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Ber. What would you have?

Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur :Hel. Something; and scarce so much :

Farewel. thing, indeed.

Go thou toward home; where I will never come, I would not tell you what I would; my lord,--- Whilst I can shakemy sword, or hear the drum:'faitli, yes ;

5 Away, and for our flight. Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. Par. Bravely, coragio! Ber. I pray you, stay not, but i baste to horse.

[Exeunt. Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.

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had this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor The Duke's Court in Florence. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, tuo French

Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he

20 means to come. Lords, with Soldiers.

Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Duke. So that, from point to point, now court : our old ling and our Isbel's o'the counyou

try are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels The fundamental reasons of this war;

o'the court: the brain of my Cupid's knock'd out; Whose great decision liath much blood let forth, 125 and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, And more thirsts after.

with no stomach. 1 Lord. Holy seems the quarrel

Count. What have we here? Upon your grace's part; black and fearful

Clo. E'en that you have there.

Erit. On the opposer.

France Count. [reads a letier.]. “I bave sent you a Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin 30 daughter-in-law: she hath recover'd the king, Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom

" and undone me. I have wedded her, not bedAgainst our borrowing prayers.

“ded her; and sworn to make the not eternal. 2 Lord. Good my lord,

You shall hear, I am run away ; know it, beThe reasons of our state I cannot vield',

|“fore the report come.

If there be breadth But like a common and an outward man?, 35“ enough in the world, I will bold a long distance. That the great figure of a council frames

My duty to you. By self-unable motion: therefore dare not

is Your unfortunate son, Say what I think of it; since I have found

“ BERTRAM." Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail

This is not well, rash and unbridled boy, As often as I guess'd.

40 To tly the favours of so good a king; Duke. Be it his pleasure.

[nature) To pluck his indignation on thy head, 2 Lord. But I am sure the younger of our By ihe misprising of a maid too virtuous That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, For the contempt of empire. Come here for physick.

Re-enter Cluren. Duke. Welcome shall they be;

45 And all the honours, that can fly from us,

Clo. O, madam, yonder is heavy news within,

between two soldiers and my young lady.
Shall on them settle: You know your places well; Count. What is the matter?
When better fall, for your avails they fell :
Tu-morrow to the field.

Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, [Exeunt.

some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon SCENE II.

as I thought he would.

Count. Why should he be killed ?
Rousillon, in France.

Clo. So say I, madam, if he runaway, as I hear
Enter Countess and Clown.

he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the Count. It hath happened all as I would have had 5 Here they come, will tell you more : for any part,

loss of men, though it be the getting of children. it, save that he comes not along with her. Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a

I only hear, your son was run away. . very melancholy man.

Enter Hclena and two Gentlemen. Count. By what observance, I pray you?

1 Gen. Save you, good madam. Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and 60 Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. sing ; mend the rulf, and sing; ask questions, and 2 Gen. Do not say so.

I cannot inform you of. i. e. one not in the secret of affairs, 3 Meaning, our young


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Count. Think upon patience.--'Pray you, gen Count. Not so, but as we change our courtesies. tlenien,

Will you draw near? I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief,

[Ertunt Countess and Gentlmen: That the first face of neither, on the start, (you? Hel.'Till I have no wifi, I have nothing in trunce. Can woman me unto't :-Where is my son, I pray 5 Nothing in France, until he has no wile! 2 Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France, Florence:

Then hast thou all again. Poor lord, ist í We met him thitherward; for thence we came,

That chase thee from thy country, And, after some dispatch in hand at court,

Those tender limbs of thine to the event Thither we bend again.

[passport. 10 Of the none-sparing war; and is it i Hel. Look on this letter, madam ; here's my That drive thee fronthe sportivecourt, where thou

"! When thou canst get the ring upon my Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark “ finger, which never shall come oil, and shei Of smoky muskets? (you leaden messengers, “ me a child begotten of thy body, that I am That ride upon the violent speed of tire, “ father to, then call me husband; but in 15 Fly with false ainı; move the still-piercing air, “ such a Then I write a Never."

That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord! This is a dreadful sentence.

Whoever shoots at him, I set him there;
Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ? Whoever charges on his forward breast:
I Gén. Ay, madam ;

I am the cait if, that do hold him to it;
And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our pains. 20 And though I kill himn pot. I am the cause

Count. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; His death was so effected: better 'twere,
If thou engrossest, all the griefs are thine,

I met the ravjn lion when he roard
Thou robb'st me of a moiety: He was my son ; With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere,
But I'do wash his name out of my blood, [he! That all the miseries, which nature owes,
And thou art all my child.–Towards Florence is 25 Were mine at once: No, come thon home, Rousi's
2 Gen. Ay, madam.

Whence honour but of danger wins a scar; [lon, Count. And to be a soldier?

As oft it loses all ; I will be gone:
2 Gen. Such is his noble purpose: and, believe't, My being here it is, that holds thee lence;
The duke will lay upon him all the honour Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, althoughi
That good convenience claims.

30 The air of paradise did tan the house, Count. Return you thither?

(speed. And angels oflic'il all: I will be gone; I Gen. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of That pititul rumour may report my tlight, Hel. “'Till I have no site, I have nothing in To consolate thine ear. ' Come, night; end, day! “ France."

For, with the dark, poor thief, P’listeal away.[Erit, Tis bitter.

[Reading. 35 Count. Find you that there?

S CE N E III. Hel. Ay, mailam.


The Duke's Court in Florence. 1 Gen. "Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply, His heart was not consenting to.

Flourish. Enter ihe Duke of Florence, Bertram, Count. Nothing in France, until he have no wife : 40

Drum und Trumpets, Soldiers, j'c. There's nothing here, that is too good for him, Duke. The generalofour horse thou art; aid we, But only she: and she deserves a lord,

Great our bope, lay our best love and credence That twenty such rude boys might tend upon, l'pon the promising fortune. And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him?

Ber. Sir, it is I Gen. A servant oply, and a gentleman 45 A charge too heavy for my strength; but yet Which I have some tine known.

We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, Count. Parolles, was't not?

To the extreme edge of hazard. 1 Gen. Ay, my good lady, he,

Duke'. Then go forth; Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wick And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, My son corrupts a well-derived nature [edness : 50 As thy auspicious mistress! With his inducement.

Bij This very day, i Gen. Indeed, good lady,

Gra Mars, I put myself into tlıy file: The fellow bas à deal of that, too much,

Wake me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove Which holds him much to have?.

A lover of thy drum, hater of love. [Ercunt Count. You are welcome, gentlemen.

I will entreat you, when you see my son,
To tell bin that his sword can never win

Rosillon, in Froce.
The honour that he loses : more I'll entreat you

Enter Countess und Siervurd. Written to bear along.

Count. Alas! and would you take the letterofher? 2 Gen. We serve you, madam,

60 Might you not know, she would doas she has done, Jo that and all your worthiest affairs.

By sending me a letter? Read it again. · That is, when thou canst get the ring, which is on my finger, into thy possession. 2 i. e. his rices stand higi in stead. 3 i. e. the air that closes imunediately.


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Stow. "I am St. Jaques' pilgrim, hither

gone; jher name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. * Ambitious love hath so in me offended, Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have " That bare-fout plod I the cold ground upon, been solicited by a gentleman his companion.

“ With saiuted vow my faults to have amended. Mar. I know the knave; bang bim! one Pa"Write, write, ihat, from the bloody course of war, 5 rolles: a tilthy officer be is in those suggestions for

“My dearest master, your dear son may hye ; the young earl.-Beware of them, Diana; their “ Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far, promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these

“ His name with zealous fervour sanctify: engines of lust, are not the things they go under: “ His taken labours bid him me forgive;

many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the “T, bis despightful Jano, sent him forth 10 misery is, example, that so terrible shews in the · From courtly friends, with canaping foes to live, wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade

“Where deathand danger dog the heels ofworth: succession, but that they are limed with the twigs “ He is too good and fair for death and me; that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise “Whom I myself embrace, to set him free.” you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest words!—15 keep you where you are, though there were no Rinaldo, you did never lack advice' so much, |further danger known, but the modesty which is As letting ber pass so; had I spoke with her, I could have well diverted her intents,

Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
Which thus she hath prevented.
Stew. Pardon me, inadanı;


Enter Helena, disguis'd like a Pilgrim. If I had given you this at over-vight,

Wid. I hope so.-Look, here comes a pilgrim: She might havebeeno'er-ta'en; and yet she writes, I know she will lye at my house: thither they send Pursuit would be but vain.

one another; I'll question her.Count. What angel shall

God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Bless this unworthy husband? he cannot thrive, 251 Hel. To St. Jaques le grand. Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear, Where do the palmers ? lodge, I do beseech you? And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath Wid. Atthe St. Francis here, beside the purt. Ofgreatest justice.Write, write, Rinaldo,

HI Is this the way? [d march afar off To this unworthy husband of his wife ;

Wid. Ay, marry, is it. Hark you! [pilgrim, Let every word weigh heavy of her worth, 307 hey come this way:- If you will tarry, bolj That he does weigh too light: my greatest grief,

But till the troops come by, Though little he do feel it, set down sharply. I will conduct you where you shall be lodg’d; Dispatch the most convenient messenger :-

The rather, for I think I kuow your hostess When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone, As ample as myself. He will return; and hope I may, that she, 35 HA. Is it yourself? Hearing so much, will speed her foot again, Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. [sure. Led hither by pure love: which of them both Heb. I ihank you, and will stay upon your leiIs dearest to me, I have no skill in sense

Wid. You caine, I think, from France? To make distinction :- Provide this messenger :

Ill. I did so. My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak; 40 Il id. Here you may see a countryınan of yours, Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak. That has done worthy service.


Icl. His name, I pray you?

Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such a
Without the Walls of Florence.

Ilul. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of

145 His face I know not. A Tucket ofur 0.1%

Dia. Whatsoe'er he is, Enter an old II idow of Florence, Diana, Violenta, He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, and Nariand, with other Citizens.

As 'tis reported, for the king had married him Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the Against bis liking: Think you it is so? [lady, sity, we shall lose all the sight.

501 Hel. Ay, surely, meer the truth ; I know his Dia. They say, the French count has done most Diu. There is a gentleman that serves the count, honourable service.

Reports but coarsely of her. Wid. It is reported that he has ta'en their great Hel. What's his name? est commander; and that with his own hand he Dia. Monsieur Parolles. slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; 55 Hil. Oh, I beliere with him, they are gone a contrary way: hark ! you may In argument of praise, or to the worth know their trunipets.

Of the great count himself, she is too mean Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice our To have her name repeated; all her deserving selves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take Is a reserved honesty, and that heed of this French earl: the honour of a maid is60[ have not heard examined “.

That is, discretion or thought. ? Meaning, " they are not really so true and sincere as in appearance they seem to be." * Pilgrims that visited holy places; so called trom a stuff or bougl of palm that they were wont to carry. *ii e. doubted.




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Dia. Alas, poor lady!

SCENE VI. 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife Of a detesting lord.

Enter Bertram, and the two French Lorils. Wid. Aright good creature: wheresoe'er she is, Her heart weiglas sadly: this young maid might 5 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord; put him to't ; let A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd.

him have his way. Hil. How do you mean?

2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding, May be, the amorous count solicits her

hold me no more in your respect. In the unlawful purpose.

1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble. l'id. He does, indeed;

101 Ber. Do you think I am so far deceiv din him? And brokes' with all that can in such a suit

I Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Corrupt the tender honour of a maid :

knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of But she is arın'd for him, and heeps her guard him as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, In honestest defence.

an intinite and endless liar, an hourly promise

15 breaker, the owner of no one good quality worEnter with Drum and Colours, Bertram, Pa- thy your lordship’s entertainment. rolles, Oijicers and Soldiers attending: 2 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, re

posing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, Mar. The go Is forbid else!

he might, at some great and trusty business, in a Ilid. So, now they come:

20 main danger fail you. That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son;

Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action That, Escalus.

to try him. Hel. Which is the Frenchman?

2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off Dia. He;

his drum, which you hear him so confidently unThat with the plume; 'tis a most gallant fellow; 125 dertake to do. I wouid, he lov'd his wife; if he were hone.ter, | Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will lle were much goodlier:-(s't not a bandisoine suddenly surp:ise him; such I will bave, whom, Hl. I like hin well.

[gentleman I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we Dia. 'Tis pity, he's not honest: Yond's that will bind and hood-wink him so, that he shall supsame knave,

30 puse no other but he is carried into the leaguer That leads him to these places; were I his lady, of the adversaries, when we bring him to our own I'd poison that vile rascal.

lents: Be but your lordship present at his examiHil. Which is he?

nation ; if he do not, for the promise of his life, Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs: Why is he and in the highest compulsion of base fear, offer to melancholy?

35 betray you, and deliver all the intelligence in his Hel. Perchance he's hurt i' the battle.

power against you, and that with the divine forfeit Par. Lose our drum! well.

fot his soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in Alar. He's shrewdly vex’d at something: Look,

any thing. he has spied us.

2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him Wid. Marry, hang you!

40 fetch bis drum; he says, he has a stratagem fort: [Ereunt Bertram, Parolles, &c. when your lordship sees the bottom of his sucMar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier! cess in't, and to what metal this counterfeit lump Wid. The 'troop is past: Come, pilgrimm, 1 of ore will be melted, if you give him not John .will bring you

Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be Where you shall host; of enjoin'd penitents 45 removed?. Here he comes. There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound, Already at my house.

Enter Parolles. Hel. I humbly thank you :

1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, binder not Please it this matron, and this gentle maid, the humour of his design ; let him fetch off his To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking, 50 drum in any hand. Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,

her. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks I will bestow some precepts on this virgin, sorely in your disposition. Worthy the note.

2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum. Both. We'll take your offer kindly.

Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A druin se

[Exeunt. 55 lost! There was an excellent command! to charge 'Deals as a broker. 2 Theobald explains this passage thus: “My lord, as you have taken this fel. low (Parolles) into so near a confidence, if, upon his being found a counterfeit, you don't cashier hiin from your favour, then your attachment is not to be remov'd;" and then adds the following history of John Drum's Entertainment, from Hollingshed's Chronicle: “ This chronologer, in his description of Ireland, speaking of Patrick Scarsefield, (mayor of Dublin in the year 1551) and of his extravagant hospitality, subjoins, that no guest had ever a cold or forbidding look from any part of his family: so that his porter or any other officer durst not, for both his ears, gire the simplest man, that resorted to his house, Tom Drum's entertainment, which is, to bale a man in by the lead, and thrust hiin out by both the shoulders.”


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in with our horse upon our own wings, and to parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; rend our own soldiers.

Ju bich you shall see this very night. 2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the com 2 Lord. I must go look my twigs: he shall be mand of the service; it was a disaster of war that caught. Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had; 5 Ber. Your brother, he sball go along with me. been there to command.

2 Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our

[Exit. success : some dishonour we bad in the loss of that Bur. Now will I lead you to the house, and drum; but it is not to be recovered. Pur. It might have been recoverd.

110 The lass I spoke of. Ber. It might; but it is not now.

1 Lurd. But, you say, she's honest: Sonce, Par. It is to be recoverd: but that the merit Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her, pertormer, I would have that drum or another, or By this same coxcomb that we have i' the wind, hoc jureit.

15 Tokens and letters, which she did re-send; Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature; if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring Will you go see her? this instrument of honour again in o its native quar. I Lord. With all my heart, my lord. (Ereunt. ter, be magnanimous in the enterprise, and go on;

SCENE VII. I will grace the attempt for a wortias exploit : if 20 you speed well in it, the duke shall both speah

Florence. The Widow's House. of it, and extend to you what further becomes his

Enter Telena and Widow. greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your Hel. If you misdoubl me that I am not she, worthiness.

Inow not how I shall assure you further, the hand of a soldier, I will undertakeit 25 But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. (born, ber. But you must not now slumber in it.

Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will pre-. Nothing acquainted with these businesses ; sen'iy pen down my dilemmas', encourage my And would not put my reputation now self in my certainty, put myselt into my mortal in any staining act. preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear fur-30 Hel. Nor would I wish yoti. ther tiom me.

First, give me trust, the count he is my husband; Bür. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken, gone about it?

is so, from word to word; and then you cannot, Pur. I know not what the success will be,'my By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, lordd; but the attempt I vow.

35 Err in bestowing it. Ber. I know, thou art valiant ; and, to the pos

Hid. I should believe you ; sibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. For you have shew'd me that, which well approves Farewel.

You are great in fortune. Pur. I love not many words

[Erit. Ild. Take this purse of gold, i Lord. No more than a fish loves water.--Is 40 And let me buy your friendly help thus far, not this a strange fellow, my lord? that so conti Which I wil over-pay, and pay again, (daughter, dently seems to undertake this business, which he When I have found it. The count he woots ! our knows is not to be done ; damns himself to do, Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, and dares better be damu'd than dot?

Resolves to carry ber; let her, in tine', consent, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we 451s we'll direct ber how 'tis best to bear it, do: certain it is, that he will steal bimself into a Now his important' blood will nought deny man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great That she'll demand : A ring the county wears, deal of discoveries; but when you find him out, That downward hath succeeded in bis house, you have him ever after.

From son to son, some four or five descents Bír. Why, do you think, he will make no deed 50 Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds at all of this, that so seriously he does aduress In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire, himself:mto?

Fobus his will, it would not seem too dear, 2 Lord. None in the world: but return with an Howe'er repented after. invention, and clap upon you two or three proba Wid. Now I see ble lies: but we have alınost imbo,s'd him, you'55 The bottom of your purpose. shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not 11.1. You see it lawtui then : It is no more, for your lordship's respect.

But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, i Lord. We'll make you sonie sport with the Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; fox, p e we case him. He was first smok’d by' In tine, delivers me to fill the time, the old lord Lateu; when his di-guise and he is 60 llerself most chastely absent ; after this,

"A dilemma is an argument that concludes both ways. ? To imboss a deer is to inclose him in a wood. The word, applied in this sense, being derived from emboscare', Ital. ought propuriy to be spelled Kleaning, before we strip him naked. - i. e, by discovering herself to the count. importani here means iimportunate.


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