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and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be became as a prey to her grief; in fine made a groan read to his face: if your lordship be in't, as I believe of her last breath, and now she sings in heaven. you are, you must have the patience to hear it.
2 Lord. How is this justified ?.
Re-enter Soldiers, with ParoLLES. letter which makes her story true, even to the point Ber. A plague upon him! muffled! he can say of her death : her death itself, which could not be nothing of me; hush! hush! her office to say, is come, was faithfully confirmed 1 Lord. Hoodman comes ! - Porto tartarossa. by the rector of the place.
I Sold. He calls for the tortures; What will you 2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence ? say without 'em ?
1 Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, Par. I will confess what I know without conpoint from point, to the full arming of the verity. straint; if he pinch me like a pasty, I can say no
2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad more. of this.
1 Sold. Bosko chimurcho. 1 Lord. How mightily sometimes we make us 2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurcho. comforts of our losses !
1 Sold. You are a merciful general :
Our 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, general bids you answer to what I shall ask you out we drown our gain in tears! The great dignity, that of a note. his valour hath here acquired for him, shall at home Par. And truly, as I hope to live. be encountered with a shame as ample.
Sold. First demand of him how many horse the i Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, duke is strong. What say you to that? good and ill together : our virtues would be proud, Par. Five or six thousand ; but very weak and if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes unserviceable: the troops are all scattered, and the would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputation virtues.
and credit, and as I hope to live. Enter a Servant.
1 Sold. Shall I set down your answer so ? How now? where's your master ?
Par. Do ; I'll take my oath on't, how and which Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of whom way you will. he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordship will next
Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving slave morning for France. The duke hath offered him is this ! letters of commendations to the king.
1 Lord. You are deceived, my lord ; this is mon2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful sieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his there, if they were more than they can commend. own phrase,) that had the whole theorick of war in
the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape 7 Enter BERTRAM.
of his dagger. 1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's
2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keeptartness. Here's his lordship now. How now, my ing his sword clean ; nor believe he can have every lord, is't not after midnight.
thing in him, by wearing his apparel neatly. Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen busi
1 Sold. Well, that's set down. nesses, a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of
Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, - I will success: I have congé'd with the duke, done my say true, -or thereabouts, set down,- for I'll speak adieu with his nearest; buried a wife, mourned for truth. her; writ to my lady mother, I am returning; en
1 Lord. He's very near the truth in this. tertained my convoy; and, between these main Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the nature parcels of despatch, effected many nicer needs; the he delivers it. last was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet.
Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say. 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and
I Sold. Well, that's set down. this morning your departure hence, it requires haste
Par. I humbly thank you, sir : a truth's a truth, of your lordship.
the rogues are marvellous poor. Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fearing
i Sold. Demand of him, of what strength they are to hear of it hereafter : But shall we have this dia- a-foot. What say you to that? logue between the fool and the soldier ? Come, Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this bring forth this counterfeit module 5; he has de- present hour, I will tell true. Let me see : Spurio ceived me, like a double-meaning prophesier.
a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus 2 Lord. Bring him forth: [Exeunt Soldiers.] he so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lohas sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant knave. dowick, and Gratii, two hundred fifty each; mine
Ber. No matter ; his heels have deserved it, in own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two usurping his spurs 6 so long. How does he carry hundred and fifty each: so that the muster-file, himself?
rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to 1 Lord. I have told your lordship already; the fifteen thousand poll; half of which dare not shake stocks carry him. But, to answer you as you would the snow from off their cassocks 8, lest they shake he understood; he weeps : he bath confessed him themselves to pieces. self to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar,
Ber. What shall be done to him? from the time of his remembrance, to this very in- 1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Destant disaster of his sitting i'the stocks : And what mand of him my conditions, and what credit I think you he hath confessed ?
have with the duke. Ber. Nothing of me, has he?
1 Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall demand Model, pattern.
7 The point of the scabbard, 6 An allusion to the degradation of a knight by hacking off * Cassock then signified a horseman's loose coat.
9 Disposition and character.
of him, whether one captain Dumain be i'the camp, I Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you cona Frenchman ; what his reputation is with the duke, fess freely; therefore, once more to this captain what his valour, honesty, and expertness in wars ; or Dumain : You have answered to his reputation with whether he thinks it were not possible, with well- the duke, and to his valour: What is his honesty? weighing sums of gold, to corrupt him to a revolt. Pur. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister. What say you to this ? what do you know of it? He professes not keeping of oaths; in breaking
Par. Í beseech you, let me answer to the par- them, he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, ticular of the interrogatories : Demand them singly. sir, with such volubility, that you would think truth
I Sold. Do you know this captain Dumain ? were a fool: drunkenness is his best virtue. I have
Par. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice in but little more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has Paris, from whence he was whipped for ill conduct. every thing that an honest man should not have;
[Dumain lifts up his hand in anger. what an honest man should have, he has nothing. Ber. Nay, by your leave, bold your hands; 1 Lord. I begin to love him for this. though I know, his brains are forfeit to the next tile Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? A that falls.
plague upon him for me, he is more and more a cat. 1 Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Flo- i Sold. What say you to his expertness in war ? rence's camp?
Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the Par. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy. English tragedians,- to belie him, I will not,—and
1 Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall more of his soldiership I know not; except, in that hear of your lordship anon.
country, he had the honour to be the officer at a 1 Sold. What is his reputation with the duke? place there called Mile-end, to instruct for the
Par. The duke knows him for no other but a doubling of files :, I would do the man what honour poor officer of mine ; and writ to me this other day, I can, but of this I am not certain. to turn bim out o'the band : I think I have his letter 1 Lord. He hath out-villained villainy so far, in my pocket.
that the rarity redeems him. 1 Sold. Marry, we'll search.
Ber. A plague on him! he's a cat still. Par. In good sadness, I do not know ; either it 1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, I is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt. letters in my tent.
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu ' he will sell the fee1 Sold. Here 'tis; here's a paper? Shall I read simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and it to you?
cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual Par. I do not know if it be it or no.
succession for it perpetually. Ber. Our interpreter does it well.
1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain 1 Lord. Excellently.
Dumain ? 1 Sold. Dian. The count's a fool, and full of gold, - 2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me?
Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir; that is an 1 Sold. What's he? advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altogether Diana, to take heed of the allurements of one count so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great Rousillon, a foolish idle boy: I pray you, sir, put deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, it up again.
yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is : 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. In a retreat he outruns any lackey; marry, in
Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest coming on he has the cramp. in the behalf of the maid; for I knew the young 1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you undertake count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy. to betray the Florentine ? Ber. Abominable, both sides rogue !
Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count I Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop gold, Rousillon. and take it ;
1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know After he scores, he never pays the score :
his pleasure. Half won, is match well made ; match, and well Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all make it ;
drums ! Only to seem to deserve well, and to beguile He ne'er pays after debts, take it before ;
the supposition 2 of that lascivious young boy, the And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,
count, have I run into this danger : Yet, who would Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss :
have suspected an ambush where I was taken? For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it,
[Aside. Who pays before, but not when he does owe it.
1 Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must die : Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear, the general says, you, that have so traitorously dis
PAROLLES. covered the secrets of your army, and made such Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, with pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can this rhyme in his forehead.
serve the world for no honest use; therefore you 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the must die. Come, headsmen, off with his head. manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. Par. O Lord, sir; let me live, or let me see my
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, death. and now he's a cat to me.
1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave of all 1 Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, we
[Unmuffling him. shall be fain to hang you.
So, look you about you; Know you any here? Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am Ber. Good morrow, noble captain. afraid to die : but that, my offences being many, I 2 Lord. Bless you, captain Parolles. would repent out the remainder of nature: let me 1 Lord. Save you, noble captain. live, sir, in a dungeon, i'the stocks, or any where,
The fourth part of the smaller French crown so I may live.
? To deceive the opinion.
2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my | SCENE V.. Rousillon. A Room in the Counlord Lafeu? I am for France.
tess's Palace. I Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the Enter COUNTESS, LAFEU, and Clown. count Rousillon ? an I were not a very coward, I'd Laf. No, no, no, your son was misled with a sniptcompel it of you; but fare you well.
taffata fellow there; whose villainous saffron 5 would (Ereuni BERTRAM, Lords, &c. have made all the unbak'd and doughy youth of a 1 Sold. You are undone, captain : all but your nation in his colour : your daughter-in-law had been scarf, that has a knot on't yet
alive at this hour ; and your son here at home, more Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot ? advanced by the the king, than by that red-tailed
1 Sold. If you could find out a country where humble-bee I speak of. but women were that had received so much shame, Count. I would, I had not known him! it was you inight begin an impudent nation. Fare you the death of the most virtuous gentlewoman that well, sir; I am for France too; we shall speak of ever nature had praise for creating : if she bad cost
(Exit. me the dearest groans of a mother, I could not have Par. Yet am I thankful : if my heart were great, owed her a more rooted love. 'Twould burst at this : Captain, I'll be no more ; Laf. 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady: we But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft may pick a thousand salads, ere we light on such As captain sball : simply the thing I am
another herb. Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart, Clo. Indeed, sir, she was the sweet-marjoram of Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, the salad, or, rather, the herb of grace. 6 That every braggart shall be found an ass.
Laf. They are not salad-herbs, you knave, they Rust, sword! cool, blushes ! and, Parolles, live are nose-herbs. Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery thrive ! Clo. Sir, I have not much skill in grass. There's place, and means, for every man alive. Laf. Go thy ways, I begin to be a-weary of thee, I'll after them.
[Erit. and I tell thee so before, because I would not fall
out with thee. Go thy ways; let my horses be SCENE IV.- Florence. A Room in the Widow's well looked to, without any tricks. House.
Clo. If I put any tricks upon 'em, sir, they shall
be jades' tricks; which are their own right by the Enter HELENA, Widow, and Diana. law of nature.
(Erit. Hd. That you may well perceive I have not Laf. A shrewd knave, and an unhappy. 7 wrong’d you,
Count. So he is. My lord, that's gone, made One of the greatest in the Christian world
himself much sport out of him : by his authority he Shall be my surety; 'fore whose throne, 'tis needful, remains here, which he thinks is a patent for his Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel :
sauciness; and, indeed, he has no pace, but runs Time was I did him a desired office,
where he will. Dear almost as his life; which gratitude
Laf. I like him well ; 'tis not amiss : and I was Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep forth, about to tell you. Since I heard of the good lady's And answer thanks: I duly am inform’d
death, and that my lord your son was upon his reHis
grace is at Marseilles; to which place turn home, I moved the king my master, to speak We have convenient convoy. You must know, in the behalf of my daughter : which in the minoI am supposed dead: the army breaking,
rity of them both, his majesty, out of a self-gracious My husband hies him home ; where, heaven aiding, remembrance, did first propose : his highness hath And by the leave of my good lord the king, promised me to do it : and, to stop up the displeaWe'll be, before our welcome.
sure he hath conceived against your son, there is no Wid.
Gentle madam, fitter matter. How does your ladyship like it? You never had a servant, to whose trust
Count. With very much content, my lord, and I Your business was more welcome.
wish it happily effected. Hel.
Nor you, mistress, Laf. His highness comes post from Marseilles, of Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly labour as able body as when he numbered thirty; he will To recompense your love; doubt not, bút heaven be here to-morrow, or I am deceived by him that Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower, in such intelligence hath seldom failed. As it hath fated her to be my motive
Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see him And helper to a husband. O strange men !
ere I die.
I have letters, that my son will be here But more of this hereafter: You, Diana, to-night: I shall beseech your lordship, to remain Under my poor instructions yet must suffer with me till they meet together. Something in my behalf.
Laf. Madam, I was thinking, with what manners Dia.
Let death and honesty I might safely be admitted. Go with your impositions ), I am yours.
Count. You need but plead your honourable priUpon your will to suffer.
vilege. Hel. Yet, I pray you,
Laf. Lady, of that I have made a bold charter ; But with the word, the time will bring on summer, but, † thank my God, it holds yet. When briars shall have leaves as well as thorns, And be as sweet as sharp. We must away;
Re-enter Clown. Our waggon is prepar'd, and time revives us : Clo. O madam, yonder's my lord your son with Alls well that ends well : still the fine's 4 the crown ; a patch of velvet on's face: whether there be a scar Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.
5 There was a fashion of using yellow starch for bands and
[Exeunt. ruffles, to which Lafeu alludes. Commands.
7 Mischievously unhappy, waggish.
6 i. e. Rue.
under it, or no, the velvet knows: but 'tis a goodly Laf. Let us go see your son, I pray you ; I long patch of velvet : his left cheek is a cheek of two to talk with the young noble soldier. pile and a half, but his right cheek is worn bare. Clo. There's a dozen of 'em, with delicate fine
Laf. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good hats, and most courteous feathers, which bow the livery of bonour ! so, belike, is that.
head, and nod at every man. Clo. But it is your carbonadoed 8 face.
SCENE I. - Marseilles. A Street. this letter : I have, ere now, sir, been better known
to you, when I have held familiarity with fresher Enter HELENA, Widow, and Diana, with two
clothes; but I am now, sir, muddied in fortune's Attendants.
moat, and smell somewhat strong of her strong disHel. But this exceeding posting, day and night, pleasure. Must wear your spirits low: we cannot help it; Clo. Truly, fortune's displeasure is but sluttish, But since you have made the days and nights as one, if it smell so strong as thou speakest of: Look, To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs,
here he comes himself. Be bold, you do so grow in my requital,
Enter LAFEU. As nothing can unroot you. In happy time;
Here is a pur of fortune's, sir, or of fortune's cat, Enter a gentle Astringer. 9
(but not a musk-cat,) that has fallen into the unclean This man may help me to his majesty's ear,
fishpond of her displeasure, and, as he says, is mudIf he would spend his power.
God save you, sir. died withal : Pray you, sir, use the carp as you may ; Gent. And you.
for he looks like a poor, decayed, ingenious, foolish, Hel. Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.
rascally knave. I do pity his distress in my smiles Gent. I have been sometimes there.
of comfort, and leave him to your lordship. Hel. I do presume, sir, that you are not fallen
[Erit Clown. From the report that goes upon your goodness;
Par. My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath And therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions, cruelly scratched. Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
Laf. And what would you have me to do ? 'tis too The use of your own virtues, for the which
late to pare her nails now. Wherein have you played I shall continue thankful.
the knave with fortune, that she should scratch you, Gent.
who of herself is a good lady, and would not have Hel. That it will please you
knaves thrive long under her ? There's a quart d'ecu To give this poor petition to the king ;
for you : Let the justices make you and fortune And aid me with that store of power you have, friends: I am for other business. To come into his presence.
Par. I beseech your honour, to hear me one sinGent. The king's not here.
gle word. Hel.
Not here, sir?
Laf. You beg a single penny more: come, you Gent.
Not, indeed : shall ha't; save your word. He hence remov'd last night, and with more haste
Par. My name, my good lord, is Parolles. Than is his use.
Laf. You beg more than one word then. — Gire Hel. All's well that ends well ; yet ;
me your hand: How does your drum? Though time seem so advérse, and means unfit.
Par. O my good lord, you were the first that I do beseech you, whither is he gone?
found me. Gent. Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon ;
Laf. Was I, in sooth? and I was the first that Whither I am going.
lost thee. Hel. I do beseech you, sir,
Par. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some Since you are like to see the king before me,
grace, for you did bring me out. Commend the paper to his gracious hand;
Laf. Out upon thee, knave! [Trumpets sound.] Which, I presume, shall render you no blame,
The king's coming, I know by his trumpets. - SirBut rather make you thank your pains for it:
rah, inquire further after me; I had talk of you last I will come after you, with what good speed
night : though you are a fool and a knave, you shall Our means will make us means. Gent.
This I'll do for you.
eat; go to, follow.
Par. I praise heaven for you. (Exeunt. Hel. And you shall find yourself to be well
thank'd Whate'er falls more.
SCENE III. A Room in the Countess's Palace. We must to horse again ; Go, go, provide.
Enter King, Countess, LAFEO, Lords,
Gentlemen, Guards, fc.
King. We lost a jewel of her; and our esteem'
Was made much poorer by it: but your son,
As mad in folly, lack'd the sense to know
'Tis past my liege : * Scored like a piece of meat for the gridiron. 9 A gentleman faiconer.
1 Reckoning or estimate. : Completely, in its full extent.
And I beseech your majesty to make it
Make trivial price of serious things we have, Natural rebellion, done i'the blaze of youth ; Not knowing them, until we know their grave: When oil and fire, too strong for reason's force, Oft our displeasures, to ourselves unjust, O'erbears it, and burns on.
Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust : King
My honour'd lady, Our own love waking cries to see what's done, I have forgiven and forgotten all ;
While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon. Though my revenges were high bent upon him, Be this sweet Helen's knell, and now forget her. And watch'd the time to shoot.
Send forth your amorous token for fair Maudlin : Laf.
This I must say,
The main consents are had ; and here we'll stay But first I beg my pardon, — The young lord To see our widower's second marriage-day. Did to his majesty, his mother, and his lady,
Count. Which better than the first, О dear heaven, Offence of mighty note; but to himself
bless! The greatest wrong of all: he lost a wife,
Or, ere they meet, in me, O nature, cease! Whose beauty did astonish the survey
Laf. Come on, my son, in whom iny house's name Of richest eyes; whose words all ears took captive; Must be digested, give a favour from you, Whose dear perfection, hearts that scorn'd to serve, To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter, Humbly call'd mistress.
That she may quickly come.
-- By my old beard, King.
Praising what is lost, And every hair that's on't, Helen, that's dead, Makes the remembrance dear. Well, call him Was a sweet creature; such a ring as this, hither;
The last that e'er I took her leave at court,
Hers it was not. The nature of his great offence is dead,
King. Now, pray you let me see it; for mine eye, And deeper than oblivion do we bury
While I was speaking, oft was fasten'd to't. — The incensing relicks of it: let him approach, This ring was mine; and, when I gave it Helen, A stranger, no offender; and inform him,
I bade her, if her fortunes ever stood So 'tis our will he should.
Necessitied to help, that by this token Gent.
I shall, my liege. I would relieve her: Had you that craft, to reave her
[Exit Gentleman. Of what should stead her most? King. What says he to your daughter ? have you Ber.
My gracious sovereign, spoke ?
Howe'er it pleases you to take it so,
Son, on my life,
I have seen her wear it; and she reckon'd it
At her life's rate.
I am sure, I saw her wear it. He looks well on't. Ber. You are deceiv'd, my lord, she never saw it: King. I am not a day of season “,
In Florence was it from a casement thrown me, For thou mayst see a sunshine and a hail
Wrapp'd in a paper, which contain'd the name In me at once : But to the brightest beams Of her that threw it: noble she was, and thought Distracted clouds give way ; so stand thou forth, I stood ingag'd 5 : but when I had subscrib'd The time is fair again.
To mine own fortune, and inform’d her fully, Ber.
My high repented blames, I could not answer in that course of honour Dear sovereign, pardon to me.
As she had made the overture, she ceas'd, King.
All is whole ;
In heavy satisfaction, and would never Not one word more of the consumed time.
Receive the ring again. Let's take the instant by the forward top;
Plutus himself, For we are old, and on our quick'st decrers
That knows the tinct and multiplying medicine", The inaudible and noiseless foot of time
Hath not in nature's mystery more science, Steals ere we can effect them: You remember Than I have in this ring : 'twas mine, 'twas Helen's, The daughter of this lord ?
Whoever gave it you: Then, if you know, . Ber. Admiringly, my liege : at first
That you are well acquainted with yourself, I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart
Confess 'twas hers, and by what rough enforcement Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue :
You got it from her : she call’d the saints to surety, Where the impression of mine eye infixing,
That she would never put it from her finger, Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me,
Unless she gave it to yourself in bed, Which warp'd the line of every other favour;. (Where you have never come) or sent it us Scorn'd a fair colour, or express'd it stol'n ;
Upon her great disaster. Extended or contracted all proportions,
She never saw it. To a most hideous object: Thence it came,
King. Thou speak'st it falsely, as I love mine That she, whom all men prais'd, and whom myself,
honour; Since I have lost, have lov'd, was in mine eye
And mak'st conjectural fears to come into me, The dust that did offend it.
Which I would fain shut out: If it should prove King
Well excus'd : That thou art so inhuman, — 'twill not prove so; — That thou didst love her, strikes some scores away
And yet I know not :- thou didst hate her deadly, From the great compt: But love, that comes too late, And she is dead; which nothing, but to close Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried,
Her eyes myself, could win me to believe, To the great sender turns a sour offence,
More than to see this ring. - Take him away. Crying, That's good that's gone : our rash faults
(Guards seize Bertram. * Recollection • i. e. Of uninterrupted rain. 5 In the sense of uncngaged. 6 The philosopher's stone,