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King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
What dar'st thou venture ?
Hel.

Tax of impudence,
A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,-
Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name
Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended,
With vilest torture let my life be ended.
King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth

speak;
His powerful sound, within an organ weak:
And what impossibility would slay
In common sense, sense saves another way.
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate* ;
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all
That happiness and primet can happy call :
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
Sweet practiser, thy physick I will try;
That ministers thine own death, if I die.

Hel. If I break time, or Alinch in property
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die ;
And well deserv'd : Not helping, death's my fee;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?

King. Make thy demand.
Hel.

But will you make it even ? King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of heaven. Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly

hand, What husband in thy power I will command : Exempted be from me the arrogance To choose from forth the royal blood of France; My low and humble name to propagate With any branch or image of thy state: But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.

King. Here is my hand; the premises observ’d, Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd;

* i. e. May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee. + The spring or morning of life.

So make the choice of thy own time; for I,
Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely.
More should I question thee, and more I must;
Though, more to know, could not be more to trust;
From whence thou cam’st, how tended on,-But

rest
Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.
Give me some help here, ho !-If thou proceed
As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed.

(Flourish. Exeunt.

SCENE II.

Rousillon. A room in the Countess's palace.

Enter Countess and Clown.

Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding.

Člo. I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught: I know my business is but to the court.

Count. To the court! why, what place make you special, when you put off that with such contempt? But to the court !

Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent å man any manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were not for the court; but, for me, I have an answer will serve all men.

Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that fits all questions.

Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all buttocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the brawn-buttock, or any buttock.

Count. Will your answer serve fit to all questions?

Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney, as your French crown for your taffata punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger, as a pancake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to the friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. Count. Have you, I

say, an answer of such fitness for all questions ?

Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your constable, it will fit any question.

Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous size, that must fit all demands.

Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the learned should speak truth of it: here it is, and all that belongs to't : Ask me, if I am a courtier; it shall do you no harm to learn.

Count. To be young again, if we could: I will be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by your answer. I

pray you, sir, are you a courtier ? Clo, O Lord, sir, There's a simple putting off; -more, more, a hundred of them.

Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that loves you.

Clo. O Lord, sir,—Thick, thick, spare not me.

Count. I think, sir, you can eat none of this homely meat.

Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant you. Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me.

Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whipping, and spare not me ? Indeed, your O Lord, sir, is very sequent* to your whipping ; you would answer very well to a whipping, if you were but bound to't.

Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my-0 Lord, sir : I see, things may serve long, but not serve ever.

Count. I play the noble housewife with the time, to entertain it so merrily with a fool.

* Properly follows.

Clo. O Lord, sir,-- Why, there't serves well again.
Count. An end, sir, to your business : Give Helen

this,
And urge her to a present answer back :
Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son';
This is not much.

Clo. Not much commendation to them.

Count. Not much employment for you: You'understand me?

Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs. Count. Haste you again. [Exeunt severally.

SCENE III.

Paris. A roon in the King's palace.

Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles. Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons, to make modern * and familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear t.

Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, that hath shot out in our latter times.

Ber. And so 'tis.
Laf. To be relinquished of the artists,
Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus.
Laf. Of all the learned and authentick fellows,-
Par. Right, so I say.
Laf. That gave him out incurable,-
Par. Why, there 'tis; so say I too.
Laf. Not to be helped,-
Par. Right: as 'twere, a man assured of an-
Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said.
Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world.
Par. It is, indeed : if you will have it in show-
* Ordinary,

+ Fear means here the object of fear.

ing, you sha!l read it in, --What do you call there?

Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly actor.

Par. That's it I would have said: the very same.

Laf. Why, your dolphin * is not lustier: 'fore me I speak in respect

Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinoroust spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be them

Laf. Very hand of heaven.
Par. Ay, so I say.
Laf. In a most weak-

Par. And debile minister, great power, great transcendence; which should, indeed, give us a further use to be made, than alone the recovery of the king, as to be Laf. Generally thankful.

Enter King, Helena, and attendants. Par. I would have said it; you say well: Here comes the king.

Laf. Lustick f, as the Dutchman says : I'll like a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my

head: Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.

Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen?
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.
King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.-

[Exit an attendant.
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
The confirmation of my promis'd gift,
Which but attends thy naming.

Enter several Lords. Fair raid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel * The daupbin.

+ Wicked. Lustigh is the Dutch for lusty, cheerful.

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