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Monologues for Men

KING.

I would I had that corporal soundness now

As when thy father and myself in friendship

First tried our soldiership! He did look far

Into the service of the time, and was

Discipled of the bravest. He lasted long,

But on us both did haggish age steal on,

And wore us out of act. It much repairs me

To talk of your good father. In his youth

He had the wit which I can well observe

Today in our young lords; but they may jest

Till their own scorn return to them unnoted

Ere they can hide their levity in honor.

So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness

Were in his pride or sharpness; if they were,

His equal had awak’d them, and his honor,

Clock to itself, knew the true minute when

Exception bid him speak, and at this time

His tongue obey’d his hand. Who were below him

He us’d as creatures of another place,

And bow’d his eminent top to their low ranks,

Making them proud of his humility,

In their poor praise he humbled. Such a man

Might be a copy to these younger times;

Which followed well, would demonstrate them now

But goers backward.

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