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FROM THE TEXT OF
JOHNSON, STEVENS, AND REED,
GLOSSARIAL NOTES, LIFE, ETC.
A NEW EDITION,
WILLIAM HAZLITT, ESQ.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
G. ROUTLEDGE & CO., FARRINGDON STREET;
PAROLLES, a follower of Bertram.
HELENA, a Gentlewoman protected
AN OLD WIDOW of Florence.
Several young French LORDS, that MARIANA,' } Friends to the Widow.
serve with BERTRAM in the Florentine war.
LORDS attending on the KING; OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, &c., French and Florentine.
SCENE, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany.
SCENE I.-Rousillon. A Room in the COUNTESS's Palace. Enter BERTRAM, the COUNTESS OF ROUSILLON, HELENA, and LAFEU, in mourning.
Count. In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband.
Ber. And I, in going, Madam, weep o'er my father's death anew: but I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward,* evermore in subjection.
Laf. You shall find of the king a husband, Madam ;—you, Sir, a father: He that so generally is at all times good, must of necessity hold his virtue to you; whose worthiness would stir it up where it wanted, rather than lack it where there is such abundance.
Count. What hope is there of his majesty's amendment?
Laf. He hath abandoned his physicians, Madam; under whose practices he hath persecuted time with hope; and finds no other advantage in the process but only the losing of hope by time.
Count. This young gentlewoman had a father (O, that had! how sad a passaget 'tis !), whose skill was almost as great as his * Under guardianship. † I. c. passing recollection.