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Ber. What would vou have?
Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ? Ild. Something; and scarce so much :---10-|
Farewel. thing, indeed.
Go thou toward home; wirerewill never come, I would not tell you what I would; my lord,- Whilst I can shakemy sword, or hear the drum:-'faith, yes ;-
15 Away, and for our flight, Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss.
Par. Bravely, coragio! Ber. I prav you, stay not, but in laste to borse.
(Ereunt. Hol. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.
А ст. 11.
I 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.
for a song. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, treo Frenchoolm
| Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he
menca 20 means to come. 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
I try are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels The fundamental reasons of this war; .
lothe court: the brain of my Cupid's birock'd out; Whose great decision liath much blood let forth, 25 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. [reau's a litter.] « [ have sent you a Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin 30“ 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', , “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
folly 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 guess'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 Brihe nisprising 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,
between two soldiers and my young lady. Shall on them settle: You know your places well;
Count. What is the matter? When better fall, for your avails they tell :
Clo. Nav, there is some comfort in the news, Tomorrow to the field.
some comfort; your son will not be hilled so soon SCENE II.
puas I thought he would.
Count. Why should be be killid?
Clo. So say I, madam, if he runaway, as I hear
The does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the Count. It hath happened all as I would have had 35 11
loss of men, though it be the getting of children.
D Here they come, will tell you more : for my part, it, save that he comes not along with her. I Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be al
I only hear, your son was run away. very melancholy man.
Enter Helena and treo Gentlemen. Count. By what observance, I pray you?
1 Gen. Save you, good madam. Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and 60 Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone, sing; mend the rufi, 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 so, but as we change our courtesies.
I 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.'lïll I have nozoifi',I have 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 bave none, Rousillon, none in France, Florence:
Then last thou all again. Poor lord, ist I We met him thitherward; for thence we came, 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 ve bend again.
[pas port. 10 of the nine-sparing war; and is it I TIed. Look on this letter, madam ; here's mul That drive thee from the sportivecourt, where thou
“ When thou canst get the ring upon my Wast shot at with fair eres, to be the mark “ finger, which never hall come off, and she Of smoky muskets? Ovou leaden messengers, “ me a child begotten of thy body, that I am (That ride upon the violent sperdote, “ father to, then call me busband; but in 15 Fly with talse aim; move the stil-piercing air, “ such a Then I write a Nive7."
That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord ! This is a dreadful sentence.
Whoever shoots at him, I set him there; , Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen? Whoever charges on his forward breast: 1 Gen. Ay, madam ;
I am the caitif, 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
Couni. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; His death was so elected: better 'twere, If thou engrossest, all the griefs are thine,
I met the ravin lion when he roar'd Thou robb'st me of a moiety: lle was my son ;! With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere, But I do waslı his name out of my 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, Rousilo 2 Gen. Ay, madam.
Whence honour but of clanger wins a scar; [lon, Count. And to be a soldier?
As oit it loses all ; I will be gone: 2 Gen. Such is his noble purpose: and, believe't, My being here it is, that holds thee hence; The duke will lay upon him all the honour
Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, although That good convenience claims.
(30 The air of paradise did fan the house, Count. Return you thither?
speed. And angels oflic'd all: I will be gone; I Gén. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of That pitiful rumour may report my tight, Hel. “'Till I have no wite, I have nothing in To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! “ France.?
| For, with the dark, poor thief,l'ilsteal away.[Exit. 'Tis bitter.
[Reading: 35 Count. Find you that there?
SC EN E III. · Ilet. Ay, madam.
The Duke's Court in Florence. 1 Gen. "'Tis but the boldvess of his land, haply, Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, Bertram, His heart was not consenting to.
Count. Nothing in France, until he have no wife: 401 D rum and Trumpets, Soldiers, 'c. There's nothing here, that is too good for him. Duke. The generalof our 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. I l'pon thy promising fortune. And callher hourly, mistress. Who was with him Ber. Sir, it is
1 Gen. A servant only, and a gentleman 45 A charge too heavy for my strength ; but vet Which I have some time known.
We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, Count, Parolies, was't not?
To the extreme edge of hazard. 1 Gen. Ay, my good lady, he.
Duhe. Then go forth;
Bar. This very day, 1 Gen. Indeed, good lady,
Great Vars, 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, hater of love. [Exeunt . Count. You are welcome, gentlemen.
Rosillon, in France.
Enter Countess and Sterrard. Written to bear along.
| | Count. Alas! and would you take the letter ofher? 2 Gen. We serve you, madam,
60 Might you not know, she would doas she has done, In that and all your worthiest atlairs.
| 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. ie, the air that closes immediately. 0 %
Stru. “I am St. Jaques' pilgriin, bither gone; i jher name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
“ Ambitious love hatb so in me ottended, | l'id. I have told my neighbour, how you have " That bare-fout plod I the cold ground upon, been solicited hy a gentleman his companion.
“With sainted vow my faults to have amended.) | Mar. I know the knare; bang inim! one Pa"Write, write, that, from the bloody courseof war, 5 rolles : avilthy officer he is in those suggestion for
“My dearest master, your dear son may hye; ! the young eail.-Beware of them, Diana; their « Blesbim at home in peace, whilst I from far, promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these
“ His name with zealous fervour sanctity: 1 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 “ , his despightful Juno, sent him forth 10 misery, is, example, that so terrible shews in the « From courtly friends, with camping foes to live, ureck of maidenlood, cannot for all that dissuade
"Where death and dangerdog the heels ofworth: succession, but that they are limed with the twigs “Heis too good and fair for death and me; I lihat threaten then, I hope, I need not to advise “ Whom I myself embrace, to set him free." I you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will Ah, what sharp stings are in ber mildest words!-115 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 leiting her pass so; had I spoke with her, so lost. I could have well diverted her intents,
| Dia. You shall not need to fear me. Whichithus she hath prevented. Stew. Pardon me, inadamı;
Enter Helena, disguis'd like a Pilgrim. If I had given you this at over-night,
Wid. I hope so.—Look, here comes a pilgrim: She might have beeno'er-ta'en; and yet she writes, I know she will lye at my house: thither they send Pursuit would be but vain.
lone another; I'll question her. Count. What angel shall
God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound? Bless this unworthy husband? he cannot thrive, 23/ Hl. To St. Jaques le grand Unless her pravers, whom heaven delights to hear, Where do the palmers ? lodge, I do beseech you? And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath | W d. Aithe St. Francis here, beside the purt. Ofgreatest justice.---Write,' write, Rinaldo,
HI Is this the way? A march atur off. To this unworthy husband of his wife;
Wid. Ay, marry, is it. Hark you! [pilgrim,
The rather, tor I think I hnow your hostess
Hut. Is it yourself?
Hid. If you shall please so, pilgriin. [sure. Led hither by pure love: which of them both
Hil. Lihank you, and will stay upon your leiIs dearest to me, I have no skill in sense
Ilid. You came, I think, from France?
lid. Flere you may see a countryman of yours, Grief would h.ve tears, and sorrow bids me speak.
That bas done worthy service.
fone! SCENE V.
Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such 3 Without the walls of Florence.
II. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of 115 His face I know not.
Thim; A Tucket afur off.
Duu. W atsoe'er he is, Enter an old Widow of Florence, Diana,Tiolenta, He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
and Alariand, with other Citizens. | As'tis reported, for the king had married him l'id. Nay, come; for if they do approach the Against his liking: Think you it is so) [ladı. city, we shall lose all the sight.
1501 Hel. Ay, surely, meer the truth; I know his Dia. They say, the French count has done inost Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the count, honourable service.
Reports but coarsely of her. Wid. It is reported that he has ta'en their great- Hiel. What's his name? est cominander; and that with his own hand hel Dia. Monsieur Parolles. slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour;551 Alil. Oh, I beliere with him, they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may ln arguinent of praise, or to the worth. know their trumpets.
JOf the great 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 heed of this French earl: the honour of a maid is6|I have not heard examined *.
"That is, discretion or thought. ? Meaning, “ they are not really so true and sincere as in appearance they sezın to be.” . Pilgrims that visited holy places; so called from a stati' or bough of palm that they were wont to carry. "i. e, doubled.
Dia. Alas, poor lady!
SCENE VI. 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife Of a detesting lord.
Enter Bertrum, and the tivo French Lords. Wid. Aright good creature: wheresoe'er she is, 1 Her heart weighs sadily: this young maid might 51 1 Lord. Nav, good my lord; put him to't ; let A slirewil turn, it she pleas'd.
him have his way. HI. Ilow do you mean?
| 2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a bilding, May be, the amorous count solicits her
Thold me no more in your respect. In the unlawiul purpose.
i Lord. On my lite, my lord, a bubble. Hid. He does, indeed;
Ber. Do you think I am so far deceiv'd in him? And brokes' with all that can in such a suit
I Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Corrupt the tender honour of a maid:
I 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.
lan intinite and endless liar, an hourly promise
115 breaker, the owner of no one good quality worEnter with Drun and Colours, Bertram, Pa- thy your lordship's entertainment. rolles, Officers and Soldiers attending.
? Lord. It were fit rou knew him; lest, re
1 posing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, Mar. The gols forbid else!
I lhe 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. HII. Which is the Frenchman?
| 2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off Dia. lie;
This drum, which you hear him so confidently unThat with the plume; 'tis a most gallant fellow; 125 dertake to do. I would, he lov'd his wife; if he were houe ter, 1 1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will Ile were much goodlier:-Is't not a handsome suddenly surpise him; such I will have, whom, Hl. Lke 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 hoave,
130 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.
tents: Be but your lordship present at his examiHil. Which is he?
nation; if he do not, for the promise of his life, Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs: Why is he and in the highest compulsion of base fear, otter to melancholy?
35 betray you, and deliver all the intelligence in his Hel. Perchance he's hurt i' the battle. Pur. Lose our drum! well.
I 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 Ilid. 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 sucAlar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier! cess in't, and to what metal this counierfeit lump Wid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I lof ore wiil be melted, if you give him not John will bring you
Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be Where you shall bost; of enjoin'd penitents 45'removed?. llere he comes. There's tour or 11, to great Saini Jagues bound, Already at my house.
Enter Parolles. Heli' i humbly thank voll:
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 off his To eat with us toonight, the charge, and thanking, 50 drum in any hand. Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,
Ber. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks I will bestow some precepts on this virgin,
sorely in your disposition. Worthy the note.
I 2 Lord. Apox on't, let it go ; 'tis but a drum. Both. We'll take your offer kindly.
Pur. 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. 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 counterfeit, you don't cashier him 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 famiiy : so that his porter or any other officer durst not, for both his cars, give the simplest man, that resorted to his house, Tom Drun'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.
I libich 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 serrice; it was a disaster of war that caught. Cæsar hiniselt could not have prevented, if he had 5! Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. been there to command.
1 | 2 Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll lease Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condeinn our you.
[Erit. success: some dishonour we had in the loss of that s Bur. Now will I lead you to the house, and drum; but it is not to be recovered.
shew you Par. It might have been recover'd.
10 The lass I spoke of. Ber. It might; but it is not now.
Lord. But, you say, she's honest: Conce, 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 ani 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 jUcit.
11511 okens and letters, which she did re-send; Bor. 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 stratager can bring Will you go see her? this instrument of honour again in'o its native quar. 1 i Lord. With all iny heart, my lord. (Ereunt. ter, be magnanimous in the enterprise, and go on ;'
SCENE VII. I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit: if, 2011 you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak/
Florence. The Widoz's House. of it, and extend to you what further becomes his
Enter Helina und Widow. greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your Hl. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, worthiness.
I I know noi how I shall assure you further, Par.'y the hand of a soldier, I will undertakeit. But I shall lose the grounds I work upon'. (born. Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
Ifid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well Pur. I'll about it this evening: and I will pre Nothing acquainted with these businesses; senily pen down my dilemmas", encourage inyl And would not put my reputation now self in my certainty, put myselt into my mortal In any staining act. preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear fur-130 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.
33 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 you have shew'd me that, 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 lish loves water.-Is 40 Andlet me buv your friendly help thus far, not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so conti- Which I will over-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 damn'd than do't?
Resolves to carry ber; let her, in fine, 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 sical 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, jou bave him ever after.
1 From son to son, some four or five descents Br. 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?
I To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, 2 Lord. Noue in the world: but return with an Howe'er repentol after. invention, and clap upon vou two or three proba- | Hrid. Now I see ble lies : but we have almost imboss'd him, vou 55 The bottom of your purpose. shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not | Ill. You see it lawful 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 tine, delivers me lo till the time, the old lord Lateu ; when his disguise and he is 60 Herself most chastely absent; after this,
A dilemma is an argument that concludes both ways. ? To imboss a deer is to inclose him in a wood. The word, applied in this sense, being derived from emboscure, Ital. ought properly to be spelled imbu'll. Nieaning, before we strip him naked. ^i, e, by discovering herself to the count. Important here ineans importunute.