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Monologues for Men

FER.

Admir’d Miranda,

Indeed the top of admiration! worth

What’s dearest to the world! Full many a lady

I have ey’d with best regard, and many a time

Th’ harmony of their tongues hath into bondage

Brought my too diligent ear. For several virtues

Have I lik’d several women, never any

With so full soul but some defect in her

Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow’d,

And put it to the foil. But you, O you,

So perfect and so peerless, are created

Of every creature’s best!

I am, in my condition,

A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king

(I would, not so!), and would no more endure

This wooden slavery than to suffer

The flesh-fly blow my mouth. Hear my soul speak:

The very instant that I saw you, did

My heart fly to your service, there resides,

To make me slave to it, and for your sake

Am I this patient log-man—

O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound,

And crown what I profess with kind event

If I speak true! if hollowly, invert

What best is boded me to mischief! I,

Beyond all limit of what else i’ th’ world,

Do love, prize, honor you.

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