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sieur, if you think your mystery in stratagem And this is all I have done: She's a fair crea. can bring this instrument of honour again into Will you go see her?

(ture ; his native quarter, be magnanimous in the en- 2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord. terprise, and go on; I will grace the attempt

[Exeunt. for a worthy exploit: if you speed well in it,

SCENE VII. Florence. A Room in the the duke shall both speak of it, and extend to

Widow's House you what further becomes his greatness, even

Enter HELENA and Widow. to the utmost syllable of your worthiness.

Par. By tbe hand of a soldier, I will under- Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she take it.

I know not how I shall assure you further, Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. Bat Ishall lose the grounds I work upony. (born,

Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well presently pën down my dilemmae*, encou- Nothing acquainted with these businesses ; rage self in my certainty, put myself into And would not put my reputation now my, mortal preparation; and, by midnight, in any staining act. look to hear further from me.


Nor would I wish you. Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, First, give me trust, the count he is my husyou are gone about it?

band ;

[spoken, Par. I know not what the success will be, And, what to your sworn counsel I have my lord; but the attempt I vow.

Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot, Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe Err in bestowing it. for thee. Farewell.


I should believe you; Par: I love not many words. [Exit. For you have show'd me that, which well I Lord. No more than a fish loves water. You are great in fortune.

(approves Is not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so


Take this purse of gold, confidently seems to undertake this business, And let me buy your friendly help thus far, which he knows is not to be done; damns Which I will over.pay, and pay again, himself to do, and dares better be damned When I have found it. The count he woos than to do't.

your daughter, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as Lays duwn his wanton siege before her beauty, we do: certain it is, that he will steal himself Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent, into a man's favour, and, for a week, escape a As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, great deal of discoveries; but when you find Now his importantll blood will nought deny him ont, you have him ever after.

That she'll demand: A ring the county wears, Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no That downward hath succeeded in his house, deed at all of this, that so seriously he does From son to son, some four or five descents address himself unto?

Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds 1 Lord. None in the world; but return with In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire, an invention, and clap upon you two or three To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, probable lies: but we have almost embossed Howe'er repented after. himt, you shall see his fall to-night; for, in- Wid.

Now. I see deed, he is not for your lordship's respect.

The bottom of your purpose. 2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more, the fox, ere we case him . He was first But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, smoked by the old lord Lafeu : when his dis- Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; guise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat In fine, delivers me to fill the time, you shall find him ; which you shall see this Herself most chastely absent: after this, very night.

To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns i Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall To what is past already. be caught.


I have yielded : Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with Instruct my daughter how she shall persever,

That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, 1 Lord. As’t please your lordship: I'll May prove coherent. Every night he comes leave you.

Exit. With musics of all sorts, and songs composed Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, To her unworthiness: It nothing steads us, and show you

To chide him from our eaves**; for he persists, The lase I spoke of.

As if his life lay on't. 2 Lord. But, you say, she's honest. Hel.

Why then, to night Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her Let us assay oar plot; which, if it speed, but once,

(her, Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to And lawful meaning in a lawful act; By this same coscomb that we have i'the wind, Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact: Tokens and letters which she did re-send; But let's about it.


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• I will pen down my plans and the probable obstructions. + Hunted him down.

Before we strip him naked. Ø i. e., By discovering herself to the count.
$ Importunate. 4 i.e., Count. ** From under our windows.

SCENE I. Without the Florentine Camp. 1 Lord. Twould not do.

[Aside. Enter first Lord, with five or six Soldiers

Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say,
in ambush.

was stripped.
1 Lord. Hardly serve.

(Aside. 1 Lord. He can come no other way but by Pur. Though I swore I leaped from the this hedge' corner: When you sally upon him, window of the citadelspeak what terrible language you will; though 1 Lord. How deep 3

(Aside. you understand it not yourselves, no matter : Par. Thirty fathom. for we must not seem to understand him; un- 1 Lord, Three great oaths would scarce less some one among us, whom we must pro. make that be believed.

[Aside. duce for an interpreter:

Par. I would, I had any drum of the 1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the inter- enemy's ; I would swear, I recovered it. preter.

i Lord. You shall hear one anon. (Aside. 1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him? Par. A (rum now of the enemy's! knows he not thy voice ?

[Alarum within. 1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you.

I Lord. Throca movousus, curgo, cargo, I Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to cargo. speak to us again?

All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, 1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me.

cargo. 1 Lord. He must think us some band of Par. 01 ransome, ransome: Do not hide strangers i' the adversary's entertainment. mine eyes. Now he hath a smack of all neighbouring lan

[They seize him and blindfold him. guages; therefore we must every one be a 1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos. man of his own fancy, not to know what we Par. I know you are the Muskos'regiment. speak one to another; so we seem to know, And I shall lose my life for want of language: is to krow straight our purpose : chough's If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, language, gabble enough, and good enough. Italian, or French, let him speak to me, As for you, interpreter, you must seem very I will discover that which shall undo politic. But eouch, ho! here he comes ; to The Florentine. beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to 1 Sold.

Boskos vauvado: return and swear the lies he forges.

I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue

Kerelybonto : -Sir, Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards 'twill be time enough to go home. What shall Are at thy bosom. I say I have done? It must be a very plausive Par. Ob! invention that carries it: They begin to smoke 1 Sold.

0, pray, pray, pray. me; and disgraces have of late knocked too Manka revania dulche. often at my door. I find, my tongue is too

1 Lord.

Oscorbi dulchos volivorca. fool-hardy; but my heart hath the fear of Mars 1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee before it, and of his creatures, not daring the yet ;

[on reports of my tongue.

And, hood-wink'd as thou art, will lead thee 1 Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine To gather from thee: haply, thou may'st in. !! own tongue was guilty of. (Aside. Something to save thy life.

[form 1 Par. What the devil should move nie to Par.

0, let me live, undertake the recovery of this drum; being And all the secrets of our camp I'll show, not ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing Their force, their purposes : nay, I'll speak I had no such purpose ? I must give myself Which you will wonder at.

(that some hurts, and say, I got them in exploit : 1 Soid.

But wilt thou faithfully? Yet slight ones will not carry it: They will Par. If I do not, damu me. say, Came you off with so little ? and great

1 Sold.

Acordo linta.ones I dare not give. Wherefore? what's the Come on, thou art granted space. instance I? Tongue, I must put you into a but.

(Exit, with PAROLJ.ES, guarded. ter-woman's mouth, and buy another of Baja. 1 Lord. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and zet's mule, if you prattle me into these perils. my brother,

I Lord. Is it possible he should know We have caught the woodcock, and will keep what he is, and be that he is ? (Aside. Till we do hear from them. [him nuffet, Par. I would the cutting of my garments 2 Sold.

Captain, I will. would serve the turn; or the breaking of my 1 Lord. He will betray us all unto our Spanish sword.

Inform 'em that.

(selves;1 Lord. We cannot afford you so. [Aside. 2 Sold. So I will, sir, Par. Or the baring of my beard; and to I Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and it was in stratagem.

safely lock'd.

(Exeunt. * l. e., Foreign troops in the enemy's pay.

+ A bird like a jack-daw. The proof.



Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world SCENE II. Florence. A Room in the

In me to lose: Thus your own proper wisdom Widow's House.

Brings in the champion honour on my part, Enter BERTRAM and DIANA.

Against your vain assault. Ber. They told me, that your name was Fon- Ber.

Here, take my ring; Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. [tibell. My house, mine honom, yea, my life be thine, Ber.

Titled goddess; And I'll be bid by thee. [chamber window; And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul, Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my In your fine frame hath love no quality ? I'll order take, my mother shall not hear. If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, Now will I charge you in the band of truth, You are no maiden, but a monument: When you have conquer'd my yet maiden bed, When you are dead, you should be such a one Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me : As you are now, for you are cold and stern; My reasons are most strong; and you shall And now you should be as your mother was, know them, When your sweet self was got.

When back again this ring shall be deliver'd : Dia. She then was honest.

And on your finger, in the night, I'll put Ber.

So should you be. Another ring; that, what in time proceeds, Dia.


May token to the future our past deeds. My mother did but duty; such, my lord, Adieu, till then; then, fail not: You have won As you owe to your wife.

A wife of me, though there my hope be done. No more of that !

Ber. A heaven on earth have won, by I pr’ythee, do not strive against my yows*: wooing thee.

(Erib. I was compellid to her; but I love thee Dia. For which live long to thank both By love's own sweet constraint, and will for You may so in the end.- [heaven and me! Do thee all rights of service.

[ever My mother told me just how he would woo, Dia.

Ay, so you serve us, As if she sat in his heart; she says, all men Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, me,

[him, And mock us with our bareness.

When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with Ber.

How have I sworn ? | When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make braid 1, the truth;

Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid : But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin What is not boly, that we swear not by, To cozen him, that would unjustly win. (Erit. But take the Highest to witness 1: Then, pray

SCENE III. The Florentine Camp. you, tell me, If I should swear by Jove's great attributes,

Enter the two French Lords, and two or

three Soldiers. I loved you dearly, would you believe my oaths, When I did love you ill? this has no holding, 1 Lord. You have not given him his mo. To swear by him whom I protest to love,

ther's letter? That I will work against bim : Therefore,

2 Lord. I have delivered it an hour since: your oaths

there is something in't that stings his nature; Are words, and poor conditions; but unseald; for, on the reading it, he changed almost intó At least, in my opinion.

another man. Ber.

Change it, change it ; 1 Lord. He has much worthy blame lait Be not so hóly cruel : love is holy;

upon him, for shaking off so good a wife, and And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts, so sweet a lady. That you do charge men with : Stand no more 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the But give thyself unto my sick desires, (off, everlasting displeasure of the king, who had Who then recover: say, thou art mine, and ever even tuned his bounty to sing happiness to My love, as it begins, shall so persever. him. I will tell you a thing, but you shall Dia. I see, that men make hopes, in such let it dwell darkly with you. affairs,

(ring. 1 Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that dead, and I am the grave of it.

Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no 2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentleTo give it from me.

(power woman here in Florence, of a most chaste reDia,

Will you not, my lord? nown; and this night he Aeshes his will in Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, the spoil of her honour: he bath given her Beqneathed down from many ancestors ; his monumental ring, and thinks himself inade Which were the greatest obloqny i'the world in the unchaste composition. In me to lose.

I Lord. Now, God delay our rebellion; as Dia. Mine honour's such a ring : we are ourselves, what things are we! My chastity's the jewel of our house,

2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as Bequeathed down from many ancestors ;

in the common course of all treasons, we still * i. e., Against his determined resolution never to cohabit with Helena. + The sense is we never swear by what is not holy, but take to witness the Highest, the Divinity.

Crafty, deceitful.

see them reveal themselves, till they attain to ship will next morning for France. The duke their abhorred ends ; so he, that in this action hath offered him letters of commendations to contrives against his owu nobility, in his pro- the king. per stream o'erflows himself,

2 Lord. They shall be no more than needI Lord. Is it not meant damnable t in us, to ful there, if they were more than they caa be trumpeters of our unlawful intents > We commend. shall not then have his company to-night?

Enter BERTRAM. 2 Lord. Not till after midnight ; for he is 1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the dieted to his liour.

king's tartness. Here's his lordship now. I Lord. That approaches apace : I would How now, my lord, is't not after midnight? gladly have him see his company i anatomized; Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen that he might take a measure of his own judg-businesses, a month's length a-piece, by an ments, wherein so curiously he had set this abstract of success: I have conge'd with the counterfeit.

duke, done my adieu with his nearest ; buried 2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till a wife, mourned for her ; writ to my lady mohe come; for his presence must be the whip ther, I am returning; entertained my convog; of the other.

and, between these main parcels of despatch, I Lord. In the mean time, what hear you effected many nicer needs; the last was the of these wars?

greatest, but that I have not ended yet. 2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace. 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, 1 Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded. and this morning your departure hence, it re

2 Lord. What will count Rousillon do then? quires haste of your lordship. will he travel higher, or return again into Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as France ?

fearing to hear of it hereafter: But shall we 1 Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you have this dialogue between the fool and the are not altogether of his council.

soldier ?Come, bring forth this counterfeit 2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I modules; he has deceived me, like a doublebe a great deal of his act.

meaning prophesier. 1 Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months 2 Lord. Bring him forth: [Exeunt Solsince, fled from his house ; her pretence is a diers.) he has sat in the stocks all night, poor pilgrimage to Saint Jaques le grand; which gallant knave. holy undertaking, with most austere sancti- Ber. No matter ; his heels have deserved mony, she accomplished : and, there residing, it, in usurping his spurs || so long. How does the tenderness of her nature became as a prey he carry himself? to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last I Lord. I have told your lordship already; breath, and now she sings in heaven.

the stocks carry him. But, to answer you as 2 Lord. How is this justified ?

you would be understood; he weeps, like a 1 Lord. The stronger part of it by her own wench that had shed her milk : he hath conletters; which makes her story true, even to fessed himself to Morgan, whom he supposes the point of her death: her death itself, which to be a friar, from the time of his remem. could not be her office to say, is come, was brance, to this very instant disaster of his faithfully confirmed by the rector of the place. setting i'the stocks : And what think you he

2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence? hath confessed?

1 Lord. Ay, and the particular confirma- Ber. Nothing of me, has he? tions, point from point, to the full arming of 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shalt the verity.

be read to his face: if your lordship be in't, 2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be as, I believe you are, you must have the paglad of this.

tience to hear it. 1 Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES. us comforts of our losses !

Ber. A plague upon him! mufficd! he can 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other say nothing of me; hush ! bush ! times, we drowo our gain in tears! The great í Lord, Hoodman comes !-- Porto tarta. dignity, that his valour hath here acquired for rossa. him, shall at home be encountered with a I Sold. He calls for the tortures ; What shame as ample.

will you say without 'em? I Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled Pür. I will confess what I know without yarn, good and ill together : our virtues would constraint; if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can be proud, if our faults whipped them not; say no more. and our crimes would despair, if they were 1 Sold. Boscho chimurcho. not cherished by our virtues.

2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco. Enter a Servant.

1 Sold. You are a merciful general:-Our How now? where's your master ?

general bids you answer to what I shall ask Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of you vut of a note. whom he hath taken a solemn leave; bis lord- Par. And aly, as I hope to live. i. e., Betrays his own secrets in his own talk. + Here, as elsewhere, used adverbially.

I For companion. Ø Model, pattern.
|| An allusion to the degradation of a knight by hacking off his spurs.

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1 Sold. First demand of him how many 1 Sold. Do you know this captain Dumain? horse the duke is strong. What say you to Par. I know him: he was a botcher's that?

'prentice in Paris, from whence he was whipPar. Five or six thousand; but very weak ped for getting the sheriff's fool II with child; and unserviceable : the troops are all scat. a dumb innocent **, that could not say him, tered, and the commanders very poor rogues, nay. upon my reputation and credit, and as I hope [DUMAIN lifts up his hand in anger. to live.

Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; 1 Sold. Shall I set down your answer so? though I know, his brains are forfeit to the

Par. Do; I'll take the sacrament on't, how next tile that falls. and which way you will.

1 Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving Florence's camp? slave is this!

Par. Upon my knowledge, he is, and 1 Lord. Yon are deceived, my lord ; this lousy: is monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, 1 Lord. Nay, look not so npon me; we (that was his own phrase,) that had the whole shall hear of your lordship anon. theorick * of war in the knot of his scarf, and 1 Sold. What is his reputation with the the practice in the chapet of his dagger. luke?

2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for Par. The duke knows him for no other keeping his sword clean ; nor believe he can but a poor officer of mine; and writ to me have every thing in him, by wearing his ap- this other day, to turn him out o’the band; I parel neatly.

think, I have his letter in my pocket. 1 Sold. Well, that's set down.

1 Sold. Marry, we'll search. Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, - Par. In good sadness, I do not know; I will say true,-or thereabouts, set down,- either it is there, or it is upon a file, with the for I'll speak truth.

duke's other letters, 1 Lord. He's very near the truth in this. 1 Sold. Here 'tis; here's a paper: Shall I

Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the read it to you?
nature be delivers it.

Par. I do not know, if it be it, or no.
Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.

Ber. Our interpreter does it well.
1 Sold. Well, that's set down.

1 Lord. Excellently. Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a truth's a 1 Sold. Dian. The count's a fool, and truth, the rogues are marvellous

full of gold, I Sold. Demand of him, of what strength Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir; they are a-foot. What say you to that? that is an advertisement to a proper maid in

Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live Florence, one Diana, to take heed of the althis present hour, I will tell true. Let me lurement of one count Rousillon, a foolish see: Spurio a hundred and fifty, Sebastian idle boy, but, for all that, very ruttish: I pray so many,

Corambus so many, Jaques so many; yon, sir, put it up again.
Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your fa-
hundred fifty each : mine own company, vour.
Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two hundred Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very
and fifty each: 'so that the muster-file, rotten honest in the behalf of the maid: for I knew
and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fif the young count to be a dangerous and lasci-
teen thousand poll; half of which dare not vious boy; who is a whale to virginity, and
shake the snow from off their cassocks , lest devours up all the fry it finds.
they shake themselves to pieces.

Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue!
Ber. What shall be done to him?

I Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him
1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. drop gold, und take it ;
Demand of him my conditions y, and what After he scorés, he never pays the score :
credit I have with the duke.

Half won is match well made; match, and 1 Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall well make it tt; demand of him, whether one Captain Du- He ne'er pays after debts, take it before ; main be is the camp, a Frenchman ; what And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this, his reputation is with the duke, what his Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss : valour, honesty, and expertness in wars; For count of this, the count's a fool, 1 or whether he thinks, it were not possible, know it,

sit. with well-weighing sums of gold, to corrupt Who pays before, but not when he does ou'e him to a revolt. What say you to this? Thine, as he vowd to thee in thine car, what do you know of it?

PAROLLES. Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the Ber. He shall be whipped through the arparticular of the intergatoriesll: Demand ! my, with this rhyme in his forehead, hem singly.

į 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, * Theory + The point of the scabbard.

Cassock then signified a horse man's loose coat. § Disposition and character. | For interrogatories.

An idiot under the care of the sheriff. ** A natural fool. * 1. €. A match well made is half won: make your match therefore, but make it well.

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