Contaminate and Uncontaminate

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Wherefore we hauing vnderstanding by the reporte of diuers credible persons, & also by the euident apparaunce of the matter, that many childrē of iniquity mainteiners of Luthers sect, blinded through extreme wickednes wandring from the way of truth and the Catholicke fayth, craftely haue translated the new Testament into our English tongue, entermedling therwith many heretical Articles and erronious opinions, pernicious and offensiue, seducing the simple people attempting by their wicked & peruerse interpretations, to prophanate the maiesty of the Scripture, which hetherto hath remayned vndefiled, & craftely to abuse the most holy word of God, & the true sence of the same: of the whiche translation there are manye bookes imprinted, some with gloses and some without, cōteining in the English toung that pestiferous and most pernicious poysō dispersed throughout all our dioces of London in great number: which truly without it be spedely foresene, without doubt, will contaminate and infect the flocke committed vnto vs, with most deadly poyson and heresy, to the grieuous peril & daunger of the soules committed to our charge, and the offence of Gods diuine maiesty.

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I can well compare hym to Dauid, which though he were a man elect of God, yet for that he was contaminate with bloud and warre, he could not build the temple of Ierusalē, but left the finishing therof to Salomon, whiche was Rex pacificus.

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Then their superiors they doe knovv noe vvill,
For they abjured haue their ovvne, as ill.
They Angels vvings haue, vvhen they should obey,
And forthvvith flie if Mother once doe saie:
At midnight they (for sometime) leaue their Cell
And come to Church cald thether by a Bell:
VVhere they doe pray vvhilst vvorldly people sleepe,
And Vigils vvith the vvatching Angels keepe.
VVhen flesh against the spirit entreth field
VVith prai’rs and fasting they make the flesh yeeld.
They oft are guests at that Caelestiall board,

VVhich IESVS hath vvith his ovvne bodie stord.
There are they strengthened vvith heau’nly grace,
Their ghostly enemies avvay to chase.
If the least spot contaminate their soule,
Confession doth expiate vvhat is foule,
I taught these Maides to treade the milken path,
Their Church is mine, as theirs so vvas my faith.

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How dearly would it touch thee to the quick,
Should’st thou but hear I were licentious?
And that this body, consecrate to thee,
By ruffian lust should be contaminate?

Wouldst thou not spit at me, and spurn at me,
And hurl the name of husband in my face,
And tear the stain’d skin off my harlot brow,
And from my false hand cut the wedding-ring,
And break it with a deep-divorcing vow?

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Remember March, the Ides of March remember:
Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake?
What villain touch’d his body, that did stab,
And not for justice? What! Shall one of us,
That struck the foremost man of all this world
But for supporting robbers, shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
And sell the mighty space of our large honours
For so much trash as may be grasped thus?

I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.

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I know, they that hold visio fit intra mittendo, will make a doubt of this; but Ficinus proves it from blear-eyes, 4957 “That by sight alone, make others blear-eyed; and it is more than manifest, that the vapour of the corrupt blood doth get in together with the rays, and so by the contagion the spectators’ eyes are infected.” Other arguments there are of a basilisk, that kills afar off by sight, as that Ephesian did of whom 4958 Philostratus speaks, of so pernicious an eye, he poisoned all he looked steadily on: and that other argument, menstruae faminae, out of Aristotle’s Problems, morbosae Capivaccius adds, and 4959 Septalius the commentator, that contaminate a looking-glass with beholding it. 4960 “So the beams that come from the agent’s heart, by the eyes, infect the spirits about the patients, inwardly wound, and thence the spirits infect the blood.”

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He could find in his heart to be killed instantly, lest if he live longer, some sorrow or sickness should contaminate his joys.” A little after, he was so merrily set upon the same occasion, that he could not contain himself.

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“As in a standing pool, worms and filthy creepers increase, (et vitium capiunt ni moveantur aquae, the water itself putrefies, and air likewise, if it be not continually stirred by the wind) so do evil and corrupt thoughts in an idle person,” the soul is contaminated. In a commonwealth, where is no public enemy, there is likely civil wars, and they rage upon themselves: this body of ours, when it is idle, and knows not how to bestow itself, macerates and vexeth itself with cares, griefs, false fears, discontents, and suspicions; it tortures and preys upon his own bowels, and is never at rest. Thus much I dare boldly say; he or she that is idle, be they of what condition they will, never so rich, so well allied, fortunate, happy, let them have all things in abundance and felicity that heart can wish and desire, all contentment, so long as he or she or they are idle, they shall never be pleased, never well in body and mind, but weary still, sickly still, vexed still, loathing still, weeping, sighing, grieving, suspecting, offended with the world, with every object, wishing themselves gone or dead, or else earned away with some foolish phantasy or other.

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Must we contaminate this sacred hall With the foul breath of treason?

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Still may no wrongs invade his midnight dreams,
No guilty wish contaminate his will
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To violate the laws : for ’tis the sting
Of keen oppression that gives birth to crimes,
And brutalizes man.

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‘I’ve been so far forbearing with you, sir,’ he said quietly; ‘not that I was ignorant of your miserable, degraded character, but I felt you were only partly responsible for that; and Catherine wishing to keep up your acquaintance, I acquiesced–foolishly. Your presence is a moral poison that would contaminate the most virtuous: for that cause, and to prevent worse consequences, I shall deny you hereafter admission into this house, and give notice now that I require your instant departure. Three minutes’ delay will render it involuntary and ignominious.’

Heathcliff measured the height and breadth of the speaker with an eye full of derision.

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Saint Patrick would want to land again at Ballykinlar and convert us,
says the citizen, after allowing things like that to contaminate our
shores.

—Well, says Martin, rapping for his glass. God bless all here is my
prayer.
—Amen, says the citizen.

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—He’s in with a lowdown crowd, Mr Dedalus snarled. That Mulligan is a contaminated bloody doubledyed ruffian by all accounts. His name stinks all over Dublin. But with the help of God and His blessed mother I’ll make it my business to write a letter one of those days to his mother or his aunt or whatever she is that will open her eye as wide as a gate. I’ll tickle his catastrophe, believe you me.

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Contaminated, base,
And misbegotten blood I spill of thine
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Mean and right poor, for that pure blood of mine
Which thou didst force from Talbot, my brave boy.’

Shame and eternal shame, nothing but shame!
Let’s die in honour! Once more back again!
And he that will not follow Bourbon now,
Let him go hence, and with his cap in hand,
Like a base pandar, hold the chamber door
Whilst by a slave, no gentler than my dog,
His fairest daughter is contaminated
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The poison of that lies in you to temper. Go you to the Prince your brother; spare not to tell him, that he hath wronged his honour in marrying the renowned Claudio,—whose estimation do you mightily hold up,—to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.

She’s bitter to her country. Hear me, Paris:
For every false drop in her bawdy veins
A Grecian’s life hath sunk; for every scruple
Of her contaminated carrion weight
A Trojan hath been slain
. Since she could speak,
She hath not given so many good words breath
As for her Greeks and Trojans suff’red death.

Do it not with poison, strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath
contaminated
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The earth for us is a place to live in, where we must put up with sights, with sounds, with smells, too, by Jove!–breathe dead hippo, so to speak, and not be contaminated. And there, don’t you see? Your strength comes in, the faith in your ability for the digging of unostentatious holes to bury the stuff in–your power of devotion, not to yourself, but to an obscure, back-breaking business. And that’s difficult enough.

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Hold out your hands;
I will find out if they are contaminated
,
For it has come into my thoughts that maybe
The King has sent me food and drink by hands
That are contaminated
. I would see all your hands.
You’ve eyes of dancers; but hold out your hands,
For it may be there are none sound among you.

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UNCONTAMINATE

I can recall, nay, they are present still,
Parts of myself, the perfume of my mind,
Days that seem farther off than Homer’s now
Ere yet the child had loudened to the boy,
And I, recluse from playmates, found perforce
Companionship in things that not denied
Nor granted wholly; as is Nature’s wont,
Who, safe in uncontaminate reserve,
Lets us mistake our longing for her love,

And mocks with various echo of ourselves.

And with a passionate pang of doubt I cried,
‘O mountain-born, sweet with snow-filtered air
From uncontaminate wells of ether drawn
And never-broken secrecies of sky,
Freedom, with anguish won, misprized till lost,
They keep thee not who from thy sacred eyes
Catch the consuming lust of sensual good
And the brute’s license of unfettered will.

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“Cast not your pearls down before swine!”
The words are Thine!–
Listen, cast not
The treasure of a white sea-grot,
An uncontaminate, round loveliness,
A pearl of ocean-waters fathomless,
A secret of exceeding, cherished light,
A dream withdrawn from evening infinite,
A beauty God gave silence to
–cast not
This wealth from treasury of Indian seas,
Or Persian fisheries,
Down in the miry dens that clot
The feet of swine, who trample, hide and blot.

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