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For present parting; only, he desires :
I shall obey his will.
[Giving a letter. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so I leave you to your wisdom. Hel.
Sir, I can nothing say, But that I am your most obedient servant.
Ber. Come, come, no more of that.
And ever shall
Let that go: .
Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
Well, what would you say?
city entertainments, whilst the jester or zany was in vogue, for him to jump into a large deep custard, set for the purpose.
5 And rather muse,] To muse is to wonder.
What would you have? Hel. Something; and scarce so much: nothing,
indeed. I would not tell you what I would: my lord — "faith,
Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse.
[Exit HELENA. Go thou toward home; where I will never come, Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the
drum: Away, and for our flight. Par.
SCENE I. Florence. A Room in the Duke's
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, attended;
two French Lords, and others. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have
you heard The fundamental reasons of this war; Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, And more thirsts after.. 1 Lord.
Holy seems the quarrel Upon your grace's part; black and fearful On the opposer. Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin
Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Good my lord,
Be it his pleasure. 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our na
Welcome shall they be;
Enter Countess and Clown. Count. It hath happened all as I would have had it, save, that he comes not along with her.
Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a very melancholy man.
Count. By what observance, I pray you?
? I cannot yield,] I cannot inform you of the reasons.
JOHNSON. 8 an outward man,] i. e. one in the secret of affairs.
- the younger of our nature,] i. e. as we say at present, our young fellows.
Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; mend the ruff, and sing; ask questions, and sing; pick his teeth, and sing: I know a man that had this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a song.
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he means to come.
[Opening a letter. Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at court; our old ling and our Isbels o'the country are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o’the court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with no stomach.
Count. What have we here?.
Count. [Reads.] I have sent you a daughter-inlaw : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. I have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away; know it, before the report come. If there be breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long distance. My duty to you.
Your unfortunate son,
This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,
I m end the ruff,] The tops of the boots, in our author's time, turned down, and hung loosely over the leg.' The folding is what the Clown means by the rut Ben Jonson calls it ruffte; and perhaps it should be so here.
Re-enter Clown. Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, i between two soldiers and my young lady.
Count. What is the matter?
Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon as I thought he would.
Count. Why should he be kill'd?
Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the loss of men, though it be the getting of children. Here they come, will tell you more: for my part, I only hear, your son was run away. [Exit Clown.
Enter HELENA and two Gentlemen.
i Gen. Save you, good madam.
you? 2 Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke' of
Hel. Look on his letter, madam; here's my pass
? Can woman me — i. e. affect me suddenly and deeply, as my sex are usually affected.