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His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
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.
THE REMEDY OF EVILS GENERALLY IN OURSELVES.
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
CHARACTER OF A NOBLE COURTIER. In his youth He had the wit, which I can well observe To-day in our young lords; but they may jest Till their own scorn return to them unnoted, Ere they can hide their levity in honour. So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness Were in his pride or sharpness ; if they were, His equal had awak'd them; and his honour, Clock to itself, knew the true minute when Exception bid him speak, and, at this time, His tongue obey'd his hand 8: who were below him He us’d as creatures of another place:
* Helena considers her heart as the tablet on which his resem. blance was portrayed.
+ Peculiarity of feature. * Countenance. & His is put for its.
And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks,
HONOR DUE TO PERSONAL VIRTUE ONLY, NOT TO BIRTH.
From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The place is dignified by the doer's deed: Where great additions* swell
, and virtue none, It is a dropsied honour:good alone Is good, without a name; vileness is sot: The property by what it is should go, Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair; In these to nature she's immediate heir; And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn, Which challenges itself as honour's born, And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, When rather from our acts we them derive Than our foregoers: the mere word's a slave Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave, A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb, Where dust, and damn’d oblivion, is the tomb Of honour'd bones indeed.
SELF-ACCUSATION OF TOO GREAT LOVE.
Poor lord! is 't I
† Good is good independent of any worldly distincțion, and so is vileness vile.
Of the none-sparing war? and is it I
A MAID'S HONOUR. The honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN.
Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines af lust, are not the things they go undert: many a maid
#They are not the things for which their names would make them
hath been seduced by them; and the misery is example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you further; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no further danger known, but the modesty which is so lost.
CUSTOM OF SEDUCERS.
Ay, so you serve us, Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, And mock us with our bareness.
Mine honour's such a ring:
LIFE CHEQUERED. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by our virtues.
A COWARDLY BRAGGART.
Yet am I thankful: if my heart were great, 'Twould burst at this : Captain, I'll be no more; But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft As captain shall : simply the thing I am
Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart
every man alive.
Let's take the instant by the forward top; For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees The inaudible and noiseless foot of time Steals, ere we can effect them.
EXCUSE FOR UNSEASONABLE DISLIKE.
upon her, ere my heart
AS YOU LIKE IT.