For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies, and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief; sometimes like a siren, sometimes like a fury. A single life doth well with churchmen; for charity will hardly water the ground, where it must first fill a pool. It can lead to complete devastation and ruin. There is no escaping it. Love is going to affect them in one way or another.
So, he never erred, never strayed, and never brought himself to disrepute while chasing romantic passions. It brings with it ends that are dark and foreboding. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the un- married or childless men; which both in affection and means, have married and endowed the public. It reduces their ability to think clearly and often leads to the destruction of the inner balance or fortitude of men. You shall read, in some of the friars' books of mortifica- tion, that a man should think with himself, what the pain is, if he have but his finger's end pressed, or tortured, and thereby imagine, what the pains of death are, when the whole body is corrupted, and dissolved; when many times death passeth, with less pain than the torture of a limb; for the most vital parts, are not the quickest of sense.
Then is the danger, when the greater sort, do but wait for the troubling of the waters amongst the meaner, that then they may declare themselves. Especially it is a sport to see, when a bold fellow is out of countenance; for that puts his face into a most shrunken, and wooden pos- ture; as needs it must; for in bashfulness, the spirits do a little go and come; but with bold men, upon like occasion, they stand at a stay; like a stale at chess, where it is no mate, but yet the game cannot stir. And therefore it is a good shrewd proverb of the Spaniard, Tell a lie and find a troth. It is love that bounds a man to be a flatterer and at the same time a lover becomes absurd in his use of extravagant words about his beloved. Naturally, his father's position in the War Office alerted him to the threat of violence at an early age. As for nobility in particular persons; it is a rev- erend thing, to see an ancient castle or building, not in decay; or to see a fair timber tree, sound and perfect.
He that dies in an earnest pursuit, is like one that is wounded in hot blood; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore a mind fixed, and bent upon somewhat that is good, doth avert the dolors of death. Who then to frail mortality shall trust, But limns the water, or but writes in dust. If I tried to study because I wanted joy through self-realization, that means I pursued delight. Certainly, kings that have able men of their nobility, shall find ease in employing them, and a better slide into their business; for people naturally bend to them, as born in some sort to command. Notwith- standing, so much is true, that the carriage of greatness, in a plain and open manner so it be without arrogancy and vain glory doth draw less envy, than if it be in a more crafty and cunning fashion.
Men create oppositions, which are not; and put them into new terms, so fixed, as whereas the meaning ought to govern the term, the term in effect gov- erneth the meaning. His experiences make him an expert on the topic of love. This is well to be weighed; that boldness is ever blind; for it seeth not danger, and inconveniences. They that are the first raisers of their houses, are most indulgent towards their children; beholding them as the continuance, not only of their kind, but of their work; and so both children and creatures. It demands sacrifices, compromises and offers a lot more sorrow and torment than shown on the stage.
For as in the natural body, a wound, or solution of continuity, is worse than a corrupt humor; so in the spiritual. He discloses his philosophical thoughts on love. In 1584, he wrote his first political memorandum, A Letter of Advice to Queen Elizabeth. Love is shown to be mostly as a human very noble trait that leads to joy, ecstasy, and a sense of fulfilment. Let that be left unto the Anabaptists, and other furies. No man had their affections more in his power.
Studying is the whetstone that we use to sharpen our abilities. It is no less worthy, to observe, how little alteration in good spirits, the approaches of death make; for they appear to be the same men, till the last instant. His more valuable work was philosophical. For good thoughts though God accept them yet, towards men, are little better than good dreams, except they be put in act; and that cannot be, without power and place, as the vantage, and commanding ground. I have noted, that some witty and sharp speeches, which have fallen from princes, have given fire to seditions.
For as the tem- poral sword is to be drawn with great circumspec- tion in cases of religion; so it is a thing monstrous to put it into the hands of the common people. In times of comfort and abundance and in times of sadness and distress, those men yearn for carnal and sensual pleasures. This same multis utile bellum, is an assured and infallible sign, of a state disposed to seditions and troubles. Neither can he, that mindeth but his own business, find much matter for envy. Wherefore you shall observe, that the more deep and sober sort of politic persons, in their greataess, are ever bemoaning themselves, what a life they lead; chanting a quanta patimur! And certainly it is little better, when atheists, and profane persons, do hear of so many discordant, and contrary opinions in re- ligion; it doth avert them from the church, and maketh them, to sit down in the chair of the scorners. According to Bacon, Love plays a greater role in the theatre than in actual life of man. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.
The more I read about it, the more suspicious about Shakespeare, as the true source of origin, I become. Also the foresight and prevention, that there be no likely or fit head, whereunto discontented per- sons may resort, and under whom they may join, is a known, but an excellent point of caution. It can distract men from going after the truly great and noble endeavours in life. And again, when Mucianus encourageth Vespasian, to take arms against Vitel- lius, he saith, We rise not against the piercing judgment of Augustus, nor the extreme caution or closeness of Tiberius. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not. For integrity used doth the one; but integrity professed, and with a manifest detestation of bribery, doth the other. As Solomon saith, To re- spect persons is not good; for such a man will transgress for a piece of bread.