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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.
Par. 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 most infallible disobedience. He that hangs himself is like a virgin : virginity murders itself, and should be buried in highways out of all fanctified 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 on its own stomach. Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which is the most prohibited sin in the canon: keep it not, you cannot choose but loose by’t: out with't: within ten years it will make itself ten, which is a goodly increase, and the principal itself not much the worse: 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,
and ’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. Virginity, like an old courtier, wears her cap out of fashion, richly suited, but unsuitable; just like the brooch and the toothpick, which we wear not now : your date is better in your pie and your porridge, than in
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, yes, 'tis a wither'd pear: will you any thing with it? Hel
. Not my virginity yet. You're for the court:
That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he --
Par. What one, i' faith?
Hel. That wishing well had not a body in't,
Hel. Monsieur Parolles, you were born under a charitable star.
. I especially think, under Mars.
Hel. The wars have so kept you under, that you must needs
Par. When he was predominant.
Hel. So is running away, when fear proposes safety: but the
Par. I am so full of business, I cannot answer thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier; in the which my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, so thou wilt be capable of courtiers' counsel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee; else thou dieft in
thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance makes thee away ; farewel : when thou hast leisure, say thy prayers; when thou haft none, remember thy friends: get thee a good husband, and use him as he uses thee: fo farewel.
Hel. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
The Court of France. Flourish Cornets. Enter the King of France with letters, and
divers Attendants. King
THE Florentines and Senois are by th'ears,
Have fought with equal fortune, and continue A braving war.
i Lord. So 'tis reported, fir.
U 1 2
For speedy aid ; wherein our dearest friend
i Lord. His love and wisdom, Approv’d so to your majesty, may plead For ampleft credence.
King. He hath arm'd our answer,
2 Lord. It may well serve
Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles. i Lord. It is the count Rousillon, my good lord, Young Bertram.
King. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face: Frank nature, rather curious than in haste, Compos'd thee well : thy father's moral parts May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.
Ber. My thanks and duty are your majesty's.
King. I would I had that corporal soundness now,
So like a courtier, no contempt or bitterness
King. Would I were with him! He would always say,
flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
2 Lord. You're loved, sir; They that least lend it
first. King. I fill a place, I know't. How long is’t, count,