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drank wine. 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 Bertram.]
but I give Me, and my service, ever whilst I live, Into your guiding power.—This is the man. King. Why then, young Bertram, take her: she's
thy wife. Ber. My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your
Know'st thou not, Bertram,
Yes, my good lord ; But never hope to know why I should marry her. King. Thou know'st, she has raised me from my
sickly bed. Ber. But follows it, my lord, to bring me down Must answer 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 1 thou disdain'st in her, the
which I can build
up. Strange is it, that our bloods, Of color, weight, and heat, pour'd all together, Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off
li.e. the want of title,
In differences so mighty. If she be
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do 't. King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou shouldst
strive to choose.
9 Good is good independent of any worldly distinction, and so is vileness vile.'--Malone.
Hcl. That you are well restored, my lord, I am
glad; Let the rest go.
King, My honor's at the stake; which to defeat, I must produce my power. Here, take her hand, Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; That dost in vile misprision 1 shackle up My love and her desert; that canst 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 honor where We please to have it grow. Check thy contempt: Obey our will, which travails 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, Loosing 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 honor, 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 ennobled, Is, as 'twere, born so.
King. Take her by the hand,
I take her hand.
this contract; whose ceremony
[Exeunt King, Ber. Hel. Lords, and Attendants. La. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with you. Par. Your pleasure, sir ?
La. Your lord and master did well to make his recantation.
Par. Recantation ?-My lord ? my master?
Par. A most harsh one; and not to be understood without bloody succeeding. My master ?
La. Are you companion to the count Rousillon? Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is
La. To what is count's man; count's master is of another style.
Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you are too old.
1. The ceremonial part of which shall follow close on the troth now briefly plighted between the parties.'-Malone.
La. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; which title age cannot bring thee.
Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.
La. I did think thee, for two ordinaries,1 to be a pretty wise fellow : thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel ; it might pass : yet the scarfs and the bannerets about thee, did manifoldly dissuade me from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose thee again, I care not : yet art thou good for nothing but taking up; ? and that thou art scarce worth.
Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity
La. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest thou hasten thy trial; which if—Lord have mercy on thee for a hen! So, my good window of lattice, fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, for I look through thee. Give me thy hand.
Par. My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
La. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy of it.
Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
La. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I will not bate thee a scruple.
Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
1 While I sat twice with thee at dinner. : i. e. contradicting, calling to account.