Art thou a magistrate? then be severe; If studious, copy fair what time hath blurrd, Redeem truth from his jaws: if soldier, Chase brave employments with a naked sword Throughout the world. Fool not, for all may have If they dare try, a glorious life, or grave. HerbertThe Church Porch. St. 15.
Le devoir des juges est de rendre justice, leur métier est de la différer; quelques uns savent leur devoir, et font leur métier. A judges duty is to grant justice, but his practice is to delay it: even those judges who know their duty adhere to the general practice. La BruyèreLes Caractères.
My suit has nothing to do with the assault, or battery, or poisoning, but is about three goats, which, I complain, have been stolen by my neighbor. This the judge desires to have proved to him; but you, with swelling words and extravagant gestures, dilate on the Battle of Cannæ, the Mithridatic war, and the perjuries of the insensate Carthaginians, the Syllæ, the Marii, and the Mucii. It is time, Postumus, to say something about my three goats. MartialEpigrams. Bk. VI. Ep. 19.
I pleaded your cause, Sextus, having agreed to do so for two thousand sesterces. How is it that you have sent me only a thousand? You said nothing, you tell me; and this cause was lost through you. You ought to give me so much the more, Sextus, as I had to blush for you. MartialEpigrams. Bk. VIII. Ep. 18.
Since twelve honest men have decided the cause, And were judges of fact, tho not judges of laws. PulteneyThe Honest Jury. In the Craftsman. Vol. 5. 337. Refers to Sir Philip Yorkes unsuccessful prosecution of The Craftsman. (1792). Quoted by Lord Mansfield.
Therefore I say again, I utterly abhor, yea from my soul Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once more, I hold my most malicious foe, and think not At all a friend to truth. Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 80.
He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go; More nor less to others paying Than by self-offenses weighing. Shame to him, whose cruel striking Kills for faults of his own liking! Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 275.