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Hel. You go so much backward, when you fight.. King. I would I had that corporal soundness now, Par. That's for advantage.
As when thy father, and myself, in friendship Hel. So is running away, when fear proposes the first try'd our soldiership! He did look far safety: But the composition, that your valour and Into the service of the time, and was fear makes in you, is a virtue of a good wing, and Discipled of the bravest : he lasted long; i like the wear well.
But un us both did haggish age steal on, Par. I am so full of businesses, I cannot answer And wore us out of act. It much repairs4 me thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier; in the To talk of your good father : In his youth which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, He had the wit, which I can well observe 80 thou wilt be capable of a courtier's counsel, To-day in our young lords ; but they may jest and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee; Till their own scorn return to them unnoted, else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and thiné Ere they can hide their levity in honour. ignorance makes thee away: farewell. When thou So like a courtier, contempt 'nor bitterness hast leisure, say thy prayers; when thou hast Were in his pride or sharpness ; if they were, none, remember thy friends: get thee a good hus. His equal had awak'd them; and his honour, band, and use him as he uses thee: so farewell. Clock to itself, knew the true minute when
[Exil. Exception bid him speak, and, at this time, Hel. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, His tongue obey'd his hand : who were below him Which we ascribe to heaven: the fated sky He us'd as creatures of another place; Gives ys free scope ; only, doth backward pull And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks, Our slow designs, when we ourselves are dull. Making them proud of his humility, What power is it, which mounts my love so high ; In their poor praise he humbled : Such a man That makes me see, and cannot feed mine eye ? Might be a copy to these younger times; The mightiest space in fortune nature brings Which, follow'd well, would démonstrate them now To join like likes, and kiss like native things. But goers backward. Impossible be strange attempts, to those
His good remembrance, sir, That weigh their pains in sense : and do suppose, Lies richer in your thoughts, than on his tomb; What hath been cannot be: Who ever strove So in approof lives not his epitaph, . To show her merit, that did miss her love? As in your royal speech. The king's disease—my project may deceive me, King. 'Would, I were with him! He would alBut my intents are fix'd, and will not leave me.
[Exit. (Methinks, I hear him now; his plausive words SCENE II.—Paris. A room in the King's palace. To grow there, and to bear,) --Let me nol'live,
Flourish of cornets. Enter the King of France, Thus his good melancholy oft began,
After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses A braving war.
Alobul ner things disdain: whose judgments are Lord. So 'tis reported, sir.
Mere fathers of their garments ;? whose constancies King. Nay, 'tis most credible; we here receive it Expire before their fashions : This he wish'd : A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria,
1, after him, do after him wish too, With caution, that the Florentine will move us
Since I nor wax, nor honey, can bring home, For speedy aid ; wherein our dearest friend I quickly were dissolved from my hive, Prejudicates the business, and would seem
To give some labourers room. To have us make denial.
You are lov'd, sir ; 1 Lord. His love and wisdom,
They, that least lend it you, shall lack you first. Approv'd so to your majesty, may plead
King. I fill a place, I know't-How long is't, For amplest credence.
Since the physician at your father's died ?
Some six months since, my lord. The Tuscan service, freely have they leave
King. If he were living, I would try him yet;To stand on either part.
Lend me an arm ;-the rest have worn me out 2 Lord. It may well serve
With several applications:-nature and sickness A qursery to our gentry, who are sick
Debate it at their leisure. Welcome, count;
My son's no dearer.
Thank your majesty.
(Ereunt. Flourish. Enter Bertram, Laseu, and Parolles. 1 Lord. It is the count Rousillon, my good lord, SCENE III.—Rousillon. A Room in the CounYoung Bertram.
tess's Palace, Enter Countess, Steward, and King. Youth, thou bear’st thy father's face;
Clown. Prank nature, rather curious than in haste,
Count. I will now hear; what say you of this Hath well compos'd thee. Thy father's moral parts gentlewoman? May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris. Stew. Madam, the care I have had to even your Ber. My thanks and duty are your majesty's. content, I wish might be found in the calendar
of my past endeavours; for then we wound our (1) i, e. Thou wilt comprehend it. (2) Things formed by nature for each other. (5) His is put for its. (6) Approbation. (3) The citizens of the small republic of which 17) Who have no other use of their faculties than Sienna is the capital.
to invent new modes of dress, (4) To repair, bere signifies to renovate
(8) To act up to your desires.
modesty, and make foul the clearness of our del Was this king Priam's joy ? servings, when of ourselves we publish them.
With that she sighed as she stood, Count. What does this knave here? Get you With that she sighed as she stood, gone, sirrah: The complaints, I have heard of you, And gave this sentence then; I do not all believe; 'tis my slowness, that I do not? Among nine bad if one be good, for, I know, you lack not folly to commit them, and Among nine bad if one be good, have ability enough to make such knaveries yours. There's yel me good in len.
Clo. 'Tis not unknown to you, madam, I am a Count. What, one good in ten? you corrupt the poor fellow.
song, sirrah. Count. Well, sir.
Clo. One good woman in ten, madam; which Clo. No, madam, 'tis not so well, that I am poor; is a purifying of the song: 'Would God would inough many of the rich are damned: But, ir í serve the world so all the year! we'd find no fault may have your ladyship’s good will to go to the with the tythe-woman, if I were the parson: One world,' Isbel the woman and I will do as we may. in ten, quoth a'! an we might have a good woman Count. Wilt thou needs be a beggar?
born but every blazing star, or at an earthquake, Clo. I do beg your good will in this case. l'twould mend the lottery well; a man may draw Count. In what case ?
his heart out, ere he pluck one. Clo. In Isbel's case, and mine own. Service Count. You'll be gone, sir knave, and do as I is no heritage: and, I think, I shall never have the command you? blessing of God, till I have issue of my body; for, Clo. That man should be at woman's command, they say, bearns are blessings.
and yet no hurt done !-Though honesty be no puCount. Tell me the reason why thou wilt marry. Iritan, yet it will do no hurt; it will wear the sur
Clo. My poor body, madam, requires it: I am plice of humility over the black gown of a big driven on by the flesh; and he must needs go, that heart.-I am going, forsooth: the business is for the devil drives.
Helen to come hither.
[Erit Clown. Count. Is this all your worship’s reason ? Count. Well, now.
Clo. Faith, madam, I have other holy reasons, Stew. I know, madam, you love your gentlesuch as they are.
woman entirely. Count. May the world know them?
Count. Faith, I do: her father bequeathed her Clo. I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as to me; and she herself, without other advantage, you and all flesh and blood are; and, indeed, I do may lawfully make title to as much love as she marry, that I may repent.
finds : there is more owing her, than is paid; and Count. Thy marriage, sooner than thy wicked- more shall be paid her, than she'll demand.
Stew. Madam, I was very late more near her Clo. I am out of friends, madam; and I hope to than, I think, she wished me: alone she was, and have friends for my wife's sake.
did communicate to herself, her own words to her Count. Such friends are thine enemies, knave. own ears; she thought, I dare vow for her, they
Clo. You are shallow, madam; e'en great friends; touched not any stranger sense. Her matter was, for the knaves come to 'do that for me, which I am she loved your son: Fortune, she said, was no a-weary of. He, that ears) my land, spares my goddess, that had put such difference betwist their toam, and gives me leave to in the crop: If I be two estates ; Love, no god, that would not extend his cuckold, he's my drudge: He, that comforts his might, only where qualities were level; Diana, my wife, is the cherisher of my flesh and blood; no queen of 'virgins, that would suffer her poor he, that cherishes my flesh and blood, loves my knight to be surprised, without rescue, in the first flesh and blood; he, that loves my flesh and blood, assault, or ransome afterward: This she delivered is my friend : ergo, he that kisses my wife, is my in the most bitter touch of sorrow, that e'er I heard friend. If men could be contented to be what they virgin exclaim in : which I held my duty, speedily are, there were no fear in marriage; for young to acquaint you withal; sithence, in the loss that Charbon the puritan, and old Poysam the papist, may happen, it concerns you something to know it. howsoe'er their hearts are severed in religion, their Counl. You have discharged this honestly; keep heads are both one, they may joll horns together, it to yourself: many likelihoods informed me of like any deer i' the herd.
this before, which hung so tottering in the balance Count. Wilt thou ever be a foul-mouthed and that I could neither believe, nor misdoubt : Pray calumnious knave?
you, leave me: stall this in your bosom, and ? Clo. A prophet I, madam; and I speak the ihank you for your honest care: I will speak with truth the next way::
you further anon.
(Exit Steward. For I the ballad will repeat,
Count. Even so it was with me, when I was
If we are nature's, these are ours; this thorn Count. Get you gone, sir ; I'll talk with you Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong;
Our blood to us, this to our blood is born; Stew. May it please you, madam, that he bid It is the show and seal of nature's truth, Helen come to you; of her I am to speak. Where love's strong passion is impress'd in youth.
Count. Şirrah, tell my gentlewoman, I would By our remembrances of days foregone, speak with her; Helen I mean.
Such were our faults ;-or then we thought them Clo. Was this fair face the cause, quoth she,
(Singing. Her eye is sick on't; I observe her now.
Hel. What is your pleasure, madam?
You know, Heler (1) To be married. (2) Children.
(5) The nearest way. (6) Foolishly done (3) Ploughs.
141 Therefore. (7) Since.
I am a mother to you.
I love your son :Hel. Mine honourable mistress.
My friends were poor, but honest; so's my love: Count.
Nay, a mother; Be not eflended; for it hurts not him,
Yet never know how that desert should be.
I still pour in the waters of my love,
Religious in mine error, I adore
that looks upon his worshipper, To say, I am thy mother ? What's the matter, But knows of him no more. My dearest madam, That this distemper'd messenger of wet,
Let not your hate encounter with my love, The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye? For loving where you do: but, if yourself, Why? that you are my daughter ?
Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth, Hel.
That I am not. Did ever, in so true a flame of liking, Corent. I say, I am your mother.
Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Diar Hel.
Pardon, madam; Was both herself and love ;6 O then, give pity The count Rousillon cannot be my brother: To her, whose state is such, that cannot choose I am from humble, he from honour'd name ; But lend and give, where she is sure to lose; No note upon my parents, his all noble:
That seeks not to find that her search implies, My master, my dear lord, he is; and I
But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies. His servant live, and will his vassal die :
Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak truly, He must not be my brother.
To go to Paris ?
Madam, I had.
Wherefore ? tell true.
Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itself, I swear. (So that my lord, your son, were not my brother,) You know, my father left me some prescriptions Indeed, my mother!—or were you both our mothers, or rare and prov'd effects, such as his reading, I care no more for,' than I do for heaven, And manifest experience, had collected So I were not his sister : Can't no other, For general sovereignty; and that he willd me But, I your daughter, he must be my brother? In heedfullest reservation to bestow them, Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daughter- As notes, whose faculties inclusive were, in-law;
More than they were in note:' amongst the rest, God shield, you mean it not! daughter, and mother, There is a remedy, approv'd, set down, So strives upon your pulse: What, pale again? To cure the desperate languishes, whereof My fear hath catch'd your fondness: Now I see The king is render'd lost. The mystery of your loneliness, and find
This was your motive Your salt tears' head.: Now to all sense 'tis gross, For Paris, was it ? speak. You love my son; invention is asham'd,
Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; Against the proclamation of thy passion, Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, To say, thou dost not: therefore tell me true; Had, from the conversation of my thoughts, But tell me then, 'tis so:—for, look, thy cheeks Haply, been absent then. Confess it, one to the other; and thine eyes Count.
But think you, Helen, See it so grossly shown in thy behaviours, If you should tender your supposed aid, That in their kind* they speak it: only sin He would receive it? He and his physicians And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him, That truth should be suspected : Speak, is't so ? They, that they cannor help: How shall they credit If it be so, you have wound a goodly clue; A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools, If it be not, forswear't: howe'er, I charge thee, Embowell’d of their doctrine, have left off As heaven shall work in me for thine avail, The danger to itselt? To tell me truly.
There's something hints, Hel.
Good madam, pardon me ! More than my father's skill, which was the greatest Count. Do you love my son?
or his profession, that his good receipt Hel.
Your pardon, noble mistress! Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified Count. Love you my son ?
By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would your Hel.
Do not you love him, madam? honour Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a But give me leave to try success, I'd venture bond,
The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure, Whereof the world takes note: come, come, dis-By such a day, and hour. close
Dost thou believe't? The state of your affection; for your passions
Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly. Have to the full appeach'd.
Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, Hel. Then, I confess,
and love, Here on my knce, before high heaven and you,
Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings
To those of mine in court; I'll siay at home, That before you, and next upto high heaven, (1) i. e. I care as much for: I wish it equally.
that you were no less virtuous when young. 12) Contend.
(6) i. e. Venus. (3) The source, the cause of your grief.
(7) Receipts in which greater virtues were en 14) According to their nature.
closed than appeared. b) le. Whose respectable conduci in age proves) (8) Exhausted of their skill.
And pray God's blessing into thy attempt: sword entrenched it: say to him, I live; and ob-
(Ereunt. Par. Mars dote on you for his novices! (Exeunt
Lords.) What will you do?
Ber. Stay; the king [Seeing him rise. ACT II.
Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble SCENE 1.–Paris. A room in the King's palace. of too cold an adicu: be more expressive to them;
lords ; you have restrained yourself within the list Flourish. Enter King, wilh young lords taking for they wear themselves in the cap of time, there, leave for the Florentine war; 'Bertram, Parolles, do muster true gait,' eat, speak, and move under and attendants.
the influence of the most received star; and though King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike prin- the devil lead the measure,' such are to be follow ciples,
ed: after them, and take a more dilated farewell. Do not throw from you :-and you, my lord, fare
Ber. And I will do so. well:
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all, sinewy sword-men. (Exe. Bertram and Parolles. the gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv'd,
Enter Lafeu. And is enough for both. 1 Lord.
It is our hope, sir, Laf. Pardon, my lord, (Kneeling.] for me and After well-enter'd soldiers, to return
for my tidings. And find your grace in health.
King. I'll fee thee to stand up. King. No, no, it cannot be ; and yet my heart Laf.
Then here's a man Will not confess he owes the malady
Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you That doth my life besiege. Farewell
, young !ords; llad kneeld, my lord, to ask me mercy; an Whether I live or die, be you the sons
That, at my bidding, you could so stand up. Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy
King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, (Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall
And ask'd thee mercy for't. or the last monarchy,') see, that you come
Good faith, across's Not to woo honour, but to wed it, when But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be card The bravest questanta shrinks, find what you seek, of your infirmity ? That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell. King.
No, 2 Lord. Health, ‘at your bidding, serve your Laf.
0, will you eat majesty!
No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but you will, King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them; My noble grapes, an if my royal sox They say, our Prench lack language to deny, Could reach them: I have seen a medicine, 1° If they demand: beware of being captives, That's able to breathe life into a stone; Refore you serve.
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary," Both. Our hearts receive your warnings. With sprightly fire and motion; whose simple touch King. Farewell.—Come hither to me.
Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay, (The King retires to a couch. To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, I Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay And write to her a love-line. behind us.
What her is this? Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark
Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one 2 Lord. 0, 'tis brave wars!
arriv'd, Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. If you will see her,-now, by my faith and honour, Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coils with; Ir seriously I may convey my thoughts Too young, and the next year, and 'tis too early. In this my light deliverance, I have spoke Pår. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession, bravely.
Wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz'd me more Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock, Than I dare blame my weakness: Will you see her, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, (For that is her demand,) and know her business? Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn, That donc, laugh well at me. But one to dance with!5 By heaven, l'll steal away. king.
Now, good Laseu, I Lord. There's honour in the theft.
Bring in the admiration; that we with thee Par.
Commit it, count. May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, 2 Lord. I am your accessery; and so farewell. By wond'ring how thou took'st it. Ber. I grow to you, and our particg is e tortured. Laf.
Nay, I'll fit you, body.
And not be all day neither.
[Erit Laser i Lord. Farewell, captain.
King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologue 2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles ! Par. Noble heroes, my sword and young ar: kin.
Re-enter Lafeu, with Helena, Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals:-- 1 Laf. Nay, come your ways. You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, onej King. This haste hath wings indeed captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of Laf Naf, come your ways;
here on his sinister cheek; it was this very This is nis majesty," say your mind io bim : (1) i. e. Those excepted who possess modern (6) They are the foremost in the fashion. Italy, the remains of the Roman empire.
17) Have the true military step. (8) The danee (2) Seeker, inquirer.
(9) Unskilfully; a phrase taken from the exer (3) Be not captives before you are soldiers. cise at a quintaine. 4) With a noise, bustle.
(10) A female physician. (11) A kind of dance. 15) In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentle-1. (12) By profession is meant her declaration of men to dance with swords on.
Ithe object of her coming.
A traitor you do look like ; but such traitors But know I think, and think I know most sure,
The greatest grace lending grace, My father; in what he did profess, well found. 2 Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring King. I'knew him.
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring: Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards Ere twice in murk and occidental damp him;
Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp; Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one,
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,
What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, And of his old experience the only darling,
Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. He bade me store up, as a triple eye,»
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Tax of impudence, With that malignant cause wherein the honour A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power,
Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name I come to tender it, and my appliance,
Sear'd otherwise ; no worse of worst extended, With all bound humbleness.
With vilest torture let my life be ended. King.
We thank you, maiden ; King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit But may not be so credulous of cure,
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate;
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all To empirics; or to dissever so
That happiness and primelo can happy call: Our great self and our credit, to esteem
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Hd. My duty then shall pay me for my pains : Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try;
That ministers thine own death, if I die.
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property A modest one, to bear me back again.
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die ; King. I cannot give thee less, to be call?d And well deservd: Not helping, death's my fee, grateful;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?
But will you make it even ? But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part; King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
heaven. Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy:
hand, He that of greatest works is finisher,
What husband in thy power I will command: oft does them by the weakest minister :
Exempted be from me the arrogance So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
To choose from forth the royal blood of France : When judges have been babes. Great floods have My low and humble name to propagate flown
With any branch or image of thy state:
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd,
So make the choice of thy own time; for I, King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind Thy resolvd patient, on thee still rely. maid;
More should I question thee, and more I must; Thy pains, not us'd, must by thyself be paid: Though, more to know, could not be more to trust; Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward. From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But Hd. Inspired merit so by breath is barrd:
rest It is not so with him that all things knows,
Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows: Give me some help here, ho!-If thou proceed But most it is presumption in us, when
As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. The help of heaven we count the act of men.
(Flourish. Exeunt. Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent;
SCENE II.-Rousillon. A room in the CourOf heaven, not me, make an experiment.
tess's Palace. Enter Countess and Clown. I am not an impostor, that proclaim Myself against the level of mine aim ;'
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the
height of your breeding. (1) I am like Pandarus. (2) Or acknowledged excellence. (3) A third eye. (7) i. e. Pretend to greater things than befits the (4) An allusion to Daniel judging the two Elders. mediocrity of my condition. (5) i.e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb. (8) The evening star.
(6) This must refer to the children of Israel (9) i. e. May be counted among the gists enjoyed passing the Red Sea, when miracles bad been de- by thee. nied by Pharaoh.
(10) The spring or morning of life.