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Methought you saw a serpent : What's in mother Nor would I have him, till I do deserve him;
I know I love in vain, strive against hope;
Yet, in this captious and intenible“ sieve,
And lack not to lose still: thus, Indian-like,
Religious in mine error, I adore Yet I express to you a mother's care :
The sun, that looks upon his worshipper, Gol's mercy, maiden! does it curd thy blood
But knows of him no more. My dearest madam, To say, I am thy mother? What is the matter, Let not your hate encounter with my love, That this distemper'd messenger of wet,
For loving where you do: but, if yourself, The many-colourd Iris, rounds thine eye!
Whose aged honour cites a virtuous youth, Ifup? —that you are my daughter ?
ever, in so true a flame of liking, Hel.
That I am not. Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Dian Count. I say, I am your mother.
Was both herself and love; O then, give pity Hel.
Pardon, madam; To her, whose state is such, that cannot choose The count Rousillon cannot be my brother :
But lend and give, where she is sure to lose; I am from humble, he from honour'd name;
That seeks not to find that her search implies, No note upon my parents, his all noble :
But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies. My master, my dear lord he is : and I
Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak truly, His servant live, and will his vassal die :
To go to Paris ? He must not be my brother.
Madam, I had.
Wherefore ? tell true. Hel. You are my mother, madam. ('Would you Hel. I will tell truth; by grace itself, I swear. were,
You know my father left me some prescriptions
For general sovereignty; and that he will'd me
In heedfullest reservation to bestow them,
There is a remedy, approv'd, set down,
Count. This was your motive for Paris, was it I The mystery of your loneliness, and find
speak. Your alt tears' head. Now to all sense 't is gross. Hel. My lord your son made me to think of this; You love my son ; invention is asham'd,
Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king, Against the proclamation of thy passion,
Had, from the conversation of my thoughts, To say thou dost not : therefore tell me true;
Haply, been absent then. Bat tell me then, 't is so :-for, look, thy cheeks
But think you, Helen, Confess it, th one to th' other; and thine eyes If you should tender your supposed aid, See it so grossly shown in thy behaviours,
He would receive it? He and his physicians That in their kind they speak it: only sin
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him, And bellish obstinacy tie thy tongue,
They, that they cannot help: How shall they credit
Embowell'd of their doctrine, have left off
There is something hints, To tell me truly.
More than my father's skill, which was the greatest Hel. Good madawu, pardon me.
Of his profession, that his good receipt Count. Do you love my son !
Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified Hel.
Your pardon, noble mistress! By the luckiest stars in heaven : and, would your honour Count. Love you my son ?
But give me leave to try success, I 'd venture
Do not you love him, madam ? The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure,
Dost thou believe 't!
Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly. llare to the full appeach'd.
Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave and Hel. Then, I confess,
love, Here on my knee, before high Heaven and you, Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings Tat before you, and next unto high Heaven,
To those of mine in court; I 'll stay at home,
God's blessing into thy attempt :
What I can help thee to thou shalt not miss. [Excunt That he is lov'd of me: I follow him not
Captious and interible--capable of receiving (taking). but by any token of presumptuous suit;
pot of reta:cing.
SCENE 1.—Paris. A Room in the King's Palace. ' fluence of the most received star; and though the devil Flourish. Enter King, with young Lorls, taking and take a more dilated farewell.
lead the measure, such are to be followed : after them, leave for the Florentine war ; BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Ber. And I will do so. and Attendants.
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike principles sinewy swordmen. (Exeunt Bertram and PAROLLES. Do not throw from you :-and you, my lord, fare
Enter LAFEU. Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all,
Laf. Pardon, my lord, [kneeling) for me and for The gist doth stretch itself as 't is receiv'd,
my tidings. And is enougle for both.
King. I 'll see thee to stand up. 1 Lord. It is our hope, sir,
Laf. Then here's a man stands that has brought his After well enter'd soldiers, to return
pardon. And find your grace in health.
I would you had kneel'd, my lord, to ask me mercy, King. No, it cannot be ; and yet my heart And that, at my bidding, you could so stand up. Will not confess he owes the malady
King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords ; And ask'd thee mercy for 't. Whether I live or die, be you the sons
Laf. Good faith, across : But, my good lord, 't is thus; Of worthy Frenchmen : let higher Italy
Will you be cur'd of your infirmity ? (Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall
King. No. Of the last monarchy) see, that you come
Laf. O, will you eat no grapes, my royal fox ? Not to woo honour, but to wed it; when
Yes, but you will my noble grapes, an if The bravest questant shrinks, find what you seek, My royal fox could reach them : I have seen a That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell.
medicine, 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your
That's able to breathe life into a stone; majesty!
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary, King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them; With sprightly fire and motion ; whose simple touch They say our French lack language to deny,
Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay, If they demand ; beware of being captives,
To give great Charlemain a pen in 's hand
And write to her a love-line.
What her is this?
Laf. Why, doctor she ; My lord, there 's one arriv'd, [The King retires to a couch. If you will see her:- Now, by my faith and honour, I Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay behind if seriously I may convey my thoughts
In this my light deliverance, I have spoke Par. "T is not his fault; the spark
With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession, 2 Lord.
0,'t is brave wars! Wisdom, and constancy, bath amaz'd me more Par. Most admirable; I have seen those wars. Than I dare blame my weakness : Will you see her Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil with, (For that is her demand) and know her business ? “ Two young,” and “ the next year,” and “ 't is too That done, laugh well at me. early."
Now, good Lafeu, Par. An thy mind stand to 't, boy, steal away | Bring in the admiration; that we with thee bravely.
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine,
Nay, I 'll fit you, Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn
And not be all day neither.
[Exit. But one to dance with !" By Heaven, I 'll steal away. King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
I Lord. There's honour in the theft.
Commit it, count.
Re-enter Layev, with HELENA. 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. Laf. Nay, come your ways, Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.
This haste hath wings indeed. 1 Lord. Farewell, captain.
Laf. Nay, come your ways;. 2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles !
This is his majesty, say your mind to him : Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. A traitor you do look like; but such traitors Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals :-You His majesty seldom fears : I am Cressid's uncle, shall find in the regiment of the Spinii one captain That dare leave two together : fare you well. [Erit. Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on King. Now, fair one, does your business follow us! his sinister cheek; it was this very sword entrenched Hel. Ay, my good lord. it: say to him, I live; and observe his reports for me. Gerard de Narbon was my father, 2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.
In what he did profess well found. Par. Mars dote on you for his novices ! (Exeunt King.
I knew him. Lords. ] What will you do?
Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards him; Ber. Stay; the king
[Seeing him rise. Knowing him is enough. "On his bed of death Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one, lords; you have restrained yourself within the list of Which, as the dearest issue of his practice, 100 cold an arlieu ; be more expressive to them : for And of his old experience the only darling, they wear them selves in the cap of the time; there, do He bad me store up, as a triple eye, minster true gait, eat, speak, and move under the in- Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have so : • The sword of fashion-the dress-swura as we still call it.
* Profession--declaration « purpose.
And, bearing your high majesty is touch'd
Thy life is dear; for all that life can rate
That happiness and prime can happy call :
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate King.
We thank you, maiden ; Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate. But may not be so credulous of cure,
Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try, When our most learned doctors leave us; and
That ministers thine own death, if I die. The congregated college have concluded
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property That labouring art can never ransom Nature
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die; From her inaidable estate, I say we must not And well deserv'd : Not helping, death 's my fee; So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope,
But, if I help, what do you promise me? To prostitute our past-cure malady
King. Make thy demand. To empiries; or to dissever so
But will you make it even 9 Our great self and our credit, to esteem
King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of heaven. A senseless help, when help past serise we deem.
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly band, Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains : What husband in thy power I will command : I will no more enforce mine office on you;
Exempted be from me the arrogance Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
To choose from forth the royal blood of France; A modest one, to bear me back again.
My low and humble name to propagate King. I cannot give thee less to be call'd grateful • With any branch or image of thy state : Thoa thought'st to help me; and such thanks I give, But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know As one near death to those that wish him live:
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow. But what at full I know thou know'st no part;
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd ; Hel. What I can do can do no hurt to try,
So make the choice of thy own time, for I, Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy :
Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. He that of greatest works is finisher
More should I question thee, and more I must, Oft does them by the weakest minister :
Though more to know could not be more to trust; So boly writ in babes hath judgment shown,
From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But rest When judges have been babes. Great floods have flown Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted bless'd.From simple sources; and great seas have dried,
Give me some help here, hoa !-If thou proceed When miracles hare by the greatest been denied. As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
[Flourish. Exeunt. Where most it promises; and oft it hits,
SCENE II.-Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Where hope is coldest, and despair most siiifts.
Palace. king. I must not hear thee ; fare thee well, kind maid ;
Enter COUNTESS and Clown. Thy pains, not us'd, must by thyself be paid :
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the Proffers not took reap thanks for their reward.
height of your breeding. Hel Inspired merit so by breath is barrd:
Clo. I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught: It is not so with Him that all things knows,
I know my business is but to the court. As 't is with us that square our guess by shows :
Count. To the court? why, what place make you Bat mast it is presumption in us, when
special, when you put off that with such contemptThe help of Heaven we count the act of men.
But to the court ? Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent :
Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any Of Heaven, not me, make an experiment.
manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that I am not an impostor, that proclaim
cannot make a put off's cap, kiss his hand, and say Myself against the level of mine aim;
nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; and, inBut know I think, and think I know most sure, deed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were not for the My art is not past power, nor you past cure.
court : but for me, I have an answer will serve all men. King. Art thou so confident? Within what space Count. Marry, that 's a bountiful answer that fits all Hopist thou my cure !
The greatest grace lending grace, Clo. It is like a barber's chair, tnat fits all buttocks ; Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the brawn-buttock, Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring;
or any buttock. Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
Count. Will your answer serve fit to all questions ? Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp;
Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney Or four-and-twenty times the pilot's glass
as your French crown for your taffata punk, as Tib's Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass ;
rush for Tom's forefinger, as a pancake for ShroveWhat is infirm from your sound parts shall fly, Tuesday, a morris for May-day, as the nail to his hole, Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.
the cuckold to his horn, as a scolding quean to a King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to the friar's mouth ; What dar'st thou venture ?
nay, as the pudding to his skin. Hel. Tax of impudence,–
Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fitness A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,
for all questions ? Traduc'd by odious ballads ; my maiden's name Clo. From below your duke to beneath your constable, Seard otherwise ; no worse of worst
it will fit any question. With vilest torture let my life be ended.
Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous size King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth that must fit all demands. speak;
Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the learned His powerful sound within an organ weak:
should speak truth of it: here it is, and all that belongs And what impossibility would slay
to 't: ask me if I am a courtier : it shall do you uo In common sense, sense saves another way.
harm to learn.
Count. To be young again, if we could, I will be a Par. And debile minister, great power, great tran fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by your answer scendence : which should, indeed, give us a further use -I pray you, sir, are you a courtier?
to be made, than alone the recovery of the king, as to beclo. O Lord, sir, - There 's a simple putting off ; Laf. Generally thankful. -more, more, a hundred of them.
Enter King, HELENA, and Attendants.
Par. I would have said it; you say well. Here Count. I think, sir, you can eat none of this homely
comes the king.
Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I 'll like a Clo. O Lord, sir,-- Nay, put me tot, I warrant you. Why, he 's able to lead her a coranto.
maid the better whilst I have a tooth in my head : Count. You were lately whipped, sir, as I think. Clo. O Lord, sir,--Spare not me.
Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen? Count. Do you cry, “O Lord, sir,” at your whipping,
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so. and “spare not me "o Indeed, your “O Lord, sir,” is
King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.very sequent to your whipping; you would answer very Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side ;
[Exit an Attendant. well to a whipping, if you were but bound to 't."
Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life in my—“0 And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense Lord, sir :" I see things may serve long, but not serve
Thou hast repeald, a second time receive
The confirmation of my promis'd gift, Count. play the noble housewife with the time,
Which but attends thy naming. To entertain it so merrily with a fool.
Enter several Lords. Clo. O Lord, sir,—Why, there 't serves well again. Count. An end, sir: To your business : Give Helen Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel
Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing, this, And urge her to a present answer back :
O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son ;
I have to use: thy frank election make; This is not much.
Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake. Clo. Not much commendation to them.
Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress Count. Not much employment for you: You under- Fall, when love please—marry to each—but one. b stand me?
Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, and his furniture,
My mouth no more were broken than these boys',
And writ as little beard.
Peruse them well :
Not one of those but had a noble father. SCENE III.-Paris. A Room in the King's Palace.
Hel. Gentlemen, Enter BERTRAM, LaFeu, and PAROLLES. Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king to health.
AU. We understand it, and thank Heaven for you. Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons, to make modern and familiar That, I protest, I simply am a maid :
Hel. I am a simple maid ; and therein wealthiest, things supernatural and causeless. Hence is it that we make triffes of terrors; ensconcing ourselves into seem- The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,
Please it your majesty, I have done already : ing knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an
“We blush, that thou shouldst choose; but, be refus d, unknown fear. Par. Why, 't is the rarest argument of wonder that Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever;
We'll ne'er come there again.' bath shot out in our latter times.
Make choice; and, see, Ber. And so 't is.
Who shuns thy love shuns all his love in me. Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artists, –
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly;
And to imperial Love, that god most high,
Do my sighs stream.Sir, will you hear my suit?
I Lord. And grant it. Laf. That gave him out incurable,
Thanks, sir; all the rest is mute. Par. Why, there 't is ; so say I too.
Laf. I had rather be in this choice than throw amese Laf. Not to be helped,
ace for my life. Par. Right: as 't were a man assured of a
Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair eyes, Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
Before I speak, too threateningly replies:
Love make your fortunes twenty times above
2 Lord. No better, if you please. you shall read it in,-What do you call there ? b
My wish receive, Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly Which great Love grant! and so I take my leave. actor.
Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons of Par. That is it: I would have said the very same. Laf: Why, your dolphin is not lustier : "fore me I mine, I'd have them whipped; or I would send them
to the Turk, to make eunuchs of. speak in respect
Hel. Be not afraid (to a Lord] that I your hand Par. Nay, 't is strange, 't is very strange, that is the
should take; brief and the tedious of it; and he 's of a most faci- 1 'll never do you wrong for your own sake : norous spirit that will not acknowledge it to be the
Blessing upon your vows! and in your bed Laf. Very hand of Heaven.
Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed! Par. Ay, so I say.
Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they 'll none have Laf In a most weak
her : sure they are bastards to the English; the French * The now vulgar expression, "O Lord, sir,". was for a long ne'er got them. time the fashionable phrase, and has been ridiculed by other writers. The whipping of a domestic fool was not an uncom.
* Lustick is, properly, gamesome
Lafeu uses it to express
the King's renewed vigour. 6. What do you call there -equivalent to " What d' ye call • But one-except one.
. The white death the paleness
Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, Into the staggers, and the careless lapse To make yourself a son out of my blood.
Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so.
Loosing upon thee, in the name of justice, Laf. There's one grape yet,- I am sure thy father Without all terms of pity : Speak!' thine answer! drank wine. ---But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a youth Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord ; for I submit of fourteen ; I have known thee already.
My fancy to your eyes : When I consider
Flies where you bid it, I find that she, which late
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now Into your guiding power.—This is the man.
The praised of the king; who, so ennobled, King. Why, then, young Bertram, take her, she 's thy Is, as 't were, bom so. wife.
Take her by the hand, Be. My wife, my liege! I shall beseech your And tell her she is thine : to whom I promise highness,
A counterpoise; if not to thy estate, In sach a business give me leave to use
A balance more replete. The belp of mine own eyes.
I take her hand. King. Know'st thou not, Bertram, what she has done King. Good fortune, and the favour of the king, for me?
Smile upon this contract; whose ceremony Ber. Yes, my good lord; but never hope to know why Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief, I should marry her.
And be perform'd to-night : the solemn feast King. Thou know'st she has rais'd me from my sickly Shall more attend upon the coming space, bed.
Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her, Be. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down Thy love's to me religious; else, does err. Mast answer for your raising? I know her well; [Eceunt KING, Ber., Hel., Lords, and Attendants. She bad her breeding at my father's charge :
Laf. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with you. A poor physician's daughter my wife!-Ďisdain Par. Your pleasure, sir ? Rather corrupt me ever!
Laf. Your lord and master did well to make bis reKing. Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the which cantation. I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods,
Par. Recantation ?–My lord ? my master ? Of wlour, weight, and beat, pour'd all together,
Laf. Ay: Is it not a language I speak ? Would quite confound distinction, yet stand of
Par. A most harsh one; and not to be understood In differences so mighty: If she be
without bloody succeeding. My master ? All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik’st,
Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon? A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st
Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is Of virtue for the name: but do not so:
man. From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
Laf. To what is count's man; count's master is of The place is dignified by the doer's deed:
anotber style. Where great additions swell, and virtue none,
Par. You are too old, sir : let it satisfy you, you are It is a dropsied bonour : good alone
too old. Is good without a name; vileness is so :
Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to which The property by what it is should go,
title age cannot bring thee. Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair ;
Par. What I dare too well do I dare not do. In these to nature she 's immediate heir,
Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy Which challenges itself as honour's born,
travel; it might pass : yet the scarfs and the banner. And is not like the sire: Honours thrive,
ets about thee did manifoldly dissuade me from believWhen rather from our acts we them derive
ing thee a vessel of too great a burthen. I have now Than our fore-goers : the mere word 's a slave, found thee; when I lose thee again I care not : yet art Debosh'd on every tornb, on every grave
thou good for nothing but taking up; and that thou art A lying trophy ; and as oft is dumb,
scarce worth. Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb
Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity upon Of bonour'd bones indeed. What should be said ? thee, If thou canst like this creature as a maid,
Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest I can create the rest: virtue, and she,
thou hasten thy trial ;-which if-Lord have mercy Is her own dower ; honour and wealth from me. on thee for a hen! So, my good window of lattice, fare
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do it. thee well; thy casement I need not open, for I look King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou shouldst strive through thee. Give me thy hand. to choose.
Par. My lord, you give me most egregious indignity. Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I 'm glad; Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy
of it. King. My honour 's at the stake; which to defeat, Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it. I must produce my power : Here, take her hand, Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it: and I will Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift,
wt bate thee a scruple. That dost in vile misprision shackle up
Par. Well, I shall be wiser. My love, and her desert; that canst not dream,
Laf. Even as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to We, poizing us in her defective scale,
pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st Shall weigh thee to the beam; that wilt not know bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what it It is in us to plant thine honour, where
is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire to hold We please to have it grow : Check thy contempt : my acquaintance with thee, or rather my knowledge, Obey our will, which travails in thy good :
that I may say, in the default, he is a man I know. Believe not thy disdain, but presently Do thine own fortunes that obedient right
The staggers-a metaphorical expression for uncertainty. Which both thy duty owes and our power claims ;
insecurity. Or I will throw thee from my care for ever,
• For two ordinaries-during two ordinaries at the same
Let the rest go.