henry VI, Look! as I blow this feather from my
3rd part King Henry VI. Act iji. Scene 1.
He that depends
do change a mind, And call him noble, that was now your hate, Him vile, that was your garland.
Coriolanus. Act i. Scene 1.
* Meaning" the people's."
Hastings. Oh, momentary grace of mortal men,
King Richard III. Act iii. Scene 4.
MUCH DEPENDENT ON PROSPERITY.
What ! am I poor of late ?-
Troilus and Cressida. Act iii, Scene 3,
REQUIRES PERPETUAL EXERTION TO KEEP IT UP.
Ulysses. Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back, Wherein he puts alms for oblivion, A great-siz'd monster of ingratitudes: Those scraps are good deeds past; which are devour'd As fast as they are made, forgot as soon As they are done. Perseverance, my lord, Keeps honour bright: to have done, is to hang Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail,
In monumertal mockery. Take the instant way!
Troilus and Cressida, Act iii. Scene 3.
ITS VALUE ESTIMATED.
2nd Officer. 'Faith, there have been many great men that have flattered the people, who ne'er loved them; and there be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore: so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better ground: therefore, for Coriolanus neither to care whether they love or hate him, manifests the true knowledge he has in their disposition: and, out of his noble carelessness, lets them plainly see't.
1st Officer. If he did not care whether he had their love, or no, he wavered indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good, nor harm : but he seeks their hate with greater derotion than they can render it him ; and leaves nothing undone, that may fully discover him their opposite. Now, to seem to affect the malice and displeasure of the people, is as bad as that which he dislikes, to flatter them for their love.
Coriolanus. Act ii. Scene 2.
FICKLENESS OF THE MULTITUDE.
This common body, Like to a
ond flag upon the stream, Goes to, and back, lackeying the varying tide, To rot itself with motion.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act i. Scene 4.
THERE is much severity in several of Shakspere's observations on the character of the multitude. I would willingly defend the people from such attacks, if my conscience would allow me, but it will not. Meanwhile, where does the blame lie, if passion, and ignorance, and fickleness do pervade the masses of our human brethren ? With those who have it in their power to instil principle, and knowledge, and constancy into the bosoms of their less favoured fellow-men, and have not done so! I trust another century will not elapse, before Shakspere's remarks upon this point will have lost all their force.
EASIER THAN PRACTICE.
Much ado about Nothing, Act v. Scene 1.
Portiu. If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were