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SL A N DE R.
RECKLESS AS TO THE INNOCENCE OF ITS OBJECT.
Duke. No might nor greatness in mortality Can censure 'scape ; back-wounding calumny The whitest virtue strikes : what king so strong, Can tie the gall up in the slanderer's tongue?
Measure for Measure. Act iii. Scene 2.
Leontes. Virtue itself.
Calumny will sear
Winter's Tale. Act ii. Scene 1.
Laertes. Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes.
Hamlet. Act i. Scene 3.
Slander, Whose sting is sharper than the sword's.
Winter's Tale. Act ii. Scene 3.
Slander lives upon succession ; For ever hous'd, where it once gets possession.
Comedy of Errors. Act ii, Scene 1.
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile; whose breath
Cymbeline, Act ïïi. Scene 4.
Hamlet. Act iv. Scene 1.
PUBLIC slander (the slander of the public press) is one of the most prominent crimes of the present day. No learning, no piety, no virtue, no benevolence shields the victim. The most secret affections, the innocent retirements of the home circle, are outraged and paraded before the gaze of the multitude,—and all from motives of political rancour. The friends of the liberty of the press are beginning almost to doubt whether that can be a blessing which leads to such a curse as its licentiousness! Where it will stop no one knows. If the sin had rested with one political party, there might be better hopes; but all have been guilty-it matters not whether in different degrees,- all have with. out scruple sacrificed principles for personalities. And the feeling in favour of discussion as free as air, renders the law of libel almost a dead letter. The existence of such a state of things is lamentable. Where can a remedy be found? Only in the moral education of the peopleand that cure, how slow!
S LE E P.
Macbeth. Act ii, Scene 2,
Lady Macbeth. You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
Ibid. Act iii. Scene 4.
K. Henry. How many thousand of my poorest subjects Are at this hour asleep!-Sleep, gentle sleep, Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfnlness ? Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs, Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee, And hush'd with buzzing night-fies to thy slumber; Than in the perfum'd chambers of the great, Under the canopies of costly state, And lulld with sounds of sweetest melody? Oh, thou dull god, why liest thou with the vile, In loathsome beds; and leav'st the kingly couch,
A watch-case, or a common larum bell?
2nd part King Henry IV. Act iii. Scene 1.
ITS RESEMBLANCE TO DEATH.
By his gates of breath There lies a downy feather, which stirs not: Did he suspire, that light and weightless down Perforce must move.—My gracious lord! my father!This sleep is sound indeed: this is a sleep, That from this golden rigol + hath divorced So many English kings.
2nd part King Henry IV. Act iv, Scene 4.
THE REWARD OF TOIL.
Cymbeline. Act iji. Scene 6,
* "And" in the text, meaning “yet."
SHOULD ACCOMPANY YOUTH AND HEALTH.
Friar Laurence. Young son, it argues a distemper'd head, So soon to bid good morrow to thy bed: Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And where care lodges, sleep will never lie; But where unbruised youth with unstuff'd brain Doth coach his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign; Therefore thy earliness doth me assure, Thou art up-rous'd by some distemperature.
Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Scene 3.