1599) assures him that "if thou canst
but drawe thy mouth awrye, laye thy legg over thy staffe, sawe a peece of cheese asunder with thy dagger, lape up drinke on the earth, I warrant thee theile laughe mightilie," adding that "[c]lownes haue bene thrust into playes by head and shoulders euer since Kempe could make a scuruey face.
raise from cumbrous ground My soul in rapture drown'd, That fearless it may soar on wings of fire; For Thou, who only knowst, Thou only canst
Sen's account of impartialtiy, however, also relates to how he grasps the Kantian principle of universalizability--"Act always on such a maxim as thou canst
at the same time will to be a universal law" (Kant 1907, 66)--and to his understanding of impartiality in light of a certain interpretation of it.
Ascertain cautiously what thy office may be worth; and if it will allow thee to give liveries to thy servants, give them respectable and serviceable, rather than showy and gay ones, and divide them between thy servants and the poor; that is to say, if thou canst
clothe six pages, clothe three and three poor men, and thus thou wilt have pages for heaven and pages for earth; the vainglorious never think of this new mode of giving liveries).
Think not thou canst
sigh a sigh And thy maker is not by; Think not thou canst
weep a tear And thy maker is not near.
So now go with open eyes into fire and slaughter; kill as many unbelievers as thou canst
, for pappas Demetri himself told me that the more thou shalt slay, the more sins shall be forgiven thee.
John 3:8 provides an excellent illustration of the principle: "The wind [pnuema] bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst
not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit [pneuma].
Such being thy compass, and thy chart, What canst
thou do but Right?
It said: "Whenever thou canst
, see that thy soul fly up
Instead, he questions the applicability of such "newe science" (25) to real human experience, of which he claims to possess little and which Africanus accuses him of lacking: "But natheles, although that thow be dul,/Yit that thow canst
not do, yit mayst thow se" (162-3).
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst
not bear them which are evil - nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All Chance, direction, which thou canst
not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good;