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From whence thou cam'st, how tended on,-But
Unquestion'd welcome, and undoubted blest.— Give me some help here, ho!-If thou proceed As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed.
ROUSILLON. A ROOM IN THE COUNTESS'S PALACE.
Enter Countess and Clown.
Count. Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding.
Clo. I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught: I know my business is but to the court.
Count. To the court! why, what place make you special, when you put off that with such contempt? 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.
Count. 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.
Count. Will your answer serve fit to all ques
Clo. As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney, as your French crown for your taffata punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's fore-finger, as a pancake for Shrove-tuesday, 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 friar's mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin.
Count. 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.
Count. 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.
Count. To be young again, if we could:-I will be a fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by your answer. I pray you, sir, are you a courtier?
Clo. O Lord, sir,--There's a simple putting off;—more, more, a hundred of them.
Count. Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that loves you.
Clo. O Lord, sir,-Thick, thick, spare not me. 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 whipp'd, sir, 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
Clo. I ne'er had worse luck in my life, in my— O Lord, sir: I see, things may serve long, but not
Count. I play the noble housewife 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,
And urge her to a present answer back:
Clo. Not much commendation to them.
Count. Not much employment for you: You understand me?
Clo. Most fruitfully; I am there before my legs. Count. Haste you again.
PARIS. A ROOM IN THE KING'S PALACE.
Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles.
Laf. They say, miracles are past; 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 seeming 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 so 'tis.
Laf. To be relinquish'd of the artists,
Par. So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus. Laf. Of all the learned and authentick fellows,Par. Right, so 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 assur❜d of an—
Par. Just, you say well; so would I have said.
Par. It is, indeed: if you will have it in showing, you shall read it in,--What do --What do you call
Laf. A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly
Par. That's it I would have said; the very same. Laf. Why, your dolphin is not lustier: 'fore me I speak in respect-
Par. Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinorous spirit, that will not acknowledge it to
Laf. Very hand of heaven.
Par. Ay, so I say.
Laf. In a most weak
Par. And debile minister, great power, great transcendence: which should, indeed, give us a further use to be made, than alone the recovery of the king, as to be——
Laf. Generally thankful.
Enter King, Helena, and Attendants.
Par. I would have said it; you say well: Here comes the king.
Laf. Lustick, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a maid the better, whilst I have a tooth in my head: Why, he's able to lead her a coranto.
Par. Mort du Vinaigre! Is not this Helen?
King. Go, call before me all the lords in court.
[Exit an Attendant.
Sit, my preserver, by thy patient's side;
And with this healthful hand, whose banish'd sense Thou hast repeal'd, a second time receive
The confirmation of my promis'd gift,
Which but attends thy naming.
Enter several Lords.
Fair maid, send forth thine eye: this youthful parcel Of noble bachelors stand 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 for