Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA,
|HELENA||But this exceeding posting day and night
Must wear your spirits low; we cannot help it:
But since you have made the days and nights as one,
To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs,
Be bold you do so grow in my requital
As nothing can unroot you. In happy time;
|[Enter a Gentleman]|
|This man may help me to his majesty's ear,
If he would spend his power. God save you, sir.
|HELENA||Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.|
|Gentleman||I have been sometimes there.|
|HELENA||I do presume, sir, that you are not fallen
From the report that goes upon your goodness;
An therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions,
Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
The use of your own virtues, for the which
I shall continue thankful.
|Gentleman||What's your will?|
|HELENA||That it will please you
To give this poor petition to the king,
And aid me with that store of power you have
To come into his presence.
|Gentleman||The king's not here.|
|HELENA||Not here, sir!|
He hence removed last night and with more haste
Than is his use.
|Widow||Lord, how we lose our pains!|
|HELENA||ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL yet,
Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.
I do beseech you, whither is he gone?
|Gentleman||Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon;
Whither I am going.
|HELENA||I do beseech you, sir,
Since you are like to see the king before me,
Commend the paper to his gracious hand,
Which I presume shall render you no blame
But rather make you thank your pains for it.
I will come after you with what good speed
Our means will make us means.
|Gentleman||This I'll do for you.|
|HELENA||And you shall find yourself to be well thank'd,
Whate'er falls more. We must to horse again.
Go, go, provide.
|PAROLLES||Good Monsieur Lavache, give my Lord Lafeu this
letter: I have ere now, sir, been better known to
you, when I have held familiarity with fresher
clothes; but I am now, sir, muddied in fortune's
mood, and smell somewhat strong of her strong
|Clown||Truly, fortune's displeasure
is but sluttish, if it
smell so strongly as thou speakest of: I will
henceforth eat no fish of fortune's buttering.
Prithee, allow the wind.
|PAROLLES||Nay, you need not to stop your nose, sir; I spake
but by a metaphor.
|Clown||Indeed, sir, if your metaphor stink, I will stop my
nose; or against any man's metaphor. Prithee, get
|PAROLLES||Pray you, sir, deliver me this paper.|
|Clown||Foh! prithee, stand away: a paper from fortune's
close-stool to give to a nobleman! Look, here he
|Here is a purr of fortune's, sir, or of fortune's
cat,--but not a musk-cat,--that has fallen into the
unclean fishpond of her displeasure, and, as he
says, is muddied withal: pray you, sir, use the
carp as you may; for he looks like a poor, decayed,
ingenious, foolish, rascally knave. I do pity his
distress in my similes of comfort and leave him to
|PAROLLES||My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath cruelly
|LAFEU||And what would you have me to do? 'Tis too late to
pare her nails now. Wherein have you played the
knave with fortune, that she should scratch you, who
of herself is a good lady and would not have knaves
thrive long under her? There's a quart d'ecu for
you: let the justices make you and fortune friends:
I am for other business.
|PAROLLES||I beseech your honour to hear me one single word.|
|LAFEU||You beg a single penny more: come, you shall ha't;
save your word.
|PAROLLES||My name, my good lord, is Parolles.|
|LAFEU||You beg more than 'word,' then. Cox my passion!
give me your hand. How does your drum?
|PAROLLES||O my good lord, you were the first that found me!|
|LAFEU||Was I, in sooth? and I was the first that lost thee.|
|PAROLLES||It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some grace,
for you did bring me out.
|LAFEU||Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put upon me at once
both the office of God and the devil? One brings
thee in grace and the other brings thee out.
|The king's coming; I know by his trumpets. Sirrah,
inquire further after me; I had talk of you last
night: though you are a fool and a knave, you shall
eat; go to, follow.
|PAROLLES||I praise God for you.|
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