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Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd:.
S CE NE II.
Enter Countess and Clown. Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding.
Clo. I will shew myself highly fed, and lowly taught: 1 know my business is but to the court.
Count. But 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 have 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-butcock, 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 taffaty punk, as Tib's brush for Tom's fore-finger, as a pancake for Shrovetuesday, a morris for May-day, as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a fcolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to the friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin.
Count. Have you, I 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 should speak truth of it: here it is, and all that belongs to't: Ask me, If I am a courtier ; it shall do you no harm to learn.
Count. “To be young again, if we could: I will be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by your answer. I pray you, sir, are you a courtier ?
Clo. O Lord, fir, There's a simple putting off :more, more, a hundred of them.
Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that loves you.
Count. I think, fir, you can eat none of this homely meat.
Clo. O Lord, sir,-Nay, put me to't, I warrant you.
brush]-rush-ring-a ring was formerly presented by the woman to the man, in return for that received from him, at a wedding. “ Strengthen'd by enterchangement of your rings.”
Twelfth Night, Ac V, Sc. 1. Priest. skin.]-paunch.
To be young again)-This triling makes me seem so. • O Lord, fir,)- A ridicule on that profane expletive.
Count. You were lately whip'd, fir, as I think.
Count. Do you cry, O Lord, fir, at your whipping, and Spare not me? Indeed, your O Lord, fir, is very sequent to your whipping ; you would answer very well to a whipping, if you were but 'bound to't.'
Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my- 0 Lord, fir : I see, things may serve long but not ferve ever.
Count. I play the noble housewife with the time, to entertain it so merrily with a fool.
Clo. O Lord, sir,-why, there't serves well again.
Count. An end, sir, to your business : Give Helen this, And urge her to a present answer back : Commend me to my kinsmen, and my fon; This is not much.
Clo. Not much commendation to them.
Count. Not much employment for you: You understand me?
Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs.
· S CE N E III.
· The Court of France.
Laf. They say, miracles are paft; and we have our philosophical persons, to make s modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcing ourselves into seeming
f bound toʻt.)—to say so.
knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to ' an unknown fear.
Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, that hath shot out in our later times.
Ber. And so 'tis.
Laf. Both of Galen and Paracelsus, of all the learned and * authentic fellows,
Par. Right, fo I say.
Par. It is, indeed : if you will have it a 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 luftier : '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 fpirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the
Laf. Very hand of heaven.
Laf. In a most weak and debile minister, great power, great transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a farther use to be made, than alone the recovery of the king.
Par. As to be
i an unknown fear.)-the object of it. . authentic]-regular. ! A poewing of a &c. )--the title of some pamphlet is here pretended. so your dolphin)-the Dauphin. * facinorous]-wicked.
Enter King, Helena, and attendants. Par. I would have faid it ; you say well: Here comes the king.
Laf. *Lustigh, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a maid the better, while I have a tooth in my head : Why, he's able to lead her a corranto. • Par. PMort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen ?
Laf. 'Fore God, I think so.
King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.
Enter several Lords.
Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress
Laf. I'd give 'bay curtal, and his furniture,
King. Peruse them well : '
• Luftigh,]mftout, lusty.
9 but one ! ]-except Bertram ; modestly excluding herself from the title of a fair and virtuous mistress, at the same time that she hoped to be his. 'bay curtal]-my dock'd horse. o broken].-- from loss of teeth.