Behold, Nature ashamed, or, better to express, Troubled, that thou shouldst hunger, hath purveyed From all the elements her choicest store, To treat thee as beseems
, and as her Lord With honour.
Deeming that a serene and unconscious contemplation of him would best beseem
me, and would be most likely to quell his evil mind, I advanced with that expression of countenance, and was rather congratulating myself on my success, when suddenly the knees of Trabb's boy smote together, his hair uprose, his cap fell off, he trembled violently in every limb, staggered out into the road, and crying to the populace, "Hold me
Nay," quoth Robin seriously, "it would ill beseem
us to treat Your Worship so meanly.
It would ill beseem
me to claim to be a better marksman," answered Johnston, "for I have heard great things of your skill.
9-11), said that Lancelot worships Guinevere, and some of his fellow knights worship him and Guinevere, because it more beseems
them "To worship woman as true wife beyond / All hopes of gaining, than as maiden girl" (ll.
If The Castle of Indolence champions Industry, Thomson's verse-portrait enlists the poet among the idle: "A Bard here dwelt, more fat than Bard beseems
Thou wilt bring me soon To that new world of light and bliss, among The gods who live at ease, where I shall reign At thy right hand voluptuous, as beseems
Thy daughter and thy darling, without end.
nor with all sorts of men; it ill beseems
a Mechannick to play the Orator; that urbanity which becomes a Citizen, would relish of too much curiosity in a Countreyman; and that Complement which gives proper grace to a Courtier, would cause derision if presented by a Merchant or a Factor.
In terms of an analysis based purely on the morality of aspiration, a morally reprehensible man is one who fails "to realize his fullest capabilities" (21) and is culpable, not for failing to meet his societal obligations, but for failure to comport with "the conception of proper and fitting conduct, conduct such as beseems
a human being functioning at his best.