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communicate to herself, her own words to her own 'I care no more for, than I do for heaven,
ears; she thoughi, I dare vow tie her, they touch. So I were not his sister : Can'ı no other,".
ed not any stranger sense. Iler mater was, she But, I your daughter, he must be my brother?
loved your son : Fortune, she said, was no goddess, Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daughter-
that had put such difference betwixt their tivo es-

tates; Love, no god, that would not exiend bis God shield, you mean it not! daughter and mother,
mighi, only where qualities were level; Diana,' So strives upon your pulse: What, pale again ?
no queen of virgins, that would sutier her poor My tear hath caich'd your fondness : Now I see
knight to be surprised, without rescue, in the tirs! The inystery of your loneliness, and find
assault, or ransom afterward: This she delivered Your salt tears' lead." Now 10 all sense 'tis gross,
in the most bilter touch of sorrow, that e'er I heard You love my son; invention is asham'd,
virgin exclaim in : which I held my duty, speedily Against the proclamation of thy passion,
to acquaint you withal; siihence, in the loss that To say, thou dost ot: therefore tell me true:
may happen, it concerns you something to know it. But tell me then, 'tis so:-for, look, thy cheeks

Count. You have discharged this honestly; keep Confess it, one to the other: and thine eyes it to yourself: many likelihoods informed me of this See it so grossly shown in thy behaviours, before, which hung so tottering in the balance, that That in their kind" they speak it: only sin I could neither believe, nor misdoubt; Pray you, And hellish obstinary te thy tongue, leave me: stall this in your bosom, and I thank That truth should be suspected : Speak, is't so? you for your honcst care: I will speak with you If it be so, you have wound a goodly clue ; further anon.

(Erit Steward. If it be not, forswear't: howe'er, I charge thee,

As heaven shall work in me for thine avail,
Enter Helena.

To tell me truly.
Even so it was with me, when I was young :


Good madam, pardon me !
If we are nature's, these are ours; this thorn Count. Do you love my son ?
Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong;


Your pardon, noble mistress! Our blood to us, this to our blood is born;

Count. Love you my son ? It is the show and seal of nature's truth,


Do not you love him, madam ? Where love's strong passion is impress'd in youth : Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a bond, By our remembrancese of days foregone,

Whereof the world takes note: come, come, disclose Such were our faults ;-or then we thought them The state of your atfection; for your passions none.

Have to the full appeach'd. Her eyes are sick on't ; I observe her now.


Then, I confess, Hel. What is your pleasure, madam ?

Here on my knee, before high heaven and you, Count.

You know, IIelen, That before you, and next unto high heaven, I am a mother to you.

I love your son :Hel. Mine honourable mistress.

My friends were poor, but honest : so's my love :

Nay, a mother; Be not offended; for it hurts not him,
Why not a mother ? When I sail, a mother, 'That he is lov'd of me: I follow bim not
Methought you saw a serpent : What's in mother, By any token of presumptuous suit;
That you start at it? I say I am your mother; Nor would I have him, till I do deserve him;
And put you in the catalogue of those

Yet never know how that desert should be.
That were enwombed mine : "Tis often seen, I know I love in vain, strive against hope ;
Adoption strives with nature: and choice breeds Yet, in this captiousle and intenible sieve,
A native slip to us from foreign seols :

I still pour in the waters of my love,
You ne'er oppress'd me with a mother's groan, And lack not to lose still; thus, Indian-like,
Yet I express to you a mother's care:-

Religious in mine error, I adore
God's mercy, maiden! does it curi thy blood, The sun, that looks upon his worshipper,

I am thy mother? What's the matter, But knows of him no more. My dearest madam,
That ihis distemper'd messenger of wet,

Let not your hate encounter with my love, The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye ?5 For loving where you do: but, if yourself, Why?that you are my daughter ?

Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth,' Hd.

That I am not. Did ever, in so true a flame of liking, Count. I say, I am your mother.

Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Dian Hel.

Pardon, madam; Was both herself and love ;'* O then give pity The count Rousillon cannot be my brother: To her, whose state is such, that cannot choose I am from humble, he from honour'd name;

But lend and give, where she is sure to lose ; No nole upon my parents, his all noble:

That seeks not to find that her search implies, My master, my dear lord he is; and I

But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies. His servant live, and will his vassal die :

Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak truly,
He must not be my brother.

To go to Paris?
Nor I your mother? Hel.

Madam, I had.
Hel. You are my mother, madam; 'Would, you


Wherefore ? tell true.

Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itself, I swear, (So that my lord, your son, were not my brother,) You know, my father left me some prescriptions Indeed, my mother !—or were you both our mothers, of rare and proved effects, such as his reading,

And manifest experience, had collected 1 The old copies omit Diana. Theobald inserted the word.

12 Johnson is perplexed about this word capit ons, 2 Since.

which (says he) I never found in this sense, yet I can. 3 The old copy reads, “if ever we are nature's.' not tell what to substitute, unless carious for rollen.' The correction is Pope's

Farmer supposes captimis to be a contraction of capa. 4 i. e. according to our recollection.

cious! Steevens believes that captions meant recipient ! 5 There is something exquisitely beautiful in this re- capable of receiving ! and intenible incapable of holdpresentation of that suffusion of colours which glimmers ing or retaining :-he rightly explains the latter word, around the sight when eyelashes are wet with tears. which is printed in the old copy intemible by mistake.

6 There is a designed ambiguity, i. e. I care as much 13 i. e. whose respectable conduct in age proves that for: I wish it equally.

you were no less virtuous when young. 7 i. e. can it be no other way, but if I be your 14 Helena means to say-If ever you wished that the daughter, he must be my brother?

deity who presides over chastity, and the queen of S Contend.

amorous rites, were one and the same person, or, 9 The old copy reads loveliness. The emendation is other words, if ever you wished for the honest and law. Theobald's. li has been proposed to read lowliness. ful completion of your chaste desires.' Malone thinks 10 The source, the cause of your grief.

the line should be thus read :11 In their language, according to their nature. "Love dearly, and wish chastely, that your Dian,' &c

To say,


For general sovereignty; and that he willd me Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when
In heedfulest reservation to bestow them,

The bravest questant' shrinks, find what you seek, As notes, whose faculties inclusive were,

That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell. More than they were in notc:' amongst the rest, 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your ma. There is a remedy approv'd, set down,

jesty! To cure the desperate languishes, whereof

King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them; The king is render'd lost,

They say, our French lack language to deny, Count.

This was your motive if they demand : beware of being captives, For Paris, waz it? speak.

Before you serve. Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; Both.

Our hearts receive your warnings. Else Paris, and ihe medicine, and the king,

King. Farewell.-Come hither to me. Had, from the conversation of my thoughts,

(The King retires to a Couch. Haply, been absent then.

1 Lord. O my sweei lord, that you will stay be Count. But think you, Holen,

hind us ! If you should tender your supposed aid,

Par. "Tis not his fault; the sparkHe would receive it ? He and his physicians

2 Lord.

O, 'tis brave wars! Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him ;

Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. They, that they cannot help : How shall ihey credit Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coilo with; A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools, Too young, and the next year, and 'tis too early. Embowell’d of their doctrine, have left off

Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away The danger to itself?

bravely. Hel.

There's something hints, Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock, More than my father's skill, which was the greatest Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, Of his profession, that his good receipt

Till honour be bought up and no sword worn, Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified

But one to dance with!By heaven, I'll steal away. By the luckiest stars in heaven: and would your 1 Lord. There's honour in the theft. honour


Commit it, count. But give me leave to try success, I'd venture 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure, Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured By such a clay and hour.

body.12 Count.

Dost thou believe't ? í Lord. Farewell, captain. Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly.

2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles ! Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my

leave Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. and love,

Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals :Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one To those of mine in court ; I'll stay at home, captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, And pray God's blessing into thy attempt : here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword Be gone to-morrow; and be sure of this,

entrenched it: say to him, I live; and observe his What I can help thee to, thou shalt not miss. reports for me.

[Ereunt. 2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.

Par. Mars dote on you for his novices ! (Ereunt

Lords.] What will you do?

Ber. Stay; the king

[Seeing him rise.

Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble SCENE I. Paris. A Room in the King's Pa- lords : you have restrained yourself within the list lare. Flourish. Enter King, with young Lords of too cold an adieu : be more expressive to them; taking leave for the Florentine var; BERTRAM, for they wear themselves in the cap of the time,' PAROLLES, and Attendants.

there do muster true gait ;14 eat, speak, and move King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike prin- under the influence of the most received star; and ciples

though the devil lead the measure,'' such are to be Do not throw from you :-—and you, my lord, fare followed: after them, and take a more dilated fare. well:

well. Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all,

Ber. And I will do so. The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv’d,

Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most And is enough for both.

sinewy sword-men. 1 Lord, It is our hope, sir,

(Ereunt BERTRAM and PAROLLES, After well enter'd soldiers, to return

Enter LAFEU. And find your grace in health.

King. No, no, it cannot be ; and yet my heart Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.) for me and Will not confess he owes the malady

for my tidings. That doth my life besiege. Farewell

, young lords ; King. I'll fee thee to stand up. Whether I live or die, be you the sons


Then here's a man Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy

Stands, that has brought his pardon, I would, you (Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall

Had kneeld, my lord, to ask me mercy; and or the last monarchy,)' see, that you como That, at my bidding, you could so stand up.

I Receipes in which greater virtues were enclosed Bated and abated are used elsewhere by Shakspeare than aspeared to observation.

in a kindred sense. 2 Exhausted of their skill.

8 Seeker, inquirer. 3 The old copy reads-in'l. The emendation is Han. 9 Be not captives before you are soldiers. incr's.

10 To be kept a coil is to be vexed or troubled with a 4 Into for unto. A common form of expression with stir or noise. old writers. See Troilus and Cressida, Act iii. Sc. 3. 11 In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentlemen to The third folio reads unto.

davce with swords on. 5 In this and the following instance the solio reads 12 'I grow to you, and our parting is as it were to dis. lords. The correction was suggested by Tyrwhitt. sever or torture a body.'

6 i. e, as the common phrase runs, I am still heart. 13 They are the foreinost in the fashion. whole;

; my spirits, by not sinking under my distemper, 14 It seems to me that this passage has been wrongly do not acknowledge its influence.

pointed and improperly explained, there do muster true 7 I prefer Johnson's explanation of this obscure pas. gail; if addressed to 'Bertram, it means there exercise saye to any that has been offered :- Let upper ltaly, yourself in the gait of fashion ; eat, &c. But perhaps where you are to exercise your calour, see that you we should read they instead of there, or else insert they come to gain honour, to the abatement, ihal is to the after gail; either of these slight emendations would oderthrou, of those who inherit but the fall of the last render this obscure passage porfectly intelligible. monarchy or the remains of the Roman empiro." 18 The dance.

0, will

yoll eat
you will,


King. I would, I had; so I had broke thy pate,' So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, And ask‘d thee mercy for’t.

To prostitute our past-cure malady

Goodfaith, across :' To empirics; or to dissever so
But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur’d Our great self and our credit, to esteem
Of your infirmity ?

A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.

Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains : Laf.

I will no more enforce mine oifice on you; No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but

Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts My noble grapes, an if my royal fox

A modest one to bear me back again. Could reach them: I have seen a medicine,? K’ing. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful : That's able to breathe life into a stone;

Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I give,
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary, As one near death to those that wish him live;
With spritely fire and motion; whose simple touch But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part
Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay,

I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
And write to her a love-line.

Since you set up your rest!! 'gainst remedy:

What her is this? He that of greatest works is finisher, Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one oft does them by the weakest minister: arriv’d,

So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown, If you will see her,-now, by my faith and honour, When judges have been babes, 12 Great foods have If seriously I may convey my thoughts

flown In this my light deliverance, I have spoke

From simple sources ;13 and great seas have dried, With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession, When miracles have by the greatest been denied.1 Wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz'd me more Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Than I dare blame my weakness:6 Will you see her, Where most it promises, and oft it hits, (For that is her demand,) and know her business? Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits. That done, laugh well at me.

King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind King. Now, good Lafeu,

maid; Bring in the admiration ; that we with thee Thy pains, not us'd, must by thyself be paid May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, Proflers, not took, reap thanks for their reward By wond'ring how thou took'st it.

Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barrd: Laf.

Nay, I'll fit you, It is not so with him that all things knows, Ant not be all day neither. [Érit LaFeu. As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows. King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues. But most it is presumption in


Re-enter LAFEU,
with HELENA.

The help of heaven we count the act of men.
Laf. Nay, come your ways.'

Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent; King.

This haste hath wings indeed. Of heaven, not me, make an experiment. Laf. Nay, come your ways:

I am not an impostor, that proclaim
This is his majesty, say your mind to him: Myself against the level of mine aim ;'S
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors But know I think, and think I know most sure,
His majesty seldom fears: I am Cressid's uncle, My art is not past power, nor you pa cure.
That dare leave two together; fare you well. (Exit. King. Art thou so confident? Within what spaco

King. Now, fair one, does your business follow us? Hop'st thou my cure?
Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was

Hel. The greatest grace lending grace,'
My father, in what he did profess, well found." Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
King. I knew him.

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 twenty times the pilot's glass Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one,

Hath told the thievish mi tes 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 gift stands chief in power, Traduc'd by odious ballads : my maiden's name I come to tender it, and my appliance,

Sear'd otherwise ; ne 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 doth But may not be so credulous of cure,

When our most learned doctors leave us; and His powerful sound within an organ weak:
The congregated college have concluded

And what impossibility would slay
That labouring art can never ransom nature In common sense, sense saves another way.
From her inaidable estate.--I say we must not

Thy life is dear; for all, thai life can rate | This word, which is taken from breaking a spear as the phraseology of the poel's age, and adduces a si. across in chivalric exercises, is used elsewhere by milar mode of expression from our excellent old version Shakspeare where a pags of wit miscarries. See As of the Bible, You Like It, Act iii. Sc. 4.

9 I am like Pandarus. See Troilus and Cressida. 2 Medicine is here used by Lafeu ambiguously for a 9 Of known and acknowledged excellence. female physician.

10 A third eye. 3 It has been before observed that the canary was a 11 i. e. 'Since you hare determined or made up your kind of lively dance.

mind that there is no remedy.' 4 Malone thinks something has been omitted here : 12 An allusion to Daniel judging the two Elders. to complete the sense the line should read :

13 i. e. when Moses smote the rock in Horeb. And cause him write to her a love line.'

14 This must refer to the children of Israel passing tho 5 By profession is meant her declaration of the object Red Sea, when miracles had been denied by Pharaoh. of her coming.

15. I am not an impostor that proclaim one thing and 6 This is one of Shakspeare's perplexed expressions : design another, thai proclaim a cure and aim at a fraud. . * To acknowledge how much she has astonished me I think what I speak. would be to acknowledge more weakness that I am will. 16 i. e. the divine grace, lending me grace or power to ing to do.'

accomplish it. 7 Steevens has inconsiderately stigmatized this with 17 Let me be stigmatised as a strumpet, and, in addl. the title of vulgarism. Malone has justly defended it luion (although that could not be worse, or a moro 4*

serve ever.

Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate :'

Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fitYouth, beauty, wisdon, courage, virtue, all ness for all questions? That happiness and primea can happy call:

Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your conThou this to hazard, needs must intimate

stable, it will fit any question. Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.

Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous S:veet practiser, thy physic I will try;

Size, that must fit all demands. That ministers thine own death, if I dic.

Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property learned should speak truth of it: here it is, and all Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die;

that belongs to't: Ask, me, if I am a courtier; it And well deserv'd: Not helping, death's my fee; shall do you no harm to learn. But, if I help, what do you promise me ?

Count. To be young again, if we could: I will be king. Make thy demand.

a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by your He.

But will you make it even ? answer. I pray you, sir, are you a courtier ? King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of Clo. O Lord, sir,

-There's a simple putting heaven.

off";--more, more, a hundred of them. Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that loves hand,

you. What husband in thy power I will command : Clo. O Lord, sir,--Thick, thick, spare not me.. Exempted be from me the arrogance

Count. I think, sir, you can eat none of this To choose from forth the royal blood of France; homely meat. My low and humble name to propagate

Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant With any branch or impage of thy state ::

you. But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know

Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.

Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me. King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whipThy will by my performance shall be serv'd; ping, and spare not me? Indeed, your 0 Lord, sir, So make the choice of thy own time; for I, is very sequent to your whipping; you would anThy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely.

swer very well to a whipping, if you were but bound More should I question thee, and more I must; to't. Though, more to know, could not be more to trust; Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my-From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But O Lord, sir : see, things may serve long, but not

rest Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest. Count. I play the noble housewife with the time, Give me some help here, ho!-If thou proceed to entertain it so merrily with a fool. As high as word, my deed shall match ihy deed. Clo. O Lord, sir,-Why, there't serves well

(Flourish. Exeunt. again.

Count. An end, sir, to your business : Give HeSCENE II. Rousillon. A Room in the Coun

len this. tess's Palace. Enter Countess and Clown.

And urge her to a present answer back: Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son; height of your breeding.

This is not much. Clo. I will show myself highly fed and lowly Clo. Not much commendation to them. taught: I know my business is bui to the court. Count. Not much employment for you: You un

Count. To the court! why, what place make you derstand me? special, when you put off that with such contempt ? Clo. Most fruitfully ; I am there before my legs. But to the court!

Count. Haste you again. [Excunt severally. Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that SCENE III. Paris. A Room in the King's Pacannot make a leg, put oil's cap, kiss his hand, and

lace. Enter BERTRAM, LaFev, and PAROLLES, say nothing, bas neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; Laf. They


miracles are past; and we have and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were our philosophical persons, to make 'modern'' and not for the court: but, for me, I have an answer familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence will serve all men.

is it, that we make trifles of terrors; onsconcing!! Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that fits ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should all questions.

submit ourselves to an unknown fear."? Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all but Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the that hath shot out in our latter times. brawn buttock, or any buttock.

Ber. And so 'tis.
Count. Will your answer serve fit to all questions? Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artists,-

Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an at Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus. torney, as your French crown for your taffata punk, Laf. Of all the learned and authentic!3 fellows, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger,' as a pancake Par. Right, so I say. for Shrovc-tuesday, a morris for May-day, as the Laf. That gave him out incurable,nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scold Par. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too. ing quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to Laf. Not to be helped, the friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. Par. Right: as 'tweré, a man assured of anlended evil than what I have mentioned, the loss of my 6 This is a common proverbial expression. honour, which is the worst that could happen,) let me die 7 Tom and Tibb were apparently common names for with torture. Ne is nor.

a lad and lass, the rush ring seems to have been a 1 i. e. may be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee. kind of love token, for plighting of troth among rustic

2 Prime here signifies that sprightly vigour which lovers. usually accompanies us in the prime on life; which old 8 A ridicule on this silly expletive of speech, then in Moulaigne calls, cet estat plein de verdeur et de feste, vogue at court. Thus Clove and Orange, in Every and which Florio translates, that state, full of lust, of Man in his Humour: *You couceive me, sir?-O Lord, prime, and mirth.'

sir ! 3 Properly seems to be used here for performance or 9 Properly follows. 10 Common, ordinary. achievemeni, singular as it may seem.

Il Sconce being a term in fortification for a chief fort. 4 The old copy reads "hopes of help. The emenda. ress. To ensconce literally signifies to secure as in a tion is Thirlby's.

fort. 5 The old reads 'image of thy state.' War. 12 Fear means here an object of fear. burton proposed impage, which Steevens rejects, saying 13 Authentic is allowed, approved ; and seems to unadvisedly there is no such word. It is evident that have been the proper epithet for a physician regularly Shakspeare formed it from an impe, a scion, or young bred or licensed. The diploma of a licentiate still has slip or a tree.

authentice licentiatus.

I am

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

. I may truly say, it is a novelty to tho world. Do my sighs stream. -Sir, will you hear my suit ? Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in showing,

1 Lord. And granı it. you shall read it in-What do you call there?-- Hel

Thanks, sir, all the rest is mute. Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw actor.

ames-acelo for my life. Par. That's it I would have said; the very same. Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair eyes,

Laf. Why, your dolphin' is not lustier : 'fore me Before I speak, too threateningly replies: I speak in respect

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 be Hel.

My wish receive, the

Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. Laf. Very hand of heaven.

Laf. Do all they deny her?" An they were sons Par. Ay, so I say.

of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send Laf. In a most weak

them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of. Par. And debile minister, great power, great

Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord) that I your hand transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a

should take ; further use to be made, than alone the recovery of I'll never do you wrong for your own sake: the king, as to be".

Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Laf. Generally thankful.

Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed! Enter King, Helena, and Attendants.

Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none have

her : sure, they are bastards to the English ; tho Par. I would have said it; you say well : Here French ne'er got them. comes the king.

Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, Laf. Lustick,* as the Dutchman says: I'll like To make yourself a son out of my blood. a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head : 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so. Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.

Laf. There's one grape yet, -I am sure thy fa Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? ther drank wine.—But if thou be'st not an ass, Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.

a youth of fourteen; I have known thee already. King. Go, call beforo me all the lords in court. Hel. I dare not say, I take you; (To BERTRAM] (Exit an Attendant,

but I give Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;

Me, and my service, ever whilst I live,
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense Into your guiding power. This is the man.
Thou hast repeald, a second time receive

King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's The confirmalion of my promis'd gift,

thy wife. Which but atiends thy uaming.

Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your Enter several Lords,

highness, Fair maid, send forth thine eye : this youthful parcel The help of mine own eyes.

In such a business give me leave to use or noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice What she has done for me ?


Know'st thou not, Bertram, I have to use: thy frank election make; Thou hast power to choose, and they none to for- But never hope to know why I should marry her.


Yes, my good lord; sake. Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress

King. Thou know'st she has raised me from my

sickly bed. Fall, when love please !-marry, to each, but one !" Laf. I'd give bay Curtal,” and his furniture,

Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down My mouth no moro were broken than these boys', She had her breeding at my father's charge :

Must answer for your rising? I know her well; And writ as little beard. King. Peruse them well:

A poor physician's daughter my wife !-disdain Not one of those, but had a noble father,

Rather corrupt me ever! Hel. Gentlemen,

King. 'Tis only titlela thou disdain'st in her, the Heaven hath, through mo, restor'd the king to I can build up. Strange is it that our bloods,

which health, AU. We understand it, and thank heaven for you. Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off

Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, in differences so mighty: If she be That, I protest, I simply am a maid :Please it your majesty, I have done already :

All that is virtuous (save what thou dislik'st, The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,

A poor physician's daughter), thou dislik'st

of virtue for the name : but do not so: Weblush, that thou shouldst choose; but, be refus'd, Let the white death sit on thy check for ever;

From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, We'll ne'er come there again.

T'he place is dignified by the doer's deed :
Make choice; and, see, It is a dropsied honour : good alone

Where great additions ; swell and virtue nono, Whọ shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.

Is good ;-without a name, vileness is so :'* I The Dauphin was formerly so written, but it is doubtful whether Lafeu means io allude to the Prince blush that thou shouldst have the nomination of thy hus or the fish. The old orthography is therefore continued. band. However, choose him at thy peril; but if thou 2 Wicked.

be refused, let thy cheeks be forever pale ; we will never 8 Dr. Johnson thought this and some preceding revisit them again. Be refused means the same as speeches in the scene were erroneously given to Parolles thou being refused,' or, be thou refused.' The white Instead of to Laseu. This seems very probable, for the death is the paleness of death. humour of the sceno consists in Parolles's pretensions to 9 i. e. ' I have no more to say to you.' So Hamlet, knowledge and sentiments which he has not.

the rest is silence.' 4 Lustigh is the Dutch for active, pleasant, playful, 10 The lowest chance of the dice. sportivo.

- 11 The scene must he so regulated that Lafeu and Pa. 6 They were wards as well as subjects.

rolles talk at a distance, where they may see what passes 6. i. e. escept one, meaning Bertram : but in the sense between Helena and the Lords, but not hear it, so that of be-out.

they know not by whom the refusal is made. 7 A curtal was the common phr for a horse ; i. e. 12 i. e. the want of title. I'd give my bay horse, &c. thai my age were not greater 13 Titles. than these boys: a broken mouth is a mouth which has 14 Good is good, independent of any worldly distinc. lost part of its teeth.

tion: and so vileness would be ever vile, did not rank 8 My blushes (says Helen) thus whisper mo-Welpower, and fortune screen it from opprobrium.

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