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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
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 thiné
enemy Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend Under thy own lise'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: T'he 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 fable;" heart, too capable
CHARACTER OF A NOBLE COURTIER.
* Helena considers her heart as the tablet on which his resemblance was pourtrayed. † Peculiarity of feature.
Countenance. & His is put for its.
ACT II. HONOUR DOE 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 so:t 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 foregoer: 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 Or honour'd bones indeed.
† Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vileness vile.
And, though I kill him not, I am the cause
A MAID'S HONOUR. The honour of a maid is her name; ana no legacy is so rich as honesty.
ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN. Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under:f 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,
+ They are not the things for which their names would make them pass.
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, 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.
EXCUSE FOR UNSEASONABLE DISLIKE.