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Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none have her: sure, they are bastards to the English; the French ne'er got them.
Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, To make yourself a son out of my blood.
4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Laf. There's one grape yet,- I am sure thy father drank wine. But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee already
Hei. I dare not say, I take you ; [To BERTRAM] ]
but I give
Me and my service, ever whilst I live,
King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's
Know'st thou not, Bertram,
Yes, my good lord ; But never hope to know why I should marry her. King. Thou know'st, she has rais’d me from my
sickly bed. Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down Must answer for your raising? I know her well ; She had her breeding at my father's charge : A poor physician's daughter my wife !- Disdain Rather corrupt me ever! King. "Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the
which I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together,
S'Tis only title-) i. e. the want of title.
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st
strive to choose. Hel. That you are well restor’d, my lord, I am glad; Let the rest go.
9 Where great additions swell,] Additions are the titles and descriptions by which men are distinguished from each other.
Is good, without a name ; vileness is so :] The meaning is, Good is good, independent on any worldly distinction or title : so vileness is vile, in whatever state it may appear. MALONE.
2 Honour's born,] is the child of honour. Born is here used, no bairn still is in the North. HENLEY,
King. My honour's at the stake ; which to defeat, I must produce my power: Here, take her hand, Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift, That dost in vile misprision shackle up, My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, We, poizing us in her defective scale, Shall weigh thee to the beam ;' that wilt not know, It is in us to plant thine honour, where We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt : Obey our will, which travails in thy good : Believe not thy disdain, but presently Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, Into the staggers, and the careless lapse Of youth and ignorance ; both my revenge and
hate, Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, Without all terms of pity : Speak; thine answer.
Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord ; for I submit My fancy to your eyes : When I consider, What great creation, and what dole of honour, Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, Is, as 'twere, born so. King.
Take her by the hand,
that canst not dream,
Shall weigh thee to the beam :) That canst not understand, that if you and this maiden should be weighed together, and our royal favours should be thrown into her scale, (which you esteem so light,) we should make that in which you should be placed, to strike the beam. MALONE.
* Into the staggers,] One species of the staggers, or the horse's apoplexy, is a raging impatience, which makes the animal dash himself
with a destructive violence against posts or walls. To this the allusion, I suppose, is made. Johnson.
And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise
I take her hand.
king, Smile upon
this contráct; whose ceremony Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief, And be perform’d to-night:' the solemn feast Shall more attend upon the coming space, Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her, Thy love's to me religious ; else, does err. [Exeunt King, BERTRAM, Helena, Lords,
and Attendats. Laf. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with
you. Par. Your pleasure, sir?
Laf. Your Iord and master did well to make his recantation. Par. Recantation :--My lord ? my
master? Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak?
Par. A most harsh one; and not to be understood without bloody succeeding. My master?
Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon? Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is
And be perform'd to-night :) A brief, in ancient language, means any short and summary writing or proceeding. The nowborn brief is another phrase for the contract recently and suddenly made. The ceremony of it (says the king) shall seem to hasten after its short preliminary, and be performed to-night, &c.
STEEVENS. The meaning of the present passage, I believe, is: Good fortune, and the king's favour, smile on this short contract; the ceremonial part of which shall immediately pass,--shall follow close on the troth now plighted between the parties, and be performed this night; the solemn feast shall be delayed to a future time.
Laf. To what is count's man ; count's master is of another style.
Par. You are too old, sir; let it satisfy you, you are too old.
Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to which title age cannot bring thee.
Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.
Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel ; it might pass : yet the scarfs, and the bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly dissuade me from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose thee again, I care not: yet art thou good for nothing but taking up;' and that thou art scarce worth.
Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity
Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest thou hasten thy trial -- which if-Lord have mercy on thee for a hen! So, my good window of lattice, fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, for I look through thee. Give me thy hand.
Par. My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy of it.
Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it. Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it: and I will not bate thec a scruple.
Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what
for two ordinaries,] Whilst I sat twice with thee at table. JOHNSON.
? - taking up ;] To take up is to contradict, to call to account ; as well as to pick off the ground. Johnson.