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When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone,
Changes to a publick Place in Florence.
A Tucket afar off
Enter an old Widow of Florence, Diana, Violenta,
and Mariana, with other Citizens.
city, we shall lose all the sight.
Wid. It is reported, that he has ta'en their greateft commander; and that with his own hand he new the Duke's brother. We have lost our labour, they are gone a contrary way: - hark, you may know by cheir trumpets.
Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this French Earl; the honour of a maid is her namne, and no legacy is so rich as honesty. Wid, I have told my neighbour, how you have been
cited by a gentleman his companion. Mar. I know that knave, (hang him!) one Parolles; a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young Earl; beware of them, Diana ; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of
luft, are the things they go under ; many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, ex.. ample, that lo terrible thews in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, tho' there were ? no further danger found, but the modesty which is so loft. Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
Enter Helena, disguis'd like a Pilgrim. Wid. I hope room Look, here comes a pilgrim; I know, she will lye at my house; thither they send one another ; I'll question her: God save you, pilgrim! whither are you bound?
6 are not the things they go under;) Mr.Theobald explains these words by, They are not really so true and fince reas in appearance they seem to be. He found something like this sense would fit the pasläge, but whether the words would fic che sense he seems not to bave confidered. The cruch is, the negative particle should be struck out, and the words read thos, are the things they go under; i. e. they make use of oaths, promises, &c. to facilitate their design upon us. The allusion is to the military use of cover'd-ways, to facilitate an approach or attack, and the Scene, which is a beheged city, and the persons Spoken of who are soldiers, make the phrase Every proper- and natural. The Oxford Editor has adopted this correction, tho' in his usual way, with a but ; and reads, art but she things they go under.
7 no further KNOWN, but the modefly which is so loft.) Mariana advises Diana not to believe young soldiers' oaths and promises ; thews-her-the mischiefs attendant on the loss of honour; and consludes, that he poght to be careful to preserve that, tho' The were sure the should feel no other ill consequence chan only the loss of her modesty. From hence it appears we should read, no further danger FOUND, but the modesty which is fo loft. Not only on account of the antithesis restored by the word found, which refers to loj, a thing which in Shakespear's writing is not to be overlooked, but principally because the question here is not concerning the bare knowledge of the consequences of a woman's lofing her honour, but concerning Diana's experience of this matter in her own case ; with which the reading here proposed can only agree.
Hel. To St. Jaques le Grand. Where do the pal.. mers lodge, I do beseech you?
Wid. At the St. Francis, beside the port.
[ A marcb afar off Wid. Ay, marry, is't. Hark you, they come chis
way. If you will tarry, holy pilgrim, but 'till the troops
Hel. Is it yourself? : Wid. If
you fhall please fo, pilgrim. Hel. I thank you, and will ftay upon your leisure." Wid. You came, I think, from France. Hel. I did so. Wid. Here
Thall see a countryman of yours, That has done worthy service.
Hel. His name, I pray you?
Hel. But by the ear, that hears moft nobly of him;, His face I know not
Dia. Whatsoe'er he is,
Hel. Ay, surely, 'meerlye truth; I know his lady.
Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the Count, Reports but coursely of her.
Hel. What's his name?
Hel. Oh, I believe with him,
8 MEER The truth) We should read, MEERLYå frutb, i. e. certainly.' SoʻSir Thomas Moore, that we may merelye mert in beaan.
To have her name repeated; all her deserving
Dia. Alas, poor lady!
Hel. How do you mean?
Wid. He does, indeed;
Drum and Colours. Enter Bertram, Parolles, Officers
and Soldiers attending.
Wid. So now they come :
Hel. Which is the Frenchman?
Dia. He ;
He Hel. Which is be?
Dia. That jack-an-apes with fcärfs. Why is he melancholy?
Hel. Perchance, he's hurt i'th battel..
Mar. He's shrewdly vex'd at something. Look, he has spied us. Wid. Marry, hang you!
(Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, &c.
, c Mar. And your courtesie, for a ring-carrier !. Wid. The troop is paft: come, pilgrim, I will
* bring you,
Hcl. i humbly thank you:
Both. We'll take your offer kindly. [Exeunt.
Enter Bertram, and the two French Lords. s Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't: let him have his way.
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.
1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him as my kinsmarr; he's a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker; the