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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. A fiftula, my lord.
Ber. I heard not of it before.

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.
Laf. «How understand we that?

Count. Be thou blest, Bertram! and succeed thy father
In manners, as in shape! thy blood, and virtue,
Contend for empire in thee ; and thy goodness
Share with thy birth-right! Love all, trust a few,

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' 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.

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Do wrong to none : d be able for thine enemy
Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key : be check'd for filence,
But never tax'd for speech. What heaven more will,
That thee may furnish, and my prayers pluck down,
Fall on thy head ! Farewel. My lord,
'Tis an unseason'd courtier, good my lord,
Advise him.

Laf. He cannot want the best,
That shall attend his love.
Count. Heaven bless him! Farewel, Bertram.

[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.
Hel. "Oh, were that all !—I think not on my father ;
And these great tears grace his remembrance more,
Than those I shed for him. What was he like?
I have forgot him : my imagination
* Carries no favour in it, but Bertram's.
I ain undone ; there is no living, none,
If Bertram be away. It were all one,
That I should love a bright particular star,

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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

And think to wed it, he is so above me:
'In his bright radiance and collateral light
Must I be comforted, not in his sphere.
The ambition in my love thus plagues itself:
The hind, that would be mated by the lion,
Muft die for love. 'Twas pretty, though a plague,
To see him every hour; to sit and draw
His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
In our heart's table; heart, too capable
Of every line and trick of his sweet favour,
But now he's gone, and my idolatrous fancy
Must sanctify his relicks. Who comes here?

Enter Parolles.

One that goes with him : I love him for his fake; ;
And yet I know him a notorious liar,
Think him a great way fool, "solely a coward ;
Yet these fix'd evils fit fo fit in him,
That they take place, when virtue's steely bones
Look bleak in the cold wind: withal, full oft we fee
•Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.

Par. Save you, fair queen.
Hel. And you, monarch.
Par. No.
Hel. And no.
Par. Are

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

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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.

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