ePub 版

thank you for your honest care:-I will speak with you further anon.. [Exit Steward.


Count. Even so it was with me, when I was young If we are nature's, these are ours; this thorn Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong;

Our blood to us, this to our blood is born; It is the show and seal of nature's truth,

Where love's strong passion is impress'd in youth: By our remembrances of days forgone,

Such were our faults;-or then we thought them


Her eye is sick on't; I observe her now.
Hel. What is your pleasure, madam?
Count. You know, Helen,

I am a mother to you.

Hel. Mine honourable mistress.

Count. Nay, a mother;

Why not a mother? When I said, a mother, Methought you saw a serpent:-What's in mother, That you start at it? I say, I am your mother; And put you in the catalogue of those

That were enwombed mine:-'Tis often seen,
Adoption strives with nature; and choice breeds
A native slip to us from foreign seeds:

You ne'er oppress'd me with a mother's groan,
Yet I express to you a mother's care:

God's mercy, maiden! Does it curd thy blood,
To say I am thy mother? What's the matter,
That this distemper'd messenger of wet,
The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye?
Why?That you are my daughter?
Hel. That I am not.

Count. I say, I am your mother.
Hel. Pardon, madam;

The count Rousillon cannot be my brother:
I am from humble, he from honour'd name;
No note upon my parents, his all noble:
My master, my dear lord he is; and I
His servant live, and will his vassal die:
He must not be my brother.

Count. Nor I your mother?

Hel. You are my mother, madam; 'would you


(So that my lord, your son, were not my brother,) Indeed, my mother!-Or were you both our mo


I care no more for, than I do for heaven,

So I were not his sister: Can't no other,

But, I your daughter, he must be my brother? Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daughter-inlaw;

God shield, you mean it not! Daughter, and mother,
So strive upon your pulse:-What, pale again?
My fear hath catch'd your fondness:-Now I see
The mystery of your foneliness, and find

Your salt tears' head t. Now to all sense 'tis gross,
You love my son; invention is ashamed,
Against the proclamation of thy passion,
To say thou dost not; therefore tell me true;
But tell me then, 'tis so:-For look thy cheeks
Confess it, one to the other; and thine eyes
See it so grossly shewn in thy behaviours,
That in their kind I they speak it; only sin
And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,

That truth should be suspected :-Speak, is't so?
If it be so, you have wound a goodly clue;
If it be not, forswear't: howe'er, I charge thee,
As heaven shall work in me for thine avail,

To tell me truly.

Hel. Good mad am, pardon me!
Count. Do you love my son?

Hel. Your pardon, noble mistress!

Count. Love you my son?

Hel. Do not you love him, madam?

Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a bond, Whereof the world takes note; come, come, disclose The state of your affection; for your passions Have to the full appeach'd.

Hel. Then, I confess,

Here on my knee, before high heaven and you,
That before you, and next unto high heaven,

I love your son:

My friends were poor, but honest; so's my love: Be not offended; for it hurts not him,

That he is loved of me: I follow him not

By any token of presumptuous suit;

Nor would I have him, till I do deserve him;
Yet never know how that desert should be.
I know I love in vain, strive against hope;
Yet in this captious and intenible sieve,
I still pour in the waters of my love,
And lack not to lose still: thus, Indian-like,
Religious in mine error, I adore

• Contend.

The source of your grici.

According to their nature.

The sun, that looks upon his worshipper,

But knows of him no more. My dearest madam,
Let not your hate encounter with my love,
For loving where you do but, if yourself,
Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth,
Did ever, in so true a flame of liking,
Wish chastly, and love dearly, that your Dian
Was both herself and love; O then, give pity
To her, whose state is such, that cannot choose
But lend and give, where she is sure to lose;
That seeks not to find that her search implies,
But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies.
Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak truly,
To go to Paris?

Hel. Madam, I had.

Count. Wherefore? tell true.

Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itself, I swear. You know, my father left me some prescriptions Of rare and proved effects, such as his reading, And manifest experience, had collected

For general sovereignty; and that he will'd me
In heed fullest reservation to bestow them,
As notes, whose faculties inclusive were,
More than they were in note: amongst the rest,
There is a remedy, approved, set down,
To cure the desperate languishes whereof
The king is rendered lost.

Count. This was your motive

For Paris, was it? Speak.

Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, Had, from the conversation of my thoughts, Haply, been absent then.

Count. But think you, Helen,

If you should tender your supposed aid,'

He would receive it? He and his physicians

Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him,

They, that they cannot help: how shall they credit
A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools,
Embowell'd of their doctrine*, have left off
The danger to itself?

Hel. There's something hints,

More than my father's skill, which was the greatest Of his profession, that his good receipt

Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified

By the luckiest stars in heaven: and, would your


[merged small][ocr errors]

But give me leave to try success, I'd venture
The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure,
By such a day, and hour.

Count. Dost thou believe't?

Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly.

Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, and love,

Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings
To those of mine in court; I'll stay at home,
And pray God's blessing into thy attempt:
Be gone to-morrow; and be sure of this,
What I can help thee to, thou shalt not miss.

ACT 11.

SCENE I.-Paris.-A Room in the KING'S


Flourish.-Enter KING, with young_LORDS taking leave for the Florentine War; BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and Attendants.

King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike principles

Do not throw from you:-And you, my lord, farewell :

Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all,
The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis received,

And is enough for both.

1 Lord. It is our hope, Sir,

After well-enter'd soldiers, to return

And find your grace in health.

King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart
Will not confess he owes the malady

That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords;
Whether I live or die, be you the sons
Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy
(Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall
Of the last monarchy*,) see, that you come
Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when

The bravest questant + shrinks, find what you seek,
That fame may cry you loud: I say, farewell.

2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your majesty!

King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them;

* i. e. Those excepted who possess modern Italy, the remains of the Roman empire.

+ Seeker, enquirer.


G g

They say our French lack language to deny,
If they demand: beware of being captives,
Before you serve.

Both. Our hearts receive your warnings.
King. Farewell.-Come hither to me.

[The King retires to a couch. 1 Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay behind us!

Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark

2 Lord. O, 'tis brave wars !

Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil. with;

Too young, and the next year, and 'tis too early. Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away bravely.

Ber. I shall stay here the fore horse to a smock, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry,

Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn,
But one to dance with+! By heaven, I'll steal


1 Lord. There's honour in the theft.

Par. Commit it, count.

2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured. body.

1 Lord. Farewell, captain.

2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles !

Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals:You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword intrench'd it: say to him, I live; and observe his reports for me.

2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.

Par. Mars dote on you for his novices! [Exeunt Lords.] What will you do?

Ber. Stay; the king

[Seeing him rise.

Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords; you have restrain'd yourself within the list of too cold an adieu; be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of the time,

With a noise, bustle.

+In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentlemen to dance with swords on.

They are the foremost in the fashion.

« 上一頁繼續 »