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A mother, and a mistress, and a friend,
A phenix, captain, and an enemy,
A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign,
A counsellor, a ? traitress, and a dear;
His humble ambition, proud humility;
His jarring concord ; and his discord dulcet ;
His faith, his sweet disaster; with a world
Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms,
That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he-
I know not, what he shall :-God send him well!
The court's a learning place ;--and he is one-

Par. What one, i'faith?
Hel. That I wish well- 'Tis pity -

the enjoyment of her his master should find the gratification of all his most romantic wishes. What Dr. Warburton says afterwards, is said at random, as all positive declarations of the same kind muft of necessity be.

STEEVENS. Perhaps we should read,

“ Will you any thing with us ?" i. e. will you send any thing with us to court to which Helena's answer would be proper enough “ Not my virginity yet.”

T. T. A pbænix, captain, &c.] The eight lines following friend, I am persuaded is the nonsense of some foolish conceited player, What put it into his head was Helen's saying, as it should be read for the future,

There all your master have a thousand luves;
A mother, and a mistress, and a friend.

I know not, what be shall-God fend bim well. Where the fellow finding a horfand loves spoken of, and only tbrre reckoned up, namely, a mother's, a mistrefi's, and a friend's, (which, by the way, were all a judicious writer could mention; for there are but these three species of love in nature) he would help out the number, by the intermediate nonsense : and, be. cause they were yet too few, he pieces out his loves with enmities, and makes of the whole such finished nonsense as is never heard out of Bedlam,

WARBURTON. i-a traitress.] It seems that traitress was in that age a term of endearment, for when Lafeu introduces Helena to the king, he says, You like a traytor, but juch traytors his majesty dors 8:mucb fear.



Par. What's pity ?

Hel. That wishing well had not a body in't, Which might be felt : that we, the poorer born, Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes, Might with effects of them follow our friends, *And shew what we alone must think, which never Returns us thanks.

Enter Page. Page. Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you.

[Exit page. Par. Little Helen, farewel : if I can remember thee, I will think of thee at court.

Hel. Monsieur Parolles, you were born under a charitable star.

Par. Under Mars, I.
Hel. I especially think, under Mars.
Par. Why under Mars ?

Hel. The wars have kept you so under, that you must needs be born under Mars.

Par. When he was predominant.
Hel. When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
Par. Why think you so ?
Hel. You go so much backward, when you fight.
Par. That's for advantage.

Hel. So is running away, when fear proposes the safety : but the composition that your valour and fear makes in you,' is a virtue of a good wing, and I like the wear well.


And few what we alone must think.] And few by realities what we now muft only think.

Johnson. 9 is a virtue of a good wing, and I like the wear well.] The integrity of the metaphor directs us to Shakespeare's true reading; which, doubtless, was a good MING, i. e. mixture, composa tion ; a word common to Shakespeare and the writers of this age,


Par. I am so full of businesses, I cannot answer thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier ; in the which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, so thou wilt be capable of courtier's counsel, and underItand what advice shall thrust upon thee; else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance makes thee away; farewel. When thou halt leisure, fay thy prayers; when thou hast none, remember thy friends : get thee a good husband, and use him as he uses thee: fo farewel.

[Exit. Hel. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to heaven. The fated sky Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull Our Now designs, when we ourselves are dull. "What power is it, which mounts my love so high; That makes me fee, and cannot feed mine eye ? * The mightiest space in fortune, nature brings To join like likes, and kiss, like native things.


and taken from the texture of cloth. The M was turned the wrong way at press, and from thence came the blunder.

WARBURTON. This conjecture I could wish to see better proved. This como nen word ming I have never found. The first edition of this play exhibits wing without a capital : yet, I confess, that a virtue of a good wing is an expression that I cannot understand, unless by a metaphor taken from falconry, it may mean, a virtue that will Ay bigh, and in the file of Hotspur, Pluck honour from the moon.

JOHNSON. Mr. Edwards is of opinion, that a virtue of a good wing refers to his nimbleness or fleetness in running away. STEEVENS.

'What power is it, that mounts my love so high,

That makes me fee, and cannot feed mine eye :] She means, by what influence is my love directed to a person so much above me; why am I made to discern excellence, and left to long after it, without the food of hope.

? The mightief space in fortune nature brings
To join like likes, and kiss, like native things.
Impossible be frange attempts, to those.
That weigh their pain in linse ; and do fuppose

What hath been, --]
All these four lines are obscure, and, I believe, corrupt. I shall


Impossible be strange attempts, to those
That weigh their pain in sense; and do suppose,
What hath been, cannot be. Whoever strove
To lhew her merit, that did miss her love?
The king's disease-my project may deceive me,
But my intents are fix’d, and will not leave me.



Changes to the court of France. Flourish Cornets. Enter the king of France, with let.

ters, and divers attendants. King. The Florentines and Senoys are by the ears; Have fought with equal fortune, and continue A braving war.

1 Lord. So 'tis reported, Sir.

King. Nay, 'tis most credible; we here receive it, A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria ; With caution that the Florentine will move us For speedy aid ; wherein our dearest friend Prejudicates the business, and would seem To have us make denial.

propose an emendation, which those who can explain the present seading, are at liberty to reject.

Through mightieft Space in fortune nature brings

Likes to join likes, and kiss, like native ibings. That is, nature brings like qualities and dispositions to meet through any distance that fortune may have set between them ; le joins them and makes them kiss like things born together. The next lines I read with Hanmer.

Impossible be frange attempts to those
That weigb their pain in fenfe, and do fuppose

What ha'n't been, cannot be. Nec attempts seem impoffible to those who estimate their la. bour or enterprises by sense, and believe that nothing can be but what they fee before them.


1 Lord.

i Lord. His love, and wisdom, Approv'd fo to your majesty, may plead For ample credence.

King. He hath arm’d our answer ;
And Florence is deny’d, before he comes :
Yet, for our gentlemen that mean to see
The Tuscan service, freely have they leave
To stand on either part.

2 Lord. It may well serve
A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
For breathing and exploit.

King. What's he comes here?

Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles. i Lord. It is the count Rousillon, my good lord, Young Bertram.

King. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face. Frank nature, rather curious than in haste, Hath well compos'd thee. Thy father's moral parts May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.

Ber. My thanks, and duty, are your majesty's.

King. I would, I had that corporal soundness now,
As when thy father, and myself, in friendship
First try'd our soldiership! He did look far
Into the service of the time, and was
Discipled of the bravest. He lasted long;
But on us both did haggish age steal on,
And wore us out of act. It much repairs me
To talk of your good father : in his youth
He had the wit, which I can well observe

3 He had the wit, which I can well observe
To day in our young lords : but obey may joll,
Till their own scorn return to them; unnoted

Ere th y can hide their levity in bonour.] : 1.2. Ere their titles can cover the levity of their behaviour, and Vol. IV. с


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