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Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace,
Enter Countess and Steward.
Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of
her ? Might you not know, she would do as she has
done, By sending me a letter? Read it again. Stew. I am Saint Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone;
Ambitious love hath so in me offended, That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon,
With sainted vow my faults to have amended. Write, write, that, from the bloody course of war, · My dearest master, your dear son may hie; Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far,
His name with zealous fervour sanctify:
I, his despiteful Juno," sent him forth
Where death and danger dog the heels of worth:
3 — Şaint Jaques' pilgrim,] I do not remember any place famous for pilgrimages consecrated in Italy to St. James, but it is common to visit St. James of Compostella, in Spain. Another saint might easily have been found, Florence being somewhat out of the road from Rousillon to Compostella. Johnson.
From Dr. Heylin's France painted to the Life, Svó. 1656, p. 270, 276, we learn that at Orleans was a church dedicated to St. Jacques, to which Pilgrims formerly used to resort, to adore a part of the cross pretended to be found there. REED.
* Juno,] Alluding to the story of Hercules. JOHNSON.
Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest
Pardon me, madam :
What angel shall Bless this unworthy husband ? he cannot thrive, Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear, And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath Of greatest justice.-Write, write, Rinaldo, To this unworthy husband of his wife; Let every word weigh heavy of her worth, That he does weigh too light:6 my greatest grief, Though little he do feel it, set down sharply. Despatch the most convenient messenger :When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone, He will return; and hope I may, that she, Hearing so much, will speed her foot again, Led hither by pure love: which of them both Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense To make distinction :-Provide this messenger :My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak; Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak.
5_ lack advice so much,] Advice, is discretion or thought.
JOHNSON. So, in King Henry V:
“And, on his more advice we pardon him.”. STEEVENS. 6 That he does weigh too light :] To weigh here means to value, or esteem. So, in Love's Labour's Lost: “ You weigh me not, 0, that's you care not for me.” .
Without the Walls of Florence.
A tucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Florence, DIANA, VIOLENTA, Mariana, and other Citizens.
Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the city, we shall lose all the sight. · Dia. They say, the French count has done most honourable service.
Wid. It is reported that he has taken their greatest commander: and that with his own hand he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may know by their trumpets.
MAR. Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this French earl: the honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have been solicited by a gentleman his companion.
MAR. I know that knave; hang him! one Parolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young earl. — Beware of them, Diana ; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these
?— those suggestions for the young earl.] Suggestions are temptations. So, in Love's Labour's Lost :
“ Suggestions are to others as to me.” Steevens.
engines of lust, are not the things they go under :8 many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no further danger known, but the modesty which is so lost.
Dia. You shall not need to fear me. ·
Enter HELENA, in the dress of a Pilgrim.
WID. I hope so.--Look, here comes a pil. grim : I know she will lie at my house: thither they send one another : I'll question her. God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound?
HEL. To Saint Jaques le grand. Where do the palmers o lodge, I do beseech you?
Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port.
are not the things they go under :] They are not really 80 true and sincere, as in appearance they seem to be.
THEOBALD. To go under the name of any thing is a known expression. The meaning is, they are not the things for which their names would make them pass. Johnson.
9 - palmers —] Pilgrims that'visited holy places; so called from a staff, or bough of palm they were wont to carry, especially such as had visited the holy places at Jerusalem.“ A pilgrim and a palmer differed thus: a pilgrim had some dwellingplace, the palmer none; the pilgrim travelled to some certain place, the palmer to all, and not to any one in particular; the pilgrim might go at his own charge, the palmer must profess wilful poverty; the pilgrim might give over his profession, the palmer must be constant, till he had the palm ; that is, victory over his ghostly enemies, and life by death.” Blount's Glossography, voce Pilgrim. REED.
| Hel. Is this the way? WiD.
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you!
[A march afar off. They come this way :--If you will tarry, holy pil
Is it yourself?
sure. Wid. You came, I think, from France ? HEL.
I did so. Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours, That has done worthy service. HEL.
His name, I pray you. Dia. The count Rousillon ; Know you such a
one? HÈL. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of
him : His face I know not. Dia.
Whatsoe'er he is, He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, · As 'tis reported, for the king? had married him Against his liking: Think you it is so ?
- holy pilgrim,] The interpolated epithet holy, which adds nothing to our author's sense, and is injurious to his metre, may be safely omitted. STEEVENS.
— for the king &c.] For, in the present instance, signifies because. So, in Othello :
6 and great business scant, . . “ For she is with me." STEEVENS.