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2 Henry iv.



1. HAMLET's advice to the play-


Trag. of Hamlet, 333

2. Douglas's account of himself, Trag. of Douglas, 334


of the Hermit. ibid.


4. Sempronius's fpeech for war.


. of Cato,


5. Lucius's speech for peace, ibid.

6. Hotspur's account of the Fop,

1 Henry iv.


7. - foliloquy on the con.

tents of a letter,



8. Othello's apology for his mar.


Trag. of Othello,

9. Henry IV's soliloquy on sleep,

2 Henry IV.


10. Bobadil's method of defeating

an army,

Every man in his Hum. 340

11. Soliloquy of Hamlet's uncle on

the murder of his brother, Trag. of Hamlet, 341

12 Soliloquy of Hamlet on death,' ibid.


13. Falstaff's encomiums on fack,


14. Prologue to the tragedy of Cato, Pope,


15. Cato's foliloquy on the immor-

tality of the soul,

Trag. of Cato, 345

16. Lady Randolph's soliloquy, Trag. of Douglas,


17. Speech of Henry Vth at the

siege of Harfleur.

Shak. Henry V.


before the

battle of Agincourt,



19. Soliloquy of Dick the apprentice, Farce of ibe approx. 346

20. Cassius inftigating Brutus to join

the conspiracy againft Cæsar, Trag. of Jul. Cæfar, 349

21. Brutus's harangue on the death

of Cæsar,



22. Antony's oration over Cæfar's




23. Falstaff's description of his fol-


Henry IV.


foliloquy on honour, ibid.

25. Part of Richard III.'s soliloquy

the night preceding the bat-

tle of Bosworth,

Trag. of Richard III. 355

26. The world compared to a stage, As you like it.
APPENDIX: containing Concise Lessons on a new plan,
and Principles of English Grammar.

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A N's chief good is an upright mind; which no

earthly power can bestow, nor take from him. We ought to distrust our passions, even when they appear the most reasonable.

It is idle, as well as absurd, to impose our opinions upon others.

The same ground of conviction operates differently on the fame man in different circumstances, and on different men in the same circumstances.

Choose what is most fit; custom will make'it the most agreeable. A cheerful countenance betokens a good heart. Hypocrify is a homage that vice pays to virtue.

Anxiety and constraint are the conttant attendants of pride.

Men make themselves ridiculous, not fo much by the qualities they have, as by the affectation of those they

have not.


Nothing blunts the edge of ridicule fo effeciually as good humour.

To say little and perform much is the characteristic of great

mind. A man who gives his children a habit of industry, provides for them better than by giving them a stock of money.

II. OUR good or bad fortune depends greatly on the

choice we make of our friends. The young are slaves to novelty, the old to custom. No preacher is so successful as time. It gives a turn of thought to the aged, which it was impossible to infpire while they were young.

Every man, however little, makes a figure in his own eyes.

Self-partiality hides from us those very faults in our selves which we fee and blame in others.

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom 'weighed in the same balance.

Men generally put a greater value upon the favours they beltow, than upon those they receive.

He who is puffed up with the first gale of prosperity, will bend beneath the first blast of adversity.

Adversity borrows its sharpelt sting from our impatience.

Men commonly owe their virtue or their vice to education as inuch as to nature.

There is no such fop as my young master of his lady. mother's making. She blows him up with self-conceit, and there he stops. She makes a man of him at twelve, and a boy all his life after.

An infallible way to make your child miserable, is to fatisfy all his demands. Paffion swells by gratification; and the impoflibility of satisfying every one of his defires, will oblige you to stop short at last, after he has become headstrong.

III. WE esteem most things according to their intrinfic

merit: it is strange man should be an exception. We prize a horse for his strength and courage, not for his furniture: We prize a man for his sumptuous palace, his great train, his vast revenue; yet these are his furniture, not his mind.

The true conveniences of life are common to the king with his meaneit fubject. The king's fleep is not sweeter, nor his appetite better.


The pomp which dillinguishes the great man from the mob, defends him not from the fever nor from grief. Give a prince all the names of majesty that are found in a folio dictionary, the first attack of the gout will make him forget his palace and his guards. If he be in choler, will his princedom secure him from turning pale and gnashing his teeth like a fool? The smalleit prick of a nail, the slighteit passion of the soul, is capable of rendering infipid the monarchy of the world.

Narrow minds think nothing right that is above their own capacity.

Those who are the most faulty, are the most prone to find faults in others.

The firit and most important female quality is sweetness of temper. Heaven did not give to the female sex infinuation and persuasion, in order to be surly : it did not make them weak, in order to be imperious : it did not give them a sweet voice, in order to be employed in fcolding : it did not provide them with delicate features, in order to be disfigured with anger.

Let fame be regarded, but conscience much more. It is an empty joy to appear better than you are; but a great blessing to be what you ought to he.

Let your conduct be the result of deliberation, never of impatience.

In the conduct of life, let it be one great aim, to fnow that every thing you do proceeds from yourself, not from your paflions. Chryfippus rewards in joy, chastites in wrath, doth every thing in paflion. No perfon stands in awe of Chrysippus, no person is grateful to him. Why? Becaufe it is not Chryfippus who acts, but his pafîions. We fhun him in wrath as we shun a wild beast; and this is all the authority he hath over us.

Indulge not defire at the expence of the flightest article of virtue: pass once its limits, and you fall head. long into vice.

Examine well the counsel that favours your desires. The gratification of desire is fometimes the worst thing that can befal us.

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IV. To be angry is to punish myself for the fault of an

other. A word dropt by chance from your friend offends your delicacy. Avoid a hasty reply; and beware of opening your discontent to the firit person you meet. When you are cool, it will vanith, and leave no impreffion.

The most profitable revenge, the most rational, and the moit pleasant, is to make it the interet of the injurious person not to hurt you a second time.

It was a faying of Socrates, that we should eat and drink in order to live ; ritead of living, as many do, in order to eat and drink.

Be moderate in your pleasures, that your relish for them may continue.

Time is requitite to bring great projects to maturity. Precipitation ruins the beit contrived plan: patience ripens the most difficult.

When'we sum up the miseries of life, the grief bestowed on trifles makes a great part of the account; trifles, which, neglected, are nothing. How thameful Such a weakness!

The pensionary De Wit being asked how he could transact such variety of business without confusion, an{wered, That he never did but one thing at a time.

Guard your weak fide from being kixown. If it be attacked, ihe best way is to join in the attack.

Francis I. consulting with his generals how to lead his army over the Alps into Italy, Amarel his fool {prung from a corner, and advised him to consult rather how to bring it back.

The best practical rule of morality is, Never to do but what you are willing all the world should know.

Solicitude in hiding failings makes them appear the greater.

It is a fafer and ealier course frankly to acknowledge them. A man owns that he is ignorant : we admire.liis modesty. He says he is old : we scarce think him so. He declares himself poor: we do not believe it. When you defcant on the faults of others, consider


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