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And be perform'd to-night: the solemn seast there's news for you; you have a new mistress. Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Par. I most unseignedly beseech your lordship Expecling absent friends. As thou lov'st her, to make some reservation of your wrongs: He is Thy love's to me religious; clsc, docs err. my good lord : whom I serve above, is my master. (Exeunt King, Bertram, Hclena, Lords, and Laf. Who? God? allendants.
Par. Ay, sir. Laf. Do you hear, monsicur? a word with you. Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why Par. Your pleasure, sir ?
dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his make hose of thy siceves ? do other servants so? recintation.
Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose Par. Recantation ?- My lord ? my master ? stands. By mine honour, if I were but two hours Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak? younger, I'd beat thee: incthinks, thou art a gene
Pur. A most harsh one; and not to be under-ral offence, and every man should beat thee. I stood without bloody succeiding. My master? think, thou wast crcated for men to breath them.
Iaf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon?selves upon thec.
Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my
lord. Laf. To what is count's man; count's master is Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for of another stylc.
picking a kernel out of a pomegrante ; you are a Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you vagabond, and no true traveller: you are more are too old.
saucy with lords, and honourable personages, lhian Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you which title age cannot bring thee.
commission. You are not worth another word, else Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. I'd call you knave. I leave you.
(Ezil. Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries,' to be
Enler Bertram. a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel ; it mighit pass : yet the scarfs,
Par. Good, very good ; it is so then.-Good, and the bannerets, about thce, did manifoldly dis- very good; let it be conccaled a while. suade me from believing thee a vessel of too great Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose
Par. What is the matter, sweet heart? thee again, I care not: yct art thou good for no- Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have thing but taking up; and ihat thou art scarcc worth.
Sworn, Puz. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity I will not bed her. upon thre,
Par. What? what, sweet heart? Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest
Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me:thou hasten thy trial; which if-Lord have mercy
I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. on thce for a hen! So, my good window of lattice,
Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more mcrits fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, for The tread of a man's foot: to the wars! I look through thee. Give me thy hand.
Ber. There's letters from any mother; what the Par. My lord, you give me most egregious in
import is, dignity.
I know not yet. Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy
Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars, of it.
my boy, to the wars ! Par. I have not, my lord, descrved it.
He wcars his honour in a box unseen, Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I Thathugs his kicksy-wicksya here at home; will not bale ihce a scruple.
Spending his manly marrow in her arms, Par. Well, I shall be wiscr.
Which should sustain the bound and high curvet Laf. E'en ás soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ! pullát a smack o' the contrary. if ever thou best France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jades; bound in thy scars, and beaten, thou shalt tind what Therefore, to the war! it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire
Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, to hold my acquaintance with ther, or rather my Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, knowledge; that I may say, in the default," he is á And wherefore I am fled; write to the king man I know.
That which I durst not speak: His present gift Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable Shall furnish me to these Italian fields, vexation.
Where noble fellows strike: War is no strife Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sakc, and To the dark house, and the detested wise. my poor doing eternal: for doing Lain past; as I
Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure ? will by thec, in what motion age will give me leave.
Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise mc.
[Eril.!!!! send her straight away: To-morrow Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis- I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !
Par. Whv, these bulls bound: there's noise in it. Well, I must be patient; there is un feitering or
-"Tis hard ; authority. I'll beat him, by iny life, if I can meci A young man, married, is a man that's marrid: him with any convenience, an he were double and Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go: double a lord. I'll have no inore pity of his age, The king has done you wrong; but, hiush! 'tis so. than I would have of—I'll beat him, an if I could
(Eretini. but meet him again.
SCENE IV.-The same. Another room in the Re-enler Laleu.
same. Enter Ilelena and Clown.
Hel. My mother grecis me kindly: Is she well ? Laf. Sirrah,, your lord and master's married, Clo. Shic is not well; but yet she has her health; (1) i. e. While I sat twice with thec at dinner (3) Esercisc. (4) A cant term for a wife. (2) At a need.
15) The house made gloomy by discontent.
she's very merry; but yet she is not well: but. Ber. I do as sure you, my lord, he is very great thanks be given, she's very well, and wants nothing in knowledge, and accordingly valiant. i' the world; but yet she is not well.
Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, that and iransgressed against his valour; and my staté she's not very well ?
that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, bat for two my heart to repent. Here he comes; I pray you, things.
make us friends. I will pursue the amity. Hel. What two things ?
Enter Parolles. Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither God send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth, Par. These things shall be done, sir. from whencc God send her quickly!
[To Bertram. Enter Parolles.
Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?
Par. Sir ? Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!
Laf. O, I know him well: Ay, sir; he, sir, is a He. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have
good workman, a very good tailor. mine own good fortunes. Par. You had my prayers to lead them on: and
Ber. Is she gone to ihe king? [Aside to Parolles.
Par, She is. to keep them on, have them still.-0, my knave!
Ber. Will she away to-night ? llow does my old lady?
Par. As you'll have her. Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her
Ber. I have writ my letters, casketlcd my trcamoney, I would she did as you say. Par. Why, I say nothing.
Given order for our horses; and to-night, Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many When I should take possession of the bride, a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing : And, cre I do begin, To say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, Laf. A good traveller is something at the latand to have nothing, is to be a great part of your ter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds, lille; which is within a very little of nothing.
and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings Par. Away, thou art a knave. Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knavc with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.
God save you, captain. hou art a knave; that is, before me thou art a
Ber. Is there any unkindness between my.lord knave: this had been truth, sir.
and you, monsieur ? Pur. Goto, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.
Par. Í know not how I have deserved iu ra? Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir ? or were
into my lord's displeasure. you taught to find me? The scarch, sir, was profitable; and much fool may you find in you, even to
Laf. You have made shift to run into't, bools the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. custard; and out of it you'll run again, rather
and spurs, and all, like him that leap'd into the Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed.-
than sufler question for your residence. Madam, my lord will go away to-night;
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord. A very serious business calls on him.
Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at The great prerogative and rite of love, Which, as your due, time claims, he docs acknow this of me, There can be no kernel in this liplit
his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe But puts it off' by a compelld restraint;
nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept
of them tame, and know their nature's.-Farewell, sweets, Which they distil now in the curbed time,
monsieur: I have spoken better of you, than you To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy,
have or will deserve at my hand; but we must do And pleasure drown the brim.
good against evil.
[Exit. Hel. What's his will clse?
Par. An idle Icrd, I swear.
Ber. I think so. Par. That you will take your instant leave o'! the king,
Par. Why, do you not know him? And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common Strengthen'd with that apology you think
speech May make it probable need.'
Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
Ilel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,
Spoke with the king, and have procard his leave Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. Par. I shall report it so.
For present parting; only, he desires
Some private speech with you.
I shall obey his will. (Exeunt. You must not marvel, Helen, at iny course, SCENE V. Another room in the same. Enter which holds not colour with the time, nor does Laleu and Bertram.
The ministration and required slice
On my particular: prepard I was not Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a For such a business; therefore am I found soldier.
So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat you, Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. That presently you take your way for home; Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. And rather mise, 3 than ask, why I entreat you: Ber. And by other warranted testimony. for my respects are better than they seem; Laf. Then my dial goes not true; I took this And my appointments have in them a need, lark for a bunting, a
but has little or no song, which gives estimation to (1) A specious appearance of necessity. the sky-lark. (2) The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark ;l (3) Wonder,
Greater than shows itself, at the first view, And all the honours, that can fly from us,
(Giving a leller. When better fall, for your avails they fell : 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; so To-morrow to the field. (Flourish. Exeunt. I leave you to your wisdom. Hel. Sir, I can nothing say,
SCENE II.-Rousillon. A room in the Countess's But that I am your most obedient servant.
Palace. Enler Countess and Clown. Ber. Come, come, no more of that.
Count. It hath happened all as I would have Hel.
And ever shall had it, save, that he comes not along with her. With true observance seek to eke out that,
Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd very melancholy man. To equal my great fortune.
Count. By what observance, I pray you ? Ber.
Let that go:
Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home. mend the ruil, and sing; ask questions, and sing; Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
pick his teeth, and sing: I know a man that had Ber.
Well, what would you say? Lihis trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe;'
a song Nor dare I say, 'lis mine ; and yet it is ;
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he But, like a timorous thief, most sain would steal means to come.
[Opening a letter. What law does vouch mine own.
Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Ber.
What would you have ? court: our old ling, and our Isbcls o' the country, He. Something; and scarce so much :--nothing, are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o indeed.
the court : tho brains of my cupid's knocked out; I would not tell you what I would : my lord—'faith, and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, yes;
with no stomach. Strangers, and focs, do sunder, and not kiss. Count. What have we here? Ber. ! pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Clo. E'en that you have there.
(Erit. llel. I shall not break your bidding, good iny Count. [Reads.) I hare sent you a daughier-inlord.
laro : she hath recovered the king, and undont me. Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?- I have wedded her, not bedded her; and stoorn lo Farewell,
[Erit Helena. make the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run Go thou toward home; where I will never come, away; knoro it, before the report come. If there Whilet I can shake my sword, or hear the drum :-be breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long Away, and for our flight,
distance. My duty to you. Par. Bravely, coragio! (Exc.
Your unfortunate son,
BERTRAM. This is not well, rash and unbridled boy, ACT NI. .
To fly the favours of so good a king;
To pluck his indignation on thy head, SCENE 1.--Florence. A room in the Duke's By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
Palace. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, For the contempt of empire. allended; two French Lords, and others.
Re-enter Clown. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within,
you heard The fundamental reasons of this war;
between two soldiers and my young
. Whose great decision hath much blood let forth,
Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, And more thirsts after.
some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon 1 Lord. Holy seems the quarrel
as I thought he would. Upon your grace's part; black and fearful On the opposer.
Count. Why should he be kill'd ? Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin he does: the danger is in standing to't, that's the
Clo. So say 1, madam, if he run away, as I hcar France
loss of men, though it be the getting of children, Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Here they come, will tell you more : for my part, I Against our borrowing prayers. 2 Lord.
only hear, your son was run away. (E.cil Clown.
Good my lord, The reasons of our state I cannot yield, 2
Enter Helena and two Gentlemen. But like a common and an outward man,
1 Gent. Save you, good madam. That the great figure of a council frames
Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. By self-unable motion : therefore dare not
2 Gent. Do not say so. Say what I think of it; since I have found
Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, genMyself in my uncertain grounds to fail
tlemen,As often as I guess'd.
I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief, Druike. Be it his pleasure.
That the first face of neither, on the start, 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our na-Can woman me unto't :- Where is my son, I pray ture,
you? That surfeit
on their ease, will, day by day, 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Come here for physic.
Florence : Duke, Welcome shall they be; We met him thitherward; from thence we came,
And, after some despatch'in hand at court, (1) Possess. 2) 1. e. I cannot inform you of the reasons, (5) The folding at the top of the boot. One not in the secret of affairs.
(6) i, e. Affect" me suddenly and deeply, as our (4) As we say at present, our young fellows. acx are usually affected,
Thither we bend again.
That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou Hel. Look on this letter, madam; here's my Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark passport.
or smoky muskets ? O you leaden messengers, (Reads.] when thou canst get the ring upon my That ride upon the violent speed of fire, finger, which never shall come off, and show me Fly with false aim; move the still-piercing air, a child begotten of thy body, that I am father to, That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord! then call me husband: but in such a then I write Whoever shoots at him, I set him there;
Whoever charges on his forward breast, This is a dreadful sentence.
I am the caitiff, that do hold him to it; Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ? And, though I kill him not, I am the cause I Gent.
Ay, madam; His death was so effected: better 'twere, And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our pains. I met the ravin. lion when he roar'd
Count. I priythee, lady, have a better cheer; With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine,
That all the miseries which nature owes, Thou robb'st me of a moiety: He was my son ; Were mine at once: no, come thou home, Rousillon, But I do wash his name out of my blood,
Whence honour but of danger wins a scar, And thou art all my child.—Towards' Florence As oft it loses all; I will be gone: is he?
My being here it is, that holds thee hence : 2 Gent. Ay, madam.
Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, although
And to be a soldier ? The air of Paradise did fan the house,
To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! Count.
Return you thither ? For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away. 1 Gent. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of
[Exit. speed. Hel. (Reads.) Till I have no wife, I have nothing lace. "Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence,
SCENE III.-Florence. Before the Duke's Pa in France. 'Tis bitter.
Bertram, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others.
Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we, Hd.
Ay, madam. 1 Gent. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply, Upon thy promising fortune.
Great in our hope, lay our best love and crcdence, which
Sir, it is His heart was not consenting to.
A charge too heavy for my strength ; but yet Count. Nothing in France, until he have no wife! We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, There's nothing here that is too good for him,
To the extreme edge of hazard. But only she; and she deserves a lord,
Then go thou forth; That 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 Genl. A servant only, and a gentleman
This very day,
Great Mars, I put myself into thy file:
Parolles, was't not? Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove 1 Gent. Ay, my good lady, he.
A lover of thy drum, hater of love. (Exeunt. Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wickedness,
SCENE IV.-Rousillon. A room in the CounMy son corrupts a well-derived nature
tess's Palace, Enter Countess and Steward. With his inducement.
Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of
Might you not know, she would do as she has done, Count. You are welcom
By sending me a letter ? Read it again.
gentlemen. I will entreat you, when you see my son,
Stew. I am Şaint Jaques pilgrim, thither gone; To tell him, that his sword can never win
Ambitions love hath so in me offended, The honour that he loses : more I'll entreat you
That bare-fool plod I the cold ground upon, Written to bear along.
With sainted vow my faults to have amended. 2 Gent. We serve you, madam,
Wrile, vorile, that, from the bloody course of war, In that and all your worthiest affairs.
My dearest master, your dear son may hie; Count. Not so, but as we change our courtesies. Bless him at home in peace,
whilst I from far, Will you draw near ?
His name with zealous férvour sanctify:
From courtly friends, with camping, foes to live, Nothing in France, until he has no wise !
Where dealh and danger dog the heels of worth : Thou shalt have nonc, Rousillon, none in France, He is too good and fair for death and me; Then hast thou all again. Poor lord! is’t I
Whom I myself embrace, to set him free. That chase thee from thy country, and expose Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest Those tender limbs of thine to the event
words ! of the none-sparing war? and is it I
Rinaldo, you did never lack advice so much, (1) i e. When you can get the ring, which is on otherwise than as shc returns the same offices of my finger, into your possession.
civility. (2) Ir thou keepest all thy sorrows to thyself. (4) Ravenous. (s) In reply to the gentlemen's declaration, that 5) Alluding to the story of Hercules. they are ber servants, the countess answers---10 (6) Discretion or thought,
As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her, Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port. I could have well diverted her intents,
Hel. Is this the way? Which thus she hath prevented.
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you! Sleu. Pardon me, madam:
1.1 mareh ajar off. If I had given you this at over-night,
They come this way:- If you will tarry, holy pulShe might have been o'crtaken; and yet she writes, grim, Pursuit would be in vain.
But till the troops come by, Count.
What angels shall I will conduct you where you shall be lodgid; Bless this unworthy husband? he cannot thrive, The raiher, for, I think, I know your hostess, Unless her prayers, whom Heaven delights to hear, As ample as myself. And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath llel.
Is it yourself? Of greatest justice.- Writc, write, Rinaldo, Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. To this unworthy husband of his wife;
Itel. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure. Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,
Wid. You came, I think, from France ? That he docs weighi too light: my greatest grief, Tel.
I did so. Though little he do feel it, set down sharply. Wid. Here you shall sec a countryman of yours, Despatch the inost convenient inessenger:- That has done worthy service. When, haply, he shall hear that she is gonc,
His name, I pray you? He will return; and hope I may, that she,
Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you sucha one? Hlearing so much, will speed her foot again, llel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him: Led hither by pure love : which of them both, His face I know not. Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense
Whatsoc'cr he is, To make distinction:-Provide this messenger:- He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, My heart is heavy, and minc age is weak; As 'lis reported, for the king had married him Grief would have lears, and sorrow kids me spcak. Against his liking : Think you it is so?
(Ereunt. Ilel. Ay, surely, mere ihe truth; I know his
lady. SCENE V.-Without the walls of Florence. A
Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the count, lucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Flo- Reports but coarsely of her. rence, Diana, Violenta, Mariana, and other citi
What's his name? zens.
Dia. Monsieur Parolles.
Nel. Wid. Nav, come; for if they do approach the
0, I belicre with him, city, we shall lose all the sight.
In argument of praise, or to the worth Dia. They say, the French count has donc most of the great count himself, she is too mean honourable service.
To have her name repeated; all her deserving Wid. It is reported, that he has taken their Is a reserved honesty, and that greatest commander; and that with his own hand I have not heard cxarnin'd.
Dia. he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our la
Alas, poor lady! bour ; they are gone a contrary way: bark! you or a detesting lord.'
"Tis a hard bondage, to become the wise may know lıy their trumpets.
Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er shes, Mar. Come, let's return again, and sustice our. selves with the report of it. Well,'Diana, take hecaller heart weighs sadly: this young maid might du of this French carl: the honour of a maid is her
her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd.
Hel. Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have
How do you mean? been solicited by a gentleman, his companion.
May be, the amorous count solicits her Mar. I know that knave; hang hin! one Pa. In the unlawful purpose.
Wid, rolles : a filthy ollicer he is in those suggestions?
lle does, indeed; for the young earl.— Beware of them, Diana : their And brokes' with all that can in such a suit promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these Corrupt the tender honour of a maid: engines of lust, are not the things they go under : " But she is arm'd for him, and keeps her guard many a maid 'hath been seduced by them; and In honestest defence. the inisery is, example, that so terrible shows in Enter with drum and colours, a party of the Flow the wreck of maidinhood, cannot for all that dis
rentine army, Bertram, and Parolles. suade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to Mar. The gods forbid else! advise you further; but I hope yo'ls own grace Wid,
So, now they come:will keep you where you are, though there wer. That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son; no further danger known, but the modesty which That, Escalus. is so lost.
Which is the Frenchman? Dia. You shall not nccd to fear mc.
He; That with the plume: 'lis a most gallant fellow; Enter Ilelena, in the dress of a pilgrim.
I would, he lov'd his wife: if he were honester, Wiil. I hope so. -Look, here comes a pil- lle were much gooullier :-Is't not a handsvine griin: I know she will lie at my louse: thither gentleman ? they send one another: I'll quesijon her.
lid. I like hiin well. God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Dia. "Tis pity he is not honest: Yond's that same Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
knave, Where do the palmerso lodge, I do beseech you? That leads him to these places; were I his lady,
(1) Weigh, here means to value or csteem, (4) Pilgrims; so called from a staff or bough of (2) Temptations.
palm they were wont to carry. (3) They are not the things for which their names (5) Because. (6) The exact, the entire truth would make them pass,
(7) Deals with panders.