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ment of one count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to but for all that very ruttish : I pray you, Sir, revolt. put it up again.
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu* he will sell the 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. fee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of
Par. My meaning in't I protest was very it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and honest in the behalf of the maid: for 1 knew a perpetual sucession for it perpetually. the yong count to be a dangerours and lasci- | Sold. What's his brother the other captain, vious oy; who is a whale to virginity, and Dun.ain ? devours up all the fry it finds.
2 Lord Why does he ask him of me? Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue !
1 Sold. What's he ? 1 Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not algold, and take it
together so great as the first in goodness, but After he scores, he never pays the score : greater a great deal in evil. He excels his Half won, is malch well made; match, and well brother for a coward, yet his brother is repumake it ;*
ted one of the best that is : In a retreat he outHe ne'er pays after debts, take it before; runs any lackey; marry, in comming on ho And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,
has the cramp. Men are to well with, boys are not to kiss : 1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you unerFor count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, take to betray the Florentine ? Who pays before, but not when he does owe it, Par. Ay and the captain of his horse, count Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear, Roussillon
PAROLLES. 1 Sold. I'll whisper with the goneral, and Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, know his pleasure, with this rhyme in his forhrad.
Par. I'll no more drumming: a plague of all 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, Sir, the drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. beguile the suppositiont of that lascivious
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a young boy the count, have run into this dancat, and now he's a cat to me.
ger: Yet, who would have suspected an am. 1 Sold. I perceive, Sir, by the General's busli where I was taken?
[Aside. looks, we shall be fain to hang you.
1 Sold. There is no remedy, Sir, but you Par. My life, Sir, in any case: not that I am must die: the general says, you that have so afraid to die; but that, my offences being traitorously discovered the secrets of your many, I would repent out the remainder of army, and made such pestiferious reports of nature: let me live, Sir, in a dungeon, i'the men very nobiy held, can serve the world for stocks, or any where, so I may live.
no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, 1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you headsman, off with his head. .confess freely; therefore, once more to this Par. O Lord Sir; let me live, or let me see captain Duman : You have answered to his my death! reputation with the duke, and to his valour : 1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave What is his honesty?
of all your friends.
[Unmuffling him, Par. He will steal, Sir, an egg out of a clois. So look about you; Know you any here? ter;t for rapes and ravishments he parallels Ber Good morrow, noble captain. Nessus.I He professes not keeping of oaths ; 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles. in breaking them he is stronger than Hercu- 1 Lord. God save you, noble captain. les. He will lie, Sir, with such volubility, 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to that you wold think truth was a fool: drunk my lord Lafeu? I am for France. enness is his best virtue ; for he will be swine i Lord. Good captain, will you give me a drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf save to his bed-clothes about him ; but they of the count Rousillon ? an I were not a very know his conditions, and lay him in straw.coward, I'd compel it of you; but fair you I have but little more to say, Sir, of his hon- well.
[Exeunt BERTRAM, LORDS, &.c. esty: he has every thing that an honest man 1 Sold. You are undone, captain : all but should not have ; what an honest man should your scarf, that has a not on't yet have, he has nothing.
Par. Who cannot be crusher with a plot'? I Lord. I begin to love him for this.
1 Sold. If you could find out a country where Ber. For this discription of thine honesty ? but women were that had received so much A pox upon him for me, he is more and more shame, you might begin an impudent nation. a cat.
Fare you well, Sir: I am for France too; we 1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in -hall speak of
Par. Yet am I thankful : if my heart were Par. Faith, Sir, he has led the drum hefore
great, the English tragedians,-to belie him, I will 'Twould burst at this: Ca tain, I'll be no moro not, -and more of his so diership I know not; But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft except, in that country, he had the honour to As captain shall: simply the thing I am be the officer at a place there call'd Mile-end, Shall make me live." Who knows himself a to instruct for the dubling of files: I would do
braggart, Uie man what honour l can, but of this I am | Let him fer this ; for it will come to pass, not certain.
That every braggart shall be found an ass. 1 Lord. He hath out-villained villany so far, Rust, sword! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, that the rarity redeems him.
live Ber. A pox on him he's a cat still.
Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery 1 Sol. His qualities being at this poor price, There's place, and means, for every man A match weel made is half won; make your
alive. Datch therefore, but make it well.
I'll after them.
[Exil. fi. e. He will steal any thing howerer triling, from aby place however holy:
The fourth part of the smaller Frenca cron. The Censur killed by us.
* To deceive the pinion.
SCENE IV.-Florence.-A Room in the we may pick a thousand salads, ere we light Widow's House.
on such another herb.
Clo. Indeed, Sir, she was the sweet-marEnter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA. joram of the salad, or, rather the herb of
grace.* Hel. That you may well perceive I have not Laf. They are not salad-herbs, you knave, wrong'd you.
they are nose-herbs. One of the greatest in the Christian world člo. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, Sir, I Shal, be my surety; 'fore whose throne, 'tis have not much skill in grass. needful,
Laf Whether dost thou profess thyself; a Ere I can perfect min intents, to kneel : knave or a fool ? Time was, I did him a desired ffice,
Clo. A fool, Sir, at a woman's service, and a Dear almost as his life; which gratitude knave at a man's; Though finty Tartar's bosom would peep iaf. Your distinction ? forth,
Clo. I would cozen the man of his wife, and Aud answer, thnks: I duly am inform'd. do his service. His grace is at Marseilles; to wbich place Lof. So you were a knave at his service, inWe have convenientconvoy. You must know, deed. I am supposed dead: the army b eaking, Clo. And I would give his wife my bauble, My husband hies bim home; where, heaven Sii, to do her service. aiding
Laf. I will subscribe for thee; thou art both And by the leave of my good lord the king, knave and fool. We'll before our welc me,
Clo. At your service. Wid. Gentle madam,
Laf. No, no, no You never had a servant, to whose trust Clo. Why, Sir, if I cannot serve you I can Your business was more welcome.
serve as great a prince as you are. Hel. Nor you, mistress
[bour Laf. Whos that? a Frenchman? Ever a fried, whose thoughts more truly la- Clo. Faith, Sir, he has an Englis', name; but To rec mpense your love; doubt not, but his phisnomy is more hotter in France, thai heaven
[dower, there. Hath brought me up to be your daughter's Laf. What prince is that? A it hath fated her to be my motive*
Clo. The black prince, Sir, alias, the prince And helper to a husband. But O strange men of darkness; alias, the devil. That can such sweet use make of what they Laf. Hold thee, there's my purse; 1 give
thee not this to suggest thee from thy master Whe saucyt trusting of the cozen'd thoughts thou talkest of; serve him still, Defiles he pitchy night! so lust doth play Clo. I am a woodland fellow, Sir that als With what it loaths, for that which is away: ways loved a great fire; and the master I speak But more of this hereafter: You, Diana, of, ever keeps a good fire. But, sure, he is Under my por instructions yet must suffer the prince of the world, let his nobility remain Something in my behalf.
in his court. I am for the house with the narDia. Let death and honestył
row gate, wh ch I take to be too little for Go with your impositions,ợ l am yours pomp to enter; som , that humble themselves, Upon your will to suffer.
may ; but the many will be too chill and tenHel. Yet, I pr y you,
[mer, der ; and they'll be for the flowery way, that But with the word ihe time will bring on sum- leads to the broad gate, and the great fire. When briers shall have ieaves as well as thorns, Laf. Go thy ways, I begin to be a-weary of And be as sweet as sharp. We must away; thee ; and I tell thee so before, because I Our waggon is prepar'd, and time revives us : would not fall out with thee. Go thy ways; All's well that ends well: still the fine's|| the let my horses be well looked to, without any crown ;
tricks. Whate'er the course, the end is the renown. Clo. If I put any tricks upon 'em Sir, they
[Ereunt. shall be jades' tricks ; which are their own SCENE V.-Rousillon.-A Room in the right by the law of nature.
[Erit. COUNTESS' Palace.
Laf.' A Shrewd knave, and an unhappy.t
Count. So he is. My Lord that's gone, made Enter Countess, LaFeU, and Clown.
himself much sport out of him: by this authoLaf. No, no, no, your son was misled with rity he remains here, which he thinks is a paa snipt-taffata fellow there ; whose villanous tent for his sauciness; and, indeed, he has no saffrons would have made all the unbaked a.d
pace, but runs where he will. doughy youth of a nation in his colour; your
Laf. I like im well; 'tis not amiss ; and I daughter-in-law had been alive at this bour; and your son here at home, more advanced by good lady's death, and that my lord your son
was about to tell you, Since I heard of the the king, than by that red-tailed' humble bee I
was upon his return home, I moved the king speak of. Count. I would, I had not known him! it ter; which, in the minority of them both, his
my master, to speak in the behalf of my daughwas the death of the most virtuous gentle majesty, out of a self-gracious remembrance, woman, that ever nature had praise for creat did first propose ; his highness hath promised ing: if she had partaken of my flesh, and cost me the dearest groans of a mother, I could not
me to do it: and, to stop up the displeasure
he hath conceived against your son, there is have owed her a more rooted love. Laf. 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady:
no fitter matter. How does your ladyship like
it? * For mover. Lascivious. I e. An honest death.
Count. With very much content, my lord, and il End.
I wish it happily effected.
Laf. His highness comes post from Marseilles,
+Seduce, Mischierovely unhappy, vagyish,
* I. e. Rue.
of as able body as when he numbered thirty; , I do beseech you, whither is he gone? he will be here to-morrow, or I am deceived Gent. Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon ; by him that in such intelligence hath seldom Whither I am going. failed.
Hel. I do beseech you, Sir, Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see Since you are like to see the king before me, lim ere I die. I have letters that my son will Commend the paper to his gracious hand; be here to-night: I shall beseech your lordship, Which, I presume, shall render you no blame, to remain with me till they meet together. But rather make you thank your pains for it :
Laf. Madam, I was thinking with what I will come after you, with what good speed manners I might safely be admitted.
Our means will make us means. Count. You need but plead your honourable
Gent. This I'll do for you. privilege.
Hel. And you shall find yourself to be well Laf. Lady, of that I have made a bold char
[again;ter; but I thank my God, it holds yet.
Whate're falls more.- We must to horse
[Exeunt Clo. O madam, yonder's my lord your son
SCENE II.--Rousillon.—The inner court of with a patch of velvet on's face: i whether
the COUNTESS' Palace. there be a scar under it or no, the velvet
Enter Clown and PAROLLES. knows; but tis a goodly patch of velvet: his
Par. Good monsieur Lavatch, give my lord left cheek is a cheek of two pile and a half,
Lafeu this letter: I have ere now Sir, been but his right cheek is worn bare.
better known to you, when I have held familiLaf. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a
arity with fresher clothes; but I am now, Sir, good livery of honour; so, helike, is that.
muddied in fortune's moat, and smell somewhat Clo. But it is your carbonadoed* sace. Laf. Let us go see your son, I pray you; I strong of her strong displeasure.
Clo. Truly, fortune's displeasure is but slut. leng to talk with the young noble soldier. Clo. 'Faith, there's a dozen of 'em, with de- I will henceforth eat no fish of fortune's but
tish, if it smell so strong as thou speakest of: licate fine hats, and most courteous feathers, tering. Prythee, allow the wind. which bow the head, and nod at every man.
Par. Nay, you need not stop your nose, Sir; [Exeunt.
I spake by a metaphor.
Clo. Indeed, Sir, if your metaphor stink, I SCENE I.-Marseilles-A Street, will stop my nose; or against any man's metaEnter HELLENA, Widow, and Diana, with phor. Pr’ythee, get thee further.
Par. Pray you, Sir, deliver me this paper. two Allendants.
Clo. Foh, pr’ythee, stand away: A paper Hel. But this exceeding posting, day and from fortune's close-stool to give a nobleman! night,
[it; Look, here he comes himself. Must wear your spirits low: we cannot help
Enter LAFEU. But, since you have made the days and nights
Here is a pur of fortune's, Sir, or of fortunes' as one, To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs.
cat, (but not a musk-cat,) that has fallen into the Be bold, you do so grow in my requital,
unclean fishpond of her displeasure, and, as he As nothing can unroot you. In happy time;- says, is muddied withal : Pray you, Sir, use the
carp as you may, for he looks like a poor, deEnter a gentle ASTRINGER.I
cayed, ingenious, foolish, rascally knave. I do This man may help me to his majesty's ear, pity his distress in my smiles of comfort, and If he would spend his power,– God sare you, leave him to your lordship. [Exit Clown. Sir.
Par. My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath Gent. And you.
cruelly scratched. Hel. Sir, I have seen you in the court of Laf. And what would you have me to do? France.
'tis too late to pear her nails now. Wherein Gent. I have been sometimes there.
have you played the knave with fortune, that Hel. I do presume, Sir, that you are not fallen she should scratch you, who of herself is a good From the reports that goes upon your goodnss; lady, and would not have knaves thrive long And thereforegoaded with most sharp occasions, under her? There's a quart d'ecu for you: Let Which lay nice manners by, I put you to the justices make you and fortune friends; I The use of your own virtues, for which am for other business. I shall continue thankful.
Par. I beseech your honour, to hear me one Gent. What's your will?
single word. Hel. That it will please you
Laf. You beg a single penny more: come, To give this poor petition to the king;
you shall ha't: save your word.* And aid me with that store of power you have, Par. My name, my good lord, is Parolles. To come into his presence.
Laf. You beg more than one word then. Gent The king's not here.
Cox'my passion! give me your hand :—How Hel. Not here, Sir?
does your drum? Gent. Not, indeed :
[haste Par. O my good lord, you were the first that He hence remov'd last night, and with more
found me. Than is his use.
Laf. Was I, in sooth? and I was the first Wid. Lord, how we lose our pains !
that lost thee. Hel. All's well that ends well ; yet ;
Par. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in Though time seems so adverse, and means some grace, for you did bring me out. unfit.
Laf. Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put * Scotched like a piece of meat for the gridiron,
upon me at once both the office of God and the A gentleman
* You need not ask here it is: Hh
devil? one brings thee in grace, and the other, Steals ere we can effect them : You remember brings thee out. [Trumpels sound.) The king's The daughter of this lord ? coming, I know by his trumpets.--Sirrah, in Per. Admiringly, my liege : at first quire further after me; I had talk of you last 1 struck my choice upon her, ere my heart night; though you are a fool and a knave, you Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue: shall eat; go to, follow.
Where the impression of mine eye infixing, Par. I praise God for you. (Exeunt. Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me, SCENE III.—The same.--A Room in the which warp'd the line of every other favour; COUNTESS' Palace.
Scorn'd a fair colour, or express'd it stoln;
Extended or contracted, all proportions, Flourish. Enter King, COUNTESS, LAFEU, To a most hideous object; Thence it came,
LORDS, GENTLEMEN, Guards, &c. That she, whom all men prais'd and whom King. We lost a jewel of her; and our es
Since I have lost, have lov'd, was in mine eye Was made much poorer by it; but your son, The dust that did offend it. As mad in folly, lack'd the sense to know King. Well excus'd:
[away Her estimation home.t
That thou didst love her, strikes some scores Count. 'Tis past, my liege:
From the great compt : But love, that comes And I beseech your majesty to make it
Crying, That's good that's gone : our rash King. My honour'd lady,
faults bave forgiven and forgotten all ;
Make trivial price of serious things we have, Though my revenges were high bent upon him, Not knowing them, until we know their grave. And watch'd the time to shoot.
Oft our displeasure to ourselves unjust, Laf. This I must say,
Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust : But first I beg my pardon,,The young lord Our own love waking cries to see what's done, Did to his majesty, his mother, and his lady, While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon. Offence of mighty note; but to himself Be this sweet Helen's knell, and now forget The greatest wrong of all ; he lost a wife,
[lin: Whose beauty did astonish the survey
Send forth your armours token for fair MaudOf richest eyes ;f whose words all ears took | The main consents are had; and here we'll stay captive ;
(serve, To see our widower's second marriage-day. Whose dear perfection, hearts that scorn'd to
Count. Which better than the first, dear Humbly call'd mistress.
heaven, bless! King. Praising what is lost,
Or ere they meet, in me, O nature, cease! Makes the remembrance dear.---Well, call Laf. Come on, my son, in whom my house's
him hither ;
Thatshe may quickly come.-By my old beard, And deeper than oblivion do we bury
And every hair that's on't, Helen, that's dead, The incensing relics of it: let him approach,
Was a sweet creature; such a ring as this, A stranger, no offender; and inform him,
The last that e're I took her leave at court, So 'tis our will he should.
I saw upon her finger. Gent. Ishall, my liege. [Exit. GENTLEMAN. Ber. Hers it was not. King. What says he to your daughter; have
King. Now, pray you, let me see it; for mine you spoke?
eye, Laf. All that he is hath reference to your While I was speaking, oft was fasten' to't.highness.
This ring was mine; and when I gave it HeKing. Then shall we have a match. I have i bade her, if her fortunes ever stood
len. letters sent me,
Necessitated to help, that by this token That set him high in fame.
I would relieve her: had you that craft, to Enter BERTRAM.
Of what should stead her most? Laf. He looks well on't.
Ber. my gracious sovereign, King. I am not a day of season.||
Howe'er it please you to take it so, For thou may'st see a sun-shine and a hail
The ring was never hers. In me at once : But to the brightest beams Count, Son, on my life, Distracted clouds give way ; su stand thou I have seen her wear it; and she reckon'd it The time is fair again.
[forth, At her life's rate. Ber. My high-repented blames, T
Laf I am sure, I saw her wear it. Dear sovereign pardon to me.
Bér. You are deceiv'd, my lord, she never King. All is whole;
saw it: Not one word more of the consumed time. In Florence was it from a casement thrown me, Let's take the instant by the forward top; Wrapp'd in a paper, which containd the name For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees Of her that threw it: noble she was, and The inaudible and noiseless foot of time
thought * Reckoning or estimate.
I stood engag'd :* but when I had subscribd Completely, in its full extent.
Tomine own fortune, and inform'd her fully, So in As you like it :- to have "seen much and to I could not answer in that course of honour have nothing, is to have rich eyes and
As she had made the overture, she ceas'd, 1. e. Thc first interview shall put an end to all recol-In heavy satisfaction, and would never ection of the past. !!!! . Of uninterrupted rain.
Receive the ring again. * Faults repented of to the utorost.
* In the story of orgage de
King. Plutus himself,
[cine* | And that you fly them as you swear them lord: That knows the tinct and multiplying medi
(that ; Hath not in nature's mystery more science, Yet you desire to marry.--What woman's Than I have in this ring: 'twas mine, 'twas Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and Diana.
Helen's, Whoever gave it you: Then, if you know Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine, That you are well acquainted with yourself,t Derived from the ancient Capulet; Confess 'twas hers, and by what rough enforce. My suit, as I do understand, you know, ment
[surety, And therefore know how far I may be pitied. You got it from her: she call'd the saints to Wid. I am her mother, Sir, whose age and That she would never put it from her finger,
honour Unless she gave it to yourself in bed,
Both suffer under this complaint we bring, (Where you have never come,) or sent it us And both shall cease* without your remedy. Upon her great disaster.
King. Come hither, count; Do you know Ber. She never saw it.
these women ? King. Thou speak’st it falsely, as I love mine Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny honour ;
But that I know them: Do they charge me And mak'st conjectural fears to come into me,
further? Which I would fain shut out: If it should Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your prove
wife? That thou art so inhuman,-'twill not prove Ber. She's none of mine, my lord. And yet I know not :-thou didst hate her Dia. If you shall marry, deadly,
You give away this hand, and that is mine; And she is dead; which nothing, but to close You give away heaven's vows, and those are Her eyes myself, could win me to believe,
mine; More than to see this ring.--Take him away. You give away myself, which is known mine;
[ Guards seise BERTRAM. For I by vow am so embodied yours, My fore-past proofs, howe'er the matter fall, That she, which marries you, must marry me, Shall taxmy fears of little vanity, Chim;--- Either both, or none. Having vainly fear'd too little.-Away with Laf. Your reputation (To BERTRAM.) comes We'll sift this matter further.
too short for my daughter, you are no husband Ber. If you shall prove
for her. This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence,
[highness Where yet she never was.
Whom sometimes I have laugh'd with: let your [Exit BERTRAM, guarded. Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour,
Than for to think that I would sink it here. Enter a GENTLEMAN.
King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill King. I am wrapp'd in dismal thinkings.
(honour, Gent. Gracious sovereign,
[not; Till your deeds gain them: Fairer prove your Whether I have been to blame, or no, I know Than in my thought it lies! Here's a petition from a Florentine,
Dia. Good my lord,
He had not my virginity.
so, Your bighness with herself.
He might have bought me at a common price King. [Reads.] Upon his many protestations Do not believe him: 0, behold this ring, to marry me, when his wife was dead, I blush to Whose high respect, and rich validity, say it, he won me. Now is the count Rousillon Did lack a parallel ; yet, for all that, a widower ; his vows are forfeited to me, and my He gave it to a commoner o'the camp, honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence, If I be one. taking no leave, and I follow him to his country Count. He blushes, and 'uis it: for justice : Grant it me, O king; in you it best
Of six preceeding ancestors, that gem. lies; otherwise a seducer flourishes, and a poor Conferr'd by testament to the sequent issue, maid is undone.
Diana CAPULET. Hath it been ow'd and worn. This is his wife; Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and That ring's a thousand proofs. toll him :for this, I'll none of him.
King. Methought, you said, King. The heavens have thought well on You saw one here in court could witness it. thee, Lafeu,
suitors: Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to pro. To bring forth this discovery.-Seek these
duce Go, speedily, and bring again the count. So bad an instrument; his name's Parolles.
[Exeunt GENTLEMAN, and some Attendants Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be. I am afraid, the life of Helen, lady,
King. Find him, and bring him bither. Was foully snatch'd.
Ber. What of him? Count. Now, justice on the doers !
He's quotedý for a most perfidious slave, Enter Bertram, guarded.
With all the spots o'the world tax'd and deKing. I wonder, Sir, since wives are mon
bosh'd ; || sters to you,
Whose nature sickens, but to speak a truth : * The philosopher's stone.
* Decease, die t1.e. That have the proper consciousness of your own † Gamester when applied to a female, then mea
|| Debayched. Post stages, 9 Pay toll for him.