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For present parting; only, he desires
Some private speech with you.
Ber.

I shall obey his will.
You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
Which holds not colour with the time, nor does
The ministration and required office
On my particular: prepar’d I was not
For such a business; therefore am I found
So much unsettled: This drives me to entreat you,
That presently you take your way for home;
And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you:
For my respects are better than they seem;
And my appointments have in them a need,
Greater than shows itself, at the first view,
To you that know them not. This to my mother:

[Giving a letter. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so I leave you to your wisdom. Hel.

Sir, I can nothing say, But that I am your most obedient servant.

Ber. Come, come, no more of that.
Hel.

And ever shall
With true observance seek to eke out that,
Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd
To equal my great fortune.

Ber.
My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home.

Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
Ber.

Well, what would you say?
Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe;'
Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is;
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
What law does vouch mine own.

Let that go:

city entertainments, whilst the jester or zany was in vogue, for him to jump into a large deep custard, set for the purpose. * And rather muse,] To muse is to wonder.

the wealth I owe;] i. e. I own, prossess.

Ber.

What would

you

have? Hel. Something; and scarce so much:-nothing,

indeed. I would not tell

you
what I would:

my

lord-'faith, yes; Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss.

Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my

lord. Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?Farewell.

TExit HELENA. Go thou toward home; where I will never come, Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the

drum:Away, and for our flight. Par.

Bravely, coragio!

[Exeunt.

ACT III. .

SCENE I. Florence. A Room in the Duke's

Palace.

Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, attended;

two French Lords, and others. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have

ou heard

The fundamental reasons of this war;
Whose great decision hath much blood let forth,
And more thirsts after.
1 Lord.

Holy seems the quarrel
Upon your grace's part; black and fearful
On the opposer.
Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin

France

my lord,

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man,

Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Against our borrowing prayers.
2 Lord.

Good
The reasons of our state I cannot yield,
But like a common and an outward
That the great figure of a council frames
By self-unable motion: therefore dare not
Say what I think of it; since I have found
Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail
As often as I guess'd.
Duke.

Be it his pleasure. 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our na

ture,

That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day,
Come here for physick.
Duke.

Welcome shall they be;
And all the honours, that can fly from us,
Shall on them settle. You know your places well;
When better fall, for your avails they fell:
To-morrow to the field. [Flourish. Exeunt.

SCENE II.

Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.

Enter Countess and Clown. Count. It hath happened all as I would have had it, save, that he comes not along with her.

Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a very melancholy man.

Count. By what observance, I pray you?

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I cannot yield,] I cannot inform you of the reasons.

JOHNSON an outward man,] i. e. one in the secret of affairs.

the younger of our nature,] i. e. as we say at present, our young fellows. VOL. III.

Y

Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; mend the ruff,' and sing; ask questions, and sing; pick his teeth, and sing: I know a man that had this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a song

Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he means to come.

[Opening a letter. Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at court; our old ling and our Isbels o’the country are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o'the court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with no stomach.

Count. What have we here?
Clo. E'en that

you
have there.

[Exit.

Count. [Reads.] I have sent you a

I have sent you a daughter-inlaw : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. I have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away; know it, before the report come. If there be breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long distance. My duty to you. Your unfortunate son,

BERTRAM.

This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,
To fly the favours of so good a king;
To pluck his indignation on thy head,
By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
For the contempt of empire.

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mend the ruff;] The tops of the boots, in our author's time, turned down, and hung loosely over the leg. The folding is what the Clown means by the ruft Ben Jonson calls it ruffte; and perhaps it should be so here.

Re-enter Clown.

Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, between two soldiers and my young lady.

Count. What is the matter?

Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon as I thought he would.

Count. Why should he be kill’d?

Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the loss of men, though it be the getting of children. Here they come, will tell you more: for my part, I only hear, your son was run away. [Exit Clown.

Enter HELENA and two Gentlemen.

i Gen. Save you, good madam. Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. 2 Gen. Do not say so. Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, gentle

men, I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief, That the first face of neither, on the start, Can woman me’ unto't:--Where is my son, I pray

you? 2 Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of

Florence: We met him thitherward; from thence we came, And, after some despatch in hand at court, Thither we bend again. Hel. Look on his letter, madam; here's my pass

port.

? Can woman me -] i. e. affect me suddenly and deeply, as my sex are usually affected.

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