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Ber. Stay; the king

(Seeing him rise. Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords; you have restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu : be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of time*, there, do muster true gaitt, eat, speak, anu move under the influence of the most received star; and though the devil lead the measure t, such are to be followed: and take a more dilated farewell.

Ber. And I will do so.

Par. Worthy fellows; and like to prove most sinewy sword-men.

[Exeunt Bertram and Parolles.

Enter Lafeu.

Laf. Pardon, my lord, [Kneeling.] for me and for

my tidings. King. I'll fee thee to stand up. Laf.

Then here's a man Stands, that has brought his pardon. I would, you Had kneel'd, my lord, to ask me mercy; and That, at my bidding, you could so stand up.

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

Goodfaith, across 5:
But, my good lord, 'tis thus; Will you be cur'd
Of your infirmity?
King

No.
Laf.
No grapes, my royal fox ? yes, but you will,
My noble grapes, an if my royal fox
Could reach them: I have seen a medicinell,

O, will

you eat

* They are the foremost in the fashion. + Have the true military step.

The dance. $ Unskilfully; a phrase taken from the exercise at a quintaine.

|| A female plıysician.

That's able to breathe life into a stone;
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary*,
With spritely fire and motion ; whose simple 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, doctor she : 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, ber years, profession t, 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 May spend our wonder too, or take off thine, By wond'ring how thou took'st it. Laf.

Nay, I'll fit you, And not be all day neither.

[Erit Lafeu. King. Thus he his special nothing ever prologues,

Re-enter Lafeu, with Helena.'
Laf. Nay, come your ways.
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.

[Erit. King. Now, fair one, does your business follow us? • A kind of dance. + By profession is meant her declaration of the object of her coming.

# I am like Pandarus. VOL. III.

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;

Kuowing 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 triple eyet,
Safer than mine own two, more dear : I have so:
And, hearing your high majesty is touch'd
With that inalignant cause wherein the honour
Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power,
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
That labouring art cap never ransome nature
From her inaidable estate, - I say we must not
So stain our judgement, or corrupt our hope,
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.

Hel. My duty then shall pay me for my pains: I will no more enforce wine office on you; Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts A modest one, to bear me back agaiu.

King. I cannot give thee less, to be call'd grateful; Thou thought'st to help me; and such thanks I givę, 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:

* Of acknowledged excellence.

+ A third eye.

He that of greatest works is finisher,
Oft does them by the weakest minister:
So holy writ in babes hath judgement shown,
When judges have been babes. Great foods have

flown
From simple sourcest; and great seas have dried,
When miracles have by the greatest been denied .
Oit 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 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 most it is presumption in us, when
The help of heaven we count the act of men.
Dear sir, 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 aims;
But know I think, and think I know most sure,
My art is pot past power, nor you past cure.

King. Art thou so 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 rivg: Ere twice in murk and occidental damp Moist Hesperus || liath quench'd his sleepy lamp;

* An allusion to Daniel judging the two Elders. + i. e. When Moses smote the rock in Horeb,

This must refer to the children of Israel passing the Red Sea, when miracles had been denied by Pharaoh,

ý i. e. Pretend to greater things tlian befits the mediocrity of my condition.

# The evening star.

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 fiy,
Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.

King. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
What dar'st thou venture?
Hel.

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

speak;
His powerful sound, within an orgau weak :
And what impossibility would slay
In conimon sense, sense saves another way.
Thy life is dear; for all, that life can rate
Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate*;
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all
That happiness and primet can happy call:
Thou this to hazard, needs inust 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 flinch 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?

King. Make thy demand.
Hel.

But will you make it even ? King. Ay, by my sceptre, 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 choose from forth the royal blood of France;
My low and humble name to propagate

* i.e. May be counted among the gifts enjoyed by thee.

+ The spring or morning of life.

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