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243 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water.--Is Now his important* blood will noaght deny sot this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so That she'll demand: A ring the county+ wears, tonfidentiy seems to undertake this business, That downward hath succeeded in his house, *hich he knows is not to be done; damns him- From son to son, some four or five descents helf to do, and dares better be damned than io Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds do't.
In most rich choice; yet, in his idle tire, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, we do: certain it is, that he will steal himself Howe'er repented after. into a man's favour, and, for a week, escape a
Wid. Now I see great deal of discoveries; but when you find the bottom of your purpose. him out, you have him ever after.
Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more, Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, deed at all of this, that so seriously he does Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; address himself unto?
In fine, delivers me to fill the time, 1 Lord. None in the world; but return with Herself most chastely absent: after this, an invention, and clap upon you two or three To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns probable lies: but we have almost embossed To what is past already. him,* you shall see his fall to-night; for, in- Wid. I have yielded : deed, he is not for your lordship’s respect. Instruct my daughter how she shall perséver,
2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked May prove coherent. Every night he comes by the old lord Lafeu: when his disguise and With musicks of all sorts, and songs compos'd he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall To her unworthiness: It nothing steads us, find him; which you shall see this very night. To chide him from our eaves ;for he persists,
1 Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall | As if his life lay on't. be caught.
Hel. Why then, to-night
Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed, 1 Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave And lawful meaning in a lawful act; you.
[Exit. Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact: Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and But let's about it.
[Exeunt. The lass I spoke of.
(show you 2 Lord. But, you say, she's honest.
ACT IV. Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her SCENE 1.-Without the Florentine Camp.
but once, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to
Enter first LORD, with five or sir Soldiers in
ambush. her, By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind,
1 Lord. He can come no other way but by Tokens and letters which she did re-send;
this hedge' corner: When you sally upon him, And this is all I have done : She's a fair crea- speak what terrible language you will; though Will you go see her?
you understand it not yourselves, no matter: 2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord.
for we must not seem to understand him; un(Exeunt.
less some one among us, whom we must pro
duce for an interpreter. SCENE VII.-Florence.-A Room in the 1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interWidow's House.
preter. Enter HELENA and WIDOW.
1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him? knows
he not thy voice? Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she,
1 Sold. No, Sir, I warrant you. I know not how I shall assure you further,
1 Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.I
speak to us again? Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was 1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me. well born,
1 Lord. He must think us some band of Nothing acquainted with these businesses;
strangers i’the adversary's entertainment. And would not put my reputation now Now he hath a smack of all neighbouring lanIn any staining act. Hel. Nor would I wish you.
guages; therefore we must every one be a man First, give me trust, the count he is my hus- one to another; so we seem to know, is to
of his own fancy, not to know what we speak band;
[ken, know straight our purpose: chough's lanAnd, what to your sworn counsel I have spo-guage, gabble enough, and good enough. As Is so, from word to word; and then you can for you, interpreter, you must seem very politic. not,
But couch, ho! here he comes; to beguile two By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear Err in bestowing it.
the lies he forges. Wid. I should believe you; For you have show'd me that, which well ap
Enter PAROLLES. You are great in fortune.
(proves Par. Ten o'clock : within these three hours Hel. Take this purse of gold,
'twill be time enough to go home. What shall And let me buy your friendly help thus far, I say I have done? It must be a very plausive Which I will over-pay, and pay again, invention that carries it: They begin to smoke When I have found it. The count he wooes me; and disgraces have of late knocked too your daughter,
often at my door. I find, my tongue is too fool-
* Importunate. + I.e. Count.
I From under our windows. * Hunted him down. + Before we strip him naked.
1. e Foreign troops in the enemy's pay. I •. By discovering herself to the count.
# A bird like a jack-daw.
fore it, and of his creatures, not daring the re- Till we do hear from them. rorts of iny tongue.
2 Sold. Captain I will. 1 Iord. This is the first truth that e'er thine 1 Lord. He will betray us all unto our. own tongue was guilty of. [Aside. | Inform 'em that.
[selves ;Par. What the devil should move me to un- 2 Sold. So I will, Sir. kertake the recovery of this drum; being not 1 Lurd. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and gaorant of the impossibility, and knowing I
[Exeunt. vad no such purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and say, I got them in exploit: Yet SCENE 11.--Florence.-A Room in the slight ones will not carry it: They will say,
Enter BERTRAM and DIANA.
Ber. They told me, that your name was
Fontibell. zet's mule, if you prattle me into these perils. 1 Lord. Is it possible, he should know what
Dia. No, my good lord, Diana.
Ber. Titled goddess; he is, and be that he is ?
[Aside. Pai. I would the cutting of my garments In your fine frame hath love no quality ?
And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul, would serve the turn; or the breaking of my It the quick fire of youth light not your mind, Spanish sword. 1 Lord. We cannot afford you so.
You are no maiden, but a monument:
[Aside. When you are dead, you should be such a one Par. Or the baring of my beard ; and to say,
; it was in stratagem.
As you are now, for you are cold and stern; 1 Lord. "Twould not do.
And now you should be as your mother was,
[Aside. When your sweet self was got. Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say, I was
Dia. She then was honest. stripped. i Lord. Hardly serve.
Ber. So should you be.
Dia. No: Par. Though I swore I leaped from the win- My mother did but duty; such, my lord, dow of the citadeli Lord. How deep?
As you owe to your wife.
Ber. No more of that! Par. Thirty fathom. í Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make I was compelled to her; but I love thee
I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows :* that be believed.
(Aside. Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemy's; Do thee all rights of service.
By love's own sweet constraint, and will for I would swear, I recovered it.
[ever 1 Lord. You shall hear one anon. [Aside.
Diu. Ay, so you serve us, Par. A druni now of the enemy's !
Till we serve you : but when you have our
roses, [Alarum within. You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, 1 Lord. Throca morousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. And mock us with our bareness. All. Cargo, cargo, rillianda par corbo, cargo.
Ber. How have I sworn ? Par. O ! ransom, ransom:-Do not hide mine eyes. [They seize him and blindfold him.
Diu. 'Tis not the many oaths that make the
truth; 1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos. Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment.
But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. And I shall lose my life for want of language : But take the Highest to witness :t Then, pray
What is not holy, that we swear not by,
you, tell me,
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes, I will discover that which shall undo The Florentine.
I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths,
When I did love you ill? this has no holding,, 1 Sold. Boskos raupado : I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue :
To swear by him whom I protest to love,
That I will work against him: Therefore, your
oaths Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards Are words, and poor conditions; but unseald; Are at thy boso..
At least, in my opinion. Par. Oh!
Ber. Change it, change it;
Be not so holy cruel : love is holy;
And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts, 1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee That you do charge men with : Stand no more
But give thyself unto my sick desires, [off, yet; And, hood-wink'd as thou art, willlead thee on
Who then recover: say, thou art mine, and ever To gather from thee : haply thou may'st inform My love, as it begins, shall so perséver. Something to save thy lite.
Diu. I see, that men make hopes, in such affairs,
(ring. Par. 1, let me live,
That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that And all the secrets of our camp I'll show Their force their purposes : nay, I ll speak that i To give it from me.
Ber. I'll lend it thee my dear, but have no
(power Which you will wonder at. Sold. But wii: thou faithfully
Du. Will you not, my word
Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, Par. If I do not, damn me. 1 Sold. Acordo linta.
Bequeathed down from inany ancestors : Come on, thou art granted space.
Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world [Exit, with Parolles guarded. In me to lose,
Dia, Mine honour's such a ring: 1 Lord. Gr, tell the count Rousillon, and my brother,
* I. e. Against his determined resolution perer to co We bave caught the woodcock, aud will keep habit with Helena."
+ The sense is we never swear lry what is not hok. * The proof.
but take to witness the Highest, the Divinity.
245 My chastity's the jewel of our house,
be trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We Bequeathed down from many ancestors ; shall not then have bis company to-night? which were the greatest obloquy i'the world 2 Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is In me to lose: Thus your own proper wisdom dieted to his hour. Brings in the champion honour on iny part, 1 Lord. That approaches apace: I would Against your vain assault.
gladly have him see his company* anatomizeil; Ber. Here, take my ring:
that he might take a measure of his ov!!! My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, judgements, wherein so curiously he had set And I'll be bid by thee.
this counterfeit. Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my 2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till lie chamber window ;
come; for his presence must be the whip of the
1 Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are Adieu, till then; then, fail not: You have won not altogether of his council. A wife of me, though there my hope be done. 2 Lord. Let it be forbid, Sir! so should I be Ber. A heaven on earth I have won, by a great deal of his act. wooing thee.
[Exit. 1 Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, Dia. For which live long to thank both filed from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimheaven and me!
age to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy You may so in the end.-
undertaking, with most anstere sanctimony, My mother told me just how he would woo, she accomplished: and, there residing, the As if she sat in his heart; she says, all men tenderness of her nature became as a prey to Have the like oaths: he had sworn to marry her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last me,
[hini, breath, and now she sings in heaven. When bis wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with 2 Lurd. How is this justified ? When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so
i Lord. The stronger part of it by her own braid,*
letters; which makes her story true, cven to Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid:
the point of her death : her death itself, which Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin
could not be her office to say, is come, was To cozen him, that would unjustly win. (Exit. faithfully confirmed by the rector of the place. SCENE III.—The Florentine Camp.
2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence?
1 Lord. Ay, and the particular contirmations, Enter the two French Lords, and two or three point from point, to the full arming of the Soldiers.
verity. 1 Lord. You have not given him his mother's
2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad letter?
of this. 2 Lord. I have delivered it an hour since: 1 Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make there is something in't that stings his nature;
us comforts of our losses ! for, on the reading it, he changed almost into
2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, another man.
we drown our gain in tears! The great dignity, 1 Lord. He has much worthy blame laid that his valour hath here acquired for him, upon him, for shaking off so good a wite, and shall at home be encountered with a shame as so sweet a lady.
ample. 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the ever
| Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled lasting displeasure of the king, who had even yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would tuned his bounty to sing happiness to him. I be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and will tell you a thing, but you shall let it dwell our crimes would despair, if they were no darkly with you.
cherish'd by our virtues.1 Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and I am the grave of it.
Enter a SERVANT. 2 Lord. He hath porverted a young gentle- How now? where's your master ? woman here in Florence, of a most chaste re
Serr. He met the duke in the street, Sir, of cown; and this night he fleshes his will in the whom he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordspoil of her honour : he hath given her his mo- ship will next morning for France. The duke numental ring, and thinks himself made in the hath offered him letters of commendations to unchaste composition.
the king: 1 Lord. Now, God delay our rebellion; as
2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful we are ourselves, what things are we! 2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in there, if they were more than they can conie
mend. the common course of all treasons, we still see them reveal themselves, till they attain to tbeir
Enter BERTRAM. abhorred ends ; so he, that in this action contrives against his own nobility, in his proper king's tariness. Here's his lordship now. How
I Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the stream o'erflows himself.t 1 Lord. Is it not meant damnable: in us, to
now my lord, is't not after midnight?
Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen busi* Crafty, deceitful.
nesses, a month's length a-peice, by an abstract +1.e. Betrays his own secrets in his own talk. i Here, ricewhere, ed adverbially,
* For companion.
of success: I have conge'd with the duke, done 1 Sold. Well, that's set down. my adieu with his nearest; buried a wife, Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, mourned for her; writ to my lady mother, I I will say true,-or thereabouts, set down, am returning; entertained my convoy; and, for I'll speak truth. between these main parcels of despatch, ef- 1 Lord. He's very near the truth in this. fected many nicer needs; the last was the Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the greatest, but that I have not ended yet. nature he delivers it.
2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, Pur. Poor rogues, I pray you, say. and this morning your departure hence, it re- 1 Sold. Well, that's set down. quires haste of your lordship.
Par. I humbly thank you, Sir: a truth's Ber. I mean the business is not ended, as truth, the rogues are marvellous poor. fearing to hear of it hereafter: But shall we 1 Sold. Demand of him, of what strength they have this dialogue between the fool and the are a-foot. What say you to that? soldier?- -Come, bring forth this counterfeit Par. By my troth, Sir, if I were to live this module ;* he has deceived me, like a double- present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: meaning prophesier.
Spurio a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, 2 Lord. Bring him forth : [E.reunt Soldiers.] Corambus so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, he has sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant Cosmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two hundred knave.
fifty each: mine own company, Chitopher, VauBer. No matter; his heels have deserved it, mond, Bentii, two hundred and fifty each: so in usurping his spurst so long. How does he that the muster-file, rotten and sound, upon my carry himself?
life, amounts not to fifteen thousand poll; half i Lord. I have told your lordship already; of which dare not shake the snow from off their the stocks carry him. But, to answer you as you cassocks,* lest they shake themselves to pieces. would be understood; he weeps, like a wench Ber. What shall be done to him? that had shed her milk : he hath confessed 1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. himself to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a Deinand of him my conditions, and what friar, from the time of his remembrance, to this credit I have with the duke. very instant disaster of his setting i'the stocks: 1 Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall And what think you he hath confessed ? demand of him, whether one Captain Dumain be Ber. Nothing of me, has he?
i'the camp, a Frenchman; what his reputation is 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall with the duke, what his valour, honesty, and exbe read to his face: if your lordship be in't, pertness in wars; or whether he thinks, it were as, I believe you are, you must have the pa- not possible, with well-weighing sums of gold, to tience to hear it.
corrupt him to a rerolt. What say you to this?
what do you know of it? Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES. Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the
particular of the intergatories :| Demand them Ber. A plague upon him! muffled! he can
singly. say nothing of me; hush! hush!
1 Sold. Do you know this captain Dumain ? í Lord. Hoodman comes ! - Porto tartarossa. Par. I know him: he was a botcher's pren
1 Sold. He calls for the tortures; What will tice in Paris, from whence he was whipped for you say without 'em ? Par. I will confess what I know without innocent,ll that could not say him, nay:
getting the sheriff's foolộ with child; a dumb constraint; if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can
[DUMAIN lifts up his hand in anger. say no more.
Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; i Sold. Bosko chimurcho.
though I know, his brains are forfeit to the 2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco.
next tile that falls. 1 Sold. You are a merciful general :-Our general bids you answer to what I shall ask Florence's camp?
1 Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of you out of a note.
Par. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy. Par. And truly, as I hope to live. i Sold. First demand of him how many horse hear of your lordship anon.
1 Lord. 'Nay, look not so upon me; we shall the duke is strong. What say you to that?
1 Sold. What is his reputation with the duke? Par. Five or six thousand; but very weak Par. The duke knows him for no other but a and unserviceable: the troops are all scattered, poor officer of mine; and writ to me this other and the commanders very poor rogues, upon day, to turn him out o’the band : I think, I my reputation and credit, and as I hope to have his letter in my pocket. live.
1 Sold. Marry, we'll search. 1 Sold. Shall I set down your answer so?
Pur. In good sadness, I do not know ; either Par. Do; I'll take the sacrament on't, how it is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's and which way you will.
other letters, in my tent. Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving
1 Sold. Here 'tis; here's a paper? Shall I slave is this !
read it to you? 1 Lord. You are deceived, my lord ; this is Par. I do not know, if it be it, or no. monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that
Ber. Our interpreter does it well. was his own phrase,) that had the whole theo
1 Lord. Excellently. rict of war in the knot of his scarf, and the
1 Sold. Dian. The count's a fool, and full of practice in the chapes of his dagger.
gold, 2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for
Par. That is not the duke's letter, Sir; that ieeping his sword clean; nor believe he can is an advertisement to a proper maid in Flolave every thing in him, by wearing his ap- rence, one Diana, to take heed of the allureParel neatly. * Model, patern.
* Cassock then signified a horseman's loose coat. 4 An allusion to the degradation of a knight by hacking Disposition and character. For interrogatoria bis spurs.
An ideot under the care of the sherift * Theory.
The point of the scabbard. | A natural fool
ment of one count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, | I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him 3 but, for all that very ruttish: I pray you, Sir, revolt. put it up again.
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu* he will sell the 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. tee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of
Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and honest in the behalf of the maid: for I knew a perpetual succession for it perpetually. the young count to be a dangerous and lasci- 1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain vious boy; who is a whale to virginity, and Dumain? devours up all the fry it finds.
2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue!
1 Sold. What's he? 1 Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not al. gold, and take it;
together so great as the first in goodness, but After he scores, he never pays the score: greater a great deal in evil. He excels his Half won, is match weil mude ; mutch, and well brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputmake it ;*
ed one of the best that is: In a retreat he outHe ne'er pays after debts, take it before ; runs any lackey; marry, in coming on he has And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,
a Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss :
1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you under. For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, take to betray the Florentine? Who pays before, but not when he does owe it, Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Thine, as he cow'd to thee in thine ear, Rousillon.
PAROLLES. 1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, know his pleasure. with this rhyme in his forehead.
Par. I'll no more drumming: a plague of all 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, Sir, the drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. beguile the suppositiont of that lascivious
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a young boy the count, have I run into this dancat, and now he's a cat to me.
ger: Yet, who would have suspected an ami Sold. I perceive, Sir, by the general's bush where I was taken?
(Aside. looks, we shall be fain to hang you.
1 Sold. There is no remedy, Sir, but you Par. My life, Sir, in any case: not that I am must die: the general says, you, that have so afraid to die; but that, my offences being traitorously discuvered the secrets of your many, I would repent out the remainder of army, and made such pestiferous reports of nature: let me live, Sir, in a dungeon, i'the men very nobly held, can serve the world for stocks, or any where, so I may live.
no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, 1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you headsman, off with his head. confess freely; therefore, once more to this Par. O Lord, Sir; let me live, or let me see captain Dumain: You have answered to his my death! reputation with the duke, and to his valour: 1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave What is his honesty?
of all your friends.
[Unmuffling him. Par. He will steal, Sir, an egg out of a clois. So look about you; Know you any here? ter ;t for rapes and ravishments he parallels Ber. Good morrow, noble captain. Nessus. He professes not keeping of oaths; 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles. in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercu- 1 Lord. God save you, noble captain. les. He will lie, Sir, with such volubility, 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to that you would think truth were a fool : drunk- my lord Lafeu? I am for France. enness is his best virtue; for he will be swine- 1 Lord. Good captain, will you give me a drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf save to his bed-clothes about him; but they of the count Rousillon? an I were not a very know his conditions, and lay him in straw. coward, I'd compel it of you; but fair you I have but little more to say, Sir, of his ho- well.
[Exeunt BERTRAM, LORDS, &c. nesty: he has every thing that an honest man 1 Sold. You are undone, captain : all but should not have; what an honest man should your scarf, that has a knot on't yet. have, he has nothing.
Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot? 1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.
1 Sold. If you could find out a country where Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? but women were that had received so much A pox upon him for me, he is more and more shame, you might begin an impudent nation.
Fare you well, Sir; I am for France too, we 1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in shall speak of you there.
Par. Yet am I thankful; if my heart werá Par. Faith, Sir, he has led the drum before
great, the English tragedians,--to belie him, I will 'Twould burst at this : Captain, I'll be no more; not,-and more of his soldiership I know not; | But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft except, in that country, he had the honour to As captain shall: simply the thing I am be the officer at a place there callid Mile-end, Shall make me live. "Who knows himself a to instruct for the doubling of files: I would do
braggart, the man what honour I can, but of this I am Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, pot certain.
That every braggart shall be found an ass. 1 Lord. He hath out-villained villany so far, Rust, sword ! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, that the rarity redeems him.
(thrive! Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.
Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery i Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, There's place, and means, for every man * I. e. A match well made is half won; make your
alive. match therefore, bat make it well.
I'll after them.
[Exx. +1.e. He will steal any thing however trifting, from aay place however holy.
* The fourth part of the smaller French cro The Centaur killed ly Hercuks.
+ To deceive the opinion,