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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?
[Exit 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 forsake. · 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, 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 mę, restor'd the king to health.
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:
9 O'er whom both sovereign power and father's roicc-] They were his wards as well as his subjects. HENLEY.
marry, to each, but one!) i. e. except one. e b ay Curtal,] i. e. a bay, docked horse.
3 My mouth no more were broken ] A broken mouth is a mouth which has lost part of its teeth. JOHNSON.
VOL. III. .
The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,
Make choice; and, see, Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly;
i Lord. And grant it.
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute." Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw ames-ace for my life.
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 whipped; 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: sure, they are bastards to the English; the French ne'er got them.
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! . 4 Let the white death, &c.] The white death is the chlorosis, The pestilence that ravaged England in the reign of Edward III. was called “ the black death.”
S- - the rest is mute.] i. e. I have no more to say to you. 6 - ames-lle-] i. e, the lowest chance of the dice.
7 Laf. 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 Lateu 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.
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.
baf. There's one grape yet,-I am sure, th ther drank wine. But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a youth of fourteen; I have known' thee already. Hei. I dare not say, I take you; [T. BERTRAM]
but I give 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 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 rais'd 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: A poor physician's daughter my wife l-Disdain Rather corrupt me ever! King. 'Tis only title8 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,
& 'Tis only title-o-] i. e. the want of title.
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off
Than our fore-goers: the mere word's a slave,
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't.
strive to choose. Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I am glad; Let the rest go.
· 9 IV here great additionis swell,] Additions are the titles and descriptions by which men are distinguished from each other. i
good alone Is good, without a name; vileness is so:] The meaning is, Good is good, independent on any worldly distinction or title ; so vileness is vile, in whatever state it may appear. MALONE.
? Honour's born,] is the child of honour. Born is here used, as bairn still is in the North. HENLEY.
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
We, poizing us in her defective scale,
Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit My fancy to your eyes: When I.consider, What great creation, and what dole of honour, Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, Is, as 'twere, born so.
Take her by the hand,
9- that canst not dream,
Shall weigh thee to the beam :] That canst not understand, that if you and this maiden should be weighed together, and our royal favours should be thrown into her scale, (which you esteem so light,) we should make that in which you should be placed, to strike the beam. MALONE.
4 Into the staggers,] One species of the staggere or the horse's apoplexy, is a raging impatience, which maki che animal dash himself with a destructive violence against posts or walls. To this the allusion, I suppose, is made. JOHNSON.