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him have his way.

fail you.

As 'tis reported, for the king had married him

SCENE VI. Camp before Florence.
Against his liking: Think you it is so ?
Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth; I know his lady.

Enter BERTRAM, and the two French Lords.
Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count, 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't ; let
Reports but coarsely of her.

What's his name? 2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding?' Dia. Monsieur Parolles.

hold me no more in your respect. Hel.

O, I believe with him. 1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble. In argument of praise, or to the worth

Ber. Do you think, I am so far deceived in him? of the great count himself, she is too mean

1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct To have her name repeated; all her deserving knowledge, without any malice but to speak of him Is a reserved honesty, and that

as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an inI have not heard examin'd.

finite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, Dia.

Alas poor lady! the owner of no one good quality worthy your lord. 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife

ship's entertainment. Of a detesting lord.

2 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, reposing Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er she is, too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do at soine great and trusty business, in a main danger,

her A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd.

Ber I would, I knew in what particular action Hel.

How do you mean? to try him. May be, the amorous count solicits her

2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his In the unlawful purpose.

drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake Wid.

He does, indeed; to do. And brokes' with all that can in such a suit

1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will sudCorrupt the tender honour of a maid :

denly surprise him ; such I will have, whom, I am But she is arm’d for him, and keeps her guard sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind In honestest defence.

and hood-wink him so, that he shall suppose no Enter, with Drum and Colours, a Party of the Flo- other but that he is carried into the leaguer 3 of the

rentine Army, BERTRAM and PAROLLES. adversaries, when we bring him to our tents : Be Mar. The gods forbid else!

but your lordship present at his examination; if he Wid. So, now they come :

do not, for the promise of his life, and in the highest That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son;

compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, and That, Escalus.

deliver all the intelligence in his power against you, Hel. Which is the Frenchman ?

and that with the forfeit of his soul upon oath, never Dia.

trust my judgment in any thing. That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fellow;

2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch I would, he lov'd his wife : if he were honester,

his drum; he says he has a stratagem for't: when He were much goodlier : — Is't not a handsome your lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, gentleman ?

and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will Hel. I like him well.

be melted, if you give him not John Drum's enterDia. 'Tis pity, he is not honest : Yond's that taiment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here

he comes. same knave, That leads him to these places; were I his lady,

Enter PAROLLES. I'd poison that vile rascal.

1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not Hel.

Which is he? Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why is he the humour of his design ; let him fetch off his

drum in any hand. melancholy?

Ber. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks Hel. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle.

sorely in your disposition. Par. Lose our drum! well. Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something: Look,

2 Lord. A plague on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum.

Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum so he has spied us.

lost! - There was an excellent command ! to charge Wid. Marry, hang yon!

in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier !

our own soldiers. (Exeunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Officers,

2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the comand Soldiers. Wid. The troop is past : Come, pilgrim, I will Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had

mand of the service; it was a disaster of war that bring you

been there to command. Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,

Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our suc

cess : some dishonour we had in the loss of that Already at my house.

drum; but it is not to be recovered. Hel.

I humbly thank you : Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,

Par. It might have been recovered. To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thanking,

Ber. It might, but it is not now. Shall be for me ; and, to requite you further,

Par. It is to be recovered: but that the merit of I will bestow some precepts on this virgin,


service is seldom attributed to the true and exact Worthy the note.

performer, I would have that drum or another, oi

hic jacet. 4 Both. We'll take your offer kindly.

[Ereunt. 2 A paltry fellow, a coward. 9 Because

3 The lines, entrenchments. * 1. 6. An epitaph.

1 Deals.

Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, SCENE VII. - Florence. A Room in the if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring

Widow's House. this instrument of honour again into its native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and go

Enter HELENA and Widow. on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit ; if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak I know not how I shall assure you further,

Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, of it, and extend to you what further becomes his But I shall lose the grounds I work upon. greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your wor

Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well thiness,

Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. Nothing acquainted with these businesses
Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
Par. I'll about it this evening : and I will pre. In any staining act.

And would not put my reputation now sently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself


Nor would I wish you. in my certainty, put myself into my mortal pre- First give me trust, the count he is my husband; paration, and, by midnight, look to hear further And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken, from me.

Is so, from word to word ; and then you cannot, Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, are gone about it?

Err in bestowing it. Par. I know not what the success will be, my


I should believe you; lord; but the attempt I vow.

For you have show'd me that, which well apBer. I know thou art valiant; and, to the pos

proves sibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. You are great in fortune. Farewell.


Take this purse of gold, Par. I love not many words.


. And let me buy your friendly help thus far, 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water. - Is

Which I will over-pay, and pay again, not this a strange fellow, iny lord ? that so conf.- When I have found it. The count he wooes your dently seems to undertake this business, which he

daughter, knows is not to be done.

Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we

Resolves to carry her ; let her, in fine, consent, do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a

As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal of Now his important 7 blood will nought deny discoveries ; but when you find him out, you have That she'll demand : A ring the county & wears, him ever after. Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed at From son to son, some four or five descents

That downward hath succeeded in his house, all of this, that so seriously he does address himself Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds unto ?

In most rich choice; yet in his idle fire, 1 Lord. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,

Howe'er repented after. lies : but we have almost embossed him 5; you shall


Now I see see his fall to-night ; for, indeed, he is not for your The bottom of your purpose. lordship’s respect.

Hel. You see it lawful then : It is no more, 2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, tell In fine, delivers me to fill the time,

Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter ; me what a sprat you shall find him; which you Herself most chastely absent : after this, shall see this very night. 1 Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns

To what is past already. caught.


I have yielded : Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. 1 Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave you. That time and place, with this deceit so lawful,

Instruct my daughter how she shall perséver, Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show May prove coherent. Every night he comes

With musicks of all sorts, and songs compos'd you

To her unworthiness: It nothing steads us, The lass I spoke of.

To chide him from our eaves; for he persists, 2 Lord.

But, you say, she's honest.
Ber. That's allthe fault: I spoke with her but once,

As if his life lay on't.

Why then to-night
And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her,
By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind,

Let us assay our plot; which, if it speed,
Tükens and letters which she did re-send;

Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed, And this is all I have done : She's a fair creature;

And lawful meaning in a lawful act; Will you go see her ?

Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact:

[Ereuni 2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord. But let's about it.

[Ereunt. • To emboss a deer, is to enclose him in a wood.

7 Importunate. 6 Before we strip him naked.

8 Count


SCENE I. — Without the Florentine Camp. Par. Thirty fathom. Enter first Lord, with five or six Soldiers in ambush. that be believed.

1 Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make

[Aside. | Lord. He can come no other way but by this Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemy's ; hedge' corner : When you sally upon him, speak I would swear, I recovered it. what terrible language you will; though you under- 1 Lord. You shall hear one anon. [Aside. stand it not yourselves, no matter : for we must not Par. A drum now of the enemy's! seem to understand him; unless some one among us,

[Alarum within. whom we must produce for an interpreter.

1 Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. 1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter. All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo.

1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he Par. O! ransome, ransome: - - Do not hide mine not thy voice?


(They seize him, and blindfold him. I Sold. No sir, I warrant you.

1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos. 1 Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment. to us again?

And I shall lose my life for want of language : I Sold. Even such as you speak to me.

If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, 1 Lord. He must think us some band of strangers Italian, or French, let him speak to me, i' the adversary's entertainment. 9 Now he hath a I will discover that which shall undo smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore we | The Florentine. must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to i Sold. Boskos vauvado : know what we speak one to another; so we seem to I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue : — know, is to know straight our purpose: chough's ' Kerelybonto : Sir, language, gabble enough, and good enough. As Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards for you, interpreter, you must seem very politick. Are at thy bosom. But couch, ho! here he comes; to beguile two Par.

Oh! hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the 1 Sold.

O, pray, pray, pray.lies he forges.

Manka revania dulche.

1 Lord.

Oscorbi dulchos volivorca. Par. Ten o'clock :*within these three hours 'twill

1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet; be time enough to go home. What shall I say I And hood-wink'd as thou art, will lead thee on have done? It must be a very plausive invention To gather from thee : haply, thou mayst inform that carries it: They begin to smoke me; and dis- Something to save thy life. graces have of late knocked too often at my door. I


0, let me live, find, my tongue is too fool-hardy; but my heart And all the secrets of our camp I'll show, hath the fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures, Their force, their purposes : nay, I'll speak that

Which not daring the reports of my tongue.


will wonder at. I Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own

1 Sold.

But wilt thou faithfully? tongue was guilty of.


Par. If I do not, kill me.

1 Sold. Par. What the devil should move me to under

Acordo linta. take the recovery of this drum ; being not ignorant Come on, thou art granted space. of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such

(Exit, with Parolles guarded. purpose ? I must give myself some hurts, and say,

Lord. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my I got them in exploit : Yet slight ones will not

brother, carry it: They will say, Came you off with so little? We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him and great ones I dare not give. Wherefore? what's

muffled, the instance ? ? Tongue, I must put you into a

Till we do hear from them. butter-woman's mouth, and buy another of Bajazet's

2 Sold.

Captain, I will. mule, if you prattle me into these perils.

1 Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves; — 1 Lord. Is it possible, he should know what he Inform 'em that. is, and be that he is?

2 Sold. [Aside.

So I will, sir. Par. I would the cutting of my garments would

1 Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely

lock'd. serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish

[Exeunt. sword.

1 Lord. We cannot afford you so. [Aside. SCENE II. Florence. A Room in the Widow's Par. Or the baring of my beard ; and to say, it

House. was in stratagem. 1 Lord. 'Twould not do.


Enter BERTRAM and Diana. Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say, I was Ber. They told me, that your name was Fontibell. stripped.

Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. I Lord. Hardly serve. [ Aside. Ber.

Titled goddess; Par. Though I swore I leaped from the window And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul, of the citadel

In your fine frame hath love no quality ? 1 Lord. How deep?

[ Aside. If the quick fire of youth light not your mind,

You are no maiden, but a monument :
$1.e. Foreign troops in the enemy's pay;
1 A bird like a jack-daw.

'The proof.
When you are dead, you should be such a one

tell me,

As you are now, for you are cold and stern ; Ber. A heaven on earth I have won by wooing And now you should be as your mother was,


[Erit. Before yourself were born.

Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven Dia. She then was honest.

and me! Ber.

So should you be. You may so in the end. Dia.

No: My mother told me just how he would woo, My mother did but duty; such, my lord,

As if she sat in his heart; she says, all men As you owe to your wife.

Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry me, Ber.

No more of that ! When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him, I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows :

When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braids, I was compellid to her ; but I love thee

Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid : By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin Do thee all rights of service.

To cozen him, that would unjustly win. [Erit. Dia.

Ay, so you serve us,
Till we serve you : but when you have our roses, SCENE III. The Florentine Camp.
You barely leave our thorns to wound ourselves,
And mock us with our bareness.

Enter the two French Lords, and two or three
How have I sworn ?

Soldiers. Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth ; 1 Lord. You have not given him his mother's But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true, letter? What is not holy, that we swear not by,

2 Lord. I have delivered it an hour since: there But take the Highest to witness : Then, pray you, is something in't that stings his nature: for, on the

reading it, he changed almost into another man. If I should swear by Jove's great attributes,

1 Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths,

him, for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a When I did love you ill ? this has no bolding, lady. To swear by him whom I protest to love,

2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everlastThat I will work against him: Therefore, your oaths, ing displeasure of the king, who had even tuned his Are words and poor conditions; but unseald ; bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you a At least, in my opinion.

thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly with you. Ber.

Change it, change it; i Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and Be not so holy-cruel : love is holy ;

I am the grave of it. And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts,

2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman That you do charge men with : Stand no more off, here in Florence, of a most chaste renown; he hath But give thyself unto my sick desires,

given her his monumental ring, and thinks himself Who then recover : say, thou art mine, and ever made in the unchaste composition. My love, as it begins, shall so perséver.

1 Lord. Now, heaven delay our rebellion; as we Dia. Í see, that men make hopes, in such affairs, are ourselves, what things are we ! That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. 2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in the Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no common course of all treasons, we still see them power

reveal themselves, till they attain to their abhorred To give it from me.

ends; so he, that in this action contrives against his Dia. Will you not, my lord ?

own nobility, in his proper stream o'erflows himself. Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house,

1 Lord. Is it not meant confoundedly in us, to Bequeathed down from many ancestors;

be trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world not then have his company to-night? In me to lose.

2 Lord. Not till after midnight. Dia. Mine honour's such a ring :

1 Lord. That approaches apace: I would gladly My chastity's the jewel of our house,

have him see his company + anatomised; that he Bequeathed down from many ancestors;

might take a measure of his own judgments, wherein Which were the greatest obloquy i’the world

so curiously he had set this counterfeit. In me to lose : Thus your own proper wisdom

2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till he Brings in the champion honour on my part,

come; for his presence must be the whip of the Against your vain assault.

other. Ber.

Here, take my ring : 1 Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of these My house, inine honour, yea, my life be thine,

wars? And I'll be bid by thee.

2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace. Dia. When inidnight comes, knock at my cham

1 Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded. ber window ;

2 Lord. What will count Rousillon do then? will I'll order take, my mother shall not hear.

he travel higher, or return again into France ? Now will I charge you in the band of truth,

1 Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are not Remain then but an hour nor speak to me:

altogether of his council. My reasons are most strong; and you shall know

2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be a them,

great deal of his act. When back again this ring shall be deliver'd :

1 Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since And on your finger, in the night I'll put

Aed from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimage Another ring; that, what in time proceeds,

to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, May token to the future our past deeds.

with most austere sanctimony, she accomplished : Adieu, till then; then fail not: You have won A wife of me, though there my hope be done.

3 Crafty, deceitful.

* For companion.

and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be became as a prey to her grief; in fine made a groan read to his face: if your lordship be in't, as I believe of her last breath, and now she sings in heaven. you are, you must have the patience to hear it.

2 Lord. How is this justified ? .
I Lord. The stronger part of it by her own

Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES. letter which makes her story true, even to the point Ber. A plague upon him! muffled ! he can say of her death : her death itself, which could not be nothing of me; hush ! hush ! her office to say, is come, was faithfully confirmed 1 Lord. Hoodman comes ! - Porto tartarossa. by the rector of the place.

1 Sold. He calls for the tortures; What will you 2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence ? say without 'em ?

1 Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, Par. I will confess what I know without conpoint from point, to the full arming of the verity. straint; if he pinch me like a pasty, I can say no

2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad more. of this.

1 Sold. Bosko chimurcho. 1 Lord. How mightily sometimes we make us 2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurcho. comforts of our losses !

1 Sold. You are a merciful general : Our 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, general bids you answer to what I shall ask you out we drown our gain in tears! The great dignity, that of a note. his valour hath here acquired for him, shall at home Par. And truly, as I hope to live. be encountered with a shame as ample.

I Sold. First demand of him how many horse the 1 Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, duke is strong. What say you to that ? good and ill together : our virtues would be proud, Par. Five or six thousand ; but very weak and if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes unserviceable: the troops are all scattered, and the would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputation virtues.

and credit, and as I hope to live. Enter a Servant.

1 Suld. Shall I set down your answer so ? How now? where's your master ?

Par. Do; I'll take my oath on't, how and which Sero. He met the duke in the street, sir, of whom way you will. he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordship will next

Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving slave morning for France. The duke hath offered him is this ! letters of commendations to the king.

1 Lord. You are deceived, my lord ; this is mon2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful sieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his there, if they were more than they can commend.

own phrase,) that had the whole theorick of war in

the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape 7 Enter BERTRAM.

of his dagger. 1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's

2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keeptartness. Here's his lordship now. How now, my ing his sword clean ; nor believe he can have every lord, is't not after midnight.

thing in him, by wearing his apparel neatly. Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen busi

1 Sold. Well, that's set down. nesses, a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of

Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said, - I will success: I have conged with the duke, done my say true, -or thereabouts, set down,- for I'll speak adieu with his nearest; buried a wife, mourned for truth. her; writ to my lady mother, I am returning; en

1 Lord. He's very near the truth in this. tertained my convoy; and, between these main

Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the nature parcels of despatch, effected many nicer needs; the he delivers it. last was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet.

Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say. 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and

1 Sold. Well, that's set down. this morning your departure hence, it requires haste

Par. I humbly thank you, sir : a truth's a truth, of your lordship.

the rogues are marvellous poor. Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fearing

i Sold. Demand of him, of what strength they are to hear of it hereafter: But shall we have this dia- a-foot. What say you to that? logue between the fool and the soldier ? — Come, Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this bring forth this counterfeit module ); he has de present hour, I will tell. true. Let me see : Spurio ceived me, like a double-meaning prophesier.

a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus 2 Lord. Bring him forth : (Exeunt Soldiers.] he so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lohas sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant knave.

dowick, and Gratii, two hundred fifty each ; mine Ber. No matter ; his heels have deserved it, in own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two usurping his spurs 6 so long. How does he carry hundred and fifty each : so that the muster-file, himself?

rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to 1 Lord. I have told your lordship already; the fifteen thousand poll; half of which dare not shake stocks carry him. But, to answer you as you would the snow from off their cassocks 8, lest they shake he understood; he weeps : he bath confessed him themselves to pieces. self to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar,

Ber. What shall be done to him? from the time of his remembrance, to this very in- 1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Destant disaster of his sitting i'the stocks: And what mand of him my conditions, and what credit I think you he hath confessed ?

have with the duke. Ber. Nothing of me, has he?

I Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall demand 5 Model, pattern.

1 The point of the scabbard. 6 An allusion to the degradation of a knight by hacking off # Cassock then signified a horseman's loose coat

9 Disposition and character.

his spurs.

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