Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable | Scene IV.--The same. Another Room in the same. vexation.

Enter Helena and Clown. Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she well? my poor doing eternal : for doing I am past; as I Clo. She is not well: but yet she has her health : will by thee, in what motion age will give me she's very merry; but yet she is not well: but leave.

[ Exit. thanks be given, she's very well, and wants nothing Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis- i'the world: but yet she is not well. grace off me; scarvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord ! Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, that Well, I must be patient; there is vo fettering of she's not very well?

[things. authority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can meet Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for two him with any convenience, an he were double, and Hel. What two things? double a lord, I'll have no more pity of his age, Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither God than I would have of—I'll beat him, an if I could send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth, but meet him again.

from whence God send her quickly! Re-enter LaFeU.

Enter PAROLLES. Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady! there's news for you; you have a new mistress. Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have

Par. I most ünseignedly beseech your lordship mine own good fortunes. to make some reservation of your wrongs : He is my Par. You had my prayers to lead them on; and good lord : whom I serve above, is my master. to keep them on, have them still.-0, my knave! Laf. Who? God?

How does my old lady? Par. Ay, sir.

Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why dost money, I would she did as you say. thou garter up thy arms o'this fashion? dost make Par. Why, I say nothing. hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so? Thou Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many wert best set thy lower part where thy nose stands. a man's tongue shakes out bis master's undoing : By mine honour, if I were but two hours younger, To say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, Tá beat thee: methinks, thou art a general offence, and to have nothing, is to be a great part of your and every man should beat thee. I think, thou title; which is within a very little of nothing. wast created for men to breathe themselves upon Par, Away, thou'rt a knave. thee.

[lord. Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my thou art a knave; that is, before me thou art a Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for knave: this had been truth, sir.

[thee. picking a kernel out of a pomegranate ; you are a Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found sagabond, and no true traveller: you are more saucy Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir? or were with lords, and honourable personages, than the you taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitberaldry of your birth and virtues gives you com able; and much fool may you find in you, even to mission. You are not worth another word, else I'd the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. call you knave. I leave you.

[Exit. Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed. Enter BERTRAM.

Madam, my lord will go away to-night; Par. Good, very good; it is so then..Good, The great prerogative and rite of love,

A very serious business calls on him. very good ; let it be concealed a wbile.

(ledge; Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever!

Which, as your due, time claiins, he does acknow? Par. What is the matter, sweet heart?

But puts it off by a compell’d restraint; (sweets, Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have

Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with I will not bed her.


Which they distil now in the curbed time, Par. What? what, sweet heart?

To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy,
Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me;-

And pleasure drown the brim.

What's his will else?
I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her.
Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits

Par. That you will take your instant leave o' the The tread of a man's foot: To the wars!

king, B«. There's letters from my mother; what the And make this haste as your own good proceeding, I know not yet.

(import is,

Strengthen'd with that apology you think
Par. Ay, that would be known: To the wars,

May make it probable need.

What more commands he? my boy, to the wars! He wears his honour in a box unseen,

Par. That, having this obtain’d, you presently That hugs his kicksy-wicksy here at home;

Attend his further pleasure. Spending his manly marrow in her arms,

Hel. In everything I wait upon his will. Which should sustain the bound and high curvet

Par. I shall report it so.

Hel. Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions !

I pray you.--Come,

sirrah. France is a stable; we, that dwell in't, jades;

[Exeunt. Therefore, to the war!

SCENE V.-- Another Room in the same. Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house,

Enter LAFEU and BERTRAM. Acquaint my mother with my hate to her,

Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a And wherefore I am fled; write to the king soldier. That, wbich I darst not speak: His present gift Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. Shall furnish me to those Italian fields,

Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. Where noble fellows strike: War is no strife, Ber. And by other warranted testimony, To the dark house, and the detested wife.

Laf. Then my dial goes not true; I took this Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure? lark for a bunting.

Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise me. Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in I'll send her straight away: To-morrow

knowledge, and accordingly valiant. I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow.

Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise in it, and transgressed against his valour; and iny.state "Tís bard;

that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my A young man, married, is a man that's marrid: heart to repent. Here he comes; I pray you, make Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go : us friends, I will pursue the amity. The king has done you wrong; but, hush! 'tis so.

Enter PAROLLES. [Exeunt. Par. These things shall be done sir, (To Ber.)

'faith, yes ;

Laf. Pray you, sir, who's bis tailor?

I would not tell you what I would: my lordPar, Sir?

Laf. 0, I know him well: Ay, sir; he, sir, is a Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. good workman, a very good tailor.

Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Ber. Is she gone to the king ? (A side to Parolles.) Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my Par. She is.

lord. Ber. Will she away to-night?

Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur?Par. As you'll have her.


[Exit Helena. Ber. I have writmy letters, casketed my treasure, Go thon toward home; where I will never come, Given orders for our horses; and to-night, Whilst I can shake my sword, or bear the drum :-When I should take possession of the bride, —, Away, and for our flight. And, ere I do begin,


Bravely, coragio! [Exeunt. Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter enit of a dinner; but one that lies three-thirds, and

ACT III. ases a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, Scene 1.-Florence. A Room in the Duke's Palace. should be once heard, and thrice beaten. God save you, captain.

Flourish. Enter the DUKE OF FLORENCE,attended; Ber. 'Is there any unkindness between my lord

two French Lords, and others. and you, monsieur ?

Duke. So tbat from point to point, now have yon Par. I know not how I have deserved to run into the fundamental reasons of this war; [heard my lord's displeasure.

Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, Laf. You have made sbift to run into't, boots And more thirsts after. and spars and all, like him that leaped into the 1 Lord.

Holy seems the quarrel custard ; and out of it you'll run again, rather than Upon your grace's part; black and fearful suffer question for your residence. [lord. On the opposer.

[France Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin

Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe Against our borrowing prayers. this of me, There can be no kernel in this light 2 Lord.

Good my lord, nut; the soul of this man is bis clothes : trust him The reasons of our state I cannot yield, not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of But like a common and an outward man, them tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, That the great figure of a council frames monsieur: I have spoken better of you, than you By self-unable motion : therefore dare not have or will deserve at my hand; but we must do Say what I think of it; since I have found good against evil.

[Exit. Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail Par. An idle lord, I swear.

As often as I guess’d. Ber. I think so.


Be at his pleasure. Par. Why, do you not know him? [speech 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our nature, Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. Come here for physic.


Welcome shall they be; Enter HELENA.

And all the honours, that can fly from us, Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Shall on them settle. You know your places well ; Spoke with the king, and have procar'd bis leave When better fall, for your avails they fell : For present parting; only he desires

To-morrow to the field. [Flourish. Exeunt. Some private speech with you. Ber.

I shall obey bis will. Scene II.---Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's You must not marvel, Helena, at my course,

Palace. Which holds not colour with the time, nor does

Enter Countess and Clown. The ministration and required office

Count. It hath happened all as I would have had On my particular: prepar'd I was not

it, save, that he comes not along with ber. For such a business; therefore am I found

Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a So much unsettled: This drives me to entreat you, very melancholy man. That presently you take your way for home; Count. By what observance, I pray you? And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you: Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; For my respects are better than they seem; mend the ruff, and sing; ask questions, and sing ; And my appointments have in them a need, pick his teeth, and sing : I know a man that had this Greater than shews itself, at the first view,

trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a song. To you, that know them not. This to my mother : Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he (Giving a letter.) | means to come.

(Opening a letter.) "Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so

Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at I leave you to your wisdom.

court: our old ling and our Isbels o' the country Hel.

Sir, I can nothing say, are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o' the But that I am your most obedient servant. court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and Ber. Come, come, no more of that.

I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with no Hel.

And ever shall, Count. What have we here? (stomach. With true observance, seek to eke out that,

Clo. E'en that you have there.

(Exit. Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd Count. (Reads.) I have sent you a daughter-inTo equal my great fortune.

law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. I Ber.

Let that go:

have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home. the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away; Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.

know it, before the report come. If there be breadth Ber.

Well, what would you say? enough in the world, I will hold a long distance. Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe; My duty to you. Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is ;

Your unfortunate son, BERTRAM. But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal This is not well, rash and unbridled boy, What law does vouch mine own.

To fly the favours of so good a king; Ber.

What would you have? To pluck his indignation on thy head, Hel. Something; and scarce so much :-nothing, By the misprizing of a maid tod virtuous indeed.

For the contempt of empire.

Re-enter Clown.

Nothing in France, until he has no wife ! Clo. O madam, yonder is beavy news within, Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France, between two soldiers and my young lady.

Then hast thou all again. Poor lord! is't I, Count. What is the matter?

That chase thee from thy country, and expose Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news,

Those tender limbs of thine to the event some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon Of the none-sparing war? and is it I, as I thought he would.

That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou Count. Why should he be kill'd?

Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear Of smoky muskets?. O you leaden messengers, ke does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the That ride upon the violent speed of fire, loss of men, though it be the getting of children. Fly with false aim; move the still-piercing air, Here they come, will tell you more: for my part, That sings with piercing, do not touch my

lord! I only hear, your son was run away. [Exit Clown. Whoever shoots at him, I set him there; Enter Helena and two Gentlemen.

Whoever charges on his forward breast,

I am the caitiff', that do hold him to't; 1 Gen. Save you, good madam.

And, though I kill him not, I am the cause Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. His death was so eflected : better 'twere, 2 Gen. Do not say so.

tlemen,- I met the ravin lion when he roar'd Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, gen. With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief, That all the miseries, wbich nature owes, (sillon, That the first face of neither, on the start, (you? Were mine at once : No, come thou home, RouCan woman me unto't.-Where is my son, I pray Whence honour but of danger wins a scar, 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of As oft it loses all; I will be gone: Florence :

My being here it is, that holds thee hence : We met him thitherward; from thence we came, Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, althoug And, after some despatch in hand at court, The air of paradise did fan the house, Thither we bend again.

[port. And angels ofic'd all: I will be

gone; Hel. Look on his letter, madam; here's my pass- That pitiful rumour may report my flight, (Reads.) When thou canst get the ring upon my finger, To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! eckich never shall come off, and shew me a child For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away. [Exit. begolten of thy body, that I am father to, then call me husband: but in such a then I write a never,

SCENE III.-Florence. Before the Duke's Palace. This is a dreadful sentence.

Flourish. Enter the Duke of FLORENCE, BERCount. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ? TRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others. 1 Gen.

Ay, madam ; Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we, And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our pains. Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence

Count. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; Upon thy promising fortune. If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine,


Sir, it is Thou robb'st me of a moiety: He was my son; A charge too heavy for my strength ; but yet But I do wash his name out of my blood,

We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, And thou artall, my child.- Towards Florence is he? To the extreme edge of hazard. 2 Gen. Ay, madam.




thou forth; Count.

And to be a soldier ? And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, 2 Gen. Such is his noble purpose : and, believ't, As thy auspicious mistress! The duke will lay upon him all the honour,


This very day, That good convenience claims.

Great Mars, I put myself into thy file: Count,

Return you thither? Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove I Gen. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of A lover of thy drum, hater of love. [Exeunt.

speed. Hel: (Reads.) Til I have no wife, I have nothing Scene IV.-Rousillon, A Room in the Countess's "Tis bitter.


[in France. Count. Find you that there?

Enter Countess and Steward. Hel,

Ay, madam.

Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of 1 Gen. 'Tis but the boldness of his band, baply,


[done, His beart was not consenting to. [which Might you not know, she would do as she has

Count. Nothing in France, until he have no wife! By sending me a letter?. Read it again.
There's nothing bere, that is too good for lim, Stew. I am St. Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone;
But only she; and she deserves a lord,

Ambitious love hath so in me offended,
That twenty such rude boys might tend upon, That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon,
And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him? With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
I Gen. A servant only, and a gentleman

Write, write, that, from the bloody course of war, Which I have some time known.

My dearest master, your dear son, may hie; Count.

Parolles, was't not? Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far, I Gen. Ay, my good lady, he.

[ness. His name with zealous fervour sanctify: Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wicked- His taken labours bid him me forgive; My son corrupts a well-derived nature

1, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth With his inducement.

From courtly friends, with camping foes to live, 1 Gen, Indeed, good lady,

Where death und danger dog the heels of worth: The fellow has a deal of that, too much,

He is too good and fair for death and me; Wbich holds him much to have.

Whom I myself embrace, to set him free. Count. You are welcome, gentlemen ;

Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest I will entreat you, when you see my son,

words! To tell him, that his sword can never win

Rinaldo, you did never lack advice so much, The honour that he loses : more I'll entreat you As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her, Written to bear along.

I could have well diverted her intents, 2 Gen.

We serve you, madam, Which thus she hath prevented. la that and all your worthiest affairs.


Pardon me,

madam : Count. Not so, but as we change our courtesies. If I had given you this at over-night, Will you draw near? [Exeunt Count. and Gentleman. She might have been o'erta'en; and yet she writes,

Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing in France. ) Pursuit would be in vain.


What angel shall Dia.

Whatsoe'er he is,
Bless this unworthy husband ? he cannot thrive, He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear, As 'tis reported, for the king had married him
And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath Against his liking : Think you it is so?
Of greatest justice.- Write, write, Rinaldo, Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth; I know his lady,
To this unworthy husband of his wife;

Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count, Let every word weigh heavy of ber worth, Reports but coarsely of her. That he does weigh too light: my greatest grief, Hel.

What's his name? Though little he do feel it, set down sharply. Dia. Monsieur Parolles. Despatch the most convenient messenger:


0, I believe with him, When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone, In argument of praise, or to the worth He will return; and hope I may, that she, of the great count himself, she is too mean Hearing so much, will speed her foot again, To have her name repeated; all her deserving Led hither by pure love: which of them both Is a reserved honesty, and that Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense

I have not heard examin'd. To make distinction :-Provide this messenger : Dia.

Alas, poor lady! My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak;

'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak. Of a detesting lord.

(Exeunt. Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er she is, SCENE V.-Without the Walls of Florence. Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do A tucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Florence, A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd.


Hel. DIANA, VIOLENTA, MARIANA, and other Citizens.

How do you mean? Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the May be, the amorous count solicits her

In the anlawful purpose. city, we shall lose all the sight.


He does, indeed; Dia. They say, the French count has done most

And brokes with all that can in such a suit honourable service. Wid. It is reported that he has taken their But she is arm’d for him, and keeps her guard

Corrupt the tender honour of a maid : greatest commander: and that with his own hand

In honestest desence. he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way: bark! you Enter with drum and colours, a party of the Flórenmay know by their trumpets.

tine army, BERTRAM, and PAROLLES. Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice our Mar. The gods forbid else! selves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take


So, now they come : heed of this French earl : the honour of a maid is That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son; her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. That, Escalas. Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have Hel,

Which is the Frenchman ? been solicited by a gentleman his companion.

Dia. Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Pa- That with the plame: 'tis a most gallant fellow; rolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for I would, he lov'd bis wife: if he were honester, the young earl.-Beware of them, Diana; their He were much goodlier :-Is't not a handsome promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these Hel. I like him well.

'[gentleman engines of lust, are not the things they go under: Dia. 'Tis pity, he is not hopest:-Yond's that many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the

same knave, misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the That leads him to these places; were I his lady, wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade I'd poison that vile rascal. succession, but they are limed with the twigs


Which is he? that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why is he you further; but, I hope, your own grace will keep melancholy? you where you are, though there were no further Hel. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle. danger known, but the modesty which is so lost. Par. Lose our drum ! well. Dia. You shall not need to fear me.

Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something : Look,

he has spied us. Enter Helena, in the dress of a pilgrim.

Wid. Marry, hang you! Wid. I hope so.Look, here comes a pilgrim:

Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier! I know she will lie at my house: thither they send

[Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, Officers, and one another: I'll question her.

Soldiers. God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound?

Wid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I will Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.

bring you Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you? Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port. There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,

Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents
Hel. Is this the way?

Already at my house.
Ay, marry,
is it.-Hark you! Hel.

I hambly thank you:
(A march afar off;? Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,
They come this way:-If you will tarry, holy pil. To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking,
But till the troops come by,

(grim, Shall be for me ; and, to requite you further, I will conduct you where you shall be lodg'd;

I will bestow some precepts on this virgin, The rather, for, I think, I know your hostess

Worthy the note.
As ample as myself.

Is it yourself?

We'll take your offer kindly. [Exeunt. Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim.

SCENE VI.-Camp before Florence. Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure. Enter BERTRAM, and the two French Lords. Wid. You came, I think, from France?

1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't; let Hel.

I did so.

him have his way. Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours, 2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding, That has done worthy service.

hold me no more in your respect. Hel.


pray you. i Lord. On iny life, my lord, a bubble. Dia. The count Rousillon : Know you such a Ber. Do you think, I am so far deceived in him? one?

1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Hel. But by the ear, that hears most pobly of knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of bim His faoe I know not.

as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an in

His name,


finite and endless liar, an hourly promise-treaker, knows is not to be done ; damns himself to do, and the owner of no one good quality worthy your lord- dares better be damned than to do't. ship's entertainment.

2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we 2 Lord. It were fit you knew him; lest, reposing do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a too far in bis virtue, which he hath not, he might, man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal at some great and trusty business, in a main danger, of discoveries; but when you find him out, you fail you.

(to try him. have him ever after. Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed

2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his at all of this, that so seriously he does address drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake himself unto ? to do.

1 Lord. None in the world; but return with an i Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will sud- invention, and clap upon you two or three probable denly surprise bim; such I will have, whom, I am lies: but we have almost embossed him, you shall sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your and hood-wink him so, that he shall suppose no lordship's respect. other but that he is carried into the leaguer of the 2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the adversaries, when we bring him to our tents: Befox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the bat your lordship present at his examination; if he old lord Lafeu: when bis disguise and he is parted, do not, for the promise of his life, and in the highest tell me what a sprat you shall find him; which you compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, and shall see this very night.

(caught. deliver all the intelligence in his power against you, 1 Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. oath, never trust iny judgment in any thing. I Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave you. 2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch

[Exit. bis drum; he says, he has a stratagem for't: when Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show yoar lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, | The lass I spoke of.

[you and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will 2 Lord.

But, you say, she's honest. be melted, if you give him not John Drum’s enter Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once tainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her, he comes.

By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind, Enter PAROLLES.

Tókens and letters, which she did re-send; 1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature; the hamour of his design; let him fetch off his | Will you go see her? drum in any hand.

2 Lord,

With all my heart, my lord. Ber. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks

[Exeunt. sorely in your disposition.

Scene VII.-Florence. A Room in the Widow's 2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum.

House. Par. But à drum! Is't but a drum? A drum so

Enter HELENA and Widow. lost!—There was an excellent command! to charge Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend I know not how I shall assure you further, our own soldiers.

But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. 2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the com Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born mand of the service; it was a disaster of war that | Nothing acquainted with these businesses; Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had And would not put my reputation now been there to command.

In any staining act. Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our suc Hel.

Nor would I wish you. eess: some dishonour we had in the loss of that First, give me trust, the count he is my husband; drum ; but it is not to be recovered.

And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken, Par. It might have been recovered.

Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot, Ber. It might, but it is not now.

By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, Par. It is to be recovered: but that the merit of Err in bestowing it. service is seldom attributed to the true and exact Wid.

I should believe you ; performer, I would have that drum or another, or For you have show'd me that, which well approves kic jacet.

You are great in fortune. Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, Hel.

Take this purse of gold, if think your mystery in stratagem can bring And let me buy your friendly help thus far, this instrument of honour again into his native Which I will over-pay, and pay again, quarter, be magoanimous in the enterprize, and go When I have found it. The count he wooes your on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit :

daughter, if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, of it, and extend to you what further becomes Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent, bis greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, worthiness.

Now his important blood will nought deny, Par. By the band of a soldier, I will undertake it. That she'll demand: A ring the county wears, Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. That downward hath succeeded in his house,

Par. I'll about it this evening : and I will pre- From son to son, some four or five descents, sently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds in my certainty, put myself into my mortal prepar In most rich choice; yet, in bis idle fire, ation, and, by midnight, look to hear further from To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,

[are gone about it? Howe'er repented after. Ber. May I be bold to acquaint bis grace, you Wid.

Now I see Par. I know not what the success will be, my

The bottom of your purpose. lord; but the attempt I vow.

Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more, Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the pos Bat that your daughter, ere she seems as won, sibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; Farewell.

In fine, delivers me to fill the time, Par. I love not many words.

(Exit. | Herself most chastely absent; after this, 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water.--Is To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns not this a strange fellow, my lord? that so confi- To what is past already. dently seems to undertake this business, which he Wid.

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