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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
BE thou blest Bertram! and succeed thy father 'n manners, as in shape! Thy blood, and virtue, ontend for empire in thee; and thy goodness hare with thy birthright! Love all, trust a few, o wrong to none: be able for thine enemy ather in power, than use; and keep thy friend under thy own life's key: be check'd for silence, ut never tax'd for speech.
TOO AMBITIOUS LOVE.
od think to wed it, he is so above me:
In our heart's fable;* heart, too capable -
I know him a notorious liar,
CHARACTER OF A NOBLE COURTIER.
* Helena considers her heart as the tablet on which his resemblance was pourtrayed. + Peculiarity of feature.
*Countenance. His is put for its.
ACT II. HONOUR DUE TO PERSONAL VIRTUE ONLY, NOT TO
BIRTH. From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The place is dignified by the doer's deed: Where great additions* swell, and virtue none, It is a dropsied honour: good alone Is good, without a name; vileness is so:f The property by what it is should go, Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair; In these to nature she's immediate heir; And these breed honour: that is honour's scora, Which challenges itself as honour's born, And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, When rather from our acts we them derive Than our foregoer: the mere word's a slave, Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave, A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb, Where dust and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb Of honour'd bones indeed.
leaden messengers, That ride
the violent speed of fire,
+ Good is good independent of any worldly distinction and so is vileness vile.
And, though I kill him not, I am the cause
A MAID'S HONOUR. The honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN.
Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these" engines of lust, mare not the things they go under:f many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not advise you farther; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no farther danger known, than the modesty which is so lost.
CUSTOM OF SEDUCERS.
+ They are not the things for which their names would make them pass.