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A solemn air, the best comforter
To an unsettled fancy.

THE TEMPEST. Act v. Scene 1.

Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage,
But music for a time doth change his nature.

MERCHANT OF VENICE,

Act v. Scene 1.

Preposterous ass! that never read so far
To know the cause why music was ordained :
Was it not to refresh the mind of man,
After his studies or his usual pain ?

TAMING OF THE SHREW.

Act III. Scene 1.

This music crept by me upon the waters;
Allaying both their fury and my passion
With its sweet air.

THE TEMPEST. Act 1. Scene 2.

For Orpheus' lute was strung with poet's sinews; Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones. Two GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

Act 111. Scene 2.

Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain-tops, that freeze,
Bow themselves when he did sing;

To his music, plants, and flowers
Ever spring; as sun and showers,
There had been a lasting spring.
Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by,-
In sweet music is such art:
Killing care, and grief of heart,
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.

KING HENRY VIII.

Act III. Scene 1.

LXXIX.

THE VALUE OF A GOOD NAME.

1

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

PROV. xxii. 1.

Good name in man and woman
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash ; 't is something,

nothing; 'T was mine, 't is his, and has been slave to thou

sands;

1 Luke x. 20.

But he that filches from me my good name,
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor

indeed.

OTHELLO, Act II]. Scene 1.

The purest treasure mortal times afford
Is spotless reputation; that away,
Men are but gilded loam, or painted clay.

KING RICHARD II. Act 1. Scene 1.

LXXX.

OLD AGE VENERABLE.

Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God."

LEV. xix. 32.

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.2—Prov. xvi. 31.

Silver hairs
Will purchase us a good opinion,
And buy men's voices to commend our deeds.

JULIUS CÆSAR. Act II. Scene 1,

1 Gen. xxxi. 35; Eph. vi. 1-3.

2 Prov. xx. 29.

Old folks have discretion, as they say, and know the world. - MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Act 11. Scene 2.

Youth no less becomes
The light and careless livery that it wears,
Than settled age his sables, and his weeds
Importing health and graveness.

HAMLET. Act iv. Scene 7.

LXXXI.

GOD'S BLESSING ON PEACEMAKERS.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”—Matt. v. 9.

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife.?

PROV. xx. 3.

God's benison

go
with
you;

and with those That would make good of bad, and friends of foes.

MACBETH. Act 11. Scene 4.

1

2 Cor. xiii. 11; Phil. ii. 14, 15; Rom. xii. 18.

2 Gen. xiii. 8; James iii. 17, 18.

LXXXII.

THE PRAYERS OF THE WICKED

INEFFECTUAL.

1

Now we know that God heareth not sinners.

John ix. 31.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.2 —Ps. lxvi. 18.

For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul ? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him ? 3

JOB xxvii. 8, 9.

And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you ; yea,

when

ye

make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Is. i. 15.

4

The gods are deaf to hot and peevish vows;
They are polluted springs, more abhorr'd
Than spotted livers in the sacrifice.

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. Act v. Scene 3.

1 Prov. xv. 8, 29; James iv. 3. 2 Is. lix. 2; Matt. xxiii. 14. 3 Jer. xi. 11; Ezek. viii. 18; Zec. vii. 13. 4 Prov. xxviii. 9; Jer. xiv. 12; James v. 16; 1 John iii. 22.

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