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A traitor you do look like; but such traitors But know I think, and think I know most sure,
King. Now, fairone, does your business follow us? Hop'st thou my cure ?
The greatest grace lending grace,
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring: Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards Ere twice in murk and occidental damp him;
Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp; Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death Or four and lwenty times the pilot's glass Many receipts he gave me ; chiedly one,
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; Which, as the dearest issue of his practice, What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, And of his old experience the only darling, Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. He bade me store up, as a triple eye,'
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence, Safer than mine own two, more dear: I have so:
What dar'st thou venture ? And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd
Tax of impudence, With that malignant cause wherein the honour A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,Of my dear father's gist stands chief in power,
Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name I come to tender it, and my appliance,
Sear'd otherwise ; no worse of worst extended, With all bound humbleness.
With vilest torture let my life be ended. King.
We thank you, maiden; King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit But may not be so credulous of cure,
And what impossibility would slay
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate ;
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all To empirics; or to dissever su
That happiness and prime'' can happy call: Our great self and our credit, to esteem
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate A senseless help, when help past sense we deem. Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains: Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try; I will no more enforce mine office on you;
That ministers thine own death, if I die. Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property A modest one, to bear me back again.
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die ; King. I cannot give thee less, to be call’a And well deservd : Not helping, death's my fee; grateful;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?
But will you make it even ? But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part; King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
heaven. Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy:
hand, He that of greatest works is finisher,
What husband in thy power I will command : Oft does them by the weakest minister:
Exempted be from me the arrogance So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
To choose from forth the royal blood of France ; When judges have been babes. Great floods have My low and humble name to propagate down
With any branch or image of thy'stale:
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, Where most it promises; and oft it hits,
Thy will by my performance shall be servd; Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.
So make the choice of thy own time; for I, King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind Thy resolvd patient, on thee still rely. maid ;
More should I question thee, and more I must; Thy pains, not us'd, must by thyself be paid :
Though, more to know, could not be more to trust; Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward. From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barrd:
rest It is not so with him that all things knows, Unquestion’d welcome, and undoubted blest.As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows:
Give me some help here, ho !-If thou proceed But most it is presumption in us, when As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. The help of heaven we count the act of men.
(Flourish. Exeunt. Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent; SCENE II.-Rousillon. A room in the Counof heaven, not me, make an experiment. I am not an impostor, that proclaim
less's Palace. Enter Countess and Clown. Myself against the level of mine aim ;'
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the
height of your breeding. (1) I am like Pandarus. (2) Or acknowledged excellence. (3) A third eye. (7) i.e. Pretend to greater things than befits the (4) An allusion to Daniel judging ihe two Elders. mediocrity of my condition. (5) i. e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb. (8) The evening star.
(6) This must refer to the children of Israel (9) i. e. May be counted among the gists enjoyed passing the Red Sea, when miracles had been de- by thee. nied by Pharaoh.
(10) The spring or morning of life.
Clo. I will show myself highly red, and lowly| Cornt. Haste you again. (Exeunt severally. taught: I know my business is but to the court.
Count. To the court! why, what place make you SCENE III.- Paris. A room in the King's Po special, when you put off that with such contempt ?
lace. Enler Bertram, Laleu, anu Parolles. But to the court !
Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we hare Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any our philosophical persons, to make modern and manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hente cannot make a lie, put odi's cap, kiss his hand, and is it, that we make trifles of terrors ; en: concing say nothin', has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were submit ourselves to an unknown fear.' not for the court ; but, for me, I have an answer Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, will serve all men.
that hath shot out in our latter limes. Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that fits Ber. And so 'tis. all questions:
Laf. To be relinquished of the artists, Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all but- Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus. tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,brawn-buttock, or any buttock.
Par. Right, so I say. Count. Will your answer serve to fit all ques- Laf. That gave him out incurable, tions ?
Par. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too. Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an Laf. Not to be helped, attorney, as your French croin for your taffata Par. Right: as 'twerc, a man assured of anpunk, as Tib's rush for Tom's sore-finger, as a pan. Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. cake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as Laf. I may truly say, it is a lovelly lo ihe world. a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in shonnun's lip to the friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding ing, you shall read it in,- -What do you call to his skin.
there? Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fit- Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthness for all questions?
ly actor. Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your con- Par. That's it I would have said: the very same. stable, it will fit any question.
Laf. Why, your dolphina is not lustier: 'fore me Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous I speak in respecisize, that must sit all demands.
Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most learned should speak truth of it : here it is, and all facinorouss spirit, that will not acknowledge it to that belongs to't: Ask me, if I am a courtier; it be theshall do you no harm to learn.
Laf. Very hand of heaven. Count. To be young again, if we could: I will Par. Ay, so I say. be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by Laf. In a most weakyour answer. I pray you, sir, are you a courtier ? Par. And debile minister, great power, great
Clo. O Lord, sir,- There's a simple putting off';- transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a more, more, a hundred of them.
further use to be made, than alone the recovery of Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that the king, as to be--loves you.
Laf. Generally thankful.
Enter King, Helena, and attendants. homely meat.
Par. I would have said it; you cay well: Here Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrantyou. comes the king. Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me.
maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head: Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whip-Why, he's able to lead her a coranto. ping, and spare not me ? Indeed, your Ó Lord, sir, Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? is very sequent' to your whipping; you would Laf. 'Fore God, I think so. answer very well to a whipping, if you were but king. Go, call before me all the lords in court.hound to't.
[Erit an allerdant. Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my-Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; O Lord, sir : I see, things may serve long, but not And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
Which but attends thy naming.
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel And urge her to a present answer back :
Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son; O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice' This is not much.
I have to use : thy frank election make; Clo. Not much commendation to them. Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.
Count. Not much employment for you: You un- Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous misderstand me?
tress Clo. Most fruitfully, I am there before my legs. Fall
, when love please !-marry, to each, but one (1) Properly follows. (2) Ordinary. (6) Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, cheerful (3) Fear means here the object of fear.
(7) They were wards as well as subjects. The dauphin.
(8) Except one meaning Bertram.
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal,' and his furniture, A poor physician's daughter my wife !--Disdaia
King. 'Tis only title: thou disdain'st in her, the
which Not one of those, but had a noble father.
I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Hel. Gentlemen,
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Heaven hath, through me, restor’d the king to Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off health.
In differences so mighty: if she be All. We understand it, and thank heaven for you. All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik'st,
He. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st Thal, I protest, I simply am a maid:
Of virtue for the name : but do not so:
It is a dropsied honour: good alone
The properly by what it is should go,
Make choice; and, see, Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair ; Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. In these to nature she's immediate heir ;
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I lly; And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn, And to Imperial Love, that god most high, \Vhich challenges itself as honour's born, DJ my sighs stream.-Sir, will you hear my suit ? And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, 1 Lorch And grant it.
When rather from our acts we them derive Hel.
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute.' Than our fore-yoers: the mere word's a slave, Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw Debauch'd on every tomb;, on every grave, ames-aced for my life.
A lying trophy, and as oti is dumb, Hel. The honour, sir, that sames in your fair eyes, Where dust, and damned oblivion, is the tomb Before I speak, too threateningly replies :
of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said ? Love ipake your fortunes twenty times above Ir thou canst like this creature as a maid, Her that so wishes, and her humble love! I can create the rest : virtue and she, 2 Lord. No better, if you please.
Is her own dower ; honour, and wealth, from me. liet,
My wish receive, Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. King. Thou wrong'st' thysell, if thou should'st
Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons strive to choose. of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send Tel. That you are well restord, my lord, I am then to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
glad; Hel. Be not afraid | To a Lord.) that I your hand Let the rest go. should take ;
King. My honour's at the stake; which to defeat, I'll never do you wrong for your own sake: I must produce my power: Here, take her hand, Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good girl; Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed !
That does in vile misprision shackle up Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, have her: sure, they are bastards to the English; We, poising us in her defective seale, th French ne'er got them.
Shall weigh thee to the beam: that wilt not know, Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, It is in us to plant thine honour, where To make yourself a son out of my blood.
We please to have it grow : Check thy contempt : 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Obey our will, which travails in thy good : Laf. There's one grape yel, -I am sure, thy Beliere not thy disdain, but presently father drank wine.-But ir ihou be'st not an ass, Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, I am a youth of fourteen ; I have known thee Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; already.
Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, Hel. I dare not say I take you ; (To Bertram.] Into the staggers, and the careless lapse but I give
Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate, Me, and my service, ever whilst I live,
Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, Into rour guiding power.--This is the man. Without all terms of pity : Speak; thine answer. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord ; for I submit thy wife.
My fancy to your eyes: When I consider, Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your What great creation, and what dole of honour, hichness,
Flies where you bid it, I find that she, which late In sich a business give me leave to use
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now T'ho help of mine own eves.
The praised of the king; who, 80 ennoblcd, King
Know'st thou not, Bertram, is, as 'twere, born so. What she has done for me?
Take her by the hand, Ber.
Yes, my good lord; And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise But never hope to know why I should marry her. A counterpoise; if not to thy estate, King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from A balance more replete. my sickly bed.
I take her hand. Ber. B't follovs it, iny lord, to bring me down, King. Good fortune, and the favour of the king, Must answer for your raising? I knew her well; Smile upon this contiáct; whose ceremony She had her breeding at my saiher's charge: Shall secm expedient on the now-born brief, (1) A docked horse.
(4) i. e. The want of title. (5) Titles. (2) i. e. I have no more to say to you.
16) Good is good independent of any worldly (3) The lowest chance of the dice.
Idistinction, and so is vileness vile.
And be perform'd to-night : the solemn feast there's news for you; you have a new mistress. Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her, to make some reservation of your wrongs : He is Thy love's to me religious ; else, does err. my good lord : whom I serve above, is my master. [E.reunt King, Bertram, Helena, Lords, and Laf. \Vho? God ? aitendants.
Par. Ay, sir. Laf. Do you hear, monsieur? a word with you. Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why Par. Your pleasure, sir ?
dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his make hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so? recantation.
Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy pose Par. Recantation ?- My lord ? my master ? stands. By mine honour, if I were but two hours Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak? younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art a gene
Par. A 'most harsh one ; and not to be under-ral offence, and every man should beat thee. I stood without bloody succeeding. My master ? think, thou wast created for men to breath them.
Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon ? selves upon thee.
Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my
lord. Laf. To what is count's man; count's master is Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for of another style.
picking a kernel out of a pomegrante ; you are a Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you vagabond, and no true traveller: you are more are too old.
saucy with lords, and honourable personages, than Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you which title age cannot bring thee.
commission. You are not worth another word, else Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. I'd call you knave. I leave you. (Esil. Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be
Enter Bertram. a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel ; it might pass : yet the scarfs,
Par. Good, very good ; it is so then.-Good, and the bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly dis- very good ;, let it be concealed a while. suade me from believing thee a vessel of too great
Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! a burden. I have now found thee; when Úlose
Par. What is the matter, sweet heart? thee again, I care not : yet art thou good for no
Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have thing but taking up; and that thou art scarce worth.
Sworn, Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity I will not bed her. upon thee,
Par. What? what, sweet heart ? Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest
Ber. O my Paroiles, they have married me:thou hasten thy trial; which if-Lord have mercy I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. on thce for a hen! So, my good window of lattice,
Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits fare thce well; thy casement I need not open, for the tread of a man's foot: to the wars! I look through thee. Give me thy hand.
Ber. There's letters from iny mother; what the Par. My lord, you give me most egregious in- import is, dignity.
I know not yet. Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy
Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars, of it.
my boy, to the wars ! Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
He wears his honour in a box unseen, Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I That hugs his kicksy-wicksy* here at home; will not bate thee a scruple.
Spending his manly marrow in her arms, Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
Which should sustain the bound and high curvet Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ! pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jades; bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what Therefore, to the war! it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire
Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, knowledge; that I may say, in the default," he is á And wherefore I am sled; write to the king man I know.
That which I durst not speak: His present gist Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable Shall furnish me to these Italian fields, vexation.
Where noble fellows strike: War is no strile Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and To the dark house, and the detested vise. my poor doing eternal : for doing I am past; as I
Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure ? will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave.
Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise me. (Eril.
!'ll send her straight away: To-morrow Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis: I'll
to the wars, she to her single sorrow. grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !
Par. Why, these balls bound: there's noise in it. Well, I must be patient; there is no lettering of
-'Tis hard; althority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can meet A young man, married, is a man thal's marr'd: him with any convenience, an he were double and Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go: double a lord. I'll have no more pity of his age, The king has done you wiong; but, hush! 'tis so. than I would have of-I'll beat him, an if I could
(Eseunt. but meet him again.
SCENE IV.--The same. Another room in the Re-enter Lafeu.
Enter Helena and Clown.
Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she well ? Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her health; (1) i. e. While I sat twice with thee at dinner (3) Exercise. (4) A cant term for a wife. (2) At a need.
(5) The house made gloomy by discontent.
she's very merry; but yet she is not well: but. Ber. I do as sure you, my lord, he is very great thanks be given, she's very well, and wants nothing in knowledge, and accordingly valiant. i' the world; but yet she is not well.
Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, that and transgressed a ainst his valour; and my state she's not very well ?
that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for two my heart to repent. Here he comes ; ! pray you, things,
make us friends. I will pursue the amity. Hel. What two things ?
Enter Parolles. Cla. One, that she's not in heaven, whither God send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth, Par. These things shall be done, sir. from whence God send her quickly!
(To Bertram. Enter Parolles.
Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?
Laf. O, I know him well: Ay, sir ; he, sir, is a
good workman, a very good tailor. mine own good fortunes.
Ber. Is she gone to ihe king? (Aside to Parolles. Par. You had my prayers to lead them on: and
Par. She is, to keep them on, have them still.-0, my knave! How does my old lady?
Ber. Will she away to-night ?
Par. As you'll have her. Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her money, I would she did as you say.
Ber. I have writ my letters, casketted my treaPar. Why, I say nothing.
sure, Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many When I should take possession of the bride,
Given order for our horses ; and to-night, a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing : And, ere I do begin, To say, nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be a great part of your ter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds,
Luf. A good traveller is something at the lattitle; which is within a very little of nothing.
and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings Par. Away, thou art a knave. Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.
God save you, captain. thou art a knave; that is, before me thou art a knave: this had been truth, sir.
Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.
and you, monsieur
Par. I know not how I have deserved to run Clo. Did you find me in yoursell, şir ? or were into my lord's displeasure, you taught io find me? The search, sir, was protit
Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots able; and much fool may you find in you, even to the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. custard; and out of it you'll run again, rather
and spurs, and all, like him that leap'd into the Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed.
than suffer question for your residence. Madam, my lord will go away to-night;
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord. A very serious business calls on him.
Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at The great prerogative and rite of love, Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknow. this or me, There can be no kernel'in this light
his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe ledge ; But puts it oft by a compell’d restraint ;
nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with of them tame, and know their natures.-Farewell,
not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept sweets,
monsieur: I have spoken better of you, than you Which they distil now in the curbed time,
have or will deserve at my hand; but we musí do To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy, And pleasure drown the brim.
good against evil.
Par. An idle lord, I swear. Hel.
What's his will else ?
think so. Par. That you will take your instant leave o'! the king,
Par. Why, do you not know him?
Ber. Yes, I do know him well ; and common And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
speech Strengthen'd with that apology you think May make it probable need.'
Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. Hel. What more commands he ?
Enter Helena. Par. That, having this obtain’d, you presently Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Attend his further pleasure.
Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. Par. I shall report it so.
For present parting ; only, he desires
Some private speech with you,
I shall obey his will. (Exeunl. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, SCENE V.-Another room in the same.
Enter Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Lafeu and Bertram.
The ministration and required off ce
On my particular: prepar'd I was not Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a For such a business; therefore am I found soldier.
So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat you, Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. That presently you take your way for home; Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. And rather muse, than usk, wly I entreat you ; ber. And by other warranted testimony. For my respects are better than they seem ;
Lat. Then my dial goes not true, I took this And my appointments have in them a need, dark for a bunting.
but has little or no song, which gives estimation to (1) A specious appearance of necessity. the sky-lark. (2) The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark ;l (3) Wonder.