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In our heart's fable;* heart, too capable
I know him a notorious liar,
Think him a great way fool, solely a coward;
That they take place, when virtue's steely bones Look bleak in the cold wind.
THE REMEDY OF EVILS GENERALLY IN
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
CHARACTER OF A NOBLE COURTIER.
In his youth
He had the wit, which I can well observe
And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks,
Might be a copy to these younger times.
*Helena considers her heart as the tablet on which his
resemblance was pourtrayed. + Peculiarity of feature. His is put for its.
HONOUR DUE TO PERSONAL VIRTUE ONLY, NOT TỔ
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 so:†
SELF-ACCUSATION OF TOO GREAT LOVE.
That chase thee from thy country, and expose
Of the non-sparing war? and is it I
That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou
† Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vileness vile.
And, though I kill him not, I am the cause
With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twerë
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, entice ments, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under:† many a maid 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 advise you farther; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no farther danger known, than the modesty which is so lost.
CUSTOM OF SEDUCERS.
Ay, so you serve us,
Till we serve you: but when you have our roses
They are no the things for which their names would make them pass
Mine honour's such a ring:
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, Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, That every braggart shall be found an ass. Rust, sword! cool, blushes! and, Parolles live, Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery thrive! There's place, and means, for 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.
I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart
To a most hideous object: Thence it came,
AS YOU LIKE IT.
MODESTY AND COURAGE IN YOUTH.
I BESEECH you, punish me not with your hard thoughts; wherein I confess me much guilty, to deny so fair and excellent ladies any thing. But let your fair eyes and gentle wishes, go with me to my trial: wherein if I be foiled, there is but one shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one dead that is willing to be so: I shall do my friends no wrong, for I have none to lament me; the world no injury, for in it I have nothing; only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
We still have slept together,
Rose at an instant, learn'd, play'd, eat together;
Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.
KOSALIND PROPOSING TO WEAR MEN'S CLOTHES,
Because that I am more than common tall,