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And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks,
Ber. His good remembrance, sir,
King. Would, I were with him! He would always say,
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I apprehenfive senses] - fastidious tafte.
m Mere fathers of their garments ; whose confancies expire]-are employed solely in inventing new modes of dress; whose fancies change
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2 Lord. You are lovid, fir; They, that least lend it you, shall lack you first.
King. I fill a place, I know't.—How long is't, count, Since the physician at your father's died? He was much fam’d.
Ber. Some six months since, my lord.
King. If he were living, I would try him yet; Lend me an arm; the rest have worn me out With several applicacions-nature and sickness Debate it at their leiture. Welcome, count; My son's no dearer.
Ber. Thank your majesty. [Flourish. Exeunt.
S CE NE III.
Enter Countess, Steward, and Clown. Count. I will now hear what you say of this gentlewoman.
Stew. Madam, the care I have had to even your content, I wish might be found in the calendar of my past endeavours; for then we wound our modesty, and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.
Count. What does this knavę here? Get you gone, fire rah: The complaints, I have heard of you, I do not all believe; 'cis my nowness, that I do not : for, I know, you lack not folly to commit them, and have ability enough to make such knaveries yours.
Clo. 'Tis not unknown to you, madam, that I am a poor fellow.
to even your content,)-give you satisfaction. ° to commit them, &c.) to put you upon attemping such knaveries, and have ability enough for their accomplishment.
Count. Count. Well, fir.
Clo. No, madam, 'tis not so well, that I am poor; though many of the rich are damn'd: But, if I may have your ladyship’s P good will to go to the world, Ifbel the woman and I will do as we may.
Count. Wilt thou needs be a beggar?
Clo. In Isbel's case, and mine own. Service is no heritage : and, I think, I shall never have the blessing of God, till I have issue of my body; for, they say, bearns are blessings.
Count. Tell me thy reason why thou wilt marry.
Clo. My poor body, madam, requires it: I am driven on by the flesh; and he must needs go, that the devil drives.
Count. Is this all your worship's reason ?
Clo. Faith, madam, I have other holy reasons, such as they are.
Count. May the world know them ?
Clo. I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as you and all flesh and blood are; and, indeed, I do marry, that I may repent.
Count. Thy marriage, sooner than thy wickedness.
Clo. I am out of friends, madam; and I hope to have friends for my wife's sake.
Count. Such friends are thine enemies, knave.
Clo. You 9 are shallow, madam; ey'n great friends : for the knaves come to do that for me, which I am a weary of. He, that 'ears my land, spares my team, and gives me leave to inn the crop: if I be his cuckold, he's my
P good will to go to the world, ]-consent to marry. 9 are shallow, not in the secret, miltaken. Itars]-tills,
drudge: drudge: He, that comforts my wife, is the cherisher of my flesh and blood , he, that cherishes my Aesh and blood, loves my flesh and blood; he, that loves my Hesh and blood, is my friend : ergo, he that kisses my wife, is my friend. If men could be contented to be what they are, there were no fear in marriage; for young Charbon the puritan, and old Poysam the papist, howsoe'er their hearts are sever'd in religion, their heads are both one, they may joul horns together, like any deer i' the herd.
Count. Wilt thou ever be a foul-mouth'd and calumnious knave ?
Clo. A prophet, I, madam; and I speak the truth the next way:
For I the ballad will repeat,
Which men full true small find ;
Your cuckoo sings by kind.
Stew. May it please you, madam, that he bid Helen come to you; of her I am to speak.
Count. Sirrah, tell my gentlewoman, I would speak with her; Helen I mean. Clo. Was this fair face the cause, quoth me, [Singing.
Why the Grecians sacked Troy?
Was this king Priam's joy.
And gave this a sentence then;
There's yet one good in ten.
• Fond done, fond done (for Paris, he.)
Count. What, one good in ten? you corrupt the fong, firrah.
Clo. One good woman in ten, madam ; which is a pu. rifying o' the song: 'Would God would serve the world so all the year! we'd find no fault with the tythe-woman, if I were the parson : One in ten, quoth a'! an we might have a good woman born but 'on every blazing ftar, or at an earthquake, 'would mend the lottery well; a man may draw his heart out, ere he pluck one.
Count. You'll be gone, fir knave, and do as I command you?
Clo. That man should be at a woman's command, and yet no hurt done !—Though honesty be a puritan, yet it will do no hurt ; it will wear the surplice of humility over the black gown of a big heart.--I am going, forsooth: the business is for Helen to come hither.
[Exit. Count. Well, now.
Stew. I know, madam, you love your gentlewoman intirely.
Count. Faith, I do: her father bequeath'd her to me; and she herself, without other advantage, may lawfully make title to as much love as she finds: there is more owing her, than is paid: and more shall be paid her, than she'll demand.
Stew. Madam, I was very late more near her than, I think, she wish'd me : alone she was, and did communicate to herself her own words to her own ears ; she thought, I dare vow for her, they "touch'd not any stranger sense. Her matter was, she lov'd your fon : Fortune, she said, was no goddess, that had put such diffe
* on every blazing ftar,]-upon the appearance of every comet.
u be a puritan, yet it will do no hurt;}-somewhat nice and scrupu. lous, yet it is not obstinately so, it will conform a little be no puritan.
"touch'd not any stranger Jense.)-reach'd not the audience of another.