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Count. I think, Sir, you can eat none of this homely
Clo. O lord, Sir -nay, put me to't, I warrant you.
Count. You were lately whip’d, Sir, as I think.
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
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,
Clo. Not much commendation to them?
(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 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.
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.
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. Mort du Vinaigre! is not this Helen?
King. Go, call before me all the Lords in court.
Enter three or four Lords.
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,
King. Peruse them well :
[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,
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly,
you hear my
fuit ? i Lord. And grant it. Hel. Thanks, Sir ; all the rett is mute.
Laf. I had rather be in this choice, than throw amesace for
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
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. But if thou be'eit not an ass, I am a
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,
King. 'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the which
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, .