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to be made, than alone the recovery of the king; as, to be
LAF. Generally thankful.
PAR. I would have said it ; you say well : Here comes
Enter King, Helena, and Attendants. LAF. Luttigh, as the Dutchman fays : I'll like a maid the better, whilft I have a tooth in
: why, he's able to lead her a corranto.
Par. Mort du vinaigre! is not this Helen?
LAF. 'Fore God, I think so.
Kin. Go, call before me all the lords in court. -
[Exeunt fome Attendants. Sit,
my preserver, by thy patient's side;
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense
Thou haft repeald, a second time receive
The confirmation of my promis'd gift,
Which but attends thy naming,
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, fend forth thine eye : this youthful parcel
Of noble batchelors ftand at my bestowing,
O'er whom both sovereign power and father's voice
I have to use : thy frank election make;
Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.
Hel. To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress
[coming from her Seat, and addressing herself to the Lords. 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.
Kin. Peruse them well :
Not one of those, but had a noble father.
HEL. Gentlemen, Heaven hath, through me, restor'd the king to health.
Lor. 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'At choose, but be refus'd;
Let the white death fit on thy cheek for ever,
We'll ne'er come there again.
Kin. Make choice; and, see,
Who shuns thy love, shuns all his love in me.
Hel. Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fy;
And to imperial love, that god most high,
Do my fighs stream. - Sir, will you hear my suit?
1. L. And
it. HEL. Thanks, fir; all the rest is mute.
LAF. I had rather be in this choice, than throw ames-ace for
life. Hel. The honour, fir, [to 2d L.] that flames in your Before I speak, too threat’ningly replies : Love make
fortunes twenty times above Her that so wishes, and her humble love!
2. L. 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? An they were fons of mine, I'd have them whipt; or I would send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.
(take; Hel. Be not afraid (to 3d L.] that I your hand Thould 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 have her: sure, they are bastards of the English; the French ne'er got them.
[too good. HEL. You are too young, [t0 4.5 L.) too happy, and To make yourself a son out of my
blood. 4. L. Fair one, I think not fo. 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 ; [to Ber.] but I give Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Into your guiding power. This is the man. (wife.
Kin. Why then, young Bertram, take her, she's thy
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.
Kin. Know'st thou not, Bertram, What she has done for me?.
BER. Yes, my good lord ; But never hope to know why I should marry her. [bed.
Kin. Thou know'st, she has rais'd me from my sickly
BER. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down
Muft answer for your raising? I know her well;
She had her breeding at my father's charge,
A poor physician's daughter: She my wife?
Disdain rather corrupt me ever!
But title thou disdain'st in her ; the which
I can build up. Strange is it, that our bloods,
Slike 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, save what thou dislik'st,
A poor physician's daughter, thou diflik'it
Of virtue for the name : but do not so:
From lowest place when virtuous thirgs proceed,
The place is dignify'd by the doer's cleed :
Where great addition swells, and virtue none,
It is a dropsy'd honour : good alone
Is good, without a name; vileness is so;
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;
And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn,
Which challenges itself as honour's born,
And is not like the fire : Honours best thrive,
When rather from our acts we them derive,
Than our fore-goers: the meer word's a lļave,
Debauch'd on every tomb, on every grave,
A lying trophy; and as oft is dumb,
Where duft, and damn'd oblivion, is the tomb
Of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said ?
If thou can'st like this creature as a maid,
I can create the rest : virtue, and the,
Is her own dower; honour, and wealth, from me.
BER. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do’t. [choose.
Kin. 'Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou should'st strive to
Thar you are well restor’d, my lord, I am glad ; Let the rest go.
Kin. My honour's at the stake; which to defend, I must produce my power : Here, take her hand, Proud Icornful boy, unworthy this good gift;
That dost in vile misprision shackle up
My love, and her desert ; that canft not dream,
We, poizing us in her defective scale,
Shall weigh thee to the beam ; that wilt not know,
It is in us to plant thine honour, where
We please to have it grow : Check thy contempt :
Obey our will, which travels in thy good :
Believe not thy disdain, but presently
Do thine own fortunes that obedient right,
Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims:
Or I will throw thee from my care for ever,
Into the staggers, and the careless lapse,
Of youth and ignorance ; both my revenge, and hate,
Loofing upon thee in the name of justice,
Without all terms of pity : Speak; thine answer.
Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit
My fancy to your eyes : When I consider,
What great creation, and what dole of honour,
Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late
Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now
The praised of the king ; who, so ennoblid,
Is, as 'twere, born so.
Kin. Take her by the hand;
And tell her, she is thine : to whom I promise
A counterpoize; if not to thy estate,
A balance more repleat.
Ber. I take her hand.
Kin. Good fortune, and the favour of the king, Smile this contráct : whose ceremony Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief, And be perform’d to-night; the folemn feaft Shall more attend upon the coming space,