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Be thou blest, Bertram! and succeed thy father
In manners, as in shape! Thy blood, and virtue,
Contend for empire in thee; and thy goodness
Share with thy birthright! Love all, trust a few,
Do

wrong to none: be able for thine enemy 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.

TOO AMBITIOUS LOVE.

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

every hour; to sit and draw

see him

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His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
In our heart's table* ; heart, too capable
Of

every line and trickt of his sweet favouri: But now he's gone, and my idolatrous fancy Must sanctify his relics.

COWARDICE.

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,
Which we ascribe to heaven: the fated sky
Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull
Our slow designs, when we ourselves are dull.

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 resemblance was portrayed.

+ Peculiarity of feature. *Countenance. His is put for its.

And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks,
Making them proud of his humility.
Such
Might be a copy to these

younger times.

a man

ACT II. 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.

ACT III. .
SELF-ACCUSATION OF TOO GREAT LOVE.
Poor lord! is 't I
That chase thee from thy country, and expose
Those tender limbs of thine to the event

* Titles. ť Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vileness vile.

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