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His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
In our heart's table: heart, too capable
Of every line and trick of his sweet favour!
But now he's gone, and my idolatrous fancy
Must sanctify his relicks. Who comes here?


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One that goes with him: I love him for his sake ;
And yet 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: full oft we see
Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.

Par. Save you, fair queen.
Hel. And you, monarch.
Par. No.
Hel. And, no.
Par. Are you meditating on virginity?

Hel. Ay: you have some stain of soldier in you ; let me ask you a question. Man is enemy to virgia nity ; how may we barricado it against him?

Par. Keep him out.

Hel. But he assails ; and our virginity, tho' valiant, in the defence yet is weak: unfold to us some warlike resistance.

Par. There is none : man sitting down before youy
will undermine you, and up.
Hel. Bless our poor virginity from underininers and



blowers up!-Is there no military policy, how vir. gins 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 politick 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.

139 Par. There's little can be said in't; 'tis against the rule of nature. To speak on the part of virginity, is to accuse your mothers; which is most infallible disobedience. He, that hangs himself, is a virgin : virginity murders itself: and should be buried in highways, 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 its own stomach. Besides, virginity is peevish, 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 two, which is a goodly increase ; and the principal itself not much the worse. Away with't.

154 Hel.

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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 the 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 wither'd pears ; it looks ill;
it eats dryly; marry, 'tis a wither'd pear: it was for-
merly better; marry, yet, 'tis a wither'd pear.. Will
you any thing with it ?
Hel. Not my virginity yet.

There shall your master have a thousand loves,
A mother, and a mistress, and a friend,
A phoenix, captain, and an enemy,
A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign,
A counsellor, a traitress, and a dear;
His humble ambition, proud humility;
His jarring concord; and his discord dulcet;
His faith, his sweet disaster; with a world
Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms,
That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he
I know not, what he shall:God send him well!
The court's a learning place ;--and he is one n. 1

Par. What one, i'faith?
Hel. That I wish well-'Tis pity 1



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Par. What's pity?

Hel. That wishing well had not a body in't,
Which might be felt : that we, the

poorer born,
Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes,
Might with effects of them follow our friends,
And shew what we alone must think, which never
Returns us thanks.

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Enter Page. Page. Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you.

[Exit Page. Par. Little Helen, farewel; 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, I especially think, under Mars,
Par. Why, under Mars ?

Hel. The wars have kept you so under, that you must needs be born under Mars.

201 Par. When he was predominant. Hel. When he was retrograde, I think, rather. Par. Why think you so ? Hel. You go so much backward, when you fight. Par. That's for advantage.

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.

210 Par. I am so full of businesses, I cannot answer



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thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier; in the
which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, so
thou wilt be capable of courtier's counsel, and under-
stand what advice shall thrust upon thee ; else thou
diest in thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance
makes thee away; farewel. 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 farewel.

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, nature brings
To join like likes, and kiss, like native things.
Impossible be strange attempts, to those
That weigh their pain in sense; and do suppose, 230
What hath been, cannot be. Whoever strove
To shew 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.


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