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King. No, no, it cannot be ; and yet my heart Will not confess, it owns the malady That doth my life besiege ; farewel, young Lords ; Whether I live or die, be you the fons Of worthy Frenchmen ; ' let higher Italy (Those 'bated, that inherit but the Fall Of the last Monarchy ;) see, that you come Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when The bravest Questant shrinks, find what


seek, That Fame may cry you loud : I say, farewel.

2 Lord. Health at your bidding serve your Majesty!

King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them;
They say, our French lack language to deny,
If they demand: beware of being captives,
Before you serve.

Both. Our hearts receive your warnings.
King. Farewel. Come hither to me. (To Attendants.

[Exit. i Lord. Oh, my sweet Lord, that you will stay

behind us !
Par. 'Tis not his fault ; the spark
2 Lord. Oh, 'tis brave wars.

let higher Italy
(Those bated, that inherit but the Fall

of the last Monarchy ;) fue, &c.] This is obscure. Italy, at the time of this scene, was under three very different tenures. The emperor, as successor of the Roman emperors, had one part; the pope, by a pretended donation from Confiantine, another; and the third was compos'd of free states. Now by the last monarchy is meant the Roman, the last of the four general monarchies. Upon the fall of this monarchy, in the scramble, several cities set up for themselves, and became free states: now these might be laid properly to inherit the fall of the monarchy. This being premised, let us now consider fense. The King fays, bigber İtaly; - giving it the rank of preference to France; but he correas himself

and says, I except those from that precedency, who only inherit the fall of the lat monarchy; as all the little petty ftates; for instance, Florence to whom these voluntiers were going. As if he had said, I give the place of honour to the emperor and the pope, but not to the free ftates.

Par. influence 2 they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there, do mufter true gare, &c.] The main obscurity of this passage arises from the mistake of a single letter. We should read, instead of, do musler, To muster. —To wear themselves in the cap of the time, fignifies to be the foremost in the falion: the figurative allusion is to the

Par. Most admirable; I have seen those wars.

Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil with, Тоо

young, and the next year, and 'tis too early.
Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, fteal away

Ber. Shall I stay here the forehorse to a smock,
Creeking my shoes on the plain masonry,
'Till Honour be bought up, and no sword worn
But one to dance with? by heav'n I'll steal away.

i Lord. There's honour in the theft.
Par. Commit it, Count.
2 Lord. I am your acceffary, and so farewel.

Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortur'd body.

i Lord. Farewel, Captain.
2 Lord. Sweet Monsieur Parolles !

Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin; good sparks and lustrous. A word, good metals. You Thall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one captain Spurio with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword entrench'd it; say to him, I live, and observe his reports of

2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.
Par. Mars doat on you for his novices ! what will
Ber. Stay; the King -

[Exeunt Lords. Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble Lords, you have restraind yourself within the list of too cold an adieu; be more expressive to them, for

they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there, to muster true gate, eat, speak, and move under the



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influence of the most receiv'd star; and tho' the devil lead the measure, such are to be follow'd: after them, and take a more dilated farewel.

Ber. And I will do so.

Par. Worthy fellows, and like to prove moft finewy sword-men.


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Enter the King, and Lafeu. Laf. Pardon, my Lord, for me and for my tidings. King. I'll fee thee to stand up. Laf. Then here's a man stands, that hath bought

his pardon. I would, you had kneeld, my Lord, to ask me mercy ; And that at my bidding you could so stand up.

King. I would, I had ; so I had broke thy pate, And ask'd thee mercy forot. Laf. Goodfaith, across:but, my good Lord,

'tis thus; Will you be cur'd of your infirmity?

King. No.

Laf. O, will you eat no grapes, my royal fox? Yes, but you will, an if My royal fox could reach them: I have seen a me

dicine, That's able to breathe life into a stone; Quicken a rock, and make you dance Canary With sprightly fire and motion; whose simple touch Is powerful to araise King Pepin, nay, To give great Charlemain a pen in's hand, And write to her a love-line.

King. What her is this? galantry then in vogue, of wearing jewels, Alowers, and their mistress's favours in their caps. there to mufler true gate, lig; nifies to assemble tegecher in the high road of the fashion. All the rest is intelligible and easy.



Laf. Why, doctor-lhe: my Lord, there's one ar

riv'd, If

you will see her. Now, by my faith and honour,
If seriously I may convey my thoughts
In this my light deliverance, I have spoke
With one, that in her sex, 3 her years, profession,
Wisdom and constancy, hath amaz’d me more
Than I dare blame my weakness: will you see her,
For that is her Demand, and know her business?
That done, laugh well at me.

King. Now, good Lafeu,
Bring in the admiration, that we with thee
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine,
By wond'ring how thou took’ft it.

Laf. Nay, I'll fit you,
And not be all day neither.

[Exit Lafeu. King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues. Laf. [Returns.] Nay, come your ways.

[Bringing in Helena. King. This haste hath wings, indeed.

Laf. Nay, come your ways, This is his Majesty, say your mind to him ; A traitor you do look like; but such traitors His Majesty seldom fears ; I'm Crefid's uncle, That dare leave two together; fare you well. [Exit,

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King. Now, fair One, do's your business follow us ?

Hel. Ay, my good Lord.
Gerard de Narbon was my father,
In what he did profess, well found.

King. I knew him.

Hei. The rather will I spare my praise toward him; Knowing him, is enough; on's bed of death

3 - her years, profesion,] By profefion is meant her declaration of the end and purpose of her coming.


Many receipts he gave me, chiefly one,
Which as the dearest issue of his practice,
And of his old experience th’only darling,
He bade me store up, as a triple eye,
Safer than mine own two: more dear I have so;
And hearing your high Majesty is touch'd
With that malignant cause, wherein the honour
Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power,
I come to tender it, and my appliance,
With all bound humbleness.

King. We thank you, maiden ;
But may not be so credulous of cure,
When our most learned doctors leave us; and
The congregated college have concluded,
That labouring art can never ransom nature
From her unaidable estate: we must not
So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope,
To prostitute our past-cure malady
To empericks; or to diffever so
Our great self and our credit, to esteem
A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.

Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains ;
I will no more enforce mine office on you ;
Humbly intreating from your royal thoughts
A modeft one to bear me back again.

King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful;
Thou thought'st to help me, and such thanks I give,
As one near death to those that wish him live;
But what at full I know, thou know'st no part;
I knowing all my peril, thou no art.

Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy.
He that of greatest works is finisher,
Oft does them by the weakest minister:
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
When judges have been babes; great foods have


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