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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?

Enter Parolle
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 you meditating on virginity ?
Hel. Ay. You have some p stain of soldier in you: let

| In his bright radiance, &c.]-I must be content to share at a diftance his reflected splendour, since I must despair of moving in the same orb-of a more intimate connection with him.

in Of every line and trick of his sweet favour,]—of tracing and retaining every peculiar turn, or feature of his face.

folely)—an unexampled. . Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.]~Naked wisdom crouching to folly in full dress, superfluously clad. p ftain)-tincture, smatch.

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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, fitting 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 loft. Thar, you were made of, is metal to make virgins. Virginity, by being once lost, 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 moft 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 its own stomach. Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love,

I rational increase ;]-tends to the increase of rational beings,

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, fir, 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 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 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,


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rill,]—she must do ill.
brooch)--some jewel, or splendid toy, now become antiquated,
idare]-pun--the fruit so called, and Helen's age.
Ay, a minc'd man,” &c.

Troilus and CRESSIDA, AA I, S. 2. Cr. yet. w Not my virginity yet.)—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."

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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 goslips. Now shall he
I know not what he shall :-God send him well!
The court's Y 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 Thew 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. 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 kept you so under, that you must
needs be born under Mars.
· Par. When he was predominant.

y learning-place; ]-the only soil for improvement.

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


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 haft 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 fee, 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

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

the fated ky]-fate, destiny. c The mighteft fpace in nature, &c.]—Accident sometimes unites moft intimately those, whom inequality of rank had fet at the greatest distance ; The mightiest space in fortune, &c.-Mutual affection often unites those, between whom fortune has placed the greatest disparity, and causes them to join like persons in similar circumstances.

likes,]-persons in similar circumstances. e native) congenial, formed for each other. . 1..

* Impossible be ftrange attempts, to those that weigh their pain in fenfe.; and do suppose, what hath been cannot be : &c.]-New attempts seem impossible 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. Bь 4


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