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Par. Why, there 'tis; so say I too.
Par. Right: as 'twere, a man assured of anLaf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world. Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in showing, you shall read it in,What do you call there?
Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly
Par. That's it I would have said; the very same. Laf. Why, your dolphin is not lustier: 'fore me I speak in respect
Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinorous spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the
Laf. Very hand of heaven.
Laf. In a most weak-
Par. And debile minister, great power, great transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a further use to be made, than alone the recovery of the king, as to be-
Laf. Generally thankful.
Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants.
Par. I would have said it; you say well: Here comes the king.
Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a
• Why, your dolphin is not lustier:] By dolphin is meant the dauphin, the heir apparent, and the hope of the crown of France. His title is so translated in all the old books.
facinorous spirit,] Facinorous is wicked.
8 Lustick:] Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, chearful, pleasant.
maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head: Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.
Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen?
King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.—
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing,
O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice? I have to use: thy frank election make;
Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.
Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress Fall, when love please!-marry, to each, but one!1 Laf. I'd give bay Curtal,2 and his furniture, My mouth no more were broken3 than these boys', And writ as little beard.
Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king to health.
9 O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice-] They were his wards as well as his subjects. HENLEY.
marry, to each, but one!] i. e. except one.
bay Curtal,] i. e. a bay, docked horse.
3 My mouth no more were broken-] A broken mouth is a mouth which has lost part of its teeth. JOHNSON.
The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,
King. Make choice; and, see, Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly; And to imperial Love, that god most high, Do my sighs stream.-Sir, will you hear my suit? 1 Lord. And grant it.
Hel. Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute." Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw ames-ace for my life. fair eyes,
Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in Before I speak, too threateningly replies: Love make your fortunes twenty times above Her that so wishes, and her humble love! 2 Lord. No better, if you please. Hel. My wish receive, Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. Laf. Do all they deny her?" An they were sons of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord] that I your hand should take;
I'll never do you wrong for your own sake:
4 Let the white death, &c.] The white death is the chlorosis. The pestilence that ravaged England in the reign of Edward III. was called the black death."
the rest is mute.] i. e. I have no more to say to you.
7 Laf. Do all they deny her?] None of them have yet denied her, or deny her afterwards, but Bertram. The scene must be so regulated that Lafeu and Parolles talk at a distance, where they may see what passes between Helena and the lords, but not hear it, so that they know not by whom the refusal is made.
Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none have her: sure, they are bastards to the English; the French ne'er got them.
Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, To make yourself a son out of my blood.
4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Laf. There's one grape yet,-I am sure, thy father drank wine.-But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee already.
Hel. I dare not say, I take you; [To BERTRAM] but I give
Me, and my service, ever whilst I live,
Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your highness,
In such a business give me leave to use
The help of mine own eyes.
What she has done for me?
Know'st thou not, Bertram,
Ber. Yes, my good lord; But never hope to know why I should marry her. King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from my sickly bed.
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down Must answer for your raising? I know her well; She had her breeding at my father's charge: A poor physician's daughter my wife !-Disdain Rather corrupt me ever!
King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the which
I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods,
'Tis only title-] i, e. the want of title.
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off
I can create the rest: virtue, and she,
Is her own dower; honour, and wealth, from me. Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st strive to choose.
Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I am glad; Let the rest go.
9 Where great additions swell,] Additions are the titles and descriptions by which men are distinguished from each other.
Is good, without a name; vileness is so:] The meaning is,Good is good, independent on any worldly distinction or title; so vileness is vile, in whatever state it may appear. MALONE.
2 Honour's born,] is the child of honour. Born is here used, as Lairn still is in the North. HENLEY.