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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;
Both. Our hearts receive your warnings.
[Exit. i Lord. Oh, my sweet Lord, that you will stay
behind us !
let higher Italy
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.
Ber. Shall I stay here the forehorse to a smock,
i Lord. There's honour in the theft.
Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortur'd body.
i Lord. Farewel, Captain.
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.
[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
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.
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?
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
you will see her. Now, by my faith and honour,
King. Now, good Lafeu,
Laf. Nay, I'll fit you,
[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,
King. Now, fair One, do's your business follow us ?
Hel. Ay, my good Lord.
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,
King. We thank you, maiden ;
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains ;
King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful;
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,