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Edmund Spenser (1553-1599):

Fierce warres and faithful loves shall moralize my song
Faerie Queene. Introduction. St. 1.

Her angels face,
As the great eye of heaven, shyned bright,
And made a sunshine in the shady place.
Canto iii. St. 4.

Her berth was of the wombe of morning dew,
And her conception of the joyous Prime.
Canto vi. St. 3

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
Book v. Canto ii. St. 43.

The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne;
For a man by nothing is so well bewrayed
As by his manners.
Book vi. Canto iii. St. 1.

Behold, whiles she before the altar stands,
Hearing the holy priest that to her speakes,
And blesseth her with his two happy hands.
Epithalamion. Line 223.

William Shakespeare: King Henry V.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
In peace there 's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
Act iii. Sc. 1.

You may as well say, that 's a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
Sc. 7.

Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own.

This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.