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Hel. I like him well.
Hel. Which is he?
Dia. That jack-an-apes with fearfs. Why is he melancholy?
Hel. Perchance, he's hurt i' th battel.
Mar. He's fhrewdly yex'd at something. Lagk, he has spied us.
Wid. Marry, hang you! [Exeunt Ber. Per. & f.
Hel. I humbly thank you :
Enter Bertram, and the two French Lords. i Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't: let him
2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your respect.
i Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
have his way
- Yond's That fame Fellow, That leads him to these Places.] What Places? He did not lead him to be General of Horse under the Duke of Florence, sure. Nor have they been taiking of Brothels; or, indeed, any particular Locality. I make no Question, but our Author wrote ;
Tlat leads him to these Paces. i. e. to fuch irregular Steps, to Courses of Debauchery, to not loving his Wife.
Ber. Do you think, I am so far deceiv'd in him?
i 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 promise-breaker, the owner of no one good quality worthy your lordship's entertainment.
2 Lord. It were fit you knew him, left, repofing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might at some great and trusty business in a main danger fạil you.
Ber. I would, I knew .in what particular action to
2. Lord. None better than to let him ferch off his drum ; which you hear him fo confidently undertake
i Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly furprize him; such I will have, whom, I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind and hoodwink him so, that he shall suppose no other but that he is carried into the leaguer of the adversaries, when we bring him to our own tents; be but your lordThip present at his examination, if he do not for the promise of his life, and in the highest compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, and deliver all the intelligence in his power against you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon oath, never truft my judgment in any thing,
2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch his drum; he says, he has a stratagem fort ; (30) when
your (30) When your Lordship fees 'the bottom of his Success in't, and to what Metal this Counterfeit Lump of Ours will be melted, if you give him not John Drum's Entertainment, your Inclining cannot be remov'd.] I conjectur'd, this counterfeit Lump of Oare, when I publifh'd my SHAKE S P E A R. E restor'd: Thus it bears a Consonancy with the other Terms accompanying, (viz. Metal, Lump, and melted) and helps the Propriety of the poet's Thought : For fo one Metaphor is kept up, and all the words are proper and suitable to it. But, what is the Meaning of John Drum's Entertainment? Lafeu several Times afterwards calls Parolles, Tom Drum. But the Difference of the Christian Name will make None in the Explanation, There is an old Motley
your lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, and to what metal this counterfeit lump of Oar will be melted, if you give him nor John Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here he
Enter Parolles. i Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the humour of his defign, let him fetch off his drum in
Ber. How now, Monsieur ? this drum sticks forely in your disposition.
2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go, 'tis but a drum.
Par. But a drum! is't but a drum? a drum so loft! there was excellent command! to charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend our own foldiers.
2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the command of the service; it was a disaster of war that
Interlude, (printed in 1601) callid, Jack Drum's Entertainment; Or,
Why do you give such kind Entertainment to that Cobweb?
Fox-tail. But Both these Pieces are, perhaps, too late in Time, to come to the Aliftance of our Author: fo we must look a little higher. What is said here to Bertram is to this Effect. “ My Lord, as you have taken this Fellow (Pa“ rolles] into fo near a Confidence, if, upon his being found a Counterfeit, co
you don't casheer him from your Favour, then your Attachment is “ not to be remov'd": -I'll now fubjoin a Quotation from Holingshed, (of whose Books Shakespeare was a most diligent Reader) which will pretty well ascertain Drum's History. This Chronologer, in his Defcription 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 otber officer, dursi not, for both his Ears, give the fimpleft Man, that resorted to his house, Tom Drum's Entertainment, which is, to hale a Man in by the Head, and thrust him out by both the Shoulders,
Cæfar himself could not have prevented, if he had been there to command.
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our suce cess: fome dishonour we had in the loss of that drum, but it is not to be recover'd.
Par. It might have been recover'd.
Par. It is to be recover'd; but that the merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact
pera. former, I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet
Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, Monsieur; if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring this inftrument of honour again into his native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize and go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit: if you speed well in it, the Duke shall both speak of it, and ex tend to you what further becomes his Greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your worthiness.
Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. Ber. But you must not now sumber in it.
Par. I'll about it this evening; and I will presently pen down my dilemma's, encourage my self in my certainty, put myself into my mortal preparation; and, by midnight, look to hear further from me.
Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his Grace, you are
Par. I know not what the success will be, my Lord; but the attempt I vow.
Ber. I know,th’arc valiant; and to the possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee; farewel. Par. I love not many words.
Exit. i Lord. No more than a fish loves water. - Is not this a strange fellow, my lord, that so confidently seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done; damns himself to do it, and dares better be damn'd than to do't?
2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do ; certain it is, that he will steal himself into a man's favour, and for a week escape a great deal of discoVol. II.
gone about it?
veries ; but when you find him out, you have him ever after.
Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed at all of this, that so seriously he does addrefs himself upto?
2 Lord. None in the world, but roturn with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies; but we have almost imboss'd him, you shall fee his fall to night ; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship’s respect.
i Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first sinoak'd by the old lord Lafeu; when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; which you shall see, this very night.
2 Lord. I muit go and look my twigs; he shall be caught.
Ber. Your brother he shall go along with me. 2 Lord. As't please your lordihip. I'll leave you[Exit. Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and shew
you The lass I spoke of.
I Lord. But you say, she's honeft.
Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her, By this fame coxcomb that we have i'th' wind, Tokens and letters, which she did resend; And this is all I've done: fhe's a fair creature, Will you go see her ?
i Lord. With all my heart, my lord. [Exeunt.
SCENE changes to the Widow's House.
Enter Helena, and Widow. Hel. If you
she, I know not, how I shall assure you further, But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.
Wid. Tho' my estate be fallen, I was well born, Nothing acquainted with these bulineffes,