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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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A form of Discourse at a casual meeting between Silvester and Sylvia.

Silvest. Madam I see your inclinatons to vintue so powerful, that you are even restless but when you are in the sociey of such who make the greatest proof thereof.
Sylvia. Sir, your judgment concerning the company is most true; for there cannot be more accomplished persons, nor any honester content found in any society whatever: but your courtesie exceeds in attributing praises to her who least desreves them, and comparatively to the rest, hath no considerable perfection.
Silvest. Your modesty and humility (which is the crown of your excellencies) makes you speak disadvantagiously of your self, which I must not connive at, lest I run into an unpardonable errour; and I should look upon my self as most unworthy to look upon so fair an object, and not to admire its perfections, the lustre whereof | | 256 can never be eclipsed by your undervaluings.
Sylvia. Sir, the higher you strain your eloquence, the more reason I have to shun those Elogies whereof you are as liberal towards me, as Heaven is sparing to me of those gifts you so much commend; wherefore pray desist, and in this company select some better subject to e xercise your wit and language on.