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King. Methinks, in thee fome blessed spirit doth speak :
That happiness and prime can happy call;
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property
King. Make thy demand.
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly hand, What husband in thy power I will command. · Exempted be from me the arrogance
To chuse from forth the Royal blood of France;
King. Here is my hand, the premises observ'd,
Changes to Roufllon,
Enter Countess and Clown,
Count. Come on, Sir; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding.
Clo. I will thew myself highly fed, and lowly taught; I know
business is but to the court. Count. But to the court? why, what place make you special, when you put off that with such contempı; 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 Dothing, 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 queftions.
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?
Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney, as your French crown for your tafraty punk, as Tib's ruih for Tom's fore-finger, 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
a wrangling kaave, * 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 qucftions ?
C!. From below your Duke, to beneath your confable, it will fit any queftion.
Count. It must be an answer of muli monstrous size, that must fit all demands.
Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the learned Mould speak truth of it : here it is, and all that belongs to't. Ask me, if I am a courtier :you no harm to learn.
Count. To be young again, if we could: I will be a
it ihall ao
fool in a question, hoping to be the wiser by your anfwer. 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 your's, that loves you.
Glo. 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 warsant you.
Count. You were lately whipp'd, Sir, as I think.
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.
Clo, I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in myO Lord, Sir; I fee, things may serve long, but not serve ever.
Count, I play the noble huswife with the time, to entertain it fo merrily with a fool,
Glo. O Lord, Sir, why there't serves well again.
Count. An end, Sir; to your business: give Helen this, And urge her to a present answer back. Commend me to my kinsmen, and my fon : This is not much.
Clo: Not much commendation to them?
Count. Not much employment for you; you understand me?
Clo. Most fruitfully, I am there before my legs.
[Exeunt. SCENE V. Changes to the court of France.
Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles.
Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons to make modern, and familiar, things supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make triiles of terrors; ensconsing ourselves into
* A ridicule on that foolish expletive of speech then in vogue at court.
seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown * fear.
Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder that hath shot out in our later times.
Ber. And so 'tis.
Laf. Uncertain life, and fure death,- Par. Just, you say well : so would I have said. Laf. I may truly fay, it is a novelty to the world.
Par. It is indeed, if you will have it in fhcwing, you shall read it in, what do you call there
Laf. Afhewing of a heavenly effect in an earthly altor. Par. That's it, I would have faid the very
fame. Laf. Why, your dolphin is not lustier : for me, I speak in respect
Par. Nay, 'tis ftrange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he's of a most facinerious spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the
Laf. Very hand of heav'n.
Par. And debile minifter, great power, great tranfcendence; which should indeed give us +*** a farther use to be made than alone the recov'ry of the King; as to be
Laf. Generally thankful.
SCENE VI. Enter King, Helena, and attendants,
Par. I would have said it, you said well. Here comes the King.
* Unknown, for fupernatural.
+ Two or three words seem to have been dropt here, which appear to have been to this purpose, give us [notice, that there is of this] a furtber use to be made.
Laf. Luftick, as the Dutchman fays : I'll like a maid the better while I have a tooth in my head : why, he's able to lead her a corranto.
Par. Mort du l'inaigre! is not this Helen?
King. Go call before me all the Lords in court
Enter three or four Lords.
Hel. To each of you one fair virtuous mistress Fall, when love please! marry, to each but one.
Laf. I'd give bay curtas and his furniture,
King. Peruse them well:
[She addrejles herself to a Lord. Hel. Gentlemen, heaven hath, through me, refeor'd The King to health.
All. We understand it, and thank heaven for you.
Hel. I am a simple maid, and therein wealthielt,
King. Make choice, and fee,
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fiy,
I Lord. And grant it.