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Dia. I see that men make hopes, in such a war, Only, in this disguise, I think 't no sin That we'll forsake ourselves. — Give me that To cozen him that would unjustly win. [E.cit.
SCENE III. — The Florentine Camp.
Enter the two French Lords, and two or three
1st Lord. You have not given him his mother's Which were the greatest obloquy i’ the world
letter? In me to lose.
2nd Lord. I have delivered it an hour since: Dia. Mine honor's such a ring: there is something in 't that stings his nature; for My chastity's the jewel of our house,
on the reading it he changed almost into another Bequeathéd down from many ancestor's ; Which were the greatest obloquy i’ the world 1st Lord. IIe has much worthy blame laid upon In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom him, for shaking off so good a wife and so sweet a Brings in her champion honor on my part, lady. Against your vain assault.
2n Lord. Especially he hath incurred the Ber. Here, take my ring :
everlasting displeasure of the King, who had even My house, mine honor, yea, my life be thine, tuned his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will And I'll be bid by thee.
tell you a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my chain with you. ber window;
1st Lord. When you have spoken it 't is dead, I'll order take my mother shall not hear.
and I am the grave of it. Nor will I charge you in the band of truth,
2nd Lord. He hath perverted a young gentleWhen you
have conquered my yet maiden bed, woman here in Florence, of a most chaste renown; Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me: and this night he fleshes his will in the spoil of My reasons are most strong, and you shall know her honor: he hath given her his monumental them
ring, and thinks himself made in the unchaste comWhen back again this ring shall be delivered : position. And on your finger, in the night, I'll put
1st Lord. Now God delay our rebellion; as we Another ring; that what in time proceeds are ourselves, what things are we! May token to the future our past deeds.
2nd Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as, Adieu, till then; then, fail not. You have won in the common course of all treasons, we still sce A wife of me, though there my hope be done. them reveal themselves till they attain to their abBer. A heaven on earth I have won by wooing horred ends; so he, that in this action contrives thee.
[Exit. against his own nobility, in his proper stream o'erDia. For which live long to thank both Heaven flows himself. and me!
1st Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us to be You may so in the end.
trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall My mother told me just how he would woo, not then have his company to night? As if she sat in his heart; she says all men
2nd Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry me
dieted to his hour. When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with 1st Lord. That approaches apace.
I would bim
gladly have him see his company anatomized; that When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so he might take a measure of his own judgments, braid,
wherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit. Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid :
2nd Lord. We will not meddle with him till he
come ; for his presence must be the whip of the will next morning for France. The Duke hath other.
offered him letters of commendations to the King. 1st Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of 2nd Lord. They shall be no more than needful these wars?
there, if they were more than they can commend. 2nil Lord. I hear there is an overture of peace.
Enter BERTRAM. 1st Lord. Nay, I assure you a peace concluded.
2nd Lord. What will Count Rousillon do then ? 1st Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the will he travel higher, or return again into France ? King's tartness. Here's his lordship now.-How
1st Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are now, my lord, it's not after midnight? not altogether of his council.
Ber. I have to-night dispatched sixteen busi2nd Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be nesses, a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of a great deal of his act.
I have congé'd with the Duke, done my 1st Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, adieu with his nearest ; buried a wife, mourned fled from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimage for her; writ to my lady mother I am returning; to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, entertained my convoy; and, between these main with most austere sanctimony, she accomplished : parcels of dispatch, effected many nicer needs; the and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature last was the greatest, but that I have not ended became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a yet. groan of her last breath, and now she sings in 2nd Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, heaven.
and this morning your departure hence, it requires 2nd Lord. How is this justified ?
haste of your lordship. 1st Lord. The stronger part of it by her own Ber. I mean the business is not ended, as fearletters; which makes her story true, even to the ing to hear of it hereafter.— But shall we have point of her death: her death itself, which could this dialogue between the fool and the soldier ? not be her office to say is come, was faithfully con- Come, bring forth this counterfeit module; he has firmed by the rector of the place.
deceived me, like a double-meaning prophesier. • 2nd Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence? 2nd Lord. Bring him forth: [Exeunt Soldiers.]
1st Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, he has sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant point from point, to the full arming of the verity. kpave.
2nd Lord. I am heartily sorry that he'll be glad Ber. No matter; bis heels have deserved it, in of this.
usurping his spurs so long. How does he carry 1st Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make himself ? us comforts of our losses !
1st. Lord. I have told your lordship already : 2nd Lord. And how mightily, some other times, the stocks carry him. But to answer you as you we drown our gain in tears! The great dignity would be understood, — he weeps like a wench that his valor hath here acquired for him, shall at that had shed her milk: he hath confessed himself home be encountered with a shame as ample. to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar, from
1st Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled the time of his remembrance to this very instant yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be disaster of his setting i' the stocks. And what proud if our faults whipped them not; and our think you he hath confessed ? crimes would despair if they were not cherished by Ber. Nothing of me, has he? our virtues.
2nd Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall
be read to his face : if your lordship be in 't, as I beEnter a Servant.
you are, you must have the patience to hear it.
Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES. How now? where's
master ? Serv. He met the Duke in the street, sir, of Ber. A plague upon him! muffled !-- he can whom he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordship say nothing of me: hush!- hush!
2nd Lord. Hoodman comes! Porto tartarossa. Ludowic, and Gratii, two hundred and fifty each :
1st Sol. He calls for the tortures : what will you mine own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, say without 'em?
two hundred and fifty each : so that the musterPar. I will confess what I know, without con- file, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not straint: if ye pinch me like a pastry, I can say no to fifteen thousand poll : half of which dare not
shake the snow from off their cossacks, lost they 1st Sol. Bosko chimurcho.
shake themselves to pieces. 2nd Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco.
Ber. What shall be done to him? 1st Sol. You are a merciful general :- -Our 1st Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks.general bids you answer to what I shall ask you out Demand of him my conditions, and what credit I of a note.
have with the Duke. Par. And truly, as I hope to live.
1st Sol. Well, that's set down." You shall 1st Sol. “First demand of him how many horse demand of him whether one Captain Dumain be the Duke is strong." What say you to that? i’ the camp, a Frenchman: what his reputation is
Par. Five or six thousand; but very weak and with the Duke, what his valor, honesty, and expertunserviceable; the troops are all scattered, and the ness in wars; or whether he thinks it were not commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputa- possible, with well-weighing sums of gold, to cortion and credit, and as I hope to live.
rupt him to a revolt.” What say you to this ? 1st Sol. Shall I set down your answer so ? what do you know of it?
Par. Do; I'll take the sacrament on’t, how Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the parand which way you will.
ticular of the interrogatories : demand them singly. Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving 1st Sol. Do you know this Captain Dumain ? slave is this!
Par. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice 1st Lord. You are deceived, my lord : this is in Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting Monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist (that was the sherif's fool with child; a dumb innocent, that his own phrase), that had the whole theoric of war could not say
nay. in the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the
[DUMAIN lifts up his hand in anger chape of his dagger.
Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands ; 2nd Lord. I will never trust a man again for though I know his brains are forfeit to the next keeping his sword clean; nor believe he can have tile that falls. everything in him by wearing his apparel neatly. 1st Sol. Well, is this captain in the Duke of 1st Sol. Well, that's set down.
Florence's camp? Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, - I will Par. Upon my knowledge he is, and lousy. say true; - or thereabouts, set down,- for I'll ;
1st Lord. Nay, look not so upon me: we shall speak truth.
hear of your lordship anon. 1st Lord. He's very near the truth in this. 1st Sol. What is his reputation with the Duke?
Ber. But I con him no thanks for 't, in the na- Par. The Duke knows him for no other but a ture he delivers it.
poor officer of mine, and writ to me this other day Par. Poor rogues, I pray you say.
to turn him out o' the band : I think I have his 1st Sol. Well, that's set down.
letter in my pocket. Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a truth 's a 1st Sol. Marry, we'll search. truth: the rogues are marvellous poor.
Par. In good sadness I do not know: either it 1st Sol. “Demand of him what strength they is there, or it is upon a file, with the Duke's other are a-foot.” What say you to that?
tent. Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this 1st Sol. Here't is; here's a paper: shall I read present hour, I will tell true. Let me see : Spu- it to you? rio a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Coram
Par. I do not know if it be it or no. bus so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Ber. Our interpreter does it well.
1st Lord. Excellently.
sir, with such volubility, that you would think 1st Sol. “Dian: The count 's a fool, and full truth were a fool. Drunkenness is his best virtue; of gold," — ”
for he will be swine-drunk, and in his sleep he Par. That is not the Duke's letter, sir; that is does little harm, save to his bedelothes about him; an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one but they know his conditions, and lay him in straw. Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one Count I have but little more to say, sir, of his honesty: Rousillon, a foolish, idle boy, but for all that very he has everything that an honest man should not ruttish. I pray you, sir, put it up again. have; what an honest man should have; he has
1st Sol. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favor. nothing
Par. My meaning in 't, I protest, was very hon- 1st Lord. I begin to love him for this. est in the behalf of a maid : for I knew the young Ber. For this description of thine honesty? A count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy ; who pox upon him for me! he is more and more a cat. is a whale to virginity, and devours up all the fry 1st Sol. What say you to his expertness in war ? it finds.
Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue !
English tragedians (to belie him I will not), and
more of his soldiership I know not; except, in that 1st Soldier reads.
country, he had the honor to be the officer at a “When he swears oaths, bid him drop gold, and take it; place called Mile-end, to instruct for the doubling After he scores he never pays the score:
of files. I would do the man what honor I can, Half won is natch well made ; match, and well make it; but of this I am not certain. He ne'er pays after-debts; take it before:
1st Lord. He hath out-villained villainy so far, And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this, Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss :
that the rarity redeems him. For count of this, the count 's a fool, I know it, Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still. Who pays before, but not when he does owe it.-- 1st Sol. His qualities being at this poor price, I Thine, as he vowed to thee in thine ear,
need not ask you if gold will corrupt him to rePAROLLES."
volt. Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, Par. Sir, for a quart d’écu he will sell the feewith this rhyme in his forehead.
simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and 2nd Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual manifold linguist and the armipotent soldier. succession for it perpetually.
Ber. I could endure anything before but a cat, 1st Sol. What's his brother, the other Captain and now he's a cat to me.
Dumain ? 1st Sol. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, 2nd Lord. Why does he ask him of me? we shall be fain to hang you.
1st Sol. What's he? Par. My life, sir, in any case : not that I am Pur. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altoafraid to die; but that my offenses being many, I gether so great as the first in goodness, but greater would repent out the remainder of nature. Let a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a me live, sir, in a dungeon, i' the stocks, or any coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best where, so I may live.
that is. In a retreat, he outruns any lackey; 1st Sol. We'll see what may be done, so you marry, in coming on he has the cramp. confess freely; therefore, once more to this Cap- 1st Sol. If your life be saved, will you undertake tain Dumain. You have answered to his reputa- to betray the Florentine? tion with the Duke, and to his valor : what is his Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, Count honesty?
Rousillon. Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister: 1st Sol. I 'll whisper with the general, and know for rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. his pleasure. He professes not keeping of oaths : in breaking Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all them, he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to be.
guile the supposition of that lascivious young boy SCENE IV.- Florence. A Room in the Widow's the Count, have I run into this danger. Yet who
House. would have suspected an ambush where I was taken ?
Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA. 1st Sol. There is no remedy, sir, but
must dic. The general says, you that have so traitor- Hel. That you may well perceive I have not ously discovered the secrets of your army, and made
wronged you, such pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, One of the greatest in the Christian world can serve the world for no honest use: therefore Shall be my surety: 'fore whose throne 't is needyou must die.- Come, headsman, off with his
Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel. Par. O Lord, sir! let me live, or let me see my Time was I did him a desired office, death.
Dear almost as his life; which gratitude 1st Sol. That you shall, and take your leave of Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep forth, all your friends.
[Unmufling him. And answer, thanks. I duly am informed So, look about you: know you any here? His grace is at Marseilles; to which place Ber. Good-morrow, noble captain.
We have convenient convoy.
You must know 2nd Lord. God bless you, Captain Parolles. I am supposéd dead : the army breaking, 1st Lord. God save you, noble captain. My husband hies him home; where, Heaven aid2nd Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to
ing, my Lord Lafeu? I am for France.
And by the leave of my good lord the King, 1st Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy We'll be before our welcome. of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the Wid. Gentle madam, Count Rousillon ? an I were not a very coward, You never had a servant to whose trust I'd compel it of you; but fare you well.
Your business was more welcome. [E.ccunt BERTRAM, Lords, &c. Hel. Nor you, mistress, 1st Sol. You are undone, captain : all but your Ever a friend whose thoughts more truly labor scarf; that has a knot on't yet.
To recompense your love: doubt not but Ileaven Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot ? Hath brought me up to be your daughter's 1st Sol. If you could find out a country where
dower, but women where that had received so much shame, As it hath fated her to be my
motive you might begin an impudent nation. Fare you And helper to a husband. But 0, strange men! well, sir: I am for France, too; we shall speak of That can such sweet use make of what they hate, you there.
[E.cit. When saucy trusting of the cozered thoughts Par. Yet am I thankful : if my heart were Defiles the pitchy night !--so lust doth play great
With what it loathes, for that which is away: 'T would burst at this. Captain I'll be no more; But more of this hereafter.— You, Diana, But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft Under my poor instructions yet must suffer As captain shall; simply the thing I am
Something in my behalf.
Go with your impositions, I am yours
Hel. Yet, I pray you, —
mer, There's place and means for every man alive. When briars shall have leaves as well as thorns, I'll after them.
And be as sweet as sharp. We must away; [Exit. | Our waggon is prepared, and time revives us.