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cheese; consumes itself to the very paring, and fo dies with feeding it's own ftomack. Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which is the most inhibited fin in the canon : Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose hy't: Out with’t: within ten years it will make itfelf ten, which is a goodly increase; and the principal itself not much the worse : Away with't.
HEL. How might one do, fir, to lose it to her own liking?
PAR. Let me see: Marry, ill, to like him that ne'er it likes. 'Tis a commodity will lose the gloss with lying; the longer kept, the less worth : off with't, while 'tis vendible: answer the time of request. Virginity, like an old courtier, wears her cap out of fashion ; richly suted, but unsuteable : just like the brooch, and the tooth-pick, which wear not now. Your date is better in your pye, and your porridge, than in your cheek: And your virginity, your old virginity, is like one of our French wither'd pears; it looks ill, it eats drily; marry, 'tis a witherd
pear : it was formerly better ; marry, yet ’tis a wither'd pear : Will you any thing with it?
Hel. Not my virginity yet. You're for the court : There shall your master have a thousand loves, A mother, and a mistress, and a friend, A phenix, captain, and an enemy, A guide, a goddess, and a fovereign, A counsellor, a traitress, and a dear; His humble ambition, proud humility, His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet, His faith, his sweet disaster ; with a world
Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms,
Par. What one, i'faith?
Hel. That wishing well had not a body in't,
Enter a Page.
PAR. Little Helen, farewel : if I can remember thee, I will think of thee at court.
Hel. Monfieur Parolles, you were born under a charitable star.
PAR. Under Mars I.
Hel. The wars have so kept you under, that you must needs be born under Mars.
Par. When he was predominant.
HEL. So is running away, when fear proposes the safety : But the composition, that your valour and fear makes in you, is a virtue of a good wing, and I like
23 hath so
the wear well.
Par. I am so full of businesses, I cannot answer thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier; in the which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, so hou wilt be capable of a courtier's counsel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee ; else thou dyeft in thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance makes thee away; farewel: 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 : fo farewel.
[Exeunt PAROLLES, and Page. HEL. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lye, Which we ascribe to heaven : the fated sky Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull Our flow designs, when we ourselves are dull. What power is it, which mounts my love fo high ; Which makes me fee, and cannot feed mine eye? The mightiest space in fortune nature brings To join like likes, and kiss like native things. Impossible be strange attempts, to those That weigh their pains in fense; and do suppose, What hath been cannot be : Who ever strove To fhew her merit, that did miss her love ? The king's disease-my project may deceive me,
my intents are fixt, and will not leave me. [Exit.
SCENE II. Paris. A Room in the King's Palace.
Enter the King of France, with Letters ;
Lords, and divers other, attending.
1. L. So 'uis reported, fir. Kin. Nay, 'tis most credible; we here T receive it A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria, With caution, that the Florentine will move us For speedy aid ; wherein our dearest friend Prejudicates the business, and would feem To have us make denial.
1. L. His love, and wisdom,
Kin. He hath arm'd our answer,
2. L. It well may serve
Kin. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face ; Frank nature, rather curious than in haste, Hath well compos'd thee ; Thy father's moral parts May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.
Ber. My thanks, and duty, are your majesty's.
Kin. I would I had that corporal soundness now, As when thy father, and myself, in friendship, Firft try'd our soldiership! He did look far Into the service of the time, and was
Discipld of the bravest : he lasted long ;
Ber. His good remembrance, fir,
Kin. 'Would I were with him! He would always say,
grow there, and to bear) Let me not live,
10 in his pride,
14 obey'd his hand. 24 in approofe lives not his