Enter Helena and the Clown
My mother greets me kindly. Is she well?
She is not well, but yet she has her health; she's
very merry, but yet she is not well. But thanks be given
she's very well and wants nothing i'th' world; but yet she
is not well.
If she be very well, what does she ail that she's
not very well?
Truly, she's very well indeed, but for two things.
What two things?
One, that she's not in heaven, whither God send
her quickly! The other that she's in earth, from whence
God send her quickly!
Bless you, my fortunate lady.
I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine
own good fortune.
You had my prayers to lead them on, and to
keep them on have them still. O, my knave! How does
my old lady?
So that you had her wrinkles and I her money, I
would she did as you say.
Why, I say nothing.
Marry, you are the wiser man, for many a man's
tongue shakes out his master's undoing. To say nothing,
to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have nothing, is
to be a great part of your title, which is within a very
little of nothing.
Away! Th'art a knave.
You should have said, sir, ‘ Before a knave th'art
a knave;’ that's ‘ Before me, th'art a knave.’ This had
been truth, sir.
Go to, thou art a witty fool: I have found thee.
Did you find me in your self, sir, or were you
taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable; and
much fool may you find in you, even to the world's
pleasure and the increase of laughter.
A good knave i'faith, and well fed.
Madam, my lord will go away tonight:
A very serious business calls on him.
The great prerogative and rite of love,
Which as your due time claims, he does acknowledge,
But puts it off to a compelled restraint;
Whose want and whose delay is strewed with sweets,
Which they distil now in the curbed time,
To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy
And pleasure drown the brim.
What's his will else?
That you will take your instant leave o'th' King,
And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
Strengthened with what apology you think
May make it probable need.
time of necessity, needy situation, emergency
What more commands he?
That, having this obtained, you presently
Attend his further pleasure.
In everything I wait upon his will.
I shall report it so.
I pray you. Come, sirrah.