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Laf. Not to be helped,
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 actor.
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.
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 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.
[Exit an attendant. Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense Thou hast repeald, a second time receive The confirmation of my promis'd gift, Which but attends thy naming.
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!
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, and his furniture,
King. Peruse thein well:
All. We understand it, and thank heaven for you.
Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, That, I protest, I simply am a maid:-Please it your majesty, I have done already: The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, We blush, that thou should'st choose ; but, be refus'd, Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever; We'll ne'er come there again.
King. Make choice; and, see,
Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly;
1 Lord. And grant it.
Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw amesace for my life.
Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair eyes, 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,
Laf. Do they all 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
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 kņown thee already.
Hel. I dare not say, I take you: [To BERTRAM] but
I give Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Into your guiding power. This is the man. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's thy
wife. Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your high
ness, In such a business give me leave to use The help of mine own eyes.
King. Know'st thou not, Bertram, What she has done for me?
Ber. Yes, my good lord;
King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the which
It is a dropsied honour:. good alone..."
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't.
King. My honour's at the stake; which to defeat,