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which is the most inhibited sin in the canon. Keep it not; you cannot chuse but lose by't: Out with’t : within ten years it will make itself two, which is a goodly increase ; and the principal itself not much the worse : Away with’t.

Hel. How might one do, sir, to lose it to her own liking?

Par. Let me see: Marry, 'ill, to like him that ne'er it likes. 'Tis a commodity will lose the gloss with lying; the longer kept, the less worth : off with't, while 'tis vendible : answer the time of request. Virginity, like an old courtier, wears her cap out of fashion ; richly suited, but unsuitable : just like the s brooch and the tooth-pick, which wear not now: Your 'date is better in your pye and your porridge, than in your cheek: And your virginity, your old virginity, is like one of our French wither'd pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly; marry, 'tis a wither’d pear: it was formerly better ; marry, "yes, 'tis a wither'd pear: Will you any thing with it?

Hel. "Not my virginity yet. '
There shall your master haye * a thousand loves,
A mother, and a mistress, and a friend,
A phænix, captain, and an enemy,
A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign,

'ill,]-{he must do ill.
s brooch) -some jewel, or splendid toy, now become antiquated.
i date)-pun- the fruit so called, and Helen's age.
“Ay, a minc'd man," &c.

Troilus and Cressida, A& I, S. 2. Cr. "yet. .W Not my virginity yer.]—This line may refer to Parolles's wither'd pear ;” or we may read, will you any thing with us; meaning, Will you send any thing to court by us ; have you any commands there?

* a thousand loves, &c. Loves that will supply the place of a mother, &c. and on whom he will fondly bestow those tender appellatives, together with a numerous train of adoptious christendoms, nicknames, new fangled denominations forged at Cupid's mint. “ One nickname to her purblind son and heir.”

ROMEO AND JULIET, A& II, S. 1. Mer.
Bь 3

A counsellor,

A counsellor, a traitress, and a dear:
His humble ambition, proud humility,
His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet,
His faith, his sweet disaster; with a world
Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms,
That blinking Cupid goflips. Now shall he-
I know not what he shall :-God send him well!
The court's ' a learning place ;-and he is one

Par. What one, i'faith?
Hel. That I wish well.. 'Tis pity_

Par. What's pity ?
· Hal. That wishing well had not a body in't,
Which might be felt: that we, the poorer born,
Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes,
Might with effects of them follow our friends,
* And shew what we alone must think; which never
Returns us thanks.

Enter Page.
Page. Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you.

(Exit Page. Par. Little Helen, farewel : if I can remember thee, I will think of thee at court.

Hel. Monfieur Parolles, you were born under a charitable star.

Par. Under Mars, I.
Hel. I especially think, under Mars.
Par. Why under Mars ?

Hel. The wars have kept you fo under, that you must needs be born under Mars.

Par. When he was predominant.

y learning-place ;]~the only foil for improvement.

2 And thew &c.]-in reality, by our actual good offices, what, at 3 distance, we can only kindly intend; which entitles us to no thanks, till put in execution.

Hel.

Hel. When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
Par. Why think you so ?
Hel. You go so much backward, when you fight.
Par. That's for advantage.

Hel. So is running away, when fear proposes the safety : But the composition, that your valour and fear makes in you, “is a virtue of a good wing, and I like the wear well.

Par. I am so full of businesses, I cannot answer thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier; in the which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, so thou wilt be capable of courtier's counsel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee; else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance makes thee away ; farewel. When thou hast leisure, say thy prayers; when thou hast none, remember thy friends : get thee a good husband, and use him as he uses thee : so farewel.

[Exit. Hel. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to heaven : the fated sky Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull Our Now designs, when we ourselves are dull. What power is it, which mounts my love so high; That makes me see, and cannot feed mine eye? 'The mightiest space in nature fortune brings To join like "likes, and kiss like native things. *Impossible be strange attempts, to those

. is a virtue of a good wing, ]-like a good hawk, flies well, and will carry you thro' all dangers.

the fated sky]_fate, deftiny. The mightest space in nature, &c. -Accident sometimes unites most intimately those, whom inequality of rank had set at the greatest distance: The mighlieft space in fortune, &c.-Mutual affection often anites those, between whom fortane has placed the greatest disparity, and causes them to join like persons in similar circumstances.

likes,]-persons in similar circumstances. native) - congenial, formed for each other.

Impoffible be strange attempts, to those that weigh their pain in fenfe ; and do suppose, what bath been cannot be : &c.]—New attempts seem im. pollable to those, that judge of the success of their enterprises from ordinary occurrences, and conclude that what hath but rarely happened, will never happen again. Bb4

That

.

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That weigh their pain in sense ; and do suppose,
What hath been cannot be: Whoever strove
To shew her merit, that did miss her love?
The king's disease-my project may deceive me,
But my intents are fix'd, and will not leave me.

[Exit.

S CE NE II.

The Court of France.

Flourish cornets. Enter the King of France, with Letters,

and divers attendants.
King. The Florentines and Senoys are by the ears;
Have fought with equal fortune, and continue
A braving war.

1 Lord. So 'tis reported, fir.

King. Nay, 'tis most credible; we here receive it
A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria,
With caution, that the Florentine will move us
For speedy aid; wherein our dearest friend
Prejudicates the business, and would seem
To have us make denial.

i Lord. His love and wisdom, Approv'd so to your majesty, may plead For ampleft credence.

King. He hath arm'd our answer,
And Florence is deny'd before he comes :
Yet, for our gentlemen, that mean to see
The Tuscan service, freely have they leave
To stand on either part.

2 Lord. It may well serve
A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
For breathing and exploit.
King. What's he comes here?

Enter

Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles.
i Lord. It is the count Rousillon, my good lord,
Young Bertram.

King. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face :
Frank nature, rather curious than in haste,
Hath well compos'd thee. Thy father's moral parts
May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.

Ber. My thanks and duty are your majesty's.

King. I would I had that corporal soundness now,
As when thy father, and myself, in friendship
First try'd our soldiership! He did look far
Into the service of the time, and was
Discipled of the bravest: he lasted long;
But on us both did haggish age steal on,
And wore us out of act. It much repairs me
To talk of your good father : In his youth
He had the wit, which I can well observe
To-day in our young lords ; 3 but they may jeft,
Till their own scorn return to them, unnoted,
Ere they can hide their levity in honour,
So like a courtier. Contempt, nor bitterness
Were bin his pride or sharpness; if they were,
His equal had awak'd them; and his honour,
Clock to itself, knew the true minutę when
Exception bid him speak, and, at that time,
His tongue obey'd his hand : who were below him
He us'd as creatures of another place;

s but they may jeft, &c.]—they may deal out their fund of satire, till the shafts, unfelt, recoil upon themselves, before they will be able to temper it with that winning gracefulness, which marked his happy vein.

in bis pride or sharpness; ]-dignity of manner, or keenness of his strokes.

of another place ; &c.]-as if they had been his equals; and though fuch condescension gave them a better opinion of themselves, yet their acknowledgments of it served only to encrease his humility.

And

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