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If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work. —GAL. vi. 3, 4.

O that you would turn your eyes towards the napes of your necks, and make but an interior survey

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your good selves. *—CORIOLANUS. Act 11. Scene 1.

Go to your

bosom : Knock there.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

Act II. Scene 2.

LXXXIX.

SELF-PRAISE UNSEEMLY.

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

PROV. xxvii. 2.

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For men to search their own glory is not glory.?

PROV. xxv. 27.

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Lam. iii. 40; Ps. lxxvii. 6. 2 Gen. xi. 4; Dan. iv. 30; Phil. ii. 3 ; John v. 44; James v. 16.

* “With allusion,” says Johnson, to the fable which tells us that every man has a bag hanging before him, in which he puts his neighbours' faults; and another behind him, in which he stows his own."

The worthiness of praise distains his worth,
If that the praised himself brings forth the praise.

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. Act 1. Scene 3.

He that is proud eats up himself. Pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.—TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. Act II, Scene 3.

We wound our modesty, and make foul the clearings of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. Act l, Scene 3.

It is the witness still of excellency,
To put a strange face on his own perfection.

Much ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Act 11. Scene 3.

XC.

SIMPLICITY OF A CHARITABLE SPIRIT.

(Charity) thinketh no evil.-1 Cor. xiii. 5.

Whose nature is so far from doing harms,
That he suspects none.

KING LEAR. Act 1. Scene 2. XCI.

RESISTANCE OF SIN.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

JAMES iv. 7.

That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat
Of habit's devil, is-angel yet in this;
That to the use of actions fair and good
He likewise gives a frock, or livery,
That aptly is put on; refrain to-night,
And that will lend a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence; the next more easy,
For use can almost change the stamp of nature,
And either curb the devil, or throw him out
With wondrous potency.

HAMLET. Act 111. Scene 4.

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Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them._Matt. vi. 26.

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Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.-MATT. X. 29.

Who provideth for the raven his food."

JOB xxxviii. 41.

There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.-HAMLET. Act v. Scene 2.

He that doth the ravens feed,
Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
Be comfort to my age!

As You LIKE IT. Act II. Scene 3.

XCIII.

DECEIT.

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. —Ps. lv. 21.

Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.-Ps. xxviii. 3.

1 Ps. cxlvii. 8, 9; civ. 27.

2 Matt. xxvi. 49; Prov. xii. 18.

They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly.-Ps. lxii. 4.

Some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,
Millions of mischief.

JULIUS CÆSAR. Act iv. Scene 1.

Ah, that deceit should steal such gentle shapes,
And with a virtuous visor hide deep vice.

KING RICHARD III. Act II. Scene 2.

My tables-meet it is, I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

HAMLET. Act. I. Scene 5.

Thou art like the harpy, Which, to betray, doth wear an angel's face, Seize with an eagle's talons.

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE. Act Iv. Scene 4.

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The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul, producing holy witness,
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek:
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath.

MERCHANT OF VENICE.

Act 1. Scene 3.

* As in Matt. iv. 6.

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