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Par. I know not what the success will be, my lord ; but the attempt I row.

Ber. I know tholi'rt valiant ; and, to the possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Farewell.

90 Par. I love not inany words. [E.cit.

Sec. Lord. No more than a fish loves water. Is not this a strange fellow, my lord, that so confidently seems to undertake this business, which he kuows is not to be done ; damus himself to do and dares better be damned than to do't?

First Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do : certain it is that he will steal himself into a man's favor and for a week escape a great deal of discoveries, but when you find him out, you have him ever after. 101

Ber. Why, do you think he will make no deed at all of this that so seriously lie does address himself uuto?

Sec. Lord. None in the world ; but return with an invention and clap upon you two or three probable lies : but we have almost embossed him ; you shall see his fall to-night ; for indeed he is not for your lordship's respect.

109 First Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him ; which you shall see this very night Sec. Lord. I must go look my twigs : he

shall be caught. Ber. Your brother he shall go along with


Nor would I wish you. First, give me trust, the count he is my hus

band, And what to your sworn counsel I have spoken Is so from word to word ; and then you can. not,

10 By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, Err in bestowing it. Wid.

I should believe you : For you have show'd me that which well ap

proves You're great in fortune. Hel.

Take this purse of gold, And let me buy your friendly help thus far, Which I will over-pay and pay again When I have found it. The count he wooes

your daughter, Lays down his wanton siege before her

Resolved to carry her : let her in fine consent,
As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it. 20
Now his important blood will nought deny
That she'll demand: a ring the county wears,
That downward hath succeeded in his house
From son to son, some four or five descents
Since the first father wore it: this ring he

In most rich choice ; yet in his idle fire,
To buy his will, it would not seem too dear
Howe'er repented after.

Now I see
The bottom of your purpose.

Hel. You see it lawful, then : it is no more, But that your daughter, ere she seems as won,

31 Desires this ring ; appoints him an encounter; Iu fine, delivers me to fill the time, Herself most chastely absent: after this, To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns To what is passed already. Wid.

I have yielded : Instruct my daughter how she shall persever, That time and place with this deceit sc lawful May prove coherent. Every night he comes With musics of all sorts and songs composed To her unworthiness : it nothing steads us 41 To chide him from our eaves ; for he persists As if his life lay on't. Hel.

Why then to-night
Let us assay

ir plot ; which, if it speed,
Is 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.



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The lass I spoke of.

Fhat Lord. But you say she's honest. By. That's all the fault : I spoke with her but once

120 And found her wondrous cold ; but I sent to

lier, By this same coxcomb that we have i' the

wind, Tokens and letters which she did re-send ; And this is all I have done. She's a fair

creature : Will you go see her ? First Lord. With all my heart, my lord.

[Exeunt. SCENE VII, Florence. The Widow's house.

Enter HELENA and Widow.
Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she,
I know not how I shall assure you further,
But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.
Wu. Though my estate be fallen, I was

well born,
Nothing acquainted with these businesses;
And would not put my reputation now
In any staining act.

ACT IV. SCENE I. Without the Florentine camp. Enter Second French Lord, with five or sit

other Soldiers in ambush. Sec. Lord. He can come no other way but by this hedge-corner. When you sally upon him, speak what terrible language you will : though you understand it not yourselves, no


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matter ; for we must not seem to understand him, unless some one among us whom we must produce for an interpreter.

First Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter.

Sec. Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he not thy voice ?

11 First So!!. No, sir, I warrant you.

Sec. Lord. But what linsey-woolsey hast thou to speak to us again?

First Sold. E'en such as you speak to me.

Sec. Lord. He must think us some band of strangers i’ the adversary's entert:inment. Now he hath a smack of all neighboring languages ; therefore we must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we speak one to another; so we seem to know, is to know straight our purpose: choughs' language, gabble enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem very politic. But couch, ho! here he comes, to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.

Enter PAROLLES. Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours 'twill be time enough to go home. What shall I say I have done ? It must be a very plausive invention that carries it : they begin to smoke me ; and disgraces hare of late knocked too often at my door. I find my tongue is too foolhardy ; but my heart hath the fear of Mars before it and of his creatures, pot daring the reports of my tongue.

Sec. Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own tongue was guilty of.

Par. What the devil should move me to rndertake the recovery of this drum, being not ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I must give myelf some hurts, and say I got them in exploit : yet slight ones will not carry it ; they will say, 'Came you off with so little ?' and great ones I dare not give. Wherefore, what's the instance ? Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman's mouth and buy myself another of Bajazet's mule, if you prattle me into these perils.

Sec. Lord. Is it possible he should know what he is, and be that he is ?

49 Par. I would the cutting of my garments would serve the turn, or the breaking of my Spanish sword. Sec. Lord. We cannot afford you so.

Par. Or the baring of my beard; and to say It was in stratagem.

Sec. Lord. Twould not do.

Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say I was stripped.

Sec. Lord. Hardly serve.

Par. Though I swore I leaped from the Vindow of the citadel.

61 Sec. Lord. How deep? Par. Thirty fathom.

Sec. Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make that be believed.

Par. I would I had any drum of the enemy's : I would swear I recovered it.

Sec. Lord. You shall hear one anon.
Par. A drum now of the enemy's, –

[ Alarum within Sec. Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo.

71 All. Cargo, cargo, cargo, villiando par corbo, cargo.

Par. O, ransom, ransom! do not hide mine eyes.

[They seize and blindjold him. First Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskus.

Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment: And I shall lose my life for want of language; If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, Italian, or French, let him speak to me; I'll Discover that which shall undo the Florentine,

First Sold. Boskos vaivado : I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue. Kerely bonto, sir, betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards are at thy bosom.

Par. O!

First Sold. O, pray, pray, pray! Manka revania dulche.

Sec. Lord. Oscorbidulchos volivorco.
First Sold. The general is content to spare

thee yet ; And, hoodwink'd as thou art, will lead thee

90 To gather from thee : haply thou mayst in

form Something to save thy life. Pur.

0, let me live! And all the secrets of our camnp I'll show, Their force, their purposes ; nay, I'll speak

Which ;ou will wonder at.

First Sold. But wilt thou faithfully ?
Par. If I do not, damu me.

First Sold. Acordo linta. Come on ; thou art granted space. [Exit, with Parolles guarded. I short

alarum within. Sec. Lord. Go, tell the Count Rousillon,

and my brother, We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him muffled

100 Till we do hear from them. Sec. Sold.

Captain, I will. Sec. Lord. A' will betray us all unto our

selves : Inforry on that.

Sec. Sold. So I will, sir. Sec. Lord. Till then I'll keep him dark and safely lock'd.

[Eceunt. SCENE II. Florence, The Widow's house.

Ber. They told me that your name was

Dia. No, my good lord, Diana.

Titled goddess :
And worth it, with addition! But, fair soul,
In your fine frame hath love no quality ?
It the quick fire of youth light not your minn




You are no maiden, but a monument :
When you are dead, you should be such a one
As you are now, for you are cold and stern ;
And now you should be as your mother was
When your swee self was got.

10 Dia. She then was honest. Ber.

So should you be. Dia.

No: My mother did but duty ; such, my lord, As you owe to your wife. Ber.

No more o' that ; I prithee, do not strive against my vows : I was compell’d to her ; but I love thee By love's own sweet constraint, and will for Do thee all rights of service. Dia.

Ay, so you serve us Till we serve you ; but when you have our

roses, You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves And mock us with our bareness. Ber.

How have I sworu ! 20 Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths that makes

the truth, But the plain single vow that is vow'd true. What is not holy, that we swear not by, But take the ligh'st to witness : then, pray

you, tell me, If I should swear by God's great attributes, I loved you dearly, would you believe my

oaths, When I did love you ill? This has no hold

ing, To swear by him whom I protest to love, That I will work against him : therefore your

oaths Are words and poor conditions, but unseal’d, At least in my opinion.

31 Ber.

Change it, change it ; Be not so holy-cruel : love is holy ; And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts That you do charge men with. Stand no more

off, But give thyself unto my sick desires, Who then recover : say thou art mine, and

ever My lovc as it begins shall so persever. Dra. I see that men make ropes in such a

scarre That wo'll forsake ourselves. Give me that

ring. Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear; but have no power

40 To give it from me. Dia.

Will you not, my lord ? Ber. It is an honor ’longing to our house, Bequeathed dist rom many ancestors ; Which were thc greatest obloquy i' the world Ip me to lose.

Dia. Minc honor's such a ring : My chastity's the jewel of our house, Bequeathed down from many ancestors ; Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world In mi to lose : thus your own proper wisdom Brings in the lampion Honor on my part, 50 Against your vain assault.


Here, take my ring : My house, mine honor, yea, my life, be thine, And I'll be bid by thee. Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my

chamber-window : I'll order take my mother shall not hear. Now will I charge you in the band of truth, When you have conquer'd my yet maiden bed, Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me : My reasons are most strong ; and you shall

know them When back again this ring shall be deliver'd: And on your finger in the night I'll put 61 Another ring, that what in time proceeds May token to the future our past deeds. Adieni, till then ; then, fail not. You have won A wise of me, though there my hope be done. Ber. A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.

(Erit. Dia. For which live long to thank both

heaven and me! You may so in the end. My mother told me just how he would woo, As if she sat in 's heart ; she says all men 70 Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry When his wife's dead ; therefore I'll lie with

him When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so

braid, Marry that will, I live and die a maid : Only in this disguise I think't no sin To cozen him that would unjustly win. [Exit.

SCENE INY. The Florentine camp. Enter the two French Lords and some two of

three Soldiers. First Lord. You have not given him his mother's letter ?

Sec. Lord. I have delivered it an hour since: there is something in't that stings his nature ; for on the reading it he changed almost into another man.

First Lord. He has much worthy blanie laid upon him for shaking off so good a wife and so sweet a lady.

9 Sec. Lord. Especially he hath incurred the overlasting displeasure of the king, who had even tuned his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly with you.

First Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and I am the grave of it.

Sec. Lord. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman here in Florence, of a most chaste renown ; and this night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her honor : he hath given her his nionumental ring, and thinks himself made in the unchaste composition.

First Lord. Now, God delay our rebellion! as we are ourselves, what things are we!

Sec. Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in the common course of all treasons, we still see them reveal themselves, till they attain to theis ahhorred ends, so he that in this

action contrives against his own nobility, in whom he hath taken a solemn leave : his lordhis proper stream o'erflows himself. 30 ship will next morning for France. The duke

First Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, hath offered him letters of commendations to to be trumpeters of our unlawful intents ? We

the king. shall not then have his company to-night ? Sec. Lord. They shall be no more than

Sec. Lord. Not till after midnight ; for he needful there, if they were more than they can is dieted to his hour.

commend First Lord. That approaches apace ; I First Lord. They cannot be too sweet for would gladly have him see his company anat- the king's tartness. Here's his lordship now. omized, that he might take a measure of his own judgments, wherein so curiously he had

Enter BERTRAM. set this counterfeit.

40 How now, my lord ! is't not after midnight? Sec. Lord. We will not meddle with him Ber. I have to-night dispatched sixteen till he come ; for his presence must be the businesses, a month's length a-piece, by an whip of the other.

abstract of success : I have congied with the First Lord. In the mean time, what hear duke, done iny adieu with his nearest ; buried you of these wars ?

a wife, mourned for her ; writ to my lady Sec, Lord. I hear there is an overture of mother I am returning ; entertained my conpeace.

voy; and between these main parcels of disFirst Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace con- patch effected many nicer needs ; the last was cluded.

the greatest, but that I have not ended yet. Sec. Lord. What will Count Rousillon do Sec. Lord. If the business be of any diffi. then ? will he travel higher, or return again culty, and this morning your departure hence, into France ? 51 it requires haste of your lordship.

109 First Lord. I perceive, by this demand, Bei. I mean, the business is not ended, as you are not altogether of his council.

fearing to hear of it hereafter. But shall we Sec. Lord. Let it be forbid, sir ; so should have this dialogue between the fool and the I be a great deal of his act.

soldier? Come, bring forth this counterfeit First Lord. Sir, his wife some two months module, he has deceived me, like a doublesince fed from bis house : her pretence is a pil- meaning prophesier. grimage to Saint Jaques le Grand ; which holy Sec. Lord. Bring him forth : has sat i' the undertaking with most austere sanctimony stocks all night, poor gallant knave. she accomplished ; and, there residing, the Ber. No matter ; his heels have deserved tenderness of her nature became as a prey to it, in usurping his spurs so long. How does he her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last

carry himself ?

120 breath, and now she sings in heaven.

Sec. Lord. I have told your lordship already, Sec. Lord. How is this justified ?

the stocks carry him. But to answer you as First Lord. The stronger part of it by her you would be understood ; he weeps like a own letters, which makes her story true, even wench that had shed her milk : he hath conto the point of her death : her death itself, fessed himself to Morgan, whom he supposes which could not be her office to say is come, to be a friar, from the time of his remembrance was faithfully confirmed by the rector of the to this very instant disaster of his setting the place.

60 stocks : and what think you he hath confessed? Sec. Lord. Hath the count all this intelli- Ber. Nothing of me, has a'?


Sec. Lord. His confession is taken, and it First Lord. Ay, and the particular confirm- shall be read to his face : if your ordship be atious, point from point, so to the full arming in't, as I believe you are, you must havo the of the verity.

patience to hear it. Sec. Lord. I am heartily sorry that he'll be glad of this.

Enter PAROLLES guarded, and First Soldier. First Lurd. How mightily sometimes we Ber. A plague upon him! muffled ! he can make us comforts of our losses !

say nothing of me: hush, hush! Sec. Lord. And how mightily some other First Lord. Hoodman comes ! Portotartatimes we drown our gain in tears! The great dignity that his valor hath here acquired for First Sold. He calls for the tortures : what him shall at home be encountered with a will you say without 'em ? shame as ample.

Par. I will confess what I know without First Lord. The web of our life is of a constraint : if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can mingled yarn, good and ill together : our vir- say no more.

141 tues would be proud, if our faults whipped First Sold. Bosko chimurcho. them not; and our crimes would despair, if First Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco, they were not cherished by our virtues.

First Sold. You are a merciful general. Enter a Messenger.

Our general bids you angwer to what I shall

ask you out of a note. How now! where's your master?

Par. And truly, as I have to live. Serv. He met che duke in the street, sir, of First Sold. [Reads] Feries demand of him


gence ?



bow many horse the duke is strong.' What say you to that ?

150 Par. Five or six thousand ; but very weak and userviceable: the troops are all scattered, and the commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputation and credit and as I hope to live.

First sold. Shall I set down your answer so?

Par. Do: I'll take the sacrament on't, how and which way you will.

Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving slave is this!

159 First Lord. You're deceived, my lord : this is Monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, that was his own phrase,--that had the whole theorie of war in the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape of his dagger,

Sec. Lord. I will never trust a man again for keeping his sword clean, nor believe he can have every thing in him by wearing his apparel neatly. First Sold. Well, that's set down.

169 Pr. Five or six thousand horse, I said,-I will say true,-or thereabouts, set down, for I'll speak truth.

First Lord. He's very near the truth in this.

Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the nature he delivers it.

Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.
First Sold. Well, that's set down.

Par. humbly thank you, sir: a truth's a truth, the rogues are marvellous poor. 179

First Sold. [Reads] ‘Demand of him, of what strength they are a-foot.'

What say you to that ?

Pur. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio, a hundred and fisty ; Sebastian, so inny; Corambus, so many ; Jaques, so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two hundred and fifty each ; mine own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two hundred and fifty each : so that the muster-tile, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen thonsand poll ; half of the which dare not shake the snow from off their cassocks, lest they shake themselves to pieces.

Ber. What shall be done to him ?

First Loril. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Demand of him my condition, and what credit I have with the duke.

First Sol. Well, that's set down. [Reads] "You shall demand of him, whether one Captain Dumain be i' the camp, a Frenchman; what his reputation is with the duke ; what his valor, honesty, and expertness in wars; or whether he thinks were not possible, with well-weighing sums of gold, to corrupt him to a revolt. What say you to this ? 'what do you know of it?

Far beseech you, let me answer to the particular or the inter'gatories : demand them gingly.

First Sold. Do you know this captain Duunain ?

210 Par. I know him: a' was a botcher's 'pren

tice in Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting the shrieve's fool with child,-a dumb innocent, that could not say him nay.

Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; though I know his brains are forfeit to the next tile that falls.

First Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Florence's camp

219 Par. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy.

First Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall hear of your lordship anon.

First Sold. What is his reputation with the duke ?

Pur. The duke knows him for no other but a poor officer of mine ; and writ to me this other day to turn him out o' the band : I think I have his letter in my pocket.

First Sold Marry, we'll search. 229

Par. In good sadness, I do not know; either it is there, or it is upon a file with the duke's other letters in my tent.

First Sold. Here'tis ; here's a paper : shall I read it to you ?

Par. I do not know if it be it or no.
Ber. Our interpreter does it well.
First Lord. Excellently.
First Sold. [Reads Dian, the count's a

fool, and full of gold,'Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir ; tbat is an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one Count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but for all that very ruttish : I pray you, sir, put it up again.

First Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favor,

Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest in the behalf of the maid ; for I knew the young count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy, who is a whale to virginity and devours up all the fry it finds.

250 Ber. Damnable both-sides rogue ! First Sold. [Reads] · When he swears oaths,

bid him drop gold, and take it ; After he scores, he never pays the score : Half won is match well made ; match, and

well make it ; He ne'er pays after-debts, take it before ; And say a soldier, Dian, told thee this, Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss : For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, Who pays before, but not when he does owe it. Thine, as he vowed to thee in thine ear, 360

PAROLLES.' Ber'. He shall be whipped through the army with this rhyme in's forehead.

Sec. Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist and the armipotent soldier.

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

First Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, we shall be fain to hang you. 29

Par. My life, sir, in any case : not that I am afraid to die ; but that, my offences being many, I would repent out the remainder of

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