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They, that they cannot help: How shall they credit
There's something hints,
Dost thou believe't?
To those of mine in court;, I'll stay at home,
6 Exhausted of their skill,
SCENE I. Paris. A Room in the King's Palace. Flourish. Enter King, with young Lords taking leave for the Florentine war; BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and Attendants, King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike prin
ciples Do not throw from you :-and you, my lord, fare.
It is our hope, sir,
King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart
farewell. 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your ma
7 i.e. Those exc who possess modern Italy, the remains of the Roman Empire.
8 Seeker, enquirer.
King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them; They say, our French lack language to deny, If they demand : beware of being captives, Before you serve.9
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 be.
hind us ! Par. "Tis not his fault; the spark2 Lord.
O, 'tis brave wars! Par. Most admirable : I have seen those wars. ? Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coils
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 forehorse to a smock, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn, But one to dance with !6 By heaven, I'll steal away.
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.
i Lord. Farewell, captain.
9 Be not captives before you are soldiers. 5 With a noise, bustle.
6 In Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentlemen to dance with swords on.
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 entrenched 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 restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu : be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of the time,' there, do muster true gait, eat, speak, and move under the influence of the most received star; and though the devil lead the measure, such are to be followed: after them, and take a more dilated farewell.
Ber. And I will do so.
Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most sinewy sword-men.
[Exeunt BERTRAM and PAROLLES.
Enter LAFUU. Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me and for
my tidings. King. I'll fee thee to stand up. Laf.
Then here's a man Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you
They are the foremost in the fashion. ? Have the true military step.
3 The dance.
Had kneel'd, my lord, to ask me mercy; and
up. King. I would I had; so I had broke thy pate, And ask'd thee
Goodfaith, across : 4 But, my good lord, 'tis thus ; Will you be cur'd Of your infirmity? King.
O, will you eat No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but you will, My noble grapes, an if my royal fox Could reach them: I have seen a medicine, 5 That's able to breathe life into a stone; Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary, With spritely fire and motion; whose simple touch Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay, To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand, And write to her a love-line. King.
What her is this? Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one
arriv'd, If you will see her,—now, by my faith and honour, If seriously I may convey my thoughts In this my light deliverance, I have spoke With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession, Wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz'd me more Than I dare blame my weakness: Will you see her
4 Unskilfully; a phrase taken from the exercise at a quintaine. 5 A female physician.
6 A kind of dance. 7 By profession is meant her declaration of the object of her coming