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Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common Hel.
And ever shall speech
With true observance seck to eke out that,
To equal my great fortune.
Let that go : Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, My haste is very great: Farewell ; hie home. Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon. For present parting; only, he desires,
'Well, what would you say? Some private speech with you.
Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe; Ber.
I shall obey his will. Nor dare I say, 'tis mine ; and yet it is; You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal Which holds not colour with the time, nor does What law does vouch mine own. The ministration and required office
What would you have ? On my particular : prepar'd I was not
Hel. Something; and scarce so much : nothing, For such a business; therefore am I found
indeed. So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat you, I would not tell you what I would: my lordThat presently you take your way for liome; And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you : Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. For my respects are better than they seem;
Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. And my appointments have in them a need,
Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my Greater than shows itself, at the first view,
lord. To you that know them not. This to my mother : Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur?
[Giving a letter.
(Erit HELENA. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; so
Go thou toward home; where I will never come, I leave you to your wisdom.
Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum :Hel.
Sir, I can nothing say, Away, and for our flight. But that I am your most obedient servant.
Bravely, coragio! Ber. Come, come, no more of that.
'faith, yes ;
SCENE I. - Florence. A Room in the Duke's | SCENE II. - Rousillon. A Room in the CounPalace.
Enter COUNTESS and Clown. Flourish. Enter the DUKE OF FLORENCE, attended; two French Lords, and others.
Count. It hath bappened all as I would have had
it, save, that he comes not along with her. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have you Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a heard
very melancholy man. The fundamental reasons of this war;
Count. By what observance, I pray you? Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; And more thirsts after.
mend the ruff, and sing; ask questions, and sing; 1 Lord.
Holy seems the quarrel pick his teeth, and sing : I know a man that had this Upon your grace's part; black and fearful trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a song, On the opposer.
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin means to come.
[Opening a letter. France
Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom court; our old ling and our Isbels o' the country Against our borrowing prayers.
are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o' the 2 Lord.
Good my lord, court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and The reasons of our state I cannot yield,
I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with no But like a common and an outward man,
stomach. That the great figure of a council frames
Count. What have we here?
Clo. E'en that you have there.
Count. (Reads.] I have sent you a daughter-inAs often as I guess'd.
law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. I Duke. Be it his pleasure.
have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make 2 Lord. But I am sure,
the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away: of our na
know it, before the report come. If there be bread That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day,
enough in the world, I will hold a long distance. Come here for physick.
My duty to you.
Your unfortunate son,
BERTRAX Shall on them settle. You know your places well; This is not well, rash and unbridled boy, When better fall, for your avails they fell :
To fly the favours of so good a king; To-morrow to the field. (Flourish. Ereunt. | To pluck his indignation on thy head,
By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
Parolles, was't not? For the contempt of empire.
1 Gen. Ay, my good lady, he. Re-enter Clown.
Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wickedCia. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, be- My son corrupts a well-derived nature tween two soldiers and my young lady.
With his inducement. Csari. What is the matter?
Indeed, good lady, Cis. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, The fellow has a deal ot' that, too much, some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon
Which holds him much to have. as I thought he would.
Count. You are welcome, gentlemen, Count. Why should he be kill'd ? '
I will entreat you, when you see my son, Ca. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear To tell him that his sword can never win he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the The honour that he loses : more I'll entreat you Las of men, though it be the getting of children.
Written to bear along. Here they come, will tell you more : for my part, I
We serve you, madar., caly hear, your son was run away. (Exit Clown.
In that and all your worthiest affairs.
Count. Not so, but as we change our courtesies.
draw near? I Ger. Sare you, good madam. Hd. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone.
[Ereunt Countess and Gentlemen. 9 Gen. Do not say so.
Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing in France. Count. Think upon patience. —'Pray you, gen- Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France,
Nothing in France, until he has no wife !
Then hast thou all again. Poor lord ! ist I
Those tender limbs of thine to the event
That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou Florence :
Of smoky muskets ? O you leaden messengers, We met himn thitherward; from thence we came,
That ride upon the violent speed of fire,
Fly with false aim ; move the still-piercing air,
That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord ! Hd. Look on his letter, madam ; here's my pass
Whoever shoots at him, I set him there ; port.
Whoever charges on his forward breast, (Reeds.) When thou canst get the ring upon my fin- I am the caitiff, that do hold him to it; ger, which never shall come off, and show me a child And, though I kill him not, I am the cause begotten of thy body, that I am father to, then cail His death was so effected : better 'twere,
w kustand: but in such a then I write a never. I met the ravin lion when he roar'd This is a dreadful sentence.
With sharp constraint of hunger ; better 'twere Cant. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ?
That all the miseries, which nature owes, 1 Gen.
Ay, madam; Were mine at once: No, come thou home, RouAnd, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our pains.
sillon, Cant. I pr'ythee, lady, have a better cheer;
Whence honour but of danger wins a scar,
As oft it loses all; I will be gone :
Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, although
And angels offic'd all : I will be gone ; Count,
And to be a soldier ? That pitiful rumour may report my flight, 2 Gen. Such is his noble purpose : and, believe't, To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! The duke will lay upon him all the honour For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away. That good convenience claims.
Return you thither? SCENE III. – Florence. Before the Duke's 1 Gen. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of
Palace. speed. Hel (Reads.] Till I have no wife, I have nothing Flourish. Enter the Duke of FLORENCE, Ber
TRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others. in France. *Tis bitter.
Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and Coeni. Find you that there?
Ay, madam. Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence, 1 Gen. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply, Upon thy promising fortune. which
Sir, it is
A charge too heavy for my strength : but yet
Then go thou forth; Tilst twenty such rude boys might tend upon, And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him? As thy auspicious mistress ! 1 Ger. A servant only, and a gentleman
This very day, Which I have some time known.
Great Mars, I put myself into thy file :
Make me but like my thoughts ; and I shall prove Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice A lover of thy drum, hater of love. (Exeunt. ourselves with the report of it. Well
take heed of this French earl : the honour of a SCENE IV.. Rousillon. A Room in the maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as Countess's Palace.
Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have Enter Countess and Steward.
been solicited by a gentleman his companion. Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Paher?
rolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for Might you not know, she would do as she has the young earl. — Beware of them, Diana ; their done,
promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these By sending me a letter ? Read it again.
engines of lust, are not the things they go under: Stew. I am St. Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone :
many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the Ambitious love hath so in me offended,
misery is, example that so terrible shows in the That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon,
wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
succession, but that they are limed with the twigs Write, urite, that, from the bloody course of war,
that threaten them. I hope I need not to advise My dearest master, your dear son may hie;
you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will keep Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far,
you where you are, though there were no further His name with zealous fervour sanctify:
danger known, but the modesty which is so lost. His taken labours bid him me forgive;
Dia. You shall not need to fear me. 1, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth
Enter Helena, in the dress of a pilgrim. From courtly friends, with camping foes to live,
Wid. I hope so. Look, here comes a pilWhere death and danger dog the hecls of worth : He is too good and fair for death and me;
grim: I know she will lie at my house : thither Whom I myself embrace, to set him free.
they send one another ; I'll question her.
God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand. words!
Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you? Rinaldo, you did never lack advice so much,
Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port. As letting her pass so ; had I spoke with her, Hel. Is this the way? I could have well diverted her intents,
Ay, marry, is it. – Hark you ! Which thus she hath prevented.
(A march afar of Stew.
Pardon me, madam: They come this way: - If you will tarry, holy If I had given you this at over-night,
pilgrim, She might have been o'er-ta'en ; and yet she writes, But till the troops come by, Pursuit would be but vain.
I will conduct you where you shall be lodgid; Count.
What angel shall The rather, for, I think, I know your hostess
Is it yourself?
leisure. Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,
Wid. You came, I think, from France ? That he does weigh too light : my greatest grief, Hel.
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 Hearing so much, will speed her foot again, Led hither by pure love: which of them both Hel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense
him : To make distinction : Provide this messenger :- His face I know not. My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak;
Whatsoe'er he is, Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak. He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
[Exeunt. As 'tis reported, for the king had married him SCENE V. - Without the Walls of Florence.
Against his liking : Think you it is so ?
Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth ; I know huis A tucket afar off Enter an old Widow of Flo
lady. rence, Diana, VIOLENTA, Mariana, and other
Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count Citizens.
Reports but coarsely of her. Wid. Nay, come ; for if they do approach the Hel.
What's his name? city, we shall lose all the sight.
Dia. Monsieur Parolles. Dia. They say, the French count has done most Hel.
0, I believe with him, honourable service.
In argument of praise, or to the worth Wid. It is reported that he has taken their Of the great count himself, she is too mean greatest commander ; and that with his own hand To have her name repeated ; all her deserving he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our la- Is a reserved honesty, and that bour: they are gone a contrary way: hark ! you I have not heard examin'd. may know by their trumpets.
Alas, poor lady!
Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife
the owner of no one good quality worthy your lordOf a detesting lord.
ship's entertainment. F. A right good creature: wheresoe'er she is, 2 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, reposing Ha beart 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.
How do you mean? Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action Hay be, the amorous count solicits her
to try him. In the unlawful purpose.
2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his ul.
He does, indeed ; drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake And brokes with all that can in such a suit
to do. Carrupt the tender honour of a maid :
1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will sudBut she is arm'd for him, and keeps her guard denly surprize him; such I will have, whom I am In bonestest defence.
sure, he knows not from the enemy: we rill bind
and hood-wink him so, that he shall suppose no Enter, with drum and colours, a party of the Flo other but that he is carried into the leaguer of the rentine 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 That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son;
highest compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, Thast, Escalus.
and deliver all the intelligence in his power against Which is the Frenchman?
you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon Dia.
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 lor'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 enterDis. '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 Dries. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why is he the humour of his design : let him fetch off his melancholy?
drum in any hand. He. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle.
Ber. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks sorely Par. Lose our drum! well.
in your disposition. Ma. He's shrewdly vexed at something : Look, 2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a
drum. K. Marry, hang you !
Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum so Ma. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier ! lost ! - There was an excellent command ! to charge
(Éreunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Officers, in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend and Soldiers.
our own soldiers. The The troop is past: Come pilgrim, I will 2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the combring you
mand of the service; it was a disaster of war that What you shall host : of enjoin'd penitents
Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,
been there to command. Almade at my house.
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our sucI humbly thank you :
some dishonour we had in the loss of that Please it this matron, and this gentle maid, drum ; but it is not to be recovered. Toest with us to-night, the charge and thanking, Par. It might have been recovered. Sall be for me; and, to requite you further, Ber. It might, but it is not now. I will bestow some precepts on this virgin,
Par. It is to be recovered : but that the merit of
service is seldom attributed to the true and exact Bere. We'll take your offer kindly. performer, I would have that drum or another, or
[Ereunt. hic jacet.
Ber. Wly, if you have a stomach to't, monSCENE VI. - Camp before Florence. sieur, if you think your mystery in stratagem can
bring this instrument of honour again into his naEnter BERTRAN, and the two French Lords.
tive quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and I Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't ; let go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy ex
ploit : if you speed well in it, the duke shall both Inde If your lordship find him not a hilding, speak of it, and extend to you what further becomes had rae no more in your respect.
his greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your I Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
worthiness. He. Do you think, I am so far deceived in him ? Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. I Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him Par. I'll about it this evening : and I will prea my kinetan, he's a most notable coward, an in- sently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself tsite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, in my certainty, put myself into my mortal prepar
be bas spied us.
Fathy the note.
in bare his way.
ation, and, by midnight, look to hear further from I know not how I shall assure you further,"
But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well are gone about it?
born, Par. I know not what the success will be, my Nothing acquainted with these businesses ; lord; but the attempt I vow.
And would not put my reputation now Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and to the possi- In any staining act. bility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Hel. .
Nor would I wish you. Farewell.
First, give me trust, the count he is my husband; Par. I love not many words.
[Exit. And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken, 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water. - - Is Is so, from word to word ; and then you cannot, not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so confi- By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, dently seems to undertake this business, which he Err in bestowing it. knows is not to be done ; damns himself to do, and Wid.
I should believe you ; dares better be damned than to do't.
For you have show'd me that, which well approve 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we You are great in fortune. do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a Hel.
Take this purse of gold, man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal of And let me buy your friendly help thus far, discoveries; but when you find him out, you have which I will over-pay, and pay again, him ever after.
When I have found it. The count he wooes your Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed
daughter, at all of this, that so seriously be does address him- Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, self unto ?
Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent, 1 Lord. None in the world; but return with an As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, invention, and clap upon you two or three probable Now his important blood will nought deny lies : but we have almost embossed him, you shall That she'll demand: A ring the county wears, see his fall to-night: for, indeed, he is not for your That downward hath succeeded in his house, lordship's respect.
From son to son, some four or five descents 2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the In most rich choice ; yet, in his idle fire, old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, tell me what a sprat you shall find him ; which you Howe'er repented after. shall see this very night.
Now I see 1 Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be The bottom of your purpose. caught.
Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more, Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, 1 Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave you. Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter ;
[Erit. | In fine, delivers me to fill the time, Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show Herself most chastely absent; after this, you
To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns The lass I spoke of.
To what is past already. 2 Lord. But, you say, she's honest. Wid.
I have yielded : Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once, Instruct my daughter how she shall persever, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her, That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, By this same coxcomb that we have i'tlre wind, May prove coherent. Every night he comes Tokens and letters which she did re-send;
With musicks of all sorts, and songs compos'd And this is all I have done : She's a fair creature ; To her unworthiness: It nothing steads us, Will you go see her ?
To chide him from our caves; for he persists, 2 Lord,
With all my heart, my lord. As if his life lay on't.
Why then, to-night
Let us assay our plot; which, if it speed, SCENE VII. - Florence.' A Room in the Is wicked mcaning in a lawful decd, Widow's House.
And lawful meaning in a lawful act;
Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact :
(Eseur Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she,
SCENE I. - Without the Florentine Camp.: seem to understand him; unless some one amo
us, whom we must produce for an interpreter. Enter first Lord, with five or sir Soldiers in
1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter ambush.
1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him? knows 1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this not thy voice ? hedge' corner : When you sally upon him, speak I Sold. No, sir, I warrant you. what terrible language you will; though you under- 1 Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to spus stand it not yourselves, no matter ; for we must not to us again?