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Be thou blest, Bertram! and succeed thy father
wrong to none: be able for thine enemy Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend Under thy own life's key: be check’d for silence, But never tax'd for speech.
TOO AMBITIOUS LOVE.
I am undone; there is no living, none, If Bertram be away. It were all one, That I should love a bright particular star, And think to wed it, he is so above me: In his bright radiance and collateral light Must I be comforted, not in his sphere. The ambition in my love thus plagues itself: The hind that would be mated by the lion, Must die for love. 'Twas pretty, though a plague, To
every hour; to sit and draw
His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
every line and trickt of his sweet favouri: But now he's
idolatrous fancy Must sanctify his relics.
I know him a notorious liar, Think him a great way fool, solely a coward; Yet these fix'd evils sit so fit in him, That they take place, when virtue's steely bones Look bleak in the cold wind.
THE REMEDY OF EVILS GENERALLY IN OURSELVES.
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
CHARACTER OF A NOBLE COURTIER.
In his youth He had the wit, which I can well observe To-day in our young lords; but they may jest Till their own scorn return to them unnoted, Ere they can hide their levity in honour. So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness Were in his pride or sharpness; if they were, His equal had awak'd them; and his honour, Clock to itself, knew the true minute when Exception bid him speak, and, at this time, His tongue obey'd his hand 8: who were below him He us'd as creatures of another place:
* Helena considers her heart as the tablet on which his resemblance was portrayed.
+ Peculiarity of feature. *Countenance. His is put for its.
And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks,
ACT II. HONOR DUE TO PERSONAL VIRTUE ONLY, NOT TO BIRTH.
From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
, and virtue none,
ACT III. .
* Titles. ť Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vileness vile.