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But now he's gone, and my idolatrous fancy .
Par. Save you, fair queen.
Hel. Ay. You have some stain of soldier in you ; let 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, sitting 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 politic in the commonwealth of nature, to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity is rational increase ; and there was never virgin got, till virginity was first lost. That, you were made of, is metal to make virgins. Virginity, by being once lost, may be ten times found : by being ever kept, it is ever lost: '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 (5) Cold for naked; as superfluous for over-clothea. This makes the propriety of the antithesis. WARBURTON. (6) Stain for colour. Parolles was in red, as appears from his being afterwards
Stain rather for what we now say tincture, some qualities, at least siipe, ficial, of a soldier. JOHNSON.
called red-tail'd humble-bee. WARBURTON.
rule of nature. To speak on the part of virginity, is to accuse your mothers; which is most infallible disobedi. ence. He, that hangs himself, is a virgin : virginity mur. ders itself;' and should be buried in high ways, 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 his own stomach. Besides, virginity is peeyish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which is the most inhibited sin in the canon Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose by't : Out with’t : within ten years it will make itself ten, which is a goodly increase ; and the principal itself not much the worse : Away with't.
Hel. How might one do, sir, 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 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 withered pears ; it looks ill, it eats dryly; marry, 'tis a withered pear ; it was formerly better; marry, yet, 'tis a withered pear • Will you any thing with it?
Hel. Nut my virginity yet.'
17) i. e. he that hangs himself, and a virgin, are in this circumstance alike; they are both self-destroyers. MALONE.
 It does not appear that this rapturous effusion of Helena vas designed to be intelligible to Parolles. Its obscurity, therefore, may be its merit. It sufficiently explains what is passing in the mind of the speaker, to every one but him to whom Bne does not mean to explain it. STEEVENS.
19] Traditoria, a traitress, in the Italian language, is generally used as a term of endearment. The meaning of Helena is, that she shall prove every thing to Rertram. Our ancient writers delighted in catalogues, and always characterised luve by contrarieties. STEEVENS.
That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he
Par. What one, i'faith?
Hel. That wishing well had not a body in't,
Enter a Page.
[Exit Page. Par. Little Helen, farewell : 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. The wars have so kept you under, that you must needs be born under Mars.
Par. When he was predominant.
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 a courtier's counsel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee ; else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance makes thee away : farewell. When thou hast leisure, say thy prayers ; when thou hast none, remember thy friends : get thee a good husband, and use him as he uses thee : so farewell. TĚrit.
(1) And show by realities what we now must only think. JOHNSON.
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 slow designs, when we ourselves are dull. What power is it, which mounts my love so high ; That makes me see, and cannot feed mine eye ? The mightiest space in fortune pature brings To join like likes, and kiss like native things. Impossible be strange attempts, to those That weigh their pains in sense ; and do suppose, What hath been cannot be : Who ever strove To show her merit, that did miss her love ? The king's disease-my project may deceive me, But my intents are fix'd, and will not leave me. (Exit
. SCENE II. Paris. A Roorn in the King's Palace. Flourish of Cornets.
Enter the King of France, with letters; Lords and others attending.
King. The Florentines and Senoys are by th' ears,
1 Lord. So 'tis reported, sir.
1 Lord. His love and wisdom, Approv'd'so to your majesty, may plead For amplest credence.
King. He hath arm'd our answer,
2 Lord. It may well serve
King. What's he comes here ?
 She means, by what influence is my love directed to a person so inuch above me? why am I made to discern excellence, and left to long after it, witlwut the food of hope? JOIINSON.
Enter BERTRAM, Lareu, and Parolles.
King. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face;
Bert. My thanks and duty are your majesty's.
king. I would I had that corporal soundness now,
14] I believe honour is not dignity of birth or rank, but acquired reputation :Your father, says the king, had the same airy flights of satirical wit with the young lords of the present time, but they do not what he did, hide their unnoted levity in honour, cover petty faults with great merit.-This is an excellent observation. Jocose follies, and slight offences are only allowed by mankind in him that overpowers them by great qualities. JOHNSON.
 He was so like a courtier, that there was in his dignity of manner nothing contemptuous, and in his keenness of wit nothing bitter. If bitterness or contemptuousness ever appeared, they had been awakened by some injury, not of a man below him, but of his equal. This is the complete image of a wellbred man, and somewhat like this, Voltaire has exhibited his hero Lewis XIV.
JOHNSON.  Giving them a better opinion of their own importance, by his condescending manner of bebaving to them. M. MASON