'But quickly on this side the verdict went; His real habitude gave life and grace To appertainings and to ornament, Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case,: All aids, themselves made fairer by their place, Came for additions; yet their purpos'd trim Pierc'd not his grace, but were all grac'd by him.

'So on the tip of his subduing tongue All kind of arguments and question deep, All replication prompt, and reason strong, For his advantage still did wake and sleep: To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep, He had the dialect and different skill, Catching all passions in his craft of will;

'That he did in the general bosom reign Of young, of old; and sexes both enchanted, To dwell with him in thoughts, or to remain In personal duty, following where he haunted: Consents bewitch'd, ere he desire, have granted; And dialogued for him what he would say, Ask'd their own wills, and made their wills obey.

'Many there were that did his picture get, To serve their eyes, and in it put their mind; Like fools that in the imagination set The goodly objects which abroad they find Of lands and mansions, theirs in thought assign'd; And labouring in mo pleasures to bestow them, Than the true gouty landlord which doth owe them:

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