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Hel. I humbly thank you :
Mar. Dia. We'll take your offer kindly. (Exeunt,
SCENE VI. Camp under Florence,
Enter BERTRAM, and the two Lords. 2. L. Nay, good my lord, put him to't ; let him have
1. L. If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your respect.
2. L. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
2. L. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, the owner of no one good quality worthy your lordship's entertain
1. L. It were fit you knew him; left, reposing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might, at some great and trusty business, in a main danger, fail you.
Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action to
1. L. None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake to do. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly surprize him ; such I will have, whom, I am sure, he
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knows not from the enemy : we will bind and hoodwink him so, that he shall suppose no other but that he is carry'd into the leaguer of the adversaries, when we bring him to our own tents : Be but your lordship present at his examination ; if he do not, for the promise of his life, and in the highest compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, and deliver all the intelligence in his power against you, and that with the divine fora feit of his soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in any thing.
2. L. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch his drum; he says, he has a stratagem fort: when your lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, and to what metal this counterfeit lump of oar will be melted, if you give him not John Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here he comes.
Enter PAROLLES. 1. L. “O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the " “honour of his design; let him fetch off his drum in"
[to Bertram. BER. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks forely in your disposition. : 1. L. 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 excellent command to charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend our own soldiers.
1. L. That was not to be blam'd in the command of the service; it was a disaster of war that Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had been there to command. · Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success :
I will grace
some dishonour we had, in the loss of that drum ; but it is not to be recover'd.
Par. It might have been recover'd.
Par. It is to be recover'd : but that the merit of fervice is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer, I would have that drum, or another, or kic jacet.
Ber. Why, if you have a stomack to't, monfieur, if you think your mistery in stratagem can bring this instrument of honour again into his native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and go on; I will the attempt for a worthy exploit : if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak of it, and extend to you what further becomes his greatness, even to the utmost fyllable of your worthiness. .
PAR. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
PAR. I'll about it this evening : and I will presently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself in my cer. tainty, 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
PAR. I know not what the success will be, my lord; but the attempt I vow.
BER. I know, thou'rt valiant; and, to the possibility of thy foldiership, will subscribe for thee. Farewel.
PAR. I love not many words. [Exit PAROLLES.
2. L. No more than a fish loves water. _ Is not this a strange fellow, my lord? that so confidently seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be
gone about it?
done ; damns himself to do, and dares better be damn'd than to do't.
1. L. 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, escape a great deal of discoveries; but when you find him out, you have him ever after.
Ber. Why, do you think, that he will make no deed at all of this, that so seriously he does address himself unto ?
2. L. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies: but we have almost imbofl'd him, you shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship’s respect.
1. L. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him : he was first smok’d by the old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; which you shall see this very night. I must go look my twigs, he shall be caught.
BER. Your brother, he shall go along with me. 1. L. As't please your lordship: I'll leave you. [Exit.
Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and shew you The lass I spoke of.
2. L. But, you say, she's honeft.
Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her, By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind, Tokens, and letters, which she did re-fend; And this is all I have done : She's a fair creature;
fee her? 2. L. With all my heart, my lord. [Exeunt.
SCENE VII. Florence. A Room in the Widow's House:
Enter HELENA, and Widow.
further, But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.
Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,
He'l. Nor would I wish you.
Wid. I should believe you ;
have Thew'd me that, which well approves You are great in fortune.
Hel. Take this † purse 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 amorous fiege before her beauty, Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent, As we'll direct her how 'tis beft to bear it, Now his important blood will nought deny That she'll demand: A ring the county wears, That downward hath fucceeded in his house, From son to son, fome four or five descents Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire,