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Of virtue for the name: but do not fo.
good alone, Is good without a name. Vileness is fo:] The text is here corrupted into nonsense. We should read
Is good; and, with a name, vileness is fo.
She is YOUNG, wise, fair ;
And these breed honour;-) The objection was, that Helen
For [a) -- when, Dr. Thirlby - vulg. whence ]
And is not like the fire. Honours beft thrive,
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't.
to chuse. Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I'm glad: Let the rest go.
King. My honour's at the stake; which to (a) defend, I must produce my power. Here, take her hand, Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift! That doth in vile misprision shackle up My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, We, poizing us in her defective scale, Shall weigh thee to the beam; that wilt not know, It is in us to plant thine honour, where We please to have it grow. Check thy contempt: Obey our will, which travels in thy good ; For the greatest part of her encomium turned upon her virtue. To omit this therefore in the recapitulation of her qualities, had been against all the rules of good speaking. Nor let it be objected that this is requiring an exactness in our author which we hould not expect. For he who could reason with the force our author doch here, (and we ought always to distinguish between Shakespear on his guard and in his rambles) and illuitrate that reasoning with such beauty of thought and propriety of expression, could never make use of a word which quite destroyed the exa&ness of his reasoning, the propriety of his thought, and the elegance of his expreftion.
i Commas and points here set exactly right by Mr. Theobald. [(a) defend, Mr. Theobald - vulg. defeat.]
Believe nor thy disdain, but presently
Ber. Pardon, my gracious Lord; for I submit
King. Take her by the hand,
Ber. I take her hand.
King. Good fortune and the favour of the King
Manent Parolles and Lafeu.
2 The PRAISED of the King;] We should read PRISED, M., valued, held in estimation, and aniwers to mefl base in the preceding line,
Laf. Your Lord and Master did well to make his recantation,
Par. Recantation ?---my Lord? my Master?
Par. A moft harsh one, and not to be understood without bloody succeeding. My master?
Laf. Are you companion to the Count Rousillon?
Laf. To what is Count's man ; Count's master is of another ftile.
Par. You are too old, Sir; let it satisfie you, you are too old
Laf. I must tell thee, Sirrah, I write man; 10 which title age cannot bring thee.
Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.
Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a pretty wise fellow; thou didit make tolerable vent of thy travel; it might pass; yet che scarfs and the bannerets about thee did manifoldly diffuade me from be, lieving thee a vessel of too great a burthen. I have now found thee; when I lose thee again, I care not: yet art thou good for nothing but taking up, and that thou'rt scarce worth.
Par. Hadit chou not the privilege of antiquity upon thee
Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, left thou haften thy tryal; which if, -Lord have mercy on thee for a hen! so, my good window of lattice, fare thee well; chy casement I need not open, I look thro' thee. Give me thy hand.
Par. My Lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
Laf. Ay, with all my heart, and thou art worthy of it;
Par. I have not, my Lord, deserv'd it.
Laf. Yes, good faith, ev'ry dram of it; and I will not bate thee a scruple.
Par. Well, I shall be wiser
Laf. Ev'n as soon as thou can'ft, for thou hast to pull at a smack o'th' contrary. If ever thou beest bound in thy scarf and beaten, thou shalt find what it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my knowledge, that I may say in the default, he is a man I know.
Par. My Lord, you do me most insupportable vexation.
Laf. I would, it were hell-pains for thy fake, and my poor doing eternal : 3 for doing, I am paft; as I will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave.
[Exit. Par. 4 Well, thou haft a fon shall take this dis. grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, fcurvy Lord! well, I must be patient, there is no fettering of authority. Pll beat him, by my life, if I can meet him with any convenience, an he were double and double a Lord. I'll have no more pity of his age, chan I would have of I'll beat him, an if I could but meet him again.
3. for doing I am past; as I will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave.] Here is a line loft after past; so that it should be diftinguished by a break with afterisks. The very words of the lost line it is impossible to recrieve; but the sense is obvious enough. For doing I am past; age has deprived me of much of my force and vigour, yet I have Itill enough to thew the world I can do myself right, as I will by thee, in what mation (or in the best manner] age will give me leave.
4 Well, tbou haft a fon shall take this disgrace of me;] This che poet makes Parolles speak alone; and this is nature. A coward would try to hide his poltroonry even from himself. - An ordipary writer would have been glad of such an opportunity to bring him to confession.