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Shakespeare.

The battles of the Lord of hosts he fought.

1 HENRY VI. i. 1.

This arm
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Lets fall this sword before your highness' feet,
And with submissive loyalty of heart,
Ascribes the glory of his conquest got,
First to my God, and next unto your grace.

1 HENRY VI. iii. 4.

O' God's name, see the lists and all things fit;
Here let them end it, and God defend the right!

2 HENRY VI. ii. 3.

The head of Cade ?-Great God, how just art Thou !
O, let me view his visage, being dead,
That living wrought me such exceeding trouble.

2 HENRY VI. v. 1.

To whom God will, there be the victory!

3 HENRY VI. ii. 5.

Who 's this ?-0 God! it is my father's face,
Whom in this conflict I unwares have kill'd;

* Pardon me, God, I knew not what I did !

3 HENRY VI. ii. 5.

You fight in justice; then, in God's name, lords,
Be valiant, and give signal to the fight.

3 HENRY VI. v. 4.

Shakespeare.

In God's name, cheerly on, courageous friends,
To reap the harvest of perpetual peace.

RICHARD III. v. 2.

O Thou ! whose captain I account myself,
Look on my forces with a gracious eye ;
Put in their hands Thy bruising-irons of wrath,
That they may crush down with a heavy fall
Th’ usurping helmets of our adversaries !
Make us Thy ministers of chastisement,
That we may praise Thee in Thy victory!
To Thee do I commend my watchful soul,
Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes :
Sleeping and waking, O, defend me still !

RICHARD III. v. 8.

Cheer thy heart, and be thou not dismay'd;
God, and good angels fight on Richmond's side.

RICHARD III. v. 3.

If you fight against God's enemy,
God will, in justice, ward you as His soldiers.

RICHARD III. v. 3.

God, and our good cause, fight upon our side : The prayers of holy saints, and wronged souls, Like high-rear'd bulwarks, stand before our faces.

RICHARD III. v. 3.

Shakespeare.

In the name of God, and all these rights, Advance your standards, draw your willing swords; * *

* * * Sound drums and trumpets, boldly and cheerfully : God, and Saint George! Richmond, and victory!

RICHARD III. v. 3.

God, and your arms be prais'd! victorious friends.

* * * * * Great God of Heaven, say amen to all !

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And then, as we have ta’en the sacrament,
We will unite the white rose with the red :--
Smile Heaven upon this fair conjunction ;

* * And let their heirs, God (if Thy will be so), Enrich the time to come with smooth-fac'd peace !

* * * * * That she may long live here, God say—amen !

RICHARD III. v. 4.

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Having now completed our Moral and Religious Extracts from the Works of Shakespeare, we submit to the consideration of our readers, whether we have not fully established the point we aimed at, viz.—of proving that Shakespeare was not a Papist, but a worthy member of the Church of England; and we entertain the cherished idea that the foregoing extracts exemplify these facts, and grace his character as a moral and religious man.

We illustrate our persuasion in this respect by recapitulating passages from his works exhorting to piety and devotion ; such as,

“ Let never day nor night unhallowed pass,
But still remember what the Lord hath done."

2 HENRY VI. ii. 1.

Here is the substance of a sermon in a single distich.

What themes for devout meditation does he present in the following :

“Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

HAMLET, iv. 5.

O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness !".

2 HENRY VI. i. 1.

“ I have hope to live, and am prepared to die.”

MEASURE FOR MEASURE, iii. 1.

“ To Thee do I commend my watchful soul,

Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes :
Sleeping and waking, O, defend me still !"

RICHARD III. v. 3.

“ Now God be praised, that to believing souls
Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair !"

2 HENRY VI. ii. 1.

Many, very many such passages appear in his works : whereupon we ask this simple question :-Can there be named any other general dramatist that ever lived, who has combined so many religious and moral sentences in his works as Shakespeare has ?

We feel convinced that none other such can be named; and that the world, who know him by his works, will admit that his character may be most justly summed up in the ever-memorable words of Hamlet, that

“ He was a man, take him for all in all,
We shall not look upon his like again."

HAMLET, I. 2.

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