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BER. Madam, I desire your holy wishes.
In manners, as in shape! thy blood, and virtue,
He cannot want the best
[Exit. BER. The best wishes that can be forged in your thoughts [to HELENA) be
servants to you! Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make
much of her. LAF. Farewell, pretty lady: You must hold the credit of your father.
[Exeunt BERTRAM and LAFEU. HEL. O, were that all!—I think not on my father;
And these great tears grace his remembrance more
• The “great tears” which the departure of Bertram causes her to shed, being imputed to her grief for her father, grace his remembrance more than those which she really shed for him.
Table—the tabular surface, tablet, upon which a picture is painted, and thence used for the picture itself.
Trick-peculiarity. See Note on 'King John,' Act I., Scene 1. d Favour-countenance.
But now he's gone,
idolatrous fancy Must sanctify his relics. Who comes here?
One that goes with him: I love him for his sake :
Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly
question : Man is enemy to virginity; how may we barricado it against him?
weak: unfold to us some warlike resistance. Par. There is none · man, sitting down before you, will undermine you, and
blow you up
Hel. Bless our poor virginity from underminers and blowers up!- Is there
no military policy how virgins 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 politic 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: 't is too cold a companion; away with 't. Hel. I will stand for 't a little, though therefore I die a virgin. Par. There's little can be said in 't ; 't is 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 his own
stomach. Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which · Monarch. When Parolles calls Helena “ queen,” she answers by a sarcastic allusion to the Monarcho-an Italian who figured in London about 1580, possessed with the notion that he was sovereign of the world. (See • Love's Labour's Lost,' Act IV., Scene 1.)
Stain-tincture;-you have some slight mark of the soldier about you.
is the most inhibited sin in the canon. Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose by 't: Out with 't: within ten year it will make itself two“, which is a
goodly increase ; and the principal itself not much the worse : Away with 't. 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. 'T is a com
modity will lose the gloss with lying; the longer kept the less worth: off with 't, while 't is 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 toothpick, which wear not now: Your date is better in your pie and your porridge than in your cheek: And your virginity, your old virginity, is like one of our French withered pears; it looks ill, it eats drily; marry, 't is a withered pear; it was formerly better ; marry, yet, 't is a
withered pear: Will you anything with it b? HEL. Not my virginity yet.
There, shall your master have a thousand loves,
The court 's a learning-place ;-and he is one-
Which might be felt : that we, the poorer born,
Enter a Page.
PAGE. Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you.
• We print the text as in the folio. It is not worth discussing whether the word two of the original should not be ten, as it is commonly read.
• Hanmer makes Helena say, “You're for the court,” before she goes on, “There, shall your master," &c. It is scarcely necessary that her slight answer to the random talk of Parolles should have any connection with her subsequent speech. She has been abstracted during this dialogue, and now her thoughts are clothed in words.
Par. Little Helen, farewell : if I can remember thee, I will think of thee at
your valour and fear makes in you is a virtue of a good wing, and I like
perfect courtier; in the which, my instruction shall serve to naturalise thee, 80 thou wilt be capable of a courtier's counsel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee; else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance makes thee away: farewell. 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 farewell.
[Exit. HEL. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to Heaven; the fated sky
SCENE II.-Paris. A Room in the King's Palace.
Flourish of cornets. Enter the KING OF FRANCE, with letters ; Lords and
others attending. KING. The Florentines and Senoys are by the ears ;
Have fought with equal fortune, and continue
A braving war. 1 LORD.
So 't is reported, sir.
A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria,
To have us make denial. 1 LORD.
His love and wisdom, Approv'd so to your majesty, may plead
For amplest credence.
He hath arm'd our answer,
To stand on either part. 2 LORD.
It well may serve A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
For breathing and exploit. KING.
What's he comes here?
Enter BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES.
1 LORD. It is the count Rousillon, my good lord,
Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face ;
Mayst thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.
As when thy father and myself, in friendship,