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For that same word, rebellion, did divide
The action of their bodies from their souls ;
And they did fight with queasiness, constrain’d,
As men drink potions : that their weapons only
Seem'd on our side; but, for their spirits and souls,
This word, rebellion, it had froze them up.
As fish are in a pond: but now, the bishop
Turns insurrection to religion:
Suppos’d sincere, and holy in his thoughts,
He's follow'd both with body and with mind.

2nd part King Henry IV. Act i. Scene 1.

NOT SELFISH.

Young Clifford. He that is truly dedicate to war
Hath no self-love; nor he that loves himself
Hath not essentially, but by circumstance,
The name of valour.

2nd part King Henry VI. Act v, Scene 2.

INFECTIOUS.

Q. Mar. My lord, cheer up your spirits; our foes are nigh, And this soft courage makes your followers faint.

3rd part King Henry VI. Act ii. Scene 2.

Prince. Methinks, a woman of this valiant spirit
Should, if a coward heard her speak these words,
Infuse his breast with magnanimity,
And make him, naked, foil a man-at-arms.
I speak not this, as doubting any here:
For did I but suspect a fearful * man,

* Timorous.

He should have leave to go away betimes ;
Lest, in our need, he might infect another,
And make him of like spirit to himself.

3rd part King Henry VI. Act v. Scene 4.

SHOULD RISE WITH THE OCCASION.

Q. Margaret. Wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss, But cheerly seek how to redress their harms. What though the mast be now blown over-board, The cable broke, the holding anchor lost, And half our sailors swallowed in the flood ? Yet lives our pilot still. Is't meet that he Should leave the helm, and, like a fearful lad, With tearful eyes add water to the sea, And give more strength to that which hath too much ; Whiles, in his moan, the ship splits on the rock, Which industry and courage might have saved ? Ah, what a shame! ah, what a fault were this !

We will not from the helm, to sit and weep;
But keep our course, though the rough wind say-no,
From shelves and rocks that threaten us with wreck.
As good to chide the waves, as speak them fair!
Why, courage then ! what cannot be avoided
'Twere childish weakness to lament or fear !

Ibid.

MORAL COURAGE.

King. Brave conquerors !—for so you are,
That war against your own affections,
And the huge army of the world's desires.

Love's Labour's lost. Act i. Scene l.

Ist Senator. He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer The worst that man can breathe ; and make his wrongs His outsides ; wear them, like his raiment, carelessly ; And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart, To bring it into danger.

Timon of Athens. Act iii. Scene 5.

INSPIRED BY INTEGRITY.

Brutus. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats;
For I am arm’d so strong in honesty,
That they pass by me, as the idle wind,
Which I respect not.

Julius Cæsar. Act iv, Scene 3

PREPARES FOR THE WORST.

Cassius. But, since the affairs of men rest still uncertain, Let’s reason with the worst that may befall.

Ibid. Act v. Scene I.

DANGEROUS WHEN FOUNDED ON FURY.

Enobarbus.

To be furious,
Is, to be frighted out of fear : and in that mood,
The dove will peck the estridge: and I see still,
A diminution in our captain's brain
Restores his heart: When valour preys on reason,
It eats the sword it fights with.

Antony and Cleopatra. Act iii. Scene 11.

EXCITED BY HARDSHIPS.

Imogen.

Famine,
Ere clean it o'erthrow nature, makes it valiant.
Plenty and peace breed cowards : hardness ever
Of
is mother.

Cymbeline. Act iii. Scene 6.

The Poet has exhausted the subject, and positively leaves one nothing to say on it. He has exhibited it in all its phases, shown the superiority of moral over animal courage, how it is affected by sympathy and imagination, and above all, placed before as its highest triumph, viz. a conquest over our own bad dispositions. “Verbum sat sapientibus."

CUSTOM AND HABIT.

Valentine. How use doth breed a habit in a man !

Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act v. Scene 4.

MEN'S JUDGMENTS AFFECTED BY HABITS AND

CIRCUMSTANCES.

Enobarbus.

I see men's judgments are
A parcel of their fortunes: and things outward
Do draw the inward quality after them,
To suffer all alike,

Antony and Cleopatra. Act iii. Scene 11.

King Lear. The art of our necessities is strange, That can make vile things precious.

King Lear. Act iü. Scene 2.

VIRTUE ATTAINED BY HABIT.

Hamlet.

Refrain to-night:
And that shall lend a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence: the next more easy ;
For use almost can change the stamp of nature,
And either curb the devil, or throw him out
With wondrous potency.

Hamlet. Act iii. Scene 4.

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