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with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.- | That presently you take your way for home; God save you, captain!
And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you: Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord For my respects are better than they seem; and you, monsieur ?
And my appointments have in them a need, Par. I know not how I have deserved to run Greater than shows itself, at the first view, into my lord's displeasure.
To you that know them not. This to my mother, Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots
[Giving a letter and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so custard; and out of it you'll run again, rather than I leave you to your wisdom. suffer question for your residence.
Sir, I can nothing say, Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord. But that I am your most obedient servant.
Luf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at Ber. Come, come, no more of that. his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe Hel.
And ever shall this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut; With true observance seek to eke out that, the soul of this man is his clothes: trust him not in Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd matter of heavy consequence: I have kept of them To equal my great fortune. tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, mon- Ber.
Let that go : sieur! I have spoken better of you, than you have My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home. or will deserve at my hand; but we must do good Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon. against evil.
Well, what would you say ? Par. An idle lord, I swear.
Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe;' Ber. I think so.
Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is; Par. Why, do you not know him?
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common speech What law does vouch mine own. Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. Ber.
What would you have ? Enter HELENA.
Hel. Something; and scarce so much-nothing,
indeed.Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, I would not tell you what I would: my lord—'faith, Spoke with the king, and have procured his leave yes ; For present parting; only, he desires
Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. Some private speech with you.
Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Ber.
I shall obey his will. Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?— Which holds not color with the time, nor does
[Exit HELENA. The ministration and required office
Go thou toward home; where I will never come, On my particular: prepar'd I was not
Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum : For such a business; therefore am I found Away, and for our flight. So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat you, Par.
Brawely, coragio! [Exeunt.
ACT III. SCENE I.-Florence. A Room in the Duke's Duke.
Welcome shall they be; Palace.
And all the honors, that can fly from us, Flourish. Enter the Duke of FLORENCE,attended; When better fall, for your avails they fall:
Shall on them settle. You know your places well; two French Lords, and others.
To-morrow to the field. [Flourish. Exeunt. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have
SCENE II.—Rousillon. A Room in the CounThe fundamental reasons of this war;
tess's Palace. Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, And more thirsts after.
Enter COUNTESS and Clown. 1 Lord.
Holy seems the quarrel Count. It hath happened all as I would have had Upon your grace's part; black and fearful
it, save, that he comes not along with her. On the opposer.
Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin very melancholy man. France
Count. By what observance, I pray you? Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; Against our borrowing prayers.
mend the ruff,' and sing; ask questions, and sing; 2 Lord.
Good my lord, pick his teeth, and sing; I know a man that had The reasons of our state I cannot yield,
this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a But like a common and an outward man,
song That the great figure of a council frames
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when By self-unable motion: therefore dare not
he means to come.
[Opening a letter. Say what I think of it; since I have found
Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail
court: our old ling and our Isbels o'the country are As often as I guess'd.
nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o'the Duke.
Be it his pleasure. court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our nature, That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, Come here for physic.
• The folding at the top of the boot.
I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with Count.
Return you thither? no stomach.
1 Gent. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of Count. What have we here?
speed. Clo. E'en that you have there. [Exit. Hel. [Reads.] Till I have no wife, I have nothing
in France. Count. [Reads.] I have sent you a daughter-in
'Tis bitter. lau: she hadh recovered the king, and undone I
Count. • hare wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make
Find you that there?
Hel. the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away;
1 Gent. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply know it, before the report come. If there be breadth
which enough in the world, I will hold a long distunce.
His heart was not consenting to.
Count. Nothing in France, until he have no wife!
There's nothing here that is too good for him,
But only she; and she deserves a lord, This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,
That twenty such rude boys might tend upon, To fly the favors of so good a king;
And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him? To pluck his indignation on thy head,
1 Gent. A servant only, and a gentleman By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
Which I have some time known. For the contempt of empire.
Parolles, was't not?
i Gent. Ay, my good lady, he. Re-enter Clown.
Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wicked Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, between two soldiers and my young lady.
My son corrupts a well-derived nature Count. What is the matter?
With his inducement. Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, 1 Gent.
Indeed, good lady, some comfort; your son will not be kill'd so soon The fellow has a deal of that, too much, as I thought he would.
Which holds him much to have. Count. Why should he be killed ?
Count. You are welcome, gentlemen, Clo. So say , madam, if he run away, as I hear I will entreat you, when you see my son, he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the 'To tell him, that his sword can never win loss of men, though it be the getting of children. The honor that he loses: more I'll entreat you Here they come, will tell you more: for my part, I Written to bear along. only hear, your son was run away. [Excit Clown.
We serve you, madam, Enter Helena and two Gentlemen.
In that and all your worthiest affairs. i Gent. Save you, good madam.
Count. Not so, but as we change? our courtesies. Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. Will you draw near ? 2 Gent. Do not say so.
[Exeunt Countess and Gentlemen Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, gen
Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing in France, tlemen,
Nothing in France, until he has no wife! I have felt so many quirks of joy and grief, Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France, That the first face of neither, on the start,
Then hast thou all again. Poor lord! is't I Can woman me unto't:-Where is my son, I pray That chase thee from thy country, and expose you?
Those tender limbs of thine to the event 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Of the none-sparing war ? and is it I Florence:
That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou We met him thither vard; from thence we came, Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark And after some despatch in hand at court, Of smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers, Thither we bend again.
That ride upon the violent speed of fire. Hel. Look on this letter, madam; here's my Fly with false aim; move the still-piercing air, passport.
That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord! [Reads.) When thou canst get the ring upon my Whoever charges on his forward breast,
Whoever shoots at him, I set him there; finger, which never shall come off, and show me a I am the caitiff, that do hold him to it; child begotten of thy body, that I am futher to, then And though I kill him not, I am the cause call me husband: but in such a then I write a never.
His death was so effected: better 'twere This is a dreadful sentence.
I met the ravin' lion when he roar'd Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ? With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere 1 Gent.
Ay, madam; That all the miseries, which nature owes, And, for the contents' sake, are sowy for our pains. Were mine at once: No, come thou home, Rousillon
Count. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; Whence honor but of danger wins a scar,
As oft it loses all; I will be gone:
And angels officed all: I will be gone; 2 Gent. Ay, madam.
That pitiful rumor may report my flight, Count.
And to be a soldier ? To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! 2 Gent. Such is his noble purpose: and, believe't, For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away. The duke will lay upon him all the honor,
[Esci That good convenience claims.
SCENE III.-Florence. Before the Duke's
My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak,
[Exeunt Flourish. Enter the Duke of FLORENCE, BER
TRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others. SCENE V.— Without the Walls of Florence. Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we, A Tucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Flo Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence,
rence, Diana, VIOLENTA, Mariana, and other
Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the
honorable service. Duke.
Then go thou forth; Wid. It is reported that he has taken their greatAnd fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, est commander; and that with his own hand he As thy auspicious mistress!
slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labor; Ber.
This very day, they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may Great Mars, I put myself into thy file:
know by their trumpets. Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice our. A lover of thy drum, hater of love. [Exeunt. selves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed
of this French earl; the honor of a maid is her SCENE IV.-Rousillon. A Room in the
name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. Countess's Palace.
Wid. I have told my neighbor, how you have
been solicited by a gentleman, his companion. Enter Countess and Steward.
Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one PaCount. Alas! and would you take the letter of her? rolles: a filthy officer he is in those suggestions Might you not know, she would do as she has done, for the young earl.—Beware of them, Diana; their • By sending me a letter ? Read it again.
promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these Stew. Iam Saint Jaques’ pilgrim, thither gone: engines of lust, are not the things they go under;" Ambitious love hath so in me offended,
many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the That barefoot plod I the cold ground upon,
misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade Write, write, that from the bloody course of war,
succession, but that they are limed with the twigs My dearest master, your dear son, may hie;
that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far,
you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will keep His name with zealous fervor sanctify:
you where you are, though there were no further His taken labors bid him me forgive;
danger known, but the modesty which is so lost.
Dia. You shall not need to fear me. 1, his despiteful Juno. sent him forth From courtly friends, with camping foes to live, Enter Helena, in the dress of a Pilgrim."
Where death and danger dog the heels of worth: Wid. I hope so.- -Look, here comes a pilgrim. He is too good and fair for death and me; I know she will lie at my house: thither they send Whom I myself embrace, to set him free.
one another: I'll question her.Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? words!
Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand. Rinaldo, you did never lack advice so much,
Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you? As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her,
Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port I could have well diverted her intents,
Hel. Is this the way? Which thus she hath prevented.
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you! Stew. Pardon me, madam :
[A march afar off. If I had given you this at over night,
They come this way:-If you will tarry, holy pil She might have been o'erta'en; and yet she writes,
grim, Pursuit would be in vain.
But till the troops come by,
I will conduct you where you shall be lodg’d;
Hel. Is it yourself? of greatest justice,— Write, write, Rinaldo,
Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. To this unworthy husband of his wife;
Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisuio Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,
Wid. You came, I think, from France ? That he does weigh too light: my greatest grief,
I did so. Though little he do feel it, set down sharply.
Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours, Despatch the most convenient messenger:
That has done worthy service. When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone,
His name, I pray you? He will return; and hope I may, that she,
Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such a one? Hearing so much, will speed her foot again,
Hel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him: ssd hither by pure love: which of them both
His face I know not. 1; dearest to me, I have no skill in sense
Whatsoe'er he is, To make distinction :-Provide this messenger:- He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
Not what their names express. • Alluding to the story of Hercules.
• Pilgrims; so called from a staff or bough of palm they • Discretion or thought.
wero wont to carry.
As 'tis reported, for the king had married hini
SCENE VI.-Camp before Florence. Against his liking: Think you it is so ?
Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth; I know his lady. Enter BERTRAM, and the two French Lords.
Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count, Reports but coarsely of her.
1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't; let Hel.
What's his name?
him have his way. Dia. Monsieur Parolles.
2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding.' Hel.
0, I believe with him. hold me no more in your respect. In argument of praise, or to the worth
1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble. Of the great count himself, she is too mean
Ber. Do you think, I am so far deceived in him? To have her name repeated; all her deserving
i Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Is a reserved honesty, and that
knowledge, without any malice but to speak of him I have not heard examin'd.
as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an inDia. Alas poor lady!
finite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife
the owner of no one good quality worthy your lordOf a detesting lord.
ship's entertainment. Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er she is,
2 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, reposing Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might her
at some great and trusty business, in a main danger, A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd. Hel.
How do you mean?
Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action May be, the amorous count solicits her
to try him. In the unlawful purpose.
2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his Wid, He does, indeed;
drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake And brokes' with all that can in such a suit
to do. Corrupt the tender honor of a maid :
1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will sudBut she is arm'd for him, and keeps her guard
denly surprise him; such I will have, whom, I am In honestest defence.
sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind
and hood-wink him so, that he shall suppose no Enter, with Drum and Colors, a Party of the other but that he is carried into the leaguer of the Florentine Army, BERTRAM, and PAROLLES.
adversaries, when we bring him to our tents: Be Mar. The gods forbid else!
but your lordship present at his examination; if he Wid.
So, now they come :) do not, for the promise of his life, and in the highest That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son;
compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, and That, Escalus.
deliver all the intelligence in his power against you, Hel. Which is the Frenchman !
and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon Dia.
He; oath, never trust my judgment in any thing. That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fellow; 2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch I would, he lov'd his wife ; if he were honester,
his drum; he says he has a stratagem for't: when He were much goodlier :-Is't not a handsome your lordship sees the bottom of his success in't. gentleman?
and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will Hel I like him well.
be melted, if you give him not John Drum's enterDia. "Tis pity, he is not honest: Yond's that tainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here same knave,
•1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why is he the humor of his design; let him fetch off his melancholy?
hand. Hel. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle.
Ber. How now, inonsieur? this drum sticks Par. Lose our drum ! well.
sorely in your disposition. Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something: Look, 2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum. he has spied us.
Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum ? A drum so Wid. Marry, hang you!
lost !- There was an excellent command ! to charge Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier ! in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend [Exeunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Officers, our own soldiers. and Soldiers.
2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the com. Wid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I will mand of the service; it was a disaster of war that bring you
Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents been there to command. There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound, Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our sucAlready at my house.
cess: some dishonor we had in the loss of that Hel.
I humbly thank you: drum: but it is not to be recovered. Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,
Par. It might have been recovered. To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking, Ber. It inight, but it is not now. Bhall be for me; and, to requite you further, Par. It is to be recovered; but that the merit of I wiil bestow some precepts on this virgin, service is seldom attributed to the true and cxact Wortay the note.
performer, I would have that drum or another, ou Both. We'll take your offer kindly. hic jacet:
• A paltry fellow, a coward. Because.
3 The lines, entrenchments. "1. e. An epitaph.
Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur,
SCENE VII.-Florence. A kiom in the if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring
Widow's House. this instrument of honor again into its native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and go
Enter HELENA and Widow. on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit; if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak I know not how I shall assure you further,
Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, of it, and extend to you what further becomes his But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your wor
Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well thiness.
born, Pur. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. Nothing acquainted with these businesses ; Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
And would not put my reputation now Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will pre in any staining act. sently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself
Nor would I wish you. in my certainty, put myself into my mortal prepa- First, give me trust, the count he is my bushand; ration, and, by midnight, look to hear further from And, w bal to your sworn counsel I hove spoken,
Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot, Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, are gone about it?
Err in bestowing it. Par. I know not what the success will be, my
I should believe you; lord; but the attempt I vow. Ber. I know thou art valiant; and, to the pos
For you have show'd me that, which well apo
proves sibility of thy. soldiership, will subscribe for thee. You are great in fortune. Farewell.
Take this purse of gold, Par. I love not many words. [Exit. 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water.—Is And let me buy your friendly help thus far,
Which I will over-pay, and pay again, not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so confi- When I have found it. The count he woos youi dently seems to undertake this business, which he
daughter, knows is not to be done; damns himself to do, and Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, dares better be damned than to do't.
Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, do : certain it is, that he will steal himself into a
Now, his important' blood will nought deny man's favor, and, for a week, escape a great deal of That she'll demand: A ring the county wears, discoveries ; but when you find him out, you have That downward hath succeeded in his house, him ever after.
From son to son, some four or five descents Ber. Why, do you think he will make no deed at all Since the first father wore it: this ring he hoids of this that so seriously he does address himselfunto? In most rich choice; yet in his idle tire,
1 Lord. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap âpon you two or three probable Howe'er repented after.
To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, lies: but we have almost embossed him ;' you shall
Now I see sec his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your The bottom of your purpose. lordship’s respect.
Hel. You see it lawsul then : It is no more, Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox; But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old Desires třis ring; appoints him an encounter ; lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, tell In fine, delivers me to fill the time, me what a sprat you shall find him; which you Herself most chastely absent: after this, shall see this very night. i Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be To what is past already.
To marry her, l'il add three thousand crowns caught.
I have yielded : Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. I Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave you. That time and place, with this deceit so lawful,
Instruct my daughter how she shall perséver,
[Exit. Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show With musics of all sorts, and songs compos’d
May prove coherent. Every night he comes you
To her unworthiness: It nothing steads us, The lass I spoke of.
To chide him from our eaves; for he persists, 2 Lord. But, you say, she's honest.
As if his life lay on't. Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her butonce,
Why then to-night And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her,
Let us assay our plot; which, if it speed, By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind,
Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed, Tokens and letters which she did re-send;
And lawful meaning in a lawful act; And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature;
Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact: Will you go see her?
[Exeunt 2 Lord. With all my heart, my
But let's about it.
• Count. • To emboss a deer is to enclose him in • Before re strip him naked.