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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.
Of smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers, [Reads.]' when thou canst gel the ring upon my That ride upon the violent speed of fire,
finger, which never shall come off, and shovme Fly with fulse aim; move the still-picrcing air, a child begotten of thy body, that I am father to, That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord! then call ine husband, but in such a then I write Whoever shoois 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 1 Gent.
Ay, madam; His death was so effected better 'twere,
Crunt. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere
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 swistest wing of
(Exit. Hel. (Reads.] Till I have no wife, I have nothing SCENE 111.--Florence. Before the Duke's Pa in France,
lace. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, 'Tis bilter.
Bertram, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others. Count. Find you that there?
Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we, Hel.
Ay, madam. i Gent. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply, Upon thy promising fortune.
Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence, 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 yood 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 lend upon, And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him ? As thy auspicious mistress! I Gent. A servant only, and a gentleman
This very day, Which I have some time known.
Great Mars, I put myself into thy file: Count.
Parolles, was't not ?
Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove I Gent. Ay, my good ladv, he.
A lover of thy drum, hater of love. [Ereint. 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. 1 Gent. Indeed, good lady,
Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of
her ? The fellow has a deal of that, too much,
Might you not know, she would do as she has done, Which holds him much to have. Count. You are welcome, gentlemen.
By sending me a letter ? Read it again. I will entreat you, when you see my son,
Stew. I am Saint Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone; To tell him, that his sword can never win
Ambitious love hath so in me cffended, The honour that he loses: more I'll entreat you
That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon, Written to bear along.
With sainted vow my faults to have amended. 2 Gent. We serve you, madam,
Write, vorile, thal, 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.3 Bless him at home in perce, whilst I from fur. Will you draw near ?
His name with zealous férrour sanctify: (Exeunt Countess and Gentlemen. Flis taken labours bid hin me forgise ; Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing in
1, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth France.
From courlly friends, with camping fees to live, Nothing in France, until he has no wife!
Where death and danger dog the heels of worth : Thou shalt have none, 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 or otherwise than as she returns the same offices oi my finger, into your possession.
civility. (2) Is thou keepest all thy sorrows to thyself. (4) Ravenous.
(3) lo reply to the gentlemen's declaration, that (5) Alluding to the story of Hercules. they are her servants, the countess answers-110 (61 Discretion or thought.
As letting her pags so; had I spoke with her, Wid!. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port.
Hel. Is this the way?
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you!
(A march afar off. If I had given you this at over-night,
They come this way: If you will tarry, holy pile
But till the troops come by,
What angels shall I will conduct you where you shall be lodg'd;
Is it yourself?
Hel. I thank you, and will s'ay upon your leisure. Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,
Wid. You came, I think, from France ?
I did so.
His name, I pray you ?
Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such a one?
Whatsoe'er he is,
(Exeunt. Hel. Av, surely, mere the truth; I know his
ladv. SCENE V, -Without the walls of Florence, A
Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the count, tucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Flo- Reports but coarsely of her. rence, Diana, Violenta, Mariana, and other citi
What's his name?
0, I beliere with him, citi, we shall lose all the sight.
In argument of praise, or to the worth Dia. They say, the French count has done most of the great count himself, she is too mean honourable service.
To have her name reprated; 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 examin'd. he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our la
Alas, poor lady! bour; they are gone a contrary way: hark! you or a detesting lord.
'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wise may know by their trumpets. Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice our
Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er she is, selves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do of this French earl: the honour of a maid is her
her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd. 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 him! one Pa- In the unlawful purpose. rolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions?
He does, indeed; for the youn, earl.-Beware of thein, 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 : 3 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 purly of the Flothe wreck of maidenhood, 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 your own grace Wid.
So, now they come :will keep you where you are, though there were 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 need to fear me.
That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fellow; Enter Helena, in the dress of a pilgrim.
I would, he lov'd his wife: if he were honester,
Hel. I like him well.
(1) Weich, 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.
17) Deals with panders.
I'd poison that vile rascal.
the humour of his design; let him fetch off his Hel.
Which is he? drum in any hand. Dia. That Jackanapes with scarfs : Why is he Ber. How now, monsicur ? this drum sticks melancholy?
sorely in your disposition. Hel. Perchance he's hurt i' the battle.
2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum. Par. Lose our drum! well.
Par. But a drum! Is't bul a drum ? A drum so Mar. He's shrewdly vex'd at something: Look, lost ? --There was an excellent command! to he has spied us.
charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and Wid. Marry, hang you!
to rend our own soldiers. Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier ! 2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the com
(Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, officers, and mand of the service; it was a disaster of war that soldiers.
Carsar himself could not have prevented, if he had Wid. The troop is past : Come, pilgrim, I will been there to cominand. bring you
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our sucWhere you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents cess : some dishonour we had in the loss of that There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound, drum; but it is not to be recovered. Already at my house.
Par. It might have been recovered. Hel.'
I humbly thank you: Ber. It mighi, but it is not now. Please it this mation, and this gentle maid,
Par. It is io be recovered: but that the merit of To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking, service is seldom attributed to the true and exact Shall be for me; and, to requite you further, performer, I would have that drum or another, or I will bestow some precepts on this virgin,
hic jacet. Worthy the note.
Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, Both. We'll take your offer kindly. (Exe. if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring
this instrument of honour again into his native SCENE VI.-Camp. before Florence. Enter quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and go Bertram, and the lio French Lords.
on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit : I Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't ; let if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak hirn have his way.
or it, and extend to you what lurther becomes his ? Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding, greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your worhold me no more in your respect.
thiness. I Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
Pur. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake i:. Ber. Do you think I am so far deceived in him ? Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. i Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct
Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will preknowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him sently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an in- in my certainty, put myself into my mortal preparafinite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, tion, and, by midnight, look to hear further from me. the owner of no one good quality worthy your lord
Ber. May I be bold 10 acquaint his grace, you ship's entertainment.
are gone about it ? 2 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, reposing
Par. I know not what the success will be, my too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might, lord; but the attempt I vow. at some great and trusty business, in a main dan- Ber. I know thou art valiant; and, to the possi ger, fail you.
bility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Ber. I would I knew in what particular action Farewell. to try him.
Par. I love not many words.
[Erit. 2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his 1 Lord. No more than a lish loves water.- Is not drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so confidently to do.
seems to undertake this business, which he knows 1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will sud- is not to be done; damns himself to do, and dares denly surprise him; such I will have, whom, I am better be damned than to do't. sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we and hood-wink him so, that he shall suppose no do: certain it is, that he will steal himsell into a other but that he is carried into the leaguera of the man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal adversaries, when we bring him to our tenis: Be of discoveries; but when you find him out, you but your lordship present at his examination ; if he bave him ever after. do not, for the promise of his life, and in the high- Ber. Why, do you think he will make no deed est compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, at all of this, that so seriously he does address himand deliver all the intelligence in his power against self unto ? you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon
1 Lord. None in the world; but return with an oath, never trust my judgment in any thing. invention, and clap upon you two or three proba
2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch ble lies: but we have almost embossed him, you his drum ; he says he has a stratagem for't: when shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, your lordship's respect. and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will 2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, be melted, if you give him not John Drum's enter-Tere we case him. He was first smoked by the old tainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, he comes.
tell me what a sprat you shall find him ; which you
shall see this very night. Enter Parolles.
i Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be I Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not caught. (1) A paltry fellow, a coward. (2) The camp.
(4) I will pen down my plans, and the probable (3) I would recover the lost drum or another, or obstructions. die in the attempt.
(5) Hunted him down. (6) Strip him naked.
Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. Let us assay our plot; which, if it speed,
[Exil. And lawsul meaning in a lawsul act';
(Ezeni. The lass 1 spoke of. 2 Lord,
But, you say, she's honest. Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but
ACT IV. once, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her,
SCENE I.– Without the Florentine camp. EnBy this same coxcorab that we have i' the wind,
ter first Lord, with five or six Soldiers in anTokens and letters which she did re-send;
bush. And this is all I have done: She's a lair creature; Will you go see her?
1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this 2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord. hedze's corner: When you sally upon him, speak
Ereunt. what terrible language you will; though you under
stand it not yourselves, no matter: for we must not SCENE VII.-Florence. A Room in the Widow's seem to understand him ; unless some one among
house. Enter Helena and Widow. us, whom we must produce for an interpreter. Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, í Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter. I know not how I shall assure you further,
i Lurd. Art not acquainted with him? knows he But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. not thy voice ? Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well 1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you. born,
i Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak Nothing acquainted with these businesses ; to us again? And would not put my reputation now
1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me. In any staining act.
i Lord. He must think us some band of strane Hel.
Nor would I wish you. gers i' the adversary's entertainment. Now he hath First, give me trust, the count he is my husband; a smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken, we must every one be a man of his own fancy, not Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot,
to know what we speak one to another; so we By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, seem to know, is to know straight our purpose : Err in bestowing it.
chough's language, gabble enough, and good Wid. I should believe you;
enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem For you have show'd me that, which well approves very politic. But couch, ho! here he comes ; to You are great in fortune.
beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return Hel.
Take this purse of gold, and swear the lies he forges. And let me buy your friendly help thus far,
Enter Parolles. Which I will over-pay, and pay again, When I have found it. The count he woos your Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours 't will daughter,
be time enough to go home. What shall I sayl Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, have done? It must be a very plausive invention Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent, that carries it: They begin to smoke me; and disAs we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, graces have of late knocked too often at my door. Now his important? blood will nought deny i find my tongue is too sool-hardy ; but my heart That she'll demand: A ring the county wears, hath the fear of Mars before it, and of his creaThat downward hath succeeded in his house, tures, not daring the reports of my tongue. From son to son, some four or five descents
i Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own Since the first faiher wore it: this ring he holds tongue was guilty of.
1.4side. In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire,
Par. What the devil should move me to underTo buy his will, it would not seem too dear, take the recovery of this drum ; being not ignorant Howe'er repented after.
of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such Wid. Now I see
purpose ? I must give myself some hurts, and say, The bottom of your purpose.
I got them in exploit : Yet slight ones will not carry Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more, it: They will say, Came you off with so little ? and But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, great ones I dare not give. Wherefore? what's Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; The instance ?" Tongue, I must put you into a butIn fine, delivers me to fill the time,
ter-woman's mouth, and buy another of Bajazet's Herself most chastely absent: after this, mule, if you prattle me into these perils. To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns 1 Lord. Is it possible he should know what he is, To what is past already.
and be that he is ?
I have yielded : Par. I would the cutting of my garments would Instruct my daughter how she shall persever, serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, sword. May prove coherent. Every night he comes 1 Lord. We cannot afford you so. (.9 side. With musics of all sorts, and songs compos'd Par. Or the baring of my beard ; and to say, it To her unworthiness : It nothing steads us, was in stratagem. To chide him from our eaves;" for he persists, 1 Lord. 'Twould not do.
[.fside, As if his lise lay on't.
Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say I was Hel. Why then, to-night stripped. i Lord. Hardly serve.
(.4side. (1) i. e. By discovering herself to the count. (2) Importunate. (3) i. e, Count.
(5) i. e. Foreign troops in the enemy's pay. From under our windows.
(6) A bird like a jack-daw. (7) The proof.
Par. Though I swore I leaped from the windowl Ber.
So should you be. of the citadel
No. i Lord. How deep?
(Aside. My mother did but duty; such, my lord, Par. Thirty fathom.
As you owe to your wile. i Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make Ber.
No more of that! that be believed.
(side. I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows:' Par. I would I had any drum of the enemy's; I was compellid to her : but I love thee I would swear I recovered it.
By iove's own sweet constraint, and will for ever i Lord, You shall hear one anon. (Aside. Do thee all rights of service. Par. A druna now of the enemy's !
Ay, so you serve us, (larum wilhin. Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, i Lord. Throca movou sus, cargo, curgo, cargo.
You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par carbo, cargo. And mock us with our bareness. Par. O! ransome, ransome :-Do not hide mine Ber.
llow have I sworn ? eves.
(They seize him and blindfold him. Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths that make the I Sold. Boskus thromudo boskos.
truth; 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: What is not hoiy, that we swear not by, If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, But take the Highest to witness :? Then, pray you, Italian, or French, let him speak to me, I will discover that which shull undo
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes, The Florentine,
I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths, I Sold. Boskos vauvado :
When I did love you ill? This has no holding, I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue : To swear by him whom I protest to love, Kerelybonto :--Sir,
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 bosom.
At least, in my opinion.
Change it, change it; 1 Sold,
0, pray, pay, pray- Be not so holy-cruel: love is holy; Manka redunia dulche.
And my integrity ne'er knew the crasts, I Lord.
Oscorbi dulchos volivorca. That you do charge men with: Stand no more off, 1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet; But give thyself unto my sick desires, And, hood-:ink'd as thou ari, will lead 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 persever. Something to save thy life.
Dia. I see that men make hopes in such affairs, Par.
0, let me live, That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. And all the secrets of our camp I'll show,
Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power Their force, their purposes : nay, I'll speak that To give it from me. Which you will wonder at.
Will you not, my lord ? I Soll.
But wilt thou faithfully? Ber. It is an honour 'longing io our house, Par. If I do not, damn me.
Bequeathed down from many ancestors; 1 Suld.
Acordo linta.- Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world Come on, thou art granted space.
In me to lose. (Exit, with Parolles guarded.
Mine honour's such a ring : 1 Lord. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my My chastity's the jewel of our house, brother,
Bequeathed down from many ancestors; We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him which were the greatest obloquy i' the world muulled,
In me to lose : Thus your own proper wisdom Til we do hear from them.
Brings in the champion honour on my part, 2 Sold.
Captain, I will. Against your vain assault. i Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves ;- Ber.
Here, take my ring: Inform 'em that,
My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, 2 Sold. So I will, sir.
And I'll be bid by thee. I Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my chamlock'd.
ber window; SCENE II.-Florence. A room in the Widow's Now will I charge you in the band of truth,
I'll order take, my mother shall not hear. house, Enter Bertram and Diana.
When you have conquer'd my yet maiden bed, Ber. They told me, that your name was Fon- Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me: tibell.
My reasons are most strong; and you shall know Dia. No, my good lord, Diana.
Tilled goddess ; \hen back again this ring shall be deliver'd : And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul,
And on your finger, in the night, I'll put In your fine frame hath love no quality ?
Another ring; that, what in time proceeds, Ir the quick fire of youth light not your mind,
May token to the future our past deeds. You are no maiden, but a monument:
Adieu, till then; then, fail not; you have won When you are dead, you should be such a one
A wise of me, though there my hope be done. As you are now, for you are cold and stern;
Ber. A heaven on earth I have won, by wooing
thee. And now you should be as your mother was,
(Eril. When your sweet sell was got,
Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven
and me! Dia. She then was honest.
(1) i. e. Against his determined resolution never (2) The sense is we never swear by what is not to cohabit with Helena.
holy, but take to witness the Highest, the Divinity.