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Flel. That I am not.

Religious in mine error, I adore Count. I say, I am your mother.

The sun, that looks upon his worshipper, Hel. Pardon, madam;

But knows of him no more, My dearest madam, The count Rousillon cannot be my brother: Let not your hate encounter with my love, I am from humble, he from honour'd name; 5 For loving where you do: but, if yourself, No note upon my parents, his all noble: Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth, My master, nıy dear lord he is; and I

Did ever, in so true a flame of liking, His servant live, and will his vassal die :

Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Dian He must not be my brother.

Was both herself and love; O then, give pity Count. Nor I your mother?

[were 10 To her, whose state is such, that cannot chuse Hel. You are my mother, madam; 'Would you But lind and give, where she is sure to lose; (So that my lord, your son, were not my brother) That seeks not to find that, her search implies, Indeed, my mother!-or were you both our mo- But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies. I care no more for', than I do for heaven, [thers, Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak So I were not his sister: Can't no other

to Paris ?

(truly, But, I your danghter, he must be my brother: Hel, Madam, I had, Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daugh

Count. Wherefore ? tell true, ter-in-law;

Emother, Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itself I swear, God shield, you mean it not! daughter, and You know, my father left ine some prescriptions So strive upon your pulse: What, pale again? 20 Of rare and prov'd eifects, such as his reading, My fear hath catch'd your fondness: Now I see And manifest experience, had collected The mystery of your loneliness, and find For general sovereignty; and that he willd me Your salt tears' head?, Now to all sense tis gross,

In heedfullest reservation to bestow them, You love my son ; invention is asham'd, As notes, whose faculties inclusive were Against the proclamation of thy passion, 25 More than they were in note : amongst the rest, To say, thou dost not: therefore tell me true ; There is a reinedy, approv'd, set down, But tell me then, 'tis so :-for, look, thy cheeks To cure the desperate languishings, whereof Confess it one to the other; and thine eyes The king is render'd lost, See it so grossly shewn in thy behaviours,

Count. This was your motive That in their kind they speak it; only sir 130 For Paris, was it? speak.

[this ; And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,

Hel. My lord your son made me to think of That truth should be suspected : Speak, is't so? Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, If it be so, you have wound a goodly clue ; Hlad, from the conversation of my thoughts, If it be not, forswear't: howe'er, I charge thee, Haply, been absent then. As heaven shall work in me for thine avail, 35 Count. But think you, Helen, To tell me truly.

If you should tender your supposed aid, Hel. Good madam, pardon me!

He would receive it? He and his physicians Count. Do you love my son?

Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him, Hel. Your pardon, noble mistress !

They that they cannot help: How shall they cres Count. Love you my son ?

40 A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools, (dit Hel. Do not you love him, madam ?

Embowelld of their doctrine', have left off Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a bond, The danger to itself? Whereof the world takes note: come, come, dis- Hel, There's something hints,

[est The state of your affection; for your passions(close More than my father's skill, which was the great: Have to the full appeach'd.

45 Of his profession, that bis good receipt Hel. Then I confess,

Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified (honour Here on my knee, before high heav'n and you, By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would your That before you, and next unto high heaven, But give me leave to try success, I'd venture I love your son:

The well-lost life of mine on bis grace's cure, Myfriends were poor, but honest; so's my love: 50 By such a day and hour. Be not oifended; for it hurts not him,

Count. Dost thou believe't? That he is lov'd of me: I follow him not

Hel, Ay, madam, knowingly, [and love, By any token of presumptuous suit ;

Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, Nor would I have him, 'till I do deserve him ; Means and attendants, and my loving greetings Yet never know how that desert should be. 55 To those of mine in court; I'll stay at home, I know I love in vain, strive against hope ; And pray God's blessing into thy attempt : Yet, in this captious ? and intenible sieve, Be gone to-morrow; and be sure of this, I still pour in the waters of my love,

What I can help thee to, thou shalt not miss. And lack not to lose still: thus, Indian-like,


'I care no more for, is, I care as much for-I wish it equally. ' i. e. the source of your grief, * Dr. Johnson suspects we should read curious, i. e. rotten. * Meaning, prescriptions in which greater virtues were inclosed than appeared to observation. 'i.e. exhausted of their skill.


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captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of The Court of France.

war, here on his sinister cheek; it was this very Enter the King, with young Lords taking leare sword entrench'd it: say to him, I live; and ob

for the Florentine war. Bertrum and Pu. serve his reports for me. rolles.

5 2 Lord. We shall, noble captain. Flourish Cornets.

Par. Mars doat on you for his novices ! what King. FAREWEL, young lords, these warlike will you do? principles

Ber. Stay; the kingDo not throw from you:—and you, my lords, Pur. Use a more spacious ceremony to the nufarewel :

10 ble lords; you have restrained yourself within the Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all, list of too cold an adieu: be more expressive to The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis received, them; for they wear themselves in the cap of And is enough for both.

the time, there do muster true giit, eat, speak, 2 Lord. 'Tis our hope, sir,

and move under the intluence of the most reAfter well.enter'd soldiers, to return

15 ceiv'd star; and though the devil lead the meaAnd find your grace in health.

ure, such are to be tollow'd: after them, and King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart take a more dilated farewel. Will not confess, he owes the malady

Ber. And I will do so. That does my life besiege. Farewel, young lords ; Par. Worthy te:lows; and like to prove most Whether Uive or die, be you the sons 20 sinewy sword-men.

[Eirunt, Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy

Enter Lafeu.

[Lajeu kneels. (Those'batech, that inherit but the fall Of the last monarchy) see, that you come

Laf. Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings. Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when King. I'll fee thee to stand up. The bravest questant shrinks, find what you seek, 25 Laf. Then here's a man That fame may cry you loud: I say, farewel. Stands, that has bought his pardon. I would, you 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your Had kneelid, my lord, to ask me mercy; and majesty!

That, at my bidding, you could so stand up. King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them :) King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, They say, our French lack language to deny, 30 And ask'd thee mercy for't. If they demand: beware of being captives, Luf. Goodfaith, across?:--but my good lord, Before you serve.

Will you be cur’d of your infirmity? ['tis thus ; Both. Our hearts receive your warnings.

King. No. King. Farewel.- Come hither to me.

Luf. 0, will you eat [Thi King retires to a couch. 35 No grapes, my royal fox? yes, but you will, i Lord. Oh my sweet lord, that you will stay My puble grapes, an if my royal fox behind us !

Could reach them: I have seen a medicine Par. 'Tis not his fault! the spark

That's able to breath lite into a stone: 2 Lord. Oh, 'tis brave wars !

Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. 40 With sprightly fire and motion ; whose simple

Ber. Iamcommanded here, andkeptacoil with Is powerful to arise king Pepin, nay, [touch Too young, and the next year, and is too early. To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away And write to her a love-line. bravely.

king. What her is this? Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock, 43 lat. Why, doctor she: my lord, there's one Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry,

arriv'd, Till honour be bought up, and no snord worn, If you will see her—now, by my faith and honour, But one to dance with! By heaven, I'll steal away. If seriously I may convey my thoughts I Lord. There's bonour in the th ft.

In this my light deliverance, I have spoke Par. Commit it, count.

150 With one, that in her sex, her years, profession, 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewel. Wisdoin, and constancy, hath amaz'd me more

Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tor- Than I darebkime my weakness: Will you see her, tur'd body.

(For that is her demand) and know her busii Lord. Farewel, captain.

That done, laugh well at me.

[ness? * 2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles !

55. King. Now, good Lateu, Pur. Noble heroes, my suord and yoursarekin. Bring in the admiration; that we with thee Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals:- May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, You shall tind in the regiment of the Spinii, one! By wond'ring how thou took'st it.

The epithet higher is here to be understood as referring to situation rather than to dignity. * This word, as hias been before observed, is used when any pass of wit miscarrics.




Laf. Nay, I'll fit you,

(From simple sources; and great seas have dry'd And not be all day neither. [Exit Lafeu When miracles have by the Greatest beendeny’d.

King. Thus he his special nothing ever pro- Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Laf. [returns.] Nay, come your ways. [logues. Where most it promises; and oft it bits,

[Bringing in Hilena. 5 Where hope is coldest,and despairmost sits.(maid; King. This haste hath wings indeed.

King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind Laf. Nay, come your ways;

Thy pains, not us’d, must by thyself be pair:
This is his majesty, say your mind to him : Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward.
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd:
His majesty seldom fears: I am Cressid's uncle, 10 It is not so with Him that all things knows,
That dare leave two together; fare you well.[Er. As ʼtis with us that square our guess by shows.

King. Now,fair one,does your businessfollow us: But most it is presuniption in us, when
Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was The help of heaven we count the act of men.
My father; in what he did profess, well found. Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent;
King. I knew him.

[him ;15 Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
Hel. The rather will I spare my praises toward I am not an impostor, that proclaim
Knowing him, is enough. " On his bed of death Myself against the level of mine aim ';
Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one, But know I think, and think I know niost sure,
Which, as the dearest issue of his practice, My art is not past power, nor you past cure.
And of his old experience the only darling, 20 King. Art thou so confident? Within whatspace
He bade me store up, as a triple eye,

llop'st thou my cure? Safer than mine own two, more dear! I have so: Hel. The greatest grace lending grace, And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring With that malignant cause wherein the honour Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring ; Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power, 25 Ere twice in murk and occidental damp I come to tender it, and my appliance,

Moist Hesperus bath quench'd his sleepy lamp; With all bound humbleness.

Or four and twenty tiines the pilot's glass King. We thank you, maiden;

Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; But may not be so credulous of cure,

What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, When our most learned doctors leave us; and (30 1 lealth shall live free, and sickriess freely die. The congregated college have concluded, king. Upon thy certainty and confidence, That labouring art can never answer nature

What dar'st thou venture?
From her inaidable estate,- I say we must not Hel. Tax of impudence,
So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,
To prostitute our past-cure malady

135 Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name To empiricks; or to dissever so

Sear'd otherwise: no worse of worst extended, Our great self and our credit, to esteem With vilest torture let my life be ended ?: A senseless help, when help past sense we deem. King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains:

speak; I will no more enforce mine office on you ; 40 His powerful sound, within an organ weak ': Humbly intreating from your royal thoughts And what impossibility would slay A modest one, to hear me back again. [ful: In common sense, sense saves another way.

King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grate- Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate Thou thoughtst to help me:andsuchthanksigive, Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate; As one near death to those that wish him live: 45 Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all But what at full I know, thou know'st no part; That happiness and prime ", can happy call: I knowing all my peril, thou no art.

Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try, Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate. Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy: Sweet practiser, thy physick I will try; He that of greatest works is linisher,

150 That ministers thine own death, if I die. Ost does them by the weakest minister:

llel. If I break time, or tinch in property So holy writ in babes hatha judgment shown, Of what I spoke, unpitied let ine die; Whenjudges have been babes. Great flouds have And well deserv'd: Not helping, deathi's my fee; fiown

But, if I lielp, what do you promise me? That is, “I am not an impostor that proclaim one thing and design another." ? Mr. Steevens thus happily explains this obscure passage: “I would bear (says she) the tax of impudence, which is the denotement of a strumpet; would endure a shame resulting from my failure in what I have undertaken, and thence become ihe subject of odious ballads; let my maiden reputation be otherwise branded; and, no worse of worst extended, i. e. provided nothing worse is oftered to me, (meaning violation) let my life be ended with the worst of tortures. The poet for the sake of rhime has obscured the sense of the passage. The tworst that can beful a woman being extended to me, seems to be the meaning of the last ime.” * The author of the Re isal of Shakspeare's Text explains this line thus: “The verb do h speak, in the first line, should be understood to be repeated in the construction of the second, thus; His powerful sound speaks within a weak organ." * i. e.'youth.



loves you.

King. Make thy demand.

Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous Hel. But will you make it even? [heaven! size, that must it all demands. King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of Clo. But a tritle neither, in good faith, if the Hel. Then shalt thou give ine, 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 froin 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. [serva, ting off: more, more, a hundred of them.

king. Here is my hand; the premises ob- Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd: So inake the choice of thine own time; for I, 15 Cio: O Lord, sir, Thick, thick, spare notme. Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely.

Count. I think, sir; you can eat none of this More should I question thee, and more I must ; homely meat. Though, moretoknow, could not be more to trust; Clo. O Lord, sir, -Nay, put me to't, I warrant From whence thuu cam'st, how tended on,-But

you. rest

20 Count. You were lately whipp'd, sir, as I think. l'nquestion’d welcome, and undoubted blest.- Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me. Give me some help here, ho!-If thou proceed Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whipAs high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. ping, and spure not me? Indeed, your O Lord,

[Ėreunt. sir, is very sequent to your whipping; you SCENE II.

25 would answer very well to a whipping, if you

were but bound to't. Rousillon.

Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in mrEnter Countess and Clown.

O Lord, sir: I see, things inay serve long, but Count. Come on, sir ; I shall now put you to not serve ever. the height of your breeding.


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: Iknow my business is but to the court. Clo. O Lord, sir,--Why, ihere't serves well Count. But to the court! why, what place make again.

[Helen this, you special, when you put ott that with such con- Count. An end, sir, to your business: Give tempt? But to the court!

35 And urge her to a present answer back: Cio. 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 oil's cap, kiss his Clo. Not much commendation to them. hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, Count. Not much employment for you: You lip; nor cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, to say understand me? precisely, were not for the court : but, for me, 1 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

Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles. brawn-buttock, or any buttock.

Count. Will youranswer servefitto allquestions? Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have

Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an at- our philosophical persons, to make modern torney,as your Frenchcrown for yourtattaty punk, 50 and familiar things supernatural and causeless. as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger', as a pancake Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; enfor Shrove-Tuesday, a morris tor May-day, as the sconcing ourselvesinto seemingknowledge, when nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scold- we should subinit ourselves to an unknown fear! ing quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, the triar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. 55 that hath shot out in our later times.

Count, Have you, I say, an answer of such tit- Ber. And so'tis. ness for all questions?

Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artists, Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus. constable, it will fit any question.

Luf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,· This alludes to an ancient custom of marrying with a rush ring, as well in other countries as in England; but was scarce ever practised except by designing men, for the purpo-e of corrupting 'those young women to whom they pretended love a A ridicule on that loolish expletive of speech, then in vogue at court. · Feur here means the object of scar.






Par. Right, so I say.

We blush, that thou should'st chuse, but be refus'd; Laf. That gave him out incurable,

Let the white death" sit on thy clueek for ever, Pür. Why, there 'tis; so say I too.

We'll ne'er come there again. Luf. Not to be help'd,

King. Make choice; and, see, Par. Right; as 'twere, a man assurd 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. Imay truly say, it is a noveity to the world. Do my signs stream.--Sir, will you hear my suit!

Par. It is indeed: if you will have it in shewing, i Lord. And grant it. you shall read it in, What do you call there?-10 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-ace' 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

15 Love make your fortunes twenty times above Par. Nay,'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is Her that so wishes, and her humble 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 to

Hel. My wish receive, be the

Which great Love grant! and so I take my leave. Laf. Very hand of heaven.

201 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 Lof. In a most weak

them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of. Pur. 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 bem

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. of her: sure, they are bastards to the English; Par. I would have said it; you say well: Here the French ne'er got them.

[good, comes the king.

30 Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too Laf. Lustick', as the Dutchinan says: 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.

head: : Why, he's able to lead her a corranto. Luf. There's one grape yet,--I am sure, thy Par. Mort du Viraigre! Is not this Helen ?

father drunk wine. But if thou be'st not an Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.

|35|ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee King. Go, calibeforemeallthe lords in court.- already. Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; Hei. I dare not say, I take you; but I give And with this healthtulhand, whose banish'd sense Me, and my service, ever whilst live, Thou hast repeal'd, 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 Bertram, take ber, Enter seteral Lords.

she's thy wite.

[highness, Fair maid, sendforth thine eye:this youthful parcel Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, In such a business give me leave to use O'er whoin both sovereign powerandfather's voice 45 The help of mine own eyes. I have to use: thy frank election make;

King. Know'st thou not, Bertram,
Thou hast powertochuse, and they nonetoforsake. What she hath done for me?

Hel. Toeach of vou one fairand virtuous mistress Ber. Yes, my good lord;
Fall, when love please!--marry, to each but ope! But never hope to know why I should marry her.

Laf. I'd give bay curtal“, and his furniture, 50 King. Thou know'st, she has rais’dme from my
My mouth no more were broken than these boys',

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,

[health. 55 A poor physician's daughter my wife ! -Disdain Heaveri hath, through me, restor'd the king to Rather corrupt me ever!

(which All. Weunderstand it, and thank heaven for you. King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the

Hel. Iamra simuple maid; and thereinwealthiest, I can huild up. Strange is it, that our bloods, That, I protest, I simply am a maid:

Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Please it your majesty, I have done already; 60 Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off The blusties in my cheeks thus whisper me, In ditferences so mighty: If she be

By dolphin is meant the darephin. ? i. e. wicked. 'j. e. lusty, cheerful, pleasant. 4 A bay dock'd horse. Meaning, had lost no inore of his teeth. Meaning, perhaps the chlorosis. ? i. e, silence, : i.e. the lowest chance of the dice.






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