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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
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        Gold is the strength, the sinews of the world;
The health, the soul, the beauty most divine;
A mask of gold hides all deformities;
Gold is heaven’s physic, life’s restorative.
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        Patience, my lord! why ’t is the soul of peace:
Of all the virtues ’t is the nearest kin to heaven;
It makes men look like gods: the best of men
That e’er wore earth about him, was a sufferer,
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
The first true gentleman that ever breath’d.
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        The soul whose bosom lust did never touch
Is God’s fair bride; and maidens’ souls are such.
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        When all the sins are old in us,
And go upon crutches, covetousness
Does but lie in her cradle.
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  A mask of gold hides all deformities.  5
  An oath! why, it is the traffic of the soul, it is law within a man; the seal of faith, the bond of every conscience; unto whom we set our thoughts like hands.  6
  God doth bestow that garment, when we die, that, like a soft and silken canopy, is still spread over us. In spite of death, our hair grows in the grave; and that alone looks, fresh when all our other beauty’s gone.  7
  If thou kiss Wisdom’s cheek and make her thine, she will breathe into thy lips divinity, and thou, like Phœbus, shalt speak oracle.  8
  The best of men that ever wore earth about Him was a sufferer, a soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; the first true gentleman that ever breathed.  9
  The robe which curious Nature weaves to hang upon the head.  10
  The soul whose bosom lust did never touch is God’s fair bride; and maiden souls are such.  11
  When all sins are old in us, and go upon crutches, covetousness does but then lie in her cradle.  12
 
 
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