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Will not confess it owns the malady
2 Lord. Health at your bidding serve your Majesty!
King. Those girls of Italy,--take heed of them;
Both. Our hearts receive your warnings.
[Exit. i Lord. Oh, my sweet Lord, that you will stay be
hind us ! Par. Tis not his fault; the spark 2 Lord. Oh, 'tis brave wars, Par. Most admirable ; I have seen those wars.
Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil with, Too young, and the next year, and 'tis too early.
Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away bravely.
Ber. Shall I stay here the forehorse to a smock,
* The ancient geographers have divided Italy into the Higherand the Lower, the Appennine hills being a kind of natural line of partition. The side next the Adriatic was denominated the bligher Italy, and the other side the Lower. And the two seas followed the fame terms of distinction; the Adriatic being called the Upper fea, and the Tyrrhene or Tuscan the Lower. Now, the Sennones or Senois, with whom the Florentincs are here supposed to be at war, inhabited the Higher Italy, their chief town being Arminum, now called Rimini, upon the Adriatic. + Italy, at the time of this scene, was under three very
different The Emperor, as fucceffor of the Roman Emperors, had one part; the Pope, by a pretended donation from Constantine, another; and the third was composed of free states. Now, by the last monarchy is meant the Roman, the last of the four general monarchies. Upon the fall of this monarchy, in the scramble, several cities set up for themselves and became free states; now, these might be said properly to inherit the fall of the monarchy.
Creeking my shoes on the plain masonry,
i Lord. There's honour in the theft.
Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortur'd body.
i Lord. Farewel, Captain.
Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin; good sparks and lustrous. A word, good metals. You thall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one Captain Spurio with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek ; it was this very sword intrench'd it; say to him, I live, and observe his
reports 2 Lord. We shall, noble Captain. Par. Mars doat on you for his novices ? what will
Ber. Stay; the King
[Exeunt Lords. Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the Noble Lords, you have restrain’d yourself within the list of too cold an adieu ; be more expressive to them, for they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there to mufter true gate, eat, speak, and move under the influence of the most receiv'd star: and tho' the devil lead the measure, such are to be follow'd : after them, and take ,a more dilated farewel.
Ber. And I will do so.
Par. Worthy fellows, and like to prove most sinewy sword-men.
[Exeunt. SCENE II. Enter the King, and Lafeu. Laf. Pardon, my Lord, for me and for my tidings. King.
I'll fee thee to stand up.
pardon. I would you had kneelid, my Lord, to ask me mercy; And that at my bidding you could so stand up.
King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, And ask'd thee mercy for ’t,
Laf. Goodfaith, across :but, my good Lord, 'tis Will you be cur'd of your infirmity ?
[thus ; King. No.
Laf. O, will you eat no grapes, my Royal fox? Yes; but
will, an if
King. What her is this?
you will see her. Now, by my faith and honour,
weakness : will
King. Now, good Lafeu,
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 Lafer. King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues, Laf. [Returns.] Nay, come your ways.
[Bringing in Helena. King. This hafte hath wings indeed.
Laf. Nay, come your ways, This is his majesty, say your mind to him; Atraitor you do look like; but such traitors His Majesty seldom fears ; I'm Creflid's uncle, That dare leave two together : fare you well. [Exit.
* Medicine is here put for a she-physician.
+ By profession is meant her declaration of the end and purpose of her comiug.
S CE N E III.
Hel. Ay, my good Lord.
King. I knew him.
Hel. The rather will I spare my praise toward him;
King. We thank you, maiden ;
great self and our credit, to esteem
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains ;
King. I cannot give thee less, to be callid grateful;
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,
King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind Thy pains, not us’d, must by thyself be paid : [maid ; Proffers not took, reap thanks for their reward.
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr’d.
King. Art thou so confident ? 'within what space
Hel. The greatest grace lending grace,
shall fly, Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Hel. Tax of impudence,