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to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will be melted, if you give him not John Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here he

comes.

Enter Parolles.

I Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the humour of his defign; let him fetch off his drum in any hand'.

Ber. How now, monfieur? this drum fticks forely in your difpofition.

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

Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum fo loft!. There was an excellent command! to charge in with our horfe upon our own wings, and to rend our own foldiers.

2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the command of the service; it was a difafter of war that Cæfar himself could not have prevented, if he had been there to command.

Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our fuccefs: fome difhonour we had, in the lofs of that drum; but it is not to be recover'd.

fubjoin a quotation from Holingfhed, (of whofe books Shakespeare was a moft diligent reader) which will pretty well afcertain Drum's hiftory. This chronologer, in his defcription of Ireland, fpeaking of Patrick Scarfefield, (mayor of Dublin in the year 1551) and of his extravagant hofpitality, fubjoins, that no guest had ever a cold or forbidding look from any part of his family: fo that his porter or any other officer, durft not, for both his ears, give the fimpleft man, that reforted to his boufe, Tom Drum's entertainment, which is, to hale a man in by the head, and thrust him out by both the fhoulders. THEOBALD.

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in any hand.] The ufual phrafe is. at any hand, but in any hand will do. It is ufed in Holland's Pliny, p. 456.muft be a free citizen of Rome in any hand." Again, p. 508, 553, and 546. STEEVENS.

Par,

Par. It might have been recover❜d.

Ber. It might; but it is not now.

Par. It is to be recover'd: but that the merit of fervice is feldom attributed to the true and exact performer, I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet.

Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monfieur, if you think your mystery in ftratagem can bring this inftrument of honour again into its native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit: if you speed well in it, the duke fhall both speak of it, and extend to you what further becomes his greatnefs, even to the utmost fyllable of your worthiness.

Par. By the hand of a foldier, I will undertake it. Ber. But you must not now flumber in it.

Par. I'll about it this evening and I will prefently pen down my dilemma's, encourage myself in my certainty, put myself into my mortal preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear further from me.

Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you are gone about it?

Par. I know not what the fuccefs will be, my lord; but the attempt. I vow.

Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the 3 poffibility of thy foldierfhip, will fubfcribe for thee. Farewel.

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I will prefently pen down my dilemma's -] By this

word, Parolles is made to infinuate that he had feveral ways, all equally certain of recovering his drum. For a dilemma is an argument that concludes both ways. WARBURTON.

Shakespeare might have found the word thus ufed in Holinfhed. STEEVENS.

3-poffibility of thy foldierfbip,-] Dele thy: the sense requires it. WARBURTON.

There is no occafion to omit this word. I will fubfcribe (fays Bertram) to the poffibility of your foldiership. He fuppreffes that he fhould not be fo willing to vouch for its probability. STEEVENS,

Par.

Par. I love not many words.

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I Lord. No more than a fifh loves water.this a ftrange fellow, my lord? that fo confidently feems to undertake this bufinefs, which he knows is not to be done; damns himfelf to do, and dares better be damn'd than do't?

2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a man's favour, and, for a week, efcape a great deal of difcoveries; but when you find him out, you have him ever after.

Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed at all of this, that fo ferioufly he does address himfelf unto?

2 Lord. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies: but we have almost imbofs'd him, you shall fee

we have almost imboss'd him,

to inclofe him in a wood.

-] To imbofs a deer is

Milton ufes the fame word:

"Like that felf-begotten bird

"In th' Arabian woods embost,

"Which no fecond knows or third." JOHNSON.

It is probable that Shakespeare was unacquainted with this word. in the fenfe which Milton affixes to it, viz. from emboscare, Ital. to enclose in a thicket.

When a deer is run hard and foams at the mouth, in the language of the field, he is faid to be embofs'd. So, in the induction to the Taming of the Shrew: the poor cur is imboft."

Again, in Albumazar:

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"With trotting all the streets."

Again, in Monfieur Thomas, 1639:

"A boar emboss'd takes fanctuary in his shop,
"And twenty dogs rufh after."

Again, in Swetnam Arraign'd, 1620:

"Haft thou been running for a wager, Swash?
"Thou art horribly embas'd."

Again, in Warner's Albion's England, 1602, b. vii. c. 36:
"For lo, afar my chafed heart imboft and almost spent."

STEEVENS.

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fee his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your fordship's refpect.

1 Lord. We'll make you fome fport with the fox, ere we cafe him. He was first fmok'd by the old lord Lafeu: when his difguife and he is parted, tell me what a fprat you fhall find him; which you fhall fee this very night.

2 Lord. I muft go look my twigs; he fhall be caught.

Ber. Your brother, he fhall go along with me. 2 Lord. As't please your lordfhip: I'll leave you.

Exit. Ber. Now will I lead you to the houfe, and fhew you The lafs I spoke of.

I Lord. But, you fay, fhe's honeft.

Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once, And found her wondrous cold; but I fent to her, By this fame coxcomb that we have i'the wind, Tokens and letters, which fhe did re-fend; And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature; Will you go fee her?

1 Lord. With all my heart, my lord.

SCENE

[Exeunt.

VII.

Florence. The Widow's houfe.

Hel. If you

Enter Helena, and Widow.

mifdoubt me that I am not the, I know not how I fhall affure you further,

But I fhall lofe the grounds I work upon.

"To know when a ftag is weary (as Markham's Country Contentments fay) you fall fee him imboft, that is, foaming and flavering about the mouth with a thick white froth, &c." TOLLET. ere we cafe him.] That is, before we ftrip him naked.

JOHNSON.

But I fhall lofe the grounds I work upon.]· .e. by difcovering herfelf to the count. WARBURTON.

Wid. Though my eftate be fallen, I was well born,
Nothing acquainted with these bufineffes;
And would not put my reputation now
In any ftaining act.

Hel. Nor would I wish you..

First, give me truft, the count he is my husband;
And, 7 what to your fworn counfel I have spoken,
Is fo, from word to word; and then you cannot,
By the good aid that I of
you fhall borrow,

Err in beftowing it.

Wid. I fhould believe you;

For you have fhew'd me that, which well approves
You are great in fortune.

Hel. Take this purfe of gold,

And let me buy your friendly help thus far,

Which I will over-pay, and pay again,

When I have found it. The count he wooes your

daughter,

Lays down his wanton fiege before her beauty,
Refolves to carry her; let her, in fine, confent,

As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it,

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Now his important blood will nought deny
That fhe'll demand: A ring the county wears,
That downward hath fucceeded in his house,
From fon to fon, fome four or five descents
Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds
In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire,

To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,
Howe'er repented after.

Wid. Now I fee

The bottom of your purpose.

7to your worn counfel-] To your private knowledge,
after having required from you an oath of fecrecy. JOHNSON.
8 Now his important blood will nought deny]

Important here, and elsewhere, is importunate. JOHNSON.
So, Spenfer in the Fairy Queen, b. ii. c. vi. ft. 29:
"And with important outrage him affailed."
Important from the Fr. Emportant. TYRWHITT.

Hel

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