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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.
or smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers, (Reads.] when thou canst get the ring upon my That ride upon the violent speed of fire, finger, which never shall come off, and show me Fly with false aim; move the still-piercing air, a child begotten of thy body, that I am father to, That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord! then call me husband: but in such a then I writé Whoever shoots 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 I Gent.
Ay, madam; His death was so effected better 'twere,
Count. 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. I Gent. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of
'[Exit. speed. Hel. (Reads.] Till I have no wife, I have nothing SCENE III. --- Florence. Before the Duke's Pa in France,
lace. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, 'Tis bitter.
Bertram, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others. Count. Find you that there?
Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we, Hel.
Ay, madam. 1 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 good 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 tend 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 1 Gent. Ay, my good lady, he.
A lover of thy drum, hater of love. (Exeunt. Counl. 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. I Gent. Indeed, good lady,
Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of
her ? The fellow has a deal of that, too much, Which holds him much to have.
Might you not know, she would do as she has done, 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 offended, 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, write, thal, from the bloody course of war. lo that and all your worthiest affairs.
My dearest master, your dear son may hie ; Count. Not so, but as we change our courtesies. Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far, Will you draw near ?
His name with zealous fervour sanctify: (Exeunt Countess and Gentlemen. His taken labours bid him me forgive; Hel. Til i have no wife, I have nothing in
1, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth France.
From courtly friends, with camping foes 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 on otherwise than as she returns the same offices of my finger, into your possession.
civility. (2) Ir thou keepest all thy sorrows to thyself. (4) Ravenous.
(3) In reply to the gentlemen's declaration, that 15). Alluding to the story of Hercules. they are her servants, the countess answers-10 (61 Discretion or thought.
As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her, Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port. I could have well diverted her intents,
Hel. Is this the way? Which thus she hath prevented.
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you! Stew. Pardon me, madam:
(.A march afer off If I had given you this at over-night,
They come this way :-If you will tarry, holy puShe might have been o'ertaken; and yet she writes, grim, Pursuit would be in vain.
But till the troops come by, Count.
What angels shall I will conduct you where you shall be lodg’d;
Is it yourself?
Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.
I did so. Though little he do feel it, set down sharply.
Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours, Despatch the most convenient messenger: That has done worthy service. When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone,
His name, I pray you? He will return; and hope I may, that she, Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such a one? Hearing so much, will speed her foot again, Hel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him: Led hither by pure love: which of them both, His face I know not. Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense
Whatsoe'er he is, To make distinction :-Provide this messenger: He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak; As 'tis reported, for the king had married him Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak. Against his liking: Think you it is so ?
[Exeunt. Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth;“ I know his
lady, 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?
Dia, Monsieur Parolles, Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach thel, Hel.
0, I believe with bim, city, 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 bonourable service.
To have her name repeated; 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 wife 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
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.
Wid. rolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions
He does, indeed; for the young earl.—Beware of them, 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
:: But she is arm’d for him, and keeps her guard many.a maid hath been seduced by them; and In honestest defence. the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in Enter with drum and colours, a party 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 sellow; Enter Helena, in the dress of a pilgrim.
I would, he lov'd his wife: if he were honester, Wid. I hope so. -Look, here comes a pil- He were much goodlier :-Is't not a handsome grim: I know she will lie at my house: thither gentleman ? they send one another: I'll question her.
Hel. I like him well. God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound ? Dia. 'Tis pity he is not honest: Yond's that same Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
knave, Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you? That leads him to these places; were I his lady,
(1) Weigh, here means to value or esteem. (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.
(7) Deals with panders.
him have his way.
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 scarss: Why is he Ber. How now, monsieur ? 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 but 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.
Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had Wid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I will been there to command. bring you
, 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. Hd.
I humbly thank you: Ber. It might, but it is not now. Please it this matron, and this gentle maid, Par. It is to 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 Sball 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, 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 inagnanimous in the enterprize, and go Bertram, and the two French Lords.
on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploii : 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't ; let if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak
of 'it, and extend to you what further 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. 1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
Par. 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 pre mowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him senty 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, Lion, and, by midnight, look to hear further from me. the owner of no one good quality worthy your lord
Ber. May I be bold to 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 subsc.ibe for theo. Ber. I would I knew in what particular action Farewell. to try him.
Par. I love not many words.
(E.rit. ? Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his i Lord. No more than a fish 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 I 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 hímsell' 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 tents: Be of discoveries; but when you find him out, you but your lordship present at his examination ; if he have 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 againsi self unto ? you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon
i 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 lics. but we have almost embossed him, you his drum ; he says he has a stratagem fort : 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-ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old tainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here lord La feu : when his disguise and he is parted,
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 1 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 die in the allempt.
(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,
But let's about it.
[Ecami. The lass I 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 1.-Without the Florentine camp. EnBy this same coxcomb that we have i' the wind, Tokens and letters which she did re-send;
ter first Lord, with five or six Soldiers in am
bush. And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature; Will you go see her?
I Lord. He can come no other way but by this 2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord. hedge's corner: When you sally upon him, speak
(Exeunt. 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,
1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him? knows le 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
I Sold. Even such as you speak to me. In any staining act.
1 Lord. He must think us some band of stran 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 retum 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 'twill daughter,
be time enough to go home. What shall I say! 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 importantblood 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 crea. That 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 father wore it: this ring he holds tongue was guilty of.
(Aside. 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 lawsul then: It is no more, lit: 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 pratlle 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 woulil Instruct my daughter how she shall perséver, serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanisla That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, sword. May prove coherent. Every night he comes i Lord. We cannot afford you so. (Aside. 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 ;a for he persists, 1 Lord. 'Twould not do.
(Aside. As if his life lay on't.
Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say I was Hel. Why then, to-night stripped. i Lord. Hardly serve.
[Aside. (1) i. e. By discovering herself to the count. (2) Importunate. (3) i. c. Count. (4) From under our windows.
) i. e. Foreign troops in the enemy's pay. .
(6) A bird like a jack-daw. (7) The prool
Par. Though I swore I leaped from the window Ber.
So should you be. of the citadel
No. 1 Lord. How deep?
[ Aside. My mother did but duty; such, my lord, Par. Thirty fathom.
As you owe to your wife. i Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make
No more of that! that be believed.
(Aside. 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 love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever 1 Lord. You shall hear one anon. [Aside. Do thee all rights of service. Par. A drum now of the enemy's!
Ay, so you serve us, [ Alarum within. Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, I Lord. Throca morousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, All. Cargo, cargo, rillianda par carbo, cargo. And mock us with our bareness. Par. O! ransome, ransome :-Do not hide mine Ber.
How have I sworn ? eyes.
[They seize him and blindfold him. Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths that make the I Sold. Boskos thromuldo 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 holy, 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 shall 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.
O, pray, pray, pray. Be not so holy-cruel: love is holy; Manka redania dulche,
And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts, 1 Lord.
Oscorbi dulchos volivorca. That you do charge men with: Stand no more off, I Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet; But give thyself unto my sick desires, And, hood-wink'd as thou art, 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 perséver. 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 ? 1 Sold.
But wilt thou faithfully? Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, Par. If I do not, damn me.
Bequeathed down from many ancestors; 1 Sold.
Acordo linta.– Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world Come on, thou art granted space.
In me to lose. (Erit, with Parolles guarded. Dia,
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 muffled,
In me to lose : Thus your own proper wisdom Till we do hear from them.
Brings in the champion honour on my part, 2 Sold.
Captain, I will. Against your vain assault. 1 Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves ; Ber.
Here, take my ring : Ipform '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.
(Exeuni. ber window;
I'll order take, my mother shall not hear. SCENE II.-Florence. room in the Widow's Now will I charge you in the band of truth, 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. Ns, my good lord, Diana.
Titled goddess; When back again this ring shall be deliverd: And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul,
And on your finger, in the night, I'll put
May token to the future our pasi deeds.
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 self was got.
Dia. For which live long to thank both heaver Dia. She then was honest.
and me! (1) i.e. Against his determined resolution never (2) The sense is—we never swear by what is not to cohabit with Helena.
Tholy, but take to witness the Highest, ihe Divinity.