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Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus.
Laf. That gave him out incurable,
Par. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too.
Laf. Not to be helped,—
Par. Right: as 'twere, a man assured of an-
Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said.
Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in showing, you shall read it in,- -What do you call there?—
Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly
Par. That's it I would have said; the very same. Laf. Why, your dolphin is not lustier: 'fore me I speak in respect―
Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinorous spirit', that will not acknowledge it to be the
Laf. Very hand of heaven.
Laf. In a most weak
Par. And debile minister, great power, great transcendence which should, indeed, give us a further use to be made, than alone the recovery of the king, as to be
Laf. Generally thankful.
Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants.
Par. I would have said it; you say well. Here comes the king.
authentick fellows,] The epithet authentick was in our author's time particularly applied to the learned.
5 Why, your dolphin is not lustier :] By dolphin is meant the dauphin, the heir apparent, and the hope of the crown of France. His title is so translated in all the old books.
facinorous spirit,] Facinorous is wicked.
Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head: Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.
Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen?
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.
King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.-
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel
O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice'
Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal', and his furniture,
Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king to health.
Lustick,] Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, cheerful, pleasant.
'O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice-] They were his wards as well as his subjects. HENLEY.
marry, to each, but one!] i. e. except one.
bay Curtal,] i. e. a bay, docked horse.
My mouth no more were broken -] A broken mouth is a mouth
which has lost part of its teeth. JOHNSON.
Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest,
King. Make choice; and, see, Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly; And to imperial Love, that god most high, Do my sighs stream.-Sir, will you hear my suit?
1 Lord. And grant it.
Hel. Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute. Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw amesace for my life.
Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair eyes, Before I speak, too threateningly replies: Love make your fortunes twenty times above Her that so wishes, and her humble love! 2 Lord. No better, if you please. Hel. My wish receive, Which great love grant! and so I take my leave.
Laf. Do all they deny her'? An they were sons of mine I'd have them whipped; or I would send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
Hel. Be not afraid [to a Lord] that I your hand should take;
I'll never do you wrong for your own sake:
4 Let the white death, &c.] The white death is the chlorosis. The pestilence that ravaged England in the reign of Edward III. was called "the black death."
the rest is mute.] i. e. I have no more to say to you.
7 Do all they deny her?] None of them have yet denied her, or deny her afterwards, but Bertram. The scene must be so regulated that Lafeu and Parolles talk at a distance, where they may see what passes between Helena and the lords, but not hear it, so that they know not by whom the refusal is made. JOHNSON.
Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed
Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none have her sure, they are bastards to the English; the French ne'er got them.
Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, To make yourself a son out of my blood.
4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Laf. There's one grape yet,-I am sure thy father drank wine. But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee already.
Hel. I dare not say, I take you; [to BERTRAM] but I give
Me and my service, ever whilst I live,
your guiding power-This is the man.
King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's thy
Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your high
In such a business give me leave to use
The help of mine own eyes.
What she has done for me?
Know'st thou not, Bertram,
Yes, my good lord; But never hope to know why I should marry her.
King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from my sickly bed.
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down
King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the which
8 'Tis only title - i. e. the want of title.
In differences so mighty: If she be
All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik'st,
Is good, without a name; vileness is so':
If thou canst like this creature as a maid,
I can create the rest: virtue, and she,
Is her own dower; honour, and wealth, from me.
Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I am glad ; Let the rest go.
9 Where great additions swell,] Additions are the titles and descriptions by which men are distinguished from each other.
Is good, without a name; vileness is so:] The meaning is,— Good is good, independent on any worldly distinction or title: so vileness is vile, in whatever state it may appear. MALONE.
honour's born,] Is the child of honour.
Born is here used,
as bairn still is in the North. HENLEY. "Honours thrive." MALONE.