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it you: Then, if you know
you have never come,) or sent it us Upon her great disaster. Ber.
She never saw it. King. Thou speak’st it falsely, as I love mine honour : And mak'st conjectural fears to come into me, Which I would fain shut out: If it should prove That thou art so inhuman,—'twill not prove so ;And yet I know not :-thou didst hate her deadly, And she is dead; which nothing, but to close Her eyes myself, could win me to believe, More than to see this ring.–Take him away.
[Guards seize BERTRAM. My fore-past proofs, howe'er the matter
If you shall
prove This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence, Where yet she never was. [Exit BERTRAM, guarded.
the tinct and multiplying medicine,] Plutus, the grand alchemist, who knows the tincture which confers the properties of gold upon base metals, and the matter by which gold is multiplied, by which a small quantity of gold is made to communicate its qualities to a large mass of base metal.-Johnson.
Then, if you know
Confess 'twas hers,] The true meaning of this expression is, If you know that your faculties are so sound, as that you have the proper consciousness of your own actions, and are able to recollect and relate what you have done, tell me, &c. -Johnson.
My fore-past proofs, &c.] The proofs which I have already had are sufficient to show that my fears were not vain and irrational. I have rather been hitherto more easy than I ought, and have unreasonably had too little fear. Jounson,
Enter a Gentleman. King. I am wrapp'd in dismal thinkings. Gent.
Gracious sovereign, Whether I have been to blame, or no, I know not; Here's a petition from a Florentine, Who hath, for four or five removes, come shorts To tender it herself. I undertook it, Vanquish'd thereto by the fair grace and speech Of the poor suppliant, who by this, I know, Is here attending : her business looks in her With an importing visage; and she told me, In a sweet verbal brief, it did concern Your highness with herself.
King. [reads.] Upon his many protestations to marry me, when his wife was dead, I blush to say it, he won me. Now is the count Rousillon a widower; his vows are forfeited to me, and my honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence, taking no leave, and I follow him to his country for justice ; Grant it me, 0 king, in you it best lies; otherwise a seducer flourishes, and a poor maid is undone.
Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll him :h for this, I'll none of him.
King. The heavens have thought well on thee, Lafeu, To bring forth this discovery.-Seek these suitors :Go, speedily, and bring again the count.
[Exeunt Gentleman, and some Attendants. I am afeard, the life of Helen, lady, Was foully snatch'd. Count.
Now, justice on the doers !
Enter BERTRAM, guarded. King. I wonder, sir, since wives are monsters to you, And that you fly them as you swear them lordship, Yet you desire to marry.-What woman's that?
- for four or five removes, come short-] Helena had come short, or missed the king at four or five differeat removes or post-stages.
toll him :) i. e. Enter him on the toll-book, to prove I came honestly by him.-STEEVENS.
Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and DIANA.
Wid. I am her mother, sir, whose age and honour
King. Come hither, count; Do you know these women?
Ber. My lord, I neither can, nor will deny
Laf. Your reputation [to BERTRAM.] comes too short for my daughter, you are no husband for her.
Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate creature, Whom sometime I have laugh'd with : let your highness Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, Than for to think that I would sink it here.
King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill to friend, Till your
deeds gain them: Fairer prove your honour,
Good my lord,
King. What say'st thou to her?
She's impudent, my lord ; And was a common gamester to the camp.
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord ; if I were so,
Whose high respect, and rich validity,
it to a commoner o'the camp, If I be one.
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
This is his wife;
Methought, you said, You saw one here in court could witness it.
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to day, if man he be.
What of him?
She hath that ring of yours.
I must be patient;
quoted-] i. e. Noted.
insuit coming with her modern grace,] Insuit is request --modern is meanly pretty.
p May justly diet me.] May justly make me fast, by depriving me (as Desdemona says) of the rites for which I love you...MALONE.
(Since you lack virtue, I will lose a husband,)
I have it not.
Sir, much like The same upon your finger.
King. Know you this ring? this ring was his of late.
King. The story then goes false, you threw it him
I have spoke the truth.
Ber. My lord, I do confess the ring was hers.
Ay, my lord. King. Tell me, sirrah, but, tell me true, I charge you, Not fearing the displeasure of your master, (Which, on your just proceeding, I'll keep off,) By him, and by this woman here, what know you?
Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been an honourable gentleman ; tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen have.
King. Come, come to the purpose : Did he love this woman ?
Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her; But how?
Par. He did love her, sir, as a gentleman loves a woman.
King. How is that?
King. As thou art a knave, and no knave :-
Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command. Laf. He's a good drum, my lord, but a naughty orator.
equivocal companion--] i. e. Equivocating fellow.