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It is well, when nobles are not too great for sovereignty nor for justice; and yet maintained in that height, as the insolency of inferiors may be broken upon them, before it come on too fast upon the majesty of kings.
Consider we therefore his Physiognomy, posture of person, proud carriage and insolent behaviour, it may easily foretell the future, as falling leaves winter; for his palled colour sheweth revenge; his sower face cruelty; his stooping and looking to the earth, avarice; his gate, pride, and his demeanour, insolency; for revenge is odious in greatnesse, cruelty abominable in governours, avarice hatefull to God and man.
Sir there being so good Testimony of the thre former (without any Flattery for the father of all those things puts a barre to all Insolency) that I wish is the last of these.
On October 3 D'Ewes asserted that to allow ministers to put anyone whom they pleased from the sacrament would be an occasion of "Pride Tyranny and Insolency in the Clergy," and he also pointed to the "great passions" to which clergymen were subject.
This man before ye deth of his fader applyed hym vnto all vyce and Insolency [vertical bar] and drewe vnto hym all Ryottours & wylde dysposed psones [vertical bar] But after he was admytted to the Rule of the lande [vertical bar] Anone & sodaynly he became a newe man [vertical bar] and tourned al that Rage and wyldnes into sobernesse [vertical bar] & wyse sadnesse [vertical bar] And the vyce into constant vertue.(19)