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Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we;
For such as we are made of, such we be.

TRUE LOVE.

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Come hither, boy; If ever thou shalt love,
In the sweet pangs of it, remember me:
For, such as am, all true lovers are;
Unstaid and skittish in all motions else,
Save, in the constant image of the creature
That is belov'd.

THE WOMAN SHOULD BE YOUNGEST IN LOVE.
Too old, by heaven; Let still the woman take
An elder than herself; so wears she to him,
So sways she level in her husband's heart.
For, boy, however we do praise ourselves,
Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,
More longing, wavering, sooner lost and won,
Than women's are.

CHARACTER OF AN OLD SONG.
Mark it, Cesario; it is old and plain:
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun,
Are the free maids, that weave their thread with

bones, *
Do use to chaunt it; it is silly sooth,t
And dallies with the innocence of love,
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Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;

Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,

0, prepare it;
My part of death no one so true

Did share it.
Not a flower, not a flower sweet,
On my black coffin let there be strown;
* Lace-makers.

+ Simple truth
* Times of simplicity.

Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown.
A thousand thousand sighs to save,

Lay me, 0, where
Sad true lover ne'er find my grave,

To weep there.

CONCEALED LOVE. She never told her love, But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, Feed on her damask cheek; she pin’d in thought; And, with a green and yellow melancholy, She sat like patience on a monument, Smiling at grief.

ACT III.

JESTER.
This fellow's wise enough to play the fool;
And, to do that well, craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time;
And like the haggard,* check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice,
As full of labour as wise man's art:
For folly, that he wisely shows, is fit;
But wise men, folly fallen, quite taint their wit.

UNSOUGHT LOVE.
Cesario, by the roses of the spring,
By maidhood, honour, truth, and every thing,
I love thee so, that, maugref all thy pride,
Nor wit, nor reason, can my passion bide.
Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,
For, that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause:
But, rather, reason thus with reason fetter:
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

* A hawk not well trained. + In spite of.

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

ACT I.

LOVE COMMENDED AND CENSURED.

YET writers say, As in the sweetest bud,
The eating canker dwells, so eating love
Inhabits in the finest wits of all.
And writers say, As the most forward bud
Is eaten by the canker ere it blow,
Even so by love the young and tender wit
Is turn'd to folly; blasting in the bud,
Losing his verdure even in the prime,
And all the fair effects of future hopes.

LOVE FROWARD AND DISSEMBLING,
Maids, in modesty, say No, to that
Which they would have the profferer construe, dye.
Fie, fie, how wayward is this foolish love,
That, like a testy babe, will scratch the nurse,
And presently, all humbled, kiss the rod!

ADVANTAGE OF TRAVELLING,

He cannot be a perfect man,
Not being try'd and tutord in the world:
Experience is by industry achiev'd,
And perfected by the swift course of time.

LOVE COMPARED TO AN APRIL DAY.

0, how this spring of love resembleth

The uncertain glory of an April day; Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away!

ACT II. HUMOROUS DESCRIPTION OF A MAN IN LOVE. Marry, by these special marks: First, you have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms like a malecontent; to relish a love-song, like a robin

redbreast; to walk alone, like one that had the pescilence; to sigh, like a school-boy, that had lost his A, B, C; to weep, like a young wench that had bu. ried her grandam; to fast, like one that takes diet;" to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak púling, like a beggar at Hallowmas.f You were wont, when you laughed, to crow like a cock; when you walked, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, it was for the want of money; and now you are metamorphosed with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.

AN ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG GENTLEMAN.
His years but young, but his experience old;
His head unmellow'd, but his judgment ripe:
And, in a word (for far behind his worth
Come all the praises that I now bestow,)
He is complete in feature and in mind,
With all good grace to grace a gentleman.

CONTEMPT OF LOVE PUNISHED,

I have done penance for contemning love; Whose high imperious thoughts have punished me With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, With nightly, tears, and daily heart-sore sighs; For, in revenge of my contempt of love, Love hath chas'd sleep from my enthralled eyes, And made them watchers of mine own heart's sor O, gentle Proteus, love's a mighty lord; And hath so humbled me, as I confess, There is no wo to his correction, Nor, to his service, no such joy on earth! Now, no discourse, except it be of love; Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep, Upon the very naked name of love.

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LOVE COMPARED TO A WAXEN IMAGL.

For now my love is thaw'd;
Which, like a waxen image 'gainst a fire,
Bears no impression of the thing it was. •

* Under

LOVE INCREASED BY ATTEMPTS TO SUPPRESS IT.

Didst thou but know the inly touch of love, Shou would'st as soon go kindie fire with snow, As seek to quench the fire of love with words.

Luc. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire; But qualify the fire's extreme rage, Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason. Jul. The more thou dam’st* it up, the more it

búrns; The current that with gentle murmur glides, Thou know'st, being stopp'd, impatiently doth rage, But, when his fair course is not hindered, He makes sweet music with the enamel'd stones, Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge He overtaketh in his pilgrimage; And so by many winding nooks he strays, With willing sport to the wild ocean. Then let me go, and hinder not my course: I'll be as patient as a gentle stream. And make a pastime of each weary step, Till the last step have brought me to my love; And, there I'll rest, as, after much turmoil,t A blessed soul doth in Elysium.

À FAITHFUL AND CONSTANT LOVER.

His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles; His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate; His tears, pure messengers sent from his heart; His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth

ACT H. PRESENTS PREVAIL WITH WOMEN. Win her with gifts, if she respect not words; Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind, More than quick words do move a woman's mind.

A LOVER'S BANISHMENT. And why not death, rather than living torment? To die, is to be banish'd from myself: • Closest.

+ Trouble

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