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With that she sighed as she stood,
Hel. Mine honourable mistress.
Nay, a mother;
Why not a mother? When I said, a mother,
Methought you saw a serpent : What's in mother,
That you start at it? I say, I am your mother ;
And put you in the catalogue of those
Adoption strives with nature; and choice breeds Clo. One good woman in ten, madam ; which is A native slip to us from foreign seeds : a purifying o' the song: 'Would Fortune serve the You ne'er oppress'd me with a mother's groan, world so all the year! we'd find no fault with the Yet I express to you a mother's care: tythe-woman. One in ten quoth a'! an we might Gramercy, maiden ! does it curd thy blood,
To have a good woman born but every blazing star, or
say, I am thy mother ? What's the matter, at an earthquake, 'twould mend the lottery well; a
That this distemper'd messenger of wet, man may draw his heart out, ere he pluck one.
The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye? Count. You'll be gone, sir knave, and do as I Why? that you are my daughter? command you?
That I am not. Clo. That man should be at woman's command,
Count. I say, I am your mother. and yet no hurt done! – Though honesty be no
Pardon, madam ; puritan, yet it will do no hurt; it will wear the The count Rousillon cannot be my brother : surplice of humility over the black gown of a big I am from humble, he from honour'd name; heart. — I am going, forsooth : the business is for No note upon my parents, his all noble : Helen to come hither.
(Exit Clown. My master, my dear lord he is; and I Count. 'Well, now.
His servant live, and will his vassal die : Stew. I know, madam, you love your gentle- He must not be my brother. woman entirely.
Nor I your mother? Count. Indeed, I do; her father bequeathed her
Hel. You are my mother, madam; 'Would you to me; and she herself, without other advantage, may lawfully make title to as much love as she (So that my lord, your son, were not my brother,) finds: there is more owing her, than is paid; and Indeed, my mother !-or were you both our mothers, more shall be paid her, than she'll demand.
So I were not his sister : Can't no other, Stew. Madam, I was very late more near her But I, your daughter, he must be my brother ? than, I think, she wished me : alone she was, and
Count. Yes, Helen, you might be my daughterdid communicate to herself, her own words to her own ears ; she thought, I dare vow for her, they I hope you mean it not! daughter, and mother touched not any stranger sense.
Her matter was,
So strive 3 upon your pulse: What, pale again? she loved your son : Fortune, she said, was no
My fear hath catch'd your fondness : Now I see goddess, that had put such difference betwixt their The mystery of your loneliness, and find two estates ; Love, no god, that would not extend Your salt tears' head. Now to all sense 'tis gross, his might, only where qualities were level : Diana, You love my son ; invention is asham'd, no queen of virgins, that would suffer her poor knight Against the proclamation of thy passion, to be surprised, without rescue, in the first assault, To say thou dost not: therefore tell me true ; or ransome afterwards : This she delivered in the But tell me then, 'tis sp : — for, look, thy cheeks most bitter touch of sorrow, that e'er I heard virgin Confess it, one to the other ; and thine eyes exclaim in : which I held my duty, speedily to
See it so grossly shown in thy behaviours, acquaint you withal; sithence ?, in the loss that may That in their kind they speak it: only sin happen, it concerns you something to know it.
And perverse obstinacy tie thy tongue, Count. You have discharged this honestly; keep That truth should be suspected : Speak, is't so ? it to yourself: many likelihoods informed me of If it be so, you have wound a goodly clue; this before, which hung so tottering in the balance, If it be not, forswear't: howe'er, I charge thee, that I could neither believe, nor misdoubt : Pray As heaven shall work in me for thine avail, you, leave me; stall this in your bosom, and
To tell me truly. thank you for your honest care: I will speak with
Good madam, pardon me! you further anon.
(Exit Steward. Count, Do you love my son ?
Your pardon, noble mistress !
Count. Love you my son ? Count. Even so it was with me, when I was young: Hel.
Do not you love him, madam ? If we are nature's, these are ours: this thorn Count. Go not about; my love hath in't a bond, Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong;
Whereof the world takes note: come, come, disclose Our blood to us, this to our blood is born; The state of your affection ; for your passions It is the show and seal of nature's truth,
Have to the full appeach'd. Where love's strong passion is impress'd in youth : Hel.
Then, I confess, By our remembrances of days foregone,
Here on my knee, before high heaven and you, Such were our faults: — or then we thought them That before you, and next unto high heaven,
I love your son : Her eye is sick on't ; I observe her now.
My friends were poor, but honest ; so's my love Hel. What is your pleasure, madam ?
Be not offended; for it hurts not him, Count.
You know, Helen, That he is lov’d of me: I follow him not I am a mother to you.
4 The source, the cause of your griet
By any token of presumptuous suit;
This was your motive Nor would I have him, till I do deserve him ; For Paris, was it? speak. Yet never know how that desert should be.
Hel. My lord your son made me to think of I know I love in vain, strive against hope ; Yet, in this captious and intenible sieve,
Else Paris, and the medicine, and the king,
Had, from the conversation of my thoughts,
But think you, Helen, The sun, that looks upon his worshipper,
If you should tender your supposed aid,
Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him ;
credit Did ever, in so true a flame of liking,
A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools,
There's something hints, But lend and give, where she is sure to lose; More than my father's skill, which was the greatest That seeks not to find that her search implies, Of his profession, that his good receipt But, riddle-like, lives sweetly where she dies. Shall, for my legacy, be sanctified
Count. Had you not lately an intent, speak truly, By the luckiest stars in heaven : and, would your To go to Paris ?
honour Hel. Madam, I had.
But give me leave to try success, I'd venture Count.
Wherefore ? tell true. The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure, Hel. I will tell true; by grace itself, I swear. By such a day, and hour. You know, my father left me some prescriptions Count.
Dost thou believ't? Of rare and prov'd effects, such as his reading, Hel. Ay, madam, knowingly. And manifest experience, had collected
Count. Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave, For general sovereignty; and that he will'd me
and love, In heedfullest reservation to bestow them,
Means, and attendants, and my loving greetings As notes, whose faculties inclusive were
To those of mine in court; I'll stay at home, More than they were in note 5: amongst the rest, And pray God's blessing into thy attempt : There is a remedy, approv'd, set down,
Be gone to-morrow ; and be sure of this, To cure the desperate languishes, whereof
What I can help thee to, thou shalt not miss. The king is render'd lost.
SCENE I. - Paris. A Room in the King's Palace. They say, our French lack language to deny,
If they demand : beware of being captives,
Our hearts receive your warnings. and Attendants.
- Come hither to me. King. Farewell, young lord, these warlike principles
The King retires to a couch. Do not throw from you :- and you, my lord, fare- 1 Lord. O my sweet lord that you will stay bewell;
hind us ! Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all, Par. 'Tis not his fault; the spark The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv d,
O, 'tis brave wars. And is enough for both.
Par. Most admirable: I have seen those wars. 1 Lord. It is our hope, sir,
Ber. I am commanded here, and kept a coil' After well-enter'd soldiers, to return
with And find your grace in health.
and the next year, and 'tis too early. King. No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart Par. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away Will not confess he owes the malady
bravely. That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords ;. Ber. I shall stay here Whether I live or die, be you the sons
Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, Of worthy Frenchmen: let higher Italy
Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn, (Those 'bated, that inherit but the fall
But one to dance with ! By heaven, I'll steal away. Of the last monarchy 6) see, that you come
i Lord. There's honour in the theft. Not to woo honour, but to wed it'; when
Commit it, count. The bravest questant 7 shrinks, find what you seek, 2 Lord. I am your accessary; and so farewell. That fame may cry you loud : I say, farewell. Ber. I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your body. majesty!
i Lord. Farewell, captain. King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them ;
8 Exhausted of their skill. ? Appearance. 61, e. The Roman empire.
9 Be not captives before you are soldiers. 7 Seeker, enquirer.
1 In a bustle.
2 Lord. Sweet monsieur Parolles !
Nay I'll fit you, Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin. And not be all day neither. [Exit Lafeu. Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals : King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues. You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war,
Re-enter LAFEU with HELENA. here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword Laf. Nay, come your ways. entrenched it: say to him, I live; and observe his King.
This haste hath wings indeed. reports for me.
Laf. Nay, come your ways; 2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.
This is his majesty, say your mind to him: Par. Mars dote on you for his novices! (Exeunt A traitor you do look like; but such traitors Lords. ] What will you do?
His majesty seldom fears : I am Cressid's uncle, Ber. Stay : the king
[Seeing him rise. That dare leave two together; fare you well. (Exit. Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble King. Now, fair one, does your business follow lords; you have restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu ; be more expressive to them; Hel. Ay, my good lord. Gerard de Narbon was for they wear themselves in the cap of the time, My father; in what he did profess, well found. 9 there, do muster true gait , eat, speak, and move King. I knew him. under the influence of the most received star; and Hel. The rather will I spare my praises towards though the devil lead the measure 4, such are to be
him; followed: after them, and take a more dilated fare- Knowing him, is enough. On his bed of death well.
Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one, Ber. And I will do so.
Which, as the dearest issue of his practice, Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most And of his old experience the only darling, sinewy sword-men.
He bade me store up, as a triple eye!,
And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd
With that malignant cause wherein the honour Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me and of my dear father's gift stands chief in power, for my tidings.
I come to tender it, and my appliance,
With all bound humbleness.
Then here's a man
We thank you, maiden Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you When our most learned doctors leave us; and
But may not be so credulous of cure,
The congregated college have concluded
That labouring art can never ransom nature And ask'd thee mercy for't.
From her inaidable estate, — I say we must not Laf.
Goodfaith, across 5 :
So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur'd
To prostitute our past-cure malady
To empiricks; or to dissever so
Our great self and our credit, to esteem
A senseless help, when help past sense we deem. No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but you will,
Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains: My noble grapes, an if my royal fox,
I will no more enforce mine office on you; Could reach them: I have seen a medicine 6,
Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts That's able to breathe life into a stone;
A modest one, to bear me back again. Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary 7,
King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful: With spritely fire and motion; whose simple touch Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay,
give, To give great Charlemain a pen in his hand,
As one near death to those that wish him live: And write to her a love-line.
But what at full I know, thou know'st no part; King.
What her is this?
I knowing all my peril, thou no art. Laf. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one ar
Hel. What I can do, can do no hurt to try, riv'd,
Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy:
Oft does them by the weakest minister :
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown, With one, that, in her sex, her years, profession,
When judges have been babes. Great floods have Wisdom, and constancy, hath amaz’d me more
flown Than I dare blame my weakness : Will you see her, From simple sources; and great seas have dried, (For that is her demand,) and know her business ?
When miracles have by the greatest been denied. That done, laugh well at me.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there King.
Now, good Lafeu,
Where most it promises ; and oft it hits, Bring in the admiration; that we with thee
Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits. May spend our wonder too, or take off thine,
King. I must not hear thee; fare thee well, kind By wond'ring how thou took'st it.
Thy pains not us’d, must by thyself be paid : ? They are the foremost in the fashion.
Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward. 3 Have the true military step.
4 The dance.
Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd : $ Unskilfully; a phrase taken from the exercise at a quintain.
I am like Pandarus. 9 Well informed. 6 A female physician,
7 A kind of dance.
I A third eye,
It is not so with him that all things knows,
SCENE II. — Rousillon. A Room in the As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows:
Enter COUNTESS and Clown.
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
height of your breeding. I am not an impostor, that proclaim
Clo. I will show myself highly fed, and lowly Myself against the level of mine aim;
taught: I know my business is but to the court. But know I think, and think I know most sure, Count. To the court! why, what place make you My art is not past power, nor you past cure. special, when you put off that with such contempt ? King. Art thou so confident? Within what But to the court. space
Clo. Truly, madam, if nature have lent a man any Hop'st thou my cure ?
manners, he may easily put it off at court; he that Hel.
The greatest grace lending grace, cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his hand, and Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring;
and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were not Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
for the court: but, for me, I have an answer will Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp;
serve all men. Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass
Count. Will your answer serve fit to all questions? Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass ; Clo. As fit as ten groats for the hand of an attorWhat is infirm from the sound part shall fly, ney, as a pancake for Shrove-Tuesday, or a morris Health shall live free, and sickness freely die. for May-day. King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
Count. Have you, I say, an answer of such fitness What dar'st thou venture ?
for all questions? Hel.
Tax of impudence, — Clo. From below your duke, to beneath your And of rash boldness, a divulged shame,
constable, it will fit any question. Traduc'd by odious ballads; my maiden's name Count. It must be an answer of most monstrous Sear'd otherwise; no worse of worst extended, size, that must fit all demands. With vilest torture let my life be ended.
Clo. But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the King. Methinks, in thee some blessed spirit doth learned should speak truth of it: here it is, and all speak;
that belongs to't: Ask me, if I am a courtier; it His powerful sound, within an organ weak : shall do you no harm to learn. And what impossibility would slay
Count. An end, sir, to your business: Give Helen In common sense, sense saves another way.
this, Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate
And urge her to a present answer back : Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate;
Commend me to my kinsmen, and my son ; Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all
This is not much. That happiness and prime can happy call :
Clo. Not much commendation to them. Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Count. Not much employment for you: You Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
understand me? Sweet practiser, thy physick I will try ;
Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs. That ministers thine own death, if I die.
Count. Haste you again. [Ereunt severally. Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die;
SCENE III. — Paris. A Room in the King's And well deserv'd : Not helping, death's my fee;
Palace. But, if I help, what do you promise me? king. Make thy demand.
Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and ParoLLES. Hel.
But will you make it even? Laf They say, miracles are past; and we have King. Ay, by my sceptre and my hopes of heaven. our philosophical persons, to make modern and Hel. Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly familiar things, supernatural and causeless. Hence hand,
is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconcing What husband in thy power I will command : ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should Exempted be from me the arrogance
submit ourselves to an unknown fear. To choose from forth the royal blood of France ; Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder, My low and humble name to propagate
that hath shot out in our latter times. With any branch or image of thy state:
Ber. And so 'tis. But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know
Laf. To be relinquished of the artists, Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.
Par. So I say ; both of Galen and Paracelsus. King. Here is my hand; the premises observ'd, Laf. Of all the learned and authentic fellows, – Thy will by my performance shall be serv'd; Par. Right, so I say. So make the choice of thine own time; for I, Laf. That gave him out incurable, — Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely.
Par. Why, there 'tis; so say I too. More should I question thee, and more I must; Laf. Not to be helped, Though, more to know, could not be more to trust; Par. Right: as 'twere, a man assured of an From whence thou cam'st, how 'tended on, — But Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said. Unquestion'd welcoine, and undoubted blest. Laf. I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world. Give me some help here, ho ! If thou proceed Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in showing, As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed. you shall read it in - - What do you call there? (Flourish. Exeunt.
Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly Hel. The honour, sir, that flames in your fair eyes, actor.
Before I speak, too threateningly replies : Par. That's it I would have said ; the very same. Love make your fortunes twenty times above
Laf. Why, your dolphins is not lustier : 'fore me Her that so wishes, and her humble love. I speak in respect
2 Lord. No better, if you please. Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is Hel.
My wish receive, the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most Which great love grant! and so I take my leave. facinorous 4 spirit, that will not acknowledge it to Laf. Do all they deny her? An they were sons be the
of mine, I'd have them whipped. Lof. Very hand of heaven.
Hel. Be not afraid [To a Lord. ] that I your hand Par. Ay, so I say.
should take; Laf. In a most weak
I'll never do you wrong for your own sake: Par. And debile minister, great power, great Blessing upon your vows ! and in your bed, transcendence : which should, indeed, give us a Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed ! further use to be made, than alone the recovery of Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none the king, as to be
have her. Laf. Generally thankful.
Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good,
4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so. Enter King, Helena, and Altendants. Laf. There's one grape yet, - I am sure, thy Par. I would have said it; you say well. Here father drank wine. — But if thou be'st not an ass, Í comes the king.
am a youth of fourteen ; I have known thee already. Laf. Lustick 5, as the Dutchman says: I'll like
Hel. I dare not say, I take you ; (To BERTRAM.] a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head :
but I give Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.
Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Par. Is not this Helen?
Into your guiding power.
- This is the man. Laf. I think so ?
King. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.
[Erit an Attendant. Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side ;
highness, And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
In such a business give me leave to use Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
The help of mine own eyes. The confirmation of my promis'd gift,
Know'st thou not, Bertram, Which but attends thy naming.
What she has done for me?
Yes, my good lord ;
But never hope to know why I should marry her. Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel
King. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from my Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing,
sickly bed. O’er whom both sovereign power and father's voice
Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down I have to use : thy frank election make;
Must answer for your raising? I know her well; Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake. She had her breeding at my father's charge :
A Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress
poor physician's daughter my wife ! — Disdain Fall, when love please! — marry, to each, but one !
Rather corrupt me ever! Laf. I'd give bay Curtal 6, and his furniture,
King. 'Tisonly title 8 thou disdain'st in her, the which My mouth no more were broken than these boys',
I can build up. Strange is it that our bloods, And writ as little beard.
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, King. Peruse them well :
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off Not one of those but had a noble father.
In differences so mighty: If she be Hel. Gentlemen,
All that is virtuous, (save what thou dislik’st, Heaven hath through me restor'd the king to health.
A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st Al. We understand it, and thank heaven for you.
Of virtue for the name: but do not so: Hel. I am a simple maid ; and therein wealthiest,
From lowest place when virtuous things proceed, That, I protest, I simply am a maid :
The place is dignified by the doer's deed : Please it your majesty, I have done already:
Where great additions 9 swell, and virtue none, The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,
It is a dropsied honour : good alone We blush, that thou shouldst choose; but be refus'd,
Is good, without a name; vileness is so : Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever ;
The property by what it is should go, We'll ne'er come there again.
Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair; king. Make choice; and, see, And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn,
In these to nature she's immediate heir ;
Which challenges itself as honour's born,
And is not like the sire: Honours best thrive, Do my sighs stream. — Sir, will you hear my suit? When rather from our acts we them derive 1 Lord. And grant it.
Than our fore-goers : the mere word's a slave, Hel. Thanks, sir ; all the rest is mute.
Debauch'd on every tomb; on every grave, Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb, ames-ace 7 for my life.
Where dust, and deep oblivion, is the tomb
Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said ? 3 The Dauphin.
If thou canst like this creature as a maid,