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SCENE I.- Without the Florentine Camp. Par. What the devil should move me to under
take the recovery of this drum, being not ignorant Enter French Envoy, with five or six Soldiers in of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such ambush.
purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and say, Fr. Env. He can come no other way but by this I got them in exploit. Yet slight ones will not hedge corner. When you sally upon him, speak carry it: they will say, “Came you off with so what terrible language you will : though you under little ?" and great ones I dare not give. Wherestand it not yourselves, no matter; for we must not
fore? what's the instance ? Tongue, I must put seem to understand him, unless some one among us,
you into a butter-woman's mouth, and buy myself whom we must produce for an interpreter.
another of Bajazet's mute, if you prattle me into 1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter.
these perils. Fr. Env. Art not acquainted with him ? knows Fr. Env. (Aside.] Is it possible, he should know he not thy voice?
what he is, and be that he is ? 1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you.
Par. I would the cutting of my garments would Fr. Env. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish speak to us again?
sword. 1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me.
Fr. Env. (Aside.) We cannot afford you so. Fr. Env. He must think us some band of strangers
Par. Or the baring of my beard ; and to say, it i' the adversary's entertainment. Now, he hath a was in stratagem. smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore, we Fr. Env. (Aside.] 'Twould not do. must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say I was know what we speak one to another; so we seem to stripped. know is to know straight our purpose : chough's Fr. Env. [Aside.] Hardly serve. language, gabble enough, and good enough. As for Par. Though I swore I leaped from the window you, interpreter, you must seem very politic. But of the citadel couch, ho! here he comes, to beguile two hours in Fr. Env. (Aside.] How deep? a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he
Par. Thirty fathom. forges.
Fr. Env. (Aside.] Three great oaths would Enter PAROLLES.
scarce make that be believed.
Par. I would I had any drum of the enemy's: I Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours 'twill would swear I recovered it. be time enough to go home. What shall I say I have Fr. Env. (Aside.) You shall hear one anon. done? It must be a very plausive invention that Par. A drum, now, of the enemy's! carries it. They begin to smoke me, and disgraces
(Alarum within. have of late knocked too often at my door. I find, Fr. Env. Throca morousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. my tongue is too foolhardy ; but my heart hath the All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo. fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures, not daring Par. O! ransom, ransom - Do not hide mine the reports of my tongue.
[They seize and blindfold him. Fr. Env. (Aside.] This is the first truth that 1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos. e'er thine own tongue was guilty of.
Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment;
And I shall lose my life for want of language. But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, What is not holy, that we swear not by, Italian, or French, let him speak to me:
But take the Highest to witness: then, pray you I will discover that which shall undo The Florentine.
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes, 1 Sold. Boskos vauvado:
I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths, I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue : When I did love you ill ? this has po holding, Kerelybonto :-Sir,
To swear by him, whom I protest to love, Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poinards That I will work against him. Therefore, you Are at thy bosom.
oaths Par. 0!
Are words, and poor conditions, but unseald, 1 Sold.
O! pray, pray, pray! At least, in my opinion. Manka revania dulche.
Change it, change it. Fr. Env.
Oscorbidulchos volirorco. Be not so holy-cruel : love is holy, 1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet, And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts, And, hoodwink'd as thou art, will lead thee on That
you do charge men with. Stand no more of To gather from thee : haply, thou may'st inform But give thyself unto my sick desires, Something to save thy life.
Who then recover : say, thou art mine, and eret Par. 0! let me live,
My love, as it begins, shall so persever. And all the secrets of our camp I'll show,
Dia. I see, that men make hopes in such a wa. Their force, their purposes; nay, I'll speak that That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. Which you will wonder at.
Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear; but have no powe 1 Sola.
But wilt thou faithfully? To give it from me. Par. If I do not, damn me.
Will you not, my lord ! 1 Sold.
Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, Come on; thou art granted space.
Bequeathed down from many ancestors, [Exit
, with Parolles guarded. Which were the greatest obloquy i’ the world Fr. Env. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my In me to lose. brother,
Dia. Mine honour's such a ring : We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him | My chastity's the jewel of our house, muffled,
Bequeathed down from many ancestors, Till we do hear from them.
Which were the greatest obloquy i’ the world 2 Sold. Captain, I will.
In me to lose. Thus, your own proper wisdom Fr. Env. A’ will betray us all unto ourselves : Brings in the champion, honour, on my part Inform on that.
Against your vain assault. 2 Sold. So I will, sir.
Here, take my ring: Fr. Env. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, lock'd.
[Exeunt. And I'll be bid by thee.
Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my chamSCENE II.-Florence. A Room in the Widow's
ber window : House.
I'll order take my mother shall not hear.
Now will I charge you in the band of truth, Enter BERTRAM, and DIANA.
When you have conquer'd my yet maiden bed, Ber. They told me, that your name was Fonti Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me. bell.
My reasons are most strong; and you shall know Dia. No, my good lord, Diana.
Titled goddess, When back again this ring shall be deliver'd: And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul, And on your finger, in the night, I'll put In your fine frame hath love no quality ?
Another ring; that what in time proceeds If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, May token to the future our past deeds. You are no maiden, but a monument:
Adieu, till then; then, fail not.
You have won When you are dead, you should be such a one A wife of me, though there my hope be done. As you are now, for you are cold and stern;
Ber. A heaven on earth I have won by wooing And now you should be as your mother was,
thee. When your sweet self was got.
Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven Dia. She then was honest.
and me! Ber.
be. You may so in the end,Dia.
No; My mother told me just how he would woo, My mother did but duty; such, my lord,
As if she sat in's heart: she says, all men As you owe to your wife.
Have the like oaths. He had sworn to marry me. Ber. No more o' that:
When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him, I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows.
When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid, I was compellid to her; but I love thee
Marry that will, I live and die a maid: By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin Do thee all rights of service.
Fr. Gent. You have not given him his mother's
To cozen him, that would unjustly win. Dia.
Ay, so you serve us, Till we serve you; but when you have our roses,
SCENE III.— The Florentine Camp. You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, And mock us with our bareness.
Enter the two Frenchmen, and two or three Soldiers. Ber.
How have I sworn ? Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth,
Fr. Gent. That approaches apace: I would gladly / of your lordship.
Fr. Env. I have delivered it an hour since: there Fr. Gent. The web of our life is of a mingled is something in't that stings his nature, for on the yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be reading it he changed almost into another man. proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our
Fr. Gent. He has much worthy blame laid upon crimes would despair, if they were not cherished him, for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a by our virtues. lady.
Enter a Servant. Fr. Env. Especially he hath incurred the everlasting displeasure of the king, who had ever tuned How now? where's your master ? his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly within you. whom he hath taken a solemn leave : his lordship
Fr. Gent. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, will next morning for France. The duke hath and I am the grave of it.
offered him letters of commendations to the king. Fr. Env. He hath perverted a young gentlewo Fr. Env. They shall be no more than needful man, here in Florence, of a most chaste renown, there, if they were more than they can commend. and this night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her honour: he hath given her his monumental ring,
Enter BERTRAM. and thinks himself made in the unchaste compo Fr. Gent. They cannot be too sweet for the king's sition.
tartness. Here's his lordship now.-How, now, Fr. Gent. Now, God delay our rebellion: as we my lord! is't not after midnight? are ourselves, what things are we!
Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen busiFr. Env. Merely our own traitors : and as in the nesses, a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of common course of all treasons, we still see them success: I have congé'd with the duke, done my reveal themselves, till they attain to their abhorred | adieu with his nearest, buried a wife, mourned for ends, so he that in this action contrives against his her, writ to my lady mother I am returning, enterown nobility, in his proper stream o'erflows himself. tained my convoy; and between these main parcels
Fr. Gent. Is it not mean,--damnable in us, to be of despatch effected many nicer needs: the last was trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall not the greatest, but that I have not ended yet. then have his company to-night.
Fr. Env. If the business be of any difficulty, and Fr. Env. Not till after midnight, for he is dieted this morning your departure hence, it requires haste to his hour.
Ber. I mean the business is not ended, as fearing have him see his company anatomized, that he to hear of it hereafter. But shall we have this might take a measure of his own judgments, wherein dialogue between the fool and the soldier? Come, so curiously he had set this counterfeit.
bring forth this counterfeit model: he has deceived Fr. Env. We will not meddle with him till he me, like a double-meaning prophesier. come, for his presence must be the whip of the Fr. Env. Bring him forth.--[Ereunt Soldiers.)other.
He has sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant Fr. Gent. In the mean time, what hear you of knave. these wars?
Ber. No matter; his heels have deserved it, in Fr. Env. I hear there is an overture of peace. usurping his spurs so long. How does he carry Fr. Gent. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded. himself?
Fr. Env. What will count Rousillon do then? Fr. Env. I have told your lordship already; the will he travel higher, or return again into France ? stocks carry him. But, to answer you as you
Fr. Gent. I perceive by this demand you are not would be understood, he weeps like a wench that altogether of his council.
had shed her milk. He hath confessed himself to Fr. Env. Let it be forbid, sir; so should I be a Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar, from the great deal of his act.
time of his remembrance, to this very instant disasFr. Gent. Sir, his wife some two months since ter of his setting i’ the stocks, and what think you fled from his house : her pretence is a pilgrimage to he hath confessed ? Saint Jaques le grand, which holy undertaking with Ber. Nothing of me, has he? most austere sanctimony she accomplished ; and, Fr. Env. His confession is taken, and it shall there residing, the tenderness of her nature became be read to his face: if your lordship be in't, as I as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her believe you are, you must have the patience to last breath, and now she sings in heaven.
hear it. Fr. Env. How is this justified ? Fr. Gent. The stronger part of it by her own
Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES. letters; which make her story true, even to the Ber. A plague upon him! muffled ? he can say point of her death : her death itself, which could nothing of me: hush! hush! not be her office to say, is come,—was faithfully Fr. Gent. Hoodman comes !— Portotartarossa. confirmed by the rector of the place.
1 Sold. He calls for the tortures: what will you Fr. Env. Hath the count all this intelligence ? say without 'em ?
Fr. Genl. Ay, and the particular confirmations, Par. I will confess what I know without conpoint from point, to the full arming of the verity. straint: if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say no
Fr. Env. I am heartily sorry that he'll be glad of this.
1 Sold. Bosko chimurcho. Fr. Gent. How mightily, sometimes, we make Fr. Gent. Boblibindo chicurmurco. us comforts of our losses.
1 Sold. You are a merciful general. Our general Fr. Env. And how mightily, some other times, bids you answer to what I shall ask you out of a note. we drown our gain in tears. The great dignity, Par. And truly, as I hope to live. that his valour hath here acquired for him, shall at 1 Sold. “ First, demand of him how many horse home be encountered with a shame as ample. the duke is strong." What say you to that?
Par. Five or six thousand; but very weak and Fr. Env. I will never trust a man again for keepunserviceable: the troops are all scattered, and the ing his sword clean; nor believe he can have every commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputation thing in him by wearing his apparel neatly. and credit, and as I hope to livé.
1 Sold. Well, that's set down. 1 Sold. Shall I set down your answer so ?
Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, I will Par. Do: I'll take the sacrament on't, how and say true,-or thereabouts, set down,—for I'll speak which way you will.
truth. Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving slave Fr. Gent. He's very near the truth in this. is this!
Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the nature Fr. Gent. Y'are deceived, my lord: this is mon- || he delivers it. sieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say. own phrase,) that had the whole theorick of war in 1 Sold. Well, that's set down. the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape Par. I humbly thank you, sir. A truth's a truth: of his dagger.
the rogues are marvellous poor.
1 Sold. “ Demand of him, of what strength they demand of him, whether one captain Dumaine be are a-foot.” What say you to that ?
i' the camp, a Frenchman; what his reputation is Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this with the duke, what his valour, honesty, and expertpresent hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio ness in wars; or whether he thinks, it were not a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus possible with well-weighing sums of gold to corrupt so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodo him to a revolt.” What say you to this? what do wick, and Gratii, two hundred fifty each; mine you know of it? own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the parhundred fifty each: so that the muster-file, rotten ticular of the intergatories : demand them singly. and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen 1 Sold. Do you know this captain Dumaine? thousand poll; half of the which dare not shake Par. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice the snow from off their cassocks, lest they shake in Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting themselves to pieces.
the sheriff's fool with child; a dumb innocent, that Ber. What shall be done to him?
could not say him, nay. Fr. Gent. Nothing, but let him have thanks.
[Dumaine lifts up his hand in anger. Demand of him my condition, and what credit I Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands : have with the duke.
though, I know, his brains are forfeit to the next 1 Sold. Well, that's set down. " You shall ll tile that falls.
1 Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Flor his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but ence's camp?
little more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has every Par. Upon my knowledge he is, and lousy. thing that an honest man should not have; what
Fr. Gent. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall an honest man should have, he has nothing. hear of your lordship anon.
Fr. Gent. I begin to love him for this. 1 Sold. What is his reputation with the duke? Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? A
Par. The duke knows him for no other but a pox upon him! for me he is more and more a cat. poor officer of mine, and writ to me this other day 1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in war ? to turn him out o' the band: I think, I have his Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the letter in my pocket.
English tragedians,—to belie him, I will not,—and 1 Sold. Marry, we'll search.
more of his soldiership I know not; except, in that Par. In good sadness, I do not know: either it country, he had the honour to be the officer at a is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other place there called Mile-end, to instruct for the letters, in my tent.
doubling of files: I would do the man what honour 1 Sold. Here 'tis : here's a paper; shall I read it I can, but of this I am not certain. to you?
Fr. Gent. He hath out-villained villany so far, Par. I do not know if it be it, or no.
that the rarity redeems him. Ber. Our interpreter does it well.
Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still. Fr. Gent. Excellently.
1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, I 1 Sold. [Reads.] “ Dian, the count's a fool, and need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt. full of gold,"
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu he will sell the feePar. That is not the duke's letter, sir: that is simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one count succession for it perpetually: Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, very 1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain ruttish. I pray you, sir, put it up again.
Dumaine ? 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. Fr. Env. Why does he ask him of me?
Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest 1 Sold. What's he? in the behalf of the maid ; for I knew the young Par. E'en a crow o' the same nest; not altocount to be a dangerous and lascivious boy, who is gether so great as the first in goodness, but greater whale to virginity, and devours up all the fry it finds. a great deal in evil. He excels bis brother for a Ber. Dampable, both-sides rogue!
coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best 1 Sold. [Reads.) " When he swears oaths, bid that is. În a retreat he out-runs any lackey; marry, him drop gold and take it ;
in coming on he has the cramp. After he scores, he never pays the score:
1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you undertake Half won is match well made; match, and well to betray the Florentine? make it :
Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count He ne'er pays after debts; take it before,
Rousillon. And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this.
1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss :
his pleasure. For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, Par. (Aside.] I'll no more drumming; a plague Who pays before, but not when he does owe it. of all drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear,
to beguile the supposition of that lascivious young “ PAROLLES."
boy the count, have I run into this danger. Yet
who would have suspected an ambush, where I Ber. He shall be whipped through the army,
was taken ? with this rhyme in's forehead.
1 Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must Fr. Env. This is your devoted friend, sir; the die. The general says, you, that have so traitormanifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. ously discovered the secrets of your army, and
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, made such pestiferous reports of men very nobly and now he's a cat to me.
held, can serve the world for no honest use; there1 Sold. I perceive, sir, by our general's looks, we fore you must die. Come, headsman, off with his head. shall be fain to hang you.
Par. O Lord, sir; let me live, or let me see my Par. My life, sir, in any case ! not that I am death! afraid to die; but that, my offences being many, I 1 Sold. That shall you; and take your leave of would repent out the remainder of nature. Let me
all your friends.
[Unmuffling him. live, sir, in a dungeon, i’ the stocks, or any where, So, look about you: know you any here? so I may live.
Ber. Good morrow, noble captain. 1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you Fr. Env. God bless you, captain Parolles. confess freely : therefore, once more to this captain Fr. Gent. God save you, noble captain. Dumaine. You have answered to his reputation Fr. Env. Captain, what greeting will you to my with the duke, and to his valour: what is his lord Lafeu ? I am for France. honesty?
Fr. Gent. Good captain, will you give me a copy Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister: of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the for rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. He count Rousillon ? an I were not a very coward, I'd professes not keeping of oaths; in breaking them compel it of you; but fare you well. he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with
[Ereunt BERTRAM, Frenchmen, foc. such volubility, that you would think truth were a 1 Sold. You are undone, captain ; all but your fool: drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be scarf, that has a knot on't yet. swine-drunk, and in his sleep he does little harm, Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot ? save to his bed-clothes about him ; but they know 1 Sold. If you could find out a country where