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Clo. O Lord, sir,—Why, there't serves well Laf: Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like again.
a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my Count. An end, sir, to your business : Give head: Why, he's able to lead her a coranto. Helen this,
Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? And urge her to a present answer back :
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so. Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son ; King. Go, call before me all the lords in This is not much.
[Erit an Attendant. Clo. Not much commendation to them. Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;
Count. Not much employment for you: You And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd understand me?
Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs. Thou hast repeald, a second time receive
Which but attends thy naming.
Enter several Lords. palace.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful Enter BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES.
parcel Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, have our philosophical persons, to make modern O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice and familiar things, supernatural and causeless. I have to use: thy frank election make ; Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors ; en- Thou hast power to choose, and they none to sconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when
forsake. 'we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear. Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of won
mistress der, that hath shot out in our latter times. Fall,'when love please!-marry, to each, but one! Ber. And so 'tis.
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, and his furniture, Laf. To be relinquished of the artists, My mouth no more were broken than these boys, Par. So I say ; both of Galen and Paracelsus. And writ as little beard. Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,- King. Peruse them well: Par. Right, so I say.
Not one of those, but had a noble father. Iaf. That gave himn out incurable,–
Hel. Gentlemen, Pür. Why, there 'tis; so say I too.
Heaven hath, through me, restor’d the king to Laf. Not to be helped,
health. Par. Right : as 'twere a man assured of an- All. We understand it, and thank heaven for Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
you. Pur. Just, you say well ; so would I have said. Hel. I am a simplemaid; and therein wealthiest,
Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the That, I protest, I simply am a maid :world.
Please it your majesty, I have done already: Par. It is, indeed : if you will have it in The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, showing, you shall read it in, - What do you | Weblush, that thou should'st choose: but, be refus’d, call there?
Let the white death sit on thy check for ever ; Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an We'll ne’er come there again. earthly actor.
King. Iake choice ; and, see, Par. That's it I would have said ; the very Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly; Laf. Why, your dolphin is not lustier; 'fore And to imperial Love, that god most high, me, I speak in respect
Do my sighs stream.—Sir, will you hear my Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that guit ? is the brief and the tedious of it, and he is of a 1 Lord. And grant it. most facinorous spirit, that will not acknowledge Hel. Thanks, sir : all the rest is mute. it to be the
Luf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw Laf. Very hand of heaven.
ames-ace for my life. Pär. Ay, so I say.
Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair Luf: In a most weak
eyes, · Pür. And debile minister, great power, great Before I speak, too threateningly replies : transcendence : which should, indeed, give us a Love make your fortunes twenty times above further use to be made, than alone the recovery Her that so wishes, and her humble love! of the king, as to be
2 Lord. No better, if you please. Laf. Generally thankful.
Hel. My wish receive,
Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants.
Laf. Do they all deny her? An they were sons Pur. I would have said it; you say well : of mine, I'd have them whipped ; or I would send Ilere comes the king.
them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord.] that I your If thou canst like this creature as a maid, hand should take;
I can create the rest : virtue, and she, I'll never do you wrong for your own sake : Is her own dower; honour, and wealth, from me. Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed!
King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none strive to choose. have her: sure, they are bastards to the English ; Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I'm the French ne'er got them.
glad ; Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too Let the rest go. good,
King. My honour's at the stake; which to To make yourself a son out of my blood.
defeat, 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
I must produce my power: Here take her hand, Laf. There's one grape yet,--I am sure, thy Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; father drank wine.-But if thou be'st not an ass, That dost in vile misprision shackle up I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee My love, and her desert ; that canst not dream, already.
We, poizing us in her defective scale, Hel. I dare not say I take you; [To Bertram.] Shall weigh thee to the beam: that wilt not know, but I give
It is in us to plant thine honour, where Me, and my service, ever whilst I live,
We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt: Into your guiding power.-This is the man. Obey our will, which travails in thy good : King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, Believe not thy disdain, but presently, she's thy wife.
Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; highness,
Or I will throw thec froin my care for ever, In such a business give me leave to use
Into the staggers, and the careless lapse The help of mine own eyes.
Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and King. Know'st thou not, Bertram,
hate, What she has done for me?
Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, Ber. Yes, my good lord ;
Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine answer. But never hope to know why I should marry her. Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit King. Thou know’st, she has rais’d me from My fancy to your eyes : When I consider, my sickly bed.
What great creation, and what dole of honour, Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late Just answer for your rising ? !I know her well; Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now She had her breeding at my father's charge : The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, A poor physician's daughter my wife !-Disdain Is, as 'twere, born so. Rather corrupt me ever!
King. Take her by the hand, King: 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, and tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise the which
A counterpoise ; if not to thy estate, I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, A balance more replete. Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Ber. I take her hand. Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off King. Good fortune, and the favour of the king, In differences so mighty: If she be
Smile upon this contráct; whose ceremony All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik’st, Shall secm expedient on the new-born brief, A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st And be perform'd to-night: the solemn feast Of virtue for the name: but do not so: Shall more attend upon the coming space, From lowest place when virtuous things procced, Expecting absent friends. As thou lov’st her, The place is dignified by the doer's deed : Thy love's to me religious ; else, does err. Where great additions swell, and virtue none,
[Exeunt King, Bertram, Helena, Lords, It is a dropsied honour : good alone
and Attendants. Is good, without a name; vileness is so:
Laf. Do you hear, monsieur? a word with you. The property by what it is should go,
Pür. Your pleasure, sir ? Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair ; Laf. Your lord and master did well to make In these to nature she's immediate heir ; his recantation. And these breed honour; that is honour's scorn, Par. Recantation ?--My lord ? my master ? Which challenges itself as honour's born,
Laf. Ay; is it not a language, I speak ? And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, Par. A most harsh one ; and not to be underWhen rather from our acts we them derive stood without bloody succeeding. My master? Than our fore-goers : the mere word's a slave, Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave,
Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon? A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb,
Pär. To any count; to all counts; to what is Where dust, and dumn'd oblivion, is the tomb Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said? is of another style.
Laf. To what is count's man; count's master
Par. You are too old, sir; let it satisfy you, | dost make hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants you are too old.
so ? Thou wert best set thy lower part where Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to thy nose stands. By mine honour, if I were but which title age cannot bring thee.
two hours younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do thou art a general offence, and every man should
Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to beat thee. I think, thou wast created for men be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make toler- to breathe themselves upon thee. able vent of thy travel ; it might pass : yet the Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, scarfs, and the bannerets, about thee, did mani.
lord. foldly dissuade me from believing thee a vessel Laf. Go to, sir ; you were beaten in Italy of too great a burden. I have now found thee; for picking a kernel out of a pomegranate; you when I lose thee again, I care not : yet art thou are a vagabond, and no true traveller : you are good for nothing but taking up; and that thou more saucy with lords, and honourable personart scarce worth.
ages, than the heraldry of your birth and virtues Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity gives you commission. You are not worth anupon thee,
other word, else I'd call you knave. I leave Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, you.
[Exit. lest thou hasten thy trial ; which if—Lord have mercy on thee for a hen! So, my good window
Enter BERTRAM. of lattice, fare thee well ; thy casement I need
Par. Good, very good; it is so then.-Good, not open, for 1 look through thee. Give me thy very good ; let it be concealed a while. hand.
Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! Par. My lord, you give me most egregious Par. What is the matter, sweet heart? indignity.
Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have Laf. Ay, with all my heart ; and thou art
sworn, worthy of it.
I will not bed her. Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
Par. What? what, sweet heart? Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and
Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me ;I will not bate thee a scruple.
I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast
merits to pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou The tread of a man's foot: To the wars! be'st bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt Ber. There's letters from my mother; what find what it is to be proud of thy bondage. I
the import is, have a desire to hold my acquaintance with thee, I know not yet. or rather my knowledge ; that I may say, in the Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars, default, he is a man I know.
my boy, to the wars! Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable He wears his honour in a box unseen, vexation.
That hugs his kicksy-wicksy here at home; Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, Spending his manly marrow in her arms, and my poor doing eternal : for doing I am past; which should sustain the bound and high curvet as I will by thee, in what motion age will give Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ! me leave.
[Exit. France is a stable; we, that dwell in't, jades; Par. Well
, thou hast a son shall take this Therefore, to the war! disgrace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord!
Ber. It shall be so ; I'll send her to my house, Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, authority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can And wherefore I am Aled; write to the king meet hiin with any convenience, an he were That, which I durst not speak: His present gift double, and double a lord. I'll have no more Shall furnish me to those Italian fields, pity of his age, than I would have of — I'll beat Where noble fellows strike: War is no strife, him, an if I could but meet him again.
To the dark house, and the detested wife.
Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure!
Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, there's news for you; you have a new mistress. I'll send her straight away: To-morrow
Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow, to make some reservation of your wrongs: He is Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise iny good lord: whom I serve above, is my master. in it—'Tis hard ; Laf. Who? God?
A young man, married, is a man that's marr'd: Par. Ay, sir.
Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go: Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why The king has done you wrong; but, hush! 'tis dost thou garter up thy armas ó this fashion?
SCENE IV.The same. Another room in the Strengthen'd with that apology you think
May make it probable need.
Hel. What more commands he?
Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she Attend his further pleasure. well.
Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. Clo. She is not well: but yet she has her Par. I shall report it so. health : she's very merry; but yet she is not well: Hel. I pray you.—Come, sirrah. [ Exeunt. but thanks be given, she's very well, and wants nothing i'the world: but yet she is not well. SCENE V.-Another room in the same. Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail,
Enter LAFEU and BERTRAM. that she's not very well?
Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not two things.
him a soldier. Hel. What two things ?
Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant apClo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither proof. God send her quickly! the other, that she's in Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. earth, from whence God send her quickly! Ber. And by other warranted testimony.
Laf. Then my dial goes not true ; I took this Enter PAROLLES.
lark for a bunting. Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!
Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good will to great in knowledge, and aceordingly valiant. have mine own good fortunes.
Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, Par. You had my prayers to lead them on; and transgressed against his valour ; and my and to keep them on, have them still.-0, my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet knave! How does my old lady?
find in my heart to repent. Here he comes; I Clo
. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her pray you, make us friends, I will pursue the money, I would she did as you say.
amity. Par. Why, I say nothing. Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many
Enter ParolLES. a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing : Par. These things shall be done, sir. To say nothing, to do nothing, to know no
[To Bertram. thing, and to have nothing, is to be a great part Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ? of your title ; which is within a very little of Pur. Sir nothing.
Laf. O, I know him well: Ay, sir; he, sir, Par. Away, thou’rt a knave.
is a good workman, a very good tailor. Clo. You should have said, sir, before a Ber. Is she gone to the king ? knave thou art a knave ; that is, before me thou
[Aside to Parolles. art a knave: this had been truth, sir.
Par. She is. Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have Ber. Will she away to-night? found thee.
Par. As you'll have her. Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir? or Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treawere you taught to find ine? The search, sir, sure, was profitable ; and much fool may you find in Given orders for our horses ; and to-night, you, even to the world's pleasure, and the in- When I should take possession of the bride, crease of laughter.
And, ere I do begin, Par. A good knave, i'fuith, and well fed. Laf. A good traveller is something at the Madam,
my lord will go away to-night ; latter end of a dinner ; but one that lies threeA very serious business calls on him.
thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thouThe great prerogative and rite of love,
sand nothings with, should be once heard, and Which, as your due, time claims, he does ac- thrice beaten.God save you, captain.
Ber. Is there any unkindness between my But puts it off by a compell’d restraint; lord and you, monsieur ? Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with Par. I know not how I have deserved to run sweets,
into my lord's displeasure. Whịch they distil now in the curbed time, Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy, and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the And pleasure drown the brim.
custard ; and out of it you'll run again, rather Hel. What's his will else?
than suffer question for your residence. Par. That you will take your instant leave Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my
lord. And make this haste as your own good proceed- Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him ing,
at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord ; and
believe this of me, There can be no kernel in , 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; so this light nut; the soul of this man is his I leave you to your wisdom. clothes : trust him not in matter of heavy con- Hel. Sir, I can nothing say, sequence; I have kept of them tame, and know But that I am your most obedient servant. their natures.--Farewell, monsieur : I have spo- Ber. Come, come, no more of that. ken better of you, than you have or will deserve Hel. And ever shall, at my hand; but we must do good against evil. With true observance, seek to eke out that,
[Exit. Wherein toward me my homely stars have faiļa Par. An idle lord, I swear.
To equal my great fortune. Ber. I think so.
Ber. Let that go : Par. Why, do you not know him?
My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home. Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon. speech
Ber. Well, what would you say?
Nor dare I say, 'tis mine ; and yet it is ;
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
Hel. Something ; and scarce so much :-noSome private speech with you.
thing, indeed. Ber. I shall obey his will.
I would not tell you what I would: my lordYou must not marvel, Helena, at my course, Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. The ministration and required office
Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to On my particular : prepar'd I was not
horse. For such a business ; therefore am I found Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my So much unsettled: This drives me toentreat you,
lord. That presently you take your way for home; Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you: Farewell.
[Erit Helena For my respects are better than they seem; Go thou toward home ; where I will never come, And my appointments have in them a need, Whilst I can shakemy sword, or hear the drum:Greater than shews itself, at the
first view, Away, and for our flight. To you, that know them not. This to my mo- Par. Bravely, coragio !
[Erennt. ther ;
[Giving a letter.
That the great figure of a council frames SCENEI.-Florence. A room in the Duke's
By self-unable motion : therefore dare not palace.
Say what I think of it; since I have found
Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, attend- As often as I guess'd. ed; two French lords, and others.
Duke. Be at his pleasure.
2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our Duke. So that from point to point, now have nature,
That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, The fundamental reasons of this war ;
Come here for physick.
And all the honours, that can fly from us, 1 Lord. Holy seems the quarrel
Shall on them settle. You know your places well; Upon your grace's part; black and fearful When better fall, for your avails they fell : On the opposer.
To-morrow to the field. [Flourish. Ereunt. Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin France
SCENE II.-Rousillon. A room in the Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Countess's palace. Against our borrowing prayers. 2 Lord. Good my lord,
Enter Countess and Clown. The reasons of our state í cannot yield,
Count. It hath happened all as I would have But like a common and an outward man, had it, save, that he comes not along with her.