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misdoubt: Pray you leave mo: stall this in | That truth should be suspected: Speak, is't so? your bosom, and I thank you for your honest If it be so, you have wound a goodly clue; care: I will speak with you further anon. If it be not, forswear't: howe'er, I charge thee,
[Exit STEWARD. As heaven shall work in me for thine avail,
To tell me truly.
Hel. Good madam, pardon me! Count. Even so it was with me, when I was Count. Do you love my son? young :
(thora Hel. Your pardon noble mistress! If we are nature's, these are ours; this Count. Love you my son ? Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong ; Hel. Do not you love him, madam?
Our blood to us, this to our blood is born ; Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a It is the show and seal of nature's truth,
[disclose Where love's strong passion is impress'd in Whereof the world takes note: come, come, youth:
The state of your affection; for your passions By our remembrances of days foregone, Have to the full appeach'd. Such were our faults ;-or then we thought Hel. Then, I confess, them none.
Here on my knee, before high heaven and you, Her eye
is sick on't ; I observe her now. That before you, and next unto high heaven, Hel. What is your pleasure, madam? I love your son :Count. You know, Helen,
My friends were poor, but honest; so's my love, I am a mother to you.
Be not offended; for it hurts not him, Hel. Mine honourable mistress.
That he is lov'd of me: I follow him not Count. Nay, a mother ;
By any token of presumptuous suit; Why not a mother? When I said a mother, Nor would I have him, till I do deserve him : Methought you saw a serpent: What's in Yet never know how that desert should be. mother,
I know I love in vain, strive against hope ; That you start at it? I say, I am your mother; Yet, in this captious and intenible sieve, And put you in the catalogue of those
I still pour in the waters of my love, That were enwombed mine: 'Tis often seen,
And lack not to lose still; thus, Indian-like, Adoption strives with nature ; and choice Religious in mine error, I adore breeds
The sun, that looks upon his worshipper, A native slip to us from foreign seeds :
But knows of him no more. My dearest maYou ne'er oppress'd me with a mother's groan,
dam, Yet I express to you a mother's care:
Let not your hate encounter with my love, God's mercy, maiden! does it curd thy blood,
For loving where you do: but, if yourself, To say, I am thy mother? What's the matter, Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth,* That this distemper’d messenger of wet, Did ever, in so true a flame of liking, 'The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye?
Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Dian Why? that you are my daughter ? Was both herself and love ;t then, give pity Hel. That I am not.
To her, whose state is such, that cannot choose Count. I say, I am your mother.
But lend and give, where she is sure to lose; Hel. Pardon, madam;
That seeks not to find that her search implies, The count Rousillon cannot be my brother:
But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies. I am from humble, he from honour'd name; Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak No note upon my parents, his all noble :
To go to Paris?
truly, My master, my dear lord he is; and I
Hel. Madam, I had. His servant live, and will his vassal die :
Count. Wherefore? tell true. He must not be my brother.
Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itself, I swear. Count. Nor I your mother?
You know, my father left me some prescripHel. You are my mother, madam; 'Would
tions : you were
Of rare and prov'd effects, such as his reading, (So that my lord, your son, were not my And manifest experience, had collected brother)
(mothers, For general sovereignty; and that he will’d me Indeed, my mother!-or were you both our In heedfullest reservation to bestow them, I care no more for, than I do for heaven,
As notes, whose faculties inclusive were, So I were not his gister : Can't no other, More than they were in note : amongst the But I your daughter, he must bo my brother? There is a remedy, approv'd, set down, (rest
, Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daugh- To cure the desperate languishes, whereof ter-in-law ;
(mother, The king is render'd lost. God shield, you mean it not ! daughter, and
Count. This was your motive
Hel. My lord your son made me to think of The mystery of your loneliness, and find (see
this; Your salt tears' head. I Now to all sense 'tis Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, gross,
Had from the conversation of my thoughts, You love my son ; invention is asham'd,
Ilaply, been absent then, Against the proclamation of thy passion, Count. But think you, Helen, To say thou dost not: therefore tell me true; ! If you should tender your supposed aid, But tell me then, 'tis so :-for, look, thy cheeks He would receive it? He and his physicians Confess it one to the other; and thine eyes
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him, See it so grossly shown in thy behaviours,
They, that they cannot help: How shall they That in their kindộ they speak it: only sin
credit And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,
A poor unlcarred virgin, when the schools, * I.e. I care as much for: I wish it equally.
* 1.c. Whose respectable conduct in age proves that
you were no less virtuous when young. The source, the cause of your grief.
Rovina in which are preto aveloge than
Embowell'd of their doctrine, * have left off Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, The danger to itself?
Till honour be brought up, and no sword worn, Hel. There's something hints, [greatest But one to dance with !** By heaven, I'll steal More than my father's skill, which was the
away. Of his profession, that his good receipt
1 Lord. There's honour in the theft. Shall for my legacy, be sanctified
Par. Commit it, count. By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. your honour
Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a torBut give me leave to try success, I'd venture tured body. The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure, 1 Lord. Farewell, captain. By such a day, and hour.
2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles ! Count. Dost thou believe't?
Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly.
kin. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my metals :—You shall find in the regiment of the leave, and love,
(ings Spinii, one captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, Means, and attendants, and my loving greet- an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek; To those of mine own court ; I'll stay at home, it was this very sword entrenched it: say to him And pray God's blessing into thy attempt : I live; and observe his reports for me. Be gone to-morrow; and be sure of this, 2 Lord. We shall, noble captain. What I can help thee to, thou shalt not miss. Par. Mars dote on you for his novices !
[Exeunt. (Exeunt LORDS.) What will you do? ACT II.
Ber. Stay; the king- (Seeing him rise. SCENE I.-Paris.-A Room in the King's
Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the Palace.
noble lords ; you have restrained yourself withFlourish. Enter King, with young LORDS
in the list of too cold an adieu : be more exlaking leave for the Florentine war;
BER- pressive to them; for they wear themselves in TRAM, PAROLLES, and attendants.
the cap of the time,t there, do muster truegait, King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike the most received star; and though the devil
eat, speak, and move under the influence of principles Do not throw from you :-And you, my lord, after them, and take a more dilated farewell.
lead the measure, such are to be followed ; farewell :
Ber. And I will do so.
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most And is enough for both.
sinewy swordmen. 1 Lord. It is our hope, Sir,
(Exeunt BERTRAM and PAROLLES, After well-enter'd soldiers, to return
Enter Largo. And find your grace in health.
Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart
and for my tidings. Will not confess he owes the malady
King. I'll fee thee to stand up. That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young Laf. Then here's a man
[you Whether I live or die, be you the sons (lords, Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy Had kneeld, my lord, to ask me mercy; and (Those bated, that inherit but the fall That, at my bidding, you could so stand up. Of the last monarchy,t) see, that you come King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when And ask'd thee mercy for't. The bravest questantf shrinks, find what you Laf. Goodfaith across : || seek,
But my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be car'd That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell. of your infirmity? 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your
King. No. majesty!
Laf. O, will you eat King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of No grapes, my royal fox? yes, but you will, them;
My noble grapes, an if my royal fox They say, our French lack language to deny, Could reach them: I have seen a medicine, ? If they demand : beware of being captives,
That's able to breathe life into a stone; Before you serve.
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary, Both. Our hearts receive your warnings. With sprightly fire and motion; whose simple King. Farewell.—Come hither to me. Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay, (touch
The King retires to a couch. To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, 1 Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay And write to her a love-line. behind us !
King. What her is this? Par. 'Tis not his fault: the spark
Laf. Why, doctor she : My lord, there's one2 Lord. 0, 'tis brave wars!
[honour, Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. If you will see her,—now by my faith and Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coill If seriously I may convey my thoughts with;
In this my light deliverance, I have spoke Too young, and the next year, and’lis too early. With one, that, in her sex, her years, profesPar. 'An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away
Wisdom, and constancy, hath amazed me more Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a * In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentlomon to smock,
dance with swords on.
1 They are the foremost in the fashion. * Exhausted of their skill.
Have the true military step. $ The dance. tl. e. Those cxcepted who possess modern Italy, the || Unskilfully; a phrase taken froin the exercise at a remains nf the Roman empire.
quaintaine. Seeker, inquirer.
1 A female physician.
** A kind of dance. Be not captives before you are soldiers.
11 By profession is meant her declaration of the ohiert With a noise, bustle.
of her comins
Than I dare blame my weakness: Will yon Oft expectation fails, and most oft there see her
(hess? Where most it promises : and oft it hits, (For that is her demand,) and know her busi- Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits. That done, laagh well at me.
King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, King. Now, good Lafeu,
kind maid; Bring in the admiration; that we with thee Thy pains, not us’d, must by thyself be paid : May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward. By wond'ring how thou took'st it.
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd: Laf. Nay, I'll fit yon,
It is not so with him that all things knows, And not be all day neither. [Exit LaFeu. As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows: King. Thus he his special nothing ever pro- But most it is presumption in us, when logues.
The help of heaven we count the act of men. Re-enter LAFEU, with HELENA. Dear Sir, to my endeavours give consent ; Laf. Nay, come your ways.
Of heaven, not me, make an experiment, King. This haste hath wings indeed.
I am not an impostor, that proclajm Laf. Nay, come your ways;
Myself against the level of mine aim ;* 'Phis is his majesty, say your mind to him :
But know I think, and think I know most sure, A traitor you do look like; but such traitors My art is not past power, nor you past cure. His majesty seldom fears:1 am Cressid's uncle,*
King. Art thou so confident? Within what That dare leave two together; fare you well. Hop'st thou my cure?
Hel. The greatest grace lending grace, King. Now, fair one, does your business Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring follow us:
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring; Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
Moist Hesperust hath quench'd his sleepy lamp; My father ; in what he did profess, well found. Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass King. I knew him.
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; Hel. The rather will I spare my praises to- What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, wards him ;
Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death King. Upon thy certainty and confidence, Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one,
What dar'st thou venture ? Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,
Hel. Tax of impudence, And of his old experience the only darling,
A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,He bad me store up, as a triple eye,
Tradac'd by odious ballads ; my maiden's name Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have so: Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended, And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd With vilest torture let my life be ended. With that malignant cause wherein the honour
King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit Of my dear father's gift stands ehief in power, His powerful sound, within an organ weak :
doth speak; I come to tender it, and my appliance, With all bound humbleness.
And what impossibility would slay King. We thank you, maiden ;
In common sense, sense saves another way. But may not be so credulous of cure
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate When our most learned doctors leave us ; and Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate ; The congregated college have concluded
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all That labouring art can never ransom nature
That happiness and prime, can happy call: From her inaidable estate, I say we must not Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate So stain our judgement, or corrupt our hope,
Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate. To prostitute our past-cure malady
Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try; To empirics: or to dissever so
That ministers thine own death, if I die. Our great self and our credit, to esteem
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property A senseless help, when help past sense we deem. Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die; (tee: Hel
. My duty then shall pay me for my pains : An well deservd: Not helping, death's my I will no more enforce mine office on you ;
But, If I help, what do you promise me? Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
King. Make thy demand. A modest one, to bear me back again.
Hel. But will you make it even? King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd
King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of grateful :
heaven. Thon thought'st to help me; and such thanks I
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy, As one near death to those tlrat wish him live :
kingly hand, But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part, What husband in thy power I will command : I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
Exempted be from me the arrogance Hel . What I can do, can do no hurt to try, My low and humble name to propagate
To choose from forth the royal blood of France; Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy: He that of greatest works is finisher,
With any branch or image of thy state: Oft does them by the weakest minister:
But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know Fo holy writ in babes bath judgement shown, Is free for me to ask, theo to bestow. When judges have been babes. Great floods King. Here is my hand; the premises observed, have flown
[dried, Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd ; From simple sources ;l and great seas have so make the ohoice of thy own time; for I, When miracles have by the greatest been Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. denied.T
More should I question thee, and more I must: * I am like Pandoruz.
Though, more to know, could not be more 15 Oiacknowledged excellence.
1 A third eye.
trust; An allusion to Daniel judging ile two eklers. Il 1. e. When Moses smote the rock m floreb.
I. e. Pretend to greater things than befits the meiliThis must refer to the children of Israel passing the
+ Tho evening star.
ocrity of my condition. Railshen miracies had becauseall Tag Pirargah
I.e. May be counted arcong the gifts enjoyed by tite. From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,- Count. I play the noble housewife with the But rest
time, to entertain it so merrily with a fool. Uaquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.- Clo. O Lord, Sir,-Why, there't serves well Give me some help here, ho !-If thou proceed again. As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. Count. An end, Sir, to your business: Give (Flourish. Exeunt.
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. Come on, Sir; I shall now put you Count. Not much employment for you: Yoa to the height of your breeding.
understand me? Clo. I will show myself highly fed, and Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my lowly taught; I know my business is but to the legs. court.
Count. Haste you again. [Exeunt severally. Count. To the court! why what place make you special, when you put off that with such
SCENE III.-Paris.-A Room in the King's
Palace. contempt? But to the court!
Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man Enter BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES. any manners, he may easily put it off at court: Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we he that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his have our philosophical persons, to make mohand, and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, dern* and familiar things, supernatural and lip, nor cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, to say causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of precisely, were not for the court: but, for me, terrors ; ensconcing ourselves into seeming I have an answer will serve all men.
knowledge, when we should submit ourselves Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, to an unknown fear.t that fits all question.
Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonClo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all der, that hath shot out in our latter times, buttocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, Ber. And so 'tis. the brawn-buttock, or any buttock.
Laf. To be relinquished of the artists ---Count. Will your answer serve fit to all Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus.. questions?
Laf. Of all the learned and authentic felClo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an
lows, attorney, as your French crown for your taffata Par. Right, so I say. pank, as Tib's rush for Tom's forefinger, as a Laf. That gave him out incurable,-pancake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May- Par. Why, there 'tis; so say I too. day, as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his Laf. Not to be helped, horn, as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, Par. Right: as 'twere a man assured of an-as the nun's lip to the friar's mouth; nay, as the Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. pudding to his skin.
Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the fitness for all questions?
world. Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in constable, it will fit any question.
showing, you shall read it in, Count. It must be an answer of most mon-call there? strous size, that must fit all demands.
Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the earthly actor. learned should speak truth of it: here it is, Par. That's it I would have said; the very and all that belongs to't: Ask me, if I am a same. courtier ; it shall do you no harm to learn. Laf. Why, your dolphins is not lustier ;
'fore Count. To be young again, if we could: 1 me I speak in respectwill be a fool in question, hoping to be the Par. Nay 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that wiser by your answer. I pray you, Sir, are is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of you a courtier?
a most facinorius, spirit, that will not acknowClo. O Lord, Sir, There's a simple put- ledge it to be the ting off ;-more, more, a hundred of them.
Laf. Very hand of heaven. Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that Par. Ay, so I say.
Laf. In a most weakClo. O Lord, Sir,—Thick, thick, spare not Par. And debile minister, great power, great
transcendence: which should, indeed, give us Count. I think, Sir, you can eat none of this a further use to be made, than alone the rehomely meat.
covery of the king, as to be Clo. O Lord, Sir,-Nay, put me to't, I war- Laf. Generally thankful.
Ender King, HELENA, and Attendants. Count. You were lately whipped, Sir, as I think.
Par. I would have said it; you say well: Clo. O Lord, Sir,-Spare not me.
Here eomes the king. Count. Do you cry, O Lord, Sir, at your
Laf. Lustic, | as the Dutchman says: I'll li! Whipping, and spare not me? Indeed, your 0 a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in 1 Lord, Sir, is very sequent* to your whipping; head: Why, he's able to lead her a corant you would answer very well to a whipping, if
Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this war Fou were but bound to't.
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.
King. Go, call before me allseen,
ere at home: my-O Lord, Sir : I see, things may serve long, but not serve ever.
* Ordinary * The dauphin.
-What do you
'her arms, + Fear means here and high
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; I am a youth of fourtcen; I have known thee And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd already. sense
Hel. I dare not say, I take you; [To BERThou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
TRAM) but I give
Into your guiding power.—This is the man.
King. Why, then, young Bertram, take her, Enter several LORDS.
she's thy wife. Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your parcel
King. Know'st thou not, Bertram,
But never hope to know why I should marry Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from mistress
my sickly bed. Fall, when love please!--marry, to each, but Ber. But followsit, my lord, to bring medown one !t
Must answer for your raising? I know her well; Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, and his furniture, She had her breeding at my father's charge: My mouth nomorewere broken than these boys', A poor physician's daughter my wife Disdain And writ as little beard.
Rather corrupt me ever! King. Peruse them well:
King. "Tis only title* thou disdain 'st in her, Not one of those, but had a noble father.
the which Hel. Gentlemen,
I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king to Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, health.
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off Al. We understand it, and thank heaven for In differences so mighty: If she be you.
All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik'st, Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealth. A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st That, I protest, I simply am a maid : -[iest, of virtue for the name: but do not so: (ceed, Please it your majesty, I have done already. From lowest place when virtuous things proThe blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, The place is dignified by the doer's deed : We blush, that thou should'st choose ; but, be Where great additionst swell, and virtue none, refus'd,
It is a dropsied honour : good alone Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever : Is good, without a name: vileness is so ;f We'll ne'er come there again.
The property by what it is should go, King. Make choice; and see,
Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair; Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. In these to nature she's immediate heir ;
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fy: And these breed honour: that is honour's scori, And to imperial Love, that god most high, Which challenges itself as honour's born, Do my sighs stream.-Sir, will you hear my And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, 1 Lord. And grant it.
(suit? When rather from our acts we them derive Hel. Thanks, Sir; all the rest is mute. Than our fore-goers ; the mere word's a slave,
Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave, ames-acell for my life.
A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb, Hel. The honour, Sir, that flames in your fair Where dust, and damnd oblivion, is the tomb eyes,
Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be Before I speak, too threateningly replies :
said? Love make your fortunes twenty times above If thou canst like this creature as a maid, Her that so wishes, and her hamble love! I can create the rest : virtue, and she
(me. 2 Lord, No better, if you please.
Js her own dower; honour and wealth, from Hel. My wish receive,
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were song
strive to choose. of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
am glad ; Hel. Be not afraid (To a LORD] that I your Let the rest go.
[defeat, hand should take;
King. My honour's at the stake; which to I'll never do you wrong for your own sake: I must produce my power: Here take her hand, Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed!
That dost in vile misprison shackle up Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, have her : sure, they are bastards to the Eng- We, poizing us in her defective scale, (know, lish; the French ne'er got them.
Shall weigh thee to the beam : that wilt nof Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too, It is in us to plant thine honour, where good,
We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt: l'o make yourself a son out of my blood. Obey our will, which travails in thy good : Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Believe not thy disdain, but presently There's one grape yet, -I am sure, thy Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, * I am nk wine. But if thou be'st not an ass, which both thy duty owes, and our power
Ana!lusioards as well as subjecte. || 1. c. When Faning Bertram. # A docted horse. * I.e. The want of title.
Titles. ! This must requore to say to you, ! The lowest Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, Tiril Sur whom
end ko je vilepess vile,