Page images

And pleasure drown the brim.

Hel. What's his will else?

Par. That you will take your instant leave o'th'King, , And make this haste as your own good proceeding; Strengthen’d with what apology, you think, May make it probable need. ?

Hel. What more commands he?

Par. That having this obtain'd, you presently
Attend his further pleasure.

Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will.
Par. I shall report it so.

[Exit Parolles. Hel. I pray you. Come, Sirrah,

[To Clown.


[blocks in formation]

Enter Lafeu and Bertram. Laf. But, I hope, your Lordship thinks not him a soldier.

Ber. Yes, my Lord, and of very valiant approof.
Laf. You have it from his own deliverance.
Ber. And by other warranted testimony.

Laf. Then my dial goes not true ; I took this lark for a bunting.

Ber. I do assure you, my Lord, he is very great in knowledge, and accordingly valiant.

Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, and transgress'd against his valour; and my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent: here he comes 1

pray you, make us friends, I will pursue the. amity.

[ocr errors]

Enter Parolles.

Par. These things shall be done, Sir.
Laf. I pray you, Sir, who's his taylor ?

probable need.) A specious appearance of necesity.


God save you,

Par. Sir ?

Laf.. O, I know him well; I, Sir, he, Sir's, a good workman, a very good taylor.

Ber. Is she gone to the King ? [4fide to Parolles.
Par. She is.
Ber. Will she away to night?
Par. As you'll have her.

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, given order for our horses ; and to night, when I should take possession of the bride -and ere I do begin

Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, Mould be once heard, and thrice beaten captain.

Ber. Is there any unkindness between my Lord and you, Monsieur ?

Par. I know not, how I have deserved to run into my Lord's displeasure.

Laf. 3 You have made thist to run into't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leapt into the custard ; and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question for

your residence. Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my Lord.

Laf. And shall do so ever, tho' I took him at's prayers. Fare you well, my Lord, and believe this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut : the soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence : I have kept of them tame, and know their natures. Farewel, Monsieur, I have

3 You have made lift to run Julir or Zany was in Vogue, for into't, Boots and Spurs and all, him to jump into a large deep like him that lcape into the Cura Custard: set for the Purpose, to tard ;] This oad Allusion is not det on a Quantity of barren Speiintroduc'd without a View to Sa taturs io laugh; as our Poet savs tire. It was a Foolery practis'd in his liomlet. THEUBALD. at City-Entertainments, whiltt che 6


spoken better of you, than you have or will deserve at my hand, but we must do good against evil. [Exit. Par. An idle lord, I swear. Ber. I think so. Par. Why, do you not know him?

Ber. Yes, I know him well, and common speech Gives him a worthy pafs. Here comes my clog.

[blocks in formation]


. I have, Sir, as I was commanded from you, Spoke with the King, and have procur'd his leave 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 intreat you, That presently you take your way for home, And rather muse, than ask, why I intreat you ; For my respects are better than they feem, And my appointments have in them a need Greater than shews 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, fo I leave you to your wisdom.

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

Ber. Come, come, no more of that.

Hel. And ever shall
With true observance seek to eke out That,
Whercin tow'rd me my homely stars have fail'd


To equal my great fortune.

Ber. Let That go :
My haste is very great. Farewel ; 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 tim'rous thief, most fain would steal
What law does vouch mine own.
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, ftay not : but in haste to horse. Hel. + I shall not break your bidding, good my Lord.

Exit Helena.
Ber. Where are my other men, Monsieur ? - fare-

Go thou tow'rd home, where I will never come,
Whilft I can shake my sword, or hear the drum:
Away, and for our flight.
Par. Bravely, Couragio !


4 In former copies :

not send her to the Court with. Hel. I pall not break your out fome Attendants : but neither

Bidding, good my Lord: the Clown, nor any of her ReWhere are my other Men? Mon- tinue, are now upon the Stage : freur, farewel.

Bertram, observing Helen to lin. Ber. thou toward home, ger fondly, and wanting to thift

where I will never come.] her off, puts on a Shew of Halte, What other Men is Helen here asks Parolles for his Servants, and enquiring after? Or who is she then gives his Wife an abrupt suppos'd to alk for them? The Dilmillion. THIOBALO. old Countess, 'tis certain, did




The Duke's Court in Florence.

Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, two French

Lords, with Soldiers.



O that, from point to point, now have you heard

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

i Lord. Holy seems the quarrel
Upon your Grace's part; but black and fearful
On the opposer.

Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin France
Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Against our borrowing prayers.

2 Lord. Good my Lord,
The reasons of our state I cannot yield, s
But like a common and an outward man,
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 incertain grounds to fail
As often as I guest.

Duke. Be it his pleasure.

2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our nation, That surfeit on their ease, will day by day



to secrets.


I cannot yield,] I can So inward is familiar, admitted not inform

of the reasons.

I was an inward of an out ward man,] i.e. his. Measure for Measure. one not in the secret of affairs. ? By ilf-unable MOTION ;-) WARBURTON. We should read XOTIOS.



« PreviousContinue »