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ment of one count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, \ I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to but, for all that very ruttish : I pray you, Sir, revolt. put it up again.
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu* he will sell the 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. tee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and honest in the behalf of the maid: for I knew a perpetual succession for it perpetually. the young count to be a dangerous and lasci- 1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain vious boy; who is a whale to virginity, and Dumain? devours up all the fry it finds.
2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? Ber. Dampable, both sides rogue!
1 Sold. What's he? 1 Sold. When he sucears oaths, bid him drop Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not al. gold, and take it ;
together so great as the first in goodness, but After he scores, he never pays the score: greater a great deal in evil. He excels his Half won, is match well mude; mutch, and well brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputmake it ;*
ed one of the best that is: In a retreat he out• Ale ne'er pays after debts, take it before ; runs any lackey; marry, in coming on he has And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this, Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss : 1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you underFor count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, take to betray the Florentine? Who pays before, but not when he does owe it, Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Thine, as he cow'd to thee in thine ear, Rousillon.
PAROLLES. 1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, know his pleasure. with this rhyme in his forehead.
Par. I'll no more drumming: a plague of all 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, Sir, the drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. beguile the supposition of that lascivious
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a young boy the count, have I run into this dancat, and now he's a cat to me.
ger: Yet, who would have suspected an am1 Sold. I perceive, Sir, by the general's bush where I was taken?
(Aside. looks, we shall be fain to hang you.
1 Sold. There is no remedy, Sir, but you Par. My life, Sir, in any case: not that I am must die: the general says, you, that have so afraid to die; but that, my offences being traitorously discuvered the secrets of your many, I would repent out the remainder of army, and made such pestiferous reports of nature: let me live, Sir, in a dungeon, i'the men very nobly held, can serve the world for stocks, or any where, so I may live.
no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, 1 Sold. we'll see what may be done, so you headsman, off with his head. confess freely; therefore, once more to this Par, O Lord, Sir; let me live, or let me see captain Dumain: You have answered to his my death! reputation with the duke, and to his valour: 1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave What is his honesty?
of all your friends.
[Unmuffling him. Par. He will steal, Sir, an egg out of a clois. So look about you; Know you any here? ter ;t for rapes and ravishments he parallels Ber. Good morrow, noble captain. Nessus. He professes not keeping of oaths; 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles. in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercu- 1 Lord. God save you, noble captain. les. He will lie, Sir, with such volubility, 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to that you would think truth were a fool : drunk- my lord Lafeu? I am for France. enness is his best virtue; for he will be swine- 1 Lord. Good captain, will you give me a drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf save to his bed-clothes about him; but they of the count Rousillon? an I were not a very know his conditions, and lay him in straw. coward, I'd compel it of you; but fair you I have but little more to say, Sir, of his ho- well.
[Exeunt Bertram, LORDS, &c. nesty: he has every thing that an honest man
1 Sold. You are undone, captain : all but should not have; what an honest man should your scarf, that has a knot on't yet. have, he bas nothing.
Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot ? Lord. I begin to love him for this.
1 Sold. If you could find out a country where Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? but women were that had received so much A pox upon him for me, he is more and more shame, you might begin an impudent nation. a cat.
Fare you well, Sir; I am for France too; we 1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in shall speak of you there.
Par. Yet am I thankful: if my heart were Par. Faith, Sir, he has led the drum before
great, the English tragedians,--to belie him, I will 'Twould burst at this : Captain, I'll be no more; not,--and more of his soldiership I know not; But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft except, in that country, he had the honour to As captain shall; simply the thing I am be the officer at a place there call’d Mile-end, Shall make me live. 'Who knows himself a to instruct for the doubling of files: I would do
braggart, the man what honour I can, but of this I am Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, not certain.
That every braggart shall be found an ass. i Lord. He hath out-villained villany so far, Rust, sword ! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, that the rarity redeems him.
[thrive! Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still. Safest in shame! being tool'd, by foolery 1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, There's place, and means, for every man * 1e. A match well made is half won;
alive. match therefore, but make it well.
I'll after them.
[Erit. #Le. He will steal any thing however trifling, from any place however holy.
The fourth part of the smaller French crown. i The Centaur killed by Hercules.
+ To deceive the opinion.
SCENE IV.-Florence.- A Room in the we may pick a thousand salads, ere we light WIDOW's House.
on such another herb.
Clo. Indeed, Şir, she was the sweet-marEnter Helena, Widow, and Diana. joram of the salad, or, rather the herb of
grace." Hel. That you may well perceive I have not Laf. They are not salad-herbs, you knave, wrong'd you,
they are nose-herbs. One of the greatest in the Christian world Shall be my surety ; 'fore whose throne, 'tis have not much skill in grass.
Člo. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, Sir, I needful,
Laf. Whether dost thou profess thyself; a Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel :
knave, or a fool ? Time was, I did him a desired office,
Clo. A fool, Sir, at a woman's service, and a Dear almost as his life ; which gratitude knave at a man's. Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep Lof. Your distinction ? forth,
Clo. I would cozen the man of his wife, and And answer, thanks: I duly am inform’d.
do his service. His grace is at Marseilles ; to which place
Laf. So you were a knave at his service, inWe have convenient convoy. You must know, deed. I am supposed dead: the army breaking, Clo. And I would give his wife my bauble, My husband hies him home; where, heaven Sir, to do her service. aiding,
Luf. I will subscribe for thee; thou art both And by the leave of my good lord the king, knave and fool. We'll be, before our welcome.
Clo. At your service. Wid. Gentle madam,
Laf. No, no, no. You never had a servant, to whose trust Clo. Why, Sir, if I cannot serve you, I can Your business was more welcome.
serve as great a prince as you are. Hel. Nor you, mistress,
Laf. Who's that? a Frenchman ? Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly la- Clo. Faith, Sir, he has an English name; but To recompense your love; doubt not, but his phisnomy is more hotter in France, than heaven
(dower, there. Hath brought me up to be your daughter's Laf. What prince is that? As it hath fated her to be my motive*
Clo. The black prince, Sir; alius, the prince And helper to a husband. But 0 strange men! of darkness ; alias, the devil. That can such sweet use make of what they Laf. Hold thee, there's my purse: I give hate,
thee not this to suggestt thee from thy master When saucyt trusting of the cozen'd thoughts thou talkest of; serve him still. Defiles the pitchy night! so lust doth play Clo. I am a woodland fellow, Sir, that alWith what it loaths, for that which is away: ways loved a great fire ; and the master I speak But more of this hereafter:
of, ever keeps a good fire. But, sure, he is Under my poor instructions yet must suffer
the prince of the world, let his nobility remain Something in my behalf.
in his court. I am for the house with the narDia. Let death and honesty
row gate, which I take to be too little for Go with your impositions, ģ I am yours pomp to enter: some, that humble themselves, Upon your will to suffer.
may; but the many will be too chill and tenHel. Yet, I pray you,
[mer, der; and they'll be for the flowery way, that But with the word, the time will bring on sum- leads to the broad gate, and the great fire. When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns,
Laf. Go thy ways, I'begin to be a-weary of And be as sweet as sharp. We must away; thee; and I tell thee so before, because I Our waggon is prepar'd, and time revives us : would not fall out with thee. Go thy ways; All's well that ends well: still the fine’sll the let my horses be well looked to, without any crown;
tricks. Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.
Clo. If I put any tricks upon 'em, Sir, they [Exeunt. shall be jades' tricks; which are their own
(Exit. SCENE V.-Rousillon.-A Rnom in the Coun: right by the law of nature.
Laf. A shrewd knave, and an unhappy. TESS' Palace,
Count. So he is. My Lord, that's gone, made Enter CounteSS, LAFEU, and Clown. bimself much sport out of him: by this autho
rity he remains here, which he thinks is a paLaf. No, no, no, your son was misled with tent for his sauciness; and, indeed, he has no a snipt-taffata fellow there; whose villanous pace, but runs where he will. saffrons would have made all the unbaked and
Laf. I like him well; 'tis not amiss : and I doughy youth of a nation in his colour: your was about to tell you, Since I heard of the daughter-in-law had been alive at this hour; good lady's death, and that my lord your son and your son here at home, more advanced by was upon his return home, I'moved the king the king, than by that red-tailed humble-bee I my master, to speak in the behalf of my daughspeak of.
ter; which, in the minority of them both, his Count. I would, I had not known him! it majesty, out of a self-gracious remembrance, was the death of the most virtuous gentle did first propose : his highness hath promised woman, that ever nature had praise for creat me to do it: and, to stop up the displeasure ing: if she had partaken of my flesh, and cost he hath conceived against your son, there is me the dearest groans of a mother, I could not no fitter matter. How does your ladyship like have owed her a more rooted love.
it? Laf. 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady: Count. With very much content, my lord, and
I wish it happily effected. * For mover. Lascivious. 11. e. An honest death. Commands.
Laf. His highness comes post from Marseilles, (There was a fashion of using yellow starch for bands # I.e. Rue.
+ Seduce. and ruffles, to which Lafeu alludes.,
1 Mischievously unhappy, waggish.
of as able body as when he numbered thirty ; | I do beseech you, whither is he gone ? he will be here to-morrow, or I am deceived by Gent. Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon; him that in such intelligence hath seldom Whither l am going. failed.
Hel. I do beseech you, Sir, Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see Since you are like to see the king before me, him ere I die. I have letters, that my son will Commend the paper to his gracious hand; be here to-night: I shall beseech your lordship, Which, I presume, shall render you no blame, to remain with me till they meet together. But rather make you thank your pains for it:
Laf. Madam, I was thinking, with what I will come after you, with what good speed manners I might safely be admitted.
Our means will niake us means. Count. You need but plead your honourable
Gent. This I'll do for you. privilege.
Hel. And you shall find yourself to be well Laf. Lady, of that I have made a bold char
(again;ter; but, I thank my God, it holds yet. Whate'er falls more,- We must to horse
Go, go, provide.
(Ereunt. Re-enter Clown. Clo. O madam, yonder's my lord your son SCENE II.-Rousillon.--The inner Court of with a patch of velvet on’s face: whether
the COUNTESS' Palace. there be a scar under it, or no, the velvet knows; but 'tis a goodly patch of velvet: his
Enter Clown and PAROLLES.. left cheek is a cheek of two pile and a hall, Par. Good monsieur Lavatch, give my lord but his right cheek is worn bare.
Laseu this letter: I have ere now, Sir, been Laf. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a better known to you, when I have held familigood livery of honour; so, belike, is thai. arity with fresher clothes; but I am now, Sir,
Clo. But it is your carbonadoed* face. muddied in fortune's moat, and smell somewhat
Laf. Let us go see your son, I pray you; I strong of her strong displeasure. long to talk with the young noble soldier. Clo. Truly, fortune's displeasure is but slut
Clo. 'Faith, there's a dozen of 'em, with de- tish, if it smeil so strong as thou speakest of: licate fine hats, and most courteous feathers, I will henceforth eat no tish of fortune's butwhich bow the head, and nod at every man. tering. Pr’ythee, allow the wind.
(Excunt. Par. Nay, you need not stop your nose, Sir;
I spake by a metaphor.
Clo. Indeed, Sir, if your metaphor stink, I
Par. Pray you,
Sir, deliver me this paper. Hel. But this exceeding posting, day and from fortune's close-stool to give to a nobleman!
Clo. Foh, pr’ythee, stand away: A paper night,
[it; Look, here he comes himself. Must wear your spirits low: we cannot help But, since you have made the days and nights
Enter LAFEU. as one,
Here is a pur of fortune's, Sir, or of fortune's To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs, Be bold, you do so grow in my reqnital,
cat, (but not a musk-cat,) that has fallen into
the unclean fishpond of her displeasure, and, As nothing can unroot you. To happy time;- as he says, is muddied withal : Pray you, Sir, Enter a gentle ASTRINGER.
use the carp as you may; for he looks like a This man may help me to his majesty's ear,
poor, decayed,' ingenious, foolish, rascally If he would spend his power.-—God save you, comfort, and leave him to your lordship:
knave. do pity his distress in my smiles of Sir. Gent. And you.
[Erit Clowy. Hel. Sir, I have seen you in the court of
Par. My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath France.
cruelly scratched. Gent. I have been sometimes there.
Laf. And what would you have me to do?
Wherein Hel. I do presume, Sir, that you are not 'tis too late to pare her nails now. fallen
have you played the knave with fortune, that From the reports that goes upon your goodness; she should scratch you, who of herself is a good And therefore goaded with most sharp occa- lady, and would not have knaves thrive long sions,
under her? There's a quart d'ecu for you: Let Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
the justices make you and fortune friends; I The use of your own virtues, for the which
am for other business. I shall continue thankful.
Par. I beseech your honour, to hear me one Gent. What's your will ?
single word. Hel. That it will please you
Laf. You beg a single penny more: come, To give this poor petition to the king;
you shall ba't: save your word.* And aid me with that store of power you
Par. My name, my good lord, is Parolles. To come into his presence.
Laf. You beg more than one word then.Gent. The king's not here.
Cox' my passion! give me your hand :-How Hel. Not here, Sir ?
does your drum? Gent. Not, indeed:
Pur. () my good lord, you were the first that He hence remov'd last night, and with more
found me. Than is his use.
Laf. Was I, in sooth ? and I was the first Wid. Lord, how we lose our pains !
that lost thee. Hel. All's well that ends well ; yet ;
Par. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in Though time seems so advérse, and means some grace, for you did bring me out. unfit.
Laf. Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put
upon me at once both the oflice of God and the Scotched like a piece of meat for the gridiron, t A gentleman Falconcr.
* You need not ask ;-here it is. нь
devil ? one brings thee in grace, and the other | Steals ere we can effect them: You remember brings thee out. [Trumpets sound.] The king's The daughter of this lord ? coming, I know by his trumpets.-Sirrah, in- Ber. Admiringly, my liege: at first quire further after me ; I had talk of you last I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart night: though you are a fool and a knäve, you Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue: shall eat; go to, follow,
Where the impression of mine eye infixing, Par. I praise God for you. (Exeunt. Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me,
Which warp'd the line of every other favour; SCENE III.-The same.-A Room in the Scorn'd a fair colour, or express'd it stol'n ; COUNTess' Palace.
Extended or contracted all proportions, Flourish. Enter King, COUNTESS, LAFEU,
To a most hideous object: Thence it came, Lords, GENTLEMEN, Guards, &c.
That she, whom all men prais’d, and whom
myself, King. We lost a jewel of lier; and our es- Since I have lost, have lov’d, was in mine eye teem*
The dust that did offend it. Was made much poorer by it: but your son,
King. Well excus'd :
[away As mad in folly, lack'd the sense to know
That thou didst love her, strikes some scores Her estimation home. Count. 'Tis past, my liege:
From the great compt: But love, that comes
too late, And I beseech your majesty to make it
Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried, Natural rebellion, done i'the blaze of youth ; When oil and fire, too strong for reason's force, Crying, That's good that's gone : our rash
To the great sender turns a sour offence, O'erbears it, and burns on.
faults king. My honour'd lady,
Make trivial price of serious things we have, have forgiven and forgotten all; Though my revenges were high bent upon him, Oft our displeasures to ourselves unjust,
Not knowing them, until we know their grave. and watch'd the time to shoot. Laf. This I must say,
Destroy our friends, and after weep their dust:
Our own love waking cries to see what's done, But first I beg my pardon,-The young lord
While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon. Did to bis majesty, his mother, and his lady, Be this sweet Helen's knell, and now forget Offence of mighty note ; but to himself
[lin : The greatest wrong of all : he lost a wife, Whose beauty did astonish the survey
Send forth your amorous token for fair Maud
The main consents are had; and here we'll stay Of richest eyes;t whose words all ears took | To see our widower's second marriage-day. captive;
Count. Which better than the first, I dear Whose dear perfection, hearts that scorn'd to
heaven, bless! Humbly call'd mistress.
Or, ere they meet, in me, 0 nature, cease! King. Praising what is lost,
Luf. Come on, my son, in whom iny house's Makes the remembrance dear. Well, call
him hither; We are reconcil'd, and the first view shall kill To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter,
Must be digested, give a favour from you, All repetition :—Let him not ask our pardon ; | That she
may quickly come.-By my old beard, The nature of his great offence is dead,
And every hair that's on't, Helen, that's dead, And deeper than oblivion do we bury
Was a sweet creature; such a ring as this, The incensing relics of it: let him approach, The last that e'er I took her leave at court, A stranger, no offender; and inform him,
I saw upon her finger. So 'tis our will he should.
Bor. Hers it was not. Gent. I shall, my liege. [Exit GENTLEMAN.
King. Now, pray you, let me see it; for min king. What says he to your daughter? have
eye, you spoke? Laf. All that he is hath reference to your This ring was mine; and, when I gave it He
While I was speaking, oft was fasten'd to't. highness.
I bade her, if her fortunes ever stood [len, King. Then shall we have a match. I have Necessitied to help, that by this token letters sent me,
I would relieve her: Had you that craft, to That set him high in fame.
reave her Enter BERTRAM.
Of what should stead her most?
Ber. My gracious sovereign, Luf. He looks well on't.
Howe'er it pleases you to take it so, King. I am not a day of season,||
The ring was never hers. For thou may'st see a sun-shine and a hail Count. Son, on my life, In me at once : But to the brightest beams
I have seen her wear it; and she reckon'd it Distracted clouds give way; so stand thou At her life's rate. The time is fair again.
[forth, Luf. I am sure, I saw her wear it. Ber. My high-repented blames,
Ber. You are deceiv'd, my lord, she never Dear sovereign pardon to me.
saw it: King. All is whole;
In Florence was it from a casement thrown me, Not one word more of the consumed time.
Wrapp'd in a paper, which contain'd the name Let's take the instant by the forward top; Of ber that threw it: noble she was, and For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
thought The inaudible and noiseless foot of time
I stood engag'd :* but when I had subscrib'd * Reckoning or estimate.
To mine own fortune, and inform'd her fully, + Completely, in its full extent.
I could not answer in that course of honour So in As you like it :-o have “ seen much and to As she had made the overture, she ceas’d, have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor hands." 1.e. The first interview shall put an end to all recol
In heavy satisfaction, and would never lection of the past.
Receive the ring again. || 1. e. Of uninterrupted rain. 1 Faults repented of to the utmost.
In the sense of unengaged.
King. Plutus himself,
(cine® | And that you fly them as you swear them lordThat knows the tinct and multiplying medi
Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and DIANA.
Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine,
My suit, as I do understand, you know,
Wid. I am her mother, Sir, whose age and
honour (Where you have never come,) or sent it us
Both suffer under this complaint we bring, Upon her great disaster.
And both shall cease* without your remedy. Ber. She never saw it.
King. Come hither, count; Do you know
Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny
But that I know them: Do they charge me Which I would fain shut out: If it should
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your That thou art so inhuman,-'twill not prove
wife? And yet I know not :-thou didst hate her
Ber. She's none of mine, my lord.
Dia. If you shall marry,
You give away this hand, and that is mine;
You give away heaven's vows, and those are More than to see this ring:- Take him away. You give away myself, which is known mine ;
mine; My fore-past proofs, howe'er the matter fall, Shall tax my fears of little vanity, [him;
That she, which marries you,
must marry me, Having
vainly feard too little.--Away with Either both, or none. We'll sift this matter further.
Laf. Your reputation (To BERTRAM.) comes Ber. If you shall prove
too short for my daughter, you are no husband
for her. This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence,
Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate Where yet she never was.
[highness [Exit BERTRAM, gwrded.
Whom sometime I have laugh'd with: let your
Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, Enter a GENTLEMAN.
Than for to think that I would sink it here. King. I am wrapp'd in dismal thinkings.
King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill
[honour, Whether I have been to blame, or no, I know Till your deeds gain them: Fairer prove your Here's a petition from a Florentine,
Than in my thought it lies! Who bath, for four or five removes,t come short
Dia. Good my lord,
Ask him upon his oath, if he does think
King. What say'st thou to her ?
Ber. She's impudent, my lord ; With an importing visage ; and she told me,
And was a common gamester to the camp. In a sweet verbal brief, it did concern
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord ; if i were Your highness with herself.
King. (Reads.] Upon his many protestations He might have bought me at a common price to marry me,
when his wife wus dead, I blush to Do not believe him: 0, behold this ring, say it, he uon me. Now is the count Rousillon Whose high respect, and rich validity, I a widower; his rous are forfeited to me and my He gave it to a cominoner o'the camp,
Did lack a parallel ; yet, for all that, honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence,
If I be one. taking no leave, and I follow him to his country for justice: Grant it me, o king ; in you it best
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it: lies; otherwise a seducer flourishes, and a poor Conferr’d by testament to the sequent issue,
Of six preceding ancestors, that gem maid is undone.
Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and Hath it been ow'd and worn. This is his wito; toll him :6 for this, I'll none of him.
That ring's a thousand proofs.
King. Methought, you said,
[suitors To bring forth this discovery.-Seek these
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to pro
duce Go, speedily, and bring again the count.
(Ereunt GENTLEMAN, und some Attendants. So bad an instrument; his name's Parolles. I am afeard, the life of Helen, lady,
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be. Was foully snatch'd.
King. Find him, and bring him hither.
Ber. What of him?
He's quotedß for a most perfidious slave,
With all the spots o'the world tax'd and de
Whose nature sickens, but to speak a truth: • The philosopher's stone,
* Decease, die. * 1. c. That have the proper consciousness of your own + Gamester when applied to a female, then meant a # Post-stages. | Pay toll for him.
tValue. Noted. il Debauched.