Enter the King with divers young Lords taking leave
for the Florentine war; Bertram and Parolles;
attendants. Flourish of cornets
Farewell, young lords; these warlike principles
Do not throw from you; and you, my lords, farewell.
Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all,
The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis received,
And is enough for both.
'Tis our hope, sir,
After well-entered soldiers, to return
And find your grace in health.
No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart
Will not confess he owes the malady
That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords.
Whether I live or die, be you the sons
Of worthy Frenchmen. Let higher Italy –
Those bated that inherit but the fall
Of the last monarchy – see that you come
Not to woo honour, but to wed it. When
The bravest questant shrinks, find what you seek,
That fame may cry you loud. I say farewell.
Health at your bidding serve your majesty!
Those girls of Italy, take heed of them:
They say our French lack language to deny
If they demand. Beware of being captives
Before you serve.
Our hearts receive your warnings.
Farewell. (To some attendants) Come hither to me.
O my sweet lord, that you will stay behind us!
'Tis not his fault, the spark.
O, 'tis brave wars!
Most admirable! I have seen those wars.
I am commanded here, and kept a coil with
‘ Too young,’ and ‘ The next year,’ and ‘ 'Tis too early.’
An thy mind stand to't, boy, steal away bravely.
I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock,
woman's undergarment, shift, slip, chemise
Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry,
Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn
But one to dance with. By heaven, I'll steal away!
There's honour in the theft.
Commit it, Count.
I am your accessary; and so farewell.
I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured
Sweet Monsieur Parolles!
Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin.
Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals. You
shall find in the regiment of the Spinii one Captain
Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his
sinister cheek; it was this very sword entrenched it. Say
to him I live, and observe his reports for me.
We shall, noble captain.
Exeunt the Lords
Mars dote on you for his novices! (To Bertram)
What will ye do?
Stay: the King.
Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble
lords; you have restrained yourself within the list of too
cold an adieu. Be more expressive to them, for they
wear themselves in the cap of the time; there do muster
true gait, eat, speak, and move, under the influence of
the most received star; and though the devil lead the
measure, such are to be followed. After them, and take a
more dilated farewell.
And I will do so.
Worthy fellows, and like to prove most sinewy
Exeunt Bertram and Parolles
Enter Lafew. The King comes forward
Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings.
I'll sue thee to stand up.
Then here's a man stands that has brought his pardon.
I would you had kneeled, my lord, to ask me mercy,
And that at my bidding you could so stand up.
I would I had, so I had broke thy pate
And asked thee mercy for't.
Good faith, across!
But, my good lord 'tis thus: will you be cured
Of your infirmity?
O, will you eat
No grapes, my royal fox? Yes, but you will
My noble grapes, and if my royal fox
Could reach them. I have seen a medicine
That's able to breathe life into a stone,
Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary
With sprightly fire and motion; whose simple touch
Is powerful to araise King Pippen, nay,
To give great Charlemain a pen in's hand
And write to her a love-line.
What ‘ her ’ is this?
Why, Doctor She! My lord, there's one arrived,
If you will see her. Now by my faith and honour,
If seriously I may convey my thoughts
In this my light deliverance, I have spoke
With one that in her sex, her years, profession,
profession (n.) 1
avowal of skilled knowledge, declaration of ability to carry out a task
Wisdom, and constancy hath amazed me more
Than I dare blame my weakness. Will you see her,
For that is her demand, and know her business?
That done, laugh well at me.
Now, good Lafew,
Bring in the admiration, that we with thee
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine
By wondering how thou tookest it.
Nay, I'll fit you,
And not be all day neither.
He goes to the door
Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
Nay, come your ways.
This haste hath wings indeed.
Nay, come your ways.
This is his majesty: say your mind to him.
A traitor you do look like, but such traitors
His majesty seldom fears. I am Cressid's uncle
That dare leave two together. Fare you well.
Now, fair one, does your business follow us?
Ay, my good lord.
Gerard de Narbon was my father,
In what he did profess, well found.
I knew him.
The rather will I spare my praises towards him;
Knowing him is enough. On's bed of death
Many receipts he gave me; chiefly one,
Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,
And of his old experience th' only darling,
He bade me store up as a triple eye,
Safer than mine own two, more dear; I have so,
And hearing your high majesty is touched
With that malignant cause wherein the honour
Of my dear father's gift stands chief in power,
I come to tender it and my appliance,
With all bound humbleness.
We thank you, maiden,
But may not be so credulous of cure,
When our most learned doctors leave us, and
The congregated college have concluded
That labouring art can never ransom nature
art (n.) 1
knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
nature (n.) 6
natural order, ungoverned state, way of the world [often personified]
From her inaidible estate. I say we must not
So stain our judgement or corrupt our hope,
To prostitute our past-cure malady
To empirics, or to dissever so
Our great self and our credit, to esteem
A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.
My duty then shall pay me for my pains.
I will no more enforce mine office on you,
Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
A modest one to bear me back a again.
I cannot give thee less, to be called grateful.
Thou thoughtest to help me, and such thanks I give
As one near death to those that wish him live.
But what at full I know, thou knowest no part;
I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
What I can do can do no hurt to try,
Since you set up your rest 'gainst remedy.
He that of greatest works is finisher
Oft does them by the weakest minister.
So holy writ in babes hath judgement shown,
When judges have been babes; great floods have flown
From simple sources; and great seas have dried
When miracles have by the greatest been denied.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises, and oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.
I must not hear thee. Fare thee well, kind maid.
Thy pains, not used, must by thyself be paid;
Proffers not took reap thanks for their reward.
Inspired merit so by breath is barred.
It is not so with Him that all things knows
As 'tis with us that square our guess by shows;
But most it is presumption in us when
The help of heaven we count the act of men.
Dear sir, to my endeavours give consent.
Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
I am not an impostor, that proclaim
Myself against the level of mine aim,
But know I think, and think I know most sure,
My art is not past power, nor you past cure.
art (n.) 1
knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
Art thou so confident? Within what space
Hopest thou my cure?
The greatest grace lending grace,
Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring,
[Q variant of torcher, unclear meaning] coach, chariot
Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
Moist Hesperus hath quenched her sleepy lamp,
Or four and twenty times the pilot's glass
Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass,
What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly,
Health shall live free and sickness freely die.
Upon thy certainty and confidence
What darest thou venture?
Tax of impudence,
A strumpet's boldness, a divulged shame;
Traduced by odious ballads my maiden's name;
Seared otherwise, ne worse of worst, extended
With vildest torture let my life be ended.
Methinks in thee some blessed spirit doth speak
His powerful sound within an organ weak;
And what impossibility would slay
In common sense, sense saves another way.
Thy life is dear, for all that life can rate
Worth name of life in thee hath estimate:
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage – all
That happiness and prime can happy call.
Thou this to hazard needs must intimate
Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate.
Sweet practiser, thy physic I will try,
That ministers thine own death if I die.
If I break time, or flinch in property
Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die,
And well deserved. Not helping, death's my fee;
But if I help, what do you promise me?
Make thy demand.
But will you make it even?
Ay, by my sceptre and my hopes of heaven.
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 state;
But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know
Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.
Here is my hand; the premises observed,
Thy will by my performance shall be served.
So make the choice of thy own time, for I,
Thy resolved patient, on thee still rely.
More should I question thee, and more I must,
Though more to know could not be more to trust:
From whence thou camest, how tended on – but rest
Unquestioned welcome, and undoubted blessed.
Give me some help here, ho! If thou proceed
As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed.