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And not to take heart from you, I'll walk from
you, At your command, and not as much as trouble Your thought with one poor looking back.
Aur. I thank thee, My worthy wife! Before we kiss, receive This caution from thine Auria : first-Castanna, Let us bid farewell.
[Cast. walks aside. Spi. Speak, good, speak.
Aur. The steps Young ladies tread, left to their own discretion, However wisely printed, are observed, And construed as the lookers-on presume: Point out thy ways then in such even paths, As thine own jealousies from others' tongues May not intrude a guilt, though undeserv’d. Admit of visits as of physic forced, Not to procure health, but for safe prevention Against a growing sickness; in thy use of time and of discourse be found so thrifty, As no remembrance may impeach thy rest. Appear not in a fashion that can prompt The gazer's eye, or holla, to report Some widowed neglect of handsome value: In recreations be both wise and free; Live still at home, home to thyself, howe'er Enrich'd with noble company; remember A woman's virtue, in her lifetime, writes The epitaph all covet on their tombs : In short, I know thou never wilt forget Whose wife thou art, or how upon thy lips
Thy husband at his parting seal’d this kiss.-
[Kisses her. Spi. Dear heaven! go, sister, go.
[Exeunt SPINELLA and CASTANNA. Aur. Done bravely, And like the choice of glory, to know mineOne of earth's best I have forgone
Aurel. Had I been
resolves, Companion of your fortunes.
Aur. So the wrongs
Aurel. Wants! so you said,
Aur. Hear me further.
Aurel. Auria, take heed the covert of a folly Willing to range, be not, without excuse, Discover'd in the coinage of untruths'; I use no harder language. Thou art near Already on a shipwreck, in forsaking
The holy land of friendship, [and forbearing)
Aur. By that sacred thing
Aur. In my country, friend,
Aurel. You show,
Aur. He who cannot merit
Aurel. For that, so! but you have a wife, a young,
in forsaking The holy land of friendship in forsaking, &c.] There can, I think, be no question but the last two words in the second line were inadvertently copied from the first at the press. I have given what may be supposed the sense of the original expression; the words themselves are irrecoverable.
By trial of extremes; to youth and beauty
Aurel. There lives not then a friend
Aur. I find it hath.
Aurel. He who prescribes no law, No limits of condition to the objects Of his affection, but will merely wed A face, because 'tis round, or limn'd by nature In purest red and white; or, at the best, For that his mistress owes an excellence Of qualities, knows when and how to speak, Where to keep silence, with fit reasons why; Whose virtues are her only dower, (else (none,] In either kind,) ought of himself to master Such fortunes as add fuel to their loves; For otherwise-but herein I am idle, Have fool'd to little purpose.
Aur. She's my wife.
Aurel. And being so, it is not manly done
Aur. Sir, said ye?
Aurel. You form reasons,
you are wise enough in the construction.
so young, In every probability so forward To make you a father? leave such thoughts.
Aur. Believe it, Without replies, Aurelio : keep this note, A warrant for receiving from Martiño Two hundred ducats; as you find occasion Dispose them in my absence to Spinella: I would not trust her uncle, he, good man, Is at an ebb himself; another hundred I left with her, a fourth I carry with me. Am I not poor, Aurelio, now? Exchange Of more debates between us, would undo My resolution ; walk a little, prithee, Friends we are, and will embrace; but let's not
speak Another word.
Aurel. I'll follow you to your horse. [Exeunt.