Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.
All for love, and nothing for reward.
Be bold, and everywhere be bold.
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.
Together linkt with adamantine chains.
And he that strives to touch the stars
Oft stumbles at a straw.
So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought;
Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.
Men, when their actions succeed not as they would, are always ready to impute the blame thereof to heaven, so as to excuse their own follies.
Much more profitable and gracious is doctrine by example than by rule.
The noblest mind the best contentment has
Those that were up themselves, kept others low;
Those that were low themselves, held others hard;
He suffered them to ryse or greater grow;
But every one did strive his fellow down to throw.
Ah! when will this long weary day have end, And lende me leave to come unto my love? - Epithalamion
Fresh spring the herald of love's mighty king.
The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known,
For a man by nothing is so well betrayed
As by his manners.
Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
Fly from wrath; sad be the sights and bitter fruits of war; a thousand furies wait on wrathful swords.
But as it falleth, in the gentlest hearts Imperious love hath highest set his throne, And tyrannizeth in the bitter smarts Of them, that to him buxom are and prone.
Vaine is the vaunt, and victory unjust, that more to mighty hands, then rightfull cause doth trust.
Fretting grief the enemy of life.
Laws ought to be fashioned unto the manners and conditions of the people whom they are meant to benefit, and not imposed upon them according to the simple rule of right.
From good to bad, and from bad to worse,
From worse unto that is worst of all,
And then return to his former fall.
O sacred hunger of ambitious minds.
All love is sweet Given or returned And its familiar voice wearies not ever.
And through the hall there walked to and fro A jolly yeoman, marshall of the same, Whose name was Appetite; he did bestow Both guestes and meate, whenever in they came, And knew them how to order without blame.
What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty?
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