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Kin. Art thou so confident? Within what space
Hop'st thou my cure ?

Hel. The great'st grace lending grace,
Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring;
Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
Moist Hesperus hath quench'd his sleepy lampi
Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass ;
What is infirm from


shall fly, Health shall live free, and sickness freely dye,

Kin. Upon thy certainty and confidence,
What dar'ft 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; or, worse to worst extended,
With vileft torture let my life be ended.

Kin. Methinks, in thee some blessed fpirit doth speak;
His powerful sound, within an organ weak :
And what impossibility would say
In common sense, sense faves 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 prime, can happy call:
Thou this to hazard, needs must intimate
Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
Sweet practiser, thy physick I will try;
That ministers thine own death, if I dye.

Hel. If I break time, or Ainch in property
Of what I spoke, unpity'd let me dye;

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And well deservd : Not helping, death's my fee;
But, if I help, what do you promise me?

Kin. Make thy demand.
HEL. But will you make it even ?
Kin. Ay, by my scepter, 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
With any branch or image of thy ftate:
But such a one, thy vassal; whom I know
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.

Kin. Here is my hand ; the premises observ’d, Thy will by my performance Mall be serv'd : So make the choice of thy own time; for I, Thy resolv'd patient, on thee still rely. More should I question thee, and more I must; Though, more to know, could not be more to truft; From whence thou cam'ft, how tended on, - But relt Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted bleft. Give me some help here, ho!_ If thou proceed As hig has word, my deed shall match thy deed. [Exeunt. SCENE II. Rofillion. A Room in the Count's Palace,

Enter Countess, and Clown. Cou. Come on, sir, I shall now put you to the height of your breeding.

Cl. I will thew myself highly fed, and lowly taught: I know, my business is but to the court.

Cou. But to the court! Why, what place make you special, when you put off that with such contempt?

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But to the court ?

Clo. Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; and, indeed, such a fellow, to say precisely, were not for the court : but, for me, I have an answer will serve all men.

Cou. Marry, that's a bountiful answer, that fits all questions.

Clo. It is like a barber's chair, that fits all buttocks; the pin buttock, the quatch buttock, the brawn buttock, or any buttock.

Cou. Will your answer serve fit to all questions ?

Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney, as your French crown for your taffety punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger, as a pancake for shrovetuesday, a morris for may-day, as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to the frier's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin.

Cou. 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.

Cou. 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.

Cou. To be young again, if we could :- I will be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by your answer.

that loves you.

I pray you, sir, are you a courtier ?

Clo' o lord, fir, There's a simple putting off: more, more, a hundred of them. Cou. Sir, I am a poor

friend of

yours, Clo. O lord, fir, – Thick, thick, spare not me. Cou. I think, fir, you can eat none of this homely meat. Clo. O lord, fir,- Nay, put me to't, I warrant you. Cou. You were lately whipt, fir, as I think. Clo. O lord, fir, Spare not me.

Cou. Do you cry, o lord, for, at your whipping, and spare not me ? Indeed, your o lord, fir, is very sequent to your whipping ; you would answer very well to a whipping, if you were but bound to't.

člo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life in my o lord, for : I see, things may serve long, but not serve ever.

Cou. I play the noble huswife with the time, to entertain it so merrily with a fool

Clo. O lord, fir, - Why, there't serves well again.

Coü. An end, fir, to your business: Give Helen # this, And urge her to a present answer back : Commend me to my kinsmen, and my


; This is not much. Clo. Not much commendation to them.

[me? Cou. Not much employment for you: You understand Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs. Cou. Hafte you again.

[Exeunt severally. SCENE III. Paris. A Room in the King's Palace.

Enter LAFEU, BERTRAM, and PAROLLES. LAF. They say, 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; ensconcing 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 latter times.

BER. And fo 'tis.
LAF. To be relinquifh'd of the artists, –
PAR. So I say ; both of Galen, and Paracelsus.
LAF. Of all the learned and authentic fellows,
Par. Right, fo I say.
LAF. That gave him out incurable,
PAR. Why, there 'tis ; so fay I too.
LAF. Not to be help’d.
Par. Right; as 'twere, a man assur'd of a-
LAF. Uncertain life, and fure 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 sewing, you shall read it in- What do you call there :

LAF. A shewing of a heavenly effect in an earthly actor. Par. That's it, I would have said ; the


fame. LAF. Why, your dolphin is not lustier : 'fore


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 facinerious {pirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the

LAF. Very hand of heaven,
Par. Ay, fo I say.
LAF. In a most weak,

Par. And debile minister, great power, great transcendence : which should, indeed, give us a further ufe

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