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Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them dif
patch'd. I will attend the queen. • Pif. Madam, I shall.
[Exeunt. S CE NE V.
Changes to Rome.
Tach. Believe it, Sir, I have seen him in Britain ;. he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove so worthy, as since he has been allowed the name of. But I could then have look'd on him without the help of admiration; though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by his fide, and I to peruse him by items.
Phil. You speak of him when he was less furnishid, than now he is, with that which makes him both without and within.
French. I have seen him in France: we had very many there could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he.
Tach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter, (wherein he must be weigh'd rather by her value, than his own).2 words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.
French. And then his banishment.
lach. Ay, and the approbations of those, that weep this lamentable divorce 3 under her colours, are wonderfully to extend her ; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for
- makes him — ] In the sense in which we say, This will make or mar you. Johnson. .
2 — word's him a great deal from the matter.] Makes the description of him very diftant from the truth. JOHNSON,
3 under her colours, —] Under her banner; by her inAuence. JOHNSON.
· taking a beggar 4 without more quality. But how
comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps acquaintance ?
Phil. His father and I were soldiers together; to whom I have been often bound for no less than my life.
Enter Posthumus. Here comes the Briton. Let him be so entertained amongst you, as suits with gentlemen of your knowing to a stranger of his quality. I beseech you all, be better known to this gentleman, whom I commend to you as a noble friend of mine. How worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing.
French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans.
Poft. Since when I have been debtor to you for curtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay still.
French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness. I was glad 5 I did atone my countryman and you; it had been pity you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of so Night and trivial a nature.
Poft. By your pardon, Sir, I was then a young traveller; rather shunn'd to go even with what I heard, than in my every action to be guided by others' experiences: but upon my mended judgment (if I offend
4 - without more quality. The folio reads lefs quolity. Mr. Rowe first made the alteration. Steevens.
3 - I did atone, &c.] To atone signifies in this place to reconcile. So Jonson, in The Silent Woman,
" There had been some hope to attone you.” Steev. 6 rather bunn'd to go even with what I heard, &c.] This is expressed with a kind of fantastical perplexity. He means, I was then willing to take for my direction the experience of others, more than such intelligence as I had gathered myself, JOHNSON,
not to say it is mended) my quarrel was not altogether Night.
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords; and by such two, that would by all likelihood have confounded one the other, or have fallen both.
lach. Can we with manners ask, what was the difference ?
French. Safely, I think. 'Twas a contention in publick, 7 which may, without contradiction, suffer the report. It was much like an argument that fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our country mistresses: this gentleman at that time vouching (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation) his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chafte, constant, qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest of our ladies in France.
Iach. That lady is not now living; or this gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out.
Poft. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind.
lach. You must not so far prefer her, 'fore ours of Italy.
Poft. Being so far provok'd, as I was in France, I would abate her nothing; 8 tho’ I profess myself her adorer, not her friend.
lach. As fair and as good (a kind of hand-in-hand comparison) had been something too fair and too good for any lady in Britain. 9 If she went before others I have seen, as that diamond of yours out-luftres many I have beheld, I could not believe she excelled many;
7 which may, without contradiction,-) Which, undoubtedly, may be publickly told. Johnson.
8 — tho' i profess, &c.] Though I have not the common obligations of a lover to his mistress, and regard her not with the fondness of a friend, but the reverence of an adorer.
JOHNSON. 9- If he went before others I have seen, as that diamond of yours out-luftres many I have beheld, I could not believe the excelled many, -] What? if the did really excel others,