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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.
Count. An end, Sir, to your business: give Helen

And urge her to a present answer back :
Commend me to my kinsmen and my son ;
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.

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
• Ordinary
+ Fear means here the object of fear.
1 The dauphin.

Wicked. | Lustigh is the Dutch word for Insty, chearfal. VOL, II.



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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?
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.
King. Go, call before me all the lords in court,-

[Erit an Attendant.
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
The confirmation of my promised gift,
Which but attends thy naining.

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 onet!

Laf. I'd give bay Curtal:I, and his furniture,
My mouth no more were broken than these boys',
And writ as little beard.

King. Peruse them well :
Not one of those, but had a noble father.

Hel. Gentlemen,
Heaven hath, through me, restored the king to

All. We understand it, and thank heaven for you.
Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest,
That, I protest, I simply am a maid ;-
Please it your majesty, I have done already:
The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,
We blush, that thou shouldst choose ; but, be refused,
Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever ;
IVe'll ne'er come there again.

King. Make choice ; and, see,
Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.!

Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fy;
And to imperial love, that god most high,
Do my sighs stream.--Sir, will you hear my suit ?

1 Lord. And grant it.
* They were wards as well as subjects.
+ Except one, meaning Bertram.
# A docked horse.

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

should take;
I'll never do you wrong for your own sake :
Blessing upon your vows! And in your bed
Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed !

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,
What she has done for me?

Ber. Yes, my good lord;
But never hope to know why I should marry her,
King, Thou know'st, she has raised me from my

sickly bed.
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down
Must answer for your raising? I know her well;
She had her breeding at my father's charge :

. i. e. I have no more to say to you. + The lowest chance of the dice.

A poor physician's daughter my wife !-Disdain
Rather corrupt me ever!
King. 'Tis only title* thou disdain'st in her, the

I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods,
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd altogether,
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off
In differences so mighty : if she be
All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislikest,
A poor physician's daughter, thou dislikest
Of virtue for the name: but do not so:
From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
The place is dignified by the doer's deed:
Where great additions swell +, and virtue none
It is a dropsied honour: good alone
Is good, without a name; vileness is so 1:
The property by what it is should go,
Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair ;
In these to nature she's immediate heir;
And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn,
Which challenges itself as honour's born.
And is not like the sire : honours best thrive,
When rather from our acts we them derive
Than our fore-goers : the mere word's a slave,
Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave,
A lying trophy; and as oft is damb,
Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb
Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said ?
If thon canst like this creature as a maid,
I can create the rest : virtue, and she,
Is her own dower; honour, and wealth, from me.

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 dislinction, and so is vileness vile.

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