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LOVE INCREASED BY ATTEMPTS TO SUPPRESS IT.
Luc. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire;
burns; The current that with gentle murmur glides, Thou know?st, being stopp’d, impatiently doth rage, But, when his fair course is not hindered, He makes sweet music with the enamel'd stones, Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge He overtaketh in his pilgrimage; And so by many winding nooks he strays, With willing sport to the wild ocean. Then let me go, and hinder not my course: I'll be as patient as a gentle stream. And make a pastime of each weary step; Till the last step have brought me to my love; And, there I'll rest, as, after much turmoil,t A blessed soul doth in Elysium.
A FAIFHFUL AND CONSTANT LOVER.
His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles;
PRESENTS PREVAIL WITH WOMEN.
Win her with gifts, if she respect not words;
A LOVER'S BANISHMENT.
And Silvia is myself: banished from her,
BEAUTY PETITIONING IN VAIN.
Ay, ay; and she hath offer'd to the doom, (Which, unreserv'd, stands in effectual force,) A sea of melting pearl, which some call tears: Those at her father's churlish feet she tenderd; With them, upon her knees, her humble self; Wringing her hands, whose whiteness so became
them, As if but now they waxed pale for wo: But neither bended knees, pure hands held up, Sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears Could penetrate her uncompassionate sire.
Hope is a lover's staff; walk hence with that, And manage it against despairing thoughts.
LOVE COMPARED TO A FIGURE ON ICE.
This weak impress of love is as a figure
The best way is to slander Valentine
THE POWER OF POETRY WITH FEMALES.
Write till your ink be dry: and with your tears
THE POWER OF ACTION.
At that time I made her weep a-good,
À LOVER IN SOLITUDE.
me with thy presence, Silvia; Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain!
LOVE UNRETURNED. What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Would I not undergo for one calm look? * In good earnest
0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, * When women cannot love where they're belov’d.
INFIDELITY IN A FRIEND.
Who should be trusted now, when one's right
Who by repentance is not satisfied, Is nor of heaven, nor earth.
INCONSTANCY IN MAN.
WE were, fair queen, Two lads, that thought there was no more behind, But such a day to-morrow as to-day, And to be boy eternal. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did frisk i’ the sun And bleat the one at the other: what we chang’d, Was innocence for innocence; we knew not The doctrine of ill-doing, no, nor dream'd .That any did; Had we pursued that life, And our weak spirits ne?er been higher rear'd With stronger blood, we should have answer'd heaBoldly, Not guilty; the imposition cleared, Hereditary ourst
* Felt, experienced. # Setting aside original sin.
FONDNESS OF A FATHER FOR HIS CHILD.
Leon. Are you so fond of your young prince as we
If at home, sir,
Is whispering nothing? Is leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting noses? Kissing with inside lip? stopping the career Of laughter with a sigh? (a note infallible Of breaking honesty:) horsing foot on foot ? Skulking in corners?' wishing clocks more swift? Hours, minutes? noon, midnight? and all eyes blind With the pin and web,* but theirs, theirs only, That would unseen be wicked?' is this nothing? Why, then the world, and all that's in’t, is nothing; The covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing; My wife is nothing; nor nothing have these nothings, If this be nothing
REGICIDES DETESTABLE. To do this deed, Promotion follows: If I could find example or thousands that had struck anointed kings, And flourish'd after, I'd not do't: but since Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears not one, Let villany itself forswear't.
* Disorders of the eye.