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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
BE thou blest Bertram! and succeed thy father manners, as in shape! Thy blood, and virtue, ontend for empire in thee; and thy goodness hare with thy birthright! Love all, trust a few, o wrong to none: be able for thine enemy
ather in power, than use; and keep thy friend nder thy own life's key: be check'd for silence, et never tax'd for speech.
TOO AMBITIOUS LOVE.
I am undone; there is no living, none, Bertram be away. It were all one, hat I should love a bright particular star, nd think to wed it, he is so above me: In his bright radiance and collateral light fust I be comforted, not in his sphere. The ambition in my love thus plagues itself: The hind that would be mated by the lion,
Must die for love. 'Twas pretty, though a plague see him every hour; to sit and draw
His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
In our heart's fable;* heart, too capable
I know him a notorious liar,
Think him a great way fool, solely a coward;
That they take place, when virtue's steely bones
THE REMEDY OF EVILS GENERALLY IN
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
CHARACTER OF A NOBLE COURTIER.
In his youth
He had the wit, which I can well observe
And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks,
Such a man
Might be a copy to these younger times.
*Helena considers her heart as the tablet on which his
resemblance was pourtrayed.
† Peculiarity of feature. § His is put for its.
HONOUR DUE TO PERSONAL VIRTUE ONLY, NOT TO
From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
Is good, without a name; vileness is so:†
Where dust and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb
SELF-ACCUSATION OF TOO GREAT LOVE.
Poor Lord! is't I
That chase thee from thy country, and expose
Of the non-sparing war? and is it I
That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou
Good is good independent of any worldly distinction
and so is vileness vile.
And, though I kill him not, I am the cause
His death was so effected: better
I met the ravin* lion when he roar'd
With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere
Were mine at once: No, come thou home, Rousillon,
My being here it is that holds thee hence:
A MAID'S' HONOUR.
The honour of a maid is her name; and 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:† many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, I 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,
Till we serve you: but when you have our roses
They are not the things for which their names would make them pass.