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The king is render'd lost.
Count.

This was your motive For Paris, was it? speak.

Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, Had, from the conversation of my thoughts, Haply, been absent then. Count.

But think you, Helen, If you

should tender your supposed aid,
He would receive it? He and his physicians
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him,
They, that they cannot help: How shall they credit
A

poor unlearned virgin, when the schools,
Embowelld of their doctrine, have left off
The danger to itself?
Hel.

There's something hints,
More than my father's skill, which was the greatest
Of his profession, that his good receipt
Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified
By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would your

honour
But give me to leave to try success, I'd venture
The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure,
By such a day, and hour.
Count.

Dost thou believe't?
Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly.
Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave,

and love,
Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings
To those of mine in court; I'll stay at home,
And pray God's blessing into thy attempt :
Be

gone to morrow; and be sure of this, What I can help thee to, thou shalt not miss.

[Exeunt.

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Embowelld of their doctrine,] i. e. exhausted of their skill.

ACT II.

SCENE 1. Paris. A Room in the King's Palace. Flourish. Enter King, with young Lords, taking

leave for the Florentine war; BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and Attendants.

King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike prin

ciples Do not throw from you :—and you, my lord, fare

well :-
Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all,
The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv'd,
And is enough for both.
1 Lord.

It is our hope, sir,
After well enter'd soldiers, to return
And find your grace in health.

King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart
Will not confess he owes the malady
That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords;
Whether I live or die, be you

the sons Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy (Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall Of the last monarchy,) see, that you come

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and yet my heart, &c.] i. e. in the common phrase, I am still heart-whole; my spirits, by not sinking under my distemper, do not acknowledge its influence.

let higher Italy
(Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall

of the last monarchy,) see, &c.] The antient geographers have divided Italy into the higher and the lower, the Apennine hills being a kind of natural line of partition; the side next the Adriatic was denominated the higher Italy, and the other side the lower; and the two seas followed the same terms of distinction, the Adriatic being called the upper Sea, and the Tyrrhene, or Tuscan, the lower. Now the Sennones, or Senois, with whom the Florentines are here supposed to be at war, inhabited the higher Italy, their chief town being Arminium, now called Rimini, upon the Adriatic. HANMER.

you seek,

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Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when
The bravest questant shrinks, find what
That fame may cry you loud: I say, farewell.
2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your

majesty!
King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them;
They say, our French lack language to deny,
If they demand; beware of being captives,
Before you serve.
Both.

Our hearts receive your warnings. King. Farewell.—Come hither to me.

[The King retires to a couch. i Lord. O my sweet lord, that you

will
stay

be-
hind us!
Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark-
2 Lord.

O, 'tis brave wars! Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil

with; Too

young, and the next year, and 'tis too early. Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away

bravely. Ber. I shall stand here the forehorse to a

smock, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn,

Dr. Johnson says, that the sense may be this: Let upper Italy, where you are to exercise your valour, see that you come to gain honour, to the abatement, that is, to the disgrace and depression of those that have now lost their antient military fame, and inherit but the fall of the last monarchy. To abate is used by Shakspeare in the original sense of abatre, to depress, to sink, to deject, to subdue.

beware of being captives, Before you serve.] The word serve is equivocal; the sense is, Be not captives before you serve in the war.

But one to dance with!' By heaven, I'll steal

away. i Lord. There's honour in the theft. Par.

Commit it, Count. 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell.

Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.

i Lord. Farewell, captain.
2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles !

Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals:You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword entrenched it: say to him, I live; and observe his reports for me. 2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.

Par. Mars dote on you for his novices! [Exeunt Lords.] What will

you

do ? Ber. Stay; the king

[Seeing him rise. Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords; you have restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu: be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there, do muster true gait, eat, speak, and move under

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and no sword worn, But one to dance with!] It should be remembered that, in Shakspeare's time, it was usual for gentlemen to dance with swords on. Our author gave to all countries the manners of his own. 2

they weur themselves in the cap of the time, there, do muster true gait, &c.] The obscurity of the passage arises from the fantastical language of a character like Parolles, whose affectation of wit urges his imagination from one allusion to another, without allowing time for his judgment to determine their congruity. The cap of time being the first image that occurs, true gait, manner of eating, speaking, &c. are the several ornaments which they muster, place, or arrange in time's cap. This is done under the influence of the most received star; that is, the person in the highest repute for setting the fashions:--and though the devil were to lead the measure or dance of fashion, such is their implicit submission, that even he must be followed. Henley.

the influence of the most received star; and though the devil lead the measure, such are to be followed: after them, and take a more dilated farewell.

Ber. And I will do so.

Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most sinewy sword-men.

[Exeunt BERTRAM and PAROLLES.

Enter Lafeu.
Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me and

for my tidings.
King. I'll fee thee to stand up.
Laf.

Then here's a man Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you Had kneelid, my lord, to ask me mercy; and That, at my bidding, you could so stand up.

King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, And ask'd thee

mercy

for't. Laf.

Goodfaith, across :* But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will

you

be cur'd Of your infirmity? King.

No.
Laf.

O, will you eat
No grapes, my royal fox? yes, but you will,
My noble grapes, an if my royal fox
Could reach them: I have seen a medicine,
That's able to breathe life into a stone;

lead the measure,] i. e. the dance.

across :) This word is used when any pass of wit miscarries. While chivalry was in vogue, breaking spears against a quintain was a favourite exercise. He who shivered the greatest number was esteemed the most adroit; but then it was to be performed exactly with the point, for if achieved by a sidestroke, or across, it showed unskilfulness, and disgraced the practiser.

medicine,] is here put for a she-physician.

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