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The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief,
Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind
Could best express how now his soul fail'd on,
How swift his ship.

Imo. Thou should'It have made him
As little as a crow, or less, ere left
To after-eye him.

. Madam, so I did. Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; crack'd

them, but To look upon him ; 'till' the diminution Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle: Nay, follow'd him, 'till he had melted from The smallness of a gnat to air; and then Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.-But, good Pisanio, When shall we hear from him?

Pis. Be assurd, madam, With his next' vantage.

Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had Most pretty things to say : ere I could tell him, How I would think on him, at certain hours, Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him swear, The she's of Italy should not betray Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd him, At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, 'To encounter me with orisons, for then I am in heaven for him ; or ere I could Give him that parting kiss, which " I had set Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father,

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the diminution of space] occafioned by the distance between us. vantage]-opportunity.

To encounter me with orisons,]-To keep time with me in his prayers. "I bad ser]-I should have set, like a jewel between two sparks.


And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north,
Shakes all our buds from growing.

Enter a Lady.
Lady. The queen, madam,
Desires your highness' company.

Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them dispatch'd. I will attend the queen. Pif. Madam, I shall.


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An Apartment in Philario's House. Enter Philario, lachimo, and a Frenchman. fach. Believe it, fir: I have seen him in Britain; he was then "of a crescent note; expected to prove so worthy, as since he has been allowed the name of: but I could then have look'd on him without the help of admiration; though the catalogue of his endowments had been * tabled by his side, and I to peruse him by items.

Phil. You speak of him when he was less furnishid, than now he is, with that which makes him both without and within.

French. I have seen him in France: we had very many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he.

lach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter, "Shakes all our buds from growing.)-Destroys the hoped-for harvest of our loves-Shuts all, &c. from blowing.

as whirlwinds make fair buds."
TAMING OF THE Shrew, Vol. II. p. 362.

Poems, p. 594. w of a crefient note;]-rising into fame. * fabled]-inscribed on a table. y makes him]-forms, accomplishes him.


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(wherein he must be weigh'd rather by her value, than his own) ? words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.

French. And then his banishment.

lach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, à under her colours, are wonderfully to extend him; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. 'But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps acquaintance ?

Pbil. His father and I were soldiers together : to whom I have been often bound for no less than my life :

Enter Posthumus. Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your "knowing, to a stranger of his quality.--I beseech you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine : How worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing

French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans.

Poft. Since when I have been debtor to you for courtefies, which I will be ever to pay,

and French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: I was glad I did atone my countryman and you; it had been pity, you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of fo Night and trivial a nature.

* words bim, ]-causes the representation of him to vary widely from the truth.

* under ber colours,]-from their attachment to her, contributes greatly to set him off, to enhance his reputation.

knowing, ]-good breeding.
bave known together)-were acquainted. atone)-reconcile.
e importance)-a matter.


yet pay ftill.

Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young traveller ; ' rather shunn'd to go even with what I heard, than in my every action to be guided by others' experiences : but, upon my mended judgment, (if I offend not to say it is mended) my quarrel was not altogether night.

French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords; and by such two, that would, by all likelyhood, have confounded one the other, or have fallen both.

Jach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the difference ?

French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention in publick, which may, without contradiction, suffer the report. It was much like an argument that fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our country mistresses : This gentleman at that time vouching, '(and upon warrant of bloody affirmation) his to be more-fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, * constant-qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest of our ladies in France.

Iach. That lady is not now living; or this gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out.

Poft. She holds her virtue ftill, and I my mind.
Iach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of Italy.

Poft. Being so far provok'd as I was in France, I would abate her nothing; 'though I profess myself her adorer, not her friend.

fratber funn'd)-avoided conducing myself by the advice of others, than suffered their experience to be my guide. 8 confounded ]-despatched, destroyed.

without contradi&tion, Juffer the report.}-undoubtedly be as pub. fickly told.

i (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation)—and declared himself ready to hed his blood in support of his assertion.

conftant-qualified, and less attemptible,)-endued with constancy, and less liable to be reduced.

I though I profefs myself ber adorer, not her friend. ]-though I should disclaim all title to her friendship, and rank myself only among her diftant admirers-ber friend, not ber adorer.


Iach. As fair, and as good, (a kind of hand-in hand comparison) had been something too fair, and too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went before others I have seen, as that diamond of yours out-luftres many I have beheld, "I could not believe the excelled many : but I have not seen the most precious diamond that is, nor you

the lady.

Poft. I prais’d her, as I rated her : so do I my stone. lach. What do you esteem it at ? Poft. More than the world enjoys.

Iacb. Either your unparagon'd mistress is dead, or she's out-priz'd by a trifle.

Poft. You are mistaken: the one may be sold, or given; if there were wealth enough for the purchase, or merit for the gift : the other is not a thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods.

lach. Which the gods have given you?
Pof. Which, by their graces, I will keep.

lach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of unprizeable esti. macions, the one is but frail, and the other casual ; a cunning thief, or a that-way.accomplish'd courtier, would hazard the winning both of first and last.

Poft. Your Italy contains none so accomplish'd a cour. tier, to convince the honour of my mistress; if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail. I do noching doubt, you have store of thieves; notwithstanding, I fear not my ring.

Phil. Let us leave here, gentlemen. Poft. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy signior, I * I could not believe poe excelled many:]-I could yet believe there were many whom the did not excel. I could believe I could but could not båe believe.



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