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Already at my house.

I humbly thank you :
Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,
To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking,
Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,
I will bestow some precepts of this virgin,
Worthy the note.
Вотн. We'll take your offer kindly.


2 LORD. If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your respect.

1 LORD. On my life, my lord, a bubble.

BER. Do you think, I am so far deceived in him ?

1 LORD. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly prymisebreaker, the owner of no one good quality worthy your lordship’s entertainment.

2 Lord. It were fit you knew him, lest reposing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might, at some great and trusty business, in a main danger fail you.

Ber. I would I knew in what particular action to try him.

2 LORD. None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake to do. 1 LORD. I, with a troop of Florentines, will


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suddenly surprise him ; such I will have, whom, of it, and extend to you what further becomes his I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your will bind and hoodwink him so, that he shall worthiness. suppose no other but that he is carried into the

Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake leaguera of the adversaries, when we bring him to it. our own tents : be but your lordship present at his Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. examination ; if he do not, for the promise of his Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will life, and in the highest compulsion of base fear, presently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myoffer to betray you, and deliver all the intelligence self in my certainty, put myself into my mortal in his power against you, and that with the divine preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear further forfeit of his soul upon oath, never trust my

from me. judgment in any thing.

BER. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you 2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him

are gone about it? fetch his drum; he says, he has a stratagem for’t:

PAR. I know not what the success will be, my when your lordship sces the bottom of his * success lord ; but the attempt I vow. in't, and to what metal this counterfeit lump of BER. I know thou art valiant; and, to the ore † will be melted, if you give him not John possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for Drum's entertainment,(2) your inclining cannot be thee. Farewell. removed. Here he comes.

Par. I love not many words.

[Exit. 1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder 1 LORD. No more than a fish loves water. - Is not the honour of his design: let him fetch off his not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so condrum in any hand.

fidently seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done : damns himself to do, and dares better be damned than to do't.

2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we Enter PAROLLES.

do : certain it is, that he will steal himself into a

man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal BER. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks of discoveries ; but when you find him out, you sorely in your disposition.

have him ever after. 2 Lord. A pox on’t, let it go; 'tis but a Ber. Why, do you think he will make no deed drum.

at all of this, that so seriously he does address Par. But a drum ! Is't but a drum ! A drum himself unto ? 80 lost There was an excellent command ! to 1 Lord. None in the world ; but return with charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and an invention, and clap upon you two or three to rend our own soldiers.

probable lies: but we have almost embossed him; 2 LORD. That was not to be blamed in the


shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is command of the service ; it was a disaster of war not for your lordship's respect. that Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if 2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the he had been there to command.

fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by BER. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our the old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is success; some dishonour we had in the loss of parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; that drum ; but it is not to be recovered.


shall see this

very night. Par. It might have been recovered.

1 LORD. I must go look my twigs; he shall be Ber. It might, but it is not now.

caught. PAR. It is to be recovered : but that the merit Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. of service is seldom attributed to the true and 1 LORD. As't please your lordship: I'll leave exact performer, I would have that drum or


[Exit. another, or hic jacet.

Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, show you the lass I spoke of. if you

think your mystery in stratagem can bring 2 Lord. But, you say, she's honest. this instrument of honour again into his native BER. That's all the fault: I spoke with her quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprise, and go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit; And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her, if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak By this same coxcomb that we have i’ the wind,

but once,

(*) First folio, this.

(1) First folio, ours. a The leaguer-] The camp. 6 Embossed him,- ] In the old language of the chase, the stag,

was said to be embossed, when, exhausted and outrun, he foamed and frothed at the mouth. The meaning is, we have hunted him almost to his fall.


Tokens and letters, which she did re-send,

In any staining act. And this is all I have done : she's a fair creature ; HEL.

Nor would I wish you. Will you go see her ?

First, give me trust, the count he is my husband; 2 LORD. With all my heart, my lord. And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken,


Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot,
By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
Err in bestowing it.

I should believe you ;
SCENE VII.—Florence. A Room in the Widow's

For you have show'd me that, which well approves House.

You are great in fortune.

Enter HELENA and Widow.

Take this purse of gold,

And let me buy your friendly help thus far, HEL. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, Which I will over-pay, and pay again, I know not how I shall assure you further,

When I have found it. The count he woos your But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.

daughter, Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well | Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, born,

Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent, Nothing acquainted with these businesses; And would not put my reputation now

a Your sworn counsel-) Your pledged secrecy.

As we'll direct her how 't is best to bear it. To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns
Now his important blood will nought deny To what is pass’d already.
That she 'll demand : a ring the county wears,


I have yielded : That downward hath succeeded in his house, Instruct my daughter how she shall perséver, From son to son, some four or five descents That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds

May prove

coherent. Every night he comes In most rich choice; yet, in his idle 6 fire,

With musics of all sorts, and songs compos’d To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, To her unworthiness : it nothing steads us, Howe'er repented after.

To chide him from our eaves, for he persists, WID. Now I see

As if his life lay on't. The bottom of your purpose.


Why then, to-night,
HEL. You see it lawful then: it is no more, Let us assay our plot ; which, if it speed,
But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed,
Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter ; And lawful meaning in a lawful act;
In fine, delivers me to fill the time,

Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact :
Herself most chastely absent; after this,* But let's about it.


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Enter First Lord, with five or six Soldiers in 1 LORD. Art not acquainted with him ? knows ambush.

he not thy voice ?

1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you. 1 LORD. He can come no other way but by 1 LORD. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to this hedge corner. When you sally upon him, speak to us again? speak what terrible language you will ; though 1 Sold. E'en such as you speak to me. you understand it not yourselves, no matter; for 1 LORD. He must think us some band of we must not seem to understand iim, unless some

strangers i’ the adversary's entertainment. Now one among us, whom we must produce for an he hath a smack of all neighbouring languages; interpreter.

therefore we must every one be a man of his own 1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the inter- fancy, not to know what we speak one to another; preter."

so we seem to know, is to know straight our pur

pose: chough's language, gabble enough, and good a Let me be the interpreter.) In conformity with this proposal, enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem the first soldier is so styled in the old text, throughout the subsequent scenes with Parolles.

very politic.
But couch, ho! here he comes, to

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