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King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
Re-enter LaFeu, with HELENA.
Laf. Nay, come your ways.
This haste hath wings indeed.
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 bad me store up, as a triple eye, 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,-
Cressid's uncle,] i. e. Pandarus. Ses Troilus and Cressida.
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 grateful:
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind inaid ;
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr’d:
set up your rest--] į. e. Make up your mind. It is a metaphor taken from the once fashionable game of Primero, and in its original signification means, to stand upon the cards you have in your hand.
a When mirucles have by the greatest been denied.) Dr. Johnson did not see the import or connexion of this line. It certainly refers to the children of Israel passing the Red Sea, when miracles had been denied, or not harkened to by Pharaoh.-HOLT WHITE. Dr. Johnson supposed that a line had been omitted, from the subsequent time's standing without a correspondent rhyme. I believe on the contrary, that words have been inserted, and that we should read,
Oft expectation fails : and oft it hits,
Myself against the level of mine aim ;
King. Art thou so confident ? Within what space
The greatest grace lending grace,
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Tax of impudence,
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.
b Myself against the level of mine aim;] i. e. I am not an impostor that proclaim one thing and design another, that proclaim a cure and aim at a fraud. I think what I speak.-Johnson.
nay, worst of worst extended, &c.] I have adopted the emendation of Malone--the old
reads ne worse of worst,” which words evidently require some correction, and that which I have chosen has the merit of being intelligible, without the aid of further comment.
d In common sense, sense saves another way.] i. e. And that which, if I trusted to my reason, I should think impossible, I yet, perceiving thee to be actuated by some blessed spirit, think thee capable of effecting.--MALONE.
in the hath estimate ;] May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee.-JOHNSON.
i prime--] i. e. Vigour of life.
Sweet practiser, thy physick I will try ;
Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property
King. Make thy demand.
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,
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd,
Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.
Enter Countess and Clown.
Count. Come on, sir ; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding
in property-] Here used, with much laxity, for—in the due performance.-Malone.
branch or image-] Brunch refers to the collateral descendants of the royal blood, and image to the direct and immediate line.--HENLEY.
Clo. I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught : I know
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 buttocks; the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the brawn buttock, or any buttock.
Count. Will your answer serve fit to all questions ?
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 queen to a wrangling knave, as the nun’s lip to the friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin. Count. Have
say, an answer of such fitness for all questions ?
Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your constable, it will fit any question.
Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous size, that must fit all demands.
Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the learned
make a leg,] i. e. Make a bow.
Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger,] Tib and Tom were usually joined, like Jack and Jill, as the common names for a low or ordinary man and woman. The rush alludes to the rush-ring, which was an ancient practice not only in England but in other countries, with such persons who meant to live together in a state of concubinage. This custom is mentioned by Breval, in his antiquities of Paris, and forbidden by Richard Moore, bishop of Salisbury, in his Constitutions, anno 1217. The practice seems to have continued to the time of Sir W. D'Avenant, who alludes to it in one of his songs. In the present passage, Tib the woman is represented as giving the ring. This is in agreement with the old custom of exchanging rings in the marriage ceremony.Sir J. HAWKINS and M. Mason.