Sunday, December 12, 2010

L'Estrange: Joy and Sorrow are near A-kin.

There pass'd a great many Bitter Words once upon a time betwixt Joy and Sorrow; insomuch that they moved the Court upon it by Consent, and made a Chancery Cause on't. Upon a Fair and Full Hearing, the Judge found some colour of Equity on Both Sides, and would fain have made 'em Friends again. You should consider, says he, how near y'are a-kin, and what a Scandal 'tis, to have these Heats and Squabbles among Relations: But all this went in at One Ear, and out at T'other: So that when he saw there was no Good to be done, he pass'd this Sentence upon them, that since they would not go Hand in Hand Amicably of Themselves, they should be Link'd together in a Chain; and Each of them in his Turn should be perpetually Treading upon the Heel of the Other; and not a Pin Matter then which went Foremost.

No Man is to Presume in Prosperity, or to Despair in Adversity; for Good and ill Fortune do as naturally succeed one another, as Day and Night.

Source: L'Estrange 433.
Gaudia et Tristitia

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