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Ber. What would vou have?
Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ?lidl. Sourething; and scarce so much :
Farewel. thing, indeed.
Go thou toward home; wliere I will never come, I would not tell you what I would; my lord, — Whilst I can shakemy sword, or hear the drum:-'iaith, 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 in naste to borse.
(Ereunt. Hil. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.
for a song;
sing; pick his teeth, and sing: I know a man that
had this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor The Duke's Court in Florence. Flourish. Enterthe Duke of Florence, two French 20 means to come.
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he 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 counhave you heard
try are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels The fundamental reasons of this war;
u the court: the brain of my Cupid's knock'd out; Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, 105 and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, And more thirsts aster.
with no stomach. 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. [reauls a litter.] “ I have sent you a Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin 30f“ 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',
før fore the report come.
If there be breadth But like a conimon and an outward man?, 35“ enough in the world, I will hold 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 guese'd.
40 To tly the favours of so good a king; Duhe. Be it his pleasure.
(nature !Topluck his indignation on thy head, 2 Lord. But I am sure the younger of our By the niisprising of a maid too virtuous That surteit on their ease, will, day by day, For the contempt of empire. Come here for physick.
Re-enter Clorun. Duke. Welcome shall they be;
Clo. (), madam, yonder is heavy news within, And all the honours, that can fly from us, Shall on them settle: You know your places well;
between two soldiers and my young lady:
Count. What is the matter? When better fall, for your avails they tell :
Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, Tomorrow to the field.
some comfort; your son will not be hilled so soon
50 SCENE II.
as I thought he would.
Count. Why should be be killid?
Clo. So say I, madam, if he runaway, as I hear
he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the Count. It hath happened all as I would have had 55 llere they come, will tell you more : for my part,
loss of men, thouglı it be the getuing 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 Helena 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 Tel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone, sing; mend the rufl, and sing; ask questions, andi 2 Gen. Do not say so.
j. e. I cannot inform you of. * i. e. one not in the secret of affairs. • Meaning, our young fellows.
Count. Think upon patience:—'Pray you, gen- Count. Not
but as we change our courtesies. tlemen,
Will you draw near? I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief,
[Ertunt Countess and Gentlemen. That the first face of neither, on the start, (you? Hel.'Till I have no coife, I ure nothing in France. Can woman me into't:--Where is my son, I pray 5 Nothing in France, until he has no wite! 2 Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France, Florence:
Then last thou all again. Poor lord, ist I We met him thitherward; for thence we cane, That chase thee from thy country, and expose And, after some dispatch in hand at court, Those tender limbs of thine to the event Thither re bend again.
[passport. 10 of the ncne-sparing war; and is it I Hled. Look on this letter, madam ; here's my That drive thee from the sportivecourt, where thou
«siWhen thou canst get the ring upon my Mast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark “ finger, which never hall come oil, and she smoky mushets? Ovou leaden messengers,
me a child begotten of thy body, that I am That ride upon the violent sperdotne, “ father to, then call me husband; but in 15 Fly with talse aim ; move the stiil-piercing air « such a Then I write a Neven."
That sings with piercing, do not touch my This is a dreadful sentence.
Whoever shoots at him, I set bin there; Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen? Whoever charges on his forward breast: 1 Gen. Ay, madam ;
I am the caititf, that do hold him to it; And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our pains. 20 And though I kill him not, I am the cause
Count. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; His death was so etlected: better 'twere, If thou engrossést, all the griefs are thine,
I met the ravin lion when he roard Thou robb’st me of a moiety: lle was my son ;. With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere, But I do wash his name out of any 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 thou home, Rousil2 Gen. Ay, madam.
Whence honour but of «langer wins a scar; [lon, Count. And to be a soldier?
As oit it loses all ; I will be gone:
30 The air of paradise did fan the house, Count. Return you thither?
[speed. And angels oflic'd all: I will be gone; 1 Gen. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of That pitiful rumour may report my thight, Hel. “'Till I have no wite, I have nothing in To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, clar! « France.?
For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away.[Exit. 'Tis bitter.
[Reuding: 35 Count. Find you that there?
S C Ε Ν Ε III. Ilel. Ay, madam.
The Duke's Court in Florence. i Gen. "Tis but the bolduess of his hand, haply, His heart was not consenting to.
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, Bertram,
Drum and Trumpets, Soldiers, gic.
Duke. The generalofour horse thou art; and we, But only she: and she deserves a lord,
Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence That twenty such rude boys might tend upon, (pon thy promising fortune. And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him? Bur. Sir, it is
1 Gen. A servant only, and a gentleman 45 A charge too heavy for my strength; but yet Which I have some time known.
We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, Count, Parojies, was't not?
To the extreme edge of hazard. 1 Gen. Ay, my good lady, he.
Duke. Then forth; Count. A very tainted tellow, and full of wich- And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, My son corrupts a well-derived nature [edness : 50 As thy auspicious mistress! With his inducement.
Bir This very day, 1 Gen. Indeed, good lady,
Great Mars, I put myself into thy file: The fellow has a deal of that, too much,
Make me butike my thoughts; and I shall prove Which holds him much to have?
A lover of thy drum, heter of love. [Exeunt Count. You are welcome, gentlemen.
Rosillon, in France.
Enter Countess and Stezurd. 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, In 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, ? i. e. his vices stand him in stead. 21. 6. the air that closes immediately. UZ
Steno. so lost.
St u. “ I am St. Jaques' pilgriin, hither gone; pher name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. Ambitious love hath so in me ottended,
Hl'id. I bave told my neighbour, how you have “ That bare-fout plod I the cold ground upon, been solicited by a gentleman his companion.
“With sainted vow my faults to have amended. Mar. I know the knave; hang him! one Pa“Write, write, that, from the bioody 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 “ Bles him at home in peace, whilst I trom far, promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these
“ His name with zealous fervour sanctity: 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 “ I, his despightful Juno, sent bim forth 10 misery is, example, that so terrible shews in the From courtly friends, with camping foes to live, ureck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade
"Where deathand dangerdog the heels ofworth: succession, but that they are limed with the twigs “Heis 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 ber 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 her pass so; had I spore with her, I could have well diverted her intents,
Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
Enter Helena, disguis'd like a Pilgrim.
Wid. I hope so.—Look, here comes a pilgrim: She might have beeno'er-ta'en; and yet she writes, I know she vill lye at my house: thither they send Pursuit would be but vain.
one another; l'Il question her.Count. What angel shall
God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Bless this unworthy husband? he cannot thrive, 25 HI. To St. Jaques le grand. Unless her prayers, whom aven delights to hear, Where do the palmers 'lodge, I do beseech you? And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrathi W d. Aithe St. Francis here, beside the purt. Of greatest justice.--Write,' write, Rinaldo,
HI Is this the way? [1 march atur off. To this.unworthy husband of his wife;
W.d. Ay, marry, is it. Hark you! [pilgrim, Let every word weigh heavy of her worth, 30hey come this way:-Ii you will tarry, holy That he does weigh too light: my greatest grief,
|But iill the troops come by, Though little he do feel it, set down sharply. I will conduct you where you shall be lodgid; Dispatch the most convenient messenger :
The rather, tor I think I hnow your hostess When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone, is ample as myself. He will return; and hope I may, that she, 35 Heli Is it yourself? Hlearing so much, will speed her foot again, Hid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. (sure. Led hither by pure love: which of them both Hil.ihank you, and will stay upon your
leiIs deare-t to me, I have no skill in sense
llid. You came, I think, from France? To make distinction :-- Provide this messenger:
Il. I did so.
That bias done worthy service.
[one! SCENE V.
Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such a Without the walls of Florence.
II. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of
15 His face I know not. A Tucket afur off.
Diu. Whatsoe'er he is, Enteran old IVidow of Florence, Diuna, T'iolentu, He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, and Mariand, with other Citizens.
As’tis reported, for the king had married liim Il'id. Nay, come ; for if they do approach the Against bis liking: Think you it is so? [lads. city, we shall lose all the sight.
150 Hel. Ay, surely, meer 'the truth; I know his Dia. They say, the French count has done most Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the count, honourable service.
Reports but coursely of her. Wid. It is reported that he has ta'en their great- Hel. What's his name? est cominander; and that with his own hand he Dia. Monsieur Parolles. slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; 55 Hel. Oh, I beliere with him, they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may In argument of praise, or to the worth. know their trumpets.
Of the greit 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 beed of this French earl: the honour of a maid is 6 I have not heard examined *.
That is, discretion or thought. ? Meaning, " they are not really so true and sincere as in appearance they sezon to be.” Pilgrims that visited holy places; so called irom a stati' or bough of palm that they were wont to carry. "i. e. doubted.
Dia. Alas, poor lady!
SCENE VI. 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife Of a detesting lord.
Enter Bertrum, and the treo French Lords. Wid. Ariglit good creature: wheresoe'er she is, Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might 5 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord; put him to't; let A shrewil turn, it she pleas’d.
him have his way. Hil. How do you mean?
2 Lord. Il your lordship find him not a hilding, May be, the amorous count solicits her
hold me no more in your respect. In the unlawiul purpose.
1 Lord. On my lite, my lord, a bubble. l'id. He does, indeed;
101 Ber. Do you think I am so far deceiv’d in him? And brokes' with all that can in such a suit
1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Corrupt the tender honour of a inaid:
knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of But she is arm'd for him, and keeps 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 Drun and Colours, Bertram, Pa- thy your lordship’s entertainment. rolles, Ojjicers and Soldiers attending: ? Lord. It were fit rou knew him ; lest, re
posing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, Mar. The gols forbid else!
he might, at some great and trusty business, in a Wid. 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. HI. Which is the Frenchman?
2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off Dia. lie;
his drum, which you hear him so contidently unThat with the plume; 'tis a most gallant fellow;
125 dertake to do. I would, he lov'd his wife; if he were hone.ter, 1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will Ile were much goodier:-Is't not a handsome suddenly surp:ise him; such I will have, whom, Hl. Like hin well,
[gentleman I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we Diu. 'Tis pity, he's not honest: Yond's that will bind and hood-wink hiin so, that he shall supe same hnave,
puse no other but that he is carried into we leaguer That kads him to these places; were I his lady, of the adversaries, when we bring him to our own I'd poison that vile rascal.
rents: Be but your lordship present at his examiHul. Which is he?
nation; if he do not, for the promise of his life, Diu. 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 Piir. Love our drum! well.
of his soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in Mar. He's shrewdly vex'd at something: Look, any thing. he has spied us.
2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him l'id. Marry, hang you!
40 fetch his drum; he says, he has a stratagein for't: [Ereint Bertram, Paroll:s, &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 Il'id. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I of ore wiil be melted, if you give him not John will bring you
Druni's entertainment, your inclining cannot be Where you shall bost; of enjoin'd penitents 145 removed?. llere he comes. There's tour or 11, to greai Saint Jaques bound, Already at my house.
Enter Parolles. Heli' i humbly thank you:
i Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not Please it this matron, and this gentle maid, the humour of his design ; let him fetch out his To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking, 50 drum in any hand. Shall be for me; and, to requite you turther, Ber. 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 drum 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 fellow (Parolles) into so near a confidence, it, upon his being found a counterteit, you don't cashier bim from your favour, then your attachment is not to be remov’d;" and then adds the following history of John Drun's Entertainment, from Hollingshed's Chronicle: “ This chronologer, in bis description of Ireland, speaking of Patrick Scarsetield, (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, give the simplest 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.”
in with our horse upon our own wings, and to parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; rend our own soldiers.
fibich 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 shall go along with me. been there to command.
2 Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave Bir. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our you.
[Erit. success: some dishonour we had in the loss of that Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and drum; but it is not to be recovered. Pur. It might have been recover'd.
10 The lass I spohe of. Ber. It might; but it is not now.
I Lord. But, you say, she's honest. ronce. Par. It is to be recover'd: but that the merit Ber. That's all the tault: I spoke with her but of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact And found lier wondrous cold ; but I sent to her, performer, I would have that drum or another, or By this saine coxcomb that we have i’ the wind, hic jacet.
115 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 stratagern can bring Will you go see her? this instrument of honour again in'o its native quar- i Lord. With all iny heart, my lord. (Ereunt. ker, be magnanimous in the enterprise, and go on;
SCENE VII. I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit: if 20 you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak
Florence. The Widow's House. of it, and extend to you what further becomes his
Enter Helena und Widow. greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, worthiness.
Throw noi how I shall assure you further, Par. Sy the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it.l25 But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. [born. Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. Ilid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well
Pur. l'il about it this evening: and I will pre- Nothing acquainted with these businesses; sen:ly pen down my dilemmas', encourage my- And would not put my reputation now self in my certainty, put myself into my mortal In any staining act. preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear fur-30 Hel. Nor would I wish you. ther from me.
First, give me trust, the count he is my husband; Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken, are gone about it?
Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot, Pır. I know not what the success will be, my By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, lord; but the attempt I vow.
35 Err in bestowing it. Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the pos
Ilid. I should believe you; sibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. For
have shew'd me ihat, which well approves Farewel.
You are great in fortune. Par. I love not many words
[Erit. Hel. Take this purse of gold, 1 Lord. No more than a tish loves water.—15 40 And let me buy your friendly help thus far, not this a strange fellow, my lord? that so conti- Which I willover-pay, and pay again, (daughter, dently seems to undertake this business, which he When I have found it. The count he wooes your knows is not to be done; damns bimself to do, Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, and dares better be damın'd than dot?
Resolves to carry her ; let her, in tine, consent, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we 45 As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a Now his important blood will nought deny man's favour, and, tor 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 his house, you have him ever after.
From son to son, some four or five descents Bar. 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 su seriously he does address In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire, himself unto?
To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, 2 Lord. Moue in the world: but return with an Hove er repentol after. invention, and clap upon you two or three proba- Irid. Now I see blelies : but we have almost imboss'd him, you 55 The bottom of your purpose. shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not Ill. You see it lawiul 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 some sport with the Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter; fox, eie we case him. He was first smok'd by 'In fine, delivers me to till the time, the old lord Lateu; when his disguise and he is no llerself most chastely absent; after this,
"A dilemma is an argument that concludes both ways. 2 To imboss a deer is to inclose him in a Wood. The word, applied in this sense, being derived from emboscare, Ital. ought properly to be spelled imball. : Nieaning, before we strip him naked. 1. e. by discovering herself to the count. Important here means importunate.