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And fourilh'd after, I'd not do't: but since
Nor brass, nor ftone, nor parchment bears not one,
Let villainy itself forfwear it.

The Effects of Jealausy.

This jealousy
Is for a precious creature : as fhe's rare
Muft it be great ; and, as his person's mighty
Muft it be violent ; and as he does conceive
He is dishonoured by a man, which ever
Professed to him; why, his revenges must
In that be made more bitter.




Knowledge sometimes hurtful.

There may

be in the cup

A spider steep'd, and one may drink, depart
And yet partake no venom ; for his knowledge
Is not infected : but if one present
Th’abhorr’d ingredient to his eye; make known
How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, (8) his fides
With violent hefts.

Calumny. Praise her but for this her without-door form, (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech) and straight


(8) Gorge.] i, e. Throat ; from the French. Hefts, is the same as heavings. The reader will find a paffage fimilar to this in Othello, where that unhappy, deluded man, laments his knowledge of his wife's stolen hours of lust; and observes,

He had been happy, if the gen'ral camp,
Pioneers and all, had tasted her sweet body,
So he had nothing known, &c.


The shrug, the hum, or ha! these petty brands,
That calumny doth use.-0, I am out,
That mercy does; for calumny will fear
Virtue itself:-- these shrugs, these hums, and haes,


have said, she's goodly, come between, Ere you can say, she's honeft.

Fortitude and Innocence.

Her. Do, 'not weep, good fools ;
There is no cause : when you shall krow your mil-

Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears,
As I come out : this action, I now go on,
Is for my better grace.

SCENE II. Honesty and Honour..

fi Here's a do, To lock up honesty and honour from The access of gentle visitors!

The Silence of Innocence eloquent.

The silence often of


innocence Persuades, when speaking fails.

Sçene III. Affectionate Child.

To see his nobleness!
Conceiving the dishoncur of his mother,
He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply ;;
Fastend and fix'd the shame on't in himself,
Threw off his fpirit, his appetite, his sleep,
And downright languish'd.


Child resembling its Father.

Behold, my lords, Altho' the print be little, the whole matter copy

of the father, eye, nose, lip ; ;'s The trick of his frown, his forehead; nay the valley The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek, his smiles ; The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger. And thou, good goddess nature, which haft made it So like to him that got it, if thou hast, The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all colours No yellow in 't ; left she suspect, as he does, Her children not her husband's.

An Infant to be exposed.


babe! Some powerful spirits instruct the kites and ravens To be thy nurses! wolves and bears, they say, (Casting their savageness aside) have done Ūike offices of pity.

Come on,



Hermione pleading her Innocence.


Behold our human actions (as they do)
I doubt not then, but innocence mall make
False accusation blush, and tyranny
Tremble at patience. You, my lord, best know,
(Who least will seem to do so) my past life
Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,
As I am now unhappy; which is more
Than history can pattern, though devis'd,
And play'd to take spectators : for behold me,
A fellow of the royal bed, which owe
A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter,
The mother to a hopeful prince ;-here standing,

To prate and talk for life and honour, 'fore
Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it (9)
As I weigh grief, which I would spare ; for honour,
'Tis a derivative from me to mine,
And only that I stand for. I appeal
To your own conscience, Sir, before Polixenes

Came to your court, how I was in your grace,
How merited to be so: since he came,
With what encounter so uncurrent I
Have ftrain’d, (10) to appear thus? if one jot beyond
The bound of honour, or in act, or will,
That way inclining ; harden'd be the hearts
Of all that hear me, and nearest kin
Cry, fie, upon my grave!
A Wife's Loss of all Things, dear, and Contempt of



Leo. Look for no lefs than death.

Her. Sir, spare your threats ; The bug which you would fright me with, I feek. To me can life be no commodity: The crown and comfort of my life, your favour, I do give loft; for I do feel it gone, But know not how it went. My second joy, And firft-fruits of my body, from his presence I am barr'd, like one infectious: my third comfort, Star'd most unluckily, (11) is from my breaft,


(9). Life, I prize it, &c.] Life is to me only grief, and as fuch is considered by me; I would therefore willingly Spare, that is, let it go, or quit the posseffion of it. ).

(10) Have hrain'd.] Mrs. Ford talks of some frain, in her character; and in B. and Fletcher's Custom of the Country, the same expression occurs.

Strain your loves With any base or hir'd persuasions. (11) Star'd most unluckily.] i. e. born under an inau. sfpicious planet. St.


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The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth,
Hald out to murther. Myself on every post
Proclaim'd a strumpet, with unmodeft hatred.
The child-bed privilege deny'd, which ’longs
To women of all fashion ; lastly, hurry'd
Here to this place, i' the open air, before
I have got strength of limit(12%. Now, my liege,
Tell me what blessings I have here alive,
That I should fear to die! Therefore, proceed.
But yet hear this ; mistake me not ;-no life ;
I prize it not a straw: but for mine honour,
(Which I would free) if I fhall be condemn'd
Upon surmises ; all proofs fleeping else,
But what your jealousies awake ; I tell you,
'Tis rigour, and not law.

Despair of Pardon.

But, O thou tyrant!
Do not repent these things ; for they are heavier
Than all thy woes can ftir : therefore, betake thee
To nothing but despair. A thousand knees,
Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting,
Upon a barren mountain, and still winter,
In storin perpetual, cou'd not move the Gods
To look that way thou wert.
SCENE III. An Account of a Ghosts appearing in

a Dream.

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(13) I've heard, but not believ'd, the spirits of the dead

May (12) Strength of limit.] I know not well how Arength of limit can mean strength to pass the limits of the childbed chamber," which yet it must mean in this place, unless we read in a more easy phrase, Strength of limb. 7.

(13) See Pastor Fido, Act 1. Sc. 4. In the third Book of Lucan's Pharfalia, there is an elegant description of


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