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Quicken a rock, and make
dance canary, With spritely fire and motion; whose simple touch Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay, To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, And write to her a love-line. King.
What her is this? Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one
you will see her,-now, by my faith and honour, If seriously I may convey my thoughts In this my light deliverance, I have spoke With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession, Wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz’d me more Than I dare blame my weakness :: Will you see her (For that is her demand) and know her business? That done, laugh well at me. King.
Now, good Lafeu, Bring in the admiration; that we with thee May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, By wond'ring how thou took'st it. Laf.
Nay, I'll fit you. And not be all day neither. (Exit Lapeu.
King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
Re-enter LAPEU, with Helena.
This haste hath wings indeed.
dance canary,) a kind of dance.
years, profession,] By profession is meant her declaration of the end and purpose of her coming.
8 Than I dare blame my weakness:] Lafeu's meaning appears to me to be this:-“That the amazement she excited in him was so great, that he could not impute it merely to his own weakness, but to the wonderful qualities of the object that occasioned it.”
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors
well. [Exit. King. Now, fair one, does your business follow
us? Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was My father; in what he did profess, well found.'
King. I knew him.
dear father's gift stands chief in power,
We thank you, maiden;
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains: I will no more enforce mine office on you;
Cressid's uncle,] I am like Pandarus. See Troilus and Cressida.
well found.] i.e. of known, acknowledged, excellence.
Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
grateful: Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I
give, As one near death to those that wish him live: But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part; I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try, Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy: He that of greatest works is finisher, Oft does them by the weakest minister: So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown, When judges have been babes. Great floods have
fiown From simple sources; and great seas have dried, When miracles have by the greatest been denied.” Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits, Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.
King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind Thy pains, not us’d, must by thyself be paid: Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward. Hel
. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd:
2 When miracles have by the greatest been denied.) i. e. disbelieved, or contemned.
Myself against the level of mine aim;] i, e. I am not an im.
But know I think, and think I know most sure,
space Hop'st thou my cure? Hel.
The greatest grace lending grace,
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Tax of impudence,-
postor that proclaim one thing and design another, that proclaim a cure and aim at a fraud.
no worse of worst extended,] i. e. to be be so defamed that nothing severer can be said against those who are most publickly reported to be infamous.
And what impossibility would slay
In common sense, sense saves another way.] i. e. and that which, if I trusted to my reason, I should think impossible, I yet, perceiving thee to be actuated by some blessed spirit, think thee capable of effecting. MALONE.
in thee hath estimate;] May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee. Johnson.
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property
fee; But, if I help, what do you promise me?
King. Make thy demand.
But will you make it even? King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of heaHel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly
hand, What husband in thy power I will cominand : Exempted be from me the arrogance To choose from forth the royal blood of France; My low and humble name to propagate With any branch or image of thy state:' But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know Is free for me to ask, thee to, bestow.
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd; So make the choice of thy own time; for I, Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. More should I question thee, and more I must; Though, more to know, could not be more to trust; From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But rest Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.
prime -) Youth; the sprightly vigour of life.
in property -] In property seems to be here used, with much laxity, for-in the due performance.
9 With any branch or image of thy state:] Branch refers to the collateral descendants of the royal blood, and image to the direct and immediute line. Henley.