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misdoubt: Pray you leave me: 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 :
[thorn 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 motber to you.
Be not offended; for it hurts not him, Hel. Mine honourable mistress.
That he is loy'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 ma. You 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
Hil. 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 prescrip Hel. 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 willd 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 sister: Can't no other, More than they were in note :t amongst the But, I your daughter, he must be 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 So strivet upon your pulse: What, pale again? For Paris, was it? 'speak. My fear hath catch'd your fondness: Now I Hel. My lord your son made me to think of The mystery of your loneliness, and find (see
this; Your salt tears' head. 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, Haply, 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 kindş they speak it: only sin
credit And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,
A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools, * I. e. I care as much for: I wish it equally,
* 1.e. Whose respectable conduct in age proves that + Contend.
you were no less virtuous when young. 1 he source, the cause of your grief.
1 Receipts in which greater virtues were enclosed thian According to their nature.
+ 1. e. Venus
Embowell’d of their doctrine,* have left off Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, The danger to itself?
Till honour be bought 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 ain 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; it To those of mine own court; I'll stay at hoine, 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 !
(E.ceunt. [Excunt Lords.] What will you do?
Ber. Stay; the king [Seeing him rise. ACT II.
Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the SCENE I.–Paris.-A Room in the King's noble lords; you have restrained yourself withPalace.
in the list of too cold an adieu : be more exFlourish. Enter King, with young Lords tak- pressive to them; for they wear themselves in
ing leave for the Florentine wur ; BERTRAM, the cap of the time,t there, do muster true gait, PAROLLES, and attendants.
eat, speak, and move under the influence of the King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike the measure,such are to be followed : after
most received star; and though the devil lead principles Do not throw from you :--And you, my lord,
them, and take a more dilated farewell.
Ber. And I will do so. farewell :Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all,
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most
sinewy swordmen. The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv'd,
[Excunt BERTRAM and PAROLLES. And is enough for both. 1 Lord. It is our hope, Sir,
Luf. Pardon, my lord, (Kneeling.] for me
and for my tidings.
King. I'll fee thee to stand up.
(you That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, Whether I live or die, be you the sons [lords ; | Had kneeld, my lord, to ask me mercy; and Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy (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,
And ask'd thee mercy for't.
Laf. Goodfaith, across : 11
But my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur'd That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell..
Of your infirmity 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your
Laf. 0, will you eat
No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but you will, them; 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 bither to me.
Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay, (touch [The King retires to a couch. And write to her a love-line.
To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand,
King. What her is this?
Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one 2 Lord. O, 'tis brave wars !
[honour, Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars.
If you will see her --now, by my faith and
If seriously I may convey my thoughts
With one, that, in her sex, her years, profes-
sion,tt bravely. Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a * In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentlemen to smock,
+ They are the foremost in the fashion. * Exhausted of their skill.
I Have the true military step. $ The dance. +1. e. Those excepted who possess modern Italy, the remains of the Roman empire.
1 Unskilfully; a phrase taken from the exercise at a
quantaine. Seeker, inquirer.
SA female physician.
** A kind of dance. Be not captives before you are soldiers
# By profession is meant her declaration of the object || With a noise, bustle.
of her coming.
dance with swords on.
Than I dare blame my weakness : Will you Oft expectation fails, and most oft there see her
[ness? Where most it promises; and oft it hits, (For that is her demand,) and know her busi- Where hope is coidest, and despair most sits. That done, laugh well at me.
King. I must not hear thee; iare thee well, king. Now, good Laseu,
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 you,
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 Lafey, with HELENA,
Dear Sir, to my endeavours give consent; Laf. Nay, come your ways.
Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
I am not an impostor, that proclaim
Myself against the level of mine aim ;*
But know I think, and think I know most sure, This is his majesty, say your mind to him :
My art is not past power, nor you past cure. A traitor you do look like; but such traitors His majesty seldom fears: I amCressid's uncle,* Hop'st thou my cure?
King. Art thou so confident ? Within what
[space That dare leave two together; fare you well.
Hel. The greatest grace lending grace, [Erit.
Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring King. Now, fair one, does your business fol. Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring; low us?
Ere twice in murk and occidental dainp Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon Moist Hesperust hath quench'd his sleepy lamp; My father; in what he did profess, well found.t Hath told the thievish minutes bow they pass;
Or tour and twenty times the pilot's glass king. I knew him. Hel. The rather will I spare my praises to- Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.
What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, wards him; Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death what dar’st thou venture ?
king. Upon thy certainty and confidence, Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one,
Hel. Tax of impudence, Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,
A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,-And of his old experience the only darling,
Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name He bad me store up, as a triple eye, t.
Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended, Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have so: With vilest torture let my life be ended. And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd
King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit With that malignant cause wherein the honour
doth speak; Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power, His powerful sound, within an organ weak: I come to tender it, and my appliance,
And what impossibility would slay
In common sense, sense saves anoiher way.
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate But may not be so credulous of cure,-When our most learned doctors leave us; and Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, al!
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate ; The congregated college have concluded
That happiness and primeş can happy call : That labouring art can never ransom nature From her inaidable estate,- I say we must not Skill inlinite, or monstrous desperate.
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate So stain our judgement, or corrupt our hope,
Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try; To prostitute our past-cure malady
That ministers thine own death, if I die. To empirics; or to dissever so
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property Our great self and our credit, to esteem A senseless help,when help past sense we deem. And well deserv'd : Not helping, death's my
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die; [iee; Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains: But, if I help, what do you promise me? I will no more enforce mine office on you;
King. Make thy demand. Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
Hel. But will you make it even? A modest one, to bear me back again.
King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of King. I cannot give thee less, to be call’d
heaven. grateful :
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks 1 As one near death to those that wish him live: What husband in thy power I will command:
kingly hand, But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part; Exempted be from me the arrogance I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
To choose from forth the royal blood of France; Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
My low and humble name to propagate Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy:
With any branch or image of thy state : He that of greatest works is finisher,
But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know Oft does them by the weakest minister :
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow. So holy writ in babes hath judgement shown,
K'ing. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, When judges have been babes. Great foods Thy will by my performance shall be servd ;
have flown From simple sources ;|| and great seas have So make the choice of thy own time; for 1, When miracles have by the greatest been More should I question thee, and more I must;
Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. denied. T
Though, more to know, could not be more to * I am like Pandarus.
trust; + Of acknowledged excellence. t A third eye. An allusion to Daniel judging the two elders.
* 1. e. Pretend to greater things than befits the medio11. e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb.
crity of my condition.
+ The evening star. 1 This must refer to the children of Israel passing the 11. c. May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee. Red Sea, when miracles had been denied by Pharaoh.
The spring or morning of life.
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. Unquestion’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 :
This is not much.
Clo. Not much commendation to them.
Count. Not much employment for you: You 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 legs. the court.
Count. Haste you again. [Exeunt severally. Count. To the court! why, what place make SCENE 111.-Paris.-A Room in the King's you special, when you put off that with such
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 causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of say precisely, were not for the court : but, for terrors; ensconcing ourselves into seeming me, 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 questions.
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 taflata Pur. Right, so I say. punk, as 'Tib's rush for Tom's forefinger, as a Laf. That gave him out incurable,pancake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May- Pur. 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 Par. Right : as 'twere a man assured of an knare, as the nun's lip to the friar's mouth; Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. nay, as the 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, What do you Count. It must be an answer of most mon- call there?-strous size, that must fit all demands.
Lif. 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: bere it is, Par. That's it I would liave 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. Luf. Why, your dolphint 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 Pur. Nay 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that wiser by your answer. I pray you, Si are is the brief and the tedious of it'; and he is of you a courtier ?
a most facinoriousý spirit, that will not acknowClo. () Lord, Sir,- -There's a simple put- ledge it to be theting 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 me.
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 re- . homely meat.
covery of the king, as to beClo. () Lord, Sir,-Nay, put me to't, I war- Laj. Generally thankful. Count. You were lately whipped, Sir, as I
Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants. think.
Par. I would have said it; you say well : () Lord, Sir,-Spare not me.
Here comes the king. Count. Do you cry, O Lord, Sir, at your Luf. Lustic,|| as the Dutchman says: I'll like whipping, and spare not me? Indeed, your 0 a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in any Lord, Sir, is very sequent* to your whipping; head: Why, he's able to lead her a coranto. you would answer very well to a whipping, if Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? you were but bound to't.
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so. Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in King. Go, call' before me all the lords in my-0 Lord, Sir: I see, things may serve long,
[Exit an Attendant, but not serve ever.
* Ordinary. + Fear means here the object of fear. The dauphin.
Wicked. * Properly follows.
|| Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, cheerful.
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side; | I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd already,
Hel.' I dare not say, I take you ; [T. BERThou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
TRAM] but I give The confirmation of my promis'd gift,
Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Which but attends thy naming.
Into your guiding power.-This is the man.
King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, Enter sereral Lords.
she's thy wife.
Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful
In such a business give me leave to use
What she has done for me?
Ber. Yes, my good lord
sher, Thou hast power to choose, and they none to But never hope to know why I should marry forsake.
King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from Ilel. To each of you one fair and virtuous
my sickly bed mistress
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down Fall, when love please !-marry, to each, but Must answer for your raising? I know her well; one! +
She had her breeding at my father's charge : Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, and his furniture, A poor physician's daughter my wife!-Disdain My mouth no more were broken than these boy's, Rather corrupt me ever! And writ as little beard.
King. 'Tis only title* thou disdain'st in her, King. Peruse them well:
the which Not one of those, but had a noble father.
I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Hel. Gentlemen,
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king to Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off health.
In differences so mighty: If she be All. We understand it, and thank heaven for All that is virtuous, (såve what thou dislik's!, you.
A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealth- Or virtue for the name: but do not so: (ceed, That, I protest, I simply am a maid :- [iest, From lowest place when virtuous things proPlease it your majesty, I have done already The place is dignified by the doer's deed : The blushes in my cheeks thus wbisper me, Where great additionst swell, and virtue none, We blush, that thou should'st choose; but, be re. It is a dropsied honour: good alone fus'd,
Is good, without a name : vileness is so: Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever; The property by what it is should go, We'll ne'er come there again.
Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair; King. Make choice; and, see,
In these to nature she's immediate heir ; Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me. And these breed honour: that is honour's scord,
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly; Which challenges itself as honour's born, And to imperial Love, that god most high, And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, Domy sighs stream.-Sir, will you hear my suit? When rather from our acts we them derive 1 Lord. And grant it.
Than our fore-goers; the mere word's a slave, Hel. Thanks, Sir; all the rest is mute. Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave,
Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb, ames-ace || for my life.
Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb Hel. The honour, Sir, that flames in your fair Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be eyes,
said ? Before I speak, too threateningly replies : If thou canst like this creature as a maid, Love make your fortunes twenty times above I can create the rest: virtue, and she, (me. Her that so wishes, and her humble love! Is her own dower; honour and wealth, from 2 Lord. No better, if you please.
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Hel. My wish receive,
King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st Which great love grant! and so I take my leave.
strive to choose. Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons Hel. That you are well restor’d, my lord, I of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would
am glad; send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of,
Let the rest go. Hel. Be not afraid [To a LORD] that I your King. My honour's at the stake; which to hand should take;
defeat, 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 not 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: To make yourself a son out of my blood. Obey our will, which travails in thy good: 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Believe not thy disdain, but presently Laf. There's one grape yet,-I am sure, thy Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, father drank wine.-But it'thou be'st not an ass, which both thy duty owes, and our power They were wards as well as subjects.
claims; + Except one, meaning Bertram. 1 A docked horse. 11. e. I have no more to say to you. || The lowest
*I e. The want of title. + Titles. chance of the dice,
1 Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vilencss vile.