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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 sinetry swori-men.

[Breunt Bertram and Paralles.

Enter LAFEU.
Laf. Pardon, my lord, (kneeling) for me and for my

tidings.
King. I'll see thee to stand up.
Lal

Then here sa man
Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, juu
Had koeeld, my lord, to ask me mercy; und
That, at my bidding, you could so stand up.

King, I would I bad; so I had broke thy pate,
And ask'd thee mercy for 't.
Laf.

Good faith, across:
But,

my good lord, 'tis thus : Will you be cured or your infrmity ? King.

No.

0, will you eat
No grapes, my royal fox ? ses, but you will,
Could reach them: I have seen a medicine,
That's able to breathe life into a stone;
Quieken a rock, and make you dance canary,
With sprightly hire and motion; whose simple touch
Is powerful to araise king Pepin, nay,
To give great Charlemain a pen to his hund,
And write to her a love-line.

What her is this?
Lat. Why, doctor she: My lord, there's one arrived.

you will see her.-now, by my faith and honour, It seriously I may convey my thoughts In this my light deliverance, I have spoke With ove, that, in her sex, her years, profession, 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.
Bring in the admiration; that we with thee

Now, good Laleu,
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine,
By wondering how thou took'st it.

Nay, I'll bt rou, King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologués.

[Erit Lafen.

King.

Laf. and not be all day neither.

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Re-enter LAFEU with HELENA.
Laf. Nay, come your ways.
King.

This haste bath 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 lears: I am Cressid's uncle,
That dare leave two together: fare you well. [Erit.

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 towards 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 bade me store up, as a 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 honour
Olay dear father's gist stands chief in power,
I come to tender it and my appliance,
With all bound humbleness.

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,
That labcuring art can never ransom nature
From her unaidable estate,- I say, we must not
So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope,
To prostitute our past.cure malady
To empirics; or to disserer so
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 entreating 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 o! greatest works is finisher,

VOL. II. 18

King.

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But

Ort does them by the weakest minister:
When Judges have been babes. Great Hoods have own
From simple sources; and great seas have dried,
When miracles have by the greatest been denied.
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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 used, must by thyself be paid :
Proffers, not took, reap thanks for their reward.

Hel. Inspired merit so by breath is barr'd:
It is not so with Him, that all things knows,
As'tis with us that square our guess by shows :
But niost it is presumption in us, when

of Heaven we count the act of men.
Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent;
or Heaven, not me, make an experiment.
I am not an impostor, that proclaim
Myself against the level of mine aim;

now I think, and think I know most sure,
My art is not past power, nor you past cure.
Hopesi thou my cure

King. Art thou so confident? Within what space
Uel.

The greatest grace lending grace,
Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ringi
Ere twice in murk and occidental damp.
Bloist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lamp;
Or four-and-twenty times the pilot's glass
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass;
What is infirm from your sound parts shall dy.
Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.

King. Upon thy certainty and condence,
What darest thou venture ?
Hel.

Tax of impudence,
A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame,
Traduced by odious ballads; my maiden's name
Sear'd otherwise ; no worse of worst extended,
With vilest torture let my life be ended.
King. Methinks in thee some blessed spirit dotb

speak;
His powerful sound, within an organ weak:
And what impossibility would slay
In common sense, sense waves another way.
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate :

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Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, ail
That happiness and prime can happy call :
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Skill inf..ite, or monstrous desperate.
Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try;
That ministers thine own death, if I die.

Hel. If I break time, or flinch in property
of what I spoke, unpitied let me die;
And well deserved : Not helping, death 's my fee;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?
King. Make thy demand.
Hel.

But will you make it eren?
King. Ay, by my sceptre, and my hopes of heaven.

Hel. Then thou shalt give me, with thy kingly hand,
What husband in thy power I will command:
Exempled be from me the arrogance
To choose from forth the royal blood of France ;
My low and humble name to propagato
With any branch or image of thy state:
But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.

King. Here is my hand; the premises observed,
Thy will by my performance shall be served ;
So make the choice of thy own time; for I,
Thy resolved patient, on thee still rely.
More should I question thee, and more I must;
Though, more to know, could not be more to trust;
From whence thou camest, how tended on,-But rest
Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.
Give me some help here, ho!-I thou proceed
As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed.

[Flourish. Exeunt, SCENE II.-Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's

Palace.
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
I know my business is but to the court.

Count. To the court! why, what place make you special, when you put of that with such contempt ! But to the court !

Clo. Truly, madam, if God hare lent a man any manners, he may easily put it off at court: he, that cannot make a leg, put orr'a cap, kiss his hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; and,

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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.
Cio. Not much commendation to them.
Cuent. Not much employment for you: You under-
stani me?
Cle. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs.
Cuunt. Haste you again. [E.reunt severally.
SCENE 111.- 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
things, sapernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that

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.

Rer. And so 'tis.
Inf. 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.
Laf. Not to be helped, -
Par. Right: as 'twere a man assured of an-
Laf. Uncertain life, and sure death.
Par. Just, you say well ; so would I have said.
Laf. I may traly 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.

Per. That's it I would have said, the very same.

Laf. Why, your dolphin is not sustier ; 'fore me, 1 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
the-

Laf. Very hand of Heaven,
Laf. In a most weak

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