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Strw. “I am St. Jaques' pilgrim, hither gone; her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. “ Ambitious love hath so in me oftended, Wid. I bave told my neighbour, how you have That bare-fout plod I the cold ground upon, been solicited by a gentleman his companion.
“With sainted vow my faults to have amended, Mar. I know the knave; bang bim! one Pa"Write, write, ihat, from the bloody course of war, 5 rolles: a tilthy officer be is in those suggestions for
“My dearest master, your dear son may hye ; the young earl.-Beware of them, Diana; their “ Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from tar, promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these
“ His name with zealous fervour sanctify: enginesof lust, are not the things they go under: “ His taken labours bid him me forgive;
many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the “ I, bis despightful Jano, sent him forth 10 misery is, example, that so terrible shews in the .From courtly friends, with camping foes to live, wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade
“Where deathand danger dog the heels ofworth: succession, but that they are limed with the twigs “Heis too good and fair for death and me; that threaten them. Thope, I need not to advise “Whom I myself embrace, to set him free." you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest words !- 15 keep you where you are, though there were no Rinaldo, you did never lack advice' so much, further danger known, but the modesty which is As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her, I could have well diverted her intents,
Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
Enter Helena, disguis'd like a Pilgrim. If I had given you this at over-night,
Wid. I hope so.-Look, here comes a pilgrim: She might have beeno'er-ta'en ; andyet she writes, I know she will lye at my house: thither they send Pursuit would be but vain.
one another; l'il question her.Count. What angel shall
God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Bless this unworthy husband? he cannot thrive, 125 Hel. To St. Jaques le grand. Unless her pravers, whom haven delights to hear, Where do the palmers ’ lodge, I do beseech you? And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath Wid. Atthe St. Francis here, beside the purt. Ofgreatest justice.Write, write, Rinaldo,
HI Is this the way? [d murch afur off To this unworthy husband of his wife ;
Wid. Ay, marry, is it. Hark you! [pilgrim, Let every word weigh heavy of her worth, 30/1 hey come this
you will tarry, boly That he does weigh too light : my greatest grief,
But iill the troops come by, Though little he do feel it, set down sharply. I will conduct you where you shall be lodg'u; Dispatch the most convenient messenger :
The rather, for I think I kvow your hostess When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone, As ample as myself. He will return; and hope I may, that she, 35 Hil. Is it yourself? Hearing so much, will speed her foot again, Wid. If you shall please so, pilgriin. [sure. Led hither by pure love: which of them both Heb. I thank you, and will stay upon your
leiIs dearest to me, I have no skill in sense
Wid. You came, I think, from France? To make distinction :-- Provide this messenger :
Ill. I did so. My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak; 140 II id. Here you may see a countryman of yours, Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak. That bus clone worthy service. [Ereunt. Tel. His name, I pray you?
(one? SCENE V.
Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such a Without the Walls of Florence.
Ikel. But by the eas, that hears most pobly of 145 His face I know not.
[him; a Tucket afur ojf.
Dia. Whatsoe'er he is, Enter an old II idow of Florence, Diuna, Violenta, He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, and Mariand, with other Citizens.
As ʼtis reported, for the king had married him Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the Against bis liking: Think you it is so? [lads, city, we shall lose all the sight.
50. Hel. Ay, surely, meer iie truth ; I know his Diu. They say, the French count has done most Diu. There is a gentleman that serves the count, honourable service.
Reports but coarsely of her. Wid. It is reported that he has ta'en their great- ilel. What's his name? est commander; and that with his own hand he Dia. Monsieur Parolles. slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour;155 Hil. Oh, I beliere with him, they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may In argument of praise, or to the worth know their trunipets.
Of the great count himself, she is too mean Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice our- To have her name repeated; all her deserving selves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take Is a reserved honesty, and that heed of this French earl: the honour of a maid is 601 have not heard examined.
i That is, discretion or thought. Meaning, " they are not really so true and sincere as in appearance they seem to be.” Pilgrims that visited holy places; so called irom a stull' or bougla of palm that they were wont to carry. *i, e. doubted.
Dia. Alas, poor lady!
SCENE VI. 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife Of a detesting lord.
Enter Bertram, and the two French Lords. Wid. Aright good creature: wheresoe'er she is, Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might 5 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord; put him to't ; let A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd.
him have his way. Hil. How do you mean?
2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding, May be, the amorous count solicits her
hold me no more in your respect. In the unlawful purpose,
I Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble. Wid. He does, indeed;
10 Ber. Do you think I am so far deceiv din him? And brokes' with all that can in such a suit
1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Corrupt the tender honour of a maid :
knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of But she is arın'd for him, and keeps her guard him as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, In honestest defence.
an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise
15 breaker, the owner of no one good quality worEnter with Drum and Colours, Bertram, Pa- thy your lordship's entertainment, rolles, Officers and Soldiers attending. 2 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, re
posing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, Mar. The go Is forbid else!
he might, at some great and trusty business, in a Wid. So, now they come:
20 main danger tail you. That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son ;
Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action That, Escalus.
to try him. Hel. Which is the Frenchman?
2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off Dia. He;
This drum, which you hear him so contidently unThat with the plume; 'tis a most gallant fellow;
125 dertake to do. I wouid, he lov'd his wife; if he were hone-ter, 1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will He were much goodlier:--ís't not a handsome suddenly surprise him; such I will have, whom, Hol. I like hin well.
[gentleman I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we Dia. 'Tis pity, he's not honest: Yond's that will bind and hood-wink him so, that he shall supsame knave,
puse no other but that he is carried into the leagner That leads him to these places; were I his lady, of the adversaries, when we bring him to our own I'd poison that vile rascal.
lents: Be but your lordship present at his examiHil. Which is he?
nation; if he do not, for the promise of his life, Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs: Why is he and in the highest compulsion of base fear, offer to melancholy?
|35 betray you, and deliver all the intelligence in his Hel. Perchance bie's hurt i' the battle.
power against you, and that with the divine forfeit Par. Lose our drumı! well.
fot his soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in Mar. He's shrewdly vex'd at something: Look,
any thing. he has spied us.
2 Lord. O, for the love of langhter, let him Wid. Marry, hang you !
40 fetch bis drum; he says, he has a stratagem for't: Eicunt Bertram, Parolles, &c. when your lordship sees the bottom of his sucMar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier !
cess in't, an to what metal this counterfeit lump Wid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I of ore will be melted, if you give him not John will bring you
Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be Where you shall host; of enjoin'd penitents 45 removed?. Here he comes. There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound, Already at my house.
Enter Parolles. Hel.' I humbly thank you :
1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not Please it this matron, and this gentle maid, the humour of his design ; let him fetch off his Toeat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking, 50 drum in any hand. Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,
Ber. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks I will bestow some precepts on this virgin, sorely in your disposition. Worthy the note.
? Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum. Both. We'll take your offer kindly.
Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A druin so
[Ereunt. (5öllost! There was an excellent command! to charge Deals as a broker. ?Theobald explains this passage thus: "My lord, as you have taken this fellow (Parolles) into so near a confidence, if, upon his being found a counterfeit, you don't cashier him from your favour, then your attachment is not to be remov'd;" and then adds the following history of John Drum's Entertainment, from Hollingshed's Chronicle: “ This chronologer, in his description of Ireland, speaking of Patrick Scarsefield, (mayor of Dublin in the year 1551) and of his extravagant hospitality, subjoins, that no guest had ever a cold or forbidding look from any part of his family: so that his porter or any other officer durst not, for both his ears, give the simplest man, that resorted to his house, Tom Drum's entertainment, zuhich is, to bale a man in by the lead, and thrust him out by both the shoulders.”
in with our horse upon our own wings, and to (parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; rend our own soldiers,
lubich you shall see this very night. 2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the com- 2 Lord. I must go look my twigs: he shall be mand of the sertice; it was a disaster of war that caught. Casar himself could not have prevented, if he had; 5 Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. been there to command.
2 Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our
Exit. success : some dishonour we bad in the loss of that Bur. Now will I lead you to the house, and drum; but it is not to be recovered. Pur. It might have been recover'd.
10 The lass I spoke of. Ber. It might; but it is not now.
1 Lrd. But, you say, she's honest. Conce, Par. It is to be recover'd: but that the merit Ber. That's all the tault: I spoke with her but of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact And found her wondrous cold ; but I sent to her, performer, I would have that drum or another, or By this same concomb that we have i' the wind, her julet.
115 Tokens and letters, which she did re-send; Ber. ily, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature; if
you lank yor mystery in stratagem can bring Will you go see her? this instrument of honour again in oits native quar- i Lord. With all my heart, my lord. (Ereunt. ter, be magnanimous in the enterprise, and go on;
SCENE VII. I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit: if 20 you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak
Florence. The Widow's House. of it, and extend to you what further becomes his
Enter Helena and Widow. greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your Hel. If you misdoubl me that I am not she, worthiness.
I know not how I shall assure you further, Par. by the hand of a soldier, I will undertakeit. 25But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. (born. ber. But you must not now slumber in it. Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well
Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will pre- Nothing acquainted with these businesses ; sently pen down my dilemmas', encourage my- And would not put my reputation now self in my certainty, put myselt into my mortal in any staining act. preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear fur-30 Hil. Nor would I wish you. ther trom me.
First, give me trust, the count he is my husband; Bor. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken, are gone about it?
Is from word to word; and then you cannot, Pur. I know not what the success will be, 'my By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, lord; but the attempt I vow.
35 Err in bestowing it. Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the pos
Wid. I should believe you; sibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. For you have shew'd me that, which well approves Farewel.
You are great in fortune. Pur. I love not many words
Erit. III. Take this purse of gold, 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water.--Is 40 And let me buy your friendly help thus far, not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so conti- Which I wil over-pay, and pay again, (daughter, dently seems to undertake ihis business, which he When I have found it. The count he wooes your knows is not to be done ; damns himself to do, Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, and dares better be damu'd than dot?
Resolves to carry ber; let her, in tine, consent, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we 45 as we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a Now his important' blood will nought deny man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great That she'll demand : A ring the county wears, deal of discoveries; but when you find him out, That downward hath succeeded in bis house, you have him ever after.
From son to son, some four or five descents B r. Why, do you think, he will make no deed' 50 Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds at all of this, that so seriously he does address in most rich choice; yet, in bis idle fire, himself unto?
To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, 2 Lord. None in the world: but return with an Howe'er repented after. invention, and clap upon you two or three proba- Wid. Now I see ble lies: but we have almost imbo,s'd him, you 55 The bottom of your purpose. shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not 11.1. You see it lawtui then : It is no more, for your lordship's respect.
But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, i Lord. We'il make you sone sport with the Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; fox, e e we case' him. ' Ile was first smok’d by In tine, delivers me to till the time, the old lord Luteu; when his disguise and he is 60 herself most chastely absent ; after this,
"A dilemma is an argument that concludes both ways. 2 To imboss a deer is to inclose him in a wood. The word, applied in this sense, being derived from emboscare, Ital. ought property to be spelled mbisu.
Meaning, before we strip liim naked... i. e. by discovering herself to the count. Timportant here means iinportunate.
To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns To chide him from our eares; for he persists, To what is past already.
.Is if his lite lay on't. llid. I have yielded :
Hel. Why then, to-night
A CT IV.
say, I got them in exploit: Yet slight ones will Part of the Firench Camp in Florence.
not carry it. They will say, Came you otf with
so little and great ones I dare not give; WhereEnter one of the French Lords, with five or siz 20 fore? what's the instance?? Tongue, I must put Soldiers in ambush.
you intoa butter-woman's mouth and buy another Lord. HE can come no other way but by this of Bajazet's mule, if you prattle me into these
hedge' corner: When you satiy up- perils. on him, speak what terible language you will; Lord. Is it possible, he should know whut he is, though you understand it not yourselves, no mat- 35 and be that he is?
[Aside, ter : for we must not seem to understind him; Par. I would, the cutting of my garments would unless some one amongst us, whom we must pro- serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish duce for an interpreter:
sword. Sol. Good captain, let me be the interpreter.
Lord. We cannot afford you so. [ Aside. Lord. Art not acquainted with him knows 30 Pur. Or the baring of my beard; and to say, he not thy voice?
it was in stratagem. Sol. So, sir, I warrant you.
Lord. Twould not do.
[ Aside. Lord. But what linsy-woolsy last thou to speak Pur. Or to drown my clothes, and say, I was to us again?
stript. Sol. Even such as you speak to me.
35 Lord. Jardly serve.
[Aside. Lord. He must think us some band of strangers Pur: Thougti I swore I leap'd from the window i'the adversaries' entertainment. Now lie hath a of the citadel smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore we
Lord. Ilow deep?
[ Aside. must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to Par. Thirty fathom. know what we speak one to another; so we seem 40 Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make to know, is to know straight our purpose: chough's
that be believ'd.
[ Aside. language, gabble enough, and good enough. As Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemies'; for
r you, interpreter, you must seem very politick. I would swear I recover'd it. But couch, ho! here he comes; to beguile two
Lord. You shall bear one anon. [Aside. hours in sleep, and then to return and swear the 45 Par. A drum now of the enemies!
[Alarum within. Enter Parolles.
Lord. Throca morousus, cargo, cargo, curgo. Par. Ten o'clock; within these three hours 'twill All. Cargo, cargo, villiunda par corbo,cargo. be time enough to go home. What shall I say I Pur. Oh! ransom, ransom:-Do not hide mine have done? It must be a very plausive invention 50 eyes. [They seize him and blindfold him. that carries it: They begin to smoke me: and dis
Inter. Boskos thromuldo boshos. graces have of late knock'd too often at my door. Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment, I tind my tongue is too fool-hardy ; but my heart And I shall lose iny life for want of language: hath the tear of Mars before it, and of his creatures,
If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, not daring the reports of my tongue.
155 Italian, or French, let him speak to me, I'll Lord. This is ine tirst truth that e'er thine own Discover that which shall undo the Florentine. tongue was guilty of.
[Aside. Inter. Boskos vauvudo:Pur. What the devil should move me to under- I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue:take the recovery of this drum; being not ignorant Kerelybonto:---Sir, of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such 60 Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards purpose?" I must give myself some hurts, and Are at thy bosom.
Bertram's meaning is wicked in a lawful deed, and Helen's meaning is lawful in a lawful act; and
neither of them sin : yet on his part it was a sinful act, for his meaning was to commit adultery, of | which he was innocent, as the lady was his wife, ?i. e. proof. 'i.e. a silent one.
lies he forges.
But take the highest to witness': Then, pray Inter. Oh, pray, pray
you, tell me, Mancha retania dulche.
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes, Lord. Oscorbi dulchas colitorco.
I lov'd you dearly, would you believe iny oaths, Inter. The general is content to spare thee yet: 5 When I did love you ill: this has no holding, And, hood-winkt as thou art, will lead thee on To swear by him whom I protest to love, [vaths To gather froin thee: haply, thou may'st inform That I will work against him: Therefore, your Something to save thy life.
Are words, and poor conditions; but unseal'd; Pür. O, let me live,
At least, in my opinion.
(off, Inter. But wilt thou faithfully?
That you do charge men with : Stand no more Par. If I do not, damn me.
But give thyself unto my sick desire, Inter. Acorda linta..
[rolles. 15 Who then recovers : say, thou art mine, and erer Come on, thou art granted space. [Erit rüithPa- My love, as it begins, shall so persever.
[A short alarum ruithin. Dia. I see, that men make hopes in such affairs, Lord.Go,tell the count Rousillon,and my brother, That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no 'Till we do hear from them. (mutiled 20 To give it from me.
(power Sol. Captain, I will.
Dia. Will you not, my lord ? Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves :- Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, Inform 'em that.
Bequeathed down from :nany ancestors; Sol. So I will, sir.
Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world Lord. "Till then I'll keep him dark, and safely 25 In me to lose. lock'd.
[Exeunt. Dia. Mine honour's such a ring:
My chastity's the jewel of our house,
Bequeathed down from many ancestors;
Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world The Widow's House.
|30|n me to lose: Thus your own proper wisdoin Enter Bertram and Diana.
Brings in the champion honour on my part,
Against your vain assault. Ber. They told me, that your name was Fonti- Ber. Here, take my ring: Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. [bell. My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, Ber. Titled goddess;
35 And I'il be bid by thee. And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul,
Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my In your fine frame hath love no quality?
chamber window; If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, I'll order take, my mother shall not hear. You are no maiden, but a monument:
Now will I charge you in the band of truth, When you are dead, you should be such a one 40 When you have conquer'd my yet maiden bed, As you are now, for you are cold and stern; Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me: And now you should be as your mother was, My reasons are most strong;
shall know When your sweet self was got.
them, Diu. She then was honest.
When back again this ring shall be deliverd: Bor. So should
45 And on your finger, in the night, I'll put Dia. No;
Another ring; that, what is time proceeds, My mother did but duty ; such, my lord, Vay token to the future our past deeds. A vou owe to your wite,
Adieu, 'till then; then, tail not; You have won Br. No more of that!
A wife of me, though there my hope be done. I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows; 50 Ber. A heaven on earth I have won, by wooI was coinpellid to her; but I love thee
[Erit. By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven Do thee all rights of service.
[and me! Din. Ay, so you serve 1:$,
My mother told me just how he would woo, 'Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, 53 As if she sat in his heart; she says all men You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, Have the like oaths: he had sworn to marry me, And mock us with our barrenness.
When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with hin, Ber. How have I sworn?
[truth : When I am bury'd. Since Frenchmen are sobraid, Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the Marry that will, I live and die a maid: But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. 00 Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin What is not holy, that we swear not by,
To cozen him, that would unjustly win. [Exit. · The sense is, we never swear by what is not holy, but swear by, or take to witness, the Highest, the Divinity, i.e. cruty or docciful.