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1 Sold. O, pray, pray, pray. Par. Ten o'clock; within these three hours Manka revania dulche. 'twill be time enough to go home. What shall 1 Lord, Oscorbi dulchos volivorca. I say I have done? It must be a very plausiye 1 Sold. Thegeneralis content to spare thee yet, invention that carries it: They begin to sinoke And, hood-wink'd as thou art, will lead thee on me; and disgraces have of late knocked too of- To gather from thee; haply, thou may'st inform ten at my door. I find, my tongue is too fool- Something to save thy life. hardy ; but my
heart hath the fear of Mars be- Par. O, let me live, fore it, and of his creatures, not daring the re- And all the secrets of our camp I'll show, ports of my tongue.
Their force, their purposes : nay, I'll speak that, 1 Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine which you will wonder at. o un tongue was guilty of.
[Aside. 1 Sold. But wilt thou faithfully? Par. What the devil should move me to un- Par. If I do not, damn me. dertake the recovery of this drum; being not 1 Sold. Acordo linta. ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing I Come on, thou art granted space. had no such purpose ? I must give myself some
[Exit, with Parolles guarded. hurts, and say, I got them in exploit: Yet i Lord. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my slight ones will not carry it: They will say, brother, Came you off with so little ? and great ones í We have caught the woodcock, and will keep dare not give. Wherefore? what's the instance ? him muffled, Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman's Till we do hear from them. mouth, and buy another of Bajazet's mule, if 2 Sold. Captain, I will. y su prattle me into these perils.
1 Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves;i Lord. Is it possible, he should know what Inform 'em that. he is, and be what he is ?
[Aside. 2 Sold. So I will, sir. Par. I would the cutting of my garments 1 Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and would serve the turn; or the breaking of my safely lock'a.
(Exeunt. Spanish sword.
1 Lord. We cannot afford you so. [Aside. SCENE II.-Florence. A room in the Widou's Par. Or the baring of my beard ; and to say,
house. it was in stratagem. 1 Lord. 'Twould not do.
Enter BERTRAM and DIANA. Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say, I was Ber. They told me, that your name was Fonstripped.
tibell. 1 Lord. Hardly serve.
[Aside. Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. Par. Though I swore I leaped from the win- Ber. Titled goddess; dow of the citadel
And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul, 1 Lord. How deep ?
[Aside. In your fine frame hath love no quality? Par. Thirty fathom.
If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, i Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make You are no maiden, but a monument: that be believed.
[ Aside. When you are dead, you should be such a one Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemy's; As you are now, for you are cold and stern; I would swear, I had recovered it.
And now you should be as your mother was, 1 Lord. You shall hear one anon.
When your sweet self was got. Par. A drum now of the enemy's!
Dia. She then was honest.
[ Alarum within. Ber. So should you be. 1 Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo.
Dia. No: All. Cargo, cargo, villianda, par corbo, cargo. My mother did but duty; such, my lord,
Par. O! ransome, ransome :-Do not hide As you owe to your wife. mine eyes. [They seize him and blindfold him. Ber. No more of that ! 1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos.
I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows: Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment, I was compell’d to her ; but I love thee And I shall lose my life for want of language: By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, Do thee all rights of service. Italian, or French, let him speak to me,
Dia. Ay, so you serve us, I will discover that, which shall undo
Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, The Florentine."
You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, 1 Sold. Boskos vanvado :
And mock us with our bareness. I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue:
Ber. How have I sworn ? Kerelybonto :--Sir,
Diu. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards
truth; Are at thy bosom.
But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true.
What is not holy, that we swear not by,
When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him, But take the Highest to witness : Then, pray When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so you, tell me,
braid, If I should swear by Jove's great attributes, Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid : I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths, Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin When I did love you ill ? this has no holding, To cozen him, that would unjustly win. [Erit. To swear by him, whom I protest to love, That I will work against him: Therefore, your
SCENE III.-The Florentine camp. oaths Are words, and poor conditions ; but unseald;
Enter the two French Lords, and two or three
1 Lord. You have not given him his mother's Be not so holy-cruel : love is holy;
letter? And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts,
2 Lord. I have delivered it an hour since : That you do charge men with : Stand no more there is something in't, that stings his nature ; off,
for, on the reading it, he changed almost into But give thyself unto my sick desires,
another man. Who then recover: say, thou art mine, and 1 Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon
him, for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet My love, as it begins, shall so perséver. a lady. Dia. I see, that men make hopes, in such 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everaffairs,
lasting displeasure of the king, who had even That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. tuned his bounty to sing happiness to him. I Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no will tell you a thing, but you shall let it dwell power
darkly with you. To give it from me.
i Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, Dia. Will you not, my lord ?
and I am the grave of it. Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, 2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentleBequeathed down from many ancestors; woman here in Florence, of a most chaste reWhich were the greatest obloquy i'the world nown; and this night he fleshes his will in the In me to lose.
spoil of her honour : he hath given her his Dia. Mine honour's such a ring :
monumental ring, and thinks himself made in My chastity's the jewel of our house,
the unchaste composition. Bequeathed down from many ancestors;
1 Lord. Now, God delay our rebellion; as Which were the greatest obloquy in the world we are ourselves, what things are we! In me to lose : Thus your own proper wisdom 2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as, in Brings in the champion honour on my part, the common course of all treasons, we still see Against your vain assault.
them reveal themselves, till they attain to their Ber. Here, take my ring:
abhorred ends; so he, that in this action conMy house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, trives against his own nobility, in his proper And I'll be bid by thee.
stream o'erflows himself. Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my 1 Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, to chamber window;
be trumpeters of our unlawful intents ? We I'll order take, my mother shall not hear. shall not then have bis company to-night ? Now will I charge you in the band of truth, 2 Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is When you have conquer'd my yet maiden bed, dieted to his hour. Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me: 1 Lord. That approaches apace: I would gladMy reasons are most strong, and you shall ly have him see his company anatomized ; that know them,
he might take a measure of his own judgments, When back again this ring shall be deliver’d: wherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit. And on your finger, in the night, I'll put 2 Lord. We will not meddle with him, till he Another ring; that, what in time proceeds, come; for his presence must be the whip of the May token to the future our past deeds.
other. Adieu, till then ; then, fail not: You have won 1 Lord. In the mean time, what hear
of A wife of me, though there my hope be done. these wars? Ber. A heaven on earth I have won by woo- 2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace. ing thee:
[Erit. 1 Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace conclude!. Dia. For which live long to thank both hea- 2 Lord. What will count Rousillon do then ? ven and me!
will he travel higher, or return again into Franco ? may so in the end.
1 Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you le My mother told me just how he would woo, not altogether of his council. As if she sat in his heart; she says, all men 2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be Have the like oaths: he had sworn to marry me, I a great deal of his act.
i Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, | dule ; he has deceived me, like a double-meanfled from his house ; her pretence is a pilgrimage ing prophesier. to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy underta- 2 Lord. Bring him forth : (Exeunt Soldiers. ] king, with most austere sanctimony, she accom- he has sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant plished : and, there residing, the tenderness of knave. her nature became as a prey to her grief; in fine, Ber. No matter ; his heels have deserved it, made a groan of her last breath, and now she in usurping his spurs so long. How does he sings in heaven.
carry himself? 2 Lord. How is this justified ?
i Lord. I have told your lordship already; 1 Lord. The stronger part of it by her own the stocks carry him. But, to answer you as letters; which makes her story true, even to you would be understood he weeps, like a the point of her death : her death itself, which wench that had shed her milk: he hath confesscould not be her office to say, is come, was faith- ed himself to Morgan, whom he supposes to be fully confirmed by the rector of the place. a friar, from the time of his remembrance, to
2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence ? this very instant disaster of his setting i the
1 Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, stoeks : And what think you he hath confess'a ? point from point, to the full arming of the verity. Ber. Nothing of me, has he?
2 Lord. I ain heartily sorry, that he'll be glad 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall of this.
be read to his face: if your lordship be in't, as, 1 Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make I believe, you are, you must have the patience us comforts of our losses !
to hear it. 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, we drown our gain in tears ! The great dignity, that his valour hath here acquired for him,
Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES. shall at home be encountered with a shame as Ber. A plague upon him! muffled ! he can ample.
say nothing of me; hush ! hush ! i Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled 2 Lord. Hoodman comes ! - Porto tartarossa. yarn, good and ill together : our virtues would 1 Sold. He calls for the tortures; What will be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and you say without 'em? our crimes would despair, if they were not che- Par. I will confess what I know, without conrished by our virtues.
straint; if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say
Enter a Servant.
1 Sold. Bosko chimurcho. How now? where's your master ?
2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco. Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of
1 Sold. You are a merciful general :-Ow gewhom he hath taken a solemn leave; his lord- neral bids you answer to what I shall ask you ship will next morning for France. The duke
out of a note. hath offered him letters of commendations to the
Par. And truly, as I hope to live. king.
i Sold. First demand of him, how many horse 2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful the duke is strong. What say you to that? there, if they were more than they can commend.
Par. Pive or six thousand; but very weak and
unserviceable: the troops are all scattered, and Enter BERTRAM.
the commanders very poor rogues, upon my re
putation and credit, and as I hope to live. 1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the 1 Sold. Shall I set down your answer so? king's tartness. Here's his lordship now.—How Par. Do; I'll take the sacrament on't, how now, my lord, is't not after midnight?
and which way you will. Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen busi- Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving nesses, a month's length a-piece, by an abstract slave is this ! of success: I have conge'd with the duke, done | Lord. You are deceived, my lord; this is my adieu with his nearest; buried a wife, monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that mourned for her; writ to my lady mother, I am was his own phrase,) that had the whole theoreturning ; entertained my convoy; and, be- rick of war in the knot of his scarf, and the practween these main parcels of despatch, effected tice in the chape of his dagger. inany nicer needs; the last was the greatest, 2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for but ihat I have not ended yet.
keeping his sword clean ; nor believe he can have 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, every thing in him, by wearing his apparel and this morning your departure hence, it re- neatly. quires haste of your lordship.
1 Sold. Well, that's set down. Ber. I mean the business is not ended, as Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, -I fearing to hear of it hereafter: But shall we will say true,-or thereabouts, set down, for have this dialogue between the fool and the sol- I'll speak truth. dier? -Come, bring forth this counterfeit mo- i Lord. He's very near the truth in this.
Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the na- Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir ; that ture he delivers it.
is an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.
one Diana, to take heed of the allurement of 1 Sold. Well, that's set down.
one count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a truth's a all that, very ruttish: I pray you, sir, put it up truth, the rogues are marvellous poor.
again. 1 Sold. Demand of him, of what strength they 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. are a-foot. What say you to that?
Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this honest in the behalf of the maid : for I knew present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: the young count to be a dangerous and lascivious Spurio a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, boy; who is a whale to virginity, and devours Corambus so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, up all the fry it finds. Cosmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two hundred and Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue ! fifty each : mine own company, Chitopher, Vau- 1 Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop mond, Bentii, two hundred and fifty each : 80 gold, and take it ; that the muster-file, rotten and sound, upon my After he scores he never pays
the life, amounts not to fifteen thousand poll; half Half won, is match well made ; match, and well of which dare not shake the snow from off their
make it ; cassocks, lest they shake themselves to pieces. He ne'er pays after debts, take it before ; Ber. What shall be done to him?
And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this, 1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss : Demand of him my conditions, and what credit For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, I have with the duke.
Who pays before, but not when he does owe it. 1 Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall de- Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear, mand of him, whether one captain Dumain be
PAROLLES. i'the camp, a Frenchman : what his reputation is Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, with the duke, what his valour, honesty, and ex- with this rhyme in his forehead. pertness in wars ; or whether he thinks it were 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the not possible, with well-weighing sums of gold, to manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. corrupt him to a revolt. What say you to this ? Ber. I could endure any thing before but a what do you know of it?
cat, and now he's a cat to me. Par. Í beseech you, let me answer to the par- i Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, ticular of the intergatories: Demand them singly, we shall be fain to hang you.
1 Sold. Do you know this captain Đumain? Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am
Par. I know him : he was a botcher's 'pren- afraid to die; but that, my offences being many, tice in Paris, from whence he was whipped for I would repent out the remainder of nature: lét getting the sheriff's fool with child; a dumb in- me live, sir, in a dungeon, i'the stocks, or anynocent, that could not say him nay.
where, so I may live. [ Dumain lifts up his hand in anger.
i sold. We'll see what may be done, so you Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; confess freely; therefore, once more to this capthough I know, his brains are forfeit to the next tain Dumain : You have answered to his reputile that falls.
tation with the duke, and to his valour ; what 1 Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of is his honesty? Florence's camp?
Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloisPar. Upon my knowledge he is, and lousy. ter; for rapes and ravishments he parallels
1 Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall Nessus. He professes not keeping of oaths; in hear of your lordship anon.
breaking them, he is stronger than Hercules. 1 Sold. What is his reputation with the duke? He will lie, sir, with such volubility, that you Par. The duke knows him for no other but a would think truth were a fool: drunkenness is poor officer of mine ; and writ to me this other his best virtue ; for he will be swine-drunk; day, to turn him out o'the band : I think, I have and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his his letter in my pocket.
bed-clothes about him ; but they know his con1 Sold. Marry, we'll search.
ditions, and lay him in straw. I have but little Par. In good sadness, I do not know; either more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has every it is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's thing, that an honest man should not have; other letters, in my tent.
what an honest man should have, he has no1 Sold. Here 'tis ; here's a paper : Shall I thing,
1 Lord, I begin to love him for this. Par. I do not know, if it be it, or no.
Ber. For this description of thine honesty? Ber. Our interpreter does it well.
A pox upon hinn for me, he is more and more | Lord. Excellently.
a cat. 1 Sold. Dian. The count's a fool, and full of 1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in war? gold,
Par. Faith, sir, he las led the drum befira
read it to you?
the English tragedians,-to belie him I will Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot? not,--and more of his soldiership I know not ; 1 Sold. If you could find out a country where except, in that country, he had the honour to but women were that had received so much be the officer at a place called Mile-end, to in- shame, you might begin an impudent nation. struet for the doubling of files: I would do the Fare you well, sir; I am for France, too; we man what honour I can, but of this I am not shall speak of you there.
Par. Yet am I thankful: if my heart were
great, that the rarity redeems him.
'Twould burst at this : Captain I'll be no more; Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still. But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft
1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, As captain shall: simply the thing I am I need not ask you if gold will corrupt him to Shall make me live. Who knows himself a brag. revolt.
gart, Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee- Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and That every braggart shall be found an ass. cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpe- Rust, sword ! cool, blushes ! and, Parolles, live tual succession for it perpetually.
Safest in shame ! being fool'd, by foolery thrive! 1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain There's place, and means, for every man alive. Dumain ?
I'll after them.
. 2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? 1 Soid. What's he?
SCENE IV.-Florence. A room in the Par. E'en a crow of the same nest ; not al
Widow's house. together so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his bro- Enter HELENA, Widow, and Diana. ther for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one Hel. That you may well perceive I have not of tlie best that is : In a retreat, he outruns any wrong'd you, lackey; marry, in coming on he has the cramp. One of the greatest in the Christian world
1 Šoid. If your life be saved, will you under- Shall be my surety ; 'fore whose throne, 'tis take to betray the Florentine?
needful, Por. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel: Rousillon.
Time was, I did him a desired office, 1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and Dear almost as his life ; which gratitude know his pleasure.
Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep forth, Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all And answer, thanks: I duly am inform'd, drums ! Only to seem to deserve well, and to His grace is at Marseilles ; to which place beguile the supposition of that lascivious young We have convenient convoy. You must know, boy, the count, have I run into this danger: I am supposed dead : the army breaking, Yet, who would have suspected an ambush My husband hies him home'; where, heaven where I was taken?
Aside. aiding, Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must And by the leave of my good lord the king, dic: the general says, you, that have so traitor- We'll be, before our welcome. ously discovered the secrets of your army, and Wid. Gentle madam, made such pestiferous reports of men very nobly You never had a servant, to whose trust held, can serve the world for no honest use; | Your business was more welcome. therefore you must die.—Come, headsman, off Hel. Nor you, mistress, with his head.
Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly labour Par. O Lord, sir ; let me live, or let me see To recompense your love; doubt not, but heaven
Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower, 1 Sold. That you shall, and take your leave As it hath fated her to be my motive of all your friends. [Unmuffling him. And helper to a husband. But O strange men! So, look about you; Know you any
here? That can such sweet use make of what they hate, Ber. Good-morrow, noble captain.
When saucy trusting of the cozen'd thoughts 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles. Defiles the pitchy night! so lust doth play 1 Lord. God save you, noble captain. With what it loaths, for that which is away:
2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to But more of this hereafter :-You, Diana, my lord Lafeu? I am for France.
Under my poor instructions yet must suffer í Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy Something in my behalf. of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the Lia. Let death and honesty count Rousillon ? an I were not a very coward, Go with your impositions, I am yours I'd compel it of you ; but fare you well. Upon your will to suffer.
[Ereunt Bertram, Lurds, &c. Hel. Yet, I pray you, 1 Sold. You are undone, captain : all but But with the word, the time will bring on suma your scarf, that has a knot on't yet.