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A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools,
Embowell'd of their doctrine,? have left off
The danger to itself?
Hel.

There's something hints,
More than my father's skill, which was the greatest
Of his profession, that his good receipt 3
Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified
By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would your honour
But give me leave to try success, I'd venture
The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure,
By such a day, and hour.
Count.

Dost thou believe 't? Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly. Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, and

love, Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings To those of mine in court; I'll stay at home, And pray God's blessing into thy attempt : Be gone to-morrow; and be sure of this, What I can help thee to, thou shalt not miss. [Exeunt.

2 Embowell'd of their doctrine,] i. e. exhausted of their skill. So, in the old spurious play of K. John:

“ Back war-men, back; embowel not the clime.” Steevens. 3 There's something hints More than my father's skill,

that his good receipt, &c.] The old copy reads-something in 't. Steevens.

Here is an inference, [that] without any thing preceding, to which it refers, which makes the sentence vicious, and shows that we should read

There's something hints
More than my father's skill,

that his good receipt i. e. I have a secret premonition, or presage. Warburton. This necessary correction was made by Sir Thomas Hanmer.

Malune. nto thy attempt:] So in the old copy. We might more intelligibly read, according to the third folio,—unto thy attempt.

Steevens.

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Enter King, with young Lords taking leave for the Florentine war; BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and Attendants.

King. Farewel,5 young lord, these warlike principles
Do not throw from you:--and you, my lord, farewel:6-
Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all,
The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv’d,
And is enough for both.
1 Lord,

It is our hope, sir,
After well-enter'd soldiers, to return
And find your grace in health.

King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart
Will not confess he owes the malady

5 Farewel, &c.] In all the latter copies these lines stood thus:

Farewel, young lords; these warlike principles
Do not throw from you. You, my lords, farewel;
Share the advice betwixt you; if both again,

The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv’d. The third line in that state was unintelligible. Sir T. Hanmer reads thus :

Farewel, young lord: these warlike principles
Do not throw from you; you, my lord, farewel;
Share the aulwice betwixt you: If both gain, well!
The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv’d,

And is enough for both. The first edition, from which the passage is restored, was sufficiently clear; yet it is plain, that the latter editors preferred a reading which they did not understand. Fohnson.

you, my lord, farewel:] The old copy, both in this and the following instance, reads-lords. Steevens.

It does not any where appear that more than two French lords (besides Bertram) went to serve in Italy; and therefore I think the King's speech should be corrected thus:

Farewel, young lord; these warlike principles

Do not throw from you ; and you, my lord, farewel; what follows, shows this correction to be necessary:

Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all, &c. Tyrwhitt. Tyrwhitt's emendation is clearly right. Advice is the only thing that may be shared between two, and yet both gain all.

M. Mason.

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That doth my life besiege.? Farewel, young lords;
Whether I live or die, be you the sons
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:8 when

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and yet my heart
Will not confess he owes the malady

That doth my life besiege. 1 i.e. as the common phrase runs, I am still heart-whole; my spirits, by not sinking under my distemper, do not acknowledge its influence. Steevens.

let higher Italy
(Those 'batel, that inherit but the fall

Of the last monarchy) see, &c.] The ancient geographers have divided Italy into the higher and the lower, the Apennine hills being a kind of natural line of partition; the side next the Adriatic was denominated the higher Italy, and the other side the lower: and the two seas followed the same terms of distinc. tion, the Adriatic being called the upper Sea, and the Tyrrhene or Tuscan the lower. Now the Sennones or Senois, with whom the Florentines are here supposed to be at war, inhabited the higher Italy, their chief town being Arminium, now called Rim. ni, upon the Adriatic. Hanmer.

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 Constantine, another; and the third was composed of free states. Now by the last monarchy is meant the Roman, the last of the four gen. eral monarchies. Upon the fall of this monarchy, in the scramble, several cities set up for themselves, and became free states: now these might be said properly to inherit the fall of the monarchy. This being premised, let us now consider sense. The King says higher Italy; giving it the rank of preference to France; but he corrects himself, and says, I except those from that precedency, who only inherit the fall of the last monarchy; as all the little petty states; for instance, Florence, to whom these volunteers were going. As if he had said, I give the place of honour to the emperor and the pope, but not to the free states.

Warburton. Sir T. Hanmer reads:

Those bastards that inherit, &c. with this note:

Reflecting upon the abject and degenerate condition of the cities and states which arose out of the ruins of the Roman empire, the last of the four great monarchies of the world.”

Dr. Warburton's observation is learned, but rather too subtle ; Şir T. Hanmer's alteration is merely arbitrary. is confessedly obscure, and therefore I may offer another expla

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The bravest questant shrinks, find what you 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;
They say, our French lack language to deny,
If they demand: beware of being captives,
Before you serve.?
Both.

Our hearts receive your warnings. King. Farewel.-Come hither to me.

[The King retires to a couch. I Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay behind us! Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark 2 Lord.

O, 'tis brave wars!

nation. I am of opinion that the epithet higher is to be understood of situation rather than of dignity. The sense may then be this: Let upper Italy, where you are to exercise your valour, see that you come to gain honour, to the abatement, that is, to the disgrace and depression of those that have now lost their ancient military fame, and inherit but the fall of the last monarchy. To abate is used by Shakspeare in the original sense of abatre, to depress, to sink, to deject, to subilue. So, in Coriolanus :

till ignorance deliver you,
As most abated captives to some nation

“That won you without blows.” And bated is used in a kindred sense in The Merchant of Venice:

in a bondman's key, “With bated breath, and whisp'ring humbleness.” The word has still the same meaning in the language of the law. Johnson.

In confirmation of Johnson's opinion, that higher relates to situation, not to dignity, we find, in the third scene of the fourth Act, that one of the Lords says: " What will Count Rousillon do then? will he travel higher, or return again to France ?"

M. Mason. Those 'bated may here signify “those being taken away or excepted." Bate, thus contracted, is in colloquial language still used with this mcaning. This parenthetical sentence implies no more than they excepted who possess modern Italy, the remains of the Roman empire. H. White. 9 That fame may cry you loud:] So, in Troilus and Cressida:

- fame with her loud'st O yes, Cries, This is he.” Steevens.

beware of being captives, Before you serve.] The word serve is equivocal; the sense is, Be not captives before you serve in the war. Be not captives before ou are soldiers. Fohnson.

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Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars.

Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil with; Too young, and the next year, and 'tis too early.

Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away bravely.

Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock,
Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry,
Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn,
But one to dance with!? By heaven, I 'll steal away.

1 Lord. There's honour in the theft.3
Par.

Commit it, count. 2 Lord. I am your accessary: and so farewel. Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.4 I Lord. Farewel, captain. 2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles !

Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals:-You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one captain Spu

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and no sword worn, But one to dance with!] It should be remembered that, in Shakspeare's time, it was usual for gentlemen to dance with swords on. Our author, who gave to all countries the manners of his own, has again alluded to this ancient custom in Antony and Cleopatra, Act III, sc. ix:

He, at Philippi kept
“ His sword, even like a dancer."
See Mr. Steevens's note there. Malone.

I'll steal away
There's honour in the theft.] So, in Macbeth:

“ There 's warrant in that theft,
“ Which steals itself

Steevens. 4 I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.] I read thus - Our parting is the parting of a tortured body. Our parting is as the disruption of limbs torn from each other. Repetition of a word is often the cause of mistakes: the eye glances on the wrong word, and the intermediate part of the sentence is omitted. Johnson, So, in K. Henry VIII, Act II, sc. iii:

it is a sufferance, panging “ As soul and body's severing.” Steevens. As they grow together, the tearing them asunder was torturing a body. Johnson's amendment is unnecessary.

M. Mason. We two growing together, and having, as it were, but one body, (“like to a double cherry, seeming parted”) our parting is a tortured body; i. e. cannot be effected but by a disruption of limbs which are now common to both. Malone.

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