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And, though I kill him not, I am the cause
I met the ravin* lion when he roar'd
With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere
Were mine at once: No, come thou home, Rousillon,
My being here it is that holds thee hence:
A MAID'S HONour.
The honour of a maid is her name; ana 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, are not the things they go under:† 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.
Ay so you serve us,
Till we serve you: but when you have our roses
They are not the things for which their names would make them pass
Mine honour's such a ring:
My chastity's the jewel of our house,
Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world,
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by our virtues
A COWARDLY BRAGGART.
Yet am I thankful: if my heart were great,
Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart,
Let's take the instant by the forward top;
EXCUSE FOR UNSEASONABLE DISLIKE.
I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart
To a most hideous object: Thence it came,
That she, whom all men prais'd, and whom myself,
AS YOU LIKE IT.
MODESTY AND COURAGE IN YOUTH
I BESEECH you, punish me not with your hard thoughts; wherein I confess me much guilty, to deny so fair and excellent ladies any thing. But let your fair eyes and gentle wishes, go with me to my trial: wherein if I be foiled, there is but one shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one dead that is willing to be so: I shall do my friends no wrong, for I have none to lament me; the world no injury, for in it I have nothing; only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
We still have slept together,
Rose at an instant, learn'd, play'd, eat together;
Still we went coupled, and inseparable.
Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.
ROSALIND PROPOSING TO WEAR MEN'S CLOTHES.
Were it not better,
Because that I am more than common tall,
That I did suit me all points like a man?
A boar-spear in my hand; and (in my heart
As many other manish cowards have,
SOLITUDE PREFERRED TO A COURT LIFE, AND THE ADVANTAGES OF ADVERSITY.
Now, my co-mates, and brothers in exile, Hath not old custom made this life more sweet Than that of painted pomp? are not these woods More free from peril than the envious court? Here feel we but the penalty of Adam, The seasons' difference; as the icy fang, And churlish chiding of the winter's wind; Which, when it bites and blows upon my body, Even till I shrink with cold, I smile, and say, This is no flattery: these are counsellors That feelingly persuade me what I am. Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venemous,
REFLECTIONS ON THE WOUNDED STAG.
Duke S. Come, shall we go and kill us venison? And yet it irks me, the poor dappled fools,Being native burghers of this desert city.— Should, in their own confines, with forked heads,* Have their round haunches gor'd.
1 Lord. Indeed, my lord,
The melancholy Jaques grieves at that;
The wretched animal heav'd forth such groans,
1 Lord. O, yes, into a thousand similes.
Tis just the fashion: Wherefore do you look
GRATITUDE IN AN OLD SERVANT.
But do not so: I have five hundred crowns,