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of thy soldiership, will fubscribe for thee; farewel. Par. I love not many words.


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I Lord. No more than a fish loves water. Is not this a strange fellow, my Lord, that fo confidendy seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done ; damns himself to do it, and dares better be damn'd 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 fo feriously he does addrefs himfelf unto?

2 Lord. None in the world, but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies; but we have almost · imboss'd him, you shall fee his fall to night; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship's respect.

i Lord. We'll make you fome sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first smoak'd by the old lord Lafeu ; when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; which you shall fee, this very night.

2 Lord. I must go and look my twigs ; he fhall be caught.

Ber. Your brother, he shail go along with me. 2 Lord. As't please your lordship. I'll leave you.


We have almost imboled him.] To imbos: a deer, is to inclofe him in a wood, Milton uses the fame word.

Like that felf-begotten bird
In 1b'Arabian woods embol,
Ibich no second knorus or third.


Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and shew you The lafs I spoke of.

i 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 fent to her,
By this same coxcomb that we have i'th'wind,
Tokens and letters, which she did re-fend ;
And this is all I've done ; fhe's a fair creature,
Will you go fee her?

i Lord. With all my heart, my Lord. [Exeunt.

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Enter Helena, and Widow.
Hel. F you 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.

Wid. Tho' my estate be fallen, I was well born,
Nothing acquainted with these businesses ;
And would not put my reputation now
In any staining act.

Hel. Nor would I wish you.
First, give me truft, the Count he is my husband ;
And what * to your sworn counsel I have fpoken,
Is fo, from word to word; and then you cannot,
By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
Err in bestowing it.

Wid. I should believe you,
For you have shew'd me that, which well approves
Y’are great in fortune.

Hel. Take this purse of gold,
And let me buy your friendly help thus far,
3 But I fall lose the grounds I * To your fwsrn counsel] To

work upon.] 1. e. By difco- your private knowledge, after vering herself to the Count. having required from you an cath

WARBURTON. of secrecy.


Which I will over-pay,


pay again When I have found it. The Count wooes your

Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty,
Resolves to carry her ; let her consent,
As we'll direct her how, 'tis best to bear it.
4 Now his important blood will nought deny,
That she'll demand : a ring the Count does wear,
That downward hath succeeded in his house
From son to son, some four or five defcents,
Since the first father wore it. This ring he holds
In most rich choice ; yet in his idle fire,
To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,
Howe'er repented after.

Wid. Now I see the bottom of your purpose.

Hel. You see it lawful then. It is no more,
But that your daughter, ere she seems as won,
Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter ;
In fine, delivers me to fill the time,
Herself most chastly absent : after this,
To marry her, I'll add three thoufand crowns
To what is past already.

Wid. I have yielded :
Instruct my daughter how she shall persevere,
That time and place, with this deceit so lawful,
May prove coherent. Every night he comes
With musick of all sorts, and songs compos'd
To her unworthiness : it nothing steads us
To chide him from our eaves, for he persists,
As if his life lay on't.

Hel. Why then, to night
Let us assay our plot; which if it speed,
s Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed ;


4 Important here, and else And lawful meaning in a law. where, is im ortunate.

FUL a£t ;] To make this s Is wicked m:caning in a law- gingling riddle complete in all ful deed;

its parts, we should read the fe


And lawful meaning in a lawful act,
Where boch not sin, and yet a sinful fact.
But let's about it.





Part of the French Camp in Florence.

Enter one of the French Lords, with five or six

Soldiers in ambush.


E can come no other way but by this hedge-cor-

ner ; 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 amongst us, whom we must produce for an interpreter.

Sol. Good captain, let me be th' interpreter.

Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he not thy voice?

Sol. No, Sir, I warrant you.

Lord. But what linfy-woolfy hast thou to speak to us again?

Sol. Ev'n such as you speak to me.

cond line thus,

commit adultery. The riddle And laufe meaning in a WICK- concludes thus, Where both not ED oil;

fin and yet a finful fakt. i. e. The sense of the two lines is Where neither of them fin, and this, It is a wicked meaning be- yet it is a sinful fact on both cause the woman's intent is to sides; which conclusion, we see, deceive; but a lavfil deed, be- requires the emendation here cause the man enjoys his own made.

WARBURTON. wife. Again, it is a lawful Sir Thomas Hanmer reads in meaning because done by her to the same sense, gain her husband's estranged af Unlawful meaning in a lawful fection, but it is a wicket att act. because he gocs intentionally to A a 2


Lord. He must think us o fome band of strangers i'th' adversary's entertainment. Now 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 another, fo we seem to know, is to know straight our purpose : chough's language, gabble enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem very politick, but couch, hoa ! here he comes, to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.

Enter Parolles.

Par. Ten o'clock; within these three hours 'twill be time enough to go home. What shall I say, I have done? it must be a very plausive invention that carries it. They begin to smoak me, and disgraces have of late knock'd too often at my door; I find, my tongue is too foul-hardy; but my heart hath the fear of Mars before it and of his creatures, not daring the reports of my tongue.

Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own congue was guilty of.

[Afde. Par. What the devil Thould move me to undertake the recovery of this drum, being not ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and say, I got them in exploit ; yet Night ones will not carry it. They will fay, came you off with so little ? and great ones I dare not give; wherefore what's the ? instance ? Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman's mouth, and buy another of : Bajazei's mule, if you prattle me into these perils.



6 Some band of frangers in 7 The Inflamee.) The prof. the adversaries entertainment. ) 8 and buy myself another of That is, foreign troops in the ene- Bajazet's Mule) We fhould my's fay.

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