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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. (3) It is not politick in the commonwealth of nature, to preserve virginity. Lofo of virginity is rational increase; and there was never virgin got, 'till virginity was first loft. That, you were made of, is metal to make virgins. Virginity, by being once loft, may be ten times found: by being ever kept, it is ever lost; ’tis too cold a companion ; away with't.
Hel. I will stand for't a little, though therefore I die a virgin.
Per. There's little can be said in't ; 'tis against the rule of nature. To speak on the part of virginity, is to accuse your mother, which is moit infallible disobedience. He, that hangs himself, is a virgin : vira ginity murders itself, and mould 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 its own ftomach. Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which is the most prohibited fin in the canon. Keep it not, you cannot chase but lose by't. Out with’t; within ten years it will make itself two), which is a goodly increale, and the principal itself not much the worle, 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. 'Tis a commodity will lose the glofs with lying. The longer kept, the less worth: off with’t, while 'tis vendible. Answer the time of request. Vir
(3) It is not politick in the commonwealth of nature to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity is rational increase; and there was never virgin gut, till virginity was for loft. The context seems to me rather to regoire--national increase; tho' I have not ventur'd to difturb che text, as the other reading will admit of a meaning.
ginity, like an old courtier, wears her cap out of fashion; richly suited, but unsuitable; juit like the biooch and the tooth-pick, which we 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 wither'd pear: it was formerly better; marry, yet
'tis a wither'd
you any thing with it's
Hel. Not my virginity yet.
Par. What one, i' faith?
Hel. That wishing well had not a body in't,
[Exit 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 chavitable ftar. Par. Under Mars, I.
Hel. I especially think, under Mars.
Hel. The wars have kept you so under, that you must needs be born under Mars.
Par. When he was predominant.
Hel. So is running away, when fear proposes safety: but the composition, that your valour and fear makes in you, is a virtue of a good wing, and I like the wear well.
Par. I am so full of businesses, as I cannot answer thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier; in the which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, fo thou wilt be capable of courtiers counsel, and understand what advice Mall thrust upon thee; else trou dieft in thine unthankfulness, and thine igrorance 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 lie uses thee : so farewel.
SCENE changes to the Court of France. Flourish Cornets. Enter the King of France with letters,
and divers Attendants.
King. T Have fought with equal fortune, and continue
A braving war.
i Lord. So 'tis reported, Sir.
King. Nay, 'tis most credible; we here receive it, A certainty vouch'd from our coufin Austria ; With caution, that the Florentine will move us For speedy aid ; wherein our dearest friend Prejudicates the bufiness, and would feem To have us make denial.
1 Lord. His love and wisdom, Approv'd fo to your Majesty, may plead For ample credence.
King. He hath arm’d our answer;
2 Lord. It may well serve
Enter Bertram, Lafeu and Parolles.
King. Youth, thou bear'it thy father's face. Frank nature, rather curious than in haste, Hath well compos'd thee. Thy father's moral parts May'it thou inherit 100! Welcome to Paris.
Ber. My thanks and duty are your Majesty's.
King. I would, I had that corporal foundness now, As when thy father and myself in friendship First try'd our soldiership: he did look far luto the service of the time, and was Discipled of the brav'it. He lasted long;
But on us both did haggish age steal on,
King. Would, I were with him! he would always say, (Methinks, I hear him now; his plausive words He scatter'd not in ears, but grafted them To grow
there and to bear;) Let me not live,(Thus his good melancholy oft began, On the catastrophe and heel of paftime,
(4) So like a courtier, no contempt or bitterness
Were in his pride or fivarpness; if they were,
His equal bad awak'd tben. - ] This passage seems to very incorre@ly pointed, that the author's meaning is loft in the carelessness.
As the text and ftops are reform'd, these are most beautiful lines, and the sense this. He " had no contempt or bitterness; if he had any thing that look'd like o pride or sharpne,s, (of which qualities contempt and bitternefs are “ the excesses,) his equal had awaked them, not bis inferior; to " whom he scorn’d to discover any thing that bore the shadow of s pride or sharpness.