Excerpt from

The Devil's Law Case

By John Webster

Romelio. O, my lord, lie not idle
The chiefest action for a man of great spirit
Is, never to be out of action. We should think
The soul was never put into the body,
Which has so many rare and curious pieces
Of mathematical motion, to stand still.
Virtue is ever sowing of her seeds
In the trenches for the soldier ; in the wakeful study
For the scholar ; in the furrows of the sea
For men of our profession : of all which
Arise and spring up honour.

English Literature: An Illustrated Record. Vol II, part II.
Richard Garnett and Edmund Gosse, Eds.
New York: The MacMillan Company, 1904. 336.


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