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Ile-enter LAPRU, with HELENA. Where most it promises: and oft it hits, Laf. Nay, coine your ways.
Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits. King. This haste hath wings indeed. King. I must not bear thee; fare thee well, Laf. Nay, come your ways;
kind maid; This is his majesty, say your mind to bim: Thy pains, not used, most by thyself be paid : A traitor you do look like; but such traitors Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward. His majesty seldom fears: I am Cressid's Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd: uncle,
It is not so with Him that all things knows, That dare leave two together; fare you well. As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows :
[Exit. But most it is presumption in us, when King. Now, fair one, does your business The help of heaven we count the act of men. follow us?
(was Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent; Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon Of heaven, not me, make an experiment. My father; in what he did profess, well I am not an impostor, that proclaim King. I knew him.
(found 1. Myself against the level of mine aim **; Hel. The rather will I spare my praises But know I think, and think I know most towards him;
[death sure, Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of My art is not past power, nor you past cure. Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one, King. Art thou so confident? Within what Which, as the dearest issue of his practice, Hop'st thou my cure?
(space And of his old experience the only darling, Hel. The greatest grace lending grace He bad me store up, as a triple eye I, (so: Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have Their fiery torcher his diornal ring; And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd Fre twice in murk and occidental damp. With that malignant cause wherein the honour Moist Hesperus ft hath quench'd his sleepy Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power, lamp; I come to tender it, and my appliance, Or four and tweuty times the pilot's glass With all bound humbleness.
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; King. We thank you, maiden; What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, But may not be so credulous of cure,- Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. When our most learned doctors leave us; and King. Upon thy certainty and confidence, The congregated college have concluded What dar'st thou venture? That labouring art can never ransome nature Hel.
Tax of impudence, From her inaidable estate,– I say we inust not A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame, So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, Traduced by odious ballads; my maiden's To prostitute our past-cure malady
[ed, To empirics; or to dissever so
Seard otherwise; no worse of worst extend Our great self and our credit, to esteemi With vilest torture let my life be ended. A senseless help, when help past sense we King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spi. deem.
(pains : rit doth speak; Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my His powerful sound, within an organ weak: I will no more enforce mide office on you; And what impossibility would slay Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts In common sense, sense saves another way. A modest one, to bear me back again. Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate King. I cannot give thee less, to be calla Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate #1; grateful:
(I give, Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks That happiness and prime gs can happy call: As one near death to those that wish him live: Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate But, what at full I know, thou know'st no Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate. I knowing all my peril, thou no art. (part; Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try;
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try, That ministers thine own death, if I die. Since you set up yonr rest 'gainst remedy: Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property He that of greatest works is finisher, Of what I spoke, uppitied let me die; [fee; Oft does them by the wcakeet minister : Aud well deserv'd: Not helping, death's my So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown, But, if I help, what do you promise me? When judges have been babes). Great toods King. Make thy demand. have flown
Bat will you make it even ? From simple sources |; and great seas have King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of dried, (denied f. heaven.
[hand, When miracles have by the greatest been Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly Oft expectation fails, and most oft there What husband in thy power I will command: • I am like Pandarus. + Of acknowledged excellence. 1 A third eye.
An allusion to Daniel judging the two Elders. ii. e., When Moses smote the rock in Horeb. 4 This must refer to the children of Israel passing the Red Sea, when niiracles had been denied by Pharaoh. ** i.e., Pretend to greater things than befits the mediocrity of my condition. tt The eveniug star. II i. e., May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee. øj The spring or morning of life.
Exempted be from me the arrogance
Count. To be youug again, if we could: I To choose from forth the royal blood of will be a fool in question, hoping to be the France;
wiser by your answer. I pray you, sir, are My low and humble name to propagate
you a courtier? With any branch or image of thy state: Clo, O Lord, sir,—There's a simple putBut such a one, thy vassal, whom I kuuw ting vff ;-more, more, a hundred of them. Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.
Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, King. Here is my hand; the premises ob- that loves you. served,
Clo. O Lord, sir,—Thick, thick, spare not me. Thy will by my performance shall be served ; Count. I think, sir, you can eat none of So make the choice of thy own time; for I, this homely meat. Thy resolved patient, on thee still rely: Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I More should I question thee, and more I must; warrant you. Though, more to know, could not be more to Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I trust;
[But rest think. From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,- Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me. Unquestion'd welcome, andundoubted blest. (nunt. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your Give me some help here, bo !---If thou pro- whipping, and spare not me? Indeed, your ceed
[deed. O Lord, sir, is very sequent* to your whip As high as word, my deed shall match thy ping; you would answer very well to a [Flourish. Eieuni. whipping, if you were but bound to't.
Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in SCENE II. Rousillon. A Roots in the Countess's Palace.
my--O Lord, sir : 1 see, things may serve
long, but not serve ever. Enter Countess and Clown.
Count. I play the noble housewife with Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you the time, to entertain it so merrily with a to the height of your breeding:
fool. Clo. I will show myself "highly fed, and Clo. O Lord, sir,-Why, ther't serves well lowly taught: I know my business is but to again. the court.
Count. An end, sir, to your business ; Give Count. To the court! why, what place make
Helen this, you special, when you put off that with such and urge her to a present answer back : contempt? But to the court!
Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son ; Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man This is not much. any manners, he may easily put it off at court: Clo. Not much commendation to them. he that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss Count. Not much employment for you: his hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, You understand me? hands, lip, nor cap; and, indeed, such a fel- Clo. Most fruitfully ; I am there before my low, to say precisely, were not for the court : legs. but, for me, I have an answer will serve all Count. Haste you again. [Exeunt severally. men. Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer,
SCENE III. Paris. A Room in the King's that fits all questions.
Palace. Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all
Enter BerTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES, buttocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, Laf. They say, miracles are past ; and we the brawn-buttock, or any buttock.
have our philosophical persons, to make Count. Will your answer serve fit to all modernt and familiar things, supernatural questions?
and causeless. Hence is it, that we make Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of trifles of terrors ; ensconcing ourselves into an attorney, as your French crown for your seeming knowledge, when we should submit taffata punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-fin- ourselves to an unknown fear I. ger, as a pancake for Shrove-tuesday, a mor- Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of ris for May-day, as the nail to his hole, the wonder, that bath shot out in our latter times. cuckold to his horn, as a scolding quean to a Ber. And so 'tis. wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to the friar's Laf. To be relinquished of the artists, mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus.
Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fitness for all questions?
fellows,Clo. From below your duke, to beneath Par. Right, so I say. your constable, it will fit any question.
Laf. That gave him out incurable, Count. It must be an answer of most mon- Pür. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too. strous size, that must fit all demands.
Laf. Not to be helped, Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if Par. Right: as't were, a man assured of anthe learned should speak truth of it: here it Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. is, and all that belongs to't : Ask me, if I am Par. Just, you say well; so would I have a courtier; it shall do you no harm to learn. said.
• Properly follows, + Ordinary Fear means here the object of fear.
Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the The blushey in my cheeks thus whisper me, world.
We blush, that thou shouldst choose ; but, Par. It is, indeed : if you will have it in be refused, showing, you sball read it in,-What do Let thewhite death sit on thy cheek for ever; you call there?
We'll ne'er come there again. Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an King.
Make choice; and, see, earthly actor.
Who shans thy love, shuns all his love in me. Par. That's it I would have said ; the Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly; very same.
And to imperial Love, that gcd most high, Laf. Why, your dolphin * is not lustier : Do my sighs stream.—Sir, will you hear my 'fore me I speak in respect
1 Lord. And grant it.
[suit? Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, Hel. Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute **, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than is of a most facinorous t spirit, that will not throw ames-ace tt for my life. acknowledge it to be the
Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your Laf. Very hand of heaven. Par. Ay, so I say.
Before I speak, too threateningly replies : Laf. In a most weak
Love make your fortunes twenty times above Par. And debile minister, great power, Her that so wishes, and her humble love! great transcendence: which should, indeed, 2 Lord. No better, if you please. give us a further use to be made, than alone Hel.
My wish receive, the recovery of the king, as to be
Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. Laf. Generally thankful.
Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were · Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants. sons of mine, I'd have them whipped ; or I
Par. I would have said it ; you say well: would send them to the Turk, to make eu. Here comes the king.
nuchs of. Laf. Lustick I, as the Dutchman says: I'll Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord] that I your like a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth hand should take ; in my head : Why, he's able to lead her a I'll never do you wrong for your own sake : ccranto.
Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Par. Nfort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed ! Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.
Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll King. Go, call before me all the lords in
none have her: sare, they are bastards to the court.
[Erit an Attendant. English ; the French ne'er got them. Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; tel. You are too young, too happy, and And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd too good,
To make yourself a son out of my blood. Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive 4 Lord Fair one, I think not so. The confirmation of my promised gift,
Laf. There's one grape yet,--I am sure, Which but attends thy naming.
thy father drank wine. But if thou be'st not Enter several Lords.;
I am a youth of fourieen ; I have Fair maid, send forth thine eye : this youthful known thee already. parcel
Hel. I dare not say, I take you ; (To Ber. Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing,
TRAM] but I give O'er whom both sovereign power and father's Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, voiceg
Into your guiding power. This is the man. I have to use : thy frank election make; King. Why then, young Bertram, take ber, Thou hast power to choose, and they none to she's thy wife. (your highness, forsake.
Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech Hel. To each of you one fair and vir- In such a business give me leave to use Fall, when love please!-marry, to each, but The help of mine own eyes. one || !
King Know'st thou not, Bertram, Laf. I'd give bay Curtals, and his furniture, What she has done for me? My mouth vo more were broken than these Ber.
Yes, my good lord ; And writ as little beard.
[boys', But never hope to know why I sliould marry King. Peruse them well :
[from my sickly bed. Not one of those, but had a poble father. King. Thou know'st, she has raised me Hel. Gentlemen,
[health, Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me Heaven hath, through me, restored the king to down
(well; All. We understand it, and thank heaven Must answer for your raising? I know her
(wealthiest, She had her breeding at my father's charge : Hel. I am a simple maid ; and therein A poor physician's daughtermy wife!-Disdain That, I protest, I simply am a maid :- Rather corrupt me ever! [the which Please it your majesty, I have done already: King. 'Tis only title II thou disdain'st in her, • The dauphin. + Wicked. | Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, cheerful. $ They were wards as well as subjects. || Except one, meaning Bertram.. A docked horse. ** į. e., I have no more to say to you. Itt The lowest chance of the dice.
#1 i. e., The want of title.
I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, King. Good fortune, and the favour of the
Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief,
[Exeunt King, BER. Hel. Lords, Where great additions* swell, and virtue none,
and Attendants. It is a dropsied honour : good alone
Laf.Do you hear,monsieur? a word with you. Is good, without a name; vileness is so t: Par. Your pleasure, sir? The property by what it is should go,
Laf. Your lord and master did well to make Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair; bis recantation. In these to nature she's immediate heir; Par. Recantation?-My lord? my master And these breed honour: that is honour'sscorn, Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak? Which challenges itself as honour's born, Par. A most harsh one; and not to be And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, understood without bloody succeeding. My When rather from our acts we them derive master? Than our fore-goers: the mere word's a slave, Laf. Are you companion to the count RouPebauch'd on every tomb; on every grave,
sillon ? A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb,
Par. To any count; to all counts; to what Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb is man. Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said? Laf. To what is count's man ; count's mas. If thou canst like this creature as a maid, ter is of another style. I can create the rest : virtue, and she, (me. Par. You are too old, sir; let it satisfy Is her own dower; honour and wealth, from you, you are too old.
Ber. I cannot love ber, nor will strive to do't. Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou to which title age cannot bring thee.
shouldst strive to choose. (I am glad; Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. Hel. That you are well restored, my lord, Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries , Let the rest go.
(defeat, to be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make King. My honour's at the stake; which to tolerable vent of thy travel ; it might pass: I must produce my power: Here, take her yet the scarfs, and the bannerets, about thee, hand,
did manifoldly dissuade me from believing Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; thee a vessel of too great a burden. I have That dost in vile misprision shackle up now found thee; when I lose thee again, I My love, and her desert ; that canst not dream, care not : yet art thou good for nothing but We, poising us in her defective scale, [know, taking ap; and that thou art scarce worth. Shall weigh thee to the beam : that wilt not Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiIt is in us to plant thine honour, where [tempt : quity upon thee,-We please to have it grow: Check thy con- Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, Obey our will, which travails in thy good: lest thou hasten thy trial;—which if-Lord Believe not thy disdain, but presently have mercy on thee for a hen! So, my good Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, window of lattice, fare thee well; thy caseWhich both thy duty owes, and our power ment I need not open, for I look through claims ;
thee. Give me thy hand. Or 1 will throw thee from my care for ever, Par. My lord, you give me most egregious Into the staggers, and the careless lapse , [hate, indignity. of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, worthy of it. Without allterms of pity: Speak; thine answer. Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and
bast 10 pull at a smack o'the contrary. It Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now ever thou be'st bound in thy scarf, and beaten, The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, thou shalt find what it is to be proud of thy Is, as 'twere, born so.
bondage. I have a desire to hold my acquaintKing:
Take her by the hand, ance with thee, or rather my knowledge; And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise that I may say, in the default'ỹ, he is a man A counterpoise ; if not to thy estate,
I know. A balance more replete.
Par. My lord, you do me most insupBer.
I take her haud. portable vexation. • Tides. + Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vilenoss vile.'
* 1. e., While I sate twice with thee at dinner. $ At a need,
Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jarles; sake, and my poor doing eterpal: for doing I Therefore, to the war!
[house, am past; as I will by thee, in what motion Ber. It shall be so ; I'll send her to my age will give me leave.
[Exit. Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this And wherefore I am fled; write to the king disgrace off me; scurvy, old, filtby, scurvy That which I durst not speak: His present gift lord !-Well, I must be patient; there is no Shall furnish me to those Italian fields, fettering of authority: I'll beat him, by my where noble fellows strike: War is no strife
life, if I can meet him with any convenience, To the dark house f, and the detested wife. an he were double and double a lord. I'll Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art have no more pity of his age, than I would sure?
(me. bave of-I'll beat him, an if I could but meet Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise bim again.
I'll send her straight away : To-morrow Re-enter LAFEU.
I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow, Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's mar
Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise
in it. -Tis hard ; ried, there's news for you; you have a new A young man, married, is a man that's marrd: mistress.
Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lord- Therefore away, and leave her bravely; gn: ship to make some reservation of your wrongs:
The king has done you wrong; but, hush! He is my good lord: whoin I serve above, is
(Exeunt. my master.
SCENE IV. The same. Another Room Laf. Who? God? Par. Ay, sir.
in the same. Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why
Enter HELENA and Clown. dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion? dost make hose of thy sleeves ? do other ser
Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she vants so? Thon wert best set thy lower part
well? where thy nose stands. By mine honour, if
Clo. She is not well; but yet, she has her I were but two hours younger, I'd beat thee: health : she's very merry; but yet she is not methinks, thou art a general offence, and well : but thanks be given, 's very well, every man should beat thee. I think, thou and wants nothing i'the world; but yet she is wast created for men to breathe themselves not well.
Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, Par. This is hard and undeserved measure,
that she's not very well?
Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for Laf: Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy two things. for picking a kernel out of a pomegranate; you
Hel. What two things? are a vagabond, and no true traveller : you
Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither are more saucy with lords, and honourable God send her quickly! the other, that she's in personages, than the heraldry of your birth earth, from whence God send her quickly! and virtue gives you commission. You are
Enter PAROLLES. not worth another word, else I'd call you knave. I leave you.
Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady !
Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good will to Enter BERTRAM.
have mine own good fortunes. Par. Good, very good; it is so then.- Par. You had my prayers to lead them on: Good, very good; let it be concealed a while. and to keep them on, have them still.-0,my
Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! knave! How does my old lady?
Ber. Although before the solemn priest I her money, I would she did as you say.
Par. Why, I say nothing. Par. What? what, sweet heart? [me: Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for Ber. O my Parolles, they have married many a man's tongue shakes out his master's I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed ber. undoing : To say nothing, to do nothing, to Par. France is a dog-hole, and no more know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be merits
a great part of your title ; which is within a The tread of a man's foot: to the wars!
very little of nothing. Ber. There's letters from my mother; what Par. Away, thon'rt a knave. I know not yet.
(the import is, Clo. You shonld have said, sir, before a Par. Ay, that would be known: To the kpave thou art a knave; that is, before me wars, my boy, to the wars!
thou art a kuave : this had been truth, sir. He wears his honour in a box unseen,
Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have That hugs his kicksy-wicksy + here at home; found thee. Spending his manly marrow in her arms, Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir? or Which should sustain the bound and high curvet were you taught to find me? The search, sir, Uf Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ! was profitable; and much fool may you fird
• Exercise. A cant term for a wife. The house made gloomy by discontent.