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The bravest questant* shrinks, find what you seek, That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell. 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your
majesty! King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them ; They say, our French lack language to deny, If they demand: beware of being captives, Before you servet. Both.
Our hearts receive your warnings. King. Farewell.-Come hither to me.
[The King retires to a couch. 1 Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay be
hind us ! Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark2 Lord.
O, 'tis brave wars ! Par. Most admirable : I have seen those wars. Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil I
with; Too young, and the next year, and 'tis too early. Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away
bravely. Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn, But one to dance with ! By heaven, I'll steal
away. 1 Lord. There's honour in the theft. Par.
Commit it, count. 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell.
Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.
i Lord. Farewell, captain.
Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals :You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one
# Seeker, enquirer. of Be not captives before you are soldiers.
Witb a noise, bustle. § In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentlemen to dance with swords on.
captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword entrenched it: say to him, I live; and observe his reports for me.
2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.
Par. Mars dote on you for his novices ! [Exeunt Lords.] What will you do? Ber. Stay; the king
[Seeing him rise. Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords; you have restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu : be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of the time*, there, do muster true gaitt, eat, speak, and move under the influence of the most received star; and though the devil lead the measures, such are to be followęd : after them, and take a more dilated farewell.
Ber. And I will do so.
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most sinewy sword-men. [Exeunt Ber. and Parolles.
Enter Lafeu. Laf. Pardon, my lord, (Kneeling.] for me and
for my tidings. King. I'll fee thee to stand
Then here's a man Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you Had kneel’d, my lord, to ask me mercy; and That, at my bidding, you could so stand up.
King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, And ask'd thee mercy for't. Laf.
Goodfaith, across : But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur'd Of your infirinity? King.
O, will you eat No grapes, my royal fox? yes, but you will,
* They are the foremost in the fashion. + Hare the true military step.
The dance. § Unskilfully; a phrase taken from the exercise at a quintaine.
My noble grapes, an if my royal fox
What her is this?
arriv'd, If you will see her,--now, by my faith and honour, If seriously I may convey my thoughts In this my light deliverance, I have spoke With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession 1, Wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz'd me more Than I dare blame my weakness : Will you see her (For that is ber demand), and know her business? That done, laugh well at me. King.
Now, good Lafeu, Bring in the admiration; that we with thee May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, By wond'ring how thou took'st it. Laf.
Nay, I'll fit you, And not be all day neither.
[Exit Lafeu. King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
Re-enter Lafeu, with Helena.
This haste hath wings indeed.
King. Now, fair one, does your business follow us? Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was
* A female pbysician.
+ A kind of dance. By profession is meant her declaration of the object of her coming.
§ I am like Pandarus.
My father; in what he did profess, well found*.
King. I knew him.
Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one, Which, as the dearest issue of his practice, And of his old experience the only darling, He bad me store up, as a triple eyet, Safer than mine own two, more dear : I have so : And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd With that malignant cause wherein the honour Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power, I come to tender it and my appliance, With all bound humbleness. King
We thank you, maiden 1; But may not be so credulous of cure, When our most learned doctors leave us; and The congregated college have concluded That labouring art can never ransome nature From her inaidable estate,-I say we must not So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, To prostitute our past-cure malady To empiricks; or to dissever so Our great self and our credit, to esteem A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains : I will no more enforce mine office on you; Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts A modest one, to bear me back again.
King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful;
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
+ A third eye.
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr’d:
The greatest grace lending grace, Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring : Ere twice in murk and occidental damp Moist Hesperus || hath quench'd his sleepy lamp ; Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass ; What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.
* An allusion to Daniel judging the two Elders. + i. e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb. * This must refer to the children of Israel passing the Red Sea, when miracles bad been denied by Pharaoh.
§ i. e. Pretend to greater things than befits the mediocrity of my condition.
# The evening star. yol. III.