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To the great sender turns a sour offence,
ven, bless! Or, ere they meet, in me, O nature, cease! Laf. Come on, my son, in whom my house's
- Hers it was not
eye, While I was speaking, oft was fasten'd to't. This ring was mine; and, when I gave it Helen, I bade her, if her fortunes ever stood Necessitied to help, that by this token I would relieve her: Had you that craft, to reave her Of what should stead her most?'
My gracious sovereign, Howe'er it pleases you to take it so, The ring was never hers. Count,
Son, on my life,
I have seen her wear it; and she reckon'd it
I am sure, I saw her wear it.
Than I have in this ring: 'twas mine, 'twas Helen's,
5 In Florence was it from a casement thrown me,] Bertram still continues to have too little virtue to deserve Helen. He did not know indeed that it was Helen's ring, but he knew that he had it not from a window. Johnson.
6 noble she was, and thought
I stood ingag’d:] Ingaged, in the sense of unenguged, is a word of exactly the same formation as sinhabitable, which is used by Shakspeare and the contemporary writers for uninhabitable. :
MALONE. 7 Plutus himself, • That knows the tinct and multiplying medicine,] Plutus, the grand alchemist, who knows the tincture which confers the properties of gold upon base metals, and the matter by which gold is multiplied, by which a small quantity of gold is made to communicate its qualities to a large mass of base metal. 8- Then, if you know
That you are well acquainted with yourself, *Confess 'twas hers,] The true meaning of this expression is, If you know that your faculties are so sound, as that you have the proper consciousness of your own actions, and are able to recollect and relate what you have done, tell me, &c. JOHNSON,
You got it from her: she call'd the saints to surety,
She never saw it.
That thou art so inhuman,—'twill not prove so;-
TGuards seize BERTRAM.
If you shall prove
Enter a Gentleman.
9 Ny fore-past proofs, &c.] The proofs which I have already had are sufficient to show that my fears were not rain and irrational. I have rather been hitherto more easy than I ought, and have unreasonably had too little fear. Jo IINSON.
Who hath, for four or fire remores, come short, &c.] Wha hath missed the opportunity of presenting it in person to your majesty, either at Marseilles, or on the road from thence to Rou.
To tender it herself. I undertook it,
King. [Reads. 7 Upon his many protestations to marry me, when his wife was dead, I blush to say it, he won me. Now is the count Rousillon a widower; his vows are forfeited to me, and my honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence, taking no leave, and I follow him to his country for justice: Grant it me, o king; in you it best lies; otherwise a seducer flourishes, and a poor maid is undone.
DIANA CAPULET, Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll : hiin:2 for this, I'll none of him. · King. The heavens have thought well on thee, .
Exeunt Gentleman, and some Attendants... I am afeard, the life of Helen, lady, . Was foully snatch'd.
Count. . Now, justice on the doers !
Enter Bertram, guarded.
sillon, in consequence of having been four or five removes behind you. MALONE. . 2 I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll him:] i. e. I'll buy me a son-in-law as they buy a horse in a fair; toul him, i. e. enter him on the toul or toll-book, to prove I came honestly by him, and ascertain my title to him.
And that you fly them as you swear them lordship, Yet you desire to marry.What woman's that?
Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and DIANA.
Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine, . Derived from the ancient Capulet; My suit, as I do understand, you know, And therefore know how far I may be pitied.
Wid. I am her mother, sir, whose age and honour Both suffer under this complaint we bring, And both shall cease, without your remedy. King. Come hither, count; Do you know these
women? Ber, My lord, I neither can, nor will deny. But that I know them: Do they charge ine further?
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wife?
If you shall marry,
Laf. Your reputation [To BERTRAM.] comes too short for my daughter, you are no husband for
Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate crea
ture, Whom sometime I have laugh'd with: let your
highness Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, Than for to think that I would sink it here. King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill