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King. I would I had : so I had broke thy pate, And ask'd thee mercy for't. Laf. "Goodfaith, across :- but, my good lord, 'tis
thus; Will you be cur’d of your infirmity?
Laf. 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 medecine
That's able to breathe life into a stone ;
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary
With sprightly fire and motion ; whose fimple 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, doktor se: 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,
(For that is her demand) and know her business?
That done, laugh well at me.
King. Now, good Lafeu,
Bring in the admiration; that we with thee,
e Goodfaith, across :)--Agreed, though you had broken it across : or, you miss my meaning.
d a medecine]—a female physician, a doctress. e canary)-a brilk dance.
profellion,]-declared design of her expedition. 8 and constancy,]-perseverance in that declaration.
blame my weakness :)-can impute to my own weakness; with to acknowledge the mere effect of my own credulity.
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine,
By wond'ring how thou took't it.
Laf. Nay, I'll fit you,
And not be all day neither.
[Exit Lafeu. King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues. Laf. [Returns.] Nay, come your ways.
[Bringing in Helena. King. This haste hath wings indeed.
Laf. Nay, come your ways; This is his majesty, say your mind to him : A traitor you do look like; but such traitors His majesty seldom fears : I am · Cressid's uncle, That dare leave two together; fare you well, [Exit.
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 toward 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 k 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 power
Of my dear father's gift stands chief in honour,
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,
When our most learned doctors leave us; and
The congregated college have concluded,
i Cressid's uncle, ]— like Pandarus.
That labouring art can never ' answer nature
From her inaidable estate,--I say we must not
So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope,
To prostitute our paft-cure malady
To empericks; or to dissever fo
Our great self and our credit, to esteem
A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains :
I will no more enforce mine office on you;
Humbly intreating from your royal thoughts
* A modest one, to bear me back again.
King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful :
Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I give,
As one near death to those that wish him live :
But, what at full I know, thou know'st no part;
I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try,
Since you " set up your rest 'gainst remedy:
He that of greatest works is finisher,
Oft does them by the weakest minister :
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
When judges have been babes. Great foods have flown
From simple sources; and great seas have dry'd,
When 'miracles have by the greatest been deny'd.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises; and oft it hits,...
Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.
King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind maid; Thy pains, not us’d, must by thyself be paid : Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward.
Hel. Inspired merit so by P breath is barr'd:
· I answer)-supply the defects of-ransom.
* A modeft one, ]—such an one as I may modestly hope for on my dismiffion.
* set up your reft 'gainst remedy :)--conclude yourself to be past reçovery.
o miracles )-the power of working them. IP breath}-mortals.
It is not so with him that all things knows,
As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows :
But most it is presumption in us, when
The help of heaven we count the act of men.
Dear fir, to my endeavours give consent;
Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
I am not an impostor, " that proclaim
Myself against the level of mine aim ;
But know I think, and think I know most sure,
My art is not 'past power, nor you past cure.
King. Art thou fo confident ? Within what space Hop'st thou my cure ?
Hel. The greatest grace lending grace;
Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring:
Ere twice in ‘murk and occidental damp
Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his seepy lamp;
Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass
Hath told the thievilh minutes how they pass;
What is infirın from your sound parts shall fly,
Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.
King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
What dar'lt thou venture ?
Hel. 'Tax of impudence,
A ftrumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,
Traduc'd by odious ballads ny maiden's name;
Sear'd otherwise; the worst of worst, extended
With vilest torture, let my life be ended.
King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth speak;
* His powerful sound, within an organ weak;
And what impossibility would say
In common sense, sense saves another way.
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate
Worth name of life, win thee hath estimate ;
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all
That happiness * in prime, can happy call :
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
Sweet practiser, thy physick I will try;
That ministers thine own death, if I die.
Hel. If I break time, ' or finch in property
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die;
And well deserv'd: Not helping, death's my fee ;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?
ķing. Make thy demand.
Hel. But will you ? make it even ?
King. Ay, by my scepter, and my hopes of heaven.
Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly hand,
What husband in thy power I will command :
Exempted be from me the arrogance
To chuse from forth the royal blood of France;
- My low and humble name to propagate
With any a branch, or image of thy ftate :
But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know
Is free for me to ask, thee to beltow.
King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd,
• His powerful found, within]-is heard, issuing from. w in thee hath estimate ; ]-may be ranked among thy gifts. * in prime,]-in its perfection-and prime. y Alinch in property of what I spoke,]—make not my professions good. 2 make it even?]-answer it.
a branch, or image of thy fate:]-relative or representative of thine, member of thy state.