Par. I humbly thank you, sir : a truth's a truth, the rogues are marvellous poor.

1 Sold. Demand of him, of what strength they are a.foot. What say you to that ?

Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two hundred fifty each ; mine own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two hundred and fifty each: so that the muster-file, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen thousand poll; half of which dare not shake the snow from off their cassocks 9, lest they shake themselves to pieces.

Ber. What shall be done to him ?

1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Demand of him my conditions, and what credit I have with the duke.

1 Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall demand of him, whether one Captain Dumain be ithe camp, a Frenchman; what his reputation is with the duke, what his valour, honesty, and expertness in wars ; or whether he thinks it were not possible, with wellweighing sums of gold, to corrupt him to a revolt. What say you to this ? what do you know of it ?

Par. Í beseech you, let me answer to the particular of the interrogatories: Demand them singly.

1 Sold. Do you know this captain Dumain.

Par. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice in Paris, from whence he was whipped for ill conduct.

[Dumain lifts up his hand in anger. Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; though I know his brains are forfeit to the next tile that falls.

9 Cassock then signified a horseman's loose coat.
· Disposition and character.

ters, in

1 Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Flo. rence's camp?

Par. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy.

1 Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall hear of your lordship anon.

1 Sold. What is his reputation with the duke?

Par. The Duke knows him for no other but a poor officer of mine ; and writ to me this other day to turn him out o'the band : I think, I have his let. ter in my pocket.

1 Sold. Marry, we'll search.

Par. In good sadness, I do not know ; either it is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other let

my tent. 1 Sold. Here 'tis ; here's a paper? Shall I read it to you?

Par. I do not know if it be, it or no.
Ber. Our interpreter does it well.
1 Lord. Excellently.
1 Sold. Dian, The count's a fool, and

full of gold,Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir ; that is an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one Diana, to take heed of the allurements of one count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy : I pray you, sir, put it up again.

1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour.

Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest in the behalf of the maid : for I knew the young count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy.

Ber. Abominable, both sides rogue ! 1 Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop gold,

and take it, After he scores, he never pays the score: Half won, is match well made; match, and well make

He ne'er pays after debts, take it before; And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this, Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss :

it ;

For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it,
Who pays before, but not when

he does owe it,
Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear,

PAROLLES. Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, with this rhyme in his forehead.

2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier.

Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, and now he's a cat to me.

1 Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, we shall be fain to hang you.

Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am afraid to die; but that, my offences being many, I would repent out the remainder of nature: let me live, sir, in a dungeon, i'the stocks, or any where, so I

may live.

i Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you confess freely; therefore, once more to this captain Dumain : You have answered to his reputation with the duke, and to his valour : What is his honesty ?

Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister. He professes not keeping of oaths; in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool: drunkenness is his best virtue. I have but little more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has every thing that an honest man should not have; what an honest man should have, he has nothing.

1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.

Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? A plague upon him for me, he is more and more a cat.

1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in war ?

Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the English tragedians, - to belie him, I will not, -and more of his soldiership I know not; except, in that country, he had the honour to be the officer at a place there called Mile-end, to instruct for the

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doubling of files: I would do the man what honour I can, but of this I am not certain.

1 Lord. He hath out-villained villainy so far, that the rarity redeems him.

Ber. A plague on him ! he's a cat still.

1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt.

Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu2 he will sell the feesimple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession for it perpetually,

1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain Dumain ?

2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? 1 Sold. What's he?

Par. E'en a crow of the same nest ; not altogether so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is : În a retreat he outruns any lackey: marry, in coming on he has the cramp. 1 Sold. If your life be saved, will


undertake to betray the Florentine ?

Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Rousillon.

1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know his pleasure.

Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all drums ! Only to seem to deserve well, and to beguile the supposition of that lascivious young boy the count, have I run into this danger: Yet, who would have suspected an ambush where I was taken ?

[Aside. 1 Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must die: the general says, you, that have so traitorously discovered the secrets of your army, and made such

2 The fourth part of the smaller French crown.

3 To deceive the opinion.

your friends.

pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can serve the world for no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, headsmen, off with his head.

Par. O Lord, sir ; let me live, or let me see my death. 1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave of all

(Unmuffling him. So, look about

know you any

Ber. Good morrow, noble captain.
2 Lord. Bless you, captain Parolles.
I Lord. Save you, noble captain.

2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my lord Lafeu ? I am for France.

1 Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the count Rousillon? an I were not a very coward, I'd compel it of you ; but fare you well.

[Exeunt BERTRAM, Lords, &c. 1 Sold. You are undone, captain : all but your scarf, that has a knot on't yet.

Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot ?

1 Sold. If you could find out a country where but women were that had received so much shame, you might begin an impudent nation. Fare you well,

I am for France too; we shall speak of you there.

[Exit. Par. Yet am I thankful : if my heart were great, ”Twould burst at this : Captain, I'll be no more; But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft As captain shall : simply the thing I am Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart, Let him fear this ; for it will come to pass, That every braggart shall be found an ass. Rust, sword! cool, blushes ! and, Parolles, live Safest in shame! being fool’d, by foolery thrive! There's place, and means, for every man alive. I'll after them.


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