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worthiness would stir it up where P it wanted, rather than lack it where there is such abundance.
Count. What hope is there of his majesty's amendment?
Laf. He hath abandon'd his physicians, madam ; under whose practices he hath persecuted time with hope; and finds no other advantage in the process, but only the losing of hope by time.
Count. This young gentlewoman had a father, (O, that bad! how fad a passage 'tis !) whose skill was almost as great as his honefty; had it stretch'd so far, it would have made nature immortal, and death should have 'play'd for lack of work. 'Would, for the king's fake, he were living! I think, it would be the death of the king's disease.
Laf. How call'd you the man you speak of, madam?
Count. He was famous, sir, in his profession, and it was his great right to be so: Gerard de Narbon.
Laf. He was excellent, indeed, madam ; the king very lately spoke of him, admiringly, and mourningly: he was skilful enough to have liv'd still, if knowledge could have been set up against mortality.
Ber. What is it, my good lord, the king languishes of?
Laf. I would, it were not notorious.-Was this gentlewoman the daughter of Gerard de Narbon?
Count. His sole child, my lord; and bequeathed to my overlooking. I have those hopes of her good, that her education promises : 'her dispositions she inherits, which makes
P it wanted, rather than lack it]—it was wanting, rather than fail of obtaining a share of it. - slack it.
9 a palage)-a word - preface, prefage. play.
s her dispositions she inherits, which makes fair gifts fairer :]-her fine accomplishments receive a double luftre from her naturally good dispofition.
fair gifts fairer : for where an unclean mind 'carries virtuous qualities, there commendations go with pity, they are virtues and "traitors too; in her they are the better for their " simpleness; she derives her * honesty, and atchieves her 'goodness.
Laf. Your commendations, madam, get from her tears.
Count. 'Tis the best brine a maiden can season her praise in. The remembrance of her father never approaches her heart, but the tyranny of her sorrows takes all a livelihood from her cheek. No more of this Helena, go to, no more; left it be rather thought you affect a sorrow, than to have.
Hel. “I do affect a forrow, indeed, but I have it too.
Laf. Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.
Count. If the living be enemy to the grief, the excefs makes it soon mortal.
Ber. Madam, I desire your holy wishes.
Count. Be thou blest, Bertram! and succeed thy father
' carries virtuous qualities,]-is furnished with those external ad. vantages.
4 traitors 100;]-of a dangerous tendency, betray men into mischief. " fimpleness ;]-artless fimplicity.
honesty, ]-integrity. y
goodness. ]-embellishments. a livelihood]- liveliness.
* I do affect a forrow, indeed, but I have it too.)—for the loss of my father-būt am truly sorry for Bertram's departure.
be enemy to the grief, the excess makes it joon mortal.)-oprose it properly, it's very violence will, in a short time, destroy it. “ foarce any joy," &c.
Winter's Tale. Ac V, S. 3. Cam. How understand we that?]-A characteristic effusion of thoughtless vivacity. VOL. II.
Do wrong to none : d be able for thine enemy
Laf. He cannot want the best,
[Exit Countess. Ber. [To Helena.] The best wishes, that can be forg'd in your thoughts, 'be servants to you! Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her.
Laf. Farewel, pretty lady: You uphold the credit of your father.
[Exeunt Bertram and Lafeu.
d be able for thine enemy)-practifed in the science of defence.
• He cannot want the best, That fball attend his love. ]—The esteem that he will win by his deserts, will ensure him the best advice.
be servants to you ! ]—may you compass in their fullett extent. & You uphold ]—by your long continued grief you testify a due sense of your father's superior merit--you must hela. í Oh, were that all!] --would I had no other cause to grieve !
And theje great tears grace his remembrance more, Than those I feed for him.]
This present flow of tears, attributed to a mistaken fource, does more honour to his memory, than those which I actually thed for him. k Carries uo favour in it,]-recollects no other form.
And think to wed it, he is so above me:
One that goes with him : I love him for his fake; ;
Par. Save you, fair queen.
re you meditating on virginity? Hel. Ay. You have some ' stain of soldier in you: let
' In his bright radiance, &c.]-I must be content to share at a diftance his reflected fplendour, fince I must despair of moving in the fame orb-of a more intimate connection with him.
Of every line and trick of his sweet favour,]-of tracing and re. taining every peculiar turn, or feature of his face.
• solely)-an unexampled.
• Cold wisdom waiting on fuperfluous folly. ]-Naked wisdom crouching to folly in full dress, superfluously clad. fain]-tincture, smatch. Bb 2
me ask you a question : Man is enemy to virginity; how may we barricado it against him?
Par. Keep him out.
Hel. But he assails; and our virginity, though valiant, in the defence yet is weak : unfold to us some warlike resistance.
Par. There is none; man, sitting down before you, will undermine you, and blow you up.
Hel. Bless our poor virginity from underminers, and blowers up!-Is there no military policy, how virgins might blow up men ?
Par. Virginity being blown down, man will quicklier be blown up: marry, in blowing him down again, with the breach yourselves made, you lose your city. It is not politick in the commonwealth of nature, to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity is rational increase ; and there was never virgin got, till virginity was first lost. That, you were made of, is mecal to make virgins. Virginity, by being once loft, may be ten times found : by being ever kept, is ever loft: 'tis too cold a companion ; away with it.
Hel. I will stand for't a little, though therefore I die a virgin.
Par. There's little can be said in't ; 'tis against the rule of nature. To speak on the part of virginity, is to accuse your mothers ; which is most infallible disobedience. He, that hangs himself, is a virgin : virginity murders itself; and should be buried in highways, out of all sanctified Jimit, as a desperate offendress against nature. Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese; consumes itself to the very paring, and so dies with feeding its own stomach. Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love,
I rational increase ; ]-tends to the increase of rational beings.