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there, do muster true gait*, eat, speak, and move under the influence of the most received star; and though the devil lead the measure +, such are to be follow'd; after them, and take a more dilated farewell.

Ber. And I will do so.

Par. Worthy fellows: and like to prove most sinewy sword-men. [Exeunt Bertram and Parolles. Enter LAFEU.

Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling] for me and for my tidings.

King. I'll fee thee to stand up.
Laf. Then here's a man

Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you
Had kneel'd, 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 thus; will you be cured
Of your infirmity?

King. No.

Laf. O, will you eat

No grapes, my royal fox? Yes, but you will,
My noble grapes, an if my royal fox

Could reach them: I have seen a medicine §,

That's able to breathe life into a stone;

Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary,

With spritely fire and motion; whose simple touch
Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay,

To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand,
And write to her a love-line.

King. What her is this?

Laf. Why, doctor she: my lord, there's one arrived,

If you will see her, now by my faith and honour, If seriously I may convey my thoughts

In this my light deliverance, I have spoke

With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession, Wisdom and constancy, hath amazed me more

Have the true military step. † The dance. Unskilfully; a phrase taken from the exercise at a quintaine.

A female physician. .

A kind of dance.

By profession is meant her declaration of the object of her coming.

Than I dare blame my weakness: will you see her, (For that is her demand,) and know her business? That done, laugh well at me.

King. Now, good Lafeu,

Bring in the admiration; that we with thee
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine,
By wond'ring how thou took'st it.

Laf. Nay, Pll fit you,

And not be all day neither.

[Exit Lafeú.

King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.

Re-enter LAFEU, with HELENA.

Laf. Nay, come your ways.

King. This haste hath wings indeed.

Laf. Nay, come your ways;

This is his majesty, say your mind to him:
A traitor do you look like; but such traitors
His majesty seldom fears: I am Cressid's uncle
That dare leave two together; fare you well. [Exit.
King. Now, fair one, does your business follow us!
Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was
My father in what he did profess, well found +
King. I knew him.

Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards him;

Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death
Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one,
Which as the dearest issue of his practice,
And of his old experience the only darling,
He bade me store up, as a triple eyet,

Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have so;
And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd
With that malignant cause wherein the honour
Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power,
I come to tender it, and my appliance,
With all bound humbleness.

King. We thank you, maiden;

But may not be so credulous of cure,

When our most learned doctors leave us; and
The congregated college have concluded
That labouring art can never ransom nature
From her inaidable estate,-I say we must not
So stain our judgment or corrupt our hope,
To prostitute our past-cure malady
To empirics; or to dissever so

I am like Pandarus.

+ Of acknowledged excellence. A third eye.

Our great self and our credit, to esteem

A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains:
I will no more enforce mine office on you;
Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
A modest one, to bear me back again.

King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grate ful:

Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I give,
As one near death to those that wish him live:
But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part;
I knowing all my peril, thou no art.

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,

Oft does them by the weakest minister:
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shewn,
When judges have been babes. Great floods have

From simple sources; and great seas have dried,
When miracles have by the greatest been denied.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there

Where most it promises; and oft it hits,

Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.

King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind maid;

Thy pains, not used, must by thyself be paid:
Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward,
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd:
It is not so with him that all things knows,
As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows:
But most it is presumption in us, when
The help of heaven we count the act of men,
Dear Sir, to my endeavours give consent;
Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
I am not an impostor, that proclaim
Myself against the level of mine aim §;

But know I think, and think I know most sure,
My art is not past power, nor you past cure.
King. Art thou so confident? Within what space
Hopest thou my cure.

An allusion to Daniel judging the two elders. + i. e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb. This must refer to the children of Israel passing the Red Sea, when miracles had been denied by Pharaoh.

i. e. Pretend to greater things than befits the mediocrity of my condition,

Hel. The greatest grace lending grace, Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring, Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring;

Ere twice in mark and occidental damp
Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp;
Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass

Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass;
What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly,
Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
What darest thou venture?

Hel. Tax of impudence,

A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,-
Traduced by odious ballads; my maiden's name.
Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended,
With vilest torture let my life be ended.

King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth speak;

His powerful sound within an organ weak;
And what impossibility would slay

In common sense, sense saves another way.
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate + ;
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all
That happiness and prime can happy call:
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
Sweet practiser, thy physie I will try;
That ministers thine own death, if I die.
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die;

And well deserved: not helping, death's my fee;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?

King. Make thy demand.

Hel. But will you make it even?

King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of heaven. 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 choose from forth the royal blood of France;
My low and humble name to propagate
With any branch or image of thy state:
But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.

The evening star.

ti. e. May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by them. The spring or morning of life.

King. Here is my hand; the premises observed,
Thy will by my performance shall be served:
So make the choice of thy own time; for I,
Thy resolved patient, on thee still rely.

More should I question thee, and more I must;
Though more to know, could not be more to trust;
From whence thou camest, how tended on,-But rest
Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.-
Give me some help here, ho!-If thou proceed
As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. 1

SCENE II.-Rousillon.-A Room in the COUNTESS'S


Count. Come on, Sir; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding.

Clo. I will shew myself highly fed, and lowly taught: I know my business is 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 hath 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 but tocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the brawn-buttock, or any buttock.

Count. Will your answer serve fit to all ques.


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 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 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.

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