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Into the staggers, and the careless lapse [hate, suade me from believing thee a vessel of too great
BER. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit, worth.
PAR. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity
of lattice,o fare thee well; thy casement I need not King.
Take her by the hand, open, for I look through thee. Give me thy hand. And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise Par. My lord, you give me most egregious A counterpoise; if not to thy estate,
indignity. A balance more replete.
LAF. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art BER.
I take her hand. [king, worthy of it. KING. Good fortune, and the favour of the Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it. Smile upon this contráct; whose ceremonyo LaF. Yes, good faith, every dram of it: and I Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief, will not bate thee a scruple. And be perform’d to-night: the solemn feast Par. Well, I shall be wiser. Shall more attend upon the coming space,
LAF. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her, to pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou Thy love's to me religious ; else, does err. be'st bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt [Exeunt KING, BERTRAM, HELENA, Lords, find what it is to be proud of thy bondage. I and Attendants."
have a desire to hold my acquaintance with thee, LAF. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with you. or rather my knowledge ; that I may say, in the Par. Your pleasure, sir ?
default, he is a man I know. LAF. Your lord and master did well to make Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable his recantation.
vexation. Par. Recantation 1—My lord ?—my master ? LAF. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, LAF. Ay; is it not a language, I speak ? and my poor doing eternal : for doing I am past;
PAR. A most harsh one; and not to be under- as I will by thee, in what motion age will give me stood without bloody succeeding. My master ? leave.
Exit. LAF. Are you companion to the count Rousillon? Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this disPar. To any count ; to all counts; to what is grace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord !—
Well, I must be patient ; there is no fettering of LAF. To what is count's man ; count's master authority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can is of another style.
meet him with any convenience, an he were Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, double and double a lord. I'll have no more pity you are too old.
of his age, than I would have of—I'll beat him, LAF. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to an if I could but meet him again. which title age cannot bring thee. Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.
Re-enter LAFEU. LAF. I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable LAF. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, , vent of thy travel ; it might pass : yet the scarfs there's news for you ; you have a new mistress. and the bannerets about thee, did manifoldly dis- PAR. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship
* The staggers,-] This expression occurs again in “Cymbeline," Act V. Sc.2,
" How came these staggers on me?" Mr. Singer explains it as “ The reeling and unsteady course of a drunken or sick man;" but we apprehend it has a meaning, in both instances, more relevant than this.
+ Without-) That is, beyond.
e Whose ceremony-) It has never, that we are aware, been noticed that Shakespeare usually pronounces cere in ceremony, ceremonies, ceremmials, (but not in ceremonious, ceremoniously,) as a monosyllable, like cere-cloth, cerement. Thus, in “The Merry Wives of Windsor," Act IV. Sc. 6,
“To give our hearts united ceremony." Again, in " A Midsummer Night's Dream," Act V. Sc. 1,
"Not sorting with a nuptial ceremony." Again, in “ Julius Cæsar," Act I. Sc. I,-
"If you do find them deckt with ceremonies." and, Act II. Sc. 2 :
* Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies." d Exeunt King, &c.] The stage-direction, in the original text, is, “ Exeunt. Parolles and Laseu stay behind, commenting of this wedding." e My good window of lattice.-) See note (2), p. 626, Vol. i.
f For doing I am past; as I will by thee, in what motion age will give me leave.] If instead of as, we read, so, the conceit on the word past is then intelligible : "For doing I am past, so I will (pass] by thee," &c.
to make some reservation of your wrongs: he is Par. What is the matter, sweet-heart? my good lord : whom I serve above, is my master. Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have LAF. Who ? God ?
sworn, I will not bed her. Par. Ay, sir.
Par. What? what, sweet-heart ? LaF. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why BER. O my Parolles, they have married me: dost thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. (merits make hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so ? Par. France is a dog-hole, and it no more Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose The tread of a man's foot: to the wars! stands. By mine honour, if I were but two hours BER. There's letters from my mother'; what younger, I'd beat thee: methinks, thou art a
the import is, general offence, and every man should boat thee.
I know not yet. I think, thou wast created for men to breathe Par. Ay, that would be known. To the wars, themselves upon thee.
my boy, to the wars ! Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my
He wears his honour in a box unseen, lord.
That hugs his kicky-wicky here at home; LAF. Go to, sir ; you were beaten in Italy for Spending his manly marrow in her arms, picking a kernel out of a pomegranate ; you are Which should sustain the bound and high curvet a vagabond, and no true traveller : you are more Of Mars's fiery steed. To other regions ! saucy with lords, and honourable personages,
France is a stable; we, that dwell in't, jades ; the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you Therefore, to the war ! commission. You are not worth another word, BER. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, else 1'd call you knave. I leave you. [Exit. Acquaint my mother with my hate to her,
And wherefore I am fled ; write to the king
That which I durst not speak : his present gift Enter BERTRAM.
Shall furnish me to those Italian fields, Par. Good, very good; it is so then.--Good, Where noble fellows strike. War is no strife very good ; let it be concealed a while.
To the dark house, and the detested* wife. Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever ! PAR. Will this capriccio hold in thee, art sure ?
(*) Old text, detected.
A Than the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you commission.) This transposition of the words heraldry and commission, as they stand in the old text, was made by Hanmer.
BER. Go with me to my chamber, and advise me. SCENE IV.- The same. Another Room in the I'll send her straight away. To-morrow I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise
Enter HELENA and Clown. in it. 'Tis hard ; A young man, married, is a man that's marrd : Hel. My mother greets me kindly: is she Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go :
well ? The king has done you wrong: but, hush ! 't is so. Clo. She is not well, but yet she has her
but thanks be given, she's very well, and wants Par. That you will take your instant leave o' nothing i’the world; but yet she is not well.
[ceeding, HEL. If she be very well, what does she ail, And make this haste as your own good prothat she's not very well ?
Strengthen’d with what apology you think Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for May make it probable need. two things.
What more commands he? HEL. What two things ?
Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently
Par. I shall report it so.
[Exeunt. Enter PAROLLES.
SCENE V.-Another Room in the same.
Enter LAFEU and BERTRAM.
Par. 'Bless you, my fortunate lady!
HEL. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine own good fortunes.*
Par. You had my prayers to lead them on : and to keep them on, have them still.—0, my knave ! how does my old lady ?
Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her money, I would she did as you say.
PAR. Why, I say nothing.
Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing. To say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be a great part of your title ; which is within a very little of nothing.
Par. Away, thou’rt a knave.
Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave thou’rt a knave; that is, before me thou art a knave: this had been truth, sir.
Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.
Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir ? or were you taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable ; * and much fool may you find in you, even to the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter.
Par. A good knave, i' faith, and well fed.-
serious business calls on him.
What's his will else?
LAF. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a soldier.
Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
LAF. You have it from his own deliverance ?
LAF. Then my dial goes not true; I took this lark for a bunting.
Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in knowledge, and accordingly" valiant.
LAF. I have then sinned against his experience, and transgressed against his valour; and my state that
way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent. Here he comes ; I
pray you, make us friends, I will pursue the amity.
Par. These things shall be done, sir.
[To BERTRAM. LAF. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ? PAR. Sir?
LaF. O, I know him well: ay, sir; he, sir, is
[Aside to PAROLLES.
(*) Old text, fortune. a The search, sir, was profitable :) This begins as a new speech in the folio, with a second prefix of clo.; and it seems very likely, from the context, that Parolles had made some reply, which is lost.
b and accordingly valiant.] That is, conformably, proportionally, valiant.
So in “ The Lovers' Progress," of Beaumont and Fletcher, Act IJI. Sc. 6:
"I fear ye are not used accordingly."
Endere I do begin.
So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat LAF. A good traveller is something at the
you, latter end of a dinner ; but one* that lies three- That presently you take your way for home, thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you ; nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice For my respects are better than they seem, beaten.—God save you, captain.
And my appointments have in them a need, BER. Is there any unkindness between my
lord Greater than shows itself at the first view, and you, monsieur ?
that know them not. This to my mother: Par. I know not how I have deserved to run
[Giving a letter. into my lord's displeasure.
’T will be two days ere I shall see you; so LAF. You have made shift to run into't, boots I leave you to your wisdom. and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the HEL.
Sir, I can nothing say, custard ;(5) and out of it you'll run again, rather But that I am your most obedient servant. than suffer question for residence.
BER. Come, come, no more of that. BER. It may be you have mistaken him, my lord. HEL.
And ever shall LAF. And shall do so ever, though I took him With true observance seek to eke out that, at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd believe this of me, there can be no kernel in this To equal my great fortune. light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : Ber.
go: trust him not in matter of heavy consequence ; I My haste is very great: farewell; hie home. have kept of them tame, and know their natures. HEL. Pray, sir, your pardon. -Farewell, monsieur: I have spoken better of BER.
Well, what would you say?
? you, than you have or will t deserve at my hand; HEL. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe, but we must do good against evil. [Exit.
Nor dare I say, 't is mine ; and yet it is; Par. An idle lord, I swear.
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal BER. I think so.
What law does vouch mine own. PAR. Why, do you not know him ? [speech BER.
What would you have ? Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common Hel. Something; and scarce
much :Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
I would not tell you what I would: my lordEnter HELENA.
Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, BER. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave
horse. For present parting ; only, he desires
Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my Some private speech with you.
I shall obey his will. BER. Where are my other men, monsieur ?You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
[Exit HELENA. Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Go thou toward home ; where I will never come, The ministration and required office
Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum.On my particular: prepard I was not
Away, and for our flight. For such a business, therefore am I found
Bravely, coragio! [Exeunt.
(*) First folio, on.
(+) First folio inserts, to. 1 End ere I do begin.] In the old copy,
“ And ere I do begin.” The emendation was found in the margin of Lord Ellesmere's copy of the first folio, and is supported by a passage in " The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Act 11. Sc. 4:
* I know it well, sir; you always end ere you begin." An idle lord,-) Idle, here, as in many other passages,'means,
crazy, wild, mad-brained: thus, again in Act III. Sc. 7:
-yer, in his idle fire," &c. and in “Hamlet," Act III. Sc. 6, Hamlet says
“ They are coming to the play; I must be idle." e I think so.] The context testifies the poet wrote " I think not a The wealth I owe:-] The wealth I own, possess.
e Where are my other men, &c.] This line, in the old copies, is given to Helena.