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Carries no favour in 't, but Bertram’s.
PAR. Save you, fair
* In our heart's table ;) Table is used here in the sense of panel, or surface, on which a picture was painted. So, in “ King John," Act II. Sc. 2 :
"Drawn in the flattering table of her eye !" And you, monarch.) This is conceived to be an allusion to the fantastic Italian, styled Monarcho; of whom an account will
be found in note (1), p. 103, Vol. I. It is perhaps only anothe example of that species of repartée before noticed in “The Merchant of Venice," Act II. Sc. 9:-
“ Mess. Where is my lady?
Here; what would ny lord ?"
PAR. Are you meditating on virginity ? just like the brooch and the toothpick, which wear HEL. Ay. You have some stain“ of soldier in
Your date is better in your pie and your you ; let me ask you a question : Man is enemy porridge, than in your cheek: and your virginity, to virginity; how may we barricado it against your old virginity, is like one of our French him ?
withered pears ; it looks ill, it eats drily; marry, Par. Keep him out.
'tis a withered
pear; it was formerly better, Hel. But he assails ; and our virginity, though marry, yet,d 'tis a withered pear : will you any valiant in the defence, yet is weak : unfold to us thing with it ? some warlike resistance.
Hel. Not my virginity yct. PAR. There is none; man, sitting down before There shall your master have a thousand loves, o you,
will undermine you, and blow you up. A mother, and a mistress, and a friend, HEL. Bless our poor virginity from underminers, A phoenix, captain, and an enemy, and blowers up !Is there no military policy, how A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign, virgins might blow up men ?
A counsellor, a traitress, and a dear ; PAR. Virginity, being blown down, man will His humble ambition, proud humility, quicklier be blown up: marry, in blowing him His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet, down again, with the breach yourselves made, you His faith, his sweet disaster; with a world lose your city. It is not politic in the common- Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms, wealth of nature, to preserve virginity. Loss of That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall hevirginity is rational increase; and there was never I know not what he shall :—God send him well!virgin got, till virginity was first lost. That, you The court's a learning-place ;-and he is onewere made of, is metal to make virgins. Vir- PAR. What one, i'faith ? ginity, by being once lost, may be ten times found; Hel. That I wish well.-—'Tis pityby being ever kept, it is ever lost: 'tis too cold a Par. What’s pity ? companion : away with it.
HEL. That wishing well had not a body in't, Hel. I will stand for’t a little, though there- Which might be felt : that we, the poorer born, fore I die a virgin.
Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes, Par. There's little can be said in 't; 'tis Might with effects of them follow our friends, against the rule of nature. To speak on the part And show what we alone must think ; which of virginity, is to accuse your mothers; which is most infallible disobedience. He, that hangs him- Returns us thanks. self, is a virgin: virginity murders itself; and should be buried in highways, out of all sanctified limit, as a desperate offendress against nature.
Enter a Page. Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese ; consumes itself to the very paring, and so dies with Page. Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you. feeding his own stomach. Besides, virginity is
[Exit Page, peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which is Par. Little Helen, farewell: if I can remember the most inhibited" sin in the canon. Keep it not; thee, I will think of thee at court. you cannot choose but lose by 't: out with't: HEL. Monsieur Parolles, you were born under within ten year it will make itself ten, which is a charitable star. a goodly increase ; and the principal itself not Par. Under Mars, I. much the worse. Away with 't.
HEL. I especially think, under Mars. HEL. How might one do, sir, to lose it to her Par. Why under Mars ? own liking ?
HEL. The wars have so kept you under, that Par. Let me see. Marry, ill, to like him that you must needs be born under Mars. ne’er it likes. 'Tis a commodity will lose the Par. When he was predominant. gloss with lying; the longer kept, the less worth : HEL. When he was retrograde, I think, rather. off with't, while 't is vendible : answer the time of Par. Why think you so ? request. Virginity, like an old courtier, wears her HEL. You go so much backward, when you cap out of fashion ; richly suited, but unsuitable : fight.
(*) First folio, goe. & Some stain-) Some tinct, some mark. b Inhibited sin-) Forbidden, prohibited. c Within ten year it will make itself ten,-) The folio reads,
make it selfe two," &c. The alteration of "two" to "ten," which was first made by Hanmer, is countenanced by a previous observation of the speaker-“Virginity, by being once lost, may be ten times found."
d It was formerly better, marry, yet, 'tis a withered pear:) This is a notable instance of " yet" being used in the sense of now. See note (b), p. 346, Vol. J.
e There shall your master have a thousand loves.-) Something is evidently wanting here; this rhapsody having no connexion with what precedes it. Hanmer remedies the defect by making Helena say, “You're for the court;" but the deficiency is more probably in Parolles' speech, where the words “ We are for the court" may have been omitted by the compositor.
PAR. That's for advantage.
To join like likes, and kiss like native things. HEL. So is running away, when fear proposes Impossible be strange attempts, to those the safety : but the composition, that your valour That weigh their pains in sense ; and do suppose, and fear makes in you, is a virtue of a good wing, What hath been cannot be. Who ever strove and I like the wear well.
To show her merit, that did miss her love ? Par. I am so full of businesses, I cannot an- The king's disease—my project may deceive me, swer thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier ; But my intents are fix’d, and will not leave me. in the which, my instruction shall serve to natu
[Erit. ralize thee, so thou wilt be capable of a courtier's counsel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee; else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, SCENE II.-Paris. A Room in the King's and thine ignorance makes thee away: farewell.
Palace. When thou hast leisure, say thy prayers ; when thou hast none, remember thy friends: get thee Flourish of cornets, Enter the King of FRANCE, a good husband, and use him as he uses thee: so with letters ; Lords and others attending. farewell.
The mightiest space in fortune, nature brings
To join like likes, and kiss like native things.]
“The widst apart in fortune," &c.
What hath been cannot be.) The very opposite of what the
“What ha'n't been, cannot be;"
and Hanmer substituted
“What hath not been, can't be." We suspect the error arose from the transcriber mistaking n'ath, the old contraction of ne hath, hath not, for hath; and that we should read,
" What n'ath been cannot be." •c 1 Lord.) The folio distinguishes the two Lords who speak, as "I Lord, and 2 Lord E."
A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria, Making them proud of his humility,
Which, follow'd well, would démonstrate them now To have us make denial.
goers backward. 1 LORD. His love and wisdom,
His good remembrance, sir, Approv'd so to your majesty, may plead
Lies richer in your thoughts, than on his tomb ; For amplest credence.
So in approof lives not his epitaph, King.
He hath arm'd our answer, As in your royal speech. And Florence is denied before he comes :
King. Would I were with him! He would Yet, for our gentlemen that mean to see
always say, The Tuscan service, freely have they leave (Methinks, I hear him now: his plausive words To stand on either part.
lle scatter'd not in ears, but grafted them, 2 LORD.
grow there, and to bear,)-Let me not live, A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
This his good melancholy oft began, For breathing and exploit.
On the catastrophe and heel of pastime, King, What's he comes here? When it was out, let me not live, quoth he,
After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses Entar BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES. All but new things disdain ; whose judgments are
Mere fathers of their garments ; whose constancies 1 Lond. It is the count Rousillon, my good lord, Expire before their fashions. -This he wish'd : Young Bertram.
I, after him, do after him wish too, King. Youth, thou bear’st thy father's face ;
Since I nor wax nor honey can bring home, Frank nature, rather curious than in haste,
I quickly were dissolved from my hive, IIath well compos’d thee. Thy father's moral parts
To give some labourers room. May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.
You are lov'd, sir : Ber. My thanks and duty are your majesty's.
They, that least lend it
shall lack you first. King. I would I had that corporal soundness
King. I fill a place, I know't.—How long is't, now,
Some six months since, my lord, Discipled of the bravest : he lasted long ;
King. If he were living, I would try him yet;— But on us both did haggish age
Lend me an arm ;-the rest have worn me out And wore us out of act. It much repairs me With severale applications :-- nature and sickness To talk of your good father : in his youth
Debate it at their leisure. Welcome, count; He had the wit, which I can well observe
My son's no dearer. To-day in our young lords ; but they may jest, BER.
Thank your majesty. Till their own scorn return to them unnoted,
[Exeunt. Flourish. Ere they can hide their levity in honour. So like a courtier : contempt nor bitterness Were in his pride, or sharpness ;a if they were, His equal had awak'd them; and his honour,
SCENE III.- Rousillon. A Room in the Clock to itself, knew the true minute when
Countess's Palace. Exception bid him speak, and, at this time,
Enter COUNTESS, Steward, and Clown.(2) His tongue obey'd his hand. Who were below him He us'd as creatures of another place ;
Count. I will now hear: what say you of this And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks, gentlewoman?
contempt nor bilterness
Were in his pride, or sharpness ;) Capell, with some plausibility, reads,
- no contempt nor bitterness
Were in him, pride or sharpness." b His tongue obey'd his hand :) His hand for its hand. The latter vocable had hardly come into use at the time when this play was written. See note (C), p. 480, Vol. I.
Making them proud of his humility,
In their poor praise he bumbled :]
A very slight alteration would lessen the ambiguity of this passage. We should, perhaps, read,
“In their poor praise be-humbled." d When it was out,-) When what was out! The commentators are mute. Does not the whole tenor of the context tend to show that it is a misprint of wit? With this simple change, and supposing the ordinary distribution of the lines to be correct, the purport would be, “ Often towards the end of some spirituel disport, when wil iras exhausted, he would say,” &c.
0 With several applications :-) Manifold applications.
Stew. Madam, the care I have had to even a the world," Isbel the woman and I* will do as we your content, I wish might be found in the may calendar of my past endeavours: for then we Count. Wilt thou needs be a beggar? wound our modesty, and make foul the clearness Clo. I do beg your good-will in this case. of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish Count. In what case ? them.
Clo. In Isbel's case, and mine own. Service Count. What does this knave here? Get you is no heritage: and, I think, I shall never have gone, sirrah: the complaints, I have heard of the blessing of God, till I have issue o' my body; you, I do not all believe ; 'tis my slowness, that for, they say, barns are blessings. I do not : for I know you lack not folly to commit Count. Tell me thy reason why thou wilt them, and have ability enough to make such marry.
Clo. My poor body, madam, requires it: I am Clo. 'Í'is not unknown to you, madam, I am driven on by the flesh; and he must needs go, a poor fellow.
that the devil drives. Count. Well, sir.
Count. Is this all your worship’s reason ? Clo. No, madam, 'tis not so well, that I am Clo. 'Faith, madam, I have other, holy reasons, poor, though many of the rich are damned: but, such as they are. if I may have your ladyship's good-will to go to Count. May the world know them ?
• To even your content,-) Eren is used here, seemingly, as in Act 11. Sc. 1:" But will you make it even ?”– in the sense of keep pace with, strike a balance with, equate, &c.
(*) First folio, w. b To go to the world, -] That is, to be married. See note (C), p. 707, Vol. I.