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RB PORT. For seldom Thall a ruler lose his life,
Belore falle rumours openly be spread: Whereby this proverb is as true as rife,
That rulers rumours hunt about a head:
I'rown fortune once, all good report is Aed: l'or present few doth make the many blind, And such as sec darc not disclose their mind.
Mirror for Magiftratu. Reason with the fellow, Before you punish him, where he heard this ;
should chance to whip your Information, And beat the mellenger, who bids beware Of what is to be dreaded.
Shakespear's Coriolanus. Open your ears: Por which of you will stop The vent of hearing, when loud rumour speaks? I from the orient to the drooping west, Making the wind my post horse, fill unfold 'The acts commenced on this Ball of earth. Upon my tongues continual landers ride, 'I he which in ev'ry language I pronounce ; Suulling the cars of men with false reports.
fpeak of peace, while covert enmity, Under the imile of safety, wounds the world : And who but rumour, who but only I, Make fearful musters, and prepar'd defence ; Whilit the big year, swoln with some other griefs, Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war, And no such matter? Rumour is a pipe, Blown by furmilen, jealoufies, conjectures, And, of fo caly and fo plain a stop, 'I hat the blunt monster, with uncounted heads, The still-discordant wav'ring multitude, Can play upon it. But what need I thus My well known body to anatomise Among my houshold? From rumour's tongues, They bring (mooth comforts false, worse than true wrongs.
Shake/pear's Second Part of K. Henry IV.
Is't not some vain report, born without cause,
Beaumont and Fletcher's Captain. I regard not, as a straw, the world : Fame from the tongues of men, doth injury Oftner than justice; and as conscience Only makes guilty persons, not report, (For few we as clear as springs unto the world, If our own knowledge doth not make us so, That is small satisfaction to our selves):
stand we ne'er so lep'rous to man's eye, It cannot hurt heart known integrity.
Nathaniel Field's Amends for Ladies. Wrong'd by flying rumours, which like birds Soaring at random, mute on any head.
Crown's Ambitious Statesman. R E P R O O F. Forbear sharp speeches to her. She's a Lady So tender of rebukes, that words are strokes, And strokes death to her.
Shakespear's Cymbeline. Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots, As will not leave their tinct.
Shakespear's Hamlet. If any here chance to behold himself, Let him not dare to challenge me of wrong ; For, if he shame to have his follies known, First he should shame to act them. My strict hand Was made to seize on vice; and, with a gripe,
Squeeze out the humour of such spongy naturen,
Johnson's Every Man out of his Humour.
Chapman's Revenge of Busey D'ambois, Prithee forgive me; I did but chide in jelt; the bes. loves use it Sometimes, it sets an edge upon affection. When we invite our best friends to a feast, 'Tis not all sweet meats that we set before them ; There'n somewhat Tharp and salt, both to whet appetite, And make them talte their wine well : So methinks After a friendly, Tharp, and savoury chiding, A kifo talles wond'rous well, and full o' the grape.
Middleton's Women berware Women, As from water (all on bitumen, fo from these sharp checks My flame encrcaleth.
Nabbs's Hannibal and Scipio. Do not with too severe A hai shnchi chide the error of his love ; Left like a chrittal Atream, which, unoppo.id
Runs with a smooth brow gently in it's course,
Glapthorne's Albertus Wallenstein,
Randolph. I will not let thee sleep, nor eat, nor drink; But I will ring thee such a piece of chiding, Thou shalt confess the troubled sea more calm; That thunder with less violence cleaves the air: The ravens, screech-owls, and the mandrakes voice Shall be thy constant musick.
Randolph's Jealous Lovers. 'Tis not enough to strive againit the act, Or not to do't ; we must reprove the fact In others too : The fin being once made known: To us, if not reprov'd, becomes our own : We must dissuade the vice, we scorn to follow.
Quarles. It is not juf I should rebuke them for Their harmony of mind ; that were to shew The rage, and envious malice of the devil ; Who quarrels with the good, because they have That happiness, which he can ne'er enjoy.
Sir W. Davenant's Law against Lovers.
R E P UT AT IO N..
Shakespear's King Richard II.
Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis something, nothing:
Reputation Thou awe of fools and great men ! thou that choak'it Freeft additions and mak'st mortals sweat Blood and cold drops, in fear to loose, or hope To gain thy never-certain, feldom-worthy gracings !
Marston's Sophoniba. Upon a time, reputation, love, and death, Would travel o'er the world ; and 'twas concluded, That they should part, and take three sev'ral ways: Death told them, they should find him in great battles, Or cities plagu'd with plagues. Love gives them council, T'inquire for him 'mongst unambitious shepherds, Where dowries were not talk'd of; and sometimes 'Mongst quiet kindred, that had nothing left By their dead parents. Stay, quoth reputation, Do not forsake me ; for it is my nature, If once I part from any man I '
meet, I am never found again.
Webster's Dutchess of Malfy. The ulc'rous reputation feels the poize Of lightest wrongs , as fores are vex'd with flies.
Middleton's Women beware Women,
-If entreaty fail, The force of reputation shall prevail.
Tourneur's Atheiff's Tragedy. Thy credit wary keep, 'tis quickly gone ; Being got by many actions, loft by one.
Randolph. This I'm sure of, that each man nat'rally Addiats himself to make a choice of some Way gaining a repute with others; in Which, if he receive a check, there's nothing