an you, even to the world's pleasure, and the sand nothings with, should be once heard, aud increase of laughter.

thrice beaten.-God save you, captain. Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed. Ber. Is there any unkindness between my Madam, my lord will go away to-night; lord and you, monsieur ? A very serious business calls on him.

Par. I know not how I have deserved to The great prerogative and rite of love, run into my lord's displeasure. Which, as your due, time claims, he does ac. Laf. You have made shift to run into't, knowledge;

boots and spurs and all, like him that leaped But puts it off by a compellid restraint; into the custard ; and ont of it you'll run again, Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed rather than suffer question for your residence. with sweets,

Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, Which they distil now in the curbed time,

my lord. To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy, Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took And pleasure drown the brim.

him at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; Hel.

What's his will else? and believe this of me, there can be no kernel Par. That you will take your instant leave in this light nut; the soul of this man is his o' the king,

[ceeding, clothes: trust him not in matter of heavy conAnd make this haste as your own good pro- sequence; I have kept of them tame, and Strengthen'd with what apology you think know their natures.--Farewell, monsieur: 1 May make it probable need

bave spoken better of you, than you have or Hel.

What more commands he? will deserve at my hand ; but we must do Par. That, having this obtain’d, you pre- good against evil.

(Exit. Attend his further pleasure.

(sently Par. An idle lord, I swear. Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. Ber. I think so. Par. I shall report it so.

Par. Why, do you not know him ?

pray you.-Comc, sirrah,

Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and com (Exeunt. mon speech

(clog. SCENE V. Another Room in the same.

Gives him a worthy pass.

Here comes my


Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not you,

(leave him a soldier.

Spoke with the king, and have procured his Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant ap. For present parting; only, he desires proof.

Some private speech with you. Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. Ber.

I shall obey his will. Ber. And by other warranted testimony. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, Laf. Then my dial goes not true ; I took Which holds not colour with the time, no? bis lark for a bunting t.

The ministration and required office

(dors Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very On my particular : prepared I was not great in knowledge, and accordingly valiunt. For such a business; therefore am I found you,

Laf. I have then sinned against his expe. So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat rience, and transgressed against his valour; That presently you take your way for home; and my state that way is dangerous, since I And rather muse 1, than ask, why I entreat you: cannot yet find in my heart to repent. Here For my respects are better than they seem;

pray you, make us friends, I will And my appointments have in them a need, pursue the amity.

Greater than shows itself, at the first view, Enter PAROLLES.

To you that know them not. This to my moPar. These things shall be done, sir.

ther :

[Giving a letter. [To BERTRAN. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see yon ; so Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ? I leave you to your wisdom. Par. Sir?


Sir, I can nothing say, Laf. O, I know him well : Ay, sir ; he, But that I am your most obedient servant. sir, is a good workman, a very good tailor. Ber. Come, come, no more of that. Ber. Is she gone to the king?


Aud ever shall (Aside to PAROLLES. With true observance seek to eke out that, Par. She is.

Wherein toward me my homely stars have Ber. Will she away to-night?

To equal my great fortune.

(fail'd Par. As you'll have her. [treasure, Ber.

Let that go : Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home. Given order for our horses ; and to-night, Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon. When I should take possession of the bride, - Ber.

Well, what wonld yon say! And, ere I do begin,

Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owej; Laf. A good traveller is something at the Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is; latter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three-But, like a timorous thief, most fain would thirds, and nses a known truth to pass a thou. / What law does vouch mine own.

(steal • A specious appearance of necessity. + The bunting rearly resembles the sky.lark; but bas little or no song, which gives estimation to the sky.lark.

I Wonder, Possess

he comes ;


What would you have ? Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?Hel. Something; and scarce so much :


(Exit HELENA nothing, indeed. ['faith, yes ;-Go thou toward home; where I will never I would pot tell you what I would . my lord


[drum :Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to Away, and for our flight. horse.

(my lord.

Bravely, coragio! Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good!


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. SCENE I. Florence. A Room in the at court : our old ling and our Isbels o' the Duke's Palace.

country are nothing like your old ling and your Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, knocked out; and I begin to love, as an old

Isbels o' the court : the brains of my Cupid's attended ; two French Lords, & others.

man loves money, with no stomach. Duke. So that, from point to point, now Count. What have we here? have you heard

Clo. E'en that you have there. [Erit. The fundamental reasons of this war;

Count. [Reads.) I have sent you a daugh Whose great decision hath much blood letter-in-law : she hath recovered the king, And more thirsts after.

[forth, and undone me. I have wedded her, not 1 Lord. Holy seems the quarrel bedded her; and sworn to make the not Upon your grace's part; black and fearful eternal. You shall hear, I am run away; On the opposer.

(France know it, before the report come. If there Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin be breadth enough in the world, I will hold Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom a long distance. My duty to you, Against our borrowing prayers.

Your unfortunate son, 2 Lord. Good my lord,

BERTRAM The reasons of our state I cannot yield *, This is not well, rash and unbridled boy ; But like a common and an outward mant, To fly the favours of so good a king ; That the great figure of a council frames To pluck his indignation on thy head,

By self-unable motion : therefore dare not By the misprizing of a maid too virtuoos € Say what I think of it ; since I have found For the contempt of empire. Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail

Re-enter Clown. As often as I guess’d.

Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news withDuke.

Be it his pleasure. in, between two soldiers and my young lady. 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of car Count. What is the matter? nature 1,

Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, some comfort : your son will not be killed so Come here for physic.

soon as I thought he would. Duke.

Welcome shall they be ; Count. Why should he be killed ? And all the honours, that can fly from us, Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as Shall on them settle. You know your places I hear he does : the danger is in standing to't; well;

that's the loss of men, though it be the getting When better fall, for your avails they fell : of children. Here they come, will tell you To-morrow to the field. (Flourish. Exeunt. more : for my part, I only hear, your son was SCENE II. Rousillon. A Room in the

run away.

(Erit Clown.

Enter HELENA and two Gentlemen. Countess's Palace.

1 Gent. Save you, good madam. Enter Countess and Clown.

Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. Count. It hath happened all as I would have 2 Gent. Do not say so. (gentlemen,had it, save, that he comes not along with her. Count. Think upon patience.-"Pray you,

Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief, be a very nielancholy man.

That the first face of neitber, on the start, Count. By what observance, I pray you? Can woman| me untot: Where is my son, I Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and

pray you?

[of Florence : sing; mend the ruffy, and sing; ask questions, 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke and sing ; pick his teeth, and sing : I know a We met him thitherward; from thence we man that bad this trick of melancholy, sold a came, goodly manor for a song.

And, after some despatch in hand at court, Count. Let me see what he writes, and when Thither we bend again.

(passport. he means to come. [Opening a letter. Hel. Look on his letter, inadam; here's my

Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was (Reads.] When thou canst get the ring • i. e., I cannot inform you of the reasons. + One not in the secret of affairs. * As we say at present, our young fellows. Ø The folding at the top of the boot.

! é, e., Affect me suddenly and deeply, as our nex are usually affected.

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upon my finger, which never shall come That chase thee from thy country, and expose off, and show me a child begotten of thy Those tender limbs of thine to the event body, that I am father to, then call me of the none-sparing war ? and is it I (thou husband: but in such a then I write a never. That drive thee from the sportive court, where This is a dreadfal sentence.

Was shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen? Of smoky muskets ? O you leaden messengers, 1 Gent.

Ay, madam ; That ride upon the violent speed of fire, And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our Fly with false aim ; nuove the still piercing air, pains.

That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord! Count. I prythee, lady, have a better cheer; Whoever shoots at him, I set him there ; If thou engrossest all the griefs are thinet, Whoever charges on his forward breast, Thou robb’st me of a moiety: He was my son; I am the caitiff, that do hold him to it; But I do wash his name out of my blood, And, though I kill him not, I am the cause And thou art all my child. Towards Florence His death was so effected : better 'twere, 2 Gent. Ay, madanı.

[is he? I met the ravin 5 lion when he roard Count.

And to be a soldier? With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere 2 Gent. Such is his noble purpose : and, That all the miseries, which nature owes, believe!t,

Were mine at once: No, come thou home The duke will lay upon him all the honour

Rousillon, That good convenience claims.

Whence honour but ot danger wins a scar, Count. Return you thither?

As oft it loses all; I will be gone : 1 Gent. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing My being here it is, that holds thee hence: of speed.

Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, although Hel. (Reads.) Till I have no wife, I have The air of paradise did fan the house, Tis bitter.

[nothing in France. And angels officed all : I will be gone; Count. Find you that there?

That pitiful rumour may report my flight, Hel.

Ay, madam. To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! i Gent. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away. haply, which

[Erit, His heart was not consenting to. (wife! SCENE III. Florence. Before the Duke's Count. Nothing in France, until he have no

Palace. There's nothing here, that is too good for him, Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, BER* But only she; and she deserves a lord, That twenty such rude boys might tend upon,

TRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others. And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with Duke. The general of our horse thou art ; him?

[dence, I Gent. A servant only, and a gentleman Great in our bope, lay our best love and cre. Which I have some time known.

Upon thy promising fortune.
Parolles, was't not? Ber.

Sir, it is 1 Gent. Ay, my good lady, he.

A charge too heavy for my strength ; but yet Count. A very tainted fellow, and fall of We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, wickedness.

To the extreme edge of hazard. My son corrupts a well-derived nature




thou forth; With his inducement.

And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, 1 Gent.

Indeed, good lady, As thy auspicious mistress! The fellow has a deal of that, too much,


This very day, Which holds bim much to have.

Great Mars, I put myself into thy file: (prove unt. You are welcome, gentlemen; Make ine but ike my thoughts; and I shall I will entreat yon, when you see my son, A lover of thy drum, hater of love.. [ Exeunt. To tell him, that his sword can never win The honour that he loses : more I'll entreat you

SCENE IV. Rousillon. A Room in the

Countess's Palace.
Written to bear along.
2 Gent.
We serve you, madam,

Enter Countess and Steward.
In that and all your worthiest affairs.

Count. Alas! and would you take the letter Count. Not so, but as we change our of her

[has done, Will you draw near ?

[courtesies I. Might you not know, she would do as she (Exeunt Countess and Gentlemen. By sending me a letter ? Read it again. Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing Stew.lam Saint Jaques' pilgrim; thither in France.

gone ; Nothing in France, until he has no wife! Ambitious love hath so in me offended, Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon, France,

With sainted vow my faults to have Then bast thou all again. Poor lord ! is't I

amended. • i. e., When you can get the ring wbich is on my finger into your possession. + If thou keepest all thy sorrows to thyself. # In reply to the gentlemen's declaration that they are her servants, the countess answers--no otherwise than as sbe returns the same

noftices of civility. Ravenous.

and we,

Write, write, that, from the bloody course Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you of war,

have been solicited by a gentleman his comMy dearest master your dear son may hie; panion. Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far, Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one

His name with zealous fervour sanctify: Parolles : a filthy officer he is in those sugHis taken labours bid him me forgive; gestions $ for the young earl.-Beware of

1, his despiteful Juno*, sent him forth them, Diana; their promises, enticements, From courtly friends, with camping foes oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, to live,

(worth: are not the things they go under ll : many a Where death and danger dog the heels of maid hath been seduced by them; and the He is too good and fair for death and me; inisery is, example, that so terrible shows in Whom I myself embrace, to set him free. the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her dissuade succession, but that they are limed mildest words!

with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, Rinaldo, you did never lack advicet so much, I need not to advise you further; but, I hope, As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her, your own grace will keep you where you are, I could have well diverted her intents, though there were no further danger known, Which thus she bath prevented.

but the modesty which is so lost. Stew.

Pardon me, madam : Dia, Yon shall not need to fear me. If I had given you this at over-night,

Enter HELENA, in the dress of a Pilgrim. She migbt have been o'erta'en ; and yet she Wid. I hope so. -Look, here comes a writes,

pilgrim : I know she will lie at my house: Pursuit would be in vain.

thither they send one another : I'll question Count.

What angel shall her:Bless this unworthy husband? he cannot thrive, God saveyon, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand. hear,

Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you? And loves to grant, reprieve him fromthe wrath Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside Of greatest justice.Write, write, Rinaldo, Hel. Is this the way?

(the port: To this unworthy husband of his wife ;

Wid. Ay, marry, is it.-Hark yon ! Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,

(A march afar off. That he does weigh I too light: my greatest They come this way :- If you will tarry, holy grief,

But till the troops come by, [pilgrim, Though little he do feel it, set down sharply. I will conduct you where you shall be lodged; Despatch the most convenient messenger :- The rather, for, I think, I know your hostess When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone, As ample as myself. He will return; and hope I may, that she,


Is it yourself? Hearing so much, will speed her foot again, Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. Led hither by pure love : which of them both Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your Is dearest to me, I have no skill in seuse

leisure. To make distinction :- Provide this mes- Wid. You came, I think, from France ? senger :


I did so. My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak; Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me That has done worthy service. [yours, peak. (Exeunt. Hel.


pray you. SCENE V. Without the Walls of Florence.

Dia. The count Rousillon ; Know you such a one ?

(of him : A tucket afar offEnter an old Widow of Hel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly

Florence, DIANA, VIOLENTA, MARIANA, His face I know not.
and other Citizens.


Whatsoe'er he is, Wid. Nay, come ; for if they do approach He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, the city, we shall lose all the sight.

As 'tis reported, for ** the king had married him Dia. They say, the French count bas done Against his liking : Think yon it is so ? most honourable service.

Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth tt; I know Wid. It is reported that he has taken their

his lady.

[the count, greatest commander; and that with his gwn. Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves hand he slew the duke's brother. We have Reports but coarsely of her. lost our labvur; they are gone a contrary way:


What's his name? hark ! you may know by their trumpets.

Dia. Monsieur Parolles.
Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice Hei.

0, I believe with him ourselves with the report of it. Well, Diana, In argument of praise, or to the worth take heed of this French earl : the honour of Of the great count himself, she is too mean a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich To have her name repeated; all her deserving as honesty.

Is a reserved honesty, and that Alluding to the story of Hercules. + Discretion or thonght. I Weigh here means to value or esteem. → Temptations. # They are not the things for which their names would make them pass. Pilgrims ; so called from a staff or bough of palm they were wont to carry *. Because. 1 The exact, the entire truth.

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His name,

I have not heard examined.

1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble. Dia.

Alas, poor lady! Ber. Do you think, I am so far deceived 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife in him? Ora detesting lord.

1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er direct knowledge, without any malice, but to she is,

{might do her speak of him as my kinsman, he's a most notáHer heart weighs sadly: this young inaid ble coward, an infinite and endless liar, an A shrewd turn, if she pleased.

hourly promise.breaker, the owner of no one Hel.

How do you mean? good quality worthy your lordship's enter. May be, the amorous count solicits her tainment. In the unlawful purpose.

2 Lord. It were fit you knew him; lest, Wid.

He does, indeed; reposing too far in his virtue, which he hath And brokes * with all that can in such a suit not, he might, at some great and trusty busiCorrupt the tender honour of a maid : ness, in a main danger, fail you. But she is arm'd for him, and keeps her guard Ber. I would, I knew in what particular In honestest defence.

action to try him. Enter with drum and colours, a party 2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch

of the Florentine army, BERTRAM, and off his drum, which you hear him so confiPAROLLES.

dently undertake to do. Mar. The gods forbid else!

I Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will Wid.

So, now they come:- suddenly surprise him; such I will have, whom, That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son; I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we That, Escalus.

will bind and hood-wink him so, that he shall Hel. Which is the Frenchman?

suppose no other but that he is carried into Dia.

He; the leaguer I of the adversaries, when we bring That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fellow; him to our tents: Be but your lordship pre. I would, he loved his wife: if he were honester, sent at his examination; if he do not, for the He were much goodlier :-Is't not a handsome promise of his life, and in the highest comHel. I like him well.

[gentleman? pulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, and Dia. 'Tis pity, he is not honest : Yond's deliver all the intelligence in his power against that same knave,

you, and that with the divine forfeit of his That leads him to these places; were I his lady, soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in I'd poison that vile rascal.

any thing. Hel.

Which is he? 2 Lord. O for the love of laughter, let him Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why fetch his drum; he says, he has a stratagem is he melancholy?

fort: when your lordship sees the bottom of Hel. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle.

his success in't, and to what metal this coun Par. Lose onr drum ! well.

terfeit lump of ore will be melted, if you give Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something: him not John Drum's entertainment, your inLook, he has spied us.

clining cannot be removed. Here he comes. Wid. Marry, hang you !

Enter PAROLLES. Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier! 1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder (Exeunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Officers, not the humour of his design ; let him fetch and Soldiers.

off his drum in any hand. Wid. The troop is past : Come, pilgrim, I Ber. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks will bring you

sorely in your disposition. Where you shall host : of enjoin'd penitents. 2 Lord. A pox on't let it go; 'tis but a drum. There's four or five,to great Saint Jaques bound, Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum Already at my house.

so lost !--There was an excellent command! Hel.

I humbly thank you : to charge in with our horse upon our own Please it this matron, and this gentle maid, wings, and to rend our own soldiers. To eat with us to-night, the charge, and 2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the thanking,

command of the service; it was a disaster of Shall be for me; and, to requite you further, war that Cæsar himself could not have preI will bestow some precepts on this virgin, vented, if he had been there to command. Worthy the note.

Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our Both. We'll take your offer kindly success: some dishonour we had in the loss of

[Exeunt. that drum; but it is not to be recovered. SCENE VI. Camp before Florence.

Par. It might have been recovered.

Ber. It might, but it is not now. Enter BERTRAM, and the two French Lords.

Par.' It is to be recovered: but that the 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't; merit of service is seldom attributed to the let him have his way.

true and exact performer, I would have that 2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a drum or another, or hic jacet g. hillingt, hold me no more in your respect. Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, mon. Deals with panders. + A paltry fellow, a coward.

The camp. j I would recover the lost drum or another, or die in the attempt.

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