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I am a mother to you.
I love your son :Hel. Mine honourable mistress,
My friends were poor, but honest; so's my love : Count.
Nay, a mother ; Be not offended; for it hurts not him,
Yet never know how that desert should be.
I still pour in the waters of my love,
Religious in mine error, I adore
Let not your hate cncounter with my love, The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye ? For loving where you do: but, if yourself, Why? - that you are my daughter ?
Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth, Hei.
That I am not. Did ever, in so true a fame of liking, Count. I say, I am your mother.
Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Dian Hel.
Pardon, madam; Was both hersell'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 honourd 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 djes. Hís 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?
Madam, I had.
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, or rare and prov'd effects, such as his reading, I care no more for,' than I do for heaven, And manifest experience, had collected So I were not his sister : Can't no other, For general sovereignty ; and that he will'd me But, I your daughter, he must be my brother ? In hecdfullest reservation to bestow them, Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daughter- As notes, whosc faculties inclusive were, in-law;
More than they were in note :' amongst the rest, God shield, you mean it not! daughter, and mother, There is a remedy, approvid, set down, So strive upon your pulse: What, pale again? To cure the desperate languishes, whereof My fear hath catch'd your fondness: Now I see The king is render'd lost. The mystery of your lonelincss, and find
This was your motivo Your salt tears' head.: Now to all sense 'tis gross, For Paris, was it? speak. You love my son ; invention is asham'd,
Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; Against the proclamation of thy passion, Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, To say, thou dost not: therefore tell me true; Hail, from the conversation of my thoughts, But tell me then, 'tis so :--for, look, thy cheeks Haply, been absent then. Confess it, one to the other; and thine eyes Count.
But think you, Helen, See it so grossly shown in thy behaviours, if you should tender your supposed aid, That in their kind' they speak it : only sin He would receive it? He and his physicians And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him, That trutn should be suspected : Speak, is't so ? They, that they cannot help: How shall they credit If it be so, you have wound a goodly clue; A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools, If it be not, forswcart : howe'er, I charge thee, Embowelld of their doctrinc,“ have left off As heaven shall work in me for thine avail, The danger to itself? To tell me truly.
There's something hints, llel.
Good madam, pardon me! More than my father's skiil, which was the greatest Count. Do you love my son ?
of his profession, that luis good receipt Jlel.
Your pardon, noble mistress! Shall, for my legncy, be suncufied Count. Love you my son ?
By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would your He.
Do not you love him, madam? honour Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a But give me leave to try success, I'd venture bond,
The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure, Whereof the world takes note: come, comc, dis. By such a day, and hour. close
Dost thou believe't? The state of your affection; for your passions
Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly. Have to the full appeach'd.
Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, Hel. Then, I consess,
and love, Here on my knee, before high heaven and you,
Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings That before you, and next unto high heaven,
To those of mine in court; I'll stay at home, (1) e. I care as much for: I wish it equally, that you were no less virtuous when young. Contend.
(6) i. e. Venus. 3) The source, the cause of your grief.
(7) Receipts in which greater virtues were en . 4) According to their nature.
closed than appeared.
And pray God's blessing into thy attempt: sword entrenched it: say to him, I live; and ob-
[Ercunt. Par. Mars dote on you for his novices! (Eseunt
Lords.) What will you do?
Ber. Stay; the king-- [Seeing him rise, ACT II.
Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble SCENE 1.-Paris. A room in the King's palace. of 106 cold an adicu: be more expressive to thein;
lords ; you have restrained yourself within the list Flonerish. Enter King, with young lords laking for they wear themselves in the cap of tinc, there, Icare for the Florentine war ; Bertram, Parolles, do muster true gait,' eat, speak, and move under and altendants.
the influence of the most received star; and though King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike prin- the devil lead the measure, such are to be followa ciples,
ed: after them, and take a more dilated farewell. Do not throw from you :- and you, my lord, farc
Ber. And I will do so. well:
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most Sharċ the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all, sincwy sword-men. [Exe. Bertram and Parolles. The gift doth stretch itself as 'lis receiv'd,
It is our hope, sir, Lus. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.) for me and Aller well-enter'd soldiers, to return
for my tidings, And find your grace in health.
King. I'll see theo lo stand up. king. No, no, it cannot be ; and yet my heart Laf.
Then here's a man Will not confess he owes the malady
Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords; Had krcel’d, iny lord, to ask me mercy; and Whether I live or die, be you the sons
Thai, at my bidiling, you could so stand up. Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy
hing. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, (Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall
And ask'd thee mercy (or't. Or the last monarchy,') scc, that you come
Good faith, across •' Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when But, my good lord, 'tis thus ; Will you be curd The bravest qucstant: shrinks, find what you seek, of your infirmity ?' That fame may cry you loud: I say, farewell. king.
No. 2 Lord. Healthi, at your bidding, serve your Laf.
0, will you cat majesty!
No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but you will, King. Those girls of Italy, takс head of them; My noble grapes, an is my royal sox They say, our Prench lack language to deny, Could reach them: I have seen a medicine, If they deinand: beware of being captives, That's able to breathe life into a stone; Before you serve."
Quickcn a rock, and make you dance canary," Both. Our hearts receive your warnings. With sprightly fire and motion; whose simple touch King. Farewell. ---Come hither to me. Is powerful to a raise king Pepin, nay,
[The King retires lo a conch. To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, i Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay And write to her a love-line. behind us.
What her is this? Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark
Laf. Why, doctor shc: My lord, there's one 9 Lord, 0,''lis bravc wars !
arriv’d, Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. If you will see her,-now, by my faith and honour, Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil with; Ir seriously I may convey my thoughts Too young, and the next year, and 'lis loo early. In this my light deliverance, 'I have spoke Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, sleal away with one, thit, in her sex, her years, profession," bravely.
Wisdom, and constancy, liath ainaz'd ine more Ber. I shall stay here the forchorse to a smock, Than I dare blame my weakness: Will you see her, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, (For that is her demand,) and know her business? Till honour be bought up, and no
That donc, laugh well at me. But one to dance with!: By heaven, I'll steal away. king.
Now, good Lafcui, I Lord. There's honour in the then.
Bring in the admiration; that we with thee Par.
Commit it, count. May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, 2 Lorel. I am your accessary; and so farewell. By wond'ring how thou louk'st it. Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured Laf.
Nay, I'll fit you, body.
And not he all day neither.
(Erit Lafeu. 'Lord. Farewell, captain.
king. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues 2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles ! Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin.
Re-enter Laseu, with Helena. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good mctals:- Lof. Nay, come your ways. You shall find in tho regiment of the Spinii, one King. This haste hath wings indeed captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblein of Laf. Nay, come your ways;, war, here on his sinister check; it was this very This is his majesty, say your mind to him :
(1) i. e. Those excepted who possess modern (6) They are the foremost in the fashion. Italy, the remains of the Roman empire.
(7) Have the truc military step. (8) The dance. (2) Seeker, inquirer.
(9) Unskillully; a plırase taken irom the exer. (3) Be not captives before you are soldiers. cise at a quintaine. With a noise, bustle.
A female physician. (11) A kind of dance. (5) In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentle- (12) By profession is meant her declaration of mcn to dance with swords on.
the object of her coming,
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors But know I think, and think I know most sure, llis majesty seldom fears: I am Cressid's uncle, My art is not pasí power, nor you past cure. That dure leave two logether; fare you well
. Ex., King. Artthiou so contident? within what space King. Now, fair one, does your business follow us? Hop'st thou my cure ? Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was
The greatest grace lending grace, My father; in what he did pruless, well found.? Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring king. I knew him.
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring: llel. The rather will I spare my praises towards tre twice in murk and occidental damp him;
Moist llesperuse 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; chictly one,
Iath told the thievish minutes how they pass; Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,
What is infirm from your sound parts shall lly, 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 contidence,
Tax of impudence, With that malignant causc wherein the honour A strumpet's bolilness, a divulged shame, -Oi my dear father's gilt stands chiet in power,
Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name I come to tender it, and my appliance,
Scar'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended, With all bound humbleness.
Witha vilest torture let my life be ended. king.
We thank you, maiden ; king. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit But may not be so crcdulous of cure,-
And what imposeibility would slay
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can raic
Wörth name of life, in thee hath estimate ;) To prostitute our past-cure malady
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all To empirics; or to disscrer so
That happiness and primer can happy cill: 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 intimite, or monstrous desperate.
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains: Sweet practiser, thy plysic I will try; I will no more enforce mine o slice on you;
That ministers thine own death, if I die. Humbly entreating from your royal thoughits
llel. Til break time, or flinch in property A modest one, to bear me back again.
Of what I spoke, unpiticul let ine die; King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'a And well deservd: Noi helping, death's my fee, grateful;
But, if I help, what do you proinise me?
But will you make it even ? But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part; King. Ay, by my sccpire, 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 : On docs then 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:
kin. Here is my hand; the premises obscrv'd, Where most it promises ; and oft it hits,
Thy will by my performance shall be servd; Where hope is coldcst, and despair most sits.
So make the choice of twy own time; for 1, King. I must not hear thee; fare thec well, kind Thy resolv'd patient, on ihce still rely.
Morc should I question thce, and more I must;
Hel. Inspired merit so by breaih is barrid:
As high as word, my deed shull match thy deed. The help of heaven we count the act of men.
(Flourish. Excunt. Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent; SCENE 11.-Rousillon. 1 room in the CounOf heaven, not me, make an experiment.
tess's Palace, Enter Countess and Clown, I am not an impostor, that proclaim Myself against the level of mine aim ;'
Counl. Come on, sir ; I shall now put you to the
height of your breeding. (1) I am like Pandarus. (2) Of acknowledged excellence. (3) A third cyc. (7) i.e. Pretend to greater things than befits the (9) An allusion to Daniel judging ihe two Elders. mediocrity of my condition. (5) i.e. When Moscs smote the rock in Ilorcb. (8) The cvening star.
(6) This must refer to the children of Israel (9) i. e, May be counted among the gists cnjoyed 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 sed, and lowly Count. Haste you again. (Eseunt seterally. taught: I know my business is but to the court. Colent. To the court!
why, what place make you SCENE III.–Paris. A room in the King's Pospecial, when you put off that with such contempt?
lace. Enter Bertram, Lafeu, ana Parolles. But to the court !
Laf: They say, miracles are past; and we have 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. Hence cannot make a ley, put off's cap, kiss his hand, and is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcing say nothing, 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 times. 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- Pär. 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-butlock, 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 į 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 crown for your taffata Par. Right: as 't were, a man assured of anpunk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-linger, 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 novelty to the world. a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the Par. It is, indeed : if
you will have it in shor. nun'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 dolphin* is not lustier : 'fore me Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous I speak in respectsize, that must fit 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 facinorous- spirit, that will not acknowledge it to that belongs to't: Ask me, if I am a courtier; it be the shall 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 3 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
Laf. Generally thankful.
Enler King, Helena, and attendants. homely mcat.
Par. I would have said it; you say well : Here Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant you. 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.
[Exit an attendanl. Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my- Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; O Lord, sir : I sec, things may serve long, but not And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou hast repeald, 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 sovercign 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 loforsake.
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. (4) The dauphine
(5) Wicked (8) Except one meaning Bertrams
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal,' and his furniture, A poor physician's daughter my wife !--Disdain
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 AU. We understand it, and thank heaven for you. All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik'st,
Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st That, I protest, I simply am a maid :
or virtue for the name: but do not so: Please it your majesty, I have done already: From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, The place is dignified by the doer's deed: We blush, that thou should'st choose ; 'but, be Where great additions swell," and virtue none, refus'd,
It is a dropsied honour: good alone
The property by what it is should go,
Make choice; and, see, Not by the ütle. She is young, wise, fair ; Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. In these to nature she's immediate heir ;
He. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly; And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn, And to Imperial Love, that god most high, Which challenges itself as honour's born, Do my sighs stream. -Sir, will you hear my suit? And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, I Lord. And grant it.
When rather from our acts we them derive Hel.
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute.Than our forc-goers: 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-aeed for my life.
A lying trophy, and as ofl is dumb, Hel. The honour, sir, that flames 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 make your fortunes twenty times above If thou canst like this creature as a maid, Her that so wishes, and her huinble 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. Hel.
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' thyself, if thou should'st
Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons strive to choose. of mine, I'd have ihem whipped ; or I'would send Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I am them to the Turk, to make cunuchs 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 gift; Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed !
That does in vile misprision shacklo 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 scale,. the French ne'er got them.
Shall weigh thee to the beam : that wilt not know, He. 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 yet,-I am sure, thy Beliere not thy disdain, but presently father drank winc.-But' ir thou be'st not an ass, Do thine own fortuncs that obedient right, I am a youth of fourteen ; I have known the Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; already.
Or I will throw thce 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 your 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 wise, my liege? I shall beseech your What great creation, and what dole of honour, highness,
Flies where you bid it, I find that she, which late In such a business give me leave to use
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now The help of minc own eyes.
The praised of the king ; who, so 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. But follows it, my 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 contract; whose ceremony She had her breeding at my father's charge : Shall seem expedient on the now-born briel, (1) A docked horse.
(4) i. e. The want of title. (5) Titles. 12) i. e. I have no more to say to you.
(6) Good is good independent of any worldly (3) The lowest chance of the dice:
Idistinction, and so is vileness vile.