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Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief,
And be performed to-night: the solemn feast
Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her,
Thy love's to me religious, else, does err.
[Ereunt King, BERTRAM, HELENA, Lords,

and Attendants.
Laf. Do you hear, monsieur? a word with you.
Par. Your pleasure, sir ?

Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his recantation.

Par. Recantation ?—My lord ? my master ?

Laf. Ay; is it not a language, I speak ?

Par. A most harsh one, and not to be understood without bloody succeeding. My master ?

Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon? Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is man. Laf. To what is count's man: count's master is of another style.

Par. You are too old, sir : let it satisfy you, you are too old.

Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man ; to which title age cannot bring thee.

Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.

ACT II, SCENE 3.-Scurvy, old. Althy, scurry lord'

Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a fare thee well: thy casement I need not open, for pretty wise fellow: thou didst make tolerable vent | I look through thee. Give me thy hand. of thy travel: it might pass; yet the scarfs, and the Par. My lord, you give me most egregious bannerets about thee, did manifoldly dissuade me indignity. from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden. Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy I have now found thee: when I lose thee again, I of it. care not; yet art thou good for nothing but taking Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it. up, and that thou’rt scarce worth.

Laf. Yes, good faith, every drachm of it; and I Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity will not bate thee a scruple. upon thee,

Par. Well, I shall be wiser. Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to thou hasten thy trial; which if—Lord have mercy pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st on thee for a hep! So, my good window of lattice, bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what

to hold my

it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire

Enter BERTRAM. cquaintance with thee, or rather my knowledge, that I may say in the default he is a

Par. Good, very good; it is so then :-good, very man I know.

good. Let it be concealed a while. Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable

Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! vexation.

Par. What is the matter, sweet heart! Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and

Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have my poor doing eternal : for doing I am past, as I


I will not bed her. will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave.


Par. What? what, sweet heart? Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this dis

Ber. O, my Parolles, they have married me!grace off me, scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord ! — Well,

I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority.

Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more mere I'll beat him, by my life, if I can meet him with any

The tread of a man's foot. To the wars! convenience, an he were double and double a lord.

Ber. There's letters from my mother : what the I'll have no more pity of his age, than I would have

import is, of—I'll beat him: an if I could but meet him again!

I know not yet.

Par. Ay, that would be known. To the was Re-enter LAFEU.

my boy! to the wars ! Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married : He wears his honour in a box, unseen, there's news for you; you have a new mistress. That hugs his kicky-wicky here at home,

Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship | Spending his manly marrow in her arms, to make some reservation of your wrongs: he is Which should sustain the bounds and high curtet my good lord; whom I serve above is my master. Of Mars's fiery steed. To other regions! Laf. Who? God?

France is a stable; we, that dwell in't, jades; Par. Ay, sir.

Therefore, to the war! Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why Ber. It shall be so : I'll send her to my borse, dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost | Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, make hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so ? | "And wherefore I am fled; write to the king Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose That which I durst not speak. His present gift stands. By mine honour, if I were but two hours Shall furnish me to those Italian fields, younger I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art a general Where noble fellows strike. War is no strife offence, and every man should beat thee. I think, To the dark house, and the detested wife. thou wast created for men to breathe themselves Par. Will this capriccio hold in thee, art sure!

Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advis Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my lord.

I'll send her straight away: to-morrow Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. picking a kernel out of a pomegranate : you are a Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise vagabond, and no true traveller. You are more

it; 'tis hard. saucy with lords and honourable personages, than A young man married is a man that's marrd: the commission of your birth and virtue gives you Therefore away, and leave her : bravely go; heraldry. You are not worth another word, else The king has done you wrong; but, hush! 'tis en I'd call you knave. I leave you.


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Scene IV.-The Same. Another Room in the

SCENE V.-Another Room in the Same.

Enter HELENA, and Clown.

Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a Hel. My mother greets me kindly : is she soldier. well?

Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her health: Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. she's very merry; but yet she is not well: but Ber. And by other warranted testimony. thanks be given, she's very well, and wants nothing Laf. Then my dial goes not true. I took this i' the world; but yet she is not well.

lark for a bunting. Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, that Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great she's not very well ?

in knowledge, and accordingly valiant. Clo. Truly, she's very well indeed, but for two Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, things.

and transgressed against his valour; and my state Hel. What two things?

that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither God heart to repent. Here he comes. I pray you, send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth, make us friends : I will pursue the amity. from whence God send her quickly!


Par. [To BERTRAM.] These things shall be Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!

done, sir. Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor? mine own good fortunes.

Par. Sir ? Par. You had my prayers to lead them on; and Laf. O! I know him well. Ay, sir; he, sir, is to keep them on, have them still.—0, my knave!

a good workman, a very good tailor. How does my old lady?

Ber. [Aside to PAROLLES.] Is she gone to the Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her king ? money, I would she did as you say.

Par. She is. Par. Why, I say nothing.

Ber. Will she away to-night? Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a

Par. As you'll have her. man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing. To

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to

Given order for our horses; and to-night, have nothing, is to be a great part of your title,

When I should take possesion of the bride, which is within a very little of nothing.

End, ere I do begin. Par. Away! thou’rt a knave.

Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave

end of a dinner; but one that lies three-thirds, and thou’rt a knave; that is, before me thou'rt a kpave : uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings this had been truth, sir.

with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool : I have found

God save you, captain. thee.

Ber. Is there any unkinduess between my lord Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir, or were

and you, monsieur ? you taught to find me? The search, sir, was

Par. I know not how I have deserved to run profitable; and much fool may you find in you,

into my lord's displeasure. even to the world's pleasure, and the increase of

Laf. You have made shift to run into’t, boots laughter.

and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the Par. A good knave, i' faith, and well fed. custard; and out of it you'll run again, rather than Madam, my lord will go away to-night;

suffer question for your residence. A very serious business calls on hiin.

Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my The great prerogative and rite of love,

lord. Which as your due time claims, he does acknowl Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at edge,

his prayers. Fare you well, my lord ; and believe But puts it off to a compellid restraint ;

this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut; Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him not in sweets,

matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them Which they distil now in the curbed time

tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, monTo make the coming hour o'erflow with joy,

sieur: I have spoken better of you, than you have And pleasure drown the brim.

or will deserve at my hand; but we must do good Hel. What's his will else? | against evil.

[Erit. Par. That you will take your instant leave o' the

Par. An idle lord, I swear. king,

Ber. I think so. And make this haste as your own good proceeding,

Par. Why, do you not know him? Strengthen’d with what apology you think

Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common May make it probable need.

speech Hel.

What more commands he? Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. Par. That having this obtain'd, you presently Attend his further pleasure.

Enter HELENA. Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will.

Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Par. I shall report it so.

Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave Hel. I pray you.-Come, sirrah.

For present parting; only he desires [Ereunt. | Some private speech with you.


I shall obey his will. Ber. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, My haste is very Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Hel. Pray, sir, The ministration and required office

Ber. On my particular: prepar'd I was not

Hel. I am not 1 For such a business; therefore am I found Nor dare I say, 'ti So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat you, But, like a timoro That presently you take your way for home ; What law does vo And rather muse than ask why I entreat you,

Ber. For my respects are better than they seem;

Hel. Something And my appointments have in them a need,

indeed.Greater than shows itself, at the first view, I would not tell yo To you that know them not. This to my mother. yes;

[Giving a letler. Strangers and foe: 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you: so,

Ber. I pray you I leave you to your wisdom.

Hel. I shall not Hel. Sir, I can nothing say,

Ber. Where ar But that I am your most obedient servant.

Farewell. Ber. Come, come, no more of that.

Go thou toward hi Hel.

And ever shall Whilst I can shak With true observance seek to eke out that,

Away! and for ou Wherein toward me my homely stars have failid Pär. To equal my great fortune.


SCENE I.—Florence. A Room in the Duke's Palace. || nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o' the

court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out, and Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, attended;

I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with no two Frenchmen, and Soldiers.

stomach. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have you

Count. What have we here? heard

Clo. E'en that you have there.

[Erit. The fundamental reasons of this war,

Count. [Reads. “I have sent you a daughter-inWhose great decision hath much blood let forth, law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. And more thirsts after.

I have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to 1 Lord.

Holy seems the quarrel make the not eternal. You shall hear, I am rup Upon your grace's part; black and fearful

away: know it before the report come. If there On the opposer.

be breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long Duke. Therefore we marvel much our cousin | distance. My duty to you. France

" Your unfortunate son, Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom

BERTRAM.” Against our borrowing prayers.

This is not well: rash and unbridled boy, Fr. Env.

Good my lord,

To fly the favours of so good a king! The reasons of our state I cannot yield,

To pluck his indignation on thy head, But like a common and an outward man,

By the misprizing of a maid, too virtuous
That the great figure of a council frames

For the contempt of empire !
By self-unable motion : therefore, dare not
Say what I think of it, since I have found

Re-enter Clown.
Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail
As often as I guess'd.

Clo. O madam! yonder is heavy news within,
Be it his pleasure.

between two soldiers and my young lady. Fr. Gent. But I am sure, the younger of our

Count. What is the matter?

Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, nature, That surfeit on their ease, will day by day

some comfi rt: your son will not be killed so soon Come here for physic.

as I thoug’t he would. Duke. Welcome shall they be,

Count. Why should he be kill'd ? And all the honours that can fly from us

Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear Shall on them settle. You know your places well;

he does : the danger is in standing to't; that's the When better fall, for your avails they fell.

loss of men, though it be the getting of children. To-morrow to the field. [Flourish. Exeunt.

Here they come will tell you more; for my part, I only hear your son was run away.

[Erit Clown. SCENE II.-Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's

Enter HELENA, and the two French Gentlemen.

Fr. Env. Save you, good madam.
Enter Countess, and Clown.

Hel. Madam, my lord is gone; for ever gone. Count. It hath happened all as I would have had Fr. Gen. Do not say so. it, save that he comes not along with her.

Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, gentleClo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a

men, — very melancholy man.

I have felt so many quirks of joy and grief, Count. By what observance, I pray you ?

That the first face of neither, on the start, Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; Can woman me unto't :—where is my son, I pray mend the ruff

, and sing; ask questions, and sing; pick bis teeth, and sing. I know a man, that had Fr. Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a

Florence : song.

We met him thitherward; for thence we came, Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he || And, after some despatch in hand at court,

[Opening a letter. Thither we bend again. Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at court. Hel. Look on his letter, madam: here's my passOur old ling and our Isbels o' the country are port.


means to come.

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