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Nay I'll fit you, | It is not so with him that all things knows, And not be all day neither. [Exit Lareu. As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows: King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues. But, most it is presumption in us, when Re-enter LAFEU with HELENA.

The help of heaven we count the act of men.

Dear sir, to my endeavors give consent; Laf. Nay, come your ways.

Of heaven, not me, make an experiment. King

This haste hath wings indeed. I am not an impostor, that proclaim Laf. Nay, come your ways;

Myself against the level of mine aim; This is his majesty, say your mind to him: But know, I think, and think I know most sure, A traitor you do look like: but such traitors

My art is not past power, nor you past cure. His majesty seldom fears: I am Cressid's uncle," King. Art thou so confident?' Within what That dare leave two together; fare you well. [Exit.

space King. Now, fair one, does your business fol- Hop'st thou my cure ? low us?

Hel. The greatest grace lending grace, Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring My father; in what he did profess, well found.' Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring; King. I knew him.

Ere twice in murk and occidental damp Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards Moist Hesperus hath quenched his sleepy lamp; him;

Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one,

What is infirm from the sound part shall fly, Which, as the dearest issue of his practice, Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. And of his old experience the only darling, King. Upon thy certainty and confidence, He bade me store up, as a triple eye,'

What dar'st thou venture? Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have so: Hel.

Tax of impudence,-And hearing your high majesty is touch'd

A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,With that malignant cause wherein the honor Traduced by odious ballads; my maiden's name Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power, Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended, I come to tender it, and my appliance,

With vilest torture let my life be ended. With all bound humbleness.

King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth King.

We thank you, maiden; speak; But may not be so credulous of cure,

His powerful sound, within an organ weak: When our most learned doctors leave us; and

And what impossibility would slay The congregated college have concluded

In common sense, sense saves another way. That laboring art can never ransom nature Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate From her inaidable estate,– I say we must not Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate; So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all To prostitute our past-cure malady

That happiness and prime can happy call: To empirics; or to dissever so

Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate Our great self and our credit, to esteem

Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate. A senseless help, when help past sense we deem. Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try;,

Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains: That ministers thine own death, if I die. I will no more enforce mine office on you;

Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die; A modest one, to bear me back again.

And well deserv'd: Not helping, death's my fee; King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful: But if I help, what do you promise me? Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I

King. Make thy demand. give,

Hel.

But will you make it even i As one near death to those that wish him live:

King. Ay, by my sceptre and my hopes of heaven. But what at full I know, thou know'st no part; Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly I knowing all my peril, thou no art.

hand, Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try, What husband in thy power I will command: Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy: Exempted be from me the arrogance He that of greatest works is finisher,

To choose from forth the royal blood of France; Oft does them by the weakest minister:

My low and humble name to propagate So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown, With any branch or image of thy state: When judges have been babes. Great floods have But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know flown

Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow. From simple sources; and great seas have dried,

King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, When miracles have by the greatest been denied. Thy will by my performance shall be servd; Oft expectation fails, and most oft there

So make the choice of thine own time; for I, Where most it promises; and oft it hits, Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits. More should I question thee, and more I must; King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind Though, more to know, could not be more to trust, maid;

From whence thou cam'st, how 'tended on,-But Thy pains not used, must by thyself be paid: Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward.

Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.Hel Inspired merit so by breath is barr’d:

Give me some help here, ho!-If thou proceed • I am like Pandarus

. Well informed. As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. 1 A third eye.

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SCENE II.-Rousillon. A Room in the Coun- ! Clo. O Lord, sir,-Why, there't serves well tess' Palace.

again.

Count. An end, sir, to your business: Give Helen
Enter Countess and Clown.

this,
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to And urge her to a present answer back :
the height of your breeding.

Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son;
Clo. I will show myself highly fed and low. This is not much.
ly taught: I know my business is but to the Clo. Not much commendation to them.

Count. Not much employment for you: You Count. To the court! why, what place make understand me? you special, when you put off that with such con- Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my teropt? But to the court!

legs. Clo. Truly, madam, if nature have lent a man

Count. Haste you again. [Exeunt severally. any manners, he may easily put it off at court; he that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his hand,

SCENE III.-Paris. A Room in the King's and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor

Palace. cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were not for the court: but, for me, I have an an- Enter BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES. swer will serve all men. Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that

Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have fits all questions.

our philosophical persons to make moderno and Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all but- familiar things supernatural and causeless. Hence tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the is it, that we make trifles of terrors ; ensconcing brawn-buttock, or any buttock.

ourselves into seeming knowledge when we should Count. Will your answer serve fit to all ques- submit ourselves to an unknown fear. tions?

Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder,
Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an that hath shot out in our latter times.

Ber. And so 'tis.
attorney, as your French crown for your taffata
punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger, as à pan-

Laf. To be relinquished of the artists,-
cake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, as

Par. So I say; both Galen and Parace
the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a
scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fel-
slip to the friar's mouth ; nay, as the pudding to his lows,
skin.

Pár. Right, so I say.
Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fit-

Laf. That gave him out incurable,-
ness for all questions?

Par. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too.
Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your

Laf. Not to be helped, -
constable, it will fit any question.

Par. Right: as 'twere a man assured of an-, Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous

Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. size, that must fit all demands.

Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the learned should speak truth of it; here it is, and world. all that belongs to't: Ask me, if I am a courtier;

Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in showit shall do you no harm to learn.

ing, you shall read it in- What do you call Count. To be young again, if we could : I there?will be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an by your answer. I pray you, sir, are you a earthly actor. courtier ?

Par. That's it I would have said; the very Clo. O Lord, sir,—There's a simple putting same. off;—more, more, a hundred of them.

Laf. Why, your dolphin' is not lustier: 'fora Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that me, I speak in respectyves you.

Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is Cló. O Lord, sir,—Thick, thick, spare not me.

the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most Count. I think, sir, you can eat none of this facinorous“ spirit, that will not acknowledge it to bimely meat.

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Clo. O Lord, sir,—Nay, put me to't, I warrant Laf. Very hand of heaven.
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Par. Ay, so I say.
Coun!. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Laf. In a most weak-
Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me.

Par. And debile minister, great power, great
Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whip- transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a
ping, and spare not me? Indeed, your Ő Lord, sir, further use to be made, than alone the recovery of
is very sequent to your whipping; you would an- the king, as to be
swer very well to a whipping, if you were but Laf. Generally thankful.
bound to't.
Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my-

Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants. O Lord, sir: I see, things may serve long, but not

Par. I would have said it; you say well. Here

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Laf. Luistick,' as the Dutchman says: I'll like I'll never do you wrong for your.wn sake: a muid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head: Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed, Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.

Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed! Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll nono Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.

have her: sure, they are bastards to the English King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.— the French ne'er got them.

[Exit an Attendant. Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side ;

good, And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd To make yourself a son out of my blood.

4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so. T'hou hast repeald, a second time receive

Laf. There's one grape yet,-I am sure, thy The confirmation of my promis'd gift,

father drank wine. But if thou be'st not an Which but attends thy naming.

ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee

already. Enter several Lords.

Hel. I dare not say, I take you ; [To BERTRAM.] Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful

but I give parcel

Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, Into your guiding power.—This is the man O'er whom both sovereign power and father's King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, voice

she's thy wife. I have to use: thy frank election make;

Ber. My wife, my liege ? I shall beseech your Thou hast power to choose, and they none to for- highness, sake.

In such a business give me leave to use Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mis- The help of mine own eyes.

King

Know'st thou not, Bertram, Fall, when love please !--marry, to each, but one! What she has done for me? Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, and his furniture, Ber.

Yes, my good lord ; My mouth no more were broken than these boys', But never hope to know why I should marry And writ as little beard.

her. King. Peruse them well :

King. Thou know'st she has raised me from my Not one of those but had a noble father.

sickly bed. Hel. Gentlemen,

Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me Heaven hath through me restor'd the king to down health.

Must answer for your raising? I know her All. We understand it, and thank heaven for you.

She had her breeding at my father's charge: Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, A poor physician's daughter my wife !-Disdain That, I protest, I simply am a maid :

Rather corrupt me ever! Please it your majesty, I have done already : King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,

which We blush, that thou shouldst choose ; but be re- I

can build up. Strange is it that our bloods, fus'd,

Of color, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever; Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off We'll ne'er come there again.

In differences so mighty : If she be King.

Make choice; and, see, All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik’st, Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik’st

Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly: Of virtue for the name: but do not so: And to imperial Love, that god most high, From lowest place when virtuous things pros Do my sighs stream.-Sir, will you hear my ceed, suit?

The place is dignified by the doer's deed: 1 Lord. And grant it.

Where great additions' swell, and virtue none, Hel. Thanks, sir ; all the rest is mute. It is a dropsied honor: good alone

Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw is good, without a name; vileness is so: ames-ace' for my life.

The property by what it is should go, Hel. The honor, sir, that flames in your' fair Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair ; eyes,

In these to nature she's immediate heir; Before I speak, too threateningly replies :

And these breed honor: that is honor's scorn, Love make your fortunes twenty times above Which challenges itself as honor's born, Her that so wishes, and her humble love!

And is not like the sire: Honors best thrive, 2 Lord. No better, if you please.

When rather from our acts we them derive Hel.

My wish receive, Than our fore-goers: the mere word's a slave, Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave,

Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb, of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send Where dust, and damned oblivion, is the tomb them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.

Of honor'd bones indeed. What should be Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord.) that I your hand said ? should take;

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I can create the rest: virtue, and she,

from believing thee a vessel of tow great a burden Is her own dower; honor and wealth from me. I have now found thee; when I lose thee again, 1

Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. care not: yet art thou good for nothing but taking King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou shouldst up; and that thou art scarce worth. strive to choosi.

Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I'm upon thee, glad;

Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest Let the rest go.

thou hasten thy trial; which if-Lord have mercy King. My honor's at the stake; which to defeat, on thee for a hen! So my good windes s' lattice, I must produce my power: Here, take her hand, fare thee well: thy casement I need not cren, for Proud, scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; I look through thee. Give me thy hand. That dost in vile misprision shackle up

Par. My lord, you give me most egregious io. My love and her desert; that canst not dream, dignity. We, poising us in her defective scale,

Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy Shall weigh thee to the beam: that wilt not know, of it. It is in us to plant thine honor, where

Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it. We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt : Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I Obey our will, which travails in thy good:

will not bate thee a scruple. Believe not thy disdain, but presently

Par. Well, I shall be wiser. Do thine own fortunes that obedient right

Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what it Into the staggers, and the careless lapse

is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire to hold Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate, my acquaintance with thee, or rather my knowledge; Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, that I may say, in the default," he is a man I know. Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine answer. Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable

Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit vexation. My fancy to your eyes: When I consider,

Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and What great creation, and what dole of honor, my poor doing eternal : for doing I am past; as Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave. Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now

[Exit. The praised of the king; who, so ennobled,

Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this disIs, as 'twere, born so.

grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord ! King:

Take her by the hand, Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise authority. I'll beat him by my life, if I can meet A counterpoise; if not to thy estate,

him with any convenience, and he were double A balance more replete.

and double a lord. I'll have no more pity of his Ber. I take hier hand.

age, than I would have of_I'll beat him, an if I King. Good fortune, and the favor of the king, could but meet him again. Smile upon this contráct; whose ceremony

Re-enter Layev. Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief, Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, And be performed 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. [Exeint King, BERTRAM, HELENA, Lords, Laf. Who? God? and Attendants.

Par. Ay, sir. Laf. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with you. Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why dost Par. Your pleasure, sir?

thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost make Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his hose of thy sleeves? do other servants so ? Thou recantation.

wert best set thy lower part where thy nose stands. Par. Recantation ?-my lord ?-my master ? By mine honor, if I were but two hours younger, I'd Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak ? beat thee; methinks, thou art a general offence, and Par. A most harsh one; and not to be understood every man should beat thee. I think, thou wast without bloody succeeding. My master?

created for men to breathe themselves upon thee. Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon? Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is man. 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 pomegranate: 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 honorable personages, than Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you com: which title age cannot bring thee.

mission. You are not worth another word, elsu Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. I'd call you knave. I leave you. [Exit. Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries,' to be

Enter BERTRAM. a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent Par. Good, very «good; it is so then.—Good, of thy travel: it might pass: yet the scarfs, and the very good; let it be concealed a while. bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly dissuade me Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever!

Par. What is the matter, sweet-heart? 1. e. While I sat twice with theo at dinner.

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Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have thou art a knave: that is, before me thou art a sworn,

knave: this had been truth, sir. I will not bed her.

Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I havefound thee. Par. What? what, sweet-heart?

Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir ? or were Ber. O, my Parolles, they have married me : you taught to find me? The search, sir, was proI'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. fitable; and much fool may you find in you, even

Par. France is a dog-hole, and yet no more merits to the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. The tread of a man's foot: to the wars!

Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed. Ber. There's letters from my mother; what the im- Madam, my lord will go away to-night; I know not yet.

[port is, A very serious business calls on him, Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars, The great prerogative and rite of love,' [ledge my boy, to the wars !

Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknowHe wears his honor in a box unseen,

But puts it off by a compellid restraint; That hugs his kicksy-wicksy, here at home; Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with Spending his manly marrow ir. her arms,

sweets, W nich should sustain the bond and high curvet Which they distil now in the curbed time, Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions !

To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy, France is a stable; we that dwell in't jades; And pleasure drown the brim. Therefore, to the war!

Hel.

What's his will else? Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, Par. That you will take your instant leave o'the Acquaint my mother with my hate to her,

king, And wherefore I am fed; write to the king And make this haste as your own good proceeding, That which I durst not speak: His present gift Strengthen’d, with what apology you think Shall furnish me to those Italian fields,

May make it probable need. Where noble fellows strike: War is no strife

Hel.

What more commands he? To the dark house, and the detested wife.

Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure? Attend his further pleasure. Ber. Go with me to my charnber, and advise me. Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. I'll send her straight away: To-morrow

Par. I shall report it so. I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow.

Hel.

I pray you.—Come, sirrah. Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise it.

[Exeunt. _ 'Tis hard;

SCENE V.- Another Room in the same. A young man, married, is a man that's marr'd: Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go:

Enter Lafey and BERTRAM. The king has done you wrong; but, hush! 'tis so. Laf. But I hope, your lordship thinks not him a

[Exeunt. soldier. SCENE IV. - Another Room in the same. Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. Enter HELENA and Clown.

Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she well ? Ber. And by other warranted testimony.

Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her health : Laf. Then my dial goes not true; I took this she's very merry; but yet she is not well: but thanks lark for a bunting.' be given, she's very well, and wants nothing i'the Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great world; but yet she is not well!

in knowledge, and accordingly valiant. Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, that Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, she's not very well ?

and transgressed against his valor; and my state Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for two that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in things.

my heart to repent. Here he comes; I pray you, Hel. What two things?

make us friends, I will pursue the amity. Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither God

Enter PAROLLES.
send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth,
from whence God send her quickly!

Par. These things shall be done, sir.
Enter PAROLLES.

[To BERTRAM. Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!

Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?

Par. Sir? Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have

Laf. O, I know him well: Ay, sir; he, sir is a mine own good fortunes.

Par. You had my prayers to lead them on : and good workman, a very good tailor. to keep them on, have them still.-0, my knave!

Ber. Is she gone to the king? [Aside to PAROLLES.

Par. She is. How does my old lady?

Ber. Will she away to-night? Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her

Par. As you'll have her. money, I would she did as you say.

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, Par. Why, I say nothing.

Given order for our horses; and to-night, Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man's tonguě shakes out his master's undoing: To When I should take possession of the bride say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and And, ere I do begin, to have nothing, is to be a great part of your title; end of a dinner; but one that lies three thirols

, and

Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter which is within a very little of nothing.

uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings Par. Away, thou'rt a knave. Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave, • A spocious appearance of necessity. 4 A cant term for a wife.

The bunting nearly rorembles the sky-lark, but has • The house made gloomy by discontent, | little or no song, which gives estimation to the sky-lark.

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