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ment of one count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to but, for all that very ruttish: I pray you, Sir, revolt put it up again.
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu* he will sell the I Sold, Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. tee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of
Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and honest in the behalf of the maid: for I knew a perpetual succession for it perpetually. the young count to be a dangerous and lasci- 1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain vious boy; who is a whale to virginity, and Dumain ? devours up all the fry it finds.
2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue!
1 Sold. What's he? I Sold. When he swears ouths, bid him drop Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not al. gold, and take it;
together so great as the first in goodness, but After he scores, he never pays the score: greater a great deal in evil, He excels his Half won, is match well made; mutch, and well brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputmake it ;*
ed one of the best that is: In a retreat he out• He ne'er pays after debts, take it before; runs any lackey; marry, in coming on he has And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,
the cramp. Men are to meli with, boys are not to kiss : | 1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you underFor count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, take to betray the Florentine? Who pays before, but not when he does owe it, Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Thine, as he cow'd to thee in thine ear, Rousillon.
PAROLLES.. 1 Sold, I'll whisper with the general, and Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, know his pleasure. with this rhyme in his forehead.
Par. I'll no inore drumming: a plague of all 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, Sir, the drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. beguile the supposition of that lascivious
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a young boy the count, have I run intu this dancat, and now he's a cat to me.
ger: Yet, who would have suspected an ami Sold. I perceive, Sir, by the general's bush where I was taken?
(Aside. looks, we shall be fain to hang you.
1 Sold. There is no remedy, Sir, but you Par. My life, Sir, in any case: not that I am must die: the general says, you, that have so afraid to die; but that, my offences being traitorously discuvered the secrets of your many, I would repent out the remainder of army, and made such pestiferous reports of Dature: let me live, Sir, in a dungeon, i'the men very nobly held, can serve the world for stocks, or any where, so I may live.
no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, 1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you headsman, off with his head. comfegs freely. therefore, once more to this I Par. O Lord. Sir: let me liva. or let me QAA captain Dumain: You have answered to his my death! reputation with the duke, and to his valour: 1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave What is his honesty?
of all your friends.. [Unmuffling him. Par. He will steal, Sir, an egg out of a clois. So look about you; Know you any here? ter;t for rapes and ravishments he parallels | Ber. Good morrow, noble captain. Nessus. He professes not keeping of oaths; 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles. in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercu- i Lord. God save you, noble captain. les. He will lié, Sir, with such volubility, 2 Lord, Captain, what greeting will you to that you would think truth were a fool : drunk | my lord Lafeu? I am for France, enness is his best virtue; for he will be swine 1 Lord. Good captain, will you give me a drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, | copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf save to his bed-clothes about him; but they of the count Rousillon? an I were not a very know his conditions, and lay him in straw. coward, I'd compel it of you; but fair you I have but little more to say, Sir, of his ho- well.
[Exeunt BERTRAM, LORDS, &c. nesty: he has every thing that an honest man 1 Sold. You are undone, captain : all but should not have; what an honest man should your scarf, that has a knot on't yet. have, he bas nothing.
Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot? 1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.
1 Sold. If you could find out a country where Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? but women were that had received so much A pox upon him for me, he is more and more shame, you might begin an impudent nation. a cat.
Fare you well, Sir; I am for France too; we 1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in shall speak of you there.
Par. Yet am I thankful : if my heart were Par. Faith, Sir, he has led the drum before
great, The English tragedians,--to belie him, I will | "Twould burst at this : Captain, I'll be no more; not, -and more of his soldiership I know not; But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft except, in that country, he had the honour to As captain shall: simply the thing I am be the officer at a place there call'a Mile-end, Shalí make me live. "Who knows himself a to instruct for the doubling of files: I would do
braggart, the man what honour I can, but of this I am Let him fear this; for it will come to pass,
That every braggart shall be found an ass. „.1 Lord. He hath out-villained villany so far, Rust, sword ! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, that the rarity redeems him.
[thrive! Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.
Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery 1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, There's place, and means, for every man *le. A match well made is half won; make your
alive. match therefore but make it well.
I'll after them.
[Exit. tl.e. He will steal any thing however trifling, from any place however holy.
The fourth part of the smaller French crown. * The Centaur killed by Hercules
+ To deceive the opinion.
SCENE IV.-Florence.- A Room in the we may pick a thousand salads, ere we light Widow's House.
on such another herb.
Clo. Indeed, Sir, she was the sweet-marEnter Helena, Widow, and DIANA. joram of the salad, or, rather the herb of Hel. That you may well perceive I have not | Laf. They are not salad-herbs, you knave, wrong'd you,
they are nose-herbs. One of the greatest in the Christian world
1. Clo. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, Sir, I Shall be my surety ; 'fore whose throne, 'tis have not much skill in grass. needful,
| Laf. Whether dost thou profess thyself; a Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel:
knave, or a fool ? Time was, I did him a desired office,
Clo.'A fool, Sir, at a woman's service, anda Dear almost as his life ; which gratitude
knave at a man's. Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep Lof. Your distinction ? forth,
Clo. I would cozen the man of his wife, and And answer, thanks: I duly am inform’d. do his service. His grace is at Marseilles ; to which place
Laf. So you were a knave at his service, inWe have convenient convoy. You must know, I deed. I am supposed dead: the army breaking, T Clo. And I would give his wife my bauble, My husband hies him home; where, heaven Sir, to do her service. aiding,
Luf. I will subscribe for thee ; thou art both And by the leave of my good lord the king,
knave and fool. We'll be, before our welcome.
Clo. At your service. Wid. Gentle madam,
Laf. No, no, no You never had a servant, to whose trust
Clo, Why, Sir, if I cannot serve you, I can Your business was more welcome.
serve as great a prince as you are. Hel. Nor you, mistress,
[bour Laf. Who's that? a Frenchman ? Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly la- | Clo. Faith, Sir, he has an English name; but To recompense your love; doubt not, but his phisnomy is more hotter in France, than heaven
[dower, there. Hath brought me up to be your daughter's
Laf. What prince is that? As it hath fated her to be my motive*
Clo. The black prince, Sir; alius, the prince And helper to a husband. But strange men! of darkness ; alias, the devil. That can such sweet use make of what they
Laf. Hold thee, there's my purse: I gire hate,
thee not this to suggestt thee from thy master When saucyf trusting of the cozen'd thoughts thou talkest of; serve him still. Defiles the pitchy night! so lust doth play
| Clo. I am a woodland fellow, Sir, that alWith what it loaths, for that which is away:
ways loved a great fire; and the master I speak But more of this hereafter :- You, Diana,
of, ever keeps a good fire. But, sure, be is Under my poor instructions yet must suffer
the prince of the world, let his nobility remain Something in my behalf.
in his court. I am for the house with the narDia. Let death and honesty
row gate, which I take to be too little for Go with your impositions, ş I am yours
pomp to enter: some, that humble themselves, Upon your will to suffer.
may; but the many will be too chill and tenHel. Yet, I pray you,
(mer, der; and they'll be for the flowery way, that But with the word, the time will bring on sum- leads to the broad gate, and the great fire. When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns, Laf. Go thy ways, I begin to be a-weary of And be as sweet as sharp. We must away; thee; and I tell thee so before, because I Our waggon is prepar'd, and time revives us: would not fall out with thee. Go thy ways; All's well that ends well: still the fine'sll the let my horses be well looked to, without any crown;
tricks. Whate'er the course, the end is the renown. Clo, If I put any tricks upon 'em, Sir, they
[Exeunt. | shall be jades' tricks; which are their own right by the law of nature.
(Erit. SCENE V.-Rousillon.- A Room in the Coun
Laf. A shrewd knave, and an unhappy.
Count. So he is. My Lord, that's gone, made
rity he remains here, which he thinks is a paLaf. No, no, no, your son was misled with | tent for his sauciness; and, indeed, he has no a snipt-taffata fellow there; whose villanous pace, but runs where he will. saffron would have made all the unbaked and
Laf I like him well. His not omiso.
Laf. I like him well; 'tis not amiss : and I doughy youth of a nation in his colour: your was about to tell you. Since I heard of the daughter-in-law had been alive at this hour;
good lady's death, and that my lord your son and your son here at home, more advanced by
was upon his return home, I'moved the king the king, than by that red-tailed humble-bee I
my master, to speak in the behalf of my daughspeak of.
ter; which, in the minority of them both, his Count. I would, I had not known him! it majesty, out of a self-gracious remembrance; was the death of the most virtuous gentle
did first propose : his highness hath promised woman, that ever nature had praise for creat
la praise for creat. / me to do it: and, to stop up the displeasuro ing: if she had partaken of my flesh, and cost he hath conceived against your son, there me the dearest groans of a mother, I could not no fitter matter. How does your ladyship lik have owed her a more rooted love.
it? Laf. 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady:1 Count. With very much content, my lord, and
| I wish it happily effected. * For mover. + Lascivious. 1. e. An honest death. Commands. || End.
Laf. His highness comes post from Marseilles, There was a fashion of using yellow starch for bands
* I. e. Rue.
+Seduce. sad ruffles, to which Lafeu alludes.,
Mischievously unhappy, waggish.
of as able body as when he numbered thirty ; [I do beseech you, whither is he gone? he will be here to-morrow, or I am deceived by Gent. Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon; him that in such intelligence hath seldom Whither I am going. failed.
Hel. I do beseech you, Sir, Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see Since you are like to see the king before me, bim ere I die. I have letters, that my son will Commend the paper to his gracious hand; be here to-night: I shall beseech your lordship, Which, I presume, shall render you no blame, to remain with me till they meet together. ' But rather make you thank your pains for it:
Laf. Madam, I was thinking, with what I will come after you, with what good speed manners I might safely be admitted.
Our means will make us means. Count. You need but plead your honourable Gent. This I'll do for you. privilege.
Hel. And you shall find yourself to be well Laf. Lady, of that I have made a bold char
[again;ter; but, I thank my God, it holds yet. | Whate'er falls more,We must to horse
• (Exeunt. Go, go, provide. Re-enter Clown. Clo. O madam, yonder's my lord your son SCENE II.-Rousillon.-The inner Court of with a patch of velvet on's face: whether
the Countess' Palace. there be a scar under it, or no, the velvet knows; but 'tis a goodly patch of velvet: his
Enter CLOWN and PAROLLES., left cheek is a cheek of two pile and a halt, Par. Good monsieur Lavatch, give my lord but his right cheek is worn bare.
Laseu this letter: I have ere now, Sir, been Laf. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a better known to you, when I have held familigood livery of honour; so, belike, is thai. arity with fresher clothes; but I am now, Sir,
Clo. But it is your carbonadoed" face. muddied in fortune's moat, and smell somewhat
Laf. Let us go see your son, I pray you; I strong of her strong displeasure. long to talk with the young noble soldier. Clo. Truly, fortune's displeasure is but slut
Clo. 'Faith, there's a dozen of 'em, with de tish, if it smell so strong as thou speakest of: licate fine bats, and most courteous feathers, I will henceforth eat no fish of fortune's butwhich bow the head, and nod at every man. tering. Pr’ythee, allow the wind.
(Excunt. 1. Par. Nay, you need not stop your nose, Sir;
I spake by a metaphor.
| Clo. Indeed, Sir, if your metaphor stink, I
Par. Pray you, Sir, deliver me this paper.
Clo. Foh, pr’ythee, stand away: A paper Hel. But this exceeding posting, day and from fortune's close-stool to give to a nobleman! night,
Lit: Look, here he comes himself.
Here is a pur of fortune's, Sir, or of fortune's To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs, Be bold, you do so grow in my requital,
cat, (but not'a musk-cat,) that has fallen into
the unclean fishpond of her displeasure, and, As nothing can unroot you. To happy time;
as he says, is muddied withal : Pray you, Sir, Enter a gentle ASTRINGER.
use the carp as you may; for he looks like a This man may help me to his majesty's ear,
poor, decayed, ingenious, foolish, rascally If he would spend his power.--God save you,
knave. I do pity his distress in my smiles of Sir.
comfort, and leave him to your lordship. Gent. And you.
[Exit Clown. Hel. Sir, I have seen you in the court of
Par. My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath France.
cruelly scratched, Gent. I have been sometimes there.
Laf. And what would you have me to do? Hel. I do presume, Sir, that you are not
l'tis too late to pare her nails now. Wherein fallen
have you played the knave with fortune, that From the reports that goes upon your goodness;
she should scratch you, who of herself is a good And therefore goaded with most sharp occa
occa? | lady, and would not have knaves thrive long sions,
under her? There's a quart d'ecu for you: Let Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
the justices make you and fortune friends; I The use of your own virtues, for the which
am for other business. I shall continue thankful.
Par. I beseech your honour, to hear me one Gent. What's your will ?
single word. Hel. That it will please you
Laf. You beg a single penny more : come, To give this poor petition to the king;
yon shall ha't: save your word.* And aid ine with that store of power you
Par. My name, my good lord, is Parolles. To come into his presence. .
Laf. You beg more than one word then.Gent. The king's not here.
Cox' my passion! give me your hand :-How Hel. Not here, Sir ?
does your drum? Gent. Not, indeed:
shaste Par. () my good lord, you were the first that He hence remov'd last night, and with more
found me. Than is his use.
Laf. Was I, in sooth? and I was the first Wid. Lord, how we lose our pains !
that lost thee. Hel. All's well that ends well; yet ;
Par. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in Though time seems so advérse, and means some grace, for you did bring me out. unfit.
Laf. Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put
upon me at once both the office of God and the Scotched like a piece of meat for the gridiron, + A gentleman Falconcr.
* You need not ask ;-here it is. Hh
devil ? one brings thee in grace, and the other | Steals ere we can effect them: You remember brings thee out. [Trumpets sound.] The king's The daughter of this lord ? coming, I know by his trumpets. -Sirrah, in-| Ber. Admiringly, my liege: at first quire further after me; I had talk of you last | I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart night : though you are a fool and a knave, you Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue: shall eat; go to, follow.
Where the impression of mine eye infixing, Par. I praise God for you. (Exeunt. Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me,
Which warp'd the line of every other favour; SCENE III.-The same.- A Room in the
Scorn'd a fair colour, or express'd it stol'n; Countess' Palace.
Extended or contracted all proportions, Flourish. Enter King, Countess, LAFEU,
To a most hideous object: Thence it came, LORDS, GENTLEMEN, Guards, &c.
That she, whom all men prais'd, and whom
myself, King. We lost a jewel of her; and our es
Since I have lost, have lov'd, was in mine eye teem
The dust that did offend it. Was made much poorer by it: but your son,
King. Well excus'd :
[away As mad in folly, lack'd the sense to know
That thou didst love her, strikes some scores Her estimation home. Count. "Tis past, my liege:
From the great compt: But love, that comes
too late, And I beseech your majesty to make it Natural rebellion, done i'the blaze of youth; | To the great sender turns a sour offence,
Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried, When oil and fire, too strong for reason's force, | Crying. That's good that's gone : our rash O'erbears it, and burns on.
faults King. My honour'd lady,
Make trivial price of serious things we have, : have forgiven and forgotten all;
Not knowing them, until we know their grave. Though my revenges were high bent upon him,
Oft our displeasures to ourselves unjust, and watch'd the time to shoot.
Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust: Laf. This I must say,
Our own love waking cries to see what's done, But first I beg my pardon,-The young lord
While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon. Did to his majesty, his mother, and his lady, Be this sweet Helen's knell, and now forget Offence of mighty note ; but to himself
her. The greatest wrong of all : he lost a wife,
Send forth your amorcus token for fair Maud. Whose beauty did astonish the survey
The main consents are had; and here we'll stay Of richest eyes;whose words all ears took
To see our widower's second marriage-day. captive;
Count. Which better than the first, I dear Whose dear perfection, hearts that scorn'd to
heaven, bless! Humbly call'd mistress.
Or, ere they meet, in me, I nature, cease! King. Praising what is lost,
Laf. Come on, my son, in whom iny house's Makes the remembrance dear. Well, call him hither;
Must be digested, give a favour from you, We are reconcil'd, and the first view shall kill
To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter, All repetition :-Let him not ask our pardon ;
| That she may quickly come.-By my old beard, The nature of his great offence is dead,
And every hair that's on't, Helen, that's dead, And deeper than oblivion do we bury
Was a sweet creature; such a ring as this, The incensing relics of it: let him approach,
The last that e'er I took her leave at court, A stranger, no offender; and inform him,
I saw upon her finger,
Ber. Hers it was not.
King. Now, pray you, let me see it; for min
eye, you spoke? Laf. All that he is hath reference to your
While I was speaking, oft was fasten'd to't.
This ring was mine; and, when I gave it Hehighness.
1 bade her, if her fortunes ever stood (lep, King. Then shall we have a match. I have
Necessitied to help, that by this token letters sent me,
I would relieve her: Had you that craft, to That set him high in fame.
reave her Enter BERTRAM.
Of what should stead her most? Luf. He looks well on't.
Ber. My gracious sovereign,
Howe'er it pleases you to take it so, King. I am not a day of season,||
The ring was never hers. For thou may'st see a sun-shine and a hail
Count. Son, on my life, In me at once : But to the brightest beams
I have seen her wear it; and she reckon'd it Distracted clouds give way; so stand thou | At her life's rate. The time is fair again.
| Luf. I am sure, I saw her wear it. Ber. My high-repented blames,
Ber. You are deceiv'd, my lord, she never Dear sovereign pardon to me.
saw it: King. All is whole ;
In Florence was it from a casement thrown me, Not one word more of the consumed time. Let's take the instant by the forward top;
Wrapp'd in a paper, which contain'd the name
Of her that threw it: noble she was, and For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
thought The inaudible and noiseless foot of time
I stood engag'd :* but when I had subscrib'd * Reckoning or estimate.
To mine own fortune, and inform'd her fully, + Completely, in its full extent.
I could not answer in that course of honour So in As you like it :-o have « seen much and to As she had made the overture, she have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor hands." II. e. The first interview shall put an end to all recol
In heavy satisfaction, and would never lection of the past.
Receive the ring again. Il 1. e. Of uninterrupted rain. 1 Faults repented of to the utmost.
In the sense of unengaged.
King. Plutus himself,
fcine" | And that you fly them as you swear them lord. That knows the tinct and multiplying 'medi- | ship,
[that? Hath not in nature's mystery more science, Yet you desire to marry.-What woman's Than I have in this ring: 'twas mine, 'twas Helen's,
Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and DIANA. Whoever gave it you: Then, if you know That you are well acquainted with yourself,t
| Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine, Confess 'twas hers, and by what rough enforce
| Derived from the ancient Capulet; ment
My suit, as I do understand, you know, You got it from her: she call'd the saints to
And therefore know how far I may be pitied. That she would never put it from her finger,
Wid. I am her mother, Sir, whose age and Unless she gave it to yourself in bed,
honour (Where you have never come,) or sent it us
Both suffer under this complaint we bring, Upon her great disaster.
And both shall cease* without your remedy.' Ber. She never saw it.
King. Come hither, count; Do you know King. Thou speak'st it falsely, as I love mine
these women? honour;
Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny And mak'st conjectural fears to come into me,
| But that I know them: Do they charge me Which I would fain shut out: If it should
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your That thou art so inhuman,-'twill not prove
wife? And yet I know not :-thou didst hate her
Ber. She's none of mine, my lord. deadly,
Dia. If you shall marry, And she is dead; which nothing, but to close
You give away this hand, and that is mine; . Her eyes myself, could win me to believe,
You give away heaven's vows, and those are More than to see this ring.-Take him away.
mine; [Guurds seize BERTRAM.
You give away myself, which is known mine; My fore-past proofs, howe'er the matter fall,
For I by vow am so embodied yours, Shall tax my fears of little vanity, [him;
_That she, which marries you, must marry me, Having vainly fear's too little.--Away with
h Either both, or none. We'll sift this matter further.
Laf. Your reputation [To BERTRAM.] comes Ber. If you shall prove
| too short for my daughter, you are no husband
for her. This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence,
Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate Where yet she never was.
[highness (Exit Bertram, gwrded.
Whom sometime 'I have laugh'd with: let your
Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, Enter a GENTLEMAN.
Than for to think that I would sink it here. King. I am wrapp'd in dismal thinkings.
King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill Gent. Gracious sovereign,
p Whether I bave been to blame, or no, I know
Till your deeds gain them: Fairer prove your Here's a petition from a Florentine,
Than in my thought it lies! Who hath, for four or five removes, come short
Dia. Good my lord, To tender'it herself. I undertook it,
Ask him upon his oath, if he does think Vanquish'd thereto by the fair grace and speech
He had not my virginity. Of the poor suppliant, who by this, I know,
King. What say st thou to her ? Is here attending: her business looks in her
Ber. She's impudent, my lord ; With an importing visage; and she told me,
And was a common gamester to the camp.t In a sweet verbal brief, it did concern
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; it I were Your highness with herself.
so, King. (Reads.] Upon his many protestations
He might have bought me at a common price to marry me, when his wife wus dead, I blush to
Do not believe him : 0, behold this ring, say it, he icon me. Now is the count Rousillon
Whose high respect, and rich validity, a widower; his cows are forfeited to me, and my
Did lack a parallel ; yet, for all that, honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence,
He gave it to a commoner o'the camp, taking no leave, and I follow him to his country
If I be one. for justice: Grant it me, o king ; in you it best
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it: lies; otherwise a seducér flourishes, and a poor
Of six preceding ancestors, that gem maid is undone.
Conferr'd by testament to the sequent issue, Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and
Hath it been ow'd and worn. This is his wifo; toll him :$ for this, I'll none of him.
That ring's a thousand proofs. King. The heavens have thought well on
King. Methought, you said, thee, Lafeu,
You saw one here in court could witness it. To bring forth this discovery.-Seek these
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to proGo, speedily, and bring again the count.
duce Ereunt GENTLEMAN, and some Attendants.
So.bad an instrument; his name's Parolles. I am afeard, the life of Helen, lady,
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be. Was foully snatch'd.
King. Find him, and bring him hither. Count. Now, justice on the doers !
* Ber. What of him?.
He's quoted for a most perfidious slave,
With all the spots o'the world tax'd and deKing. I wonder, Sir, since wives are mon
Whose nature sickens, but to speak a truth: sters to you, * The philosopher's stone,
* Decease, die. + 1. c. 'That have the proper consciousness of your own † Gamester when applied to a female, then meant a actions.
Value. Noted. | Debauched.