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Clo, O Lord, sir,-Whs, there't serves well again.

Count. An end, sir, to your business: Give Helen And urge her to a present answer back:

(this, Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son ; This is not much.

Clo. Not much commendation to them.

Count. Not much employment for you: You understand me?

Clo. Most fruitfulls; I am there before my legs.

Count. Haste you again. [E.reunt severally. SCENE III.- Paris. A Room in the King's Palace.

Enter BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES. Laf. They say, miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons, to make modern and familiar tbings, supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcing ourselves into Beeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear.

Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, that hath shot out in our latter times.

Ber. And so 'tis.
Laf. To be relinquished of the artists,-
Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus.
Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,-
Par. Right, so I say.
Laf. That gave him out incurable,
Par. Why, there 'tis ; so say I too.
Lof. Not to be helped,
Par. Right: as 'twere a man assured of an-
Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
Par. Just, you say well ; 80 would I have said.
Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world.

Par. It is, indeed: If you will have it in shewing, you shall read it in,-_What do you call there?

Laf. A shewing of a heavenly effect in an earthly actor.

Par. That's it I would have said; the very same.

Laf: Why, your dolphin is not lustier; 'fore me, I speak in respect-

Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinorous spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be theLaf. Very hand of Heaven. Par. Ay, so I say. Laf. In a most weak

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Par. And debile minister, great power, great trad. scendence: which should, indeed, give us a farther use to be made, than alone the recorery of the king, as to be Luf. Generally thankful.

Enter KING, HELENA, and Attendants. Par. I would have said it; you say well: Here comes the king

Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchmar says: I'll like a 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?
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.

King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.--
Sit, my preserrer, by thy patient's side;
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
The confirmation of my promised gin,
Which but attends thy naming.

Enter several Lords. Pair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsako Fall, when love please ! - marry, to each but one!

Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress

Laf. I'd give bay Curtal, an 1 bis furniture,
My mouth no more were broken than these boys,
And writ as little beard.

Peruse them tell :
Not one of those, but had a noble father.

Hel. Gentlemen, Heaven hath, through me, restored the king to health.

An, We understand it, and thank Hearen for you.

Hel. I am a simple maid; and therein wealthiest, That, ! protest, I simply am a maid. Please it your majesty. I have done alreads: The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, We blush, that thou shouldst choose but, be refused, Let the white death sit on thy check for ever i Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in nie.

Make choice; And, see,

We'll ne'er come there again.



her: sure,

IIel. Now Dian, from tly altar do I fly :
And to imperial Lore, that God most high,
Do iny sighs stream.-Sir, will you hear my suit!
I Lord. And grant it.

Thanks, sir: all the rest is mute. Lnf. 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 abore 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 they all 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

should take ;
I'll never do you wrong for your own sake:
Blessing upon your ows! and in your bed
Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed!
Laf. The

boys are boys of ice, they'll none have

they are bastards to the English; the French ne'er got them.

Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too gooil, To make yourself a son out of my blood. 4 Lord. Fair


I think not so. Laf. There's one grape yet, -I am sure, thy father drank wine.-But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a youth of fourteen; 1 have known thee already.

Hel. 1 dare not say I take you ; (lo Bertrani) but I Me, and my service, ever whilst I live,

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your guiding power.- This is the man. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's thy wife.

[highness. Ber. My wife, my liege ? 1 shall beseech your In such a business give me leave to use The help of mine own eyes.

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 raised me from my

sickly bed.
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down
Must answer for your rising?' I know her well;
She had her breeding at my father's charge :



A poor physician's daughter my wife! -Dislain
Rather corrupt me ever!

King. 'Tis only title thon disdain'st in her, the which
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together,
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand of
All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislikest,
A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislikest
From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
The place is
is dignified by the doer's deed:

and virtue none,
It is a dropsied honour: good alone
Is good, wi
The property by what it is should

Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair;
In these to nature
And these breed honour; that is honour's scorn,
Which challenges itself as honour's born,
And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive,
When rather from our acts we them derive
Than our fore-goers; the mere word 's a slave,
Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grare,
A lying trophy, and
Where dust, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb,
or honour'd bones indeed.

What should be said !
If thou canst like this creature as a maid,
I can create the rest : virtue, and she,
Is her own dower; honour and wealth from me.

Ber.. cannot love her, nor will strive to colt.
King. Thou wrong 'st thyself, if thou shouldet strive

Hel. That you are well restored, my lord, I am glad; Let the rest go.

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
My love, and her desert; that canst not dreani,
Wo, poising us in her defective scale,
Shall weigh thee to the beam: that wilt not know,
It is in us to plant thine honour, where
We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt:
Obog our will, which travails in thy good :
Believe not thy disdain, but presenti
Do thine own fortunes that obedient right,
Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims



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Laf. Ay; is it notage, I speak?

Or I will throw thee from my care for crer,
Into the staggers, and the careless lapse
of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate,
Loosing upon thee in the name of justice,
Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine answer.

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,
And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise
A counterpoise ; if not to thy estate,
A balance more replete.

I take her hand.
Smile upon this contract; whose ceremony

King. Good fortune, and the favour of the king,
Shall seem expedient on the new-born brief,
And be perform'd to-night: the solemo feast
Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Expecting absent friends. thou lovest her,
Thy love's to me religious ; else, does err.

[Exeuni King, Bertram, Helena, Lords

and Altendants. Laf. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with you. Par. Your pleasure, sir?

[recantation, Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his

Par. Recantation ?-- lord ? my master? without bloody succeeding. My master!

you Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is man.

companion to the count Rousillon ? Laf. To what is count's man; count's master is of

Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you are too old,

Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to which title age capnot bring thee.

Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.

Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel, it might pass: yet the scaris, and the bana nerets, about thee, did manifoldly dissuade me from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose thee again, I care not

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