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And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie.—2 Thess. ii. 11.

For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest.-WISDOM iv. 12.

Their own wickedness hath blinded them.

WISDOM ii, 21.

Good, my lord-
But when we in our viciousness grow hard,
(O misery on't) the wise gods seal our eyes;
In our own filth drop our clear judgments; make us
Adore our errors; laugh at us, while we strut
To our confusion.

WINTER'S TALE. Act III, Scene 1.

Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile,
Filths savour but themselves.

KING LEAR. Act iv, Scene 2.

LII.

A GOOD WIFE.

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.2

PROV. xii. 4.

1 Ps. lxxxi. 11, 12; Rom. i. 28.
1 Cor. xi. 7; Prov. xxxi. 10; Ecclus. xxvi. 14.

2

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

PROV. xxxi. 11.

As for my wife,
I would you had her spirit in such another,
The third o' the world is yours.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. Act II. Scene 2.

You are my true and honourable wife,
As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.

JULIUS CÆSAR. Act II. Scene 1.

LIII.

A BAD WIFE.

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house."

PROV. xxi. 9.

I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman. All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman. A wicked woman maketh an heavy countenance and a wounded heart.-ECCLUS. xxv. 16, 19, 23.

1 Prov. xxi. 19; xix. 13.

An evil wife is a yoke shaken to and fro: he that hath hold of her is as though he held a scorpion.'

ECOLUS. xxvi. 7.

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.—Prov. xxi. 19.

War is no strife,
To the dark house, and the detested wife.
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.

Act II. Scene 3.

Proper deformity seems not in the fiend
So horrid as in woman.

KING LEAR. Act iv. Scene 2.

A light wife doth make a heavy husband.

MERCHANT OF VENICE. Act v. Scene 1.

LIV.

THE WICKED BLIND TO THEIR OWN

WRETCHEDNESS.

Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.2_REV. ii. 17.

1 1 Kings xxi. 25; Ecclus. xxv. 13.

Hos. xii. 8; Is. i. 5, 6. Act v. Scene 3.

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The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.

Prov. xii. 15.

Men's faults do seldom to themselves appear,
Their own transgressions partially they smother.
0! how are they wrapt in with infamies,
That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes.

POEMS.

LV.

THE HAPPINESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.?

Ps. xxxii. 11.

I have set the Lord always before me: he is at my right hand, therefore my heart is glad. :—Ps. xvi. 8, 9.

Virtue-
Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last.
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.

1 Prov. iii. 7; xxvi. 12. ? Pbil. iv. 4; Ps. lxiv. 10.

3 Acts ii. 28; Ps. xxxvi. 8.

Happiness
By virtue 'specially to be achieved.

TAMING OF THE SHREW.

Act 1. Scen

1.

LVI.

THE WICKED CANNOT ELUDE GOD'S

VENGEANCE.

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There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

JOB xxxiv. 22.

Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him ? saith the Lord.—JER. xxiii. 24.

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.—Ps. xc. 8.

Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”1 Sam. xvi. 7.

All things are naked and open in the eyes of him with whom we have to do.—HEB. iv. 13.

1 Prov. xv. 3; Is. xxix. 15; Ezek. viji. 12; Gen. xvi. 13.

2 Job xxii. 13, 14; Ps. x. 11.
Acts i. 24; 1 Kings viii. 39; 1 Chron. xxviii. 9.

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