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Excerpt from Ducal Haps: A Drama in Four ActsCouret.Be quiet! friend, harp not so of the past-On, to a bright and peaceful future look.Whats past defies all cure- then why dilateOn threadbare happenings immured in doubt,When presaged ills soMoreExcerpt from Ducal Haps: A Drama in Four ActsCouret.Be quiet! friend, harp not so of the past-On, to a bright and peaceful future look.Whats past defies all cure- then why dilateOn threadbare happenings immured in doubt,When presaged ills so copiously admitOf themes for their prevention.Baker. Ah! You speakAs did the great Goliah when he metThe stripling David- likely you may learnThat simple faults are sometimes hardest conquered.Couret.So craven foes are best encountered withA fierce exterior, a blazning tongueAnd confident superiority.What, if I stand and gape, their tonguesThe while browbeating all that tends to right!Should I in muteness keep and list their gab?Or by an offish independence ownMyself a party to their calumny?Look now, how pleasantly the plan conceives!Baker.I own it sets us in peculiar plights,Yet have we no alternative than thatWe must our tipping conscience keep withinA peaceful quietude.Couret.You do mistake,More rests with us than to assume defense-Has mighty God but given wit to menAs fenders for their private woes? Or hasHe left injunctions on the precious gift,Entailing to our needful like the gistOf its inherent goodness? Sir, had IA cat -Baker.Aye, if you had a thousand cats,The court must have fresh bread! A plague on youI took you for a reasner, now I findYou more affect the moralist, who onceSo preached unto his fellowmen, that thoseWho but for him had kept their mean turned boutAnd delved in freshly learned iniquity.Thus - craving pity, we do often showThe which we would not have our neighbors know.Peace to the question! let this be an end,Though ye be my senior, I tell thee friend -About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.