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Nothing in France, until he has no wife !
SCENE III.-Florence. Before the Duke's Palace. Flourish. Enter the DUKE OF FLORENCE, BERTRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers,
and others. DUKE. The general of our horse thou art; and we,
Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence
Upon thy promising fortune.
Sir, it is
Still-peering. This is the reading of the original. It is usually printed still-piercing, which has no meaning. Malone adopts still-piecing—the air that closes immediately. The sense of the original reading-still-peering-appearing still—seems quite as good.
Then, go thou forth; And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm,
As thy auspicious mistress!
This very day,
A Room in the Countess's Palace.
Enter COUNTESS and Steward.
Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of her ?
Might you not know she would do as she has done,
By sending me a letter? Read it again. SIEW.
I am Saint Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone :
Ambitious love bath so in me offended,
With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
My dearest master, your dear son, may hie ;
His name with zealous fervour sanctify;
I, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth
Where death and danger dog the heels of worth:
Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest words !
Rinaldo, you did never lack advice so much
Which thus she hath prevented.
Pardon me, madam:
Pursuit would be but vain.
What angel shall
Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,
SCENE V.-Without the Walls of Florence.
Enter an old Widow of Florence, Diana, V10LENTA,
MARIANA, and other Citizens.
Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the city, we shall lose all the sight.
with his own hand he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour :
they have gone a contrary way: hark ! you may know by their trumpets. MAR. Come, let 's return again, and suffice ourselves with the report of it.
Well, Diana, take heed of tbis French earl: the honour of a maid is her
name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. WID. I have told my neighbour how you have been solicited by a gentleman
his companion. Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Parolles : a filthy officer he is in
those suggestions b for the young earl.—Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under: many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wrack of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope I need not to advise you further; but, I hope your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no
further danger known, but the modesty which is so lost. Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
Enter HELENA, in the dress of a pilgrim. Wid. I hope so.—Look, here comes a pilgrim: I know she will lie at my
house: thither they send one another: I'll question her.
Tucket-a sound of trumpet.
I did so.
Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you ?
If you will tarry, holy pilgrim, but till the troops come by,
As ample as myself.
Is it yourself?
His name, I pray you.
His face I know not.
Whatsoe'er he is,
Against his liking : Think you it is so ?
Reports but coarsely of her.
What's his name?
0, I believe with him,
I have not heard examin'd.
Alas, poor lady! *T is a hard bondage, to become the wife
of a detesting lord.
Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do her
Ay, right. The original reads, I write ; which Malone adopts. But ay is so invariably printed I, that we doubt the propriety of retaining this forced expression, when the simple assent of the Widow to Diana's reflection is so obvious.
How do you mean? May be, the amorous count solicits her
In the unlawful purpose.
He does, indeed;
Enter, with drum and colours, a party of the Florentine army, BERTRAM, and
MAR. The gods forbid else!
So, now they come :-
That, Escalus. HEL.
Which is the Frenchman ? DIA.
He were much goodlier :-Is 't not a handsome gentleman ?
That leads him to these places; were I his lady,
I would poison that vile rascal.
Which is he?
[Exeunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Oficers, and Soldiers. Wid. The troop is pass'd: Come, pilgrim, I will bring you
Where you shall host : of enjoin'd penitents
Already at my house.
I humbly thank you:
Worthy the note.
We'll take your offer kindly.