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Embowelld 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 stear 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 toro But give me leave to try success, I'd venture tured body: The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure, i Lord. Farewell, captain. By such a day, and hour.
2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles ! Count. Dost thou believe't ?
Par. Noble herves, 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 tind 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 home, was this very sword entrenched it: say to hin, 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'
[Ereunt. (E.reunt 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 withPuluce.
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 leare for the Florentine uw ; BERTRAN, ike cap of the time,t there, do muster true gait: PAROLLES, and uttendants.
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, sinewy swordmen.
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv'd, And is enough for both.
[Exeunt BERTRAM and PAROLJ.ES. i Lord. It is our hope, Sir,
Luf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me
and for my tidings. King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart Will not confess he owes the malady
King. I'll fee thee to stand up.
Lu. Then here's a man That doth my life besiege. Farewell , young Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would,
(you Whether I live or die, be you the sons (lords ; | Had kneel'd,
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.
King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, Of the last monarchy,t) see, that you come
And ask'd thee mercy for't. Not to woo honour, but to wed it, when The bravest questant: shrinks, find what you But my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur’d
Laf. Goodfaith, across : || seek, That fame may cry you loud: I
Of your infirmity!
grapes, my royal tox? yes, but you will, them; They say, our' French lack language to deny, That's able to breathe life into a stone;
Could reach them: I have seen a medicine, s If they demand : beware of being captives, 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 peu in bis hand, 1 Lord. ( my sweet lord, that you will stay behind us!
King. What her is this? Par. "Tis not his fault: the spark
Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one arriv'd,
(honour, 2 Lord. O, 'tis brave wars! Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. If seriously I may convey my thoughts
If you will see her,-now, by my faith and Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil in this my light deliverance, I have spoke
with; foo young, and the nert year, and 'tis too early.
With one, that, in her sex, her years, profes
sion, tt Pür. An thy mind staud to it, boy, steal away Wisdom, and constancy, hath amazed me more
bravely. Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a * In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentleinen to smock,
dance with swords on.
+ They are the foremnost in the fashion. Exhausted of their skill.
1 Have the true military step.
The dance. t1.e. Those excepted who possess modern Italy, the || Unskilsully; a phrase taken from the exercise at a remains of the Roman cmpire.
quaintaine. * Seeker, inquirer.
4 A female physician. & Be not captives before you are soldiers.
++ By profession is meant ber declaration of the object With a noise, bustle.
of her coming
** A kind of dance.
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 coldest, and despair most sits. That done, laugh well at me.
King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well,
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barrd: 'Laf. Nay, I'll fit you,
It is not so with him that all things knows,
The help of heaven we count the act of men.
Dear Sir, to my endeavours give consent;
Of heaven, not me, make an experiment. Laf. Nay, come your ways.
I am not an impostor, that proclaim King. This haste hath wings indeed.
Myself against the level of mine aim ;* Luf. Nay, come your ways;
But know I think, and think I know most sure,
My art is not past power, nor you past cure.
King. Art thou so confident? Within what
(space That dare leave two together; fare you well.
[Erit. Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
Hel. The greatest grace lending grace, King. Now, fair one, does your business fol. Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring;
Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
Or tour and twenty times the pilot's glass
What is infirm from your sound parts shall tiy,
King: Upon thy certainty and confidence,
A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,--
Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name
Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended,
King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit
And what impossibility would slay
In common sense, sense saves another way.
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate;t
That happiness and primes can happy call:
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try ; To prostitute our past-cure malady
That ministers thine own death, if I die.
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die ; [iee;
King. Make thy demand.
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
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
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd.
[dried, So'make the choice of thy own time; for I, From simple sources ;ll and great seas have Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. When miracles have by the greatest been | More should I question thee, and more I must; denied.
Though, more to know, could not be more to * I am like Pandarus.
trust; + Of acknowledged excellence. * A third eye. An allusion to Daniel judging the two elders.
* 1. c. Pretend to greater things than befits the media
crity of my condition. * This must refer to the children of Israel passing the : 1. e. May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee Red Sea, when miracles had been lenied by Pharaoh.
The shrir.g or moraing of litr
1. e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb.
+ The evening star.
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. Éreunt.
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 III.-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 dot 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 won. Clo. 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 fel. Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an
lows,attorney, as your French crown for your taffata Pur. Right, so I say. punk, as Tii'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 Par. Right: as 'twere a man'assured of a knave, as the nun's lip to the friar's mouth; Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death. nay, as tlfe pudding to his skin.
Pur. 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 Pur. 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.'
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 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: I 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, Sir, are is the brief and the tedious of it'; and he is of you a courtier ?
a most facinorious spirit, that will not acknow Clo. () 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 beClo. O Lord, Sir,-Nay, put me to't, I war- Laf. Generally thankful. rant you. Count. You were lately whipped, Sir, as' I
Enter KING, HELENA, and Attendants. think.
Par. I would have said it; you say well.: Clo. O Lord, Sir,-Spare not me.
Here comes the king. Count. Do you cry, O Lord, Sir, at your Laf. Lustic,|| as the Dutchman says: I'll like whipping, and spare not me? Indeed, your 0 a maid the better, whilst Iị have a tooth in my 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 lack in my lifc, in King. Go, call' before me all the lords in my-O Lord, Sir: I see, things may serve long,
(Exit an Attendant. but not serve ever.
• Ordinary. + Fear means liere the object of foaz. 1 The dauphin.
Wicked. * Properly follows.
i 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 the: And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd already,
Hel.' I dare not say, I take you ; [To BER Thou hast repeald, 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 Bertran, take her, Enter several 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 ;
[her. Thon 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 Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous
my sickly bed? mistress Fall, when love please !-marry, to each, but Must answer for your raising? I know her well;
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down 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, (save what thou dislik's, you.
A poor physician's daugbter,) thou dislik'st Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealth. Of virtue for the name : but do not so : [ceed, That, I protest, I simply am a maid : (jest, 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 note, We blush, that thou should'st choose; but, be re- It is a dropsied honour: good alone jus’d,
Is good, without a name: vileness is so: Let the uhite death sit on thy cheek for eter; The property by what it is should go, We'u 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: thatis honour's score, 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, Do my sighis stream.--Sir, will you hear my suit? When rather from our acts we them derive i 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, frork 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, 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 stahe; 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 Lnf. These boys are boys'of ice, they'll none My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, bave her : sure, they are bastards to the Eng. We, poizing us in her defective scalc, (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 haveit 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.
my lord, I
claims; + Except one, ineaning Bertram. 1 A docked horse. 2. e. I have no more to say to you. II The lowest
+ Titles. DC of the dice.
1 Good is good independent of any worldly Listinctinta
* I. e. The want of title.
und so is vileness vile.
Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, to pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thoa Into the staggers, and the careless lapse (hate, be'st bound in thy scart, and beaten, thou shalt Of youth and ignorance ; both my revenge and find what it is to be proud of thy bondage. I Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, have a desire to hold my acquaintance with Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine an. thee, or rather my knowledge ; that I may say, swer.
in the default,* he is a man I know. Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable My fancy to your eyes : When I consider, vexation. What great creation, and what dole of honour, Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, Flies where you bid'it, I find, that she, which and my poor doing eternal: for doing I am late
past; as I will by thee, in what notion age Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now will give me leave.
[Erit. The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this Is, as 'twere, born so.
disgrace off' me ; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy King. Take her by the hand,
lord !-Well, I must be patient; there is no And tell her, she is thine: to whoin I promise fettering of authority. I'll beat him, by my A counterpoize ; if not to thy estate,
lite, it I can meet him with any convenience, A balance more replete.
an he were double and double a lord. I'll Ber. I take her hand,
have no more pity of his age, than I would King, Good fortune, and the favour of the have of-I'll beat him, an if I could but meet king,
him again. Smile upon this contráct; whose ceremony Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief,
Re-enter LAFEU. And be perforni'd to-night: the solemn feast Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, Shall more attend upon the coming space, there's news for you ; you have a new mistress. Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her, Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordThy love's to me religious ; else, does err. ship to make some reservation of your wrongs :
(Ereunt KiNG, BERTRAM, HELENA, He is my good lord : whom I serve above, is LORDS, and Attendants.
my master. Laf. Do you hear, monsieur? a word with Laf. Who? God? you.
Par. Ay, Sir. Par. Your pleasure, Sir ?
Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why Luf. Your lord and master did well to make dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? bis recantation.
dost make hose oi thy sleeves ? do other serPar. Recantation ?-My lord ? my master? vants so ? Thou wert best set thy lower part Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak? where thy nose stands. By mine honour, if
Par. A most harsh one; and not to be under. I were but two hours younger, I'd beat thee: stood without bloody succeeding. My master? methinks, thou art a general offence, and
Laf. Are you companion to the count Rou- every man should beat thee. I think, thou sillon ?
wast created for men to breather themselves Par. To any count; to all counts; to what upon thee. is man.
Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, Laf. To what is count's man; count's master my lord. is of another style.
Laf. Go to, Sir; you were beaten in Italy for Par. You are too old, Sir; let it satisfy you, picking a kernel out of a pomegranate; you you are too old.
are a vagabond, and no true traveller : you are Luf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man ; to more saucy with lords, and honourable per: which title age cannot bring thee.
sonages, than the heraldry of your birth and Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. virtue gives you commission. You are not
Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries,* to worth another word, else I'd call you knave. be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make toler. I leave you.
[Exit. able vent of thy travel : it might pass : yet the scarfs, and the bannerets, about thee, did
Enter BERTRAM. manifoldly dissuade me from believing thee a Par. Good, very good; it is so then.-Good, vessel of too great a burden. I have now very good ; let it be concealed a while. found thee; when I lose thee again, I care not : Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! yet art thou good for nothing but taking up; Par. What is the matter, sweet heart? and that thou art scarce worth.
Ber. Although before the solema priest I have Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity
Sworn, upon thee,
I will not bed her. *Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, Par. What? what, sweet heart? lest thou hasten thy trial ; which if-Lord have Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me: mercy on thee for å hen! So, my good window I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed hei. of lattice, fare the well; thy casement I need Par, France is a dog-hole, and it no more not open, for I look through thee. Give me
merits thy hand.
The tread of a man's foot: to the wars! Par. My lord, you give me most egregious Ber. There's letters from my mother; what indignity.
the import is, Laf. Ay," with all my heart; and thou art I know not yet. worthy of it.
Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
my boy, to the wars! Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and He wears his honour in a box upseen, I will not bate thee a scruple.
That hugs his kicksy-wicksyt here at home: Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
Spending his manly marrow in her arms, Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast Which should sustain the bound and high curvet
•Le. While I sate twice with thee at dinner, At a neporte + Exercise. 1 A cant term for a wifo