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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 whip’d, Sir, as I think.
Clo. O lord, Sir- fpare 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 lord, Sir; I fee, things may ferve long, but not ferve

ever.

fon:

stand me.

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,
Arid urge her to a present answer back.
Commend me to my kinsmen, and my
This is not much.

Clo. Not much commendation to them?
Count. Not much imployment for you, you under-
Cl. Most fruitfully, I am there before my legs...
Count. Haste you again.

(Exeunt. SCENE changes to the Court of France.

Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles. Laf (1) T have our philofophical persons to make modern, and familiar, things supernatural and causeless.

(11) They Say Miracles are past, and we have our Philosophical Persons to make modern and familiar things supernatural and causlefs.] This, as it has hitherto been pointed, is dire& ly opposite to our Poet's, and his Speaker's, Meaning. As I have stop’d it, the Sense quadrates with the Context: and, surely, it is one unalterable Property of Philosophy, to make seeming frange and preternatural Phanomena familiar, and reduceable to Cause and Realon.

Hence

Hence is it, that we make trifles of terrors; ensconsing our felves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit our felves to an unknown fear.

Par. Why, 'tis the rarest argument of wonder that hath fhot out in our later times.

Ber. And so 'tis.
Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artifts
Par. So I say, both of Galen and Paracelsus.
Laf. Of all the learned and authentick Fellows-
Par. Right, fo I say.
Laf. That gave him out incurable,
Par. Why, there 'tis, so say I too.
Laf. Not to be help'd,-
Par. Right, as 'twere a man afsur'd of an-
Laf. 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 fhewing, you shall read it in, what do you call there

Laf. A shewing of a heav'nly effect in an earthly actor. Par. That's it, I would have said the very

fame. Laf. Why, your dolphin is not luftier : for me, I speak in respect

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

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

Pár. And debile minister, great power, great transcendence; which should, indeed, give us a farther use to be made than alone the recov'ry of the King; as to bem Laf. Generally thankful.

Enter King, Helena, and attendants. Par. I would have said it, you faid well: here comes the King.

Laf. Lustick, 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.

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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 pr server, by thy patient's fide;
And with this healthful hand, whose banilh'd sense
Thou haft repeald, 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 batchelors ftand at my bestowing,
O'er wbom both sovoreign power and father's voice
I have to use ; thy frank election make;
Thcu haft power to chuse, and they none to forsake.

Hil. 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 mote 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 her self 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 am a maid. Please it your Majesty, I have done already: The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me, " We blush that thou should't chuse, but be refus'd; "Let the white death fit on thy cheek for ever, • We'll ne'er come there again.

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

Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly,
And to imperial Love, that Cod most high,
Do my sighs Itream : Sir, will

you hear my

fuit ? i Lord. And grant it. Hel. Thanks, Sir ; all the rett is mute.

Laf.

Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw amesace for

my

life. Hel. The honour, Sir, that fames 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!

2 Lord. No better, if you please. Hel. My wish receive, Which great Love grant! and fo I take my leave.

Laf. Do all they deny her? if they were sons 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 fake : 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 : fure, 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 son out of my blood.

4 Lord. (12) 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'eit 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, (12) 4. Lord. Fair One, I think not so.

Laf. There's one Grape yet, I am sure my Father drunk Wine : but if Thou be'eif not an Afs, I am a Youth of fourteen : I have known ihee already.) Surely, this is most incongruene Stuff. Lafeu is angry with the other. Noblemen, for giving Helen the Repulse: and is he angry too, and thinks the fourth Nobleman an Ass, because he's for embracing the Match ? The Whole, certainly, can't be the Speech of one Mouth. Asl have divided the Speech, l'think, Clearness and Humour are reftor'd.' And if Parolles were not a little pert and impertinent here to Lafen, why should he say, he had found him out already ? Or why should he quarrel with him in the very next Scene :

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 High

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

King. Know'st 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'st, she has rais'd me from my fick-

ly bed.
Ber. But follows it, my Lord, to bring me down
Muft anfwer for your raising? I know her well :
She had her breeding at my father's charge :
A poor physician's daughter my wife ! -Disdain
Rather corrupt me ever!

King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the which
I can build up: ftrange is it, that our bloods,
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together,
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off
In differences, so mighty. If she be
All that is virtuous, (lave what thou difik'it,
A poor physician's daughter,) thou dislik'st
Of virtue for the name : but do not so.
(13) From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
The place is dignity'd by th’ doer's deed.
Where great addition swells, and virtue none,
It is a dropfied honour; good alone,
Is good without a name. Vileness is fo :
The property by what it is should go,
Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair ;
In these, to nature she's immediate heir ;
(13) From lowest Place, whence virtuous Things proceed,

The Place is dignified by th' Doer's Deed.] 'Tis ftrange, that none of the Editors could perceive, that both the Sentiment and Grammar are defective here. The ealy Correction, which I have given, was prescribed to me by the ingenious Dr. Thirlby, .

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