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Par. Away; thou’rt a knave.

Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave thou art a knave ; that is, before me thou art a knave. This had been truth, sir.

Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.

Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir? or were you taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable ; and much fool may you find in you, even to the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter.

Par. A good knave, i’faith, and well fed." — Madam, my lord will go away to-night; A very serious business calls on him. The great prerogative and rite of love, Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknowledge; But puts it off by a' compelled restraint; Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with sweets, Which they distil now in the curbed time, To make the coming hour o’erflow with joy, And pleasure drown the brim. Hel.

What's his will else? Par. That

you will take your instant leave o' the

king,
And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
Strengthened with what apology you think
May make it probable need.
Hel.

What more commands he? Par. That, having this obtained, you presently Attend his further pleasure.

Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will.
Par. I shall report it so.
Hel.

I pray you.—Come, sirrah. [Exeunt.

1 Perhaps the old saying, “ Better fed than taught," is alluded to here as in a preceding scene, where the clown says, “I will show myself highly fed and lowly taught.” 2 The old copy reads, “ to a compelled restraint.” 3 A specious appearance of necessity.

SCENE V. Another Room in the same.

Enter LAFEU and BERTRAM. Laf. But I hope your lordship thinks not him a soldier.

Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
Laf. You have it from his own deliverance.
Ber. And by other warranted testimony.
Laf. Then

my
dial

goes not true; I took this lark for a bunting

Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in knowledge, and accordingly valiant.

Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, and transgressed against his valor; and my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent. Here he comes; I pray you, make us friends; I will pursue the amity.

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Enter PAROLLES.

Par. These things shall be done, sir.

[To BERTRAM. Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ? Par. Sir ?

Laf. O, I know him well; ay, sir; he, sir, is a good workman, a very good tailor. Ber. Is she gone to the king ?

[Aside to PAROLLES. Par. She is. Ber. Will she away to-night? Par. As you'll have her.

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, Given order for our horses; and to-night, When I should take possession of the brideAnd, ere I do begin,

Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter

i The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark, but has little or no song. 1 It was a piece of foolery practised at city entertainments, when an allowed fool or jester was in fashion, for him to jump into a large, deep custard set for the purpose, to cause laughter among the “barren spectators.”

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end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.—God save you, captain.

Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord and you, monsieur ?

Par. I know not how I have deserved to run into my lord's displeasure.

Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard; and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question for your residence. .

Ber. It may be you have mistaken him, my lord.

Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence ; I have kept of them tame, and know their natures.--Farewell, monsieur. I have spoken better of you, than you have or will’ deserve at my hand; we must do good against evil. [Exit.

Par. An idle lord, I swear.
Ber. I think so.
Par. Why, do you not know him?

Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common speech Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.

Enter HELENA.
Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,
Spoke with the king, and have procured his leave
For present parting; only, he desires
Some private speech with you.
Ber.

I shall obey his will
You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
Which holds not color with the time, nor does

2 The first folio reads, “ than you have or will to deserve.”—Perhaps the word wil was omitted: the second folio omits to.

The ministration and required office
On my particular : prepared I was not
For such a business; therefore am I found
So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat you,
That presently you take your way for home;
And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you ;
For my respects are better than they seem;
And my appointments have in them a need
Greater than shows itself, at the first view,
To
you
that know them not. This to my mother.

[Giving a letter. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; so I leave you to your wisdom. Hel.

Sir, I can nothing say, But that I am your most obedient servant.

Ber. Come, come, no more of that.
Hel.

And ever shall
With true observance seek to eke out that,
Wherein toward me my homely stars have failed
To equal my great fortune.

Ber. Let that go.
My haste is very great: farewell; hie home

Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
Ber.

Well, what would you say?
Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe;
Nor dare I say, 'tis mine ; and yet it is;
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
What law does vouch mine own.
Ber.

What would you have? Hel. Something; and scarce so much :--nothing,

indeed, I would not tell you what I would. My lord-'faith,

yes;
Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kiss.

Ber. I pray you stay not, but in haste to horse.
Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.
Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur?-Fare-
well.

[Exit HELENA.

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1 Possess, or own.

Go thou toward home; where I will never come,
Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum.-
Away, and for our flight.
Par.

Bravely, coragio! [Exeunt.

ACT III.

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

Palace. Flourish.

Enter the Duke of Florence, attended; two French

Lords, and others.

Duke. So that, from point to point, now have you

heard The fundamental reasons of this war ; Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, And more thirsts after. 1 Lord.

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

On the opposer.

Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin

France
Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Against our borrowing prayers.
2 Lord.

Good my lord,
The reasons of our state I cannot yield,
But like a common and an outward man,
That the great figure of a council frames
By self-unable motion ; 3 therefore dare not
Say what I think of it; since I have found

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1 i. e. explain.
2 One not in the secret of affairs; so inward in a contrary sense.

3 Warburton and Upton are of opinion that we should read, “By selfunable notion."

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