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'The baser is he, coming from a king, (1003)

To shame his hope with deeds degenerate: (1004)

The mightier man, the mightier is the thing (1005)

That makes him honour'd, or begets him hate; (1006)

For greatest scandal waits on greatest state.
The moon being clouded presently is miss'd, (1008)

But little stars may hide them when they list.

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