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They come this way: If you will tarry, holy pilgrim,
Is it yourself?
I did so.
His name, I pray you.
Whatsoe'er he is,
Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth?; I know his lady.
Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count,
What's his name?
O, I believe with him,
Alas, poor lady
for the king, &c.] For, in the present instance, signifies
6 — because.
mere the truth ;] The exact, the entire truth.
Wid. A right good creature +: wheresoe'er she is,
How do you mean?
He does, indeed;
Enter, with drum and colours, a party of the Florentine
army, BERTRAM, and PAROLLES.
So, now they come :-
Hel. Which is the Frenchman?
man? Hel. I like him well. Dia. 'Tis pity, he is not honest: Yond's that same
Which is he ? Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs: Why is he melancholy?
Hel. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle.
+ “I write good creature :" Malone.
9 — brokes-] To broke is to deal with panders. A broker, in our author's time, meant a bawd or pimp.
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
I humbly thank you :
Camp before Florence. Enter BERTRAM, and the two French Lords. 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't ; let him have his way.
2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding !, hold me no more in your respect.
1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
1 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.
1 -- a hilding,] A hilding is a paltry, cowardly fellow.
2 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.
Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action to try him.
2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake to do.
1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly surprize 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 any thing
2 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.
Enter PAROLLES. 1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the humour of his design: let him fetch off his drum in any hand.
Ber. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks sorely in your disposition.
? — he is carried into the leaguer -] i. e. camp.
3 — if you give him not John Drum's entertainment,] i. e. treat him very ill; a proverbial expression of doubtful origin.
2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go ; 'tis 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.
2 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, monsieur, if 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 syllable of your worthiness.
Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will presently pen down my dilemmas", encourage myself in my certainty, put myself into my mortal preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear further from me.
1- I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet.] i. e. Here lies ;—the usual beginning of epitaphs. I would (says Parolles) recover either the drum I have lost, or another belonging to the enemy; or die in the attempt. Malone.
6 - I will presently pen down my dilemmas,] i. e. he will pen down his plans on the one side, and the probable obstructions he was to meet with, on the other.