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My reasons are most strong; and you shall know them,
Enter the two French Lords, and two or three Soldiers.
i Lord. You have not given him his mother's lecter ?
2 Lord. I have deliver'd it an hour since: there is something in't that stings his nature; for, on the reading it, he chang'd almost into another man.
Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon him, for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a lady.
2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everlasting dif
! braid, ]--deceitful.
pleasure of the king, who had even tun'd his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you a thing, but you Ihall let it dwell darkly with you.
i Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and I am the grave of it.
2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman here in Florence, of a most chaste renown; and this night he Aeshes his will in the spoil of her honour ; he hath given her his monumental ring, and thinks himself made in the unchaste composition.
i Lord. Now God "delay our rebellion ; as we are ourselves, what things are we !
2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in the common course of all treasons, we still see them reveal themselves, °ere they attain to their abhorr'd ends ; so he, that in this action contrives against his own nobility, P in his proper stream o'erflows himself.
i Lord. Is it not moft damnable in us, to be trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall not then have his company to-night?
2 Lord. Not 'till after midnight ; for he is dieced to his hour,
i Lord. That approaches apace: I would gladly have him see his 'companion anatomized; that he might take a measure of his own judgment, wherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit.
2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till he come ; for his presence must be the whip of the other.
i Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of these wars? 2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace. i Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded.
A delay]-avert, prevent.
o'till. P in his proper stream o'erflows himself.]--betrays his secrets by his own talk.
meant ; meantime ; mean and.
2 Lord. What will count Rougllon do then? will he travel higher, or return again into France ?
i Lord. I perceive by this demand, you are not altogether of his counsel.
2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be a great deal of his act.
i Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled from his house ; her pretence, a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, with most austere fanctimony, she accomplish'd : and, there residing, through the tenderness of her nature, became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath, and now she sings in heaven,
2 Lord. How is this justified ?
i Lord. The stronger part of it by her own letters ; which makes her story true, even to the point of her death: her death itself, which could not be her office to fay, is come, was faithfully confirm'd by the rector of the place.
2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence ?
i Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, point from point, to the full arming of the verity.
2 Lord. I am heartily forry, that he'll be glad of this.
i Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make us comforts of our losses !
2 Lord, And how mightily, some other times, we drown our gain in tears ! the great dignity, that his valour hath here acquired for him, shall at home be encounter'd with a shame as ample.
i Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together : our virtues would be proud, if our faults whip'd them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our virtues.the tenderness.
justified ?]-made out, evinced. from point to point,-point for point.
Enter a Servant.
How now? where's your master ?
Serv. He met the duke in the street, fir, of whom he hath taken a folemn leave ; his lordship will next morning for France. The duke hath offered him letters of commendations to the king.
2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful there," if they were more than they can commend.
1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's tartness. Here's his lordship now. How now, my lord, is't not after midnight?
Ber. I have to-night dispatch'd fixteen businesses, a month's length a-piece, * by an abstract of success; I have conge'd with the duke, done my adieu with his nearest ; buried a wife, mourn'd for her; writ to my lady mother, I am returning; ? entertain'd my convoy; and, between these main parcels of dispatch, effected many nicer needs : the last was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet.
2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and this morning your departure hence, it requires haite of
Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fearing a to hear of ic hereafter : But shall we have this dialogue between the fool and the soldier ? — Come, bring forth this
countefeit module; he has deceiy'd me, like a doublemeaning prophesier.
if they were more than they can commend. ]-though their contents Thould be more ample than authentick.
* by an abstract of fuccefs ; ]-as it appears from a short note of each, taken down as they were successively executed. y neareft ; ]-courtiers.
z entertain'd]-provided. to bear of it bereafter :]-the common consequences of such an intrigue, which may prove troublesome. counterfeit module ;]-pretended pattern of perfection.
2 Lord. Bring him forth: he has sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant knave.
Ber. No matter; his heels have deserv'd it, in usurping his spurs so long. How does he carry himself?
1 Lord. I have told your lordship already; the stocks carry him. But, to answer you as you would be understood; he weeps, like a wench that had shed her milk: he hath confess'd himself to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar, from the time of his remembrance, to this very instant disaster of his setting i’the stocks : And what, think you,
he hath confeft? Ber. Nothing of me, has he ?
2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be read to his face: if your lordship be in't, as, I believe you are, you must have the patience to hear it.
Re-enter Soldiers with Parolles.
Ber. A plague upon him! muffled! he can say nothing
i Lord. Hush! hush! * Hoodman comes ! - Porto tartarojo.
Inter. He calls for the tortures; What will you say without 'em ?
Par. I will confess what I know without constraint: if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say no more.
Inter. Boško chimurcho.
Inter. You are a merciful general :— Our general bids you answer to what I shall ask you out of a note.
Par. And truly, as I hope to live. Inter. First demand of him, how many borse the duke is strong. What say you to that ?
Par, Five or six thousand; but very weak and unler. viceable : the trcops are all scatter'd, and the command
• Hoodman)-Parelles blindfolded,