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Led hither by pure love: which of them both In argument of praise, or to the worth
Of the great count himself, she is too mean
Is a reserved honesty, and that
(Exeunt. Dia. Alas, poor lady!
'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife
Hel. How do you mean?
In the unlawful purpose.
Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves In honestest defence.
Mar. The gods forbid else!
That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son;
Hel. Which is he?
Par. Lose our drum! well.
Look, he has spied us.
(Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, Officers,and Soldiers.
There's four or five, to great St Jaques bound,
Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,
To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking,
Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,
Worthy the note.
Both. We'll take your offer kindly. (Exeunt.
SCENE VI.-Camp before Florence.
Enter BERTRAM, and ihe iwo French Lords.
2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold Dia, Whatsoe’er le is,
me no more in your respect.
1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct know-
endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, the owner of Hel. What's his name?
no one good quality worthy your lordship's entertainDia. Monsieur Parolles. Hel. 0, I believe with him,
2 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, reposing too
far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might, at some 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do:
but when you find him out, you have him ever after.
1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly 1 Lord. None in the world, but return with an in-
1 Lord. As't please your lordship:I'll leave you.[Exit.
By this same coxcomb, that we have i'the wind,
Tokens and letters, which she did re-send;
2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord. (Exeunt.
house. 2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum.
Enter HELENA and Widow.
Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,
Hel. Nor would I wish you.
Is so, from word to word; and then you canuot,
By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
Err in bestowing it.
Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, if| Hel. Take this purse of gold,
As we'll direct her, how'tis best to bear it,
That she'll demand. A ring the county wears,
In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire,
Howe'er repented after.
The bottom of your purpose.
[Exit. Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter;
Wid. I have yielded.
Instruct my daughter, how she shall perséver, Par. Though I swore, I leaped from the window of
1 Lord. How deep?
Pur. Thirty fathom.
1 Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make that be To chide him from our eaves; for he persists,
[-Aside. As if his life lay on't.
Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemy's; I would Hel. Why then, to-night
swear, I had recovered it. Let us assay our plot; which, ifit speed,
1 Lord. You shall hear one anon.
[ Aside. Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed,
Par. A drum now of the enemy's! [Alarum within. And lawful meaning in a lawful act;
1 Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact !
All. Cargo, cargo, villianda, par corbo, cargo. But let's about it.
(Exeunt. Par. 0! ransom, ransom! Do not hide mine
eyes! (They seize him and blindfold him.
1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos.
Par. I know you are the Muskos’regiment,
1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this hedge- Italian, or French, let him speak to me,
Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards 1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter!
Are at thy bosom. 1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he not
Par. Oh! thy voice?
1 Sold. 0, pray, pray, pray. — :
Manka revania dulche.
1 Lord. Oscorbi dulchos volivorca.
1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet,
Something to save thy life.
Par. O, let me live,
I'll show, one to another; so we seem to know, is to know
Their force, their purposes : nay, I'll speak that, straight our purpose: chough's language, gabble
you will wonder at. enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter,
1 Sold. But wilt thou faithfully? you must seem very politic. But, couch, ho! here he
Par. If I do not, damn me! comes; to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to
1 Sold. Acordo linta. -
Come on, thou art granted space.
[Exit, with Parolles guarded.
2 Sold. So I will, sir. 1 Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own 1 Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely tongue was guilty of. [ Aside. lock'd.
(Exeunt. Par. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of this drum; being not ignorant of the SCENE II. – Florence. A room in the Widow's house. impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I
Enter Bertran and Diana.
You are no maiden, but a monument:
[ Aside. As you are now, for you are cold and stern;
[Aside. Dia. She then was honest.
Ber. So should you be. stratagem.
[Aside. My mother did but duty; such, my lord,
(Aside. Ber. No more of that!
I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows :
SCENE III. – The Florentine camp. I was compell’d to her; but I love thee
Enter the two French Lords, and two ur three By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever
Soldiers, Do thee all rights of service.
1 Tord. You have not given him his mother's letter? Dia. Ay, so you serve us,
2 Lord. I have delivered it an hour since: there is
i Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon him, Rer. How have I sworn?
for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a lady. Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the truth; 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everlasting But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true.
displeasure of the king, who had even tuned his What is not holy, that we swear not by,
bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you a thing,
1 Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and I am
night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her honour: he
1 Lord. Now, God delay our rebellion : as we are Ber. Change it, change it!
ourselves, what things are we! Be not so holy-eruel! love is holy;
2 Lord. Merely our own traitors, And as, in the comAnd my integrity ne'er knew the crafts,
mon course of all treasons, we still see them reveal That you do charge men with. Stand no more off, themselves, till they attain to their abhorred ends; so But give thyself unto my sick desires,
he, that in this action contrives against his own nobiWho then recover: say, thou art mine, and ever lity, in his proper stream o'erflows himself. My love, as it begins, shall so perséver.
i Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, to be trumDia. I see, that men make hopes, in such asfairs, peters of our unlawful intents? We shall not then That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring! have his company to-night?
Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power 2 Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is dieted to
his hour. Dia, Will you not, my lord ?
1 Lord. That approaches apace: I would gladly have Ber. It is an honour ʼlonging to our house, him see his company anatomized; that he might take Bequeathed down from many ancestors;
a measure of his own judgements, wherein so curiously Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world he had set this counterfeit. In me to lose.
2 Lord. We will not meddle with him, till he come; Dia. Mine honour's such a ring :
for his presenee must be the whip of the other. My chastity's the jewel of our house,'
1 Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of these Bequeathed down from many ancestors;
wars? Which were the greatest obloquy in the world 2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace. In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom
I Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded. Brings in the ehampion honour on my part,
2 Lord. What will count Rousillon do then? will he Against your vain assault.
travel higher, or return again into France? Ber. Here, take my ring!
1 Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are not alMy house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, together of his council. And I'll be bid by thee,
2 Lord. Let it beforbid, sir! so should I be a great Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my chamber deal of his aet. window;
1 Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled I'll order take, my mother shall not hear.
from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Now will I charge you in the band of truth,
Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, with most When you haveconquer'd my yet maiden bed, austere sanctimony, she accomplished: and, there reRemain there but an hour, nor speak to me:
siding, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey My reasons are most strong, and you shall know them, to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath, When back again this ring shall be deliver'd:
and now she sings in heaven. And on your finger, in the night, I'll put
2 Lord. How is this justified ? Another ring; that, what in time proceeds,
1 Lord. The stronger part of it by her own letters ; May token to the future our past deeds.
which makes her story true, even to the point of her Adieu, till then; then, fail not! You have won death: her death itself, which could not be her olice A wife of me, though there my hope be done.
to say, is come, was faithfully confirmed by the rector Ber. A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee. of the place.
[Exit. 2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence ? Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven and 1 Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, point me
from point, to the full arming of the verity. You may so in the end.
2 Lord, I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad of this. My mother told me just, how he would wop,
1 Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make us comAsif she sat in his heart; she says, all men
forts of our losses ! Have the like oaths: he had sworn to marry me, 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, we When his wife's dead ; therefore I'll lie with him, drown our gain in tears: The great dignity, that his When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid, valour hath here acquired for him, shall at home be Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid:
encountered with a shame as ample. Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin
1 Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good To cozen him, that would unjustly win. [Exit. and ill together: our virtues would be proud, ifour
faults whipped them not; and our crimes would de-knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape of his
2 Lord. I will ncver trust a man again, for keeping his How now? where's your master?
sword clean ; nor believe, he can have every thing in Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of whom he him, by wearing his apparel neatly. hath taken a solemy leave;his lordship will next morn
I Soli. Well, that's set down. ing for France. The duke hath offered him letters of Pur. Five or six thousand horse, I said, I will say commendations to the king.
true,-or thereabouts, set down,--for I'll speak truth. 2 Lord. They shall be no more than needfulthere, if i Lord. Ile's very near the truth in this. they were more than they can commend.
Ber. But Icon hiin no thanks for't, in the nature he
delivers it. Enter BERTRAN.
Par. Poor rognes, I pray you, say. 1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's tart
1 Sold. Well, that's set down.
rogues are marvellous poor.
Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this present
two hundred and fifty each: mine own company, ChiI have not ended yet. 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and this topher, Vaumond, Bentii
, two hundred and listy each:
so that the muster-file, rotten and sound, upon my life, morning your departure hence, it requires haste of amounts not to fifteen thousand poll; half of which yourlordship.
dare not shake the snow from off their cassocks, lest Ber. I mean the business is not enderl, as fearing to
they shake themselves to pieces. hear of it hereafter. But shall we have this dialogue Ber. What shall be done to him? between the fool and the soldier?—Comc, bring forth
I Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Demand this counterfeit module! He has deceived me, like a of himn my conditions, and what credit I have with the double-meaning prophecier.
duke. 2 Lord. Bring him forth! [E.xeunt Soldiers.] He has
1 Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall demand sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant kvave. of him, whether one captain Dumain bei'the camp, it
Ber. No matter; his heels have deserved it, in usurp- Frenchman: what his reputation is with the duke, ing his spurs so long. How does he carry himself?
what his valour, honesty', und expertness in wars; or i Lord. I have told your lordship already, the stocks whether he thinks, it were not possible, with wellcarry him. But, to answer you as yon would be understood, he weeps, like a wench that had shed her milk: weighing sums of gold, to corrupt him to a revolt. he hath confessed himself to Morgan, whom he sup
What say you to this? what do you know ofit? poses to be a friar, from the time of his remembrance, of the intergatories. Demand them singly!
Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the particular to this very instant disaster of his setting i’the stocks :
1 Sold. Do you know this captain Dumain? and what think yon he hath confess'd ?
Pur. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice in Ber. Nothing of me, has he? 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be read sherill's fool with child; a dumb innoceut, that could
Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting the to his face: if your lordship be in't, as, I believe, you not say him nay. [liumuin liftsup his hand in anger. are, you must have the patience to hear it.
Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; thongh Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES.
I know, his brains are forfeit to the next tile that falls. Ber. A plague upon him! muffled! he can say nothing i Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Florence's of me; hush! hush!
camp? 2 Lord. Iloodman comes ! - Porto tartarossa. Pur. Upon my knowledge heis, and lousy. 1 Sold. Ile calls for the tortures; what will you say i Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall hear of without'cm?
your lordship anon. Pur. I will confess whatl know, without constraint; 1 Sold. What is his reputation with the duke? if ye pinch me, like a pasty, I can say no more.
Par. The duke knows him for no other but a poor 1 Sold. Bosko chimurcho.
officer of mine; and writto me this other day, to turn 2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco.
him out o'the band. I think, I have his letter in my 1 Sold. You are a merciful general. – Our general pocket. bids
yon answer to what I shall ask you out of a note. 1 Sold. Marry, we'll search. Par. And truly, as I hope to live.
Par. In good sadness, I do not know ; either it is 1 Sold. First demand of him, how many horse the there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other letters, duke is strong. What say you to that?
in my tent. Par. Five or six thousand; but very weak and unser- I Sold. Here 'tis; here's a paper. Shall I read it viceable: the troops are all scattered, and the com- to you? manders
very pour rogues, upon my reputation and Par. I do not know, ifitbeit, or no. credit, and as I hope to live.
Ber. Our interpreter docs it well.. 1 Sold. Shall I set down your answer so ?
1 Lord. Excellently. Par. Do; I'll take the sacrament on’t, how and which i Sold. Dian. The count's a fool, and full of gold, way you will.
Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir; that is an Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving slave advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one
Diana , to take heed of the allurement of one count 1 Lord. You are deceived, my lord; this is monsieur Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, very Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his own ruttish : I pray you, sir, patitup again! phrase,) that had the whole theoric of war in thel i Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour,