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To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns
To what is past already.

Wid. I have yielded :
Instruct my daughter how she shall persever,
That time, and place, with this deceit so lawful,
May prove coherent. Every night he comes
With musicks of all sorts, and songs compos’d
To her unworthiness: it nothing steads us,

To chide him from our eares; for he per.ists,
As if his lite lay on't.

Hel. Why then, to-night
Let us assay our plot; which, if it speed,
51s wicked meaning in a lawful deed,
And lawful meaning in a lawful act':
Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact:
(But let's about it.

[Freunt.

ACT

IV.

was

SCENE I.

say, I got them in exploit: Yet slight onez will Part of the French Camp in Florence.

not carry it. They will say, Came you oil with

so little and great ones I dare not give; WhereEnter one of the French Lorils, with hve or six 20 tore? what's the instance?? Tongue, I inust put Soldiers in ambush.

you intoa butter-woman's mouth, and buy another , HE can come no other way but by this of Bajazet's mule, if you prattle me into these

herige' corner: When you sally up- perils. on him, speak what terrible language you

will;

Lord. Is it possible, he should know what he is, though you understand it not yourselves, no mat- 95 and be that he is?

Aside. ter: for we must not seem to understand him; Par. I would, the cutting of my garments would unless some one amongst us, whom we must pro- serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish duce for an interpreter.

sword. Sol. Good captain, let me be the interpreter.

Lord. We cannot afford you so. [ Aside. Lord. Art not acquainted with him knows 30 Pur. Or the baring of my beard; and to say, he not thy voice?

Jit was in stratagem. Sol. No, sir, I warrant you.

Lord. 'Twould not do.

[Aside. Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak

Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say, to us again?

stript. Sol. Even such as you speak to me.

351 Lord. Jlardly serve.

Aside. Lord. He must think us soine band of strangers Par. Though I swore I leap'd from the window j'the adversaries' entertainment. Now he hath a of the citadel sınack of all neighbouring languages; therefore we

Lord. How deep?

[ Aside. must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to Par. Thirty fathom. know what we spesk one to another; so we seem 10 Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make to know, is to know straight our purpose: chough's that be believ'd.

[.Aside. language, gabble enough, and good enough. As Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemies'; for you, interpreter, you must seem very politick. I would swear I recover'd it. But couch, ho! here he comes; to beguile two

Lord. You shall hear one anon. [Aside. hours in sleep, and i hen to return and swear the 45/ Par. A drum now of the enemies! lies he forges.

[Alarum within. Enter Parolles.

Lord. Throca morousus, cargo, curgo, cargo. Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours 't will All. Cargo, cargo, villiunda par corbo,cargo. be time enough to go home. What shall I say Par. Oh! ransom, ransom:-Do not hide mue have done? It must be a very plausive invention 50 eyes. [They seize him and blindfold him. that carries it: They begin to smoke me: and dis- Inter. Boskos thromuldo boskos. graces have of late knock'd too often at my door. Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment, I find my tongue is too fool-Hardy ; but my heart And I shall lose iny life for want of language: hath the fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures, If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, not daring the reports of my tongue.

55 Italian, or French, let him speak to me, I'll Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own Discover that which shall undo the Florentine. tongue was guilty of.

Aside. Inier. Boskos vauvado :Pur. What the devil should move me to under- I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue:take the recovery of this drum; being not ignorant Kerelybonto: --Sir, of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such 60 Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and! Are at thy bosom.

· Bertram's meaning is wicked in a lawful deed, and Helen's meaning is lawful in a lawful act; and neither of them sin : yet on his part it was a sinful act, for his ineaning was to commit adultery, of which he was innocent, as the lady was his wite. ? i. e. proof. ii. e. a silent one.

Paro Pur. Oh!

But take the highest to witness': Then, pray Inter. Oh, pray, pray.

you, tell me, Muncha revaniu dnline.

If I should swear by Jove's great attributes, Lord. Oscorbi duch as volirorco.

I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths, Inter. The general is content to spare thee yet: 5 When I did love you ill: this has no holding, And, hood-winkt as thou ait, will lead thee on To swear by him whom I protest to love, [vaths To gather from thee: haply, thou may'st inform That I will work against him: Therefore, your Something to save thy life.

Are words, and poor conditions; but unseai'd ; Pür. O, let me live,

At least, in my opinion.
And all the secrets of our camp I'll shew, 10 Ber. Change it, change it;
Their force, their purposes: nay, I'll speak that Be not so holy-cruel : love is holy;
Which you will wonder at.

And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts, [off, Inter. But wilt thou faithfully?

That you do charge men with : Stand no more Par. If I do not, damn me.

But give thyself unto my sick desire, Inter. Acorda linta.

[rolles. 15 Who then recovers : say, thou art mine, and ever Come on, thou art granted space. [Evit with Pa

My love, as it begins, shall so persever. [A short alrrum within. Dia. I see, that men make hopes in such affairs, Lord. Go,tell the count Rousillon,and my brother, That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. Vehave caught the woodcock, and will keep him Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no Till we do hear from them. [muilled 20 To give it from me.

[power Sol. Ciptain, I will.

Dia. Will you not, my lord ? Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves :- Ber. It is an honour 'jonging to our house, Inform 'em that.

Bequeathed down from many ancestors; Sol. So I will, sir.

Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world Lord. 'Till then I'll keep him dark, and safely 251n me to lose. lock'd.

[Exeuni. Dia. Mine honour's such a ring:

My chastity's the jewel of our bouse,
SCENE II.

Bequeathed down from many ancestors;

Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world The Widow's House,

30 In me to lose: Thus your own proper wisdom Enter Bertram and Diana.

Brings in the champion honour on my part,

Against your vain assault. Ber. They told me, that your name was Fonti- Ber. Here, take my ring : Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. [bell. My house, mine bonour, yea, my life be thine, Ber. Titled goddess ;

35 And l'il be bid by thee. And worth it, with addition! But, fair soul,

Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my lu your line frame hath love no quality ?

chamber window; If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, I'll order take, my mother shall not hear. You are no maiden, but a monument:

Now will I charge you in the band of truth, When

you are dead, you should be such a one 40 When you have conquerid my yet maisen bed, As you are now, for you are cold and stern; Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me: And now you should be as your mother was, My reasons are most strong; and you shall know When your sweet self was got.

them, Diu. She then was honest.

When back again this ring shall be deliver'd: Ber. So should you be.

45 And on your finger, in the night, I'll put Di. No;

Another ring; that, what in time proceeds,
My mother did but duty ; such, my lord, Vay token to the future our past deeds.
As you owe to your wife,

Adieu, 'till then; then, tail not: You have won B... No more of that!

A wife of me, though there my hope be done. I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows; 150 Ber. A heaven on earth I have won, by wooI was compelled to her; but I love thee

ing thee.

[Erit, By love's own weet constraint, and will for ever Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven Do thee all rights of service.

You may so in the end.

(and me! Din. Ay, so you serve 1:5,

My mother told me just how he would woo, 'Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, 155 As if she sat in his heart; she says all men You barelv leave our thorns to prick ourselves, Have the like oaths: he had sworn to marry me,' And moci us with our barrenness.

When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him, Ber. How have I sworn?

struth: Whenlam bury'd.Since Frenchmen are so braid", Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the Marry that will, I live and die a maid: But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. 60 Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin What is not holy, that we swear not by,

To cozen him, that would unjustly win. [Exit. · The sense is, we never swear by what is not holy, but swear by, or take to witness, the Highest, the Divinity. i.e. craty or deceitful.

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SCENE III.

1 Lord. The stronger part of it by her own The Florentine Camp.

letters; which makes her story trile, even to the Enter the two French Lords, and two or three Soldiers. point of her death : her death itself, which could

1 Lord. You have not given him his mother: not be her ottice to say, is come, was faithfully letter?

5 confirm’d by the rector of the place. 2 Lord. I have deliver'd it an hour since: there 2 Lord. Ilath the count all this intelligence? is something in't that stings his nature; fur, on the i Lord. Ay, and the particular contirinations, reading it, he chang'd almost into another man. point from point, to the iull arming of the verity.

1 Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon 2 Lird. I anı heartily sorry, that he'll be glad him, for shaking off so good a wite, and so swet10 of this. a lady.

i Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the ever- us comforts of our losses! lasting displeasure of the king, who had even tun's 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell we drown our g in in tears! The great dignity, you a thing, but you shall let it duell darkly 15 that his valour bath here acquired for hiin, shali at with you.

bome be encounter'd with a shame as ample. i Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dial, 1 Lord. The web of our life is of a uningled yarn, and I am the grave of it.

good and ill together: our virtues wouli be proud, 2 Lord. He hathperverted a young gentlewomai 4 our faults whipp'd them not; and our crimes here in Florence, of a most chaste renown; and 20 would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our this night he flesbes bis will in the spoil of her

virtue ,honour: he hath given her bismonumentalring and

Enter a Serrant. thiuks himself made in the unchaste composition. How now? where's your master?

1 Lord. Now God d lay our rebellion; as we Sert. He met the duke in the street, sir, of are ourselves, what things are we!

25 whom he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordship 2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in will next morning for France. The duke hath the common course of all trea ons, we still see offered him letters of tommendations to the king. them reveal themselves, till they attain to their 2 Lord. They shall be po inore than needful abhorr'd ends ; so he, that in Ibis action contrives there, if they were more than they can commend. against his own nobility, in his proper stream o'er 3

Enter Bertram. flows himself'.

1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's 1 Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, to bi tartness. Here's his lordship now. How now, my trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall not lord, ii't not after midnight? then have his company to-night?

Ber. I have to-night dispatch'd sixteen businesses, 2 Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is dieted 35 a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of sucto his hour.

fress: I have conged with the duke, done my ädiea Lord. That approaches apace: I would with his nearest ; buried a wife, mourn'd for hier ; gladly have him see his company anatomized; that rit to my lady mother, I am returning; enterhe might take a measure of his own judgment, tain’dl my convoy; and, between these main parwherein so curiously he had set this counterfe it. +0 cels of dispatch, effected many nicer needs: the

2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till he last was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet. come: for his presence must be the whip of the 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and other.

this morning your departure hence, it requires I Lord. In the mean time, what hear you

of haste of your lordship. these wars?

45 Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fear2 Lord. I hear there is an overture of peace. ng to hear of it hereafter: But shall we have this i Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded. cialogue between the fool and the soldier :

2 Lord. What willcount Rossillon do then? will Come, bring forth this counterfeit module_; he has he travel higher, or return again into France) deceiv'd me like a double-meaning prophe ier,

1 Lord. I perceive by this demand, you are not 50 2 Lord. Bring him forth : he hath sat in the altogether of his counsel.

stocks all night, poor gallant knave. 2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be a Ber. No mattis; his heels have deserv'd it, in great deal of his act.

nsurping his spurs so long. How does he carry 1 Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, uimselt? fled from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimage 55 i Lord. I have told your lordship already; the to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, Kiocks carry hiin. But, to answer you as you with most austere sanctimony, she accomplish'd : could be understood; he weeps, like a wench and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature Ithat had shed her milk: he hath confess'd hin. became as a prey to her grief ; in tine, made a self to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar, groan of her last breath, and now she sings in 60 from the time of his remembrance, to this very heaven.

finstant disaster of his sitting i? the stocks: And 2 Lord. Ilcw is this justified?

twhat, think you, he hath confest ?

The meaning is, betrays his own secrets in his own talk.

? Module means pattern.

Ber.

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Ber. Nothing of me, has he?

1 Lord. Nothing, but let bien hare thanks. 2 Lurd. His confession is taken, and it shall be Demand of him my conditions, and what credit I read to his face: if your lordslip be in't, as I be- have with the duke lieve you are, you must have the patience to hear it. Inter. Well, that's set down. “ You shall de Re-enter Soldiers tuith Parodies.

“ mand of him, whether one captain Dumain be Ber. A plague upon him! muilled! he can say “ i’ the camp, a Frenchman; what his reputation nothing of me; husb! hush!

" is with the duke, what bis valour, honesty, and | Lord. Hoodman comes !--Porto tariarossa. expertness in wars; or whether he thinks, it

Inter. He calls for the tortures; What will you were not possible with well-weighing sums of say without 'em ?

gold to corrupt him to a revolt." What say you Par. I will confess what I know without con. to this? what do you know of it? straint: if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say no Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the parmore.

ticularof the interrogatories: Demand them singly. Inter. Bosko chimurcho.

Inter. Do you know this captain Dumain ? 2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco.

15 Par. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice Inter. You are a merciful general:--Ourgenera! in Paris, from whence he was whipp'd for getting bids you answer to what I shall ask you out ofa note. the sheriit's fool with child; a dumb innocent, Pár. And truly, as I hope to live

that could not say him, nay. Tuter. “ First demand of him how many horse

[Dumain lifts up his hand in anger. " the duke is strong.' What say you to that? 20 Ber. Nay, by yourleave hold your hands; though

Par. Five or six thousand; but very weak and I know, his brains are forfeit to the nextuile thatfalls. unserviceable: the troops are all scatter'd, and the Inter. Well, is this captain in the duke of Flocommanders very poor rognies; upon my reputa

rence's camp? tion and credit, and as I hope to live.

Par. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy. Inter. Shall I set down your answer so?

1 Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall Par. Do; I'll take the sacrament on't, how and hear of your lordship anon. which way you will: all's one to him'.

Inter. What is his reputation with the duke? Ber. What a past-saving slave is this!

Par. The duke knows him for no other but a i Lord. You are deceiv'd, my lord; this is poor officer of mine; and writ to me the other monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was 50 day, to turn him out o’the band: I think, I have his own phrase) that had the whole theorique of This letter in my pocket, war in the knot of his scart, and the practice in Inter. Marry, we'll search. the chape of his dagger.

Par. In good sadness, I do not know; either 2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keep- it is there, or it is upon a tile, with the duke's other ing his sword clean; nor believe he can have every 35 letters, in my tent. thing in him, by wearing his apparel neatly.

Inter. Here 'tis; here's a paper; Shall I read Inter. Well, that's set down.

it to you? Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said,---I will Piir. I do not know, if it be it, or no. say true,--or thereabouts, set down,--for I'll Ber. Our interpreter does it well. speak truth.

40 1 Lord. Excellently. 1 Lord. He's very near the truth in this.

Inter. “ Dian. The count's a fool, and full of Ber. But I con him no thanks for't', in the gold,”nature he delivers it.

Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir ; that is Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.

an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, Inter. Well, that's set down.

45 one Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a truth's a truth, count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, the rogues are marvellous poor.

very ruttish : 1

pray you, sir, put it up again. Inter.“ Demand of him, of what strength they Inter. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. are afoot.” That say you to that ?

Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this 50 honest in the behalf of the mail ; for I knew the present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio a Young count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy; hundred and listy, Sebastian so many, Corambus who is a whale to virginity, and devours up all so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodo- the fry it finds. wick, and Gratii, two hundred titty each : mine Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue ! own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two 55

Interpreter reads the letter. hundred and tty each ; so that the muster file, " When he swears oaths, bid bim drop gold, and rotten an'ı sowid, upon my life, amounts not to

“ take it: fifteen thousand poll; half of the which dare not After he scores, he never pays the score : shake the snow from off their cassocks', lest they “ Half won, is match well made; match, and well shake themselves to pieces.

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<< make it ; Ber. What shall be done to him?

" He ne'er pays after-debts, take it before; The words “all's one to him” seem to belong to another speaker, and appear to be a proper remark of Bertram's upon Parolles's assertion. 1. e. I am not obliged to him for it. To oon is to know. Cassock signifies a horseman's loose coat.

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“ And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,

2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? ~ Men are to mell with', boys are but to kiss : * Inter. What's he? " For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, Par. Een a crow of the same nest; not altoWho pays before, but not when he does owe it. gether so great as the first in goodness, but greater “ Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear, 5 a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a

“ PAROLLES."

coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best

that is: In a retreat he outruns any lacquey; Ber. He shall be whipp'd through the army, marry, in coming on he has the crainp. with this rhime in his torenead.

Inter. If your life be saved, will you undertake 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the 10 to betray the Fiorentine? manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. Pur. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count

Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, Rousillon. and now he's a cat to me.

Inter. I'll whisper with the general, and know Inter. I perceive, sir, by our general's looks. his pleasure. we shall be tain to hang you.

15 Pur. Il no more drumming; a plague of all Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to beafraid to die; but that, my ottences being many guile the supposition of that lascivious young I would repent out the remainder of nature : let boy the count, have I run into this danger: Yet, me live, sir, in a dungeon, i' the stocks, or any fubo would have suspected an ambusti

' where i where, so I may live.

20 was taken?

[ Aside. Intér. We'll see what may be done, so you con- Inter. There is no remedy,sir, but you must die: fess freely; therefore, once more to this captain the general says, you, that have so tráiterously disDumain: You have answerd to his reputation covered the secrets of your army, and macie such with the duke, and to his valour; What is his pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can honesty?

(25 serve the world for no very honest use; therefore Pur. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister; you must die. Come, headsman, off with his head. for rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. He Pur. O lord, sir ; let me live, or let me see professes no keeping of oaths; in breaking them,

my death! he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, Intir. That shall you, and take your leave of with such volubility, that you would think truth 30 all your friends.

[Unbinding him. were a fool: drunkenness is hi: best virtue ; for So, look about you; Know you any here? he will be swine-drunk; and in his sleep he does Ber. Good-morrow, noble captain. little hari, save to his bed-cloaths about him; but 2 Lord, God bless you, captain Parolles. they know his conditions, and lay bini in straw. I Lord. God save you, noble captain. I have but little more to say, sir, of his honesty : 35 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my he has every thing that an honest man should not lord Lafeu ? I am for France. have; what an honest man should have, he has | Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy nothing.

of that same sonnet vou vrit to Diana in behalf of 1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.

the count Rousillon an I were not a very coward, Ber. For this description of thine honesty? A 4011'd compel it of you; but fare you well. [Ereunt. pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat. Inter. You are undone, captain; all but your

Inter. What say you to his expertness in war? scart, that has a knot on't yet.

Par. Faith, sir, he bas led the drum before the Pur. Who cannot be crush'd with a plot? English tragedians,—to belie hiin, I will not, and Inter. If you could find out a country where but more of his soldiership, I know not; except, in that 45 women were that had received so much shame, you country, he had the honour to be the officer at a might begin an impudent nation. Fare you well, place there callid Mile-end, to instruct for the sir; I am tor France too; we shall speak of you doubling of files: I would do the man what ho- there.

[Erit. nour I can, but of this I am not certain.

Pur. Yet am I thankful: if my heart were great, 1 Lord. De hath out-villain'd villainy so far, 50 Twould burst at this: Captain I'll be no more; that the rarity redeems him.

But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.

Is captain shall: simply the thing I am Inter. This qualities being at this poor price, 1 Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart, need not to ask you, if gold will corrupt him to

Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, revolt.

55 That every braggart shall be found an ass. Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee- Rust, sword! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, live simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and Safest in shame! being tool’d, by foolery thrive! cut the intail from all remainders, and a perpetual There's place, and means, for every man alive. succession for it perpetually,

P'll after them, Inter. What's his brother, the other captain 60

[Exit. Dumain ?

! To mell, is derived from the French word, meler, to mingle.

>j. e. to deceive the opinion.

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