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But most it is presumption in us, when
My art is not past power, nor you past cure.
The greatest Grace lending grace,
shall fly, Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
What dar'st thou venture ? HEL.
Tax of impudence,-
With vilest torture let my life be ended.
His powerful sound within an organ weak:
That ministers thine own death, if I die.
The pilot's glass must be a two-hour glass. "Nor. In the original ne, the old word for nor. The line is usually printed
“ Youth, beauty wisdom, courage, virtue, all." Virtue was added by Warburton, “ to supply a defect in the measure.' This mode of emendation is most unsatisfactory. The King enumerates all the qualities which are apparent in Helenawhich she has displayed in her interview with him.
The congregated college have concluded
A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.
I will no more enforce mine office on you;
A modest one, to bear me back again.
Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I g
I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy:
the Countess's Palace.
the height of your breeding. Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barra y taught : I know my business
It is not so with Him that all things kr
As 't is with us that square our guess brou special, when you put off that - Shifts. We print these three lines as in the ori
any manners, he may easily put it Pope changed shifts to sits; and, as a rhyme se acquiesced in. Before we change a word we sh
las put off's cap, kiss his hand, and Should we change shifts to sits, if the surroundin
ser cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, The apparent necessity for rhyme has alone demitlat for me, I have an answer will hits—is rewarded, -where hope is coldest, and depends upon chances, catches t straws. When must shift.” The shifts of de often renli
at fits all questions. not the word stand? A
is all buttocks; the pin-buttock, the this line
your whipping, and “spare not me?" ?y sequent to your whipping; you would you were but bound to 't10.
life in my—“O Lord, sir :" I see things ver. le with the time, ith a fool a. ce 't serves well again. r business b: Give Helen this, nt answer back : insmen, and my son;
- ndation to them.
ployment for you: You understand me?
dinarily printed as prose, as they stand in the original. But we have no pe written as verse, to mark the change in the tone of the Countess. .ly printed, “ An end, sir, to your business." The Countess means,-an end to in your business.
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?
But will you make it even ?
What husband in thy power I will command:
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.
Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd ;
A Room in the Countess's Palace,
Enter COUNTESS and Clown.
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding.
but to the court. Count. To the court? why, what place make you special, when you put off that
with such contempt-But to the court? Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any manners, he may easily put it
off at court: he that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were not for the court: but for me, I have an answer will
serve all men. Count. Marry, that 's a bountiful answer that fits all questions. Clo. It is like a barber's chair*, that fits all buttocks; the pin-buttock, the
quatch-buttock, the brawn-buttock, or any buttock. Count. Will your answer serve fit to all questions?
• Heaven. In the original, help. The rhyme requires the correction.
Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney, as your French crown
for your taffata punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's forefinger, as a pancake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day', as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to
the friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fitness for all questions ? Clo. From below your duke to beneath your constable, it will fit any question. COUNT. It must be an answer of most monstrous size that must fit all demands. Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the learned should speak truth of it:
here it is, and all that belongs to 't: ask me if I am a courtier: it shall do
you no harm to learn. Count. To be young again, if we could, I will be a fool in question, hoping to
be the wiser by your answer— I pray you, sir, are you a courtier ? CLO. O Lord, sir,—There's a simple putting off ;-more, more, a hundred of
them. COUNT. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that loves you. Clo. O Lord, sir,—Thick, thick, spare not me. COUNT. I think, sir, you can eat none of this homely meat. Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to 't, I warrant you. Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. CLO. O Lord, sir, -spare not me. Count. Do you cry, “O Lord, sir,” at your whipping, and “spare not me?”
Indeed, your “ O Lord, sir,” is very sequent to your whipping; you would
answer very well to a whipping, if you were but bound to 't 10. Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life in my—“O Lord, sir:" I see things
may serve long, but not serve ever.
To entertain it so merrily with a fool a.
And urge her to a present answer back :
This is not much.
These lines are ordinarily printed as prose, as they stand in the original. But we have no doubt that they were written as verse, to mark the change in the tone of the Countess.
• This is generally printed, “ An end, sir, to your business." The Countess means,—an end to this trifling; now to your business.