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Clo. I will show myself highly fed, and lowlyl Count. Haste you again. (Ereunt severally. taught: I know my business is but to the court. Count. To the court! why, what place make you SCENE III.
Paris. A room in the King's Paspecial, when you put off that with such contempt? lace. Enter Bertram, Lafeu, ana Paroles. But to the court!
Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any our philosophical persons, to make modern and manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence cannot make a leg, put ofl's cap, kiss his hand, and is it, that we make trities of terrors; ensconcing say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were submit ourselves to an unknown fear." not for the court ; but, for me, I have an answer Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, will serve all men.
that hath shot out in our latter times. Counl. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that fits Ber. And so 'tis. all questions.
Laf. To be relinquished of the artists, – Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all but Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus. tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,brawn-buttock, or any buttock.
Par. Right, so I say. Count. Will your answer serve to fit all ques Laf. That gave him out incurable, tions ?
Par. Why, there 'tis į so say I too. Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an Laf. Not to be helped, attorney, as your French crown for your taffata Par. Right: as 'twere, a man assured of an punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger, as a pan Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. cake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world. a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in sbownun's lip to the friar's mouth ; nay, as the pudding ing, you shall read it in, What do you call to his skin.
there? Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fit Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthness for all questions?
ly actor. Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your con Par. That's it I would have said: the very same. stable, it will fit any question.
Laf. Why, your dolphin* is not lustier: 'fore me Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous I speak in respect size, that must fit all demands.
Þar. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most learned should speak truth of it: here it is, and all facinorous' spirit, that will not acknowledge it to that belongs to't: Ask me, if I am a courtier; it be the shall do you no harm to learn.
Laf. Very hand of heaven. Count. To be young again, if we could: I will Par. Ay, so I say. be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by Laf. In a most weakyour answer. I pray you, sir, are you a courtier ? Par. And debile minister, great power, great
Clo. O Lord, sir,—There's a simple putting off;— transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a more, more, a hundred of them.
further use to be made, than alone the recovery of Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that the king, as to be loves you.
Laf. Generally thankful.
Enter King, Helena, and attendants. homely meat.
Par. I would have said it; you say well: Here Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant you. comes the king. Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me.
maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head. Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whip-Why, he's able to lead her a coranto. ping, and spare not me ? Indeed, your 0 Lord, sir, Par. Morl du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? is very sequent to your whipping; you would Laf. 'Fore God, I think so. answer very well to a whipping, if you were but King. Go, call before me all the lords in courthound to't.
[Erit an attendant. Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my-Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; O Lord, sir : I see, things may serve long, but not And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
Which but attends thy naming.
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel And urge her to a present answer back :
Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son; O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice This is not much.
I have to use: thy frank election make; Clo, Not much commendation to them. Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.
Count. Not much employment for you: You un Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous misderstand me?
tress Clo. Most fruitfully, I am there before my legs. Fall, when love please !-marry, to each, but one (1) Properly follows. (2) Ordinary. (6) Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, cheerful. (3) Fear means here the object of fear.
17)They were wards as well as subjects. (41 The dauphin.
(5) Wicked. (8) Except one meaning Bertram.
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal,' and his furniture, A poor physician's daughter my wife !--Disdain
King. 'Tis only title* thou disdain'st in her, the
I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Hel. Gentlemen,
of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king to Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off health.
In differences so mighty: if she be
Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st
of virtue for the name: but do not so: Please it your majesty, I have done already: From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, The place is dignified by the doer's deed: We blush, that thou should'st choose ; 'but, be Where great additions swell," and virtue none, refus'd,
It is a dropsied honour: good alone
The property by what it is should go,
Make choice; and, see, Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair ;
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I dy; And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn,
When rather from our acts we them derive
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute." Than our fore-goers: the mere word's a slave, Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw Debauch'd on every tomb;, on every grave, ames-ace for my life.
A lying trophy, and as ofl is dumb, Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair eyes, Where dust, and damned oblivion, is the tomb Before I speak, too threateningly replies : of honour'd bones indeed. What'should be said ? Love make your fortunes twenty times above If thou canst like this creature as a maid, Her that so wishes, and her humble love! I can create the rest : virtue and she, 2 Lord. No better, if you please.
Is her own dower; honour, and wealth, from me. Hel.
My wish receive, Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. King. Thou wrong'st' thyself, if thou should'st Laf. Do all they deny her ? An they were sons
strive to choose. of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I am them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
glad; Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord.) that I your hand Let the rest go. should take ;
King. My honour's at the stake; which to defeal, I'll never do you wrong for your own sake : I must produce my power: Here, take her hand, Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed !
That does in vile misprision shacklo up Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none My love, and her desert ; that canst not dream, have her: sure, they are bastards to the English; We, poising us in her defective scale, the French ne'er got them.
Shall weigh thee to the beam: that wilt not know, Hel. You are too young, too harpy, and too good, It is in us to plant thine honour, where To make yourself a son out of my blood. We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt : 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Obey our will, which travails in thy good : Laf. There's one grape yet, -I am sure, thy Believe not thy disdain, but presently father drank wine. But if thou be'st not an ass, Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, I am a youth of fourteen ; I have known thee Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; already.
Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, Hel. I dare not say I take you; [To Bertram.] Into the staggers, and the careless lapse but I give
of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate, Me, and my service, ever whilst I live,
Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, Into your guiding power. This is the man. Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine answer. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit thy wife.
My fancy to your eyes: When I consider, Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your What great creation, and what dole of honour, highness,
Flies where you bid it, I find that she, which late In such a business give me leave to use
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now The help of mine own eyes.
The praised of the king ; who, so ennobled, King.
Know'st thou not, Bertram, Is, as 'twere, born so. What she has done for me?
Take her by the hand, Ber.
Yes, my good lord; And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise But never hope to know why I should marry her. ' A counterpoise; if not to thy estate, King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from A balance more replete. my sickly bed.
I take her hand. Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down, King. Good fortune, and the favour of the king, Must answer for your raising? I knew her well’; Smile upon this contráct; whose ceremony She had her breeding at my father's charge : Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief, (1) A docked horse.
(4) i. e. The want of title. (5) Titles. (2) i. e. I have no more to say to you.
(6) Good is good independent of any worldly (3) The lowest chance of the dice.
distinction, and so is vileness vile.
And be perform'd to-night : the solemn seast there's news for you; you have a new mistress.
Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship
Par. Ay, sir.
dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his make hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so? recantation.
Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose Par. Recantation ?--My lord ? my master ? stands. By mine honour, if I were but two hours Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak ? younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art a gene
Pur. A most harsh one; and not to be under-ral offence, and every man should beat thee. I stood without bloody succeeding. My master ? think, thou wast created for men to breath" them
Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon ? selves upon thee.
Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my
lord. Laf. To what is count's man; count's master is) Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for of another style.
picking a kernel out of a pomegrante ; you are a Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you vagabond, and no true traveller: you are more are too old.
saucy with lords, and honourable personages, than Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you which title age cannot bring thee.
commission. You are not worth another word, else Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. I'd call you knave. I leave you.
(Ezil. Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be
Enter Bertram. a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel ; it might pass : yet the scarss,
Par. Good, very good; it is so then.-Good, and the bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly dis- very good ; let it be concealed a while. suade me from believing thee a vessel of too great
Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose
Par. What is the matter, sweet heart? thee again, I care not : yet art thou good for no
Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have thing but taking up; and that thou art scarce worth.
sworn, Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity I will not bed her. upon thee,
Par. What? what, sweet heart? Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest
Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me :thou hasten thy trial; which if-Lord have mercy
I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. on thee for a hen! So, my good window of lattice,
Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits fure thee well; thy casement I need not open, for the tread of a man's foot: to the wars! I look through thee. Give me thy hand.
Ber. There's letters from my mother; what the Par. My lord, you give me most egregious in
import is, dignity.
I know not yet. Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars, of it.
my boy, to the wars ! Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
He wears his honour in a box unseen, Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I That hugs his kicksy-wicksy* here at home; will not bate thee a scruple.
Spending his manly marrow in her arms, Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
Which should sustain the bound and high curvet Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions! pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jades; bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what Therefore, to the war! it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire
Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, knowledge; that I may say, in the default, 2 he is á And wherefore I am fled; write to the king man I know,
That which I durst not speak: His present gift Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable Shall furnish me to these Italian fields, vexation.
Where noble fellows strike: War is no strife Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and To the dark house, and the detested wife. my poor doing eternal: for doing I am past; as I
Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure ? will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave. Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise me.
[Erit. I'll send her straight away: To-morrow Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis- I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !
Par. Why, these balls bound: there's noise in it. Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of
- Tis hard; althority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can meet A young man, married, is a man that's marrid: him with any convenience, an he were double and Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go : double a lord. I'll have no more pity of his age, The king has done you wrong; but, hush! 'tis so. than I would have of—I'll beat him, an if I could
(Ereunt. but meet him again.
SCENE IV.-The same, Another room in the
Enter Helena and Clown.
Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she well ? Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her health; (1) i. e. While I sat twice with thee at dinner (3) Exercise. (4) A cant term for a wife. (2) At a need.
75) The house made gloomy by discontent.
she's very merry; but yet she is not well: butl. Ber. I do as sure you, my lord, he is very great thanks be given, she's very well, and wants nothing in knowledge, and accordingly valient. i' the world; but yet she is not well.
Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, that and transgressed against his valour; and my stale she's not very well ?
that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for two my heart to repent. Here he comes; I pray you, things.
make us friends. I will pursue the amity. Hél. What two things?
Enter Parolles. Clo. Onc, that she's not in heaven, whither God send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth, Par. These things shall be done, sir. from whence God send her quickly!
[To Bertram. Enter Parolles.
Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ?
Par. Sir ? Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady! Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have Laf. O, I know him well: Ay, sir ; he, sir, 18 a
good workman, a very good tailor. mine own good fortunes.
Ber. Is she gone to the king? (Aside to Parolles. Par. You had my prayers to lead them on: and
Par. She is. to keep them on, have them still.–0, my knave! How does my old lady?
Ber. Will she away to-night? Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her
Par. As you'll have her.
Ber. I have writ my letters, casketted my treamoney, I would she did as you say. Par. Why, I say nothing.
sure, Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many When I should take possession of the bride,
Given order for our horses; and to-night, a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing : And, ere I do begin, To say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing," Laf. A good traveller is something at the latand to have nothing, is to be a great part of your ter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds, title; which is within a very little of nothing.
and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings Par. Away, thou art a knave. Clo. You should have said, sir
, before a knave with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.--
God save you, captain. thou art a knave; that is, before me thou art a
Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord knave: this had been truth, sir.
and you, monsieur Par. Goto, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.
Par. I know not how I have deserved tu rur Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir ? or were into my lord's displeasure. you taught to find me? The search, sir, was profit
Laf." You have made shift to run into't, boots able; and much fool may you find in you, even to and spurs, and all, like him that leap'd into the the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. custard ; and out of it you'll run again, rather
Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well sed. Madam, my lord will go away to-night;
than suffer question for your residence.
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord. A very serious business calls on him.
Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at The great prerogative and rite of love, Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknow- this or me, There can be no kernel'in this light
his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe ledge;
nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him But puts it off by a compell’d restraint; Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept
of them tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, sweets,
monsieur: I have spoken better of you, than you Which they distil now in the curbed time,
have or will deserve at my hand; but we must do To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy, And pleasure drown the brim.
good against evil.
Par. An idle lcrd, I swear.
Ber. I think so.
Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common
speech Strengthen'd with that apology you think Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. May make it probable need." Hel. What more commands he?
Enter Helena. Per. That, having this obtain'd, you presently| Hėl. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Attend his further pleasure.
Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. Par. I shall report it so.
For present parting ; only, he desires
Some private speech with you.
I shall obey his will. [Exeunt. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, SCENE V,Another room in the same. Enter Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Lafeu and Bertram.
The ministration and required office
On my particular: prepard I was not Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a For such a business, therefore am I found soldier.
So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat you, Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. That presently you take your way for home; Laf, You have it from his own deliverance. And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you: Ber. And by other warranted testimony. For my respects are better than they seem;
Laf. Then my dial goes not true; I took this And my appointments have in them a need, lark for a bunting.
but has little or no song, which gives estimation to (1) A specious appearance of necessity. the sky-lark. 12) The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark ;l (3) Wonder.
Let that go :
Greater than shows itself, at the first view, And all the honours, that can fly from us,
(Giving a lelter. When better fall, for your avails they fell : 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; 80 To-morrow to the field. (Flourish. Exeunt. I leave you to your wisdom. Hel. Sir, I can nothing say,
SCENE II.-Rousillon. A room in the Countess's
Palace. Enler Countess and Clown.
Count. It hath happened all as I would have Hel.
And ever shall had it, save, that he comes not along with her. With true observance seek to eke out that,
Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd very melancholy man. To equal my great fortune.
Count, By what observance, I pray you? Ber.
Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing, My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home. mend the ruft, and sing; ask questions, and sing; Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
pick his teeth, and sing: I know a man that had Ber.
Well, what would you say ? this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe;'
a song. Nor dare I say, 'tis mine ; and yet it is ;
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he But, like a timorous thief, most sain would steal
means to come.
(Opening a letter. What law does vouch mine own.
Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Ber.
What would you have ? court: our old ling, and our Isbels o' the country, Hel. Something; and scarce so much :-nothing, are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels of indeed.
the court: the brains of my cupid's knocked out; I would not tell you what I would: my lord—'faith, and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, yes;
with no stomach. Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. Count. What have we here? Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse.
Clo. E'en that you have there.
(Erit. Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my Count. [Reads. ] I hare sent you a daughter-inlord.
law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?- I have wedded her, not bedded her ; and sworn to Farewell.
(Exit Helena. make the not elernal. You shall hear, I an run Go thou toward home; where I will never come, away; know it, before the report come, there Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum :- be breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long Away, and for our flight.
distance. My duty to you. Par. Bravely, coragio! (Ere,
Your unfortunate son,
To ny the favours of so good a king;
To pluck his indignation on thy head, SCENE I.-Florence. A room in the Duke's By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
Palace. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, For the contempt of empire. allended; two French Lords, and others.
Re-enter Clown. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, you heard
between two soldiers and my young lady. The fundamental reasons of this war;
Count. What is the matter ? Whose great decision hath much blood let forth,
Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, And more thirsts after.
some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon 1 Lord. Holy seems the quarrel
as I thought he would. Upon your grace's part; black and fearful
Count. Why should he be kill'd ? On the opposer. Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the
Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear France
loss of men, though it be the getting of children. Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom Against our borrowing prayers.
Here they come, will tell you more : for my part, 2 Lord.
Good my lord,
only hear, your son was run away. (Exit Clown. The reasons of our state I cannot yield, a
Enter Helena and two Gentlemen. But like a common and an outward man,3
1 Gent. Save you, good madam. That the great figure of a council frames
Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. By self-unable motion: therefore dare not
2 Gent. Do not say so. Say what I think of it; since I have found Count. Think upon patience.–Pray you, genMyself in my uncertain grounds to fail
tlemen,As often as I guess'd.
I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief,
That the first face of neither, on the start, 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our na-Can woman me unto't:-Where is my son, I pray ture,
you? That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Come here for physic.
Florence : Duke. Welcome shall they be; We met him thitherward; from thence we came,
And, after some despatch in hand at court, (1) Possess. (2) i. e. I cannot inform you of the reasons. (5) The folding at the top of the boot. 73) One not in the secret of affairs.
(6) i, e. Affect me suddenly and deeply, as our 14) As we say at present, our young fellows. sex are usually affected.