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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 a question, hoping to be the wiser by your answer. I pray you, Sir, are you a courtier ?

Clo. O lord, Sir there's a simple putting off: more, more, a hundred of them.

Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that loves you.

Clo. O lord, Sir—thick, thick, spare not me.

Count. I think, Sir, you can eat none of this homely meat. Clo. O lord, Sir

- nay, put me to't, I warrant you.

Count. You were lately whipp'd, Sir, as I think. Clo. O lord, Sir—-{pare not me.

Count. Do you cry, O lord, Sir, at your whipping, and spare not me? indeed, your O lord, Sir, 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, Sir; I fee, things may serve long, but not serve

cver.

Count. I play the noble huswife 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 lo my kinsmen, and my son: This is not much.

Clo.

Clo. Not much commendation to them?
Count. Not much employment for you, you under-

stand me.

Clo. Moft fruitfully, I am there before my legs.
Count. Haste you again.

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Changes to the Court of France.
Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles.
HEY fay, miracles are paft; and we have

our philosophical persons to make modern, and familiar, things supernatural and causeless. Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors ; ensconsing ourselves into feeming 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. To be relinquilh'd 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 'ris, so say I too.
Laf. Not to be help'd,-
Par. Right, as 'twere a man assur'd of an
I.af. Uncertain life, and sure death,
Par. Juft, you say well: so 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 thereLaf. A shewing of a heav'nly effe&t in an earthly a&tor. Par. That's it, I would have laid the

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Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he's of a most facinerious spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the

Laf. Very hand of heav'n.
Par. Ay, so I say.
Laf. In a most weak-

Par. And debile minister, great power, great tranfcendance; * which should, indeed, give us *** a farther use to be made than alone the recov'ry of the King; as to beLaf. Generally thankful.

SC E N E VI.

Enter King, Helena, and Attendants,
Par.

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Would have said it, you said well; here

comes the King. Laf. Lustic, 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. 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 preferver, by thy patient's fide ;
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd fense
Thou haft repeal'd, a second time receive
The confirmation of my promis'd gift;
Which but attends thy naming.

Enter three or four Lords. Fair maid, fend forth thine eye; this youthful parcel Of noble bachelors ftand at my bestowing,

* which should, indeed, give us a farther use to be made, &c.] Between the Word us and å farther, there seems to have been two or three Words dropt, which appear to have been to this purpose ---- should, indeed, give us, notice, that there is of this,] a farther Ufe to be made so that the Passage should be read with Asterisks for the future.

O'er

O'er whom both fou'reign power and Father's voice
I have to use; thy frank ele&tion make;
Thou hast power to chuse, and they none to forsake.

Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress
Fall, when love please! marry, to each but one.

* Laf. I'd give bay curtal and his furniture,
My mouth no more were broken than these boys,
And writ as little beard.

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

(She addresses herself to a Lord.
Hel. Gentlemen, heaven hath, through me, restor'd
The King to health.
All. We understand it, and thank heaven for

you.
Hel. I am a simple maid, and therein wealthiest,
That, I protest, I simply an a maid.
Please it your Majesty, I have done already:
The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me,
We blush that thou should'ft chuse, but be refus'd;
Let the white death sit on thy cheek for ever,
We'll ne'er come there again.

King. Make choice, and see,
Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.

Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly,
* And to impartial Love, that God most high,
Do my sighs stream : Sir, will

you
hear
my

suit ?
i Lord. And grant it.
Hel. Thanks, Sir ;-all the rest is mute.

Laf. 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 threatningly replies :
Love make your fortunes twenty times above
Her that so wishes, and her humble love! .

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2 Lord. No better, if you please.

Hel. My wish receive, Which great Love grant! and so I take my leave.

Laf. Do all they deny her? if they were fons of mine, I'd have them whipt, or I would send them to the Turk to make eunuchs of.

Hel. Be not afraid that I your hand should take, I'll never do you wrong for your own sake: Blessing upon your vows, and in your bed Find fairer fortune, if you ever wed!

Laf. These boys are boys of ice, they'll none of her: sure, they are bastards to the English, the French ne'er got 'em.

Hel. You are too young, too happy, and too good, To make yourself a fon out of my

blood. 4 Lord. Fair one, I think not so. Laf. There's one grape yet, Par. I am sure, thy father drunk wine.

Laf. But if thou be'st not an ass, I am a
Youth of fourteen. I have known thee already.

Hel. I dare not say, I take you; but I give
Me and my service, ever whilft I live,
Into your guided power: this is the man.

[To Bertram. King. Why then; young Bertram, take her, she's

thy wife, Ber. My wife, my Liege ? I shall beseech your

Highness,
In such a business give me leave to use
The help of mine own eyes.

King. Know'ft thou not, Bertram,
What she hath done for me?

Ber. Yes, my good Lord, But never hope to know why I should marry her. King. Thou know,ft, she has rais'd me from my

fickly bed. Ber. But follows it, my Lord, to bring me down Must answer for your railing ? I know her well:

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