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Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest in lie outruns any lackey; marry, in coming on he has
betraythe Florentine? Ber, Damnable, both sides rogue!
Par. Ay,and the captain of his horse,count Rousillon. 1 Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop gold, 1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know his and take it;
pleasure. After he scores, he never pays the score:
Par. I'll no more drumming; a plagne of all drums! Half won, is match well made; match, and well Only to seem to deserve well, and to beguile the supmake it;
position of that lascivious young boy, the count, have He ne'er pays after debts, take it before ;
I run into this danger. Yet, who would have suspected And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,
an ambush, where I was taken?
Aside. Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss :
Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must die. The For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, general says, you, that have so traitorously discoWho pays before, but not when he does owe it. vered the secrets of your army, and made such pestiseThine, as he vow'd to thee in thine eur, rous reports of men very nobly held, can serve the
PAROLLES. world for no honest use; therefore you must die.-Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, with Come, headsman, off with his head! this rhyme in his forehead.
Par O Lord, sir, let me live, or let me see my death! 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the mani- 1 Sold. That you shall, and take your leave of all fold linguist, and the armiputent soldier.
[Unmuffling him. Ber. I could endure any thing before, but a cat, and So, look about you; know you any here? now he's a cat to me.
Ber. Good-morrow, noble captain! 1 Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, we 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles ! shall be fain to hang you.
1 Lord. God save you, noble captain ! Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am afraid 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my lord to die; but that, my offences being many, I would re- Lafeu? I am for France. pent out the remainder of nature, let me live, sir, in 1 Lord. Good captain, will yon give me a copy of the a dungeon, i'the stocks, or anywhere, so I may live! sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the count Rou1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you confess sillon? An I were not a very coward, I'd compel it of freely; therefore, once more to this captain Dumain! you; but fare you well! (Exeunt Bertram, Lords, etc. You have answered to his reputation with the duke, 1 Sold. You are undone, captain: all but your scarf, and to his valour; what is his honesty?
that has a knot on't yet. Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister; for Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot ? rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. He profes- 1 Sold. If you could find out a country, where but woses not keeping of oaths; in breaking them, he is men were that had received so much shame, you might stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with such vo- begin an impudent nation. Fare you well, sir ; I am for lubility, that you would think, truth were a fool: France, too; we shall speak of you there. (Exit. drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be swine- Par. Yet am I thankful : if my heart were great, drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his 'Twould burst at this: Captain I'll be no more; bed-clothes about him; but they know his conditions, But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft, and lay him in straw. I have but litile more to say, sir, As captain shall: simply the thing I am of his honesty: he has everything, that an honest man Shall make melive. Who knows himself a braggart, should not have; what an honest man should have, he Lot him fear this; for it will come to pass, has nothing.
That every braggart shall be found an ass. 1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.
Rust, sword ! cool, blushes ! and, Parolles, live Ber. For this description of thine honesty? A pox Safest in shame! being fool’d, by foolery thrive! upon him for me, he is more and more a cat.
There's place, and means, for every man alive. 1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in war? I'll after them.
(Exit. Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the English tragedians, — to belie him I will not, – and more SCENEIV.-Florence. A room in the Widow's house. of his soldiership I know not; except, in that country,
Enter Helena, Widow, and Diana. he had the honour to be the oficer at a place called Hel. That you may well perceive, I have not wrong'd Mile-end, to instruct for the doubling of files: I would you, do the man what honour I can, but of this I am not One of the greatest in the Christian world certain.
Shall be my surety; 'fore whose throne, 'tis needful, 1 Lord. He hath out-villained villainy so far, that the Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel. rarity redeems him.
Time was, I did him a desired office, Ber. A poxon him! he's a cat still.
Dear almost as his life; which gratitude
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee-simple His grace is at Marseilles ; to which place
My husband hies him home; where, heaven aiding,
We'll be, before our welcome. 2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me?
Wid. Gentle madam, I Sold. What's he?
You never had a servant, to whose trast Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altogether so Your business was more welcome. great, as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal Hel. Nor you, mistress, in evil. H, excels his brother for a coward, yet his Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly labour brother is reputed one of the best that is. In a retreat, To recompense your love ; doubt not, but heaven
211 Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower, his pobility remain in his court! I am for the house As it hath fated her to be my motive
with the narrow gate, which I take to be too little for And helper to a husband. But 0 strange men! pomp to enter: some, that humble themselves, may; That can such sweet use make of what they hate, but the many will be too chill and tender; and they'll When saucy trusting of the cozen'd thoughts be for the flowery way, that leads to the broad gate, Defiles the pitchy night! so lust doth play
and the great hire. With what it loaths, for that which is away.
Laf. Gothy ways, I begin to be a-weary of thee; and But more of this hereafter!-- You, Diana,
I tell thee so before, because I would not fallout with Under my poor instructions yet must sufl'er
thee. Go thy ways; let my lcrses be well looked to, Something in my behalf.
without any tricks! Dia, Let death and honesty
Clo. If I put any tricks upon 'cm, sir, they shall be Go with your impositions, I am yours,
jades 'tricks; which are their own right by the law of Upon your will to suffer.
[Exit. Hel. Yet, I pray you, –
Laf. A shrewdknave, and an unhappy!
mains here, which he thinks is a patent for his sanci-
that my lord your son was upon his return home, I SCENE V. Rousillon. A room in the Countess's moved the king, my master, to speak in the behalf of palace.
my daughter; which, in the minority of them both, his Enter Countess, LAFEC, and Clown. majesty, out of a self-gracious remembrance, did first Laf. No, no, no, your son was misled with a snipt- propose: his highness hath promised me to do it; and, taffata fellow there, whose villainous saffron would to stop up the displeasure he hath conceived against have made all the unbaked and doughy youth of a your son, there is no fitter matter. How does your lanation in his colour: your daughter-in-law had been dyship like it? alive at this hour; and your son here at home, more Count. With very much content, my lord, and I wish advanced by the king, than by thatred-tailed humble- it happily eflected. bee I speak of.
Laf. His highness comes post from Marseilles, of as Count. I would, I had not known him! it was the abole body, as when he numbered thirty; he will be here death of the most virtuous gentlewoman, that ever to-morrow, or I am deceived by him that in such innature had praise for creating: if she had partaken of telligence hath seldom failed. my flesh, and cost me the dearest groans of a mother, Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see him ere I could not have owed her a more rooted love.
I die. I have letters, that my son will be here to-night: Laf. 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady: we may 1 shall beseech your lordship, to remain with me till pick a thousand salads, ere we light on such another they nieet together. herb.
Lat. Madam, I was thinking, with what manners I Clo. Indeed, sir, she was the sweet marjoram of the might safely be admitted. salad, or, rather the herb of grace.
Count. You necd but plead your hononrable priLaf. They are not salad-herbs, you knave, they are vilege. nose-herbs.
Laf. Lady, of that I have made a bold charter; but, Clo. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, sir, I have not I thank my God, it holds yet. much skill in grass.
Re-enter Clown. Laf. Whether dost thou profess thyself; a knave, clo. O madam, yonder's mylord your son with a patch or a fool?
of velvet on's face: whether there be a scar under it, Clo. A fool, sir, at a woman's service, and a knave at or no, the velvet knows; but 'tis a goodly patch of a man's.
velvet: his left cheek is a cheek of two pile and a half, Laf. Your distinction ?
but his right cheek is worn bare. Clo. I would cozen the man of his wife, and do his Laf. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good service.
livery of honour; so, belike, is that. Laf. So von were a knaveat his service, indeed. Clo. But it is your carbonadoed face. Clo. And I would give his wife my bauble, sir, to do Laf. Let us go see your son, I pray you ; I long to her service.
talk with the young noble soldier. Laf. I will subscribe for thee; thou art both knavel Clo. 'Faith, there's a dozen of 'em, with delicate fine and fool.
hats,and most courteous feathers, which bow the head, Clo. At your service.
and nod at every man.
A CT T.
SCENEI.-Marseilles. A street.
tendants. Laf. What prince is that?
Hel. But this exceeding posting, day and night, Clo. The biack prince, sir; alias, the prince of dark- Must wear your spirits low: we cannot help it ; ness; alias, the devil.
But, since you have made the days and nights as one,
As nothing can unroot yon. In happy time;-
Enter a gentle Astringer.
Gent. And you !
Let the justices make you and fortune friends; I am for
Par. I beseech your honour, to hear me one single
Par. My name, my good lord, is Parolles.
Laf. You beg more than one word then.-Cox’my Ishall continue thankful.
passion! give me your hand !- How does your drum? Gent. What's your will?
Par. O my good lord, you were the first that found me. Hel. That it will please you
Laf. Was l,in sooth? and I was the first that lost thee. To give this poor petition to the king,
Par. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some And aid me with that store of power you have,
did bring me out. To come into his presence.
Laf. Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put upon me Cent. The king's not here.
at once both the office of God and the devil? one brings Hel, Not here, sir?
thee in grace, and the other brings thee out. (TrumGent. Not, indeed:
pets sound.] The king's coming, I know by his trumHe henceremov'd last night, and with more haste, pets. Sirrah, inquire further after me; I had talk Than is his use.
of you last night: though you are a fool and a kvave, Wid. Lord, how we lose our pains !
you shall eat; go to, fellow. Hel. All's well that ends well, yet,
Par. I praise God for you.
[Exeunt. Thongh time seem so adverse, and means unfit.I do beseech you, whither has he gone?
SCENE III. The same. A room in the Countess's Gent. Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon;
palace. Whither I am going.
Flourish. Enter King, Countess, LaFeu, Lords, Hel, I do beseech you, sir,
Gentlemen, Guards, etc. Since you are like to see the king before me,
King. We lost a jewel of her; and our esteem
Was made much poorer by it: but your son,
Her estimation home.
Count. 'Tis past, my liege: Our means will make us means.
And I beseech your majesty to make it
Natural rebellion, done i'the blaze of youth,
[Exeunt. King. My honour'd lady,
I have forgiven and forgotten all;
And watch'd the time to shoot.
Luf. This I must say,
Clo. Truly, fortune's displeasure is but sluttish, if of richest eyes, whose words all ears took captive,
King. Praising what is lost,
We are reconcil'd, and the first view shall kill
And deeper than oblivion do we bury
Clo. Foh, prythee, stand away! A paper from for- A stranger, no offender; and inform him,
Gent. I shall, my liege.
[Exit Gentleman, Enter LaFeU.
King. What says he to your daughter ? have you Here is a pur of fortune's, sir, or of fortune's cat, (but spoke? not a musk-cat,) that has fallen into the unclean fish- Laf. All that he is hath reference to your highness. pond of her displeasure, and, as he says, is muddied King. Then shall we have a match. I have letters withal. Pray you, sir, use the carp as you may; for he looks likea poor, decayed, ingenious, foolish, rascally That set him high in fame. knave. I do pity his distress in my smiles of comfort,
Enter BERTRAM. and leave him to yonr lordship. (Exit Clown. Iaf. He looks well on't.
Pur. My lord, I am a man, whom fortune hath cruelly King. I am uot a day of season, scratched.
For thou may'st see a san-shine and a hail Luf. And what would yon have me to do?'tis too late In me at once: bat to the brightest beams to pare her nails now. Wherein have you played the Distracted clonds give way; so stand thou forth, kvave with fortune, that she should scratch you, who The time is fair again. of herself is a good lady, and would not have knaves Ber. My high-repented blames, thrive long under her? There's a quart d'ecu for you. Dear sovereign, pardon to me!
'The 1 To
King. All is whole;
Hath not in nature's mystery more science,
Than I have in this ring: 'twas mine, 'twas Helen's,
Whoever gave it you. Then, if you know
That you are well acquainted with yourself,
Confess 'twas hers, and by what rough enforcement
That she would never put it from her finger,
Unless she gave it to yourself in bed,
(Where you have never come,) or sent it us
Upon her great disaster.
Ber. She never saw it.
Which I would fain shut out. If it should prove
That thou art so inhuman,-'twill not prove so ;To a most hideous object. Thence it came,
And yet I know not:— thou didst hate her deadly,
Her eyes myself, could win me to believe,
More than to see this ring. – Take him away!-
(Guards seize Bertrain.
Having vainly fear'd too little. — Away with him!
We'll sift this matter further.
This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy
Prove, that I husbanded her bed in Florence,
Where yet she never was. (Exit Bertram guarded.
Enter a Gentleman.
King. I am wrapp'd in dismal thinkings.
Gent. Gracions sovereign,
Whether I have been to blame, orno, I know not;
Who hath, for four or five removes, come short
To tender it herself. I undertook it,
of the poor suppliant, who by this, I know,
Is here attending: her business looks in her
In a sweet verbal brief, it did concern
Your highress with herself.
he won me. Now is the count Rousillon a widower; The last that e'er took lier leave at court,
his vows are forfeited to me, and my honour's paid to I saw upon her finger.
him. He stole from Florence, taking no leave, and I Ber. ller's it was not.
follow him to his country for justice. Crant it me, King. Now, pray yon, let me see it; for mine eye, King; in you it best lies; otherwise a seducer flouWhile I was speaking, oft was fasteu’il to't. — rishes, and a poor maid is undone. Dusa Capulet. This ring was mine; and, when I gave it Helen, Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll I hade her, if her fortunes ever stood
him: for this, I'll none of him.
King. The leavens have thought well on thee, Laseu,
Go speedily, and bring again the count!
[Lxeunt Genileman and some Attendants. Howe'er it pleases you to take it so,
I am a fear'd, the life of Helen, lady,
Was fonlly snatch'd.
Count. Now, justice on the doers !
Enter Beutnam, guarded.
King. I wonder, sir, since wives are monsters to you, Laf. I am sure, I saw her wear it.
And that you fly them, as, yon swear them lordship, Ber. You are deceiv'd, my lord, she never sawit: Yet
What woman's that?
Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and Diana.
My suit, as I do understand, you know,
Wid. I am her mother, sir, whose age and honour
Both suffer under this complaint, we bring, In heavy satisfaction, and would uever
And both shall cease, without your remedy. Receive the ring again.
King. Come hither,count! Do you know these women?
Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny
desire to marry.
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wise? Out of a casement.
Dia. I have spoke the truth.
Ber. My lord, I do coufess the ring was hers.
y011. For l by vow am so embodied yours,
Is this the man you speak of? That she, which marries you, must marry me,
Dia. Ay, my lord. Either both, or none.
King. Tell me, sirrah, but, tell me true, I charge you,
Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate creature, By him, and by this woman here, what kuow you?
which gentlemen have.
woman? Till your deeds gain them. Fairer prove your honour, Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her. But how? Thau in my thought it lies!
King. How, I pray you? Dia. Good my lord,
Par. Hedid love her,sir,as a gentleman loves a woman. Ask him, upon his oath, if he does think,
King. How is that? He had not my virginity.
Par. He loved her, sir, and loved her not. King. What say'st thou to her?
King. As thou art a knave and no knave. – What Ber. She's impudent, nıy lord,
an equivocal companion is this? And was a common gamester to the camp.
Par I am a poor man,and at your majesty's command.
Par. 'Faith, I know more than I'll speak.
King. But wilt thou not speak all thou know'st? Did lack a parallel; yet, for all that,
Par. Yes, so please your majesty. I did go between He gave it to a commoner oʻthe camp,
them, as I said; but more than that, he loved her, If I be one.
for, indeed, he was mad for her, and talked of Satan, Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
and oflimbo, and of furies, and I know not what: yet Of six preceding ancestors, that gem
I was in that credit with them at that time, that I knew Conferr'd by testament to the sequent issue,
of their going to bed; and of other motions, as proHath it been ow'd and worn. This is his wife; mising her marriage, and things that would derive me That ring's a thousand proofs.
Jill will to speak of, therefore I will not speak what I king. Methought, you said,
know. You saw one here in court could witness it.
King. Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou Dia, I did, my lord, but loath am to produce canst say they are married. But thou art too fine in thy So bad an instrument; his name's Parolles.
evidence; therefore stand aside!- This ring, you say, Laf.I saw thic man to-day, if man he be.
was yours? King. Find him, and bring him hither!
Dia. Ay, my good lord. Ber. What of him?
King. Where did you buy it? or who gave it you?
Dia. It was not given me, nor I did not buy it.
Dia. It was not lent meneither.
King. Where did you find it then? That will speak any thing?
Dia. I found it not.
King. If it were yours by none of all these ways,
Dia. I never gave it him.
Laf. This woman's an easy glove, my lord; she goes Madding my eagerness with her restraint,
off and on at pleasure. As all impediments in fancy's course
King. This ring was mine, I gave it his first wife. Are motives of more fancy; and, in fine,
Dia. It might be yours, or hers, for aught I know. Her insuit coming with her modern grace,
King. Take her away, I do not like her now; Subdued me to her rate: she got thering;
To prison with her, and away with him! And I had that, wlich any inferior might
Unless thou tellst me where thou had'st this ring, At market-price have bought.
Thou diest within this hour. Dia. I must be patient;
Dia. I'll never tell yon. You that turu'd off a firstso noble wife,
King. Take her away! May justiy diet me. I pray you yet,
Dra. I'll put in bail, my liege. (Since you lack virtue, I will lose a husband,)
kmg. I think thee now some common customer. Send for your ring, I will return it home,
Dia. By Jove, if ever I knew man, 'twas you. And give me mine again!
King. Wherefore hast thou accus'd him all this Ber. I have it pot,
Dia. Because, he's guilty, and he is not guilty;'
He knows, lam no maid, and he'll swear to't :
I'll swear, I am a maid, and he knows not.
(Pointing to Lafeu.