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to you, when I have held familiarity with fresher you are a fool and a knave, you shall eat; go to, cloihes : brit I am now, sir, mudily'u in fortune's follow. moat, and smell somewhat strong of her strong Par. I praise God for you.

[Ereunt. displeasure. Clo. Truly, fortune's displeasure is but sluttish, 5

SCENE III. if it smell so strongly as thou speak’st of: I will henceforth eat notish of fortune's buttering.

Flourish. Enter King, Countess, Lafcu, Loris, Pr'vthee, allow the wind'.

Aitendunts, c. Par. Nay, you need not stop your nose, sir ; 1 King. We lost a jewel of ber; and our esteem spake but by a metaphor.

10 Was made much poorer by it: but your sou), Clo. Indeed, sir, it your metaphor stink, I will As mad in folly, lack'd the sense to know stop my nose; or against any man's metaphor. Her estimation home'. Prythee, get thee further.

Count. 'Tis past, my liege:
Par. Pray you, sir, leliver me this paper. And I beseech your majesty to make it

Clo. Foh! prythee, stand away; A paper from 15 Natural rebellion, done i' the blade of youth; fortune's close-stool to give to a nobleman! Look, When oil and tire, too strong for reason's force, here he comes himself.

O'erbears it, and burns on.

King. My honour'd lady,
Enter Lufcu.

I have forgiven and forgotten all:

20 Though my revenges were high bent upon him, Here is a pur of fortune's, sir, or of fortune's And watch'd the time to shoot. cat, (but not a musk-cat) that has fallen into the Laf. This I must say, unclean fishpond of her displeasure, and, as he But first I beg my pardon.— The young lord says, is muddy'd withal: Pray you, sir, use the Did to his majesty, his mother, and his lady, carp as you may; for he looks like a poor, decay’d, 25 oftence of mighty note; but to himself ingenious, foolish, rascally knave. I do pity his The greatest wrong of all: he lost a wife, distress in my smiles of comfort, and leave him to Whose beauty did astonish the survey your lordship.

[Erit Cloun. Ofrichest eyes; whose words all ears took captive; Par. My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath Whose dear perfection, hearts that scorn’d toserve, cruelly scratch'd.

30 Humbly call'd mistress. Laf. And what would you have me to do? 'tis. King. Praising what is lost, [hither ;too late to pare ber nails now. Wherein have Alakes the remembrance dear. -Well, call hin you play'd the knave with fortune, that she should We are reconcil'il, and the first view shall kill scratch you, who of herself is a good lady, and I repetition :- Let him not ask our pardon; would not have knaves thrive long under her:35 The nature of his great orience is dead, There's a quart d'ocu for you: Let the justices And deeper than oblivion we do bury make you and fortune friends; I am for other The incensing relicks of it: let him approach, business.

A stranger, no oflender ; and inform him, Par. I beseech your honour, to hear me one So'tis our will he shoulci. single word.

40 Gent. I shall, my liege.

[spoke? Laf. You beg a single penny more: come, you king. What says he to your daughter? have you shall ha't; sare your word.

Luj. All that he is bathi reference to your bighPar. My name, my good lord, is Parolles.

(ters sent me, Luf. You beg more than one word then?:- King. Then shall we have a match. I have letCox’my passion; give me your hand:-llow does 45 That set him high in fame.

Entor Bertram. Par. O my good lord, you were the first that Lif. Ile looks well on't. found me.

King. I am not a day of season, Laf. Was I, in sooth ? and I was the first that For thou may'st see a sun-shine and a hail lost thee.

50 in me at once: But to the brightest beams Par. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in Distracted clouds give way; so stand thou forth, some grace, for you did bring me out.

The time is fair again. Luf. Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put upon Ber. My high-repented blames, me at once both the office of God and the devil: Dear sovereign, pardon to me. one brings thee in grace, and the other brings thee 551 King. All is whole; out. [Sound trumpets.] The king's coming, I Not one word inore of the consumed time. know by his trumpets. -Sirrah, inquire further Let's take the instant by the forward top; after me; I had talk of you last night : though! For we are old, and on our quick’st decrees

I That is, stand to the windward of me. 2 The meaning is, I testify my pity for his distress, by encouraging him with a gracious smile. 3 A quibble is intended on the woru Paroles, which in French is plural, and signities words. Esteem here means reckoning or estimate. 'i.e. completely, in its full extent.i. e, in the spring of early life, when the man is yet greci. Oiland fire suit but ill with blude, and therefore Dr. Warburton reads, bluze of youth.

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The inaudible and noiseless foot of time

As she had made the overture, she ceas'd, Steals, ere we can effect them: You remember

In heavy satisfaction, and would never The daughter of this lord ?

Receive the ring again. Ber. Admiringly, my liege: At first

king. Plutus himself, I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart 5 That knows the tinct and multiplying medicine, Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue: Hath not in nature's mystery more science, Where the impression of mine eye entixing, Than I have in this ring :'twas mine, 'twas Helen's, Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me, Whoever gave it you: Then, if you know Which warp'd the line of every other favour; That you are well acquainted with yourself, Scorn'd a tair colour, or express’d it stoln; 10 Confess'twas hers, and by what rough enforcement Extended or contracted all proportions, You got it from her : she call’d the saints to surety, To a most hideous object: Thence it came, That she would never put it from her tinger, That she, whom all men prais’d, and whom myself, Cnless she gave it to yourself in bed, Since I have lost, have lov'd, was in mine eye (Where you have never come) or sent it us The dust that did offend it.

15 Upon her great disaster. King. Well excus'd:

Ber. She never saw it.

[honour; That thou dost love her, strikes some scores away King. Thou speak'st it falsely, as I love mine From the great 'compt: But love, that comes too And mak'st conjectural fears to come unto me, Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried, [late, Which I would fain shut out: If it should prove To the great sender turns a sour vitince, 20 That thou art so inhuman,-'twill not prove so;Crying, That's good that's gone; our rash faults And yet I know not :-thou didst hate her deadly, Make trivial price of serious things we have, And she is dead; which nothing, but to close Not knowing them, until we know their grave: Her eyes myself, could win me to believe, Oft our displeasures, tu ourselves unjust,

More ihan to see this ring.–Take him away. Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust: 25

(Guards seize Bertram. Our own love waking cries to see what's done, My fore-past proofs, howe'er the matter fall, While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon. Shall tax iny tears of little vanity, Be this sweet flelen's knell, and now forget her. Having vainly fear'd too little.- Awaywith him ;Send forth your amorous token for fair Maudlin: We'll sist this matter further. The main consents are had; and here we'll stay 130 Ber. If you shall prove To see our widower's second marriage-day. [bless! This ring was ever her's, you shall as easy

Count. Which better than the first, Odearheaven Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence,
Or, ere they meet, in me, O nature, cease! Where yet she neverwas. [Erit Bertram guarded.
Laf. Come on, my son, in whom my house's

Enter a Gentleman.
Must be digested, give a favour from you, [name 35 King. I am wrapp'd in dismal thinkings.
To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter,

Gent. Gracious sovereign,
That she may quickly come.--By my old beard, Whether I have been to blame, or no, I know not;
And every hair that's on't, Helen, that's dead,

Here's a petition from a Florentine, Was a sweet creature; such a ring as this, Who hath for four or five removes', come short The last that e'er she took her leave at court, 40 To tender it herself. I undertook it, I saw upon her finger.

Vanquish'd thereto by the fair grace and speech Ber. Fler's it was not.


Of the poor suppliant, who by this, I know, King. Now, pray you, let me see it; for mine

Is here attending : her business looks in her While I was speaking, oit was fastened to't.

With an importing visage; and she told me, This ring was mine ; and, when I gave it Helen, 45 In a sweet verbal briel, it did concern I bade her, if her fortunes ever stood

Your highness with herself. Necessity'd to help, that by this token [herl

The King reads. I would relieve her: Had you that crait, to reave

Upon his many protestations to marry Of what should stead her most?

when his wife was dead, I blush to say it, Ber. My gracious sovereign,

Now is the count Rousillon a Howe'er it pleases you to take it so,

“ widower; his rows are forfeited to me, and The ring was never her's. Count. Son, on my life,

my honour's paid to him. He stole from

“ Florence, taking no leave, and I follow him to I have seen her wear it; and she reckoned it

his country tor justice: Grant it me, 0 hing; At her lite's rate.


* in you it best lies; otherwisea seducer flourishes, Laf. I am sure, I saw her wear it.

“ and a poor maid is undene. Ber. You are deceived, my lorit, she never saw

“ DIANA CAPULET." In Florence was it from a casement throun me, Wrapp'd in a paper which contain’d the name Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and Of her that threw it: noble she was, and thought cotoll lim: for this, I'll none of him. [Lateu, I stood engag'd: but when I had subscrib'd

King. The beavens have thought well on thee, To mine own fortune, and inform’alier (ully, To bring forth this discovery,--Seek these suitors: I could not answer in that course of honour Go, speedily, and bring again the count.

' Remotes are journies or post-stages. ? Alluding to buying horses in fairs, and paying toll for them to prove they were honestly come by.


150 6 he won me.

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Enter Bertram, guarded.

Luf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be. I am afeard, the life of Helen, lady,

hing. Find him, and bring him hither.

Ber. What of him? Was foully snatch'd.

Count. Now, justice on the doers! [you,. He's quoted 'for a most perfidious slave,

King. I wonder, sir, since wives are monsters to 5 With all the spots o'the world tax’d and deboshid; Avd that you fly them as you swear them fordship,

Whose nature sickens but' to speak a truth: Yet you desire to marry.-- What woman's that?

Am I or that, or this, for what he'll utter,

That will speak any thing?
Enter Widow and Diana.

King. She hath that ring of yours.
Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine, 10 Ber. I think, she has : certain it is, I lik'd her,
Derived from the ancient Capulet;

and boarded her i' the wanton way of youth: Aly suit, as I do understand, you kuow,

she knew her distance, and did angle for me, And therefore know how far I may be pitied.


adding my eagerness with her restraint,
H'id, I am her mother, sir, whose ageand honour, As all impediments in tancy's course
Both suffer under this complaint we bring, 15 Are motives of more fancy; and in fine,
And both shall cease', without your remedy: Her insuit coming with her modern grace,
King. Come hither, count: Do you know these subdu'd me to her rate: she got the ring;

And I had that, which any interior might
Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny At market-price have bought.
But that I know them: Do they charge me further: 20 Dia. I must be patient;
Diu. Why do you look so strange upon your wile? You, that turn'd oii a first so noble wife,
Ber. She's none of mine, my lord.

May justly diet me. I

pray you yet, Dia. If you shall marry,

|(Since you lack virtue, I will lose a husband)
You give away this band, and that is mine; Send for your ring, I will return it home,
You give away heaven's vows, and those are mine; 25 And give me mine again.
You give away myself, which is known mine; Ber. I have it not.
For l by vow am so embody'd yours,

King. What ring was yours, I pray you ?
That she, which marries you, must marry me, Diit. Sir, much like
Either both, or none.

The same upon your finger.

(late. Laf. Your reputation comes too short for my 30 King. Know you this ring ? this ring was his of daughter, you are no husband for her. [Tu, Bertram. Dia. And this was it I gave him, being a-bed. Ber. My lord, this is a fondand desperate creature, king. The story then goes false, you threw it Whom sometime I have laugh'd withi; let your Out of a casement,

[hirn highness

Dia. I have spoke the truth. Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, 35

Enter Paroiles. Than for to think that I would sink it here.

Ber. My lord, I do confess the ring was hers. King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill king. You boggie shrewdly, every leather starts to friend, (hour, Is this the man you speak of?

[you. Till your deeds gain them: Fairer prove your lio- Dia. It is, my lord. Thanin my thought it lies !

40 king. Tell me, sirrahı, but tell me true, I charge Dia. Good my lord,

Not tearing the displeasure of your master, [you, Ask him upon his oatli, if he does think

(Which, on your just proceeding, I'll keep oti) He had not my virginity.

By hin, and by this woman here, what know you? King. What say'st thou to her?

Pur. So please your majesty, my master hatt Ber. She's impudent, my lord;

45 been an honourable gentleman; tricks he hath And was a common gamester to the camp. wad in him, which gentlemen have.

Dia. Ile does me wrong, my lord; if I were so, King. Conie, come, to the purpose ; Did he lle might have bought me at a common price: love this wompan? Do not believe him : 0, behold this ring,

Pur. 'Faith, sir, he did love lier: But how? Whose high respect and rich validity', 50 King. How, I pray you? Did lack a parallel ; yet, for all that,

Pur. He did love her, sir, as a gentlemian loves He gave it to a commoner o' the camp, If I be one.

King. How is that? Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:

Par. Ile lov'd her, sir, and lov'd her not. Of six preceding ancestors, that gem

551 King. As thou art a knave and no knave:Conferr'd by testament to the sequent issue, What an equivocal companion is this? Hath it been ow'd, and worn. This is his wife ; Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's That ring's a thousand proofs.

command. King. Methought you said,

Luf. Ile's a good drum, my lord, but a naughty You saw one bere in court could wituess it. 100 orator.

Din. I did, my lord, but Intha ain to produce Dia. Do you know, he promis’d me marriage? So bad an instrument; his name's Paroll.s.

Par. 'Faith, I know more than I'll speak.

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" That is, decease, die. ? i. e, talue. ? Quoted has the same sense as noted. See note 3, p. 13. 'i. e. only to speah a truth.



King. But wilt thou not speak all thou know'st? Though yet he never harı'd me, here I quit him :

Pur. Yes, so please your majesty! I did go be- He knows himself, my bed he hath detild; tween them, as I said; but more than that, he And at that time he got his wife with child: loved her,-for, indeed, he was mad for her, and Dead though she be, she feels her young one kick, talk'd of Satan and of limbo, and of furies, and 1 5 so there's my riddle, One, that's dead, is quick. know not what: yet I was in that credit with them And now behold the meaning. at that time, that I knew of their going to bed ;

Re-enter Widow, with Hclena. and of other motions, as promising her marriage, King. Is there no exorcist * and things that world derive me ill will to speah Beguntes the truer office of mine eyes? of, therefore I will not speak what I know. 10 Is't real, that I see?

King. Thou hast spoken already, unless thou Hel. No, my good lord; canst say they are marry’d: But thou art too tine! plis but a shadow of a wife you see, in thy evidence; therefore stand aside.—Thisring, The name, and not the thing. You say, was yours?

Ber. Both, both; oh, pardon ! [maid, Du. Ay, my good lord.

15! Hel. Oh, my good lord, when I was like this King. Where did you buy it? or who gave it I found you wond'rous kind. There is your ring,

Ind, look



letter; This it says, Dia. It was not given me, nor did I buy it. When from my finger you can get this ring, King. Who lent it you?

11nd are by me with child, &c.- This is done : Dia. It was not lent me neither.

|20 Will you be mine, now you are doubly won? King. Where did you find it then?

Ber. If she, my liege, can make me know this Din. I found it not.

clearly, king. If it were yours by none of all these ways, I'll love her dearly, ever, ever dearly. llow could you give it hini ?

Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue, Dia. I never gave it him.

23 Deadly divorce step between me and you ! Laf This woman's an easy glove, my lord; she 0, my dear mother, do I see you living ? goes off and on at pleasure.

[To the Countess. King. The ring was znine, I gave it his first wife. Luf. Mine eyes smell onions, I shall weep anon. Dia. It might be yours,or hers, for aught I know. -Good Tom Brum, lend me a handkerchief; [to King. Take her away, I do not like her now; 30 Parolles.] So, I thank thee: wait on me home, To prison with her: and away with him.- I'll make sport with thee: Let thy courtesies alone, Unless thou tell’st me where ihou hadst this ring, they are scurvy ones. Thou diest within this bour,

King. Let us from point to point this story know, Dia. I'll never tell you.

To make the even truth in pleasure flow:King. Take her away.

351f thou be'st yet a fresh uncropped flower, Dia. I'll put in bail, my liege.

[To Diana, King. I think thee now some common customer?. Chuse thou thy husband, and I'll pay thy duwer; Dia. By Jove, if ever I knew man, 'twas you. For I can guess, that by thy honest aid, King. Wherefore hast thou accus'd him all this Thon kept'st a wife herself, thyself a maid.while?

40 Of that, and all the progress, more and less, Dia. Because he's guilty, and he is not guilty : Resolvedly more leisure shall express ; He knows, I am no maid, and he'll swear to't: III yet seems well; and, if it end so meet, l'll swear, I am a maid, and he knows not. The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet, Great king, I am no strumpet, by my life; I am either maid, or else this old man's wife.

Adriencing: 45

[Pointing to Lafru. The king's a beggar, now the play is done : King. She does abuse our ears; to prison with her. All is well ended, if this suit be won, Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail.--Stay, royal That you express content; which we will pay,

[Eriti ido.

l'ith strite to please you, day exceeding day: The jeweller, that owes the ring, is sent for, 50 Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts; And he shall surety me. But for this lord, [ToBert. Your gentle hunds lend us, and take our hearts. Who hath abus'd me, as he knows bimself,

[Exeunt. 'Too fine, here means full of finesse; too artful. ? i, e, a common woman. 'i. e, owns. * This word is used not very properly for enclunter.

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