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were not for the court: but, for me, I have an answer will serve all men.
Count. Will your answer serve fit to all questions?
Clo. As fit as ten groats for the hand of an attorney, as a pancake for Shrove-Tuesday, or a morris for May-day.
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. An end, sir, to
business: Give Helen this, And
urge her to a present answer back: Commend me to my
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.
Paris. A Room 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 3 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.
Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, that hath shot out in our latter times.
Ber. And so 'tis.
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 showing, you shall 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 facinorous spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the
Laf. Very hand of heaven.
Pár. 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.
4 The Dauphin.
Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants.
Par. Is not this Helen?
.[Exit an Attendant.
Enter several Lords.
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal?, and his furniture,
Peruse them well:
6 Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, cheerful.
? A docked horse.
All. We understand it, and thank heaven for you.
Make choice; and, see, Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly;
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute. Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw ames-aces for
2 Lord. No better, if you please.
My wish receive, Which great love grant! and so I take leave.
Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons of mine, I'd have them whipped. Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord] that I your
hand should take; I'll never do you wrong for your own sake: Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed!
Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll nore have her.
Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good.
& The lowest chance of the dice.
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. Hel. I dare not say, I take you; [To BERTRAM]
but I give Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Into your guiding power. - This is the man. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's
thy wife. Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your
Know'st thou not, Bertram,
Yes, my good lord ; But never hope to know why I should
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, Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off In differences so mighty: If she be All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik’st, A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st Of virtue for the name: but do not so : From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The place is dignified by the doer's deed :
91. e. The want of title.