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SCENE I. Without the Florentine Camp.
Enter first Lord, with five or six Soldiers in ambush.
1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this hedge's corner. When you sally upon him, speak what terrible language you will; though you understand it not yourselves, no matter; for we must not seem to understand him; unless some one among us, whom we must produce for an interpreter.
1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter.
1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? Knows he not thy voice?
1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you.
1 Lord. But what linsey-woolsey hast thou to speak to us again?
1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me.
1 Lord. He must think us some band of strangers i’the adversary's entertainment. Now he hath a smack of all neighboring languages; therefore we must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we speak one to another ; so we seem to know, is to know straight our purpose : chough's language, gabble enough and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem very politic. But couch, ho ! here he comes; to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.
Par. Ten o'clock : within these three hours 'twill be time enough to go home. What shall I say I have done? It must be a very plausive invention that
1 i. e. foreign troops in the enemy's pay.
2 The sense of this passage is obvious, though there is an apparent imperfection in the form of expression. 3 A bird of the jack-daw kind. VOL. II.
carries it. They begin to smoke me; and disgraces have of late knocked too often at my door. I find my tongue is too fool-hardy ; but my heart hath the fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures, not daring the reports of my tongue.
1 Lord. This is the first truth, that e'er thine own tongue was guilty of.
Par. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of this drum ; being not ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and say I got them in exploit. Yet slight ones will not carry it; they will
Came you off with so little ? and great ones I dare not give. Wherefore? What's the instance ? Tongue, I must put you into a butterwoman's mouth, and buy another of Bajazet's mute, if you prattle me into these perils.
1 Lord. Is it possible he should know what he is, and be that he is ?
[Aside. Par. I would the cutting of my garments would serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish sword. 1 Lord. We cannot afford you so.
[Aside. Par. Or the baring 3 of my beard; and to say, it was in stratagem. 1 Lord. Twould not do.
[Aside. Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say, I was stripped. i Lord. Hardly serve.
[Aside. Par. Though I swore I leaped from the window of the citadel1 Lord. How deep?
[Aside. Par. Thirty fathom.
1 Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make that be believed.
[Aside. Par. I would I had any drum of the enemy's; I would swear I recovered it. 1 Lord. You shall hear one anon.
1 The proof. 's The old copy reads mule. The emendation was made by Warburton. 3 i e. the shaving of my beard. To bare anciently signified to shave.
Par. A drum now of the enemy's !
[Alurum within 1 Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo. Par. 0! ransom, ransom.- Do not hide mine eyes
[They seize him and blindfold him 1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos.
Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment,
Oh! 1 Sold.
pray, pray, pray.-Manka revania dulche. 1 Lord.
Oscorbi dulchos volivorca. 1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet; And, hoodwinked as thou art, will lead thee on To gather from thee; haply, thou mayst inform Something to save thy life. Par.
0, let me live, And all the secrets of our camp I'll show, Their force, their purposes. Nay, I'll speak that Which you will wonder at. 1 Sold.
But wilt thou faithfully? Par. If I do not, damn me. 1 Sold.
Acordo linta. Come on, thou art granted space.
[Exit, with Parolles guarded. I Lord. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my
brother, We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him
muffled, Till we do hear from them.
Captain, I will. 1 Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves; Inform 'em that. 2 Sold.
So I will, sir. 1 Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely locked.
SCENE II. Florence. A Room in the Widow's
Enter BERTRAM and DIANA. Ber. They told me that your name was Fontibell. Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. Ber.
Titled goddess; And worth it, with addition! But, fair soul, In your fine frame hath love no quality ? If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, You are no maiden, but a monument. When you are dead, you should be such a one As you are now, for you are cold and stern ; And now you should be as your mother was,
, When your sweet self was got.
Dia. She then was honest.
So should you be.
No more of that!
Ay, so you serve us,
1 i. e. against his determined resolution never to cohabit with Helena.
How have I sworn ? Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the
truth; But the plain, single vow, that is vowed true. What is not holy, that we swear not by, But take the Highest to witness. Then pray you, tell
Change it, change it;
you do charge men with. Stand no more off,
Dia. I see that men make hopes, in such a war, That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring.
Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power
Will you not, my lord ?
1 The sense is, we never swear by what is not holy, but take to witness the Highest, the Divinity.
2 This passage is considered obscure by some commentators; but the meaning appears to be very obvious: an oath has no binding force, when we swear by the Deity, whom we profess to love, that we will commit a deed that is displeasing to him.
3 The old copy reads, “make ropes in such a scarre.” Rowe changed it to,“ make hopes in such affairs ;” and Malone to,“ make hopes in such a scene." 'But affairs and scene have no literal resemblance to the old word scarre : warre is always so written in the old copy; the change is therefore less violent, and more probable.