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Count. It must be an answer of most.monstrous size, that must fit all demands.
Cio. 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,' 1 warrant you.
Count. You were lately whipp'd, 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 Ó 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 see, things may serve long, but not erve ever. Count. I play the noble housewife with the time, to entertain it so merrily with a fool.
Clo. O Lord, Sir,-Why, there't serves well again.
Clo. Not much commendation to them.
Count. Not much employment for you: you understand me?
Clo. Most fruitfully ; I am there before my legs.
Count. Haste you again. (Exeunt severally. SCENEIII.-Paris.--4 Room in the King's Palace.
Enter BERTRAM, Lareu, and PAROLLES. Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have
* Properly follows.
our philosophical persons, to make modern* and familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear t.
Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, that hath shot out in our latter times. Ber. And so 'tis. Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artists,Par. So I say ; both of Galen and Paracelsns. Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,Par. Right, so I say. Laf. That gave him out incurable,Par. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too. Laf. Not to be help’d, Par. Right; as 'twere a man assured of anLaf. Uncertain life, and sure death. Par. Just, you say well ; so would I have said. Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world.
Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in shewing, you shall read it in,-What do you call there?
Laf. A shewing of a heavenly effect in an earthly actor. Par. That's it I would have said ; the very same.
Laf. Why, your dolphin I is not lustier: 'fore me I speak in respect
Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinorous ý spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be Laf. Very hand of heaven. Par. Ay, so I say. Laf. In a most weak
Par. And debile minister, great power, great transcendence : which should, indeed, give us a further use to be made, than alone the recovery of the king, as to beLaf. Generally thankful.
Enter King, Helena, and Attendants. Par. I would have said it; you say well :-Here comes the king.
Laf. Lustick ll, as the Dutchman says; I'll like a
Wicked. | Lustigh is the Dutch word for Insty, chearfal. VOL, II.
maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head :Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.
Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen?
[Erit an Attendant.
Enter several LORDS. Fair maid, send forth thine eye; this youthful
parcel Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, O'er whom both sovereign power and father's
voice * I have to use : thy frank election make; Thou hast power to choose, and they none to for
sake. Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress Fall, when love please !-Marry, to each, but one+!
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal:I, and his furniture,
King. Peruse them well:
King. Make choice ; and, see,
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fiy;
1 Lord. And grant it.
Hel. Thanks, Sir; all the rest is mute*.
Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw ames-ace for my life t.
Hel. The honour, Sir, that flames in your fair eyes, Before I speak, too threateningly replies : Love make your fortunes twenty times above Her that so wishes, and her humble love!
2 Lord. No better, if you please.
Hel. My wish receive, Which great love grant! And so I take my leave.
Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons of mine, I'd have them whipp'd; or I would send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of. Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord] that I your hand
Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none have her; súre, they are bastards to the English; the French ne'er got them.
Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, To make yourself a son out of my blood. 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Laf. There's one grape yet,--I am sure, thy father drank wine.—But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee already. Hel. I dare not say, I take you; [To Bertram]
but I give Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Into your guiding power. This the man. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's
thy wife. Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your
highness, In such a business give me leave to use The help of mine own eyes.
King. Know'st thou not, Bertram,
Ber. Yes, my good lord;
. i. e. I have no more to say to you. + The lowest chance of the dice.
A poor physician's daughter my wife !-Disdain
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou shouldst
strive to choose. Hel. That you are well restored, my lord, I am
glad ; Let the rest go.
King. My honour's at the stake ;'which to defeat, I must produce my power : here, take her hand, Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; That dost in vile misprision shackle up My love, and her desert; that canst not dream, We, poizing us in her defective scale, Shall weigh thee to the beam ;-that wilt not know, It is in us to plant thine honour, where • i. e. The want of title.
+ Titles. # Good is good independent of any worldly dis. tinction, and so is vileness vile.