The weaker sex, to piety more prone, by rare examples, oft have been renown'd. When many murders were bewail'd by none, an isles whole men in blood by women drown'd.

— William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling

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The deepest rivers make least din, The silent soule doth most abound in care.

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Not beauty, no, but virtue rais'd my fires, whose sacred flame did cherish chaste desires.

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The weaker sex, to piety more prone.

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No town can keep a man, but men keep towns.

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While as he yet doth breath extend, no man is blest; behold the end.

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The stately heavens which glory doth array, are mirrors of God's admirable might; there, whence forth spreads the night, forth springs the day. He fix'd the fountains of this temporal light, where stately stars enstall'd, some stand, some stray, all sparks of his great power (though small) yet bright. By what none utter can, no, not conceive. All of his greatness, shadows may perceive.

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Great conquests trouble, where contempt may please -- the one yields glory, and the other ease.

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There whil'st the world prov'd prodigal of breath, the headless trunks lay prostrated in heaps; this field of funerals sacred unto death, did paint out horror in most hideous shapes: whil'st men unhors'd, horses unmast'red, stray'd, some call'd on those whom they most dearly lov'd, some rag'd, some groan'd, some sigh'd, roar'd, promis'd, pray'd, as blows, falls, faintness, pain, hope, anguish mov'd.

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How some dare scorn (as if a fabulous lie) that they should rise whom death to dust doth bind -- and like to beasts, a beastly life they lead, who naught attend save death when they are dead.

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