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the influence of the most received star; and though the devil lead the measure, such are to be followed: after them, and take a more dilated farewell.
Ber. And I will do so.
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most sinewy sword-men.
[Exeunt BERTRAM and Parolles.
Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me and for my tidings.
King. I'll fee thee to stand
Then here's a man
"King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, And ask'd thee mercy for't.
Goodfaith, across:* But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur'd Of your infirmity?
to lead the measure or dance of fashion, such is their implicit submission, that even he must be followed.
lead the measure,] i. e. the dance.
across:] This word is used when any pass of wit miscarries. While chivalry was in vogue, breaking spears against a quintain was a favourite exercise. He who shivered the greatest number was esteemed the most adroit; but then it was to be performed exactly with the point, for if achieved by a sidestroke, or across, it showed unskilfulness, and disgraced the prac tiser..
- medicine,] is here put for a she-physician.
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary,
To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand,
What her is this? Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one arriv'd,
you will see her,—now, by my faith and honour, If seriously I may convey my thoughts In this my light deliverance, I have spoke With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession," Wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz'd me more Than I dare blame my weakness: Will you see he (For that is her demand) and know her business? That done, laugh well at me.
Now, good Lafeu, Bring in the admiration; that we with thee May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, By wond'ring how thou took'st it.
Nay, I'll fit you, [Exit LAPEU.
And not be all day neither
King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
Re-enter LAFEU, with HELENA,
Laf. Nay, come your ways.
This haste hath wings indeed.
dance canary,] a kind of dance.
her years, profession,] By profession is meant her declaration of the end and purpose of her coming...
Than I dare blame my weakness:] Lafeu's meaning appears to me to be this:-"That the amazement she excited in him was so great, that he could not impute it merely to his own weakness; but to the wonderful qualities of the object that occasioned it."
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors
Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was My father; in what he did profess, well found.' King. I knew him.
Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards
Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have so:
We thank you, maiden;
To empiricks; or to dissever so
Cressid's uncle,] I am like Pandarus. See Troilus and -well found.] i. e. of known, acknowledged, excellence.
Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful:
Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I give,
As one near death to those that wish him live:
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
From simple sources; and great seas have dried,
Thy pains, not us'd, must by thyself be paid:
When miracles have by the greatest been denied.] i. e. disbelieved, or contemned.
Myself against the level of mine aim;] i. e. I am not an im
But know I think, and think I know most sure,
Hel. The greatest grace lending grace, Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring; Ere twice in murk and occidental damp Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp; Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. King. Upon thy certainty and confidence, What dar'st thou venture?
Hel. Tax of impudence,A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended,* With vilest torture let my life be ended.
King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth speak;
His powerful sound, within an organ weak:
In common sense, sense saves another way.
postor that proclaim one thing and design another, that proclaim a cure and aim at a fraud.
no worse of worst extended,] i. e. to be be so defamed that nothing severer can be said against those who are most publickly reported to be infamous.
And what impossibility would slay
In common sense, sense saves another way.] i. e. and that which, if I trusted to my reason, I should think impossible, I yet, perceiving thee to be actuated by some blessed spirit, think thee capable of effecting. MALONE.
6 in thee hath estimate;] May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee. JOHNSON.