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King. Make thy demand.
Il Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous Hel. But will you make it even? [heaven! size, that must tit all demands. King. Ar, by my sceptre, and my hopes of Clo. But a tritle neither, in good faith, if the Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly learned should speak truth of it: here it is, and all hand,
| 5 that belongs to 't: Ask me, if I am a courtier; it What husband in thy power I will command: shall do you no harm to learn. Exempted be from me the arrogance
Count. To be young again, if we could :-I To chuse from forth the royal blood of France; will be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser My low and humble name to propagate
by your answer. I pray you, sir, are you a With any branch or image of thy state: 110 courtier? But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know
Clo. ? O Lord, sir, There's a simple putIs free for me to ask, thee to bestow. (serv'd, ting off: more, more, a hundred of them.
King. Here is my hand; the premises ob- 1 Count. Sir, I ain a poor friend of yours, that Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd: loves you. So make tie choice of thine own time; for I, 115 Clo: O Lord, sir, Thick, thick, sparenotme. Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. T T Count. I think, sir, you can eat none of this More should I question thee, and more I must; l homely meat. Though, moretoknow,could not be more to trust: Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant From whence thou cam'st, how tenderi on,--Bull you. rest
20 Count. You were lately wlipp'd, sir, as I think. Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.--- | | Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not ine. Give me some help here, ho!-If thon proceed Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whipAs high as word, my deed shall match thv deed. Iping, and spare not me? Indeed, your O Lord,
[Ereunt. sir, is very sequent to your whipping; you SCENE II.
125 would answer very well to a whipping, if you Rousillon.
were but bound to't.
Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in myEnter Countess and Clown.
O Lord, sir: I see, things may serve long, but Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you tel not serve ever. the height of your breeding.
311 Count. I play the noble housewife with the Clo. I will shew myself highly fed, and lowly time, to entertain it so merrily with a fool. taught: I know my business is but to the court. Cio. O Lord, sir,-- Why, there't serves well Count. But to the court! why, what place make again.
[Helen this, you special, when you put oli that with such con- | Count. An end, sir, to vour business: Give tempi? But to the court!
35 And urge her to a present answer back: Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son; any manners, he may easily put it off at court: he This is not much. that cannot make a leg, put off's car, kiss his Clo. Not much commendation to them. hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, bands, Count. Not much employment for you: You lip, nor cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, to say 49 understand ine? precisely, were not for the court: but, for me, 11 Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs. have an answer will serve all men.
Count. Haste you again.
[Ercunt. Count, Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that!
SCENE III. fits all questions, Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all but. 45
The Court of France. tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the brawo-buttock, or any buttock.
Enter Bertran, Lafcu, und Purolles. Count. Will youranswerservefittoallquestionsi Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have
Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an at- our pliilosophical persons, to make moderi torney,as your Frenchcrown for yourtatfaty punk, 50 and familiar things supernatural and causeless. as Tib's rush for 'Tom's fore-linger', as a pancakel Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; enfor Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, as tina sconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scold we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear ing quean to a wrangling kinave, as the nun's lip tol | Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, the iriar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to bisskin. 55 that hath shot out in our later times.
Count. Ilave you, I say, an answer of such lit Ber. And so 'tis. ness for all questions?
Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artists, Cio. From be ow your duke, to bencath your Par. So I say; both ot Galen and Paracelsus. constable, it will tit any question.
Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,
I This alludes to an ancient custom of marrving with a rush ring, as well in other countries as in England; but was scarce ever practised except by designing men, for the purpose of corrupting those young women to whom thcy pretended love ? A ridicule on that foolish expletive of speech, then in vogue at court. Frur here means the object of fear.
Par. Right, so I say.
Weblush, that thou should'st chuse, but be refus'd; Laf. That gave him out incurable,
Let the white deuth“ sit on thy check for eter, Pur. Why, there 'tis; so say I too.
We'll ne'er come there again. Laf. Not to be help’d,
king. Make choice; and, see, Par. Right; as 'twere, a man assur'd of an--5 Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
| Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly; Par. Just, you say well: so would I have said. And to imperial Love, that god most high, Laf. Imaytruly say, it is a novelty to the world. Do my signis stream.-Sir, will you hear my suit?
Par. It is indeed: if you will have it inshewing, I Lord. And grant it. you shall read it in, W at do you call there?-101 Hel. Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute?.
Laf. A shewing of a heavenly effect in an Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw earthly actor,
ames-aces for my life.
[eyes, Par. That's it I would have said; the very same. Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair
Laf. Why, your dolphin'is not lustier: 'fore Before I speak, too threatningly replies; me I speak in respect
115 Love make your fortunes twenty times above Par. Nay,'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is Her that so wishes, and her huinble love! the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most | 2 Lord. No better, if you please. facinorous a spirit, that will not acknowledge it tol | Hel. My wish receive, be the
Which great Love grant! and so I take my leave. Laf. Very hand of heaven.
20 Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons Par. Ay, so I say.
of mine, I'd have them whipt; or I would send Laf. In a most weak
them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of. Par. And debile minister, great power, great Hel: Benot afraid that I your hand should take; transcendance: which should, indeed, give us a I'll never do you wrong for your own sake: farther use to be made, than alone the recovery 25 Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed of the king; as to be
Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed! Laf. Generally thankful.
Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none Enter King, Helena, and Attendants. Jof her: sure, they are bastards to the English; Par, I would have said it; you say well: Herel Ithe French ne'er got them. comes the king.
301 Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too Lof. Lustick, as the Dutchinan savs: I'll To make yourself a son out of my blood. like a maid the better, while I have a tooth in 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so. my head: Why, he's able to lead her a corranto. Laf. There's one grape yet,--I am sure, thy
Par. Mort du Viruigre! Is not this Helen?! Iather drunk wine. But if thou be'st not an Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.
35 ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I bave known thee King. Go,callbeforemeallihelords in court. - already. Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;
| Hel. I dare not say, I take you; but I give And with this healthtulhand, whosebanish’dsense Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Thou hast repeald, a second time receive into your guiding power. This is the man. The confirmation of my promis'd gift,
[To Bertram. Which but attends thy naming.
King. Why then, young Bertrain, take ber, Enter seterul Lords.
she's thy wile.
Hel. Toeachofvou one fairandvirtuous mistress | Ber. Yes, my good lord;
Laf. I'd give bay curtal", and his furniture, 50 King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from my My mouth no more were broken than theseboys',
sickly bed. And writ as little beard.
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down King. Peruse them well :
Must answer for your raising? I know her well; Not one of those but had a noble father.
She had her breeding at my father's charge: Hel, Gentlemen,
Thealth.155 A poor physician's daughter my wife!-Disdain Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king 10 Rather corrupt me ever!
(which All. Weunderstand it, and thank heaven for you.
1 King, 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the Hel. Iama simple maid; and thereinwealthiest, I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, That, I protest, I simply am a maid:
JOf colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Please it your majesti, I have done already; 60 Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, I in differences so mighty: If she be
* By dolphin is meant the dauphin. ?j. e. wicked. si. e. lusty, cheerful, pleasant. * A bav dock'd horse. 5 Meaning, had lost no more of his teeth. "Meaning, perhaps, the chlorosis, ? i, e silence. j. e. the lowest chance of the dice.
All that is virtuous (save what thou dislik'st, 1 A balance more replete.
Ber. I take her hand.
Shall more attend upo i the coming space, Is good, without a name; vileness is so:
Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her, The property by what it is should go,
Thy love's to me religious; else, does err. Not by the title. Saeis young, wise, fair;
[Ercunt all but Parolles and Lofeu. In these to nature she's iminediate heir;
Lf. Do you hear, monsieur, a word with you, And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn, Par. Your pleasure, sir? Which challenges it eli as honour's born,
L'if. Your lord and master did well to make And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive his recantation. When rather from our acts we them derive 115 Par. Recantation My lord ? my master? Than our foregoers: the mere word's a slave, Laf. Ay; Is it not a language I speak? Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave,
Pur. A most harsh one; and not to be underA lying trophy; and as oft is dumb,
Istood without bloody succeeding. My master ? Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillona Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said: 201 Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is If thou canst like this creature as a maid,
iman. I can create the rest: virtue, and she,
Laf. To what is count's man; count's master Is her own dower: honour and wealth, from me. is ot another style.
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Par. You are too old, sir; let it satisfy you, King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st 25 you are too old. strive to chuse.
[glad: Lof. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I'm which title age cannot bring thee. Let the rest go.
. Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. King. My honour's at the stake; which to de- | Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries', to feat';
30 be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable I must produce my power: 'liere, take her hand, vent of thy travel; it might pass: yet the scarís, Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; and the bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly disThat dost in vile misprision shackle up
suade inefrom believing thee a vessel of too great My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose We, poizing us in her defective scale,
(35|ihee again, I care not; yet art thou good for noShall weigh thee to the beam; that wilt not know, thing but taking up'; and that thou art scarce It is in us to plant thine honour, where
worth. We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt: 1 Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity Obey our will, which travails in thy good: I lupon thee, Believe not thy disdain, but presently
40 Laf. Do not plunge thyselftoo farin anger, lest Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, thou hasten thy trial; which if--Lord have mercy Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; on thee for a ben! So, my good window of lattice, Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, I fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, for Into the staggers, and the careless lapse
11 look through thee. Give me thy hand. Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and 45! Par. My lord, you give me most egregious Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, shate, indignity. Without all terms of pity: Speah; thine auswer. Lof. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art
Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; tor I submit worthy of it. My fancy to your eyes: When I consider, Par. I have not, my lord, deserv'd it. What great creation, and what dole of bonour, 50 Luf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late will not bate thee a scruple. Was in my nobler thoughts most ba e, is now Par. Well, I shall be wiser. The praised of the king; who, so ennobled,
Luf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Is, as 'twere, born so.
pullat a sinack o'the contrary. If ever thou be'st King. Take her by the hand,
55 bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thous' a't find what And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise it is to be proud of thy bondage, I have a desire to A counterpoise; if not to thy estate,
Thold my acq. a tance with thee, or rather my
'The French verb defaire (from whence our defeat) signifies to free, to d sembarrass, as well as to destroy; and in this sense, we apprehend, defeat is here used. ? Alluding to that spécies of the staggers, or the horses' upoplex), which makes the animal dash himself with destructive violence against posts or walls. The brief is the contruct of <spousal, or the licence of the church, in which the especial cause shall be assigned. Ordinary here means dinner. To take up means to contradict, to call to account, as well as to pick oj the ground.
knowledge; that I may say in the default', he is! Which should sustain the bound and high curvet a man I know.
JOf Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ! .Par. My lord, you do me most insupporta- France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jades; ble vexation.
Therefore, to the war. Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, 51 Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, and my poor doing eternal : for doing, I am Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, past, as I will by thee, in what motion age will And wherefore I am fled; write to the king give me leave.
TErit. That which I durst not speak: His present gilt Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis- Shall furnish me to those Italian fields, grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !-10 Where noble fellows strike: War is no strife Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of To the dark house, and the detested wife. authority. I'll beat bii, by my life, if I can meet Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure? biin with any convenience, an he were double | Ber.Gowith me to my chamber,and advise me. and double a lord. I'll have no more pity of his I'll send her straight away: To-morrow age, than I would have of--I'll beat him, an if I 15 I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. could but meet him again.
Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise Re-enter Lafeu.
1 in it.- 'Tis hard; · Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's marry'd, A young man married, is a man that's marr'd: there's news for you; you have a new inistress. Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go:
Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lord-20 The king has done you wrong; but hush ! 'tis ship to inake some reservation of your wrongs: so.
[Exeunt. He is iny good lord: whom I serve above, is
SCENE IV. any master.
Enter Helena und Clown. 'Laf. Who? God?
Hel. My mother greets me kindly; Is she well? Pur. Ay, sir.
125 Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why health: she's very merry; but yet she's not well: dost thou garier up thy arms o'this fashion? dost but, thanks be given, she's very well, and wants make hose of thy sleeves? do other servants so? Juothing i' the world; but she is not well. Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy | Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, nose stands. By mine honour, if I were but two 30 that she's not very well? hours younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art | Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for a general oifence, and every man should beat two things. thee. I think, thou wast created for men to Hel. What two things ? breathe themselves upon thee.
| Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, 35 God send her quickly! the other, that she's on my lord.
Learth, from whence God send her quickly! Laf. Go to, sir ; you were beaten in Italy for
Enter Parolles. picking a kernel out of a pomegranate; you are | Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady! a vagabond, and no true traveller: you are more | Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good-will to saucy with lords, and honourable personages, 40 have mine own good fortunes. than the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives | Par. You have iny prayers to lead them on; you commission. You are not worth another and to keep them on, have them still.-0, my word, else I'd call you knave. I leave you. [Er. lknave! how does my old lady? Enter Bertram.
Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her Par. Good, very good; it is so then.-Good, 45 money, I would she did as you say. very good; let it be conceal'd a while.
Par. Why, I say nothing. Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many Par. What is the matter, sweet-heart? a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing:
Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have To say nothing, to do notlying, to know nothing, I will not bed her.
(sworn, 50 and to have nothing, is to be a great part of your Par. What? what, sweet-heart ?
title : which is within a very little of nothing. Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me:- | Par. Away, thou'rt a knave. I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her.
Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave, Par. Franceis a dog-hole, and it no more merits thou art a knave; that is, before me, thou art a The tread of a inan's foot: to the wars! 155 knave ; this had been truth, sir.
Ber. There's letters from my mother; what the Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have I know not yet.
[import is, found thee. Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars, Clo. Did you find me yourself, sir? or were my boy, to the wars!
you taught to find me? The searchi, sir, was He wears his lionour in a box unseen, 160 profitable; and much fool may you find in you, That hugs his kicksy-wicksy' here at home; leven to the world's pleasure, and the increase of Spending his nianly marrow in her arms, 1 llaughter.
ij.e. at a need. ? Doing is here used obscenely. 'Sir T. Hanmer observes, that kicksy-wicksy is a made word in ridicule and disdain of a wife. * Probably meaning a smoky house.
Par. A good knave, i’faith, and well fed. I and you, monsieur ? Madai, mv lord will go away to-night;
| Par. I know not how I bave descrv'd to runs A very serious business calls on him.
Jinto my lord's displeasure. The great prerogative and right of love, fledge : 1 Luf. You have made shift to run into'l, boot Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknow- 5 and spurs and all, like him that leap'd in the cusa But puts it off by a compeil'd restraint ; [sweets, tard ?; and out of it you'll run again, rather than Whose want, and whose delay, is strew'd with suffer question for your residence. Which they distil now in the curbed time,
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my To make the curbed hour o'erflow with joy,
lord. And pleasure drown the brim.
1101 Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took bim Hel. What's bis will else?
[king. lat's prayers. Fare you well, my lord: and believe Par. That you will take your instant leave o'the this of me, There can be no kernel in this light And make this hasteas yourown good proceeding, nut; the soul of this man is his ckthes: trust him Strengthen’d with what apology you think, not in matter of heavy consequence; I have May make it probable need'.
kept of them tame, and know their natures.Hel. What more commands he?
115 Farewell, monsieur: I have spoken better of you, Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently
thau you have or will deserve at my hand: but Attend his further pleasure.
we must do good against evil.
[Erit. Hel. In every thing I wait upon bis will.
Par. An idle lord, I swear,
Exeunt. | Ber. Yes, I know him well; and common speech
| Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
bo Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanderlfrom you, Laf. But, I hope your lordship thinks not him "Spoke with the king, and have procurd his leave 2 soldier.
d for present parting; only, he desires Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
anant approom Some private speech with you.
Son Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. Biri I shall obey hissid. Ber. And by other warranted testimony. bo You must not marvel, lielen, at my course,
hispy W'bicha holds not colour wi:h the time', nor does lark for a buuting.
The ministration and required oilice Bir. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great
jot in knowledge, and accordingly valiant.
For such a business; th refore am I tound Lut. I have then simned against his experience, So much unsettled: This drives me to intreat you, and transgressed against his valour; and my state
Chat presently you take your way for home;
Chatores that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in And rather muse', than ask, why I entreat you: my heart to repent: Here he comes ; ' pray you For my respects are better than they seem ; make us friends, I will pursue the amity.
lind my appointments have in them a need, Enter Parolks:
Greater than shews itselt, at the tirst view, Par. These things shall be done, sir.
To you that know them not. This to my mother, Luf. I pray you, sir, who's his taylor ?
[Gitzig a litter. Par. Sir?
'Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so
Ber. Is she gone to the king : [ Aside to Parollcs. But that I am your most obedient servant.
Bar. Come, come, no more vitiat.
HI. And ever ball Par. As you'll have her.
With true observance seek to eke out that, Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my trea- 50 Wherein toward me iny homely stars havefail'd . Given order for our horses ; and to-night, '[sure, lo equaliny great fortune. When I should take possession of the bride,
Ber. Let that go: And, ere I do begin,
My haste is very great: Farewel; hie home. Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter Hel. Pray, sir, your pardos. end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds, and 55 Ber. Well, what would you say? uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I ower:: with, should be once heard and thrice beaten.- Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is; God save you, captain.
But like a timorous thiet, most tain would steal Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lordWhat law does vi tachinine own.
That is, a specious appearance of necessity. Theobald savs, that this odd allusion is not intro duced without a view to satire. It was a toolery practised at city entertainments, whilst the jester or zany was in vogue, for him to jump into a large deep custarci, set for the purpose, to set on a quity of burren spectators to laugh, as our poet says in his Tumlit. Si. e. wonder. i. e. 1 oiun.