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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
Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant you.
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 my-O Lord, sir: I see, things may serve long, but not serve 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 this, 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.
To be young again,] The lady censures her own levity in trifling with her jester, as a ridiculous attempt to return back to youth.-JOHNSON.
m O Lord, sir,] A ridicule on that foolish expletive of speech then in vogue at court.-WARBURTON.
Paris. A Room in the King's Palace.
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 trifles of terrors; ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear.P
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 Paracelsus.
Laf. That gave him out incurable,
Par. Why, there 'tis; so say I too.
Laf. Not to be helped,
Par. Right: as 'twere, a man assured of an-
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 showing, you shall read it in,- -What do you call there?—
Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly actor. Par. That's it I would have said; the very same. Laf. Why, your dolphin' is not lustier: 'fore me I speak in respect-
Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the
-modern-] i. e. Common, ordinary.
ensconcing ourselves into―] i. e. Fortifying ourselves in; into for in, is frequent with our old writers.-STEEVENS..
-fear.] Is here an object of fear.
- authentic-] The phrase of the diploma is "authentice licentiatus."MUSGRAVE. Mr. Giffard says, (notes to Ben Jonson, vol. 2. p. 136.) that an "authentick physician, was one who was allowed to practise publickly.'
dolphin-] By dolphin is meant the dauphin, the heir apparent, and the hope of the crown of France. His title is so translated in all the old books.
brief and the tedious of it; and he is a most facinorous' spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the
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 be > Laf. Generally thankful.
Enter KING, HELENA, and Attendants.
Par. I would have said it; you say well. Here comes the king.
Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a 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.
[Exit an Attendant.
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
The confirmation of my promis'd gift,
Which but attends thy naming.
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel
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 forsake.
-fucinorous-] i. e. Wicked.
Lustick,] The Dutch word for lusty.
a coranto.] A swift and lively dance.
O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice-] They were his wards as well as his subjects.-HENLEY.
to each, but one!] i. e. To all except Bertram.
My mouth no more were broken than these boys',
King. Peruse them well:
Not one of those, but had a noble father.
Heaven has through me, restor❜d the king to health. All. We understand it, and thank heaven for
Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest,
We'll ne'er come there again.
Make choice: and, see,
Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly;
And to imperial Love, that god most high,
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute. Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw ames-aced for my life.
Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your
My wish receive,
Which great love grant! and so I take my leave.
a My mouth no more were broken-] A broken mouth is a mouth which has lost part of its teeth-JOHNSON.
white death]-is the paleness of death, and not the Chlorosis, as Dr. Johnson has supposed.
the rest is mute.] i. e. I have no more to say to you.-STEEVENS.
e Do all they deny her?] None of them have yet denied her, or deny her afterwards, but Bertram. The scene must be so regulated that Lafeu and Parolles talk at a distance, where they may see what passes between Helena and the lords, but not hear it, so that they know not by whom the refusal is made. JOHNSON.
mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
Hel. Be not afraid [to a Lord] that I your hand should 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: sure, 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 Me and my service, ever whilst I live,
Into your guiding power.-This is the man.
King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's thy
Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your highness, In such a business give me leave to use
But never hope to know why I should marry her.
King. Thou know'st she has rais'd me from my sickly
Must answer for your raising? I know her well;
King. 'Tis only title' thou disdain'st in her, the which I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off In differences so mighty: If she be
All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik'st, f 'Tis only title-] i. e. The want of title.