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Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had been there to command. Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our suc
some dishonour we had in the loss of that drum; but it is 'not to be recovered.
Par. It might have been recovered.
Pur. It is to be recovered : but that the merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer, I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet.
Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring this instrument of honour again into his native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit : if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak of it, and extend to you what further becomes his greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your worthiness.
Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
Par. I'll about it this evening : and I will presently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself in my certainty, put myself into my mortal preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear further from me.
Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you are gone about it?
"I would recover the lost drum or another, or die in the attempt.
2 I will pen down my plans and the probable obstructions.
Par, I know not what the success will be, my lord; but the attempt I vow.
Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Farewell. Par. I love not many words.
[Exit. 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water. Is not this a strange fellow, my lord? that so confidently seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done; damns himself to do, and dares better be damned than to do't.
2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal of discoveries; but when you find him out, you have him ever after.
Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed at all of this, that so seriously he does address himself unto ?
i Lord. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies: but we have almost embossed him,} you shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship's respect.
2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old lord Lafeu: when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; which you
shall see this very night.
1 Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be caught.
3 Hunted him down.
4 Before we strip him naked
Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. 1 Lord. As't please your lordship : I'll leave you.
[Exit. Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show
you The lass I spoke of. 2 Lord.
But, you say, she's honest. Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but
once, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her, By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind, Tokens and letters which she did re-send; And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature; Will you go see her ? 2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord.
Florence. A Room in the Widow's House.
Enter HELENA and Widow, Hel. If
misdoubt me that I am not she, I know not how I shall assure you further, But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.s
Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,
Nor would I wish you.
Sin eo By discovering herself to the count:
And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken,
I should believe you;
have show'd me that, which well approves You are great in fortune. Hel,
Take this purse of gold,
Now I see
Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more,
To what is past already.
I have yielded :
Why then, to-night
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' 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 be not thy voice?
1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you,
6 From under our windows.