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Written to bear along.
2. Gen. We serve you, madam, In that and all your worthiest affairs. Count. Not So, but as we change our courtesies.
Will you draw near?
[Exeunt Countess and Gentlemen.] Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing in
Nothing in France, until he has no wife!
That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou
Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark
With sharp constraint of hnnger; better 'twere,
Were mine at once: No, come thou home, Rou
Whence honour but of danger wins a scar,
That pitiful rumor may report my flight,
To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away.
Florence. Before the Duke's Palace.
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, BERTRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others.
Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we,
Great in our hope, lay our best love and cre dence,
Upon thy promising fortune.
Ber. Sir, it is
A charge too heavy for my strength; but yet We'll strive to hear it for your worthy sake, i To the extreme edge of hazard.
Duke Then go thou forth;
And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm,
Ber. This very day,
Great Mars, I put myself into thy file:
A lover of thy drum, hater of love.
Rousillon. A Room in the Count's Palace.
Enter Countefs and Steward.
Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of her?
Might you not know, she would do as she has done,
By sending me a letter? Read it again.
That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon,
I, his despightful Juno, sent him forth
Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest words!
Rinaldo, you did never lack advice so much,`
Stew. Pardon me, madam:
If I had given you this at over- night, She might have been o'er- ta'en; and yet she writes,
Pursuit would be but vain.
Count. What angel shall
Blefs this unworthy husband? he cannot thrive, Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear,
And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath
Dispatch the most convenient messenger:s
Without the Walls of Florence.
A tucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Florence, DIANA, VIOLENTA, MARIANA, and other citizens.
Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the city, we shall lose all the sight.
Dia. They say, the French count has done most honourable service.
Wid. It is reported that he has taken their greatest commander; and that with his own hand he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may know by their trumpets.
Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this French earl; the honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have been solicited by a gentleman his companion.
Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Parolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young earl.-Beware of them, Diana; their pro
mises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under: many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you further; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no further danger known, but the modesty which is so lost.
Dia, You shall not need to fear me.
Enter HELENA, in the dress of a pilgrim.
Wid. I hope so. Look, here comes a pilgrim: I know she will lie at my house: thither they send one another: I'll question her.God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you? Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the
Hel. Is this the way?
Wid. Ay, marry, is it. Hark you! [A march
They come this way:
If you will tarry, holy
But till the troops come by,
I will conduct you where you shall be lodg'd; The rather, fer, I think, I know your hostess As ample as myself.
Hel. Is it yourself?
Vid. If you shall please so, pilgrim.
Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your
Wid. You came, I think, from France?
Hel. I did so.