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That is Antonio, the Duke's eldest son;
Hel. Which is the Frenchman?
gentleman ? Hel. I like him well. Dia. 'Tis pity he is not honest.-Yond's that
same knave That leads him to these places : were I his lady, I would poison that vile rascal.
Hel. Which is he?
Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : why is he melancholy?
Hel. Perchance he's hurt i’ the battle.
Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something : look, he has spied us.
Wid. Marry, hang you !
[Exeunt BERTRAM, PARolles, Officers,
and Soldiers. Wid. The troop is past. Come, pilgrim, I
will bring you Where you shall host: of enjoined penitents There 's four or five, to great Saint Jaqués bound, Already at my house.
Hel. I humbly thank you: Please it this matron and this gentle maid To eat with us to-night, the charge and thanking Shall be for me; and, to requite you further, I will bestow some precepts on this virgin Worthy the note. Both. We'll take your offer kindly.
Ber. I would I knew in what particular action to try him.
2nd Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake to do.
1st Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly surprise him ; such I will have whom I am sure he knows not from the enemy: we will bind and hoodwink him, so that he shall suppose no other but that he is carried into the leaguer of the adversaries, when we bring him to our tents. Be but your lordship present at his examination : if he do not, for the promise of his life, and in the highest compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you and deliver all the intelligence in his power against you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in anything.
2nd Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch his drum ; he says he has a stratagem for't: when your lordship sees the bottom of his success in 't, and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will be melted, if you give him not John Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here he comes.
1st Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the humour of his design: let him fetch off his drum,
SCENE VI.-Camp before Florence. Enter BERTRAM, and the two French Lords.
1st Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't; let him have his way.
2nd Lord. If your lord ship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your respect.
1st Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble. Ber. Do you think I am so far deceived in him?
1st Lord. Believe it, my lord: in mine own direct knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, the owner of no one good quality worthy your lordship’s entertainment.
2nd Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, reposing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might, at some great and trusty business, in a main danger fail you.
Enter PAROLLES. Ber. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks sorely in your disposition.
2nd Lord. A pox on’t, let it go; 't is but a drum.
Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum so lost !—There was an excellent command! to charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend our own soldiers.
2nd Lord. That was not to be blamed in the command of the service: it was a disaster of war that Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had been there to command.
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success : some dishonour we had in the loss of that drum; but it is not to be recovered.
Par. It might have been recovered.
Par. 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, monif 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
SCENE VII.--Florence. A Room in the Widow's syllable of your worthiness.
House. Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will under
Enter HELENA and Widow. take it.
Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she,
Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will I know not how I shall assure you further, presently pen down my dilemmas, encourage
But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. myself in my certainty, put myself into my mor- Wid. Though my estate be fallen, Iwas wellborn; tal preparation, and by midnight look to hear Nothing acquainted with these businesses; further from me.
And would not put my reputation now Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace you In any staining act.
Hel. Nor would I wish you. are gone about it?
Par. I know not what the success will be, my First, give me trust the count he is my husband; lord; but the attempt I vow.
And what to your sworn counsel I have spoken Ber. I know thou art valiant; and, to the pos
Is so, from word to word: and then you cannot, sibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, Farewell.
Err in bestowing it. Par. I love not many words.
Wid. I should believe you; 1st Lord. No more than a fish loves water.- For you have shewed me that which well approves Is not this a strange fellow, my lord, that so con- You are great in fortune. fidently seems to undertake this business, which
Hel. Take this purse of gold. he knows is not to be done; damps himself to And let me buy your friendly help thus far, do, and dares better to be damned than to do 't? Which I will overpay, and pay again, 2nd Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as
When I have found it. The count he woos your daughter, we do: certain it is that he will steal himself Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, into a man's favour, and for a week escape a
Resolves to carry her: let her, in fine, consent, great deal of discoveries ; but when you find As we'll direct her how 't is best to bear it, him out, you have him ever after.
Now his important blood will nought deny Ber. Why, do you think he will make no deed That she'll demand.-A ring the county wears at all of this, that so seriously he does address That downward hath succeeded in his house, himself unto?
From son to son, some four or five descents, 1st Lord. None in the world; but return with Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds an invention, and clap upon you two or three In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire, probable lies: but we have almost embossed To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, him; you shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed,
Howe'er repented after. he is not for your lordship’s respect.
Wid. Now I see 2nd Lord. We'll make you some sport with
The bottom of your purpose. the fox, 'ere we case him. He was first smoked Hel. You see it lawful, then. It is no more, by the old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; which
shall see this very night. In fine, delivers me to fill the time, 1st Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall Herself most chastely absent. After this, be caught.
To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me.
To what is past already. 1st Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave
Wid. I have yielded : you.
[Exit. Instruct my daughter how she shall perséver, Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and That time and place, with this deceit so lawful,
May prove coherent. Every night he comes The lass I spoke of.
With musics of all sorts, and songs composed 2nd Lord. But you say she's honest.
To her unworthiness : it nothing steads us
Hel. Why then, to-night
And lawful meaning in a lawful act;
Scene I.-Without the Florentine Camp.
Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours Enter First Lord, with five or six Soldiers in
't will be time enough to go home. What shall ambush,
I say I have done? It must be a very plausive in1st Lord. He can come no other way but by vention that carries it: they begin to smoke me; this hedge-corner. When you sally upon him, and disgraces have of late knocked too often at speak what terrible language you will; though my door. I find my tongue is too fool-hardy; you understand it not yourselves, no matter : for but my heart hath the fear of Mars before it, we must not seem to understand him; unless and of his creatures, not daring the reports of some one among us, whom we must produce for my tongue. an interpreter.
1st Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine 1st Sol. Good captain, let me be the interpreter. own tongue was guilty of.
[Aside. 1st Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows
Par. What the devil should move me to unhe not thy voice?
dertake the recovery of this drum; being not 1st Sol. No, sir, I warrant you.
ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing I had 1st Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to no such purpose? I must give myself some speak to us again?
hurts, and say
I got them in exploit : yet slight 1st Sol. Even such as you speak to me. ones will not carry it: they will say,—"Came you
1st Lord. He must think us some band of off with so little?" and great ones I dare not strangers i’ the adversary's entertainment. Now give. Wherefore? what's the instance ? Tongue, he hath a smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore we must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we speak one to me into these perils. another: so we seem to know, is to know straight 1st Lord. Is it possible he should know what our purpose : chough's language, gabble enough, he is, and be that he is?
[Aside. and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you Par. I would the cutting of my garments must seem very politic.—But couch, ho! here would serve the turn : or the breaking of my he comes, to beguile two hours in a sleep, and Spanish sword. then to return and swear the lies he forges.
1st Lord. We cannot afford you so.
and buy another of Bajazet's mule, if you prattle
1st Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves :Inform 'em that,
2nd Sol. So I will, sir. 1st Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark and safely locked.
Scene II.-Florence. A Room in the Widow's
Par. Or the baring of my beard; and to say it was in stratagem. 1st Lord. 'Twould not do.
[Aside. Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say I was stripped. 1st Lord. Hardly serve.
[Aside. Par. Though I swore I leaped from the window of the citadel1st Lord. How deep?
Aside. Par. Thirty fathom.
1st 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. 1st Lord. You shall hear one anon.
[Aside. Par. A drum now of the enemy's!
[Alarum within. 1st Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo.
Par. O! ransom, ransom!-do not hide mine eyes. [They seize him, and blindfold him.
1st Sol. Boskos thromuldo boskos.
Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment, And I shall lose my life for want of language: If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, Italian, or French, let him speak to me; I will discover that which shall undo The Florentine.
1st Sol. Boskos vauvado :I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue :Kerelybonto :-Sir, Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards Are at thy bosom.
1st Sol. O, pray, pray, pray.-Manka revania dulche.
Ist Lord. Oscorbi dulchos volivorca.
Par. 0, let me live,
1st Sol. But wilt thou faithfully?
1st Sol. Acordo linta.— Come on, thou art granted space.
[Exit, with Parolles guarded. 1st 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.
2nd Sol. Captain, I will.
Enter BERTRAM and Diana. Ber. They told me that your name was Fontibell. Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. Ber.
Dia. She then was honest.
Ber. No more of that:
Dia. Ay, so you serve us
Ber. How have I sworn!
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes
oaths Are words and poor conditions; but unsealed; At least, in my opinion.
Ber. Change it, change it; Be not so holy cruel : love is holy; And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts That you do charge men with. Stand no more off, But give thyself unto my sick desires,
Who then recover : say thou art mine, and ever 2nd Lord. have delivered it an hour since: My love, as it begins, shall so perséver.
there is something in't that stings his nature; Dia. I see that men make hopes, in such a war, for on the reading it he changed almost into That we 'll forsake ourselves.—Give me that ring. another man. Ber. I 'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no 1st Lord. He has much worthy blame laid power
upon him, for shaking off so good a wife and so To give it from me.
| sweet a lady. Dia. Will you not, my lord ?
2nd Lord. Especially he hath incurred the Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, everlasting displeasure of the King, who had Bequeathéd down from many ancestors; even tuned his bounty to sing happiness to him. Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world I will tell you a thing, but you shall let it dwell In me to lose.
darkly with you. Dia. Mine honour's such a ring :
1st Lord. When you have spoken it 't is dead, My chastity's the jewel of our house,
and I am the grave of it. Bequeathéd down from many ancestors;
2nd Lord. He hath perverted a young gentleWhich were the greatest obloquy i' the world woman here in Florence, of a most chaste reIn me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom nown; and this night he fleshes his will in the Brings in her champion honour on my part, spoil of her honour: he hath given her his Against your vain assault.
monumental ring, and thinks himself made in Ber. Here, take my ring :
the unchaste composition. My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, 1st Lord. Now God delay our rebellion; as And I'll be bid by thee.
we are ourselves, what things are we! Dia. Wben midnight comes, knock at my
2nd Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as, chamber window;
in the common course of all treasons, we still I 'll order take my mother shall not hear. see them reveal themselves till they attain to Now will I charge you in the band of truth, their abhorred ends; so he, that in this action When you have conquered my yet maiden bed, contrives against his own nobility, in his proper Remain there but an bour, nor speak to me : stream o'erflows himself. My reasons are most strong, and you shall know 1st Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us to them
be trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall When back again this ring shall be delivered: not then have his company to-night? And on your finger, in the night, I'll put
2nd Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is Another ring; that what in time proceeds
dieted to his hour. May token to the future our past deeds.
1st Lord. That approaches apace. I would Adieu, till then; then, fail not. You have won gladly have him see his company anatomised; A wife of me, though there my hope be done. that he might take a measure of his own judg. Ber. A heaven on earth I have won by woo- ments, wherein so curiously he had set this ing thee.
counterfeit. Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven 2nd Lord. We will not meddle with him till and me!
he come; for his presence must be the whip of You may so in the end.
the other. My mother told me just how he would woo,
1st Lord. In the mean time, what hear you As if she sat in his heart: she says all men
of these wars? Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry me
2nd Lord. I hear there is an overture of peace. When his wife's dead; therefore I 'll lie with him 1st Lord. Nay, I assure you a peace conWhen I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid,
cluded. Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid :
2nd Lord. What will Count Rousillon do then? Only, in this disguise, I think 't no sin
will he travel higher, or return again into France! To cozen him that would unjustly win. [Exit.
1st Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are not altogether of his council.
2nd Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I Scene III.-The Florentine Camp.
be a great deal of his act.
1st Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, Enter the two French Lords, and two or three fled from his house ; her pretence is a pilgrimage Soldiers.
to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy under1st Lord. You have not given him his mother's taking, with most austere sanctimony, she acletter?
complished : and, there residing, the tenderness