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Enter Countess, and Steward. Cou. Alas! and would you take the letter of her ? Might you not know, she would do as she has done, By sending me a letter ? Read it again. Ste. I am faint Jacques' pilgrim, thither gone;
Ambitious love hath fó in me offended, That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon,
With sainted vow my faults to have amended. Write, write, that, from the bloody course of war,
My deareft master, your dear fon, may hye ; Bless him at home in peace; whilft I, from far,
His name with zealous fervour fanctify: His taken labours bid him mé forgive;
1, bis despiteful Juno, sent him forth From courtly friends, with camping foes to live,
Where death and danger dog the heels of worth:
Ste. Pardon me, madam :
Cou. What angel shall
To this unworthy husband of his wife;
SCENE V. Without the Walls of Florence.
and other Citizens. Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the city, we shall lose all the fight.
Dia. They say, the French count has done moft hohourable service.
Wid. It is reported, that he has taken their greateft commander; and that with his own hand he sew the duke's brother. [Tucket.] We have loft our labour; they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may know by their trumpets.
Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves with the report of it. - Well, Diana, take heed of this, French earl: the honour of a maid is her name ; and no legacy is so rich as honesty,
Wid. I have told my neighbout, how you have been
follicited by a gentleman his companion.
Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Parolles : a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young earl. Beware of them, Diana; their promises, inticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of luft
, are not the things they go under: many a maid hath been seduc'd by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible thews in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you further ; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no further danger known, but the modesty which is so loft. Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
Enter Helena, habited like a Pilgrim.
Hel. To faint Jaques le grand.
Wid. At the saint Francis here beside the port.
shall be lodgid; The rather, for, I think, I know your hostess As ample as myself. Hel. Is it yourself? Wid. If you shall please fo, pilgrim. HEL. I thank you, and will Itay upon your leisure.
10 threatens 25 tarrie holy Pilgrime
Wid. You came, I think, from France ?
yours, That has done worthy service.
Hel. His name, I pray you ?
Hel. But by the ear, that hears moft nobly of him ; His face I know not.
DIA. Whatsoe'er he is, He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, As 'tis reported, for the king had marry’d him Against his liking: Think you, it is fo? Hel. Ay, surely, meer the truth; I know his lady.
Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the count, Reports but coarsely of her.
Hel. What's his name?
HEL. O, I believe with him,
Dia. Alas, poor lady!
Wid. Ay, right:-Good creature! wheresoe'er she is, Her heart weighs fadly: this young maid might do her A shrewd turn, if the pleas'd.
Hel. How do you mean?
Wid. He does, indeed ;
Enter, with Drum and Colours, marching, the
HEL. Which is the Frenchman?
[has lpy'd us.
(Exeunt Army, Ber. Par. &c. Wid. The troop is paft: Come, pilgrim, I will bring Where you shall hoft: of enjoin'd penitents (you There's' four, or five, to great faint Jaques bound, Already at my house.