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Of virtue for the name : but do not so.
s From lowest place when virtuous things.proceed,
The place is dignify’d by th’doer's deed.
Where great addition swells, and virtue none,
It is a dropsied honour'; good alone
Is good, without a name vileness is so : .
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
s W bence from lowest place vir. had neither riches nor eitle : To

trous things proceed,] This this the King replies, she's the faly Correction was prescribed immediate heir of nature, from by Dr. Thrilby. THEOBALD. whom she inherits youth, wis

good alone, dom, and beauty. The thought Is good without a name. Vile- is fine. For by the immediate heir

nefsis fo:] The text is here to nature, we must understand corrupted into nonsense. We one who inherits wisdom and should read,

beauty in a supremedegree. From

hence it a; pears that young is a Is good; and, with a name, vile- faulty reading, for that does not, ness is fo.

like wisdom and beauty, admit i.c.good is good, tho' there be of different degrees of excellence; no addition of title ; and vile- therefore she could not, with reness is vileness, tho' there be. gard to that, be said to be the The Oxford Editor, understand- immediate heir of nature ; for in ing nothing of this, strikes out that she was only joint-heir with vileness and puts in its place, all the rest of her species. Be

WARBURTON. fides, tho' wisdom and beauty may The present reading is certain- breed honour, yet youth cannot be ly wrong, and, to confess the said to do so

On the contrary, truth, I do not think Dr. Was- it is age which has this advantaje. burton's emendation right ; yet It seems probable that some foolI have nothing that I can propose ish player, when he transcribed with much confidence. Of all the this part, not apprehending the conjectures that I can make, that thought, and wondring to find which least displeases me is this: youth not reckoned amongst the

virtue alone, good qualities of a woman when Is good without a rame; Helen he was proposed to a lord, and

not considering that it was comThe reit follows easily by this prised in the word sair, foiited change.

in young, to the exclusion of a She is Young, wise, fuir; word much more to the purpose. In these, to nature fue's imme. For I make no question but diate beir;

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And these breed honour: That is honour's scorn,
Which challenges itself as honour's born,
And is not like the fire. Honours beft thrive,
When rather from our acts we them derive
Than our fore-goers : the mere word's a Nave
Debaucht on every tomb, on every grave;
A lying trophy 8; and as oft is dumb,
Where duft and damn'd oblivion is the tomb
Of honour'd bones, indeed. What should be said ?
If thou can'st like this creature as a maid,
I can create the rest : virtue and she,
Is her own dow'ry ; honour and wealth from me,

Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't.
Kirg. Thou wrong'it thyself, if thou should'It strive

to chuse. Ilel. That you are well restor’d, my lord, I'm glad: Let the rest go.

King. 'My honour's at the stake; which to defend, For the greatest part of her en better than young, as it refers to çémium turned upon her virtue. honour. But the is more the im. To omit this therefore in the re- mediate heir of nature with re. capitulation of her qualities, had spect to youth than goodness. To been against all the rules of good be immediate keir is to inherit freaking.. Nor let it be objected without any intervening transthat this is requiring an exact. mitter : thus she inherits beauty ritis in our author which we immediately from nature, but hothould not expect. For he who nour is transmitted by ancestors ; could reason with the force our youth is received immediately from author doth here (and we ought nature, but g odness may be conalways to distinguish between ceived in part the gilt of parents, Sbakif; care on his guard and in or the effe&t of education. The his rambles), and illustrate that alteration therefore lofes on one reasoning with such beauty of side what it gains on the other. thought and propriety of ex Mly koncur's at the Stake ; preffion, could never make use which to defeat of a word which quite destroyed I must produce my Power. - ] the exaciness of his reasoning, The poor King of France is the propriety of his thought, and again made a Man of Gotham, the elegance of his expression.. by our unmerciful Editors. For

WARBURTON. he is not to make use of his AuHere is a long note, which I thority to defcat, but to define with had been shorter. Good is his Honour. THEOBALD I

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I must produce my power. Here, take her hand,
Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift!
That doft in vile misprision shackle up
My love, and her desert; that canst not dream,
We, poizing us in her defective scale,
Shall weigh thee to the beam; that wilt not know,
It is in us to plant thine honour, where
We please to have it grow. Check thy contempt :
Obey, our will, which travels in thy good;
Believe not thy disdain, but presently
Do thine own fortunes that obedient right,
Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims;
Or I will throw thee from my care for ever
Into the staggers', and the careless lapse
Of youth and ignorance ; my revenge and hate
Loosing upon thee in the name of justice,
Without all terms of pity. Speak, thine answer.

Ber. Pardon, my gracious Lord; for I submit
My fancy to your eyes. When I consider,
What great creation, and what dole of honour
Flies where you bid; I find that she, which late
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now
The praised of the King ; * who, so enobled,
Is, as 'twere, born fo.

king. Take her by the hand,
And tell her, she is thine : to whom I promise
A counterpoize; if not in thy eítate,
A balance more repleat.

Ber. I take her hand.

King. Good fortune, and the favour of the King Smile upon this contract; whole ceremony Shall seem expedient on the new-born brief ";

- And i Into the staggers,

-] To this the allusion, I suppose, One species of the staggers, or the horses apoplexy, is a raging

whose ceremony impatience, which makes the ani Slall seem expedient on the newmal dash himself with destructive born brief, violence against posts or walls. Anul de performa'd to night; --- :]

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And be perform'd to night; the folemn feast
Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Expecting absent friends. As thou lov’ft her,
Thy love's to me religious; else does err. (Exeunt.

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you. Par. Your pleasure, Sir?

Laf. Your Lord and Master did well to make his recantation.

Par. Recantation? - my Lord? my Master?
Laf. Ay, is it not a language I speak?

Par. A most harsh one, and not to be understood without bloody succeeding. My master?

Laf. Are you companion to the Count Rousillon ?
Par. To any Count; to all Counts; to what is

man.

Laf. To what is Count's man; Count's master is of another stile.

Par. You are too old, Sir; let it satisfy you, you are too old.

Lof. I must tell thee, Sirrah, I write man; to which title age cannot bring thee.

Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.

Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries !, to be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of ihy travel; it might pafs ; yet the scarfs and the banThis, if it be at all intelligible, is sal, or the licence of the church. at least obscure and inaccurate. The king means, What ceremony Perhaps it was written thus, is neceffary to make this contract what ceremony

a marriage, shall be immediately Shall seem expedient on tbe new performed; the rest may be deborn britt,

layed. Shall be performed to-night; the

for two ordinarie:,] jolemn feast

While I sat twice with thee at Shall more attend

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nerets about thee did manifoldly dissuade me from believing thee a vesel of too great a burthen. I have now found thee; when I lose thee again, I çare not : yet art thou good for nothing but taking up , and that thou'rt scarce worth.

Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity upon thee

Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, left thou hasten thy trial; which if, --Lord have mercy on thee for a hen! so, my good window of lattice, fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, I look thro' thee. Give me thy hand.

Par. My Lord, you give me most egregious in. dignity.

Laf. Ay, with all my heart, and thou art worthy of it.

Par. I have not, my Lord, deserv'd it.

Laf. Yes, good faith, ev'ry dram of it; and I will not ’bate thee a scruple.

Par. Well, I shall be wiser

Laf. Ev'n as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to pull at a smack o'th' contrary. If ever thou be'st bound in thy scarf and beaten, thou shalt find what it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my knowledge, that I may say in the default”, he is a man í know.

Par. My Lord, you do me most insupportable vexation.

Laf. I would, it were hell-pains for thy fake, and my poor doing eternal : for doing, I am paft; as I will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave

(Exit. Par.

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