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Par. Oh!

Inter. Oh, pray, pray, pray. Mancha ravancba dulcbe.

Lord. Osceoribi dulchos volivorco.

Inter. The General is content to spare thee yet, And, hood-winkt as thou art, will lead thee on • To gather from thee. Haply thou may'st inform Something to save thy life.

Par. Oh let me live,
And all the secrets of our Camp I'll shew;

Their force, their purposes : nay, I'll speak that
Which you will wonder at.

Inter. But wilt thou faithfully?
Par. If I do not, damn me.

Inter. Acordo linta.
Come on, thou art granted space.


[Albort alarum within. Lord. Go, tell the Count Rousillon and my brother, We'vecaught the woodcock, and will keep hiin muffled ?Till we do hear from them.

Sol. Captain, I will.

Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves,
Inform 'em That.

Sol. So I will, Sir.
Lord. 'Till then I'll keep him dark and safely lockt.


S CE N E 11.

Changes to the Widow's House.

Enter Bertram, and Diana.


Ber. THEY told me, that your name was Fon

Dia. No, my good Lord, Diana.

Ber. Titled Goddess,
And worth it with addition ! but, fair soul,


your fine frame hath love no quality ?
If the quick fire of youth light not your mind
You are no Maiden, but a Monument : ,
When you are dead, you should be such a one
As you are now, for you are cold and stern;
And now you should be as your Mother was,
When your sweet self was got.

Dia. She then was honest.
Ber. So should


Dian. No.
My Mother did but duty: such, my Lord,
As you owe to your Wife.

Ber. 'No more o' that!
I pr’ythee do not strive against my vows:
I was compell’d to her, but I love thee
By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever
Do thee all rights of service.

Dia. Ay, so you serve us,

9 No more o' that !

Do not run upon that topick ; talk I prytbee do not firive against of any thing else that I can bear my vows :

to bear. I was compelled to her. ] I I have another conceit upon know not well what Bertram this passage, which I would be can mean by entreating Diana thought to offer without niuch not to strive againf bis vows. confidence. Diana has just mentioned his No more af that! wife, so that the vows seem to 1 pr’ythee do not shrive relate to his marriage. In this

against my voice sense, not Diana, but Himself, I was compell'd to her. Arives against bis vows. His Diana tells him unexpectedly vows indeed

may mean vows of his wife. He answers with made to Diana ; but, in that perturbation, No more of that! case, to strive against is not pro. I pröytkee do not play the confefperly used for to reject, nor does for

-against my owun consent I this sense cohere well with his first exclamation of impatience

was compelled to ber.

When a young profligate finds at the mention of his wife. No his courtship so gravely repressed more of that! Perhaps we might by an admonition of his duty, read,

he very naturally desires the girl I pr’ythee, do not drive against not to take upon her the office of iny vows.

a confeffor.

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'Till we serve you: but when you have our roses,
You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves,
And mock us with our bareness.

Ber. How have I sworn!

Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the truth;
But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true;
'What is not holy, that we swear, not 'bides,
But take the High'st to witness: then, pray tell me, ,

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* What is not holy, that we tram's words above,

swear not by,] Yes, no By love's own sweet conftraini, thing is more common than such to be an oath; whereas it onkind of oaths. But Diana is ly signifies, being constrained by not here accusing Bertram for love.

WARBURTON. swearing by a Being not holy, This is an acute and excellent but for swearing to an unholy conjecture, and I have done it purpose; as is evident from the the due honour of exalting it to preceding lines.

the text; yet, methinks, there is 'Tis not the many oaths, that something yet wanting. The folmake the Truth:

lowing words, but take the Highf But the plain fimple vow, that to witness, even though it be un. is vow'd true.

derstood as an anticipation or as. The line in question, therefore, fumption in this sense, - but now is evidently corrupt, and should suppose that you take the Higheft be read thus,

to witness, - has not sufficient reWhat is not holy, that we swear, lation to the antecedent sentence. not 'BIDES,

I will propose a reading nearer i.e. If we swear to an unholy to the surface, and let it take its purpose the cath abides not, but chance. is diffolved in the making. This Bert. How bave Ifworn! is an answer to the purpose. She Diana. 'Tis not the many carbs, subjoins the reason two or three that make the truth; lines after,

But the plain single zow, that this has no holding, is vow'd true, To fwear by bim, wbom 1 pro Bert. What is 20 bely, that teft to love,

we fwear not by, That I will work against But take the Higb'A to witness. bim.

Diana. Then, pray tell me, i. e. That oath can never hold If I hould wear, &c. whose subject is to offend and Bertram means to enforce his displease that Being, whom, I fuit, by telling her, that she has profess, in the act of swearing bound himself to her, not by by him, to love and reverence, the petty protestations usual a- What may have misled the mong lovers, but by vows of editors into the common reading greater folemnity. She then was, perhaps, mistaking Bere makes a proper and rational reply.

If I should swear by Jove's great Attributes
I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths,
When I did love you ill ? this has no holding,
* To swear by him whom I protest to love,
That I will work against him. Therefore your oaths
Are words, and poor conditions but unfeal'd;
At least in my opinion.

Ber. Change it, change it:
Be not fo holy-cruel. Love is holy,
And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts,
That you do charge men with : ftand no more off,
But give thyself unto my fick desires,
Which then recover. Say, thou art mine ; and ever
My love, as it begins, shall so persever.

Dia. I see, that men make hopes in such affairs
That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring.

Ber. I'll lend it thee, my Dear, but have no power
To give it from me.

Dia. Will you not, my Lord ?

Ber. It is an Honour ’longing to our House,
Bequeathed down from many Ancestors ;
Which were the greatest obloquy i'th' world
In me to lose.

Dia. Mine Honour's such a ring;
My chastity's the jewel of our House ;
Bequeathed down from many Ancestors ;
Which were the greatest obloquy i' th' world
In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom
Brings in the champion Honour on my part,
Against your vain affault.

Ber. Here, take my ring.
My House, my Honour, yea, my life be thine,
And I'll be bid by thee.
* To swear by him ubom 1 pro- piter. I believe we may read,
teft to love,

to swear to him. There is, says That I will work against bim she, no molding, no consistency, This paffage likewise appears to in swearing to one that I love me corrupt. She swears not by him, when I swear it only to in. him whom she loves, but by Juo jure him.

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Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my cham

ber window; I'll order take, my Mother shall not hear. Now will I charge you in the band of truth, When you have conquer'd my yet maiden-bed, Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me: My reasons are most strong, and you shall know them, When back again this ring shall be deliver'd; And on your finger, in the night, I'll put Another ring, that, what in time proceeds, May token to the future our past deeds. Adieu, 'till then, fail not: you have won A Wite of me, tho' there my hope be done. Ber. A heav'n on earth I've won by wooing thee.

[Exit. Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven and

me. You may so in the end. My Mother told me just how he would woo, As if she fate in's heart ; she says, all men Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry me, When his Wife's dead : therefore I'll lie with him, When I am buried ?. Since Frenchmen are so braid, Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid ; Only, in this disguise, I think’t no sin To cozen him, that would unjustly win. [Exit.

Since Frenchmen are them, I had rather live and die a fo braid,

maid, than venture upon them. Marry that will, i'll live and This the says with a view to He

die a Maid;] What! be. len, who appeared fo fond of her cause Frenchmen were false, she, husband, and went thro' so many that was an I:alian, would mar difficulties to obtain him. ry nobody. The text is cor

WARBURTON rupted; and we should read, The passage is very unimpos

Since Frenchmen are tant, and the old reading reasonSo braid,

able enough. Nothing is more Marry 'em that will, r'll live common than for girls, on such and die a maid.

occasions, to say in a pett what i. e. fince Frenchmen frove so they do not think, or to think crooked and perverse in their for a time what they do not fimanners, let who will marry' nally resolve.


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