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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.
Enter Lafeu. Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me and
for my tidings. King. I'll fee thee to stand up. Laf
Then here's a man
King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate,
Goodfaith, across :*
to lead the measure or dance of fashion, such is their implicit sub mission, that even he must be followed. HENLEY.
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 side stroke, or across, it showed unskilfulness, and disgraced the prace tiser.
medicine,] is here put for a she-physician.
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary,
What her is this? Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one
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. King.
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. Laf.
Nay, I'll fit you, And not be all day neither [Exit Lapky.
King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
Re-enter LAFEU, with Helena,
This haste hath wings indeed.
dance canary,) a kind of dance,
her years, profession,] By profession is meant her decla. ration of the end and purpose of her coming... soia
8 Than I dare blame my weakness:] Lafey'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 3. but to the wonderful qualities of the object that occasioned it.”
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors
us? Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was My father; in what he did profess, well found.'
King. I knew him.
We thank you, maiden; But may
not be so credulous of cure,
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains:
- Cressid's uncle,] I am like Pandarus. See Troilus and Cressida.
- well found.] i. e, of known, acknowledged, excellence.
Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
grateful: Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I
give, As one near death to those that wish him live: But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part; I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try, Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy: He that of greatest works is finisher, Oft does them by the weakest minister: So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown, When judges have been babes. Great floods have
flown From simple sources; and great seas have dried, When miracles have by the greatest been denied.? Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits, Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits. King. I'must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind
maid; Thy pains, not us'd, must by thyself be paid: Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward.
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barrd: It is not so with him that all things knows, As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows:
; But most it is presumption in us, when The help of heaven we count the act of men. Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent; Of heaven, not me, make an experiment. I am not an iinpostor, that proclaim Myself against the level of mine aim ;3
9 IVhen miracles hare by the greatest been denied.] i.'e, disbe. bieved, or contemned.
.' Myself against the lerel of mine aim ;] i. e. I am not an in
But know I think, and think I know most sure,
King. Art thou 'so confident? Within what space
The greatest grace lending grace,
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Tax of impudence,--
postor that proclaim one thing and design another, that proclaim a cure and aim at a fraud.
no worse of worst ertendeid,]' i. e. to be be so defamed that nothing severer can be said against those who are most pub. lickly reported to be infamous.
5 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.
in thee hath estimate;) May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee. Joinson.