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Ber. Madam, I desire your holy wishes.
Laf. How understand we that ?
Count. Be thou blest, Bertram! and succeed thy

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,
Do wrong to none: be able for thine

Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key: be check’d for silence,
But never tax'd for speech. What heaven more will,
That thee may furnish', and my prayers pluck down,
Fall on thy head! Farewell.—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 !—Farewell, Bertram.

[Exit Countess. Ber. The best wishes, that can be forged in your thoughts, (to HELENA] be servants to you! Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her.

Laf. Farewell, pretty lady: You must hold the credit of your father.

[Eceunt BERTRAM and LAFEU. Hel. O, 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.

7 That thee may furnish,] That may help thee with more and better qualifications.

8 Laf. Farewell, pretty lady: You must hold the credit of your father.

Hel. O, were that all l-I think not on my father ;] Would that the attention to maintain the credit of my father, (or, not to act unbe omir the daughter of such father,-for such, perhaps, is the meaning,) were my only solicitude! I think not of him. My cares are all for Bertram. Malone,

I am undone ; there is no living, none,
If Bertram be away. It were all one,
That I should love a bright particular star,
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,
Must 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?


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

Par. Save you, fair queen.
Hel. And you, monárch.

. In his bright radiance and collateral light, &c.] I cannot be united with him and move in the same sphere, but must be comforted at a distance by the radiance that shoots on all sides from him. Johnson.

1 In our heart's table ;) A table was, in our author's time, a term for a picture, in which sense it is used here.

trick of his sweet favour :] Trick is an expression taken from drawing ; but on the present occasion may mean neither tracing nor outline, but peculiarily.

3 Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.) Cold for naked : as superfluous for over-clothed. This makes the propriety of the antithesis. WARBURTON.

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Par. No.
Hel. And not
Par. Are you' meditating on virginity?

Hel. Ay. You have some stain of soldier in you ; let 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 metal to make virgins. Virginity, by being once lost, may be ten times found; by being ever kept, it is ever lost: '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 limit, as a desperate offendress against nature. Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese ; consumes itself to the very paring, and so dies with feeding his own stomach. Besides, virginity is peevish,

* And no.) I am no more a queen than you are a monarch.

proud, idle, made of self-love, which is the most inhibited sin 5 in the canon. Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose by't: Out with't: within ten years it will make itself ten, 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 brooch and toothpick, which wear not now: Your date is better in your pie and your porridge, than in your cheek: And your virginity, your old virginity, is like one of our French withered pears; it looks ill, it eats dryly; marry, 'tis a withered pear;

it was formerly better; marry, yet, 'tis a withered pear: Will you any thing with it?

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



inhibited sin – ] i. e. forbidden.

Your date is better -] Here is a quibble on the word date, which means both age, and a candied fruit much used in our author's time.

i A phænir, &c.] The eight lines following friend, I am persuaded is the nonsense of some foolish conceited player.

WARBURTON. a traitress,] It seems that trailress was in that age a term of endearment.


Of petty, fond, adoptious christendoms',
That blinking Cupid gossips. 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?

Hel. 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 show what we alone must think '; which never
Returns us thanks.

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

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

Hel. Monsieur 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 so kept you under, that you must needs be born under Mars.

Par. When he was predominant.
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


christendoms] This word, which signifies the collective body of christianity, every place where the christian religion is embraced, is surely used with much license on the present occasion.

And show what we alone must think ;] And show by realities what we now must only think.

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