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i Lord. The stronger part of it by her own The Florentine Camp.

letters; which makes her story true, even to the Enter the two French Lords, and two or threr Soldiers. point of her death : her death itself, which could

i Lord. You have not given him his mother's not be her office to say, is come, was faithfully letter?

5 contirm'd by the rector of the place. 2 Lord. I have deliver'd it an hour since: there 2 Lord. Ilath the count all this intelligence? is something in't that stings his nature; for, on the Lord. Ay, and the particular contirmations, reading it, he chang'd almost into another man. point from point, to the full arning of the verity,

I Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon 2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad him, for shaking off so good a wife, and so swee1f10 of this. a lady,

i Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the ever- us comforts of our losses! Jasting displeasure of the hing, who had even tun'd 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell we drown our g in in tears! The great dignity, you a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly 15 that his valour liath here acquired for him, shall at

home be encounter'd with a shame as ample. | Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, i Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, and I am the grave of it:

good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, 2 Lord. He hathperverted a young gentlewoman it our faults whipp'd them not; and our crimes here in Florence, of a most chaste renown; and 20 would despair, it they were not cherish'd by our this might he fleshes his will in the spoil of her virtue, honour: he hath given her bismonumental ring, and

Enter a Serrant. thinks himself made in the unchaste composition. How now? where's your master ?

i Lord. Now God delay our rebellion ; as wel Sert. He met the duke in the street, sir, of are ourselves, what things are we!

125 whom he hath taken a solemu leave; his lordship 2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in

will next morning for France. The duke hath the common course of all trea-ons, we still see Soifered him letters of commendations to the king. them reveal themselves, till they attain to their 2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful abhorr'd ends ; so he, that in this action contrives there, if they were more than they can commend. against his own nobility, in his proper stream o'er 30

Enter Bertram. flows himself'.

i Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's 1 Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, to be tartness. Here's his lordship now. Ilow now, my trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall not lord, is't not after midnight? then have his company to-night?

Ber. I have to-night dispatch’dsixteen businesses, 2 Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is dieted 35 a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of sucto his hour.

cess: I have conge'd with the duke, done my adieu | Lord. That approaches apace: I would with his nearest ; buried a wife, mourn'd for her; glally have him see his company anatomized; that rit to my lady mother, I am returning; enterhe might take a measure of his own judgment, tain’d my convoy; and, between these main parwherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit. 40 cels of dispäich, etfiected many nicer needs: the

2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till he last was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet. come: for his presence must be the whip of the 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and other.

this morning your departure hence, it requires I Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of haste of vour lordship. these wars?

45 Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fear2 Lord. I hear there is an overture of peace. ng tu hear of it hereafter: But shall we have this 1 Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded. dialogue between the fool and the soldier?

2 Lord. What willcount Rousillon dothen? will Come, bring forth this counterfeit module>; he bas he travel higher, or return agaiu into France ? deceiv'd me like a double-meaning prophesier.

1 Lord. I perceive hy this demand, you are not 50 2 Lord. Bring him forth: he hath sat in the altogether of his counsel.

tocks all night, poor gallant knave. 2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be a Ber. No matter; his heels have deserv'd it, in great deal of his act.

usurping his spurs so long. Ilow does he carry I Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, himself? fled from his house ; her pretence is a pilgrimage 55 | Lord. I have told your lordship already; the to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, stochs carry bim. But, to answer you as you with most austere sanctimony, she accomplish'd : would be understood ; he weeps, like a wench and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature that had shed her milk: he hath confess'd hin:became as a prey to her grief ; in tine, made a self to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar, groan of her last breath, and now she sings in 60 from the time of his remembrance, to this very beaven.

instant disaster of his sitting i the stocks : And 2 Lord. How is this justified?

what, think you, he bath contest?

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Ber. Nothing of me, has he?

1 Lord. Nothing, but let him hare thanks. 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be Demand of him my conditions, and what credit I sead to his face: if your lordship he in't, as I be- have with the duke. lieve you are, you must have the patience to hear it. Inter. Well, that's set down. “You shall de. Re-enter Soldiers :ith Paralies.

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" mand of him, whether one captain Durnain be Ber. A plague upon him! mutiled! he can say "' i' the camp, a Frenchman; what his reputation nothing of me; hush! hush!

“ is with the duke, what his valour, honesty, and | Lord. Iloodman comes !--Porto tartarossa. expertness in wars; or whether he thinks, it

Inter. Ile calls for the tortures; What will you were not possible with well-weighing sums of say without 'en?

10 gold to corrupt him to a revolt.” What say you Par. I will confess what I know without con- to this? what do

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know of it? straint: if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say no Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the pare

ticular of the interrogatories: Demand them singly. Inter. Bosko chimurcho.

Inter. Do you know this captain Dumain? 2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco.

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Par. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice Inter. You are a merciful general:-Ourgeneral in Paris, from whence he was whipp'd for getting bids you answer to what I shallask you outofa note. the sheriit's fool with child; a dumb innocent, Pür. And truly, as I hope to live

that could not say bim, nay. Hiter. “ First demand of him how many horse

[Dumain lifts up his hand in anger, “ the duke is strong.” What say you to that? 20 Ber. Nay, by yourleave hold your hands; though

Pur. Five or six thousand; but very weak and Iknow, his brains are forfeitto the nexttile thatfalls. unserviceable: the troops are all scatter'd, and the Inter. Well, is this captain in the duke of Flocommanders very poor rogues; upon my reputa

rence's camp? tion and credit, and as I hope to live.

Pur. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy. Inter. Shall I set down your answer so? 125 1 Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall

Par. Do; I'll take the sacrament on't, liow and hear of your lordship anon. which way you will: all's one to bim'.

Inter: What is bis reputation with the duke? Ber. What a past-saring slave is this!

Par. The duke knows him for no other but a i Lord. You are deceiv'd, my lord; this is poor officer of mine; and writ to me the other monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was 30 day, to turn him out o'the band: I think, I have his own phrase) that had the whole theorique of his letter in my pocket. war in the knot of his scarf, and the practice in Inter. Mariy, we'll search. the chape of his dagger.

Par. In good sadness, I do not know; either 2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keep- it is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other ing his sword clean; nor believe he can have every 35 letters, in my tent. thing in him, by wearing luis apparel neatly.

Inter. Ilere 'tis; here's a paper; Shall I read Inter. Well, that's set down.

it to you? Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, --I will Par. I do not know, if it be it, or no. say true, --or thereabouts, set down,--for I'll Ber. Our interpreter does it well. speak truth.

40 1 Lord. Excellently. ] Lord. Hle's very near the truth in this.

Inter. “ Dian. The count's a fool, and full of Ber. But I con hiin no thanks for't, in the “ gold,” nature he delivers it.

Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir ; that is Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.

an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, Intor. Well, that's set down.

45 one Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a trutli's a truth, count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, the rogues are marvellous poor.

very ruttish : I pray you, sir, put it up again. Inter. “ Demandot him, of what strength they inter. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. afoot.” What say you to that ?

Pur. My meaning in't, I proiest, was very Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this 50 honest in the behalf of the maid ; for I knew the present bour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio a oung count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy; hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corainbus who is a whale to virginity, and devours up all so many, Jaquesso many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodo- the fry it finds. wick, and Gratii, two hundred fifty each: mine Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue ! own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two55

Interpreter reads the letter. hundred and nity each; so that the muster file, “ When he swears oaths, bid bim drop gold, and rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to

“ take it : tifteen thousand poll; half of the which dare not “ After he scores, he never pays the score: sluake the snow from off their cassocks', lest they “ Half won, is match well made; match, and well shake themselves to pieces.

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“ He ne'er pays after-debts, take it before; 'The words “all's one to him” seem to belong to another speaker, and appear to be a proper remark of Bertram's upon Parolles's assertion. i. e. I am not obliged to him for it. To con is to know. Cassock signifies a horseman's loose coat.

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Aud say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,

2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? “ Men are to well with', boys are but to kiss : Inter. What's he? “ For count of this, the count's a tool, I know it, Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not alto“Who pays before, but not when he does oweií. gether so great as the first in goodness, but greater “ Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear, 5 a great deal in evil.

lle excels his brother tor a " PAROLLES."

coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best

that is: In a retreat he outruns any lacquey; Ber. He shall be whipp'd through the army, marry, in coining on he has the cramp. with this rhime in his forehead.

Inter. If your life be saved, will you undertake 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the 10 to betray tlie Fiorentine? manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. Pur. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count

Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, Ronsillon. and now he's a cat to me.

Inter. I'll whisper with the general, and know Inter. I perceive, sir, by our general's looks,

This pleasure. we shall be sain to hang you.

15 Pur. Il no more drumming; a plague of all Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to beafraid to die; but that, my otlences being many, guile the supposition: of that lascivious young I would repent out the remainder of nature: let boy the count, have I run into this danger: Yet, me live, sir, in a dungeon, i' the stocks, or any who would have suspected an ambush where I where, so I may live.

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[Aside. Inter. We'll see what may be done, so you con- Inter. There is no remedy,sir,but you must die: fess freely; therefore, once more to this captain the general says, you, that liave so traiterously disDumain: You have answerd to his reputation covered the secrets of your army, and made such with the duke, and to his valour; What is his Ipestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can honesty?

25erve the world for no very honest use; therefore Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister; Iyou must die. Come, headsman, ots with his head. for rapes and ravisluments he parallels Nessus. Ile Par. () lord, sic; let me live, or let me see professes no keeping of oaths; in breaking them, my death! he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, Inter. That shall you, and take your leare of with such volubility, that you would think truth 30 all your friends.

[Unbinding him. were a fool: drunkerness is bis best virtue; for o, look about you; Know you any here? he will be swine-druuk; and in his sleep he does Bir. Good-morrow, noble captain. little harın, save to his bed-cloaths about him; but 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles. they know his conditions, and lay hini in straw. I Lord. God save you, noble captain. I have but little more to say, sir, of his honesty : 35 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my he has every thing that an honest man should not lord Lafeu? I am for France. have; what an honest man should have, he has i Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy nothing.

of that same sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of i Lord. I begin to love bim for this.

luhe count Rousillon: an I were not a very coward, Ber. For this description of thine honesty? A 40 i'd compel it of you; but fare you well. [Exeunt. pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat. Inter. You are undone, captain; all but your

Inter. What say you to his expertness in war? cart, that has a knot on't yet.

Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the Pur. Who cannot be crush'd with a plot ? English tragedians,—to belie him, I will not, and Inter. If you could find out a country where but more of his soldiership

. I know not; except, in that 45 women were that had received so much shame, you country, he had the honour to be the officer at a might begin an impudent nation. Fare you well, place there callid Mile-end, to instruct for the sir; I am tor France too; we shall speak of you doubling of files: I wouid do the man what ho- there.

[Erit. nour I can, but of this I am not certain.

Par. Yet am I thankful: if my heart were great, 1 Lord. He hath out-villain'd villainy so far, 50 Twould burst at this: Captain i'll be no more; that the rarity redeems him.

But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.

As captain shall: simply the thing I am Inter. His qualities being at this poor price, Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart, need not to ask you, if gold will corrupt him to

Let him tear this; for it will come to pass, revolt.

55 That every braggart shall be found an ass. Par. Sir, for a quart d'ocu he will sell the fee- Rust, sword! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, live sinple of bis salvation, the inheritance of it; and Safest in shame! being fool'd), by foolery thrive! cut the intail from all remainders, and a perpetual There's place, and means, for every man alive. succession for it perpetually.

Il'll after them. Inter. What's his brother, the other captain 60

[Erit. Dumain ?

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home, more advanc'd by the king, than by that The Widoto's House at Florence.

red-tail'd humble-bee I speak of.

Count. I would, I had not known him! it was
Enter Helenu, Widow, and Diana. the death of the most virtuous gentlewoman, that
Hel. That you may well perceive 1 bave not 5 lever nature had praise for creating: if she had
wrong'd you,

partaken of my tiesh, and cost me the dearest
One of the greatest in the christian world groans of a mother, I could not have owed her a
Shall be my surety; 'fore whose throne, 'tis nerd- inore rooted love.
Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel:

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Laf: 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady: 'Time was, I did him a desired office,

10 we may pick a thousand sallads, ere we light on Dear alınost as his life; which gratitude

such another herb.
Through llinty Tartar's bosom would peep forth, Clo. Indeed, sir, she was the sweet-marjoram
And answer, thanks: I duly am inform’d, of the sallet, or, rather, the herb of grace.
His grace is at Marseilles; to which place

Laf. They are not sallet-herbs, you knave, they
We have convenient convoy. You must know, 15 are nose-herbs.
I am supposed dead: the arıny breaking,

Clo. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, sir, I have
My husband hies him home; where, heaven aiding, not much skill in

grass. And by the leave of my good lord the king, Laf. Whether dost thou profess thyself; a We'll be, before our welcome.

knave, or a fool? #id. Gentle madam,

201 Clo. A fool, sir, at a woman's service, and a You never had a servant, to whose trust

knave at a man's. Your business was more welcome.

Laf. Your distinction?
Hel. Nor you, mistress,

Chn. I would cozen the man of his wife, and
Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly labour do his service.
To recompense your love; doubt not, but heaven 25 Laf. So you were a knaveat his service, indeert.
Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower, Clo. And I would give his wife iny bauble', sir,
As it hath fated her to be my notive'

to do her service.
And heiper to a husband. But ( strange men! Luf. I will subscribe for thee; thou art both
That can such sweet use make of what they hate, knave and fool.
When saucy trusting of the cozen'd thoughts 30 Clo. At your service.
Deliles the pitchy night! so lust doth play

Laf. No, no, no.
With what it loaths, for that which is away:

Clo. Why, sir, if I cannot serve you, I can serve
But more of this hereafter :- You, Diana, as great a prince as you are.
Under my poor instructions yet must suffer

Lat. Who's that? a Frenchman ?
Something in my behalf.

35 Clo. Faith, sir, he has an English name; but his Diu. Let death and honesty

phisnomy is more hotter in France, than there. Go with your impositions, I am yours

Laf. What prince is that? l'pon your will to suiler.

Clo. The black prince, sir, alins, the prince of
Hel. Yet, I pray you,

darkness ; alias, the devil.
But with the word, the times will bringon summer, 10 Laf. Hold thee, there's my purse: I give thee
When briars shall have leaves as well as thorns, not this to suggest' thee from thy master thou
And be as sweet as sharp. We must away ; talk'st of; serve him still.
Our waggon is prepar'), and time revives* us : Clo. I am a woodland fellow, sir, that always
Hill's meill that ends zell: still the tine's the crown: lov'd a great fire; and the master I speak of, ever
Whate'er thecourse, the end isthe renown.[Excunt. 45 keeps a good tire. But, sure, he is the prince of the

world, let his nobility remain his court. I am
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for the house with the narrow gate, which I take Rousillon.

to be too little for pomp to enter: some, that Enter Coun!ess, Lafcu, and Clozen.

Thumble themselves, may; but the many will be

50 too chill and tender; and they'll be for the flowery Lauf. No, no, no, your son was mis-led with a

way, that leads to the broad gate, and the great tire. snipt-tattata fellow there; whose villainous saffron Laf. Go thy ways, I begin to be a-weary of would have made all the unbal'd and doughy youth thee; and I tell thee so betore, because I would oi a nation in his colour: your daughter-in-law not fall out with thee. Go thy ways; let my had been alive at this hour; and your son here at 55 horses be well look'd to, without ang

tricks. Motite for assistant. ? Saucy may here imply lururious, and by consequence lascivious. 'i. e. in an instant of time. * i. e. rouses us. Here some particulars of fashionable dress are ridiculed. Snipt-tajatu needs no explanation; but villainous sufron is more obscure. This alludes to a fantasticki fashion, then much followed, of using yellozo starch for their bands and rufts. 6 Sir John Hawkins gives the following explanation of this passage: “ Part of the furniture of a fool was a bauble, which, inough it be generally taken to signify any thing of small value, has a precise and determinable meaning; it is, in short, a kind of trunciicon with a head carved on it, which the t'o! anciently carried in his hand. : i. e. scduce.

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Clo. If I put any tricks upon 'em, sir, they shall, Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see him be jades' tricks; which are their own right by the ere I die. I have letters, that niy son will be law of nature.

[Exit. here to-night: I shall beseech your lordship, to Laf. A shrewd knave, and an unhappy'. remain wiib me till they ineet together.

Count. So he is. My lord, that's gone, made 5 Laf. Madam, I was thinking, with what manhimself much sport out of him: by his authority ners I might safely be admitted. he remains here, which he thinks is a patent for Count. You need but plead your honourable his sauciness; and, indeed, he has no pace, but privilege. runs where he will.

Luf. Lady, of that I have made a bold charter; Luf. I like hiin well: 'tis not amiss: and I 10 but, I thank iny Ged, it holds yet. was about to tell you, Since I heard of the good

Re-enter Clown. lady's death, and that my lord your son was upon

Clo. O madam, yonder's my lord your son witla his return home, I mov'd the king my master, to a patch of velvet on's face; whether there be a speak in the behalf of my daughter; which, in scar under't, or no, the velvet knows; but 'tis a the minority of them botli, his majesty, out of a 15 goodly patch of velvet: his left cheek is a cheek self-gracious remembrance, did first propose: his of two pile and a half, but his right cheek is worn highness has promised me to do it: and, to stop bare. up the displeasure he hath conceiv'il against your Count. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a son, there is no fitter matter. How does your good livery of honour: so, belike, is that. ladyship like it?

20 Clo. But it is your carbonado'd face. Count. With very much content, my lord, and Luf. Let us go see your son, I pray you; I long I wish it happily effected.

to talk with the young noble soldier. Laf. His highness comes post from Marseilles, Çlo. 'Faith, there's a dozen ot'em, with delicate of as able a body as when he numbered thirty; he fine hats, and most courteous teathers, which box will be here to-morrow, or I am deceiv'd by him(25, the head, and nod at every man. that in such intelligence hath seldom faild.

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Gent. The king's not here.
The Court of France at Nlarseilles.

Hel. Not here, sir?
Enter Helena, Widow, and Diana, with two

Gont. Not, indeed :
Attendants.

He hence remov'd last night, and with more haste
UTthis exceeding posting, day and night, 40 Than is his use.
Must wear your spirits low: we cannot Wid. Lord, how we lose our pains !
help it;

[one, Hel. All's will that ends well, yet; But, since you have made the days and nights as Though time seem so adverse, and means unfit.-To wear your gentle limbs in my atlairs,

I do beseech you, whither is be gone?
Be bold, you do so grow in my requital, 45 Gent. Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon;
As nothing can unroot you. În happy time; Whither I an going.
Enter a gentle Astringer

Tici. I do beseech you, sir,
This man may help

me to his majesty's ear, Since you are like to see the king before me, If he would spend his power.—God save you, sir. Cominend the paper to his gracious hand ; Gent. And you.

50 "Vhich, I presuine, shall render you no blame, Hel. Sir, I have seen you in the court of France. But rather make you thank your pains for it: Gent. I have been sometimes there.

I will come after you with what good speed
Hel. I do presume, sir, that you are not fallen Our means will make us means.
From the report that goes upon your goodness ; Gent. This l'll do for you.

[thank'd, And therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions,55 He'. And you shall find yourself to be well Which lay nice manners by, I put you to

What-e'er falis more.-Wemust go horse again :The use of your own virtues, for the which Go, go, provide.

[Eicunt. I shall continue thankful.

SCENE II. Gent. What's your will?

Rousillon. Hel. That it will please you

Enter Cloren and Parolles. To give this poor petition to the king;

Par. Good Mr. Lavatch, give my lord Laferz And aid me with that store of power you have, this letter: I have ere now, sir, been better known That is, unlucky..? Mr. Steevens says, that a gentle astringer, means a gentleman falconer.

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