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for ever,

I can create the rest : virtue, and she,

from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden. Is her own dower; honour and wealth from me. I have now found thee; when I lose thee again, I

Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. care not: yet art thou good for nothing but taking King. Thou wrong'st thyself, if thou shouldst up; and that thou art scarce worth. strive to choose.

Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity Hel. That you are well restor’d, my lord, I'm upon thee, glad;

Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest Let the rest go.

thou hasten thy trial ; which if — mercy on thee for King. My honour's at the stake; which to defeat, a hen! So my good window of lattice, fare thee I must produce my power: Here, take her hand, well : thy casement I need not open, for I louk Proud scornful boy, unworthy this good gift; through thee. Give me thy hand. That dost in vile misprision shackle up

Par. My lord, you give me most egregious in My love and her desert; that canst not dream, dignity. We, poising us in her defective scale,

Laf. Ay, with all my heart ; and thou art worthy Shall weigh thee to the beam : that wilt not know, of it. It is in us to plant thine honour, where

Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it. We please to have it grow: Check thy contempt : Laf. Yes, good faith, every dram of it; and I Obey our will, which travails in thy good :

will not bate thee a scruple. Believe not thy disdain, but presently

Par. Well, I shall be wiser. Do thine own fortunes that obedient right

Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims; pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st Or I will throw thee from my care

bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what Into the staggers, and the careless lapse

it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire to Of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate, hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my Loosing upon thee in the name of justice,

knowledge ; that I may say, in the default”, he is a Without all terms of pity: Speak; thine answer. man I know.

Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord; for I submit Par. My lord, you do me most insupportable My fancy to your eyes : When I consider,

vexation. What great creation, and what dole of honour, Laf. For doing I am past; as I will by thee, in Flies where you bid it, I find, that she, which late what motion age will give me leave. [Erit. Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now Par. Well, thou hast a son shall take this disThe praised of the king; who, so ennobled, grace off me; scurvy, old lord ! — Well, I must be Is, as 'twere, born so.

patient; there is no fettering of authority. I'll King.

Take her by the hand, beat him, by my life, if I can meet him with any And tell her, she is thine: to whom I promise convenience, and he were double and double a lord. A counterpoise ; if not to thy estate,

I'll have no more pity of his age, than I would A balance more replete.

have of — I'll beat him, an if I could but meet Ber. I take her hand.

him again. King. Good fortune, and the favour of the king,

Re-enter LAFEU. Smile upon this contráct; whose ceremony

Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief,

there's news for you ; you have a new mistress. And be perform'd to-night : the solemn feast

Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship Shall more attend upon the coming space,

to make some reservation of your wrongs : He is Expecting absent friends. As thou lov’st her,

my good lord: whom I serve above, is my master. Thy love's to me religious ; else, does err.

Laf. Who? God? [Exeunt King, BERTRAM, HELENA, Lords,

Par. Ay, sir. and Attendants. Laf. Do you hear, monsieur ? a word with you. thou garter up thy arms o' this fashion ? dost make

Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why dost Par. Your pleasure, sir ? Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so ? By mine

honour, if I were but two hours younger, I'd beat recantation.

thee; methinks, thou art a general offence, and Par. Recantation? — my lord ? — my master ?

every man should beat thee. I think, thou wast Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak ? Par. A most harsh one ; and not to be understood created for men to breathe ? themselves upon thee.

Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my without bloody succeeding. My master?

lord. Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon ?

Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for Par. To any count ; to all counts; to what is man. Laf. To what is count's man ; count's master is picking a kernel out of a pomegranate ; you are a

vagabond, and no true traveller : you are more of another style. Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you the heraldry of your birth and virtue gives you com

saucy with lords, and honourable personages, than are too old. Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man ; to mission. You are not worth another word, else l'a

call you knave. I leave you.

(Exit. which title age cannot bring thee. Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.

Enter BERTRAM. Laf. I did think thee, for two ordinaries ', to be

Par. Good, very good; it is so then. — Good, a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel : it might pass : yet the scarfs, and the very good ; let it be concealed a while.

Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever! bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly dissuade me

Par. What is the matter, sweet-heart? Tie. While I sat twice with thee at dinner.

9 At a need.


Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have | Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found Sworn,

thee. I will not bed her.

Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir? or were Par. What? what, sweet-heart ?

you taught to find me? The search, sir, was proBer. O my Parolles, they have married me: - fitable ; and much fool may you find in you, even I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her.

to the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. Par. France is a dog-hole, and yet no more merits Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed. The tread of a man's foot: to the wars!

Madam, my lord will go away to-night ; Ber. There's letters from my mother; what the A very serious business calls on him. import is,

The great prerogative and rite of love, I know not yet.

Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknow. Par. Ay, that would be known : To the wars,

ledge; my boy, to the wars !

But puts it off by a compell’d restraint; He wears his honour in a box unseen,

Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with sweets, That hugs his kicksy-wicksy', here at home; Which they distil now in the curbed time, Which should sustain the bond and high curvet To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy, Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions ;

And pleasure drown the brim. France is a stable; we that dwell in't jades;


What's his will else? Therefore to the war !

Par. That you will take your instant leave o'the Ber. It shall be so; I'll send her to my house,

king, Acquaint my mother with my hate to her,

And make this haste as your own good proceeding, And wherefore I am fled; write to the king Strengthen'd with what apology you think That which I durst not speak : His present gift May make it probable need. Shall furnish me to those Italian fields,


What more commands he ? Where noble fellows strike : War is no strife

Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently To the dark house 5, and the detested wife.

Attend his further pleasure.
Par. Will this capricio bold in thee, art sure ? Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will.

Ber. Go with me tu my chamber, and advise me. Par. I shall report it so.
I'll send her straight away: To-morrow


I pray you. Come, sirrah. I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow.

[Ereunt. Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise in it. - 'T'is hard;

SCENE V.- Another Room in the same. A young man, married, is a man that's marr'd :

Enter LAFEU and BERTRAM. Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go : The king has done you wrong ; but, hush ! 'tis so. Laf. But I hope, your lordship thinks not him a

Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof. SCENE IV. - Another Room in the same.

Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. Enter HELENA and Clown.

Ber. And by other warranted testimony. Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she well? for a bunting. 7

Laf. Then my dial goes not true; I took this lark Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her health: Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in she's very merry; but yet she is not well : but thanks knowledge, and accordingly valiant. be given, she's very well, and wants nothing i'the

Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, world; but yet she is not well ? Hel . If she be very well, what does she ail, that that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my

and transgressed against his valour; and my state she's not very well ?

heart to repent. Here he comes; I pray you, make Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed.

us friends, I will pursue the amity. Enter PAROLLES.

Enter PAROLLES. Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!

Par. These things shall be done, sir. Hel. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have

[To BERTRAM. mine own good fortunes.

Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ? Par. You had my prayers to lead them on : and

Par. Sir ? to keep them on, have them still. — 0, my knave!

Laf. O, I know him well: Ay, sir; he, sir, is a How does my old lady?

good workman, a very good tailor. Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her Ber. Is she gone to the king ? money, I would she did as you say.

[Aside to PAROLLES. Par. Why, I say nothing.

Par. She is. Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a Ber. Will she away to-night? man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing: To

Par. As you'll have her. say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, have nothing, is to be a great part of your title ; Given order for our horses; and to-night, which is within a very little of nothing.

When I should take possession of the bride, Par. Away, thou'rt a knave.

Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds, and thou art a knave: that is, before me thou art a uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings knave: this had been truth, sir.

6 A specious appearance of necessity. • A cant term for a wife.

7 The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark, but has little 5 The house made gloomy by discontent.

or no song, which gives estimation to the sky.lark.

[Exeunt. soldier.

with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten. On my particular: prepar'd I was not Heaven save you, captain.

For such a business; therefore am I found Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat you, and you, monsieur ?

That presently you take your way for home; Par. I know not how I have deserved to run into And rather muse 8, than ask, why I entreat you : my lord's displeasure.

For my respects are better than they seem ; Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots and And my appointments have in them a need, spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard ; Greater than shows itself, at the first view, and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer To you that know them not. This to my mother. question for your residence.

(Giving a letter. Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; so

Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at I leave you to your wisdom. his prayers. Fare you well, my lord ; and believe Hel.

Sir, I can nothing say, this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut; But that I am your most obedient servant. the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him not in Ber. Come, come, no more of that. matter of heavy consequence: I have kept of them Hel.

And ever shall tame, and know their natures. Farewell, mon- With true observance seek to eke out that, sieur! I have spoken better of you, than you have wherein toward me my homely stars have failid or will deserve at my hand; but we must do good To equal my great fortune. against evil.

[Erit. Ber.

Let that go: Par. An idle lord, I swear.

My haste is very great: Farewell ; hie home. Ber. I think so.

Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon. Par. Why do you not know him ?


Well, what would you say? Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common speech Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe 9; Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is;

But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal Enter HELENA.

What law does vouch mine own. Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Spoke with the king, and have procured his leave Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord. For present parting ; only, he desires

Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ? Some private speech with you.


[Exit HELENA. Ber.

I shall obey his will. Go thou toward home; where I will never come, You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum:Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Away, and for our flight. The ministration and required office


Bravely, coragio! [Exeunt.


you heard

SCENE I. - Florence. A Room in the Duke's Duke.

Welcome shall they be; Palace.

And all the honours, that can fly from us, Flourish. Enter the Duke of FLORENCE, attended ; When better fall, for your avails they fell :

Shall on them settle. You know your places well ; two French Lords, and others.

To-morrow to the field. [Flourish. Ereunt. Duke. So that, from point to point, now have

SCENE II. Rousillon. A Room in the CounThe fundamental reasons of this war ;

tess's Palace. Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, And more thirsts after.

Enter COUNTESS and Clown. 1 Lord.

Holy seems the quarrel Upon your grace's part ; black and fearful

Count. It hath happened all as I would have had On the opposer.

it, save, that he comes not along with her. Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin

Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a France

very melancholy man. Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom

Count. By what observance, I pray you ? Against our borrowing prayers.

Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; 2 Lord.

Good my lord,

mend the ruff', and sing; ask questions, and sing ; The reasons of our state I cannot yield,

pick his teeth, and sing : I know a man that had But like a common and an outward man,

this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a That the great figure of a council frames

song. By self-unable motion : therefore dare not

Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he Say what I think of it; since I have found

[Opening a letter.

Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail As often as I guess'd.

court: our old ling and our Isbels o'the country are Duke. Be it his pleasure.

nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o'the 2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our nature, court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day,

8 Wonder.

9 Possess. Come here for physick.

" The folding at the top of the boot.

means to come.


I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with Count.

Return you thither ? no stomach.

i Gent. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of Count. What have we here?

speed. Clo. E'en that you have there.

[Erit. Hel. [Reads.] Till I have no wife, I have nothing

in France. Count. [Reads. ] I have sent you a daughter-in- 'Tis bitter. law: she hath recovered the king, and undone me. I

Count. Find you that there? have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make


Ay, madam. the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away ; i Gent. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply know it, before the report come. If there be breadth

which enough in the world, I will hold a long distance.

His heart was not consenting to.
My duty to you.

Count. Nothing in France, until he have no wife!
Your unfortunate son, There's nothing here that is too good for him,

Bertram. But only she ; and she deserves a lord, This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,

That twenty such rude boys might tend upon, To fly the favours of so good a king ;

And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him ? To pluck his indignation on thy head,

1 Gent. A servant only, and a gentleman By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous

Which I have some time known. For the contempt of empire.


Parolles, was't not ?

1 Gent. Ay, my good lady, he. Re-enter Clown.

Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wicked. Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, between two soldiers and my young lady.

My son corrupts a well-derived nature Count. What is the matter ?

With his inducement. Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, 1 Gent.

Indeed, good lady, some comfort; your son will not be kill'd, so soon The fellow has a deal of that, too much, as I thought he would.

Which holds him much to have. Count. Why should he be killed ?

Count. You are welcome, gentlemen, Clo. So say I madam, if he run away, as I hear I will entreat you, when you see my son, he does. Here they come, will tell you more: for To tell him, that his sword can never win my part, I only hear, your son was run away. The honour that he loses : more I'll entreat you

[Exit Clown. Written to bear along.
2 Gent.

We serve you, madam,
Enter HELENA and two Gentlemen.

In that and all your worthiest affairs. 1 Gent. Save you, good madam.

Count. Not so, but as we change our courtesies. Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. Will you draw near ? 2 Gent. Do not say so.

(Exeunt Countess and Gentlemen. Count. Think upon patience. — 'Pray you, gen- Hel. Til I have no wife, I have nothing in France. tlemen,

Nothing in France, until he has no wife ! I have felt so many quirks of joy and grief, Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France, That the first face of neither, on the start,

Then hast thou all again. Poor lord ! is't I Can woman me unto't :- Where is my son. I pray That chase thee from thy country, and expose

Those tender limbs of thine to the event 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of of the none-sparing war? and is it I Florence ?

That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou We met him thitherward ; from thence we came, Was shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark And after some despatch in hand at court,

Of smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers, Thither we bend again.

That ride upon the violent speed of fire, Hel. Look on this letter, madam; here's my Fly with false aim ; move the still-piercing air, passport.

That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord ! [Reads.] When thou canst get the ring, upon my whoever charges on his forward breast,

Whoever shoots at him, I set him there; finger, which never shall come off, and show me a "child begotten of thy body, that I am father to, then And though I kill him not, I am the cause

I am the caitiff, that do hold him to it; call me husband: but in such a then I write a never.

His death was so effected: better 'twere This is a dreadful sentence,

I met the ravin 3 lion when he roar'd Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ? With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere 1 Gent.

Ay, madam ; That all the miseries, which nature owes, And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our pains. Were mine at once: No, come thou home, Rousillon,

Count. I pr'ythee, lady, have a better cheer; Whence honour but of danger wins a scar,
If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine,

As oft it loses all ; I will be gone :
Thou robb'st me of a moiety: He was my son; My being here it is that holds thee hence :
But I do wash his name out of my blood,

Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, although
And thou art all my child. Towards Florence The air of paradise did fan the house,
is he?

And angels offic'd all : I will be gone; 2 Gent. Ay, madan.

That pitiful rumour may report my flight, Count.

And to be a soldier ? To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! 2 Gent. Such is his noble purpose : and, believ't, For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal 1way. The duke will lay upon him all the honour,

[Exit. That good convenience claims,


3 Exchange.

3 Ravenous.


SCENE III. – Florence. Before the Duke's To make distinction : Provide this messenger :Palace.

My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak; Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, Bertram, Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak. Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others.

[Ereunt. Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we,

SCENE V. — Without the Walls of Florence. Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence, A Tucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Florence, Upon thy promising fortune.

Diana, VIOLENTA, MARIANA, and other Citizens. Sir, it is

Wid. Nay, come ; for if they do approach the A charge too heavy for my strength; but yet

city, we shall lose all the sight. We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake,

Dia. They say, the French count has done most To the extreme edge of hazard.

honourable service. Duke.

Then go thou forth;

Wid. It is reported that he has taken their greatAnd fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, est commander; and that with his own hand he As thy auspicious mistress!

slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; Ber.

This very day,

they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may know Great Mars, I put myself into thy file :

by their trumpets. Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove

Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice ourA lover of thy drum, hater of love. (Exeunt. selves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed

of this French earl : the honour of a maid is her SCENE IV. — Rousillon. A Room in the name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. Countess's Palace.

Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have

been solicited by a gentleman his companion. Enter Countess and Steward.

Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one PaCount. Alas! and would you take the letter of her? rolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions 6 Might you not know, she would do as she has done, for the young earl. — Beware of them, Diana ; By sending me a letter ? Read it again.

their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all Stew. I am Saint Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone : these engines, are not the things they go under? : Ambitious love hath so in me offended,

many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the That barefoot plod I the cold ground upon,

misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the With sainted vow my faults to have amended.

wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade Write, write, that from the bloody course of war,

succession, but that they are limed with the twigs My dearest master, your dear son may hie ;

that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far,

you further; but, I hope, your own grace will keep His name with zealous fervour sanctify:

you where you are, though there were no further His taken labours bid him me forgive ;

danger known, but the modesty which is so lost. I, his despiteful Juno 4, sent him forth

Dia. You shall not need to fear me. From courtly friends, with camping foes to live,

Enter Helena, in the dress of a Pilgrim. Where death and danger dog the heels of worth :

Wid. I hope so. Look, here comes a pilHe is too good and fair for death and me ;

grim. I know she will lie at my house: thither Whom I myself embrace, to set him free.

they send one another : I'll question her. — Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound ? words!

Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand. Rinaldo, you did never lack advice 5 so much, Where do the palmers 8 lodge, I do beseech you ? As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her,

Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port. I could have well diverted her intents,

Hel. Is this the way? Which thus she hath prevented,


Ay, marry, is it. — Hark you! Slew. madam:

[march afar off. If I had given you this at over night,

They come this way: - If you will tarry, holy pilShe might have been o'erta'en ; and yet she writes,

grim, Pursuit would be in vain.

But till the troops come by, Count.

What angel shall I will conduct you where you shall be lodg'd ; Bless this unworthy husband ? he cannot thrive, The rather, for, I think, I know your hostess Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear, As ample as myself. And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath Hel. Is it yourself? Of greatest justice. — Write, write, Rinaldo, Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. To this unworthy husband of his wife ;

Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure. Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,

Wid. You came, I think, from France ? That he does weigh too light: my greatest gries,


I did so. Though little he do feel it, set down sharply.

Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours, Despatch the most convenient messenger: –

That has done worthy service. When, haply, he shall hear that she is gone,


His name, I pray you. He will return; and hope I may, that she,

Dia. The count Rousillon : Know you such a one ? Heariug so much, will speed her foot again,

Heli But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him : Led hither by pure love: which of them both

His face I know not. Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense


Whatsoe'er he is,

He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, Alluding to the story of Hercules.

6 Temptations. 7 Not what their names express. Discretion or thought

& Pilgrims; so called from a staff or bough of palm they

Pardon me,

were wont to carry.

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