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For thou may'st see a sun-shine and a hail
In me at once : but to the highest beams
Distracted clouds give way; so stand thou forth,
The time is far again.

Ber. My high-repented blames
Dear sovereign, pardon to me.

King. All is whole ;
Not one word more of the consumed time.
Let's take the instant by the forward top;
For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
The inaudible and noiseless foot of time
Steals ere we can effect them : you remember
The daughter of th lord ?

Ber. Admiringly, my liege : at first
I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart
Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue :
Where the impression of mine eye intixing,
Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me,
Which, warp'd the line of every other favour;
Scorn'd a fair colour, or express'd it stolen;
Extended or contracted all proportions,
To a most hideous object : thevce it came,
That she whom all men praised, and whom myself,
Since I have lost, have loved, was in mine eye
The dust that did offend it.

King. Well excused : That thou didst love her, strikes some scores away For the great compt: but love, that comes too late, Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried, To the great sender turns a sour offence, Crying, that's good that's gone: our rash faults Make trivial price of serious things we have, Not knowing them, until we know their grave : Oft our displeasures, to ourselves unjust, Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust : Our own love waking cries to see what's done, While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon. Be this sweet llelen's knell, and now forget her. Send forth your amorous token for fair Maudlin: The main consents are had ; and here we'll stay To see our widower's second inarriage day. Count. Which better than the first, o dear hea.

ven, bless! Or, ere they meet, in me, 0 nature, cease!

Laf. Come un, my son, in whom my house's name Must be dig ted, give a favour from you, To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter,

• Faults repented of to the utmost.

That she may quickly come.-By my old beard,
And every hair that's on't, Helen that's dead,
Was a sweet creature ; such a ring as this,
The last that e'er I took her leave at court,
I saw upon her finger.

Ber. Hers it was not.
King. Now, pray you, let me see it ; for mine eye,
While I was speaking, oft was fasten' to't.-
This ring was mine; and, when I gave it Helen,
I bade her, if her fortunes ever stood
Necessitied to help, that by this token
I would relieve her: Had you that craft, to reave

her Of what should stead her most?

Ber. My gracious sovereign,
Howe'er it pleases you to take it so,
The ring was never her's.

Count. Son, on my life,
I have seen her wear it ; and she reckon'd it
At her life's rate.

Laf. I am sure, I saw her wear it.

Ber. You are deceived, my lord, she never saw it; In Florence was it from a casement thrown me, Wrapp'd in a paper, which contain’d the name Of her that threw it: noble she was, and thought I stood ingaged* : but when I had subscribed To mine own fortune, and inform’d her fully, I could not answer in that course of honour As she had made the overture, she ceased In heavy satisfaction, and would never Receive the ring again.

King. Plutus himself, That knows the tinct and multiplying medicinet, Hath not in nature's mystery more science, Than I have in this ring : twas mine, 'twas Helen's, Whoever gave it you : then, if you know That you are well'acquainted with yourself i, Contess 'twas hers, and by what rough-enforcement You got it from her : she call’d the saints to surety, That she would never put it from her finger, Unless she gave it to yourself in bed (Where you have never come), or sent it us Upon her great disaster. Ber. She never saw it.

• In sense of unengaged.
+ The Philosopher's stone.

# That you have the proper consciousness of your own actions.

him ;

King. Thou speak'st it falsely, as I love mine ho

nour; And makest 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 fall,
Shall tax my fears of little vanity,
Having vainly fear's too little.-Away wi
We'll sift this matter further.

Ber. 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. 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 short 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, O king; in you it best lies : otherwise a seducer flourishes, and a poor maid is undone.

Diana Capulet. Laf: I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll himt; for this, I'll none of him. King. The heavens have thought well on thee,

Lafeu, To bring forth this discovery.--Seek these suitors :

• Post-stages. + Pay toll for him.

Go, speedily, and bring again the count.

(Ereunt 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? Re-enter GenTLEMAN, with Widow and Diana.

Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine,
Derived from the ancient Capulet ;
My suit, as I do understand, you know,
And therefore know how far 1 may be pitied.

Wid. I am her mother, Sir, whose age and honour
Both suffer under this complaint we bring,
And both shall cease *, without your remedy.
King. Come hither, count; do you know these

women ? Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny But that I know them: do they charge me further ?

Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wife? Ber. She's none of mine, my lord.

Dia. If you shall marry, You give away this hand, and that is mine; You give away heaven's vows, and those are mine You give away myself, which is known mine ; For I by vow am so embodied yours, That she, which marries you, must marry me, Either both, or none.

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 crea

ture, 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 ny thoughts, you have them ill to

friend, Till your deeds gain them : Fairer prove your ho

nour, Than in my thought it lies !

* Decease, die.

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Dia. Good my lord,
Ask him upon his oath, if he does think
He had not my virginity.

King. What say'st thou to her?

Ber. She's impudent, my lord ;
And was a common gamester to the camp *.

Dia. He does me wrong, my lord ; if I were so,
He might have bought me at a common price:
Do not believe him : 0, behold this ring,
Whose high respect, and rich validity +,
Did lack a parallel ; yet, for all that,
He gave it to a commoner o' the camp,
If I be one.

Count. He blushes, and 'tis it :
Of six preceding ancestors, that gem
Conferr'd by testament to the sequent issue,
Hath it been owed, and worn. This is his wife ;
That ring's a thousand proofs.

King. Methought, you said,
You saw one here in court could witness it.

Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
So bad an instrument; his name's Parolles.

Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
King. Find him, and bring him hither.
Ber. What of him ?
He's quoted | for a most perfidious slave,
With all the spots oʻthe world tax'd and debosh'd
Whose nature sickens, but to speak a truth :
Am I or that, or this, for what he'll utter,
That will speak any thing?
King. She hath that ring of

yours.
Ber. I think, she has : certain it is, I liked her,
And boarded her i’ the wanton way of youth ;,
She knew her distance, and did angle for me,
Madding my eagerness with her restraint,
As all impediments in fancy's course
Are motives of more fancy; and, in fine,
Her insuit coming with her modern grace,
Subdued me to her rate : she got the ring;
And I had that, which any inferior might
At market-price have bought.

Dia. I must be patient;
You, that turn’d off a first so noble wife,
May justly diet me. I pray you yet,
(Since you lack virtue, I will lose a husband)

• Gamester when applied to a female, then meant
+ Value.

Noted.

|| Debauched. VOL. II.

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