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Religious in mine error, I adore.
The sun, that looks upon his worshipper,
Madam, I had.
Wherefore? tell true. Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itself, I swear. You know, my father left me some prescriptions Of rare and prov'd effects, such as his reading, And manifest experience, had collected For general sovereignty; and that he will'd me In heedfullest reservation to bestow them, As notes, whose faculties inclusive' were, More than they were in note: amongst the rest, There is a remedy, approv'd, set down, To cure the desperate languishes, whereof
3 Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth,] i. e. whose respectable conduct in age shows, or proves, that you were no less virtuous when young.
Wish chastly, and love dearly, that your Dian
Was both herself and love;] i. e. Venus. Helena means to1 say" If ever you wished that the deity who presides over chastity, and the queen of amorous rites, were one and the same person; or, in other words, if ever you wished for the honest and lawful completion of your chaste desires."
-notes, whose faculties inclusive] Receipts in which greater virtues were enclosed than appeared to observation.
The king is render'd lost.
This was your motive
For Paris, was it? speak.
Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, Had, from the conversation of my thoughts, Haply, been absent then.
Count. But think you, Helen, If should tender your supposed aid, He would receive it? He and his physicians
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him,
They, that they cannot help: How shall they credit
There's something hints, More than my father's skill, which was the greatest Of his profession, that his good receipt Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified
By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would your
But give me to leave to try success, I'd venture
Dost thou believ't?
Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly. Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, and love,
Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings
• Embowell'd of their doctrine,] i. e. exhausted of their skill.
SCENE 1 Paris. A Room in the King's Palace. Flourish. Enter King, with young Lords, taking leave for the Florentine war; BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and Attendants.
King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike principles
Do not throw from you -and you, my lord, fare
Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all,
And is enough for both.
It is our hope, sir,
King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart Will not confess he owes the malady
That doth my life besiege." Farewell, young lords;
and yet my heart, &c.] i. e. in the common phrase, I am still heart-whole; my spirits, by not sinking under my distemper, do not acknowledge its influence.
let higher Italy
(Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall
Of the last monarchy,) see, &c.] The antient geographers have divided Italy into the higher and the lower, the Apennine hills being a kind of natural line of partition; the side next the Adriatic was denominated the higher Italy, and the other side the lower; and the two seas followed the same terms of distinction, the Adriatic being called the upper Sea, and the Tyrrhene, or Tuscan, the lower. Now the Sennones, or Senois, with whom
Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when
2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your majesty!
King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them; They say, our French lack language to deny, If they demand; beware of being captives, Before you serve.9 Both. Our hearts receive your warnings. King. Farewell. Come hither to me.
[The King retires to a couch. 1 Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay be
Par. "Tis not his fault; the spark
2 Lord. O, 'tis brave wars! Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil with;
young, and the next year, and 'tis too early. Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away bravely.
Ber. I shall stand here the forehorse to a smock,
Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry,
the Florentines are here supposed to be at war, inhabited the higher Italy, their chief town being Arminium, now called Ri mini, upon the Adriatic. HANMER.
Dr. Johnson says, that the sense may be this: Let upper Italy, where you are to exercise your valour, see that you come to gain honour, to the abatement, that is, to the disgrace and depression of those that have now lost their antient military fame, and inherit but the fall of the last monarchy. To abate is used by Shakspeare in the original sense of abatre, to depress, to sink, to deject, to subdue.
beware of being captives,
Before you serve.] The word serce is equivocal; the sense is, Be not captives before you serve in the war.
But one to dance with! By heaven, I'll steal
1 Lord. There's honour in the theft.
Commit it, Count,
2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.
1 Lord. Farewell, captain,
2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles!
Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals;— You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword entrenched it: say to him, I live; and observe his reports for me:
2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.
Par. Mars dote on you for his novices! [Exeunt Lords.] What will you do?
Ber. Stay; the king——
[Seeing him rise. Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords; you have restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu: be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there, do muster true gait, eat, speak, and move under
and no sword worn,
But one to dance with!] It should be remembered that, in Shakspeare's time, it was usual for gentlemen to dance with swords on. Our author gave to all countries the manners of his own, they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there, do muster true gait, &c.] The obscurity of the passage arises from the fantastical language of a character like Parolles, whose affectation of wit urges his imagination from one allusion to another, without allowing time for his judgment to determine their congruity. The cap of time being the first image that occurs, true gait, manner of eating, speaking, &c. are the several ornaments which they muster, place, or arrange in time's cap. This is done under the influence of the most received star; that is, the person in the highest repute for setting the fashions:-and though the devil were