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I am a mother to you.
I love your son :Hel. Mine honourable mistress.
My friends were poor, but honest; so's my love : Count.
Nay, a mother; Be not offended; for it hurts not him,
Yet never know how that desert should be.
I still pour in ihe waters of my love,
Religious in mine error, I adore
Let not your hate encounter with my love, The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye? For loving where you do: but, if yoursell, Why?that you are my daughter?
Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth, Hel.
That I am not. Did ever, in so true a flame of liking, Count. I say, I am your mother.
Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Dian Hel.
Pardon, madam; Was both herself and love ;6 O then, give pity The count Rousillon cannot be my brother: To her, whose stale is such, that cannot choose I am from humble, he from honour'd name ; But lend and give, where she is sure to lose; No nole upon my parents, his all noble:
That seeks not to find that her search implies, My master, my dear lord, he is ; and I
But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies. His servant live, and will' his vassal die :
Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak truly, He must not be
To go to Paris ?
Madam, I had.
Wherefore ? tell true.
Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itsell, I swear. (So that my lord, your son, were not my brother,) You know, my father left me some prescriptions Indeed, my mother! –or were you both our mothers, or rare and prov'd effects, such as his reading, I care no more for,' than I do for heaven, And manifest experience, had collected So I were not his sister : Can't no other, For general sovereignty; and that he will'd me But, I your daughter, he must be my brother? In heedfullest reservation to bestow them, Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daughter- As notes, whose faculties inclusive were,
More than they were in note:' amongst the rest, God shield, you mean it not! daughter, and mother, There is a remedy, approv'd, set down, So strive? upon your pulse: What, pale again? To cure the desperate languishes, whereof My fear hath catch'd your fondness : Now I see The king is render'd lost. The mystery of your loneliness, and find
This was your motive Your salt tears' head. Now to all sense 'tis gross, For Paris, was it ? speak. You love my son ; invention is asham'd,
Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; Against the proclamation of thy passion, Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, To say, thou dost not: therefore tell me true; Had, from the conversation of my thoughts, But tell me then, 'tis so:-for, look, thy cheeks Haply, been absent then. Confess it, one to the other; and thine eyes Count.
But think you, Helen, See it so grossly shown in thy behaviours, if you should tender your supposed aid, That in their kind they speak it : only sin He would receive it? He and his physicians And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him, That truth should be suspected : Speak, is't so ? They, that they cannot help: How shall they credit If it be so, you have wound a goodiy cluc; A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools, If it be nok forswear't : howe'er, I charge thee, Embowell'd of their doctrine, have left off As heaven shall work in me for thine avail, The danger to itself? To tell me truly.
There's something hints, Hel.
Good madam, pardon me ! More than my father's skill, which was the greatest Count. Do you love my son ?
of his profession, that his good receipt Hel.
Your pardon, noble mistress! Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified Count. Love you my son ?
By the luckiest stars in heaven : and, would your Hel. Do not you love him, madam ?
honour Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a But give me leave to try success, I'd venture bond,
The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure, Whereof the world takes note: come, come, dis- By such a day, and hour. close
Dost thou believe't ? The state of your affection; for your passions Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly. Have to the full appeach'd.
Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, Hel. Then, I confess,
and love, Here on my knee, before high heaven and you, Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings That before you, and next unto high heaven, To those of mine in coort; I'll stay at home,
(1) i. e. I care as much for: I wish it equally. that you were no less virtuous when young. (2) Contend.
(6) i, e. Venus. 13) The source, the cause of your grief.
(7) Receipts in which greater virtues were cp (4) According to their nature.
closed than appeared. 16) i. e. Whose respectable conduct in age proves) *8) Exhausted of their skill.
And pray God's blessing into thy attempt : sword entrenched it: say to him, I live; and ob-
(E.reunt. Par. Mars dote on you for his novices! (Ereunit
Lords.) What will you do?
Ber. 'Siay; the king- [Seeing him rise, ACT II.
Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble SCENE 1.–Paris. A room in the King's palace. of too cold an adicu: be more expressive to them;
lords; you have restrained yourself within the list Flourish. Enter King, with young Lords taking for they wear themselves in the cap of time, there, leave for the Florentine war ; Bertram, Parolles, do muster true gait,' eat, speak, and more under and atlendants.
the influence of the most received star; and though King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike prin-the devil lead the measure, such are to be followciples,
ed: after them, and take a more dilated farewell. Do not throw from you :-and you, my lord, fare
di Ber. And I will do so. well:
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all, sinewy sword-men. (Exe. Bertram and Parolles. The gist doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv'd,
Enter Laseu. And is enough for both. 1 Lord.
It is our hope, sir, Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.) for me and After well-enter'd soldiers, to return
for iny tidings. And find your grace in health.
King. I'll fee thee to stand up. King. No, nn, it cannot be ; and yet my heart
Then here's a man Will not confess he owes the malady
Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords; Had kneeld, my lord, to ask me mercy; and Whether I live or die, be you the sons
That, at my biddiny, you could so stand up. Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy
King. I would I had ; so I had broke thy pate, (Those 'baled, that inherit but the fall
And ask'd thee mercy for't. Or the last monarchy,') see, that you come Laf.
Good faith, across Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur'd The bravest questant2 shrinks, find what you seek, or your infirmity?' That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell. King.
No. 2 Lord. Health, ‘at your bidding, serve your Laf.
O, will you eat majesty!
No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but you will,
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary," Both, Our hearts receive your warnings. With sprightly fire and motion; whose simple touch King. Farewell.-Come hither to me.
Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay, [The King retires to a couch. To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, I Lord. O my sweet lord, ihat you will stay And write to her a love-line. behind us.
What her is this? Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark
Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one 2 Lord. 0, 'lis brave wars !
arriv'd, Par. Most admirable : I have seen those wars. If you will see her,-now, by my faith and honour, Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil* with; !r 'seriously I may convey my thoughts Too young, and the next year, and 'lis too early. In this my light deliverance, I have spoke Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession," bravely.
Wisdom, and constancy, bath amaz’d ine more Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock, Than I dare blame my weakness: Will you see her, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, (For that is her demand,) and know her business? Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn, That done, laugh well at me. But one to dance with!. By heaven, I'll steal away. King.
Now, good La seu, i Lord. There's honour in the theft.
Bring in the admiration; that we with thee Par.
Commit it, count. May spend our wonder too, or take ofi thine, 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. By wond'ring how thou took'st it. Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured
Nay, I'll fit you, body.
And not be all day neither.
(Eril Laleu, i Lord, Farewell, captain.
King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues 2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles ! Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin.
Re-enter Lafeu, with Helena. Gool sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals : Laf. Nay, come your ways. You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one King: This haste hath wings indeed captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of Laf. Nay, come your ways;, war, here on his sinister cheek; it was thi very This is nis majesty, say your mind to him :
(1) i.e. Tliose excepted who possess modern (6) They are the foremost in the fashion. Italy, the remains of the Roman empire.
(7) Have the true military step. (8) The dance. (2) Seeker, inquirer.
(9) Unskilsully; a phrase taken from the exer(3) Be not captives before you are soldiers. cise at a quintaine. With a noise, bustle.
(10) A female physician. (II) A kind of dance. (5) In Shakspeare's time it was usual fo: gentle-. (12) By profession is meant her declaration of men to dance with swords on.
Ithe object of her coming.
A traitor you do look like; but such traitors But know I think, and think I know most sure,
The greatest grace lending grace,
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring: Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards Ere twice in murk and occidental damp him ;
Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp; Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass Many receipts he gave me ; chiefly one,
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass; Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,
What is intirın from your sound parts shall fly, And of his old experience the only darling, Health shall live free, and sickness freelv die. He bade me store up, as a triple eye,
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Tax of impudence, With that malignant cause wherein the honour A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame, Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power,
Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name I come to tender it, and my appliance,
Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended, With all bound humbleness.
With vilest torture let my life be ended. King.
We thank you, maiden; King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit But may not be so credulous of cure,
And what impossibility would slay
Wörth name of life, in thee hath estimate ;'.
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all To empirics; or to disserer so
That happiness and prime'' can happy call : Our great self and our credit, to esteem
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate A senseless help, when help past sense we deem. Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
Hd. My duty then shall pay me for my pains : Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try; I will no more enforce mine office on you;
That ministers thine own death, if I die. Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property A modest one, to bear me back again.
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die ; King. I cannot give thee less, to be call's And well deservd: No helping, death's my fee; grateful;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?
But will you make it even ? But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part; King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
heaven. Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy:
hand, He that of greatest works is finisher,
What husband in thy power I will command: ont does them by the weakest minister:
Exempted be from me the arrogance So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
To choose from forth the royal blood of France When judges have been babes. Great floods have My low and humble name to propagate flown
With any branch or image of ihy state :
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, Where most it promises; and of it hits,
Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd; Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.
So make the choice of thy own time; for I, King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. maid ;
More should I question thce, and more I must; Thy pains, not us'd, must by thyself be paid :
Though, more to know, could not be more to trust Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward. From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr’d:
rest It is not so with him that all things knows, Unquestiou'd welcome, and undoubted blest.As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows: Give me some help here, ho !-If thou proceed But most it is presumption in us, when
As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. The help of heaven wc count the act of men.
(Flourish. Exeunt. Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent;
SCENE II.-Rousillon. A room in the Couns Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
tess's Palace. Enter Countess and Clown. I am not an impostor, that proclaim Myself against the level of mine aim ;'
Count. Come on, sir ; I shall now put you to the
height of your breeding. (1) I am like Pandarus. (2) of acknowledged excellence. (3) A third eye. (7) i.e. Pretend to greater things than befits the (4) An allusion to Daniel judging ihe two Elders. mediocrity of my condition. (5) i.e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb. (8) The vening star.
(6) This must refer to the children of Israel (9) i.e. May be counted among the gifts enjoyed passing the Red Sea, when miracles had been de- by thce. nied by Pharaoh.
(10) The spring or morning of life.
Clo. I will show myself highly sed, and lowly Count. Haste you again. (Eseunt severally. taught : I know my business is but to the court.
Count. To the court! why, what place make you SCENE III.–Paris. A room in the King's Pac special, when you put off that with such contempt ?
lace. Enter Bertram, Lafeu, ana Parolles. But to the court!
Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any our philosophical persons, to make modem and manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence cannot make a leg, put ott's cap, kiss his hand, and is it, that we make trifles of terrors ; eneconcing say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were submit ourselves to an unknown fear.' not for the court; but, for me, I have an answer Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, will serve all men.
that hath shot out in our latter times. Count. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that fits Ber. And so 'tis. all questions.
Laf. To be relinquished of the artists, Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all but Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus. tocks; the pin-butlock, the quatch-buttock, the Laf. or all the learned and authentic fellows,brawn-buttock, or any buttock.
Par. Right, so I say. Count. Will your answer serve to fit all ques Laf. That gave him out incurable,tions?
Par. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too. Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an Laf. Not to be helped, attorney, as your French crown for your taffata Par. Right: as 'twere, a man assured of anpunk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger, as a pan Laf. Uncertain lise, and sure death. cake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world. a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the Par. It is indeed: if you will have it in show. nun's lip to the friar's mouth;
nay, as the pudding ing, you shall read it in, -What do you call to his skin.
there? Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fit Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthness for all questions?
ly actor. Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your con Par. That's it I would have said: the very same. stable, it will fit any question.
Laf. Why, your dolphin* is not lustier: 'fore me Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous I speak in respectsize, that must fit all demands.
Þar. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most learned should speak truth of it: here it is, and all facinorous' spirit, that will not acknowledge it to that belongs to't: Ask me, if I am a courtier; it be the shall do you no harm to learn.
Laf. Very hand of heaven. Count. To be young again, if we could: I will Par. Ay, so I say. be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by Laf. In a most weakyour answer. I pray you, sir, are you a courtier ? Par. And debile minister, great power, great
Clo. O Lord, sir, -- There's a simple putting off;— transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a more, more, a hundred of them.
further use to be made, than alone the recovery of Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that the king, as to beloves you.
Laf. Generally thanksul.
Enter King, Helena, and attendants. homely meat.
Par. I would have said it; you say well: Here Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrantyou. comes the king. Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a Clo. O Lord, sir,-Spare not me.
maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head : Count. Do you cry, O Lord, sir, at your whip-Why, he's able to lead her a coranto. ping, and spare not me ? Indeed, your Ó Lord, sir, Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? is very sequent to your whipping; you would Laf. 'Fore God, I think so. answer very well to a whipping, if you were but King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.hound to't.
(Exit an allendani. Çlo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my- Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side ; O Lord, sir : I see, things may serve long, but not And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou hast repeal’d, a second time receive Count. I play the noble housewife with the time, the confirmation of my promis'd gis, to entertain it so merrily with a fool.
Which but attends thy naming.
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel And urge her to a present answer back : Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son; O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice This is not much.
I have to use : thy frank election make; Clo. Not much commendation to them. Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.
Count. Not much employment for you: You un Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous misderstand me?
Clo. Most fruitfully, I am there before my legs. Fall, when love please !-marry, to each, but one ' (1) Properly follows. (2) Ordinary. (6) Lustigh is the Dutch word for lusty, cheerful 13) Fear means here the object of fear.
17) They were wards as well as subjects. The dauphin.
(6) Wicked. (8) Except one meaning Bertram.
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal,' and his furniture, A poor physician's daughter my wise !-Disdain
King. 'Tis only title* thou disdain'st in her, 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 you. All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik’st,
Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st That, I protest, I simply am a maid :
of virtue for the name: but do not so: Please it your majesty, I have done already: From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, The place is dignified by the doer's deed: We blush, that thou should'st choose ; 'but, be Where great additions swell, and virtue none, refus'd,
It is a dropsied honour: good alone
The property by what it is should go,
Make choice; and, see, Not by ihe title. She 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 ny; And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn, And to Imperial Love, that god most high, Which challenges itself as honour's burn, Do my sighs 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-roers: the mere word's a slave,
Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave, ames-aces for my life.
A lying trophy, and as of is dumb, Hel
. The honour, sir, that flames in your faireyes, Where dust, and damned oblivion, is the tomb Before I speak, too threateningly replies : Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said ? Love make your fortunes twenty times above ir thou canst like this creature as a maid, Her that so wishes, and her humble love ! I can create the rest : virtue and she, 2 Lord. No better, if you please.
Is her own dower ; honour, and wealth, from me. Hel.
My wish receive, Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. King. Thou wrong'st' thysell, if thou should'st Laf. Do all they deny her ? An they were sons
strive to choose. of mine, I'd have them whipped ; or I'would send Ael. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I am them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
glad; Hel. Be not afraid (To a Lord. ] that I your hand Let the rest go. should take;
King. My honour's at the stake; which to 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 gin; Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed !
That does in vile misprision 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 English; We, poising us in her defective scale, the French ne'er got them.
Shall weigh thee to the beam: that wilt not know, Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, It is in us to plant thine honour, where To make yourself a son out of my blood. We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt: 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Obey our will, which travails in thv good : Laf. There's one grape yet, -I am sure, thy Believe not thy disdain, but presently father drank wine.-But if ihou be'st not an ass, Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims ; already.
Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, Hel. I dare not say I take you; (To Bertram.] Into the staggers, and the careless lapse but I give
Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate, Me, and my service, ever whilst I live,
Loosing upon thee in the name of justice, In!o your guiding power. This is the man. Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine answer. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit thy wise.
My fancy to your eyes: When I consider, Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your What great creation, and what dole of honour, highness,
Flies where you bid it, I find that she, which late In such a business give me leave to use
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now The help of mine own eyes.
The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, King.
Know'st thou not, Bertram, Is, as 'twere, born so. What she has done for me?
Take her by the hand, Ber.
Yes, my good lord; And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise But never hope to know why I should marry her. ' A counterpoise ; if not to thy estate, King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from A balance more replete. my sickly bed.
I take her hand, Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down, King. Good fortune, and the favour of the king. Must answer for your raising? I knew her well; Smile upon this contract; whose ceremony She had her breeding at my father's charge : Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief, (1) A docked horse.
(4) i. e. The want of title. (5) Titles. 2) i. e. I have no more to say to you.
(6) Good is good independent of any worldly (3) The lowest chance of the dice.
distinction, and so is vileness vile.