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And pray God's blessing into thy attempt: Captain Spurio, with bis cicatrice, an erablem of Be gone to-morrow; and be sure of this,
war, bere on his sinister cheek; it was tbis very What I can help thee to, thou sbalı not miss. sword entrenched it: say to him, I live; and ob
(Exeunt. serve his reports for me.
2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.
Par. Mars dote on you for his novices ! [Ereunt.
[Seeing him rise. Par. Use a more specious ceremony to the noblo
lords ; you have restrained yourself within the list ACT II.
of too cold an adieu ; be more expressive to them:
for they wear themselves in the cap of the time, SCENE 1.—Paris. A Room in the King's Palare. there, do muster true gait, eat, speak, and move
under the influence of the most received slar; and
though the devil lead the measure, such are to be Flourish. Enter King, with young Lords, taking followed: after them, and take a more dilated fareleave for the Florentine war ; BERTRAM, Pa
well. ROLLES, and Attendants.
Ber. And I will do so ?
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most King. Far. well, young lord, these warlike prin- sinewy sword-men. ciples
[Exeunt Bertram and PAROLLES. Do not throw from you :--and you, my lord fare. well :
Enter LAFEU. Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all,
Laf. Pardon, my lord, [kneeling] for me and The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis received,
for my tidings. And is enough for both.
King. I'll fee thee to stand up.
Then here's a man After well enter'd soldiers, to return
Stands, that bas brought his pardon. I would, you And find your grace in health.
Had kneel'd, my lord, to ask me mercy; and King. No, no, it cannot be ; and yet my heart That, at my bidding, you could so stand up. Will not confess he owes the malady
King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords ; And ask'd thee mercy for't. Whether I live or die, be you the sons
Goodfaith across; Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy
But, my good lord, 'tis thus ; Will you be cured (Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall
Of your infirmity ? of the last monarchy), see, that you come
No. Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when
0, will you eat The bravest questant shrinks, find what you seek, No grapes, my royal fox? yes, but you will, That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell.
My noble grapes, an if my royal fox 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your Could reach them: I have seen a medicine, majesty!
That's able to breathe life into a stone; King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them , Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary, They say our French lack language to deny, With spritely fire and motion; whose simple touch If they demand ; beware of being captives, Is powerful to araise King Pepin, nay, Before you serve.
To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand Both.
Our hearts receive your warnings. And write to her a love-line. King. Farewell.-Come hither to me.
What ber is this? [The King retires to a couch. Laf. Why, loctor she; My lord, there's ono 1 Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay be
arriv'd, hind us !
If you will see her --now, by my faith and bo Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark
nour, 2 Lord.
O, 'tis brave wars ! If serinusly I may convey my thoughts
Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil with, With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession,
her Ber. I sball stay here the foreborse to a smock, (For that is her demand) and know her business ? Creaking my shots on the plain masonry,
That done, laugh well at me. l'ill honour be brought up, and no sword worn, Kingo
Now, good Lafeu, But one to dance with! By Heaven, I'll steal Bring in the admiration; that we with thee away.
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, 1 Lord. There's honour in the theft.
By wondering how thou took'st it.
Nay, I'll fit you, 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. And not be all day neither. [Exit LaFeu
Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues. hody: i Lord. Farewell, captain.
Re-enter LaFeu with Helena. 2 Lord. Sweet Monsieur Parolles !
Laf. Nay, come your ways. Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. King,
This baste bath wings indeeria Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals :- Laf. Nay, come your ways; You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one This is his majesty, say your mind to him :
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors
The greatest grace lending grace, His majesty seldom fears : 1 am Cressid's uncle, Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring That dare leave two together : fare you well. Their fiery torcher bis diurnal ring;
[Erit. Ere twice in murk and occidental damp King. Now, fair one, does your business follow us ? Moist Hesperus hath quenchi'd bis sleepy lamp;
Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass Aly father ; in what he did profess, well found. Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass ; King. I knew him.
What is infirm from your sound parts shall fy, Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. lim;
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Tax of impudence,-. Wbieb, as the dearest issue of bis practice, A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame, And of bis old experience the only darling, Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name He bad me store up, as a triple eye,
Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended, Safer than mine own two, more dear ; I bave so: Witb vilest torture let my life be ended. And, hearing your bigh majesty is touch'd
King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doula With that malignant cause wherein the honour
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 With all bound bumbleness.
Ia common sense, sense saves another
We thank you, maiden; Thy life is dear ; for all, that life can rate But may not be so credulous of cure,
Worth name of life, in thre hath estimate ;
That happiness and prime can happy call :
That ministers thine own death, if I die.
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property Our great self and our credit, to esteem
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die ; A senseless help, when help past sense we deem. And well deserv'd : Not helping, death's my feet.
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
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 called
Heaven. grateful :
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly Thou thought'st to belp me; and such thanks I
What husband in thy power I will command : As one near death to those that wish bim live : Exempted be from me the arrogance But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part ; To choose from forth the royal blood of France I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
My low and humble name to propagare Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try, With any branch or image of thy state : Since you set up yourtest 'gainst remedy: But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know He that of greatest works is finisher,
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow. Oft does them by the weakest minister :
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, So holy writ iu babes hath judgment shown, Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd; When judges have been babes. Great floods have so make the choice of thy own time, for I, flown
Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. From simple sources; and great seas have dried, More should I question thee, and more I must; When miracles have by the greatest been denied. Though, more to know, could not be more to Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
trust; Wbere most it promises ; and oft it bits,
From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits. King. I must not hear thee; fare thee we!l, kind Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.maid;
Give me some belp here, ho !-If thou proceed Tby pains, not us’d, njust by thyself be paid : As bigh as word, my deed sball match thy deed. Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward.
(Flourish. Ereunt. Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd : It is not so with him that all things knows,
SCENE II.-Rousillon. A Room in the As 'tis with us tbat square our guess by shows :
Countess's Palace. l'ut most it is presumprion in us, wben. The help of Heaven we count the act of men,
Enter COUNTESS and Clown. Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent :
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the Of Heaven, not me, make an experiment.
height of your breeding. I am not an impostor, that proclaim
Clo. I will show myself bigbly fed, and lowly Myself against the level of mine aim ;
taught : i know my business is but to the court. But know I think, and think I know most sure, Count. To the court! why, what place make you My art is not past power, nor you past cure. special, when you put off that with such contempt ?
King. Art thou so confident? Within what space! But to the court ! Slep'st thou my cure
Ch. Truly, nadam, if God hath lent a mao any
inanners, he may easily put it off at court: he tbat our philosophical persons, to make modern and fa. cannot make a leg, put oft's cap, kiss his band, and miliar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence say nothing, has neiiber leg, bands, lip, nor cap; is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcug and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should not for the court: but for me, I have an answer submit ourselves to an unknown fear. will serve all men.
Par. Wby, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that fits that hath shot out in our latter times. all questions.
Ber. And so 'tis. Clo. It is like a barber's chair ; that fits all but- Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artists, tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the Par. So I say ; both of Galen and Paracelsus. hrawn-buttock, or any buttock.
Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows, Count. Will your answer serve fit to all ques- Par. Right, so I say. tions?
Laf. Tbat gave bim out incurable.Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an at- Par. Why, there 'tis; so say I too. trney, as your French crowu for your taffata punk, Laf. Not to be helped,as Tib's rusl for Tom's fore-finger, as a pancake for Par. Right: as 'twere a man assured of anSbrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, as the nail Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. to his hole, the cuckold to his born, as a scolding Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to the Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world. friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. Par. It is, indeed: if you will bave it in show.
Count. Have you, I say, an answer for such fit- ing, you shall read it in,- -What do you call ness for all questions?
there Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly constable, it will fit any question. Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous Par. That's it I would have said ; the
very size, and must fit all demands.
Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the Laf. Why, your dolphin is not lustier: 'fore ino learned should speak truth of it; here it is, and all I speak in respectthat belongs to't : Ask me if I am a courtier : it Par. Nay, iis strange, 'tis very strange, that is shall do you no harm to learn.
the brief and the tedious of it; and be is of a most Count. To be young again, if we could : I will facinorous spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be be a fool in question, boping to be the wiser by theyour answer. I pray you, sir are you a courtier ? Laf. Very hand of Heaven.
Clo. O Lord, sir, -There's a simple putting Par. Ay, so I say. off ;-more, more, a hundred of them.
Laf. In a most reak. Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that Par. And debile minister, great power, great
transcendence: wbich should, indeed, give us a Clo: O Lord, sir,-- Thick, thick, spaie not me. further use to be made, than alone the recovery of
Count. I think, sir, you can eat none of this the king, as to be—homely meat.
Laf. Generally thankful. Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant
Enter King, HELEN, and Attendants. you. Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Par. I would have said it; you say well. Here Clo. O Lord, sir,--spare not me.
comes the king. Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whip- Laf. Lustic, as the Dutchman, says : l'll like a ping, and spare not me? Indeed, your Ó Lord, sir, maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in
bead : is very sequent to your whipping ; you would an- Why, he's able to lead her a coranto. swer very well to a whipping, if you were but Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen ? bound to't.
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so. Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my- King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.O Lord, sir : I see, things may serve long, but not
[Erit an Attendant.
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's - ide; Count. I play the noble housewife with the time, And with this healthful land, whose banish'd sense to entertain it so merrily with a fool.
Thou hast repealed, a second time rece.ve Clo. O Lord, sir, - Why, there't serves well The confirmation of my promis'd gift, again.
Which but attends thy uaming. Count. An end, sir, to your business : Give Helen this,
Enter several Lords. And urge her to a present answer back :
Fair maid, send forth thine eye : this youthful Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son ;
parcel This is not much.
Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, Clo. Not much commendation to them.
O’er whom both sovereign power and father's Count. Not much employment for you: You un
voice derstand me?
I have to use : thy frank election make; Cio. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs. Thou bast power to cboose, and they none to forCount. Haste you again.
Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous misSCENE III.-Paris. A Room in the King's
Fall, when love please--marry to each, but one'
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, and his furniture, Enter BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES.
My mouth no more were briken than those boys,' Lut. They say, miracles are past; and we have | Aud writ as little beard.
Peruse them well: I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Not one of those, but had a noble faiber.
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Hel. Gentlemen,
Would quite confound distinction, yet sta:« off Heaven bath, through me, restor'd the king to in differences so mighty : If she be health.
All that is virtuous (save what tbou dislil A,
From lowest place when virtuous things p:cceed,
Is good without a name ; vileness is so : We'll ne'er come there again.
The property by what it is should go, King.
Make choice ; and, see, Not by the title. Sbe 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 fly; And these breed honour : that is honour's scorn, And to imperial Love, that god most high,
Which challenges itself as honour's born, Do iny siglis stream.- Sir, will you hear my suit? And is not like the sire : Honours best thrive, 1 Lord. And grant it.
When rather from our acts we them derive Hel.
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute. Than our fore-goers: the more word's a slave, Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave, ames-ace for my life.
A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb, Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb eyes,
Of bonour'd bones indeed. What should be saj I Before I speak, too threateningly replies :
If thou canst like this creature as a maid, Love makes your fortunes twenty times above I can create the rest : virtue, and she, Jler that so wishes, and her bumble love!
Is ber own dower ; honour, and wealth, from me. 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 W bich 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 am of mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send
glad ; them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
Let the rest go. Hel. Be not afraid (to a Lord] that I your hand King. My honour's at the stake; which is defcat should take;
I must produce my power : llere, take ber band, I'll never do you wrong for your own sake : Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift, Blessing upon your vows! and in
bed That dost in vile misprision shackle up Tivd fairer fortune, if you ever wed !
My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none We, poizing us in her defective scale, bave ber : sure, they are bastards to the English ; Sball weigh thee to the beam ; that wilt not know, the French ne'er got them.
It is in us to plant tbine bonour, where Hel. You are too young, too bappy, and too We please to have it grow: Check thy con. good,
tempt : 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 fa. Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, ther drank wine.—But if thou be'st not an ass, I Which bosh thy duty owes, and our power cluims, an a youth of fourteen; I have known thee al. Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, ready.
Into the staggers, and the careless lapse Hel. I dare not say I take you; [to BERTRAN] of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and but I give
liate, Me and ny service, ever while I live,
Loosing upon thee in the name of justice Into your guiding power.—This is the man. Witbout all terms of pity : Speak! thine answer! King. Wby then, young Bertram, tuke ber, she's Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for subunit
My fancy to your eyes: When I consider, Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your What great creation, and what dole of boners, highness,
Flies where you bid it, I find, that sbe which In such a business give me leave to use
late The help of mine own eyes.
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is kw King.
Know'st thou not, Bertram, The praised of the king; who, so ennobles
Is, as 'twere, born so.
Take her by the hana,
A balance more replete. Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down Ber.
I take ber band. Must answer for your raising ? I know her well ; King. Good fortune, and the favour of tho She bad ber breeding at my fatber's charge :
king, A poor physician's daugbter my wife !— Disdain Smile upon this contract; whose ceremony Raiber corrupt me ever!
Shall seem expedient on the row-born brief, King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the And be perform'd to-night: the solemn feast which
Sball more attend upon the coming space,
expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st ber, Par. I most unteignedly beseuch your lordship
to make some reservation of your wrongs
Laf. Who? God ?
Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why Laf. Your lord und master did well to make his dost th'u garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost recantation.
make hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so? Par. R-cantation ?—My lord ? my master ? Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy noso Lat. Ay ; Is it not a language, I speak ? slands. By mire honour, if I were but two hours
Par. A most harsh one ; and not to be under younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art a gene. stood without bloody succeeding. My master ral offeace, and erery man should beat thee. I Laf. Are you companion to the Count Rousil. think, thou wast created for men to breathe themlon?
selves upon ther. Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is
Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my
lord. Laf. To wbut is count's man; count's master is Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for of another style.
picking a kernel out of a pomegranate; you are a l'ar. You are too old, sir; let it satisfy you, you vagabond, and no true traveller: you are more are too old.
saucy with lords, and honourable personages, than Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, 1 write man ; to the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you which tiile age cannot bring thee.
commission. You are not worth another word, Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. else I'd call you knave. I leave you. [Exit. Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be
Enter BERTRAM. a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel; it might pass: yet the scarfs, Par. Good, very good; it is so then.-liood, and the bannerets. about thee, did manifoldly dis. very good ; let it be concealed awhile. suade me from believing thee a vessel of too great
Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever ! a burden. I have now found th e; when I lose Par. What is the matter, sweet heart? thee again, I care not: yet art thou good for no. Ber. Although before the solemn priest I lavo thing but taking up; and that thou art scarce
I will not bed ber. Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity Par. Wbat? wbat, sweet heart ? upon thee,
Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me:Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. Iest thou hasten thy trial; -which if-Lord have Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits mercy on thee for a hen! So, my good window of the tread of a man's foot : to the wars! Jattice, fare the well; thy casement I need not Ber. There's letters from my mother; what the open, for I look through thee. Give me thy hand.
import is Par. My lord, you give me most egregious in- I know not yet. dignity.
Par. Ay, that would be known : To tbe wars, Luf: Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy
my boy, to the wars! of it.
He wears bis honour in a box unseen, Par. I bave not, my lord, deserved it.
That hugs his kicksy-wicksy bere at home ; Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it. and 1 Spending his manly marrow in her arms. will not bate thee a scruple.
Wbich should sustain the bound and high curret Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ! Laf. E'ın as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to France is a stable; we, that dwell in't, jades; pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou beʼst Therefore, to the war! bound in thy scarf, and heated, thou shalt ind what Ber. It shall be so ; l'll send her to my house, it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my And wherefore I am iled; write to the king knowledge; that I may say, in the default, he is a That which I durst not speak: His present gift man I know.
Shall furnish me to those Italian fields, Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable Where noble fellows strike : War is no strife vexation.
To the dark bouse, and the detested wife. Laf. I would it were liell-pains for thy sake, and Par. Will this carpricio bold in thee, art sure ? my poor doing eternal : for doing I am past; as I Ber. Go with me to my chamber and advise nie. will by thee, in what motion age will give me I'll send her straight away: To-morrow leave.
(Erit. I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis- Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise in it grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !
"Tis hard; Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of A young man, married, is a man that's marrid, authority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can meet Therefore away, and leave her bravely ; go : him with any convenience, an he were double and The king bas done you wrong: but, husha ! tis bo. double a lord. l'il bave po more pity of bis age,
SCENE IV.- The same. Another Room in the
Enter HELENA and Clown.