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King. Make thy demand.
Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous Hel. But will you make it even? [heaven! size, that must tit 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 me, 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:-1 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: 10 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. (servd, 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 make the choice of thine own time; for I, 15 Clo: 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 thou cam’st, how tended on,--But rest
120 Count. You were lately whipp’d, sir, as I think. Unquestion’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 spare not me? Indeed, your O Lord,
[Exeunt. sir, is very sequent to your whipping; you SCENE II.
125 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 myEnter Countess and Clown.
O Lord, sir: I see, things may 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: I know my business is but to the court. Clo. O Lord, sir,-Why, there't serves well Count. But to the court! why, what place make again.
[Helen this, you special, when you put oli 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: Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man Commend me to my kinsinen, and my son; any manners, he inay easily put it off at court: he This is not much. that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his Clo. Not much commendation to them. hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, bands, Count. Not much employment for you: You lip, nor cap; and, indeed, such a lellow, to say 40 understand ine? 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 Frunce. tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the
Enter Bertran, Lafeu, und Purolles. brawo-buttock, or any buttock.
Count. Will your answerservefittoallquestions Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have
Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an at- our pliilosophical persons, io make moderi torney,as your Frenchcrown for yourtaffaty 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 ourselves into seeming knowledge, when nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scold- we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear". ing quean to a wrangling kinave, as the nu's lip to Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, the iriar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. 55 that hath shot out in our later times.
Count. Ilave you, I say, an answer of such lit- Ber. And so 'tis. ness for all questions?
Laf. To be relinquishi'd of the artists ---Cio. From be ow your duke, to bencath your Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus. constable, it will tit any question.
Laf. 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 yourg women to whom they pretended love 2 A ridicule on that foolish expletive of speech, then in vogue at court. ? Frur here means the object of fear. 4
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 deuth" sit on thy check for eter, Pur. Why, there'tis; so say I too.
We'll ne'er come there again. Luft. Not to be help'd,
King. Make choice; and, see, Pur. Right; as 'twere, a man assur'd 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. Imaytruly say, it is a novelty to the world. Domy sigiis 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,– Wiat do you call there?- 10 Hel. Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute?.
Laf. A shewing of a heavenly clicct 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 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 Laf. In a most weak
them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of. Pår. 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 be
Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed! Laf. Generally thankful.
Luf. 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 Luf. Lustick !, as the Dutchman 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 oue, I think not so. my head: Why, he's able to lead her a corranto. Laf. There's one grape yet,-I am sure, thy
Par. Mort du Viruigre! 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, callbefore me all the lords in court.- already Sit, my preserver, by thy paticnt's side ;
Hel. I dare not say, I take you; but I give And with this healthtulhand, whosebanish’dsense Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Thou hast repeald, 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 Bertrain, take ber, Enter seacral Lords.
she's thy wife.
[highness, Fair maid, send forth thineeye:this youthfulparcel Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your Of poble bachelors stand at my bestowing, In such a business give me leave to use O'erwhom bothsovereign 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 powertochuze, and they nonetoforsake.
What she hath done for me? Hel. Toeachof you onetairandvirtuous mistress Ber. Yes, my good lord; Fall, when love please!--marry, to each but one! But never hope to know why I should marry her.
Luf. 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 theseboys',
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 Heaven hath, through me, restord the king to Rather corrupt me ever!
which All. Weunderstandit, and thank heaven for you: King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the Hel. lama simple maid; and thereinwealthiest, I can build 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 blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, In ditferences so mighty: If she be
? By dolphin is meant the dauphin. i. e. wicked. ' i.e. lusty, cheerful, pleasant. * A bav dock'd horse. Meaning, had lost no more of his teeth. Meaning, perhaps, the chlorosis. i, e. silence, Si. e. the lowest chance of the dice.
All that is virtuous (save what thou dislil'st, A balance more replete.
[king, Of virtue for the name: but do not so:
King. Good fortune, and the favour of the From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, Smile iipon this contract; whose ceremony The place is dignify'd by the doer's deed: 5 Shall seem expedient on the new-born brief, Where great addition swells, and virtue none, And be perforin'd to-night; the solemn feast It is a dropsied honour: good alone
Shall more attend upo i the coming space, Is good, without a name; vileness is so: Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her, The property by what it is should go,
Thy love's to me religious; else, does err. Not by the title. Sacis young, wise, fair ; 10
[Ercunt all but Parolles and Lofeu. In these to nature she's iminediate heir;
Laf. Do you hear, monsieur, a word with you. And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn, Par. Your pleasure, sir? Which challenges itseli as honour's born,
Lf. Your lord and master did well to make And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive his recantation. When rather from our acts we them derire 15 Par. Recantation-My lord ? my master? Than our foregoers: the mere word's a slave, Laf. Ay; Is it not a language I speak? Debauch'd on every tomb); on every grave,
Pur. A most harsh one; and not to be underA lying trophy; and as oft is dumb,
stood without bloody succeeding. My master ? Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said: 20 Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is If thou canst like this creature as a maid, I can create the rest: virtue, and she,
Luf. To what is count's man; count's master Is her own dower: honour and wealth, from me. is of another style.
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Par. You are too old, sir; let it satisfy you, King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st 25 you are too old. strive to chuse.
[glad Lof. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I'm which title age cannot bring thee. Let the rest go.
Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. King. My honour's at the stake; which to de- Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries', to feat';
30 be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable I must produce my power: 'Here, take her hand, vent of thy travel; it might pass: yet the scarís, Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; and the bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly disThat dost in vile misprision shackle up
suade inefrom believing thee a vessel of too great My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose We, poizing us in her defective scale, 35 i hee again, I care not; yet art thou good for noShall weigh thee to the beam; that wilt not know, thing but taking up'; and that thou art scarce It is in us to plant thine honour, where
worth. We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt: Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity Obey our will, which travails in thy good:
upon thee, Believe not thy disdain, but presently 40. Laf. Do not plunge thyselftoo far in anger, lest Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, thou hasten thy trial; which if--Lord have mercy Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; on thee for a hen! So, my good window of lattice, Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, for Into the staggers', and the careless lapse I look through thee. Give me thy hand. Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and 45 Par. My lord, you give me most egregious Loosing upon thee in the name ofjustice, (hate, indignity. Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine answer. Luf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art
Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; tor 1 submit worthy of it. My fancy to your eyes: When I consider, Par. I have not, my lord, deserv'd it. What great creation, and what dole of bonour, 50 Luf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late will not bate thee a scruple. Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now Par. Well, I shall be wiser. The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, Luf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Is, as 'twere, born so.
pullat a snack o'the contrary. Ii ever thou be'st King. Take her by the hand,
55 bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thous' a't find what And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire to A counterpoise; if not to thy estate,
Thold my acq a utance with thee, or rather my · The French verb defaire (from whence our defeat) signifies to free, to d sembarrass, as well as to destroy; and in this sense, we apprehend, deteat is here used. Alloding to that spécies of the staggers, or the horses' apoplex ;, which makes the animal dash himself with destrictive violence against posts or walls. "The brief is the contract of tspousal, or the licence of the church, in which the especial cause shall be assigned. • Ordinary here means dinner. To take up means to contradict, to call to account, as well as to pick of the ground,
knowledge; that I may say in the default', he is! Which should sustain the bound and high curvet a man I know.
Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ! Par. My lord, you do me most insupporta- France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jades; ble vexation.
Therefore, to the war. Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, 5 Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, and my poor doing eternal: for doing", I am Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, past, as I will by thee, in whiat motion age will And wherefore I am fled; write to the king give me leave.
That which I durst not speak: His present gift Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis- Shall furnish me to those Italian tields, grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !-10 Where noble fellows strike: War is no strife Well
, I must be patient; there is no fettering of To the dark house*, and the detested wife. authority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can meet Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure? hiin with any convenience, an he were double Ber. Gowith me to my chamber,and advise me. and double a lord. I'll have no more pity of his I'll send her straight away: Tomorrow age, than I would have of—I'll beat him, an if I 15 I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. could but meet him again.
Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise Re-enter Lafeu.
_”Tis hard; Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's marry'd, ΙΑ young man married, is a man that's marrd: there's news for you; you have a new mistress. Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go:
Par. I most infeignedly beseech your lord-/20 The king has done you wrong; but hush! 'tis ship to inake some reservation of your wrongs:
[Exeunt. He is my good lord: whom I serve above, is
SCENE IV. iny master.
Enter Helena and Clown. Laf. Who? God?
Hel. My mother greets me kindly; Is she well? Pur. Ay, sir.
25 Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why health: she's very merry; but yet she's not well: dost thou garier up thy arms o'this fashion? dost but, thanks be given, she's very well, and wants make hose of thy sleeves? do other servants so: nothing i' the world; but she is not well. Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, nose stands. By mine honour, if I were but two 30 that she's not very well? hours younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for a general offence, and every man should beat two things. thee. I think, thou wast created for men to Hel. What two things ? breathe themselves upon thee.
Clo. One, that she's not iu heaven, whither Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, 35 God send her quickly! the other, that she's on
earth, from whence God send her quickly! Laf. Go to, sir ; you were beaten in Italy for
Enter Parolles. picking a kernel out of a pomegranate; you are Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady! a vagabond, and no true traveller: you are more Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good-will to saucy with lords, and honourable personages, 40 have mine own good fortunes. than the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives *Par. You have iny prayers to lead them on; you commission. You are not worth another and to keep them on, have them still.-0, my word, else I'd call you knave. I leave you. [Er. knave! how does my old lady? Enter Bertram.
Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her Par. Good, very good; it is so then.—Good, 45 money, I would she did as you say. very good; let it be conceal'd a while.
Par. Why, I say nothing. Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many Par. What is the matter, sweet-heart? a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing:
Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have To say nothing, to do notlying, to know nothing, I will not bed her.
[sworn, 50 and to have nothing, is to be a great part of your Par. What? what, sweet-heart?
title : which is within a very liitle of nothing. Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me:- Par. Away, thou’rt a knave. I'll to the T'uscan wars, and never bed her. Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave,
Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits thou art a knave; that is, before me, thou art a The tread of a inan's foot: to the wars! 55 knave ; this had been truth, sir,
Ber. There's letters from my mother; what the Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have I know not yet.
[import is, found thee. Par. Ay, that would be known : To the wars, Clo. Did you find me yourself, sir ? or were my boy, to the wars !
you taught to find me? The searchi, sir, was He wears his honour in a box unseen, 60 profitable; and much fool may you find is you, That hugs his kicksy-wicksy? here at home; even to the world's pleasure, and the increase of Spending his manly marrow in her arms, laughter.
ii. e. at a need. Doing is here used obscenely. Sir T. Hanmer observes, that kicksy-wicksy is a made word in ridicule and disdain of a wife. Probably meaning a smoky house.
upon bis will.
Par. A good knave, i’faith, and well fed. -- and vou, monsieur ? Madań, my lord will go away to-night ;
Pär. I know not how I bave deserv'd to runs A very serious business calls on him.
into my lorel's displeasure. The great prerogative and right of love, [ledge :|
Luf. You have made shift to run into', boot Which, asyour une, time claims, he does acknow-15 and spurs and all, like him that leap' in the cusBut puts it off by a compeil'd restraint ; [sweets,
tard *; and out of it you'll run again, rather than Whose want, and whose delay, is strew'd with suffer question for your residence. Which they distil now in the curbed time,
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my To make the curbed hour o'erflow with joy,
lord. And pleasure drown the brim.
10 Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took bin Hil. What's bis will else?
at's prayers. Fare you well, my lord : and believe Par. That you will take your instant leave o' the
this of me, There can be no kernel in this light And make this hasteas yourown good proceeding,
nut; the soul of this man is his ck thes: trust bin Strengthen’d with what apology you think,
not in matter of heavy consequence; I have May make it probable need'.
kept of them tame, and know their natures.Hel. What more commands he?
15 Farewell, monsieur: I have spoken better of you, Par. That, having this obtain’d, you presently than you have or will deserve at my hand: but Attend his further pleasure
we must do good against evil.
[Exit. Hel. In every thing I
Par. An idle lord, I swear, Par. I shall report it so.
Ber. I think so.
Ber. Yes, I know him well; and common speech SCENE . V.
Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
Hel. I have, sir, as
I was commanderl from you, Laf. But, I hope your lordship thinks not him-5
Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave 2 soldier.
For present parting; only, he desires Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
Some private speech with you. Luf. You have it from his own deliverance.
Ber. I shall obey his will. Bir. And by other warranted testimony. You must not marvel, llelen, at my course, Laf. Then ny dial goes not true ; I took this 30
Whicla holds not colour with the time', nor dous lark for a buuting.
The ministration and required oilice Bir. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great
On my particular: prepar'd I was hot in knowledge, and accordingly valiant.
For such a business; th refore am I found Luf. I have then simned against his experience,
So much unsettled: This drives me to intreat you, and transgressed against his valour; and my states that presently you take your way for home; that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in
And rather muse', than ask, why I entreat you: my heart to repent: Here he comes; I pray you For my respects are better than they seem ; make us friends, I will pursue the amity.
ind my appointments have in them a need, Enter Parolles:
10 Greater than shews itselt, at the tirst view, Par. These things shall be done, sir.
To you that know them not. This to my mother, Luf. I pray youl, sir, who's his taylor ?
[Givrig a litter. Par. Sir?
'Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so
Hil. Sir, I can noi hing say,
Bir. Come, come, no more vitiat.
Hl. And ever ball Par. As you'll have her.
With true observance seek to eke out that, Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my trea-50 Wherein toward me iny homely stars have fail'd Given order for our horses; and to-night, [sure, lo equal iny great fortúne. When I should take possession of the bride, -- Brr. Let that go : And, ere I do begin,
My haste is very great: Farewel; hie home. Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon. end of a dinner; but one that lies three thirds, and/35 Der. Well, what would you say? uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings Hel. I am pot worthy vi the wealth I owe“; with, should be once heard and thrice beaten.- Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it in ; God save you, captain.
But like a timorous thief, most tain would steal Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord l\Vhat law does Vi tachinine own,
* That is, a specious appearance of necessity. 2 Theobald savs, that this odd allusion is not intro duced without a view to satire. It was a toolery practised at city entertainments, whilst the jester or zany was in vogue, for him to juu.np into a large deep custard, set for the purpose, to sct on a que:untity of buren spectators to laugh, as our poet says in his llum.t. Si. e. wonder.
* i. e. I own. U