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ceremony (n.)

When love begins to sicken and decay,

It useth an enforced ceremony.

There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Julius Caesar. Act iv. Sc. 2.

No ceremony that to great ones 'longs,

Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword,

The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe,

Become them with one half so good a grace

As mercy does.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Measure for Measure. Act ii. Sc. 2.

Who thought he 'd won

The field as certain as a gun.

Samuel Butler (1600-1680): Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 11.

  Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all; all shall die. How a good yoke of bullocks at Stamford fair?

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part II. Act iii. Sc. 2.