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And be perform'd to-night : the solemn feast there's news for you; you have a new mistress. Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her,
to make some reservation of your wrongs : He is Thy love's to me religious; else, does err. my good lord: whom I serve above, is my master. (Exeunt King, Bertram, Helena, Lords, and Laf. Who? God ? ailendants.
Par. Ay, sir. Laf. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with you.
Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why Par. Your pleasure, sir ?
dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his make hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants 80 ? recantation.
Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose Par. Recantation ?-My lord ? my master ? stands. By mine honour, if I were but two hours Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak ? younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art a gene
Par. A most harsh one ; and not to be under-ral offence, and every man should beat thee. I stood without bloody succeeding. My master ? think, thou wast created for men to breathë them
Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon ? selves upon thee.
Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my
lord. Laf. To what is count's man; count's master is Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for of another style.
picking a kernel out of a pomegrante ; you are a Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you vagabond, and no true traveller: you are more are too old.
saucy with lords, and honourable personages, than Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you which title age cannot bring thee.
commission. You are not worth another word, else Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do. I'd call you knave. I leave you.
(Exit. Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be
Enter Bertram. a pretty wise sellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel ; it might pass : yet the scarfs,
Par. Good, very good ; it is so then.-Good, and the bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly dis- very good ;, let it be concealed a while. suade me from believing thee a vessel of too great
Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! a burden. I have now found thee; when I lose
Par. What is the matter, sweet heart ? thee again, I care not : yet art thou good for no
Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have thing but taking up; and that thou art scarce worth.
Sworn, Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity I will not bed her. upon thee,
Par. What? what, sweet heart ? Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest
Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me:thou hasten thy trial; which if-Lord have mercy I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. on thee for a hen! So, my good window of lattice,
Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits fare thce well; thy casement I need not open, for The tread of a man's foot: to the wars! I look through thee. Give me thy hand.
Ber. There's letters from iny mother; what the Par. My lord, you give me most egregious in
import is, dignity.
I know not yet. Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy
Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars, of it.
my boy, to the wars! Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
He wears his honour in a box unseen, Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I That hurs his kicksy-wicksya here at home; will not bale thee a scruple.
Spending his manly marrow in her arms, Par. Well, I shall be wiser.
Which should sustain the bound and high curvet Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Of Mars's fiery stecd: To other regions ! pull at a smack o' the contrary. if ever thou be'st France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jades ; bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what Therefore, to the war! it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire
Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, knowledge; that I may say, in the default,a he is a And wherefore I am Ned; write to the king man I know.
That which I durst not speak: His present gist Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable Shall furnish me to these Italian fields, vexation.
Where noble fellows strike: War is no strise Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and to the dark house, and the detested vise. my poor doing eternal: for doing I am past ; as I
Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure ? will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave.
Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise me. (Eril.
!'ll send her straight away: To-morrow Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !
Par. Why, these balls bound: there's noise in it. Well, I must be patient; There is no reitering of
-'Tis hard ; a'thority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can meet A young man, married, is a man that's marrid: him with any convenience, an he were double and Therefore away, and leave her bravely; yo: double a lord. I'll have no more pity of his age,
The king has done you wiong; but, hush! 'tis so. than I would have or-I'll beat him, an if I could
(Ereunt. but meet him again.
SCENE IV.-The same. Another room in the Re-enter Laseu.
same. Enter Helena and Clown.
Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she well ? Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her health; (1) i. e. While I sat twice with thee at dinner (3) Exercise. (4) A cant term for a wife. 12) At a need
(5) The house made gloomy by discontent.
she's very merry; but yet she is not well: kut| Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great thanks be given, she's very well, and wants nothing in knowledge, and accordingly valiant. i' the world; but yet she is not well.
Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, Hel. Il she be very well, what does she ail, that and iransgressed a ainst his valour; and my state she's not very well?
that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for two my heart to repent. Here he comes ; I pray you, things.
make us friends. I will pursue the amity. Hel. What two things?
Enter Parolles. Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither God send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth, Par. These things shall be done, sir. from whence God send her quickly!
(To Bertram, Enter Parolles.
Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?
Par. Sir? Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!
Laf. 0, I know him well: Ay, sir; he, sir, is a Hel. I hope, sir, I have your goud will to have mine own good fortunes.
good workman, a very good tailor. Par. You had my prayers to lead them on : and
Ber. Is she gone to ihe king ? (Aside to Parolles.
Par. She is. to keep them on, have them still.-0, my knave! How does my old lady?
Ber. Will she away to-night?
Par. As you'll have her. Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her money, I would she did as you say.
Ber. I have writ my letters, casketted my treaPar. Why, I say nothing. Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many When I should take possession of the bride,
Given order for our horses; and to-night, a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing: And, cre I do begin,To say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be a great part of your ter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds,
Lif. A good traveller is something at the lat. tille ; which is within a very little of nothing.
and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings Par. Away, thou art a knave. Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.
God save you, captain. thou art a knave; that is, before me thou art a knave: this had been truth, sir.
Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord
and you, monsieur Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.
Par. I know not how I have deserved to run Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir ? or were
into my lord's displeasure. you taught to find me? The search, sir, was protitable; and much fool may you find in you, even to and spurs, and all, like him that leap'd into the
Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. custard ; and out of it you'll run again, rather Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed.
than suffer question for your residence. Madam, my lord will go away to-night;
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord. A very serious business calls on him.
Laf. And shall'do so ever, though I took him at The great prerogative and rite of love, Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknow this of me, There can be no kernel in this light
his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe ledge ; But puts it off by a compell’d restraint ;
nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with Hot in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept
of them tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, sweets, Which they distil now in the curbed time,
monsieur: I have spoken better of you, than you To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy,
have or will deserve at my hand; but we must do And pleasure drown the brim.
good against evil.
Par. An idle lord, I swear. Hel.
What's his will else ?
Ber. I think so. Par. That you will take your instant leave o' the king,
Par. Why, do you not know him? And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
Ber. Yes, 'I do know him well; and common Strengthen'd with that apology you think
speech May make it probable need.'
Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. Hel. What more commands he?
Enter Helena, Par. That, having this obtain'l, you presently| Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Attend his further pleasure.
Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. Par. I shall report it so.
For present parting; only, he desires
Some private speech with you.
I shall obey his will.
(Exeunt. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, SCENE V,Another room in the same. Enter
Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Lafeu and Bertram.
The ministration and required of ce
On my particular: prepar'd I was not Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a For such a business; therefore am I found soldier.
So much unsettled : This drives me to enireat you, Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. That presently you take your way for home ; Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. And rather muse,' than ask, wly I entreat you ; Ber. And by other warranted testimony. For my respects are better than they seem;
Lat. Then my dial goes not trues I took this And my appointments have in them a need, lark for a bunting.”
but has little or no song, which gives estimation to (1) A specious appearance of necessity. the sky-lark. (2) The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark ;! (3) Wonder.
Ag letting her pags so; had I spoke with her, Will. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port. I could have well diverted her intents,
Plel. Is this the way? Which thus she hath prevented.
Ay, merry, is it.-Hark you! Sleu. Pardon me, madam:
1.4 march afar off. If I had given you this at over-nichi,
They come this way :- If you will tarry, huly pila She 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; Bless this unworthy husband ? he cannot thrive, The rather, for, I think, I know your hostess, Unles her prayers, whom Heaven delights to hear, As ample as mysell. And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath Hel.
Is it yourself? Os greatest justice.-Write, write, Rinaldo, Wid, If you shall please so, pilgrim. To this unworthy husband of his wife;
Hel. I thank you, and will say upon your leisure. Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,
Wid. You came, I think, from France ? That he does weigh' too light: my greatest gries, liel.
I did so. Though little he do feel it, sit down sharply. Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours, Despatch the inost convenient messenger :- That has done worthy service. When, haply, he shall hear that she is gore, Hel.
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 ly the car, that hears most nobly of him: Led hiiher by pure love: which of them buth, 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 Gries would have lears, and sorrow bids me speak. Against his liking : Think vcu it is so?
[Ereunl. Hel. Av, surely, mere ihe truth;* I know his
ladv. SCENE V.-Wilhoul the walls of Florence. A
Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the count, luckel 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.
Hel. Wil. Nay, come; for if they do approach the
0, I believe with him, citv, we shall lose all the sight.
In argument of praise, or to the worlh Dia. They say, the French count has done most of the great count himself, she is too mean honourable service.
To have her name repented; all her deserving Wid. It is reported, that he has taken their 's a reserved honesty, and that greatest commander; and that with his own hand I have not heard cxamin'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 wise may know by their trumpets. Mar. Come, let's return acain, and suffice our.
Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er she is, selves with the report of it. Well,'Diana, 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 filihy officer he is in those suggestions?
He does, indeed; for the youn: 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 mad hath been seduced by them, and In honestest defence. the inisery is, example, that so terrible shows in Enter with drum and colours, a purly 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
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 sear me.
That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fellow; Enter Helena, in the dress of a pilgrim.
I would, he lov'd his wise: if he were honester, Wil. I hope so.--Look, here comes a nil- He were much goodlier :-Is't not a handsome grim: I know she will lic at my horse: thither gentleman ? thev send one another: I'll question her.
Hel. I like him well. God save you, pilirim! Whither are you bound ? Dia. 'Tis pity he is not honest: Yond's that same Tel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
krave, Where do the palmersé lodge, I do beseech you? That leads him to these places; were I his lady,
(1) Weish, 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.
hiin hare 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 scarfs : 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.
Casar himself could not have prevented, if he had Wid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I will been there to command. bring you
Ber. Well, 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 Shall 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,
hic jacet. Worthy the note.
Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, Both We'll take your offer kindly. (Ere. 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 magnanimous in the enterprize, and go
Bertram, and the two French Lords. on; I will grace the atteinpt for a worthy exploit : I 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. | Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
Pur. 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. 1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct
Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will preknowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him sently 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, tion, and, by mít night, 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 subscribe for thee. Ber. I would I knew in what particular action Farewell. to try him.
Par. I love not many words.
(Erit. 2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his 1 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.
secms to undertüke this business, which he knows 1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will sud- is not to be done; damus 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 himsell' into a olher 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 tenis: Be of discoveries; but when you find him out, you but your lordship present at his examination; if he have him ever after. do nol, 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 against sell 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 lies: 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 Laleu : 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.
1 Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be I 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 obstructions. die in the attempt.
(5) Hunted him down. (6) Strip him naked.
Greater than shows itself, at the first view, And all the honours, that can fly from us,
(Giving a leiler. When better fall, for your avails They fell : "Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so To-norrow to the field. (Flourish. Ereint. I leave you to your wisdom. Hel. Sir, I can nothing say,
SCENE II.--Rousillon. Aroom in the Countess's
Palace. Enter Countess and Clown.
Count. It hath happened all as I would have Hel.
And ever shall had it, save, that he comes not along with her. With true observance seek to eke out that,
Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd very melancholy man. To equal my great fortune.
Count. By what observance, I pray you ?
Clo. Why, he will look upon his booi, and sing; My haste is very grcat: Farewell; hie home. mend the ruft,s and sing; ask questions, and sing; Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
pick his teeth, and sing : I know a man that had Ber.
Well, what would you say ? this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I oire;'
a song Nor dare I say, 'tis mine ; and yet it is ;
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he But, like a timorous thier, most sain would steal
means to come.
[ Opening a letter. What law does vouch mine own.
Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Ber.
What would you have? court: our old ling, and our Isbels o' the country, Hel. Something; and scarce so much :--nothing, are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels of indeed.
the court : the brains of my cupid's knocked out; I would not tell you what I would: my lord_faith, and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, yes;
with no stomach. Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. Count. What have we here.? Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Clo. E'en that you have there,
(Erit. Ilel. I shall not break your bidding, good my Count. [Reads.) I have sent you a daughter-inlord.
law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?- I have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to Farewell.
[Exit Helena. make the not elernal. You shall hear, I am run Go thou toward home; where I will never come, away; know it, before the report come, there Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum:- be breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long Away, and for our flight.
distance. My duty to you. Par. Bravely, coragio! (Eze.
Your unfortunate son,
To fly the favours of so good a king;
To pluck his indignation on thy head, SCENE 1.-Florence, A room in the Duke's By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
Palace. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, For the contempt of empire. allended; two French Lords, and others.
Re-enter Clown. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have
Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, you heard
between two soldiers and my young lady. The fundamental reasons of this war;
Count. What is the matter? Whose great decision hath much blood let forth,
Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, And more thirsts alter,
some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon 1 Lord. Holy seems the quarrel
as I thought he would. Upon your grace's part; black and scarful 01 the opposer.
Count. Why should he be kill'd ? Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the
Clo. So say 1, madam, if he run away, as I hear France
loss of men, though it be the getting of children. Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom Against our borrowing prayers.
Here they come, will tell you more : for my part, I 2 Lord.
Good my lord,
only hear, your son was run away. (Exit Clown. The reasons of our state I cannot yield,?
Enter Helena and two Gentlemen. But like a common and an outward man,"
1 Gent. Save you, good madam. That the great figure of a council frames
Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. By self-unable motion : therefore dare not
2 Gent. Do not say so. Say what I think of it; since I have found Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, gen. Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail
tlemen,As often as I guess'd.
I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief,
That the first face of neither, on the start, 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our na- Can womans me unto't:- Where is my son, I pray ture,
you? That surseit on their ease, will, day by day, 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Come here for physic.
Florence : Duke, Welcome shall they be; We met him thitherward; from thence we caine,
And, after some despatch in hand at court, (1) Possess. (2) i. e. I cannot inform you of the reasor.s. (5) The folding at the top of the boot. 73) One not in the secret of affairs.
(6) i. e. Affect me suddenly and deeply, as our (4) As we say at present, our young fellows. Isex are usually affected.