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- In a thoughtfully measured or regulated manner, eschewing extremes.
- 1601 My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time,
- And makes as healthful music: it is not madness
- That I have utter'd: bring me to the test,
- And I the matter will re-word; which madness
- Would gambol from. — Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4.