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Instruct my daughter, how she shall persever, Par. Though I swore, I leaped from the window of
That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, the citadel
May prove coherent. Every night he comes

1 Lord. How deep?
With musics of all sorts, and songs compos'd


Pur. Thirty fathom.
To her unworthiness. It nothing steads us

1 Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make that be To chide him from our eaves; for he persists, believed.

[Aside. As if his life lay on't.

Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemy's; I would Hel. Why then, to-night

swear, I had recovered it. Let us assay our plot; which, if it speed,

1 Lord, You shall hear one anon.

[Aside. Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed,

Par. A drum now of the enemy's! [Alarum within. And lawful meaning in a lawful act;

1 Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. Where both pot sin, and yet a sinful fact !

All. Curgo, cargo, villianda, par corbo, cargo. But let's about it.

(Exeunt. Par. 0! ransom, ransom! Do not hide mine

eyes! [They seize him and blindfold him.

1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos.

Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment,
SCENEI. -Without the Florentine camp. And I shall lose my life for want of language:
Enter first Lord, with five or six soldiers in ambush. If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutck,
1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this hedge- I will discover that, which shall undo

Italian, or French, let him speak to me,
corner: when you sally upon him, speak what terrible

The Florentine.
language you will; though you understand it not your-
selves, no matter: for we must not seem to understand 1 Sold. Boskos vauvado:-

I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue:-
unless some one among us, whom we must pro-
duce for an interpreter.

Kerelybonto: - Sir,

Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards 1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter!

Are at thy bosom. 1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he not

Par. Oh! thy voice?

1 Sold. O, pray, pray, pray.--,
1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you.

Manka revania dulche.
Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak to

I Lord. Oscorbi dulchos volivorca.
as again?

1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet, 1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me.

1 Lord. He must think us some band of strangers i'the And, hood-wink'd as thou art, will lead thee on
adversary's entertainment. Now he hath a smack of all To gather from thee; haply, thou may'st inform
neighbouring languages; therefore we must every one

Something to save thy life.
be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we speak and all the secrets of our camp I'll show,

Par. O, let me live,
one to another; so we seem to know, is to know
straight our purpose: chough's language, gabble Their force, their parposes : nay, I'll speak that,

will wonder at. enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter,

1 Sold. But wilt thou faithfully? you must seem very politic. But, couch, ho! here he

Par. IfI do not, damn me! comes; to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to

1 Sold. Acordo linta.
return and swear the lies he forges.

Come on, thou art granted space.

[Exit, with Parolles guarded.
Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours 'twill be 1 Lord.Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my brother,
time enough to go home. What shall I say I have done? We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him
It must be a very plausive invention that carries it. muffled,
They begin to smoke me; and disgraces have oflate Till we do hear from them.
knocked too often at my door. I find, my tongue is too 2 Sold. Captain, I will.
foolhardy; but my heart hath the fear of Mars before 1 Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves; —
it, and of his creatures, not daring the reports of my Inform'em that.

2 Sold. So I will, sir. 1 Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own 1 Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely tongue was guilty of. ( Aside. lock'd.

[Exeunt. Par. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of this drum; being not ignorant of the SCENE II. Florence. A room in the Widow's house. impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I

Enter BERTRAM and DIANA. must give myself some hurts, and say, I got them in Ber. They told me, that your name was Fontibell. exploit. Yet slight ones will not carry it. They will Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. say, Came you off with so little? and great ones I dare Ber. Titled goddess ; not give. Wherefore? what's the instance ? Tongue, And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul, I must put you into a butter-woman's mouth, and buy In your fine frame hath love no quality ? another of Bajazet's mule, if you prattle me into these If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, perils.

You are no maiden, but a monument: 1 Lord. Is it possible, he should know, what he is, and when you are dead, you should be such a one be what he is?

[Aside. As you are now, for you are cold and stern; Par. I would the cutting of my garments would serve And now you should be as your mother was, the turn, or the breaking of my Spanish sword. When your sweet self was got. 1 Lord. We cannot afford you so.

[ Aside. Dia. She then was honest. Par. Or the baring of my beard; and to say, it was in Ber. So should you be. stratagem.

Dia. No:
1 Lord. 'Twould not do.

[Aside. My mother did but duty; such, my lord,
Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say, I was stripped. As you owe to your wife.
1 Lord. Hardly serve.

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I was compellid to her; but I love thee

Enter the two French Lords, and two or three
By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever

Do thee all rights of service,
1 Tord. You have not given him his mother's letter?

Her not
Dia. Ay, so you serve us,
2 Lord, I have delivered it an hour since: there is

Serr. Till we serve you: but when you have our roses, something in’t,that stings his nature; for, on the read

wth tak You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, ing it, he changed almost into another man. And mock us with our bareness.

i Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon him, Rer. How have I sworn?

for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a lady. Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the truth; 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everlasting But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true.

displeasure of the king, who had even tuned his What is not holy, that we swear not by,

bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you a thing, But take the Highest to witness. Then, pray you, but you shall let it dwell darkly with you.

II Lord
1 Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and I am
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes,

the grave ofit.
Ilov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths, 2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman

When I did love you ill? this has no holding, here in Florence, of a must chaste renown: and this

Dont To swear by him, whom I protest to love,

night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her honour: he That I will work against him. Therefore, your oaths hath given her his monumental ring, and thinks himAre words, and poor conditions; but unseal'd; self made in the unchaste composition.

ulum At least, in my opinion. 1 Lord. Now, God delay our rebellion : as we are

ki, bu Ber. Change it, change it!

ourselves, what things are we! Benot so holy-eruel ! love is holy;

2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as, in the comAnd my integrity ne'er knew the crafts,

mon course of all treasons, we still see them reveal
That you do charge men with. Stand no more off, themselves, till they attain to their abhorred ends; so
But give thyself unto my sick desires,

he, that in this action contrives against his own nobi-
Who then recover: say, thou art mine, and ever lity, in his proper stream o'erflows himself,
My love, as it begins, shall so persever.

I Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, to be trum-
Dia. I see, that men make hopes, in such affairs, peters of our unlawful intents? We shall not then
That we'll forsahe ourselves. Give me that ring!

have his company to-night?
Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power

doub 2 Lord. Nottill after midnight; for he is dieted to To give it from me. his hour.

Dia. Will you not, my
lord ?

1 Lord. That approaches apace: I would gladly have
Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house,
him see his


company anatomized; that he might take Bequeathed down from many ancestors;

a measure of his own judgements, wherein so curiously Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world he had set this counterfeit.

1 In me to lose.

2 Lord. We will not meddle with him, till he come;
Dia, Mine honour's such a ring :
for his presence must be the whip of the other.

hel My chastity's the jewel of our house,'

1 Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of these
Bequeathed down from many ancestors;

Which were the greatest obloquy in the world 2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace.
In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom

1 Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded.
Brings in the ehampion honour on my part,

2 Lord. What will count Rousillon do then? will he Against your vain assault.

travel higher, or return again into France? Ber. Here, take my ring!

1 Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are not alMy house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, together of his council. And I'll be bid by thee.

2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be a great Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my chamber deal of his aet. window;

1 Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled I'll order take, my mother shall not hear.

from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Now will I charge you in the band of truth,

Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, with most
When you have conquer’d my yet maiden bed, austere sanctimony, she accomplished: and, there re-
Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me :

siding, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey
My reasons are most strong, and you shall know them, to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath,
When back again this ring shall be deliver'd: and now she sings in heaven.
And on your finger, in the night, I'll put

2 Lord. How is this justified?
Another ring; that, whatin time proceeds,

1 Lord. The stronger part of it by her own letters ; May token to the future our past deeds.

which makes her story true, even to the point of her Adieu, till then ; then, fail not! You have won death: her death itself, which could not be her ollice A wife of me, though there my hope be done.

to say, is come, was faithfully confirmed by the rector Ber. A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee. of the place.

[Exit. 2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence? Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven and i Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, point me!

from point, to the full arming of the verity. You may so in the end.

2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad of this. My mother told me just, how he would wop,

1 Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make us comAs if she sat in his heart; she says, all men

forts of our losses !
Have the like oaths: he had sworn to marry me, 2 Lord. 'And how mightily, some other times, we
When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him, drown our gain in tears: The great dignity, that his
When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid, valour hath here acquired for him, shall at home be
Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid :

encountered with a shame as ample.
Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin

1 Lord. The web of our life is ofa mingled yara, goor To cozen him, that would unjustly win. (Exit. and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if ou

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spair, if they were not cherished by our virtues. - dagger.
Enter a Servant.

2Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keeping his How now? where's your master?

sword clean ; nor believe, he can have every thing in Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of whom he him, by wearing his apparel neatly, hath taken a solemy leave;his lordship will next morn

I Sold. Well, that's set down. ing for France. The duke hath offered him letters of Pur. Five or six thonsand horse, S said, I will say commendations to the king.


;-or thereabouts, set down,--for I'll speak truth. 2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful there, if I Lord. lle's very near the truth in this. they were more than they can commend.

Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the nature he

delivers it. Enter BERTRAM.

Par. Poor rognes, I pray you, say. 1 Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's tart

1 Sold. Well, that's set down.
ness.Here's his lordship now.—How now, my lord, is't| Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a truth's a truth, the
not after midnight?

Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen businesses, rogues are marvellous poor.
a month’s length a-piece, by an abstract of success: 1.1 Sold. Demand of him, of what strength they are
have conged with the duke, done my adieu with his a-foot. What say you to that?

Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this present
nearest ; buried a wife, mourned for her; writ to my hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio a hundred
lady mother, I am returning; entertained my convoy; and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus so many, Ja-
and, between these main parcels of despatch, effected
many nicer needs; the last was the greatest, but that ques so many : Guiltian, Cosmo, Ludowick, and Gratii,

two hundred and fifty each: mine own company, ChiThave not ended yet. 2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and this topher, Vaumond, Bentii

, two hundred and listy each :

so that the muster-file, rotten and sound, upon my lile, morning your departure hence, it requires haste of

amounts not to fifteen thousand poll; half of which yourlordship.

dare not shake the snow from oll their cassocks, lest Ber. I mean the business is not ended, as fearing to hear of it hereafter. But shall we have this dialogue Ber. What shall be done to him?

they shake themselves to pieces. between the fool and the soldier?--Comc, bring forth 1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Demand this counterfeit module! He has deceived me, like

of him my conditions, and what credit I have with the double-meaning prophecier.

duke. 2 Lord. Bring him forth! [E.reunt Soldiers.] He has

1 Sold. Well, that's sct down. You shall demand sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant knave.

of him, whether one captain Dumain bei'the camp, il Ber. No matter; his heels have deserved it, in tisurp- Frenchman: what his reputation is with the duke, ing his spurs so long. How does he carry himself?

what his valour, konesty, und expertness in wars; or
i Lord. I have told your lordship already, the stocks whether he thinks, it were not possible, with well-
carry him. But, to answer you as you would be under-
stood, he weeps, like a wench that had shed her milk: weighing sums of gold, to corrupt him to a revolt.

What say you to this? what do you know of it?
he hath confessed himself to Morgan, whom he sup-
poses to be a friar, from the time of his remembrance, of the intergatories. Deniand them singly!

Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the particular
to this very instant disaster of his setting i’the stocks : 1 Sold. Do you know this captain Dumain?
and what think yon he liath confess’d?

Pur. I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice in Ber. Nothing of me, has he? 2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be read sheriff's fool with child; a.dumb innoceut, that could

Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting the to his face: if your lordship be in't, as, I believe, you not say him nay. [liumain lifesup his hand in anger. are, you must have the patience to hear it.

Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; thong! Re-enter Soldiers, with ParoLLES.

I know, his brains are forfeit to the next tile that falls. Ber. A plague upon him! muffled! he can say nothing i Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Florence's of me; hush! hush! 2 Lord. Iloodman comes !-- Porto tartarossa. Pur. Upon my knowledge he is, and lousy. 1 Sold. He calls for the tortures; what will you say i Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall hear of withont'ein?

your lordship anon. Pur. I will confess what I know, without constraint; i Sold. What is his reputation with the duke? if ye pinch me, like a pasty, I can say no more.

Par. The duke knows him for no other but a poor I Sold. Bosko chimurcho.

officer of mine; and writ to me this other day, to turn 2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco.

him out o'the band. I think, I have his letter in my 1 Sold. You are a merciful general. -Our general pocket. bids yon unswer to what I shall ask you out of a note. 1 Sold. Marry, we'll search. Par. And truly, as I hope to live.

Pur. In good sadness, I do not know ; either it is 1 Sold. First demand of him, how many horse the there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other letters, duke is strong. What say you to that?

in my tent. Par. Five or six thousand; but very weak and unser- 1 Sold. Here 'tis; here's a paper. Shall I read it viceable: the troops are all scattered, and the com- to you? manders very pour rogues, upou my repatation and Par. I do not know, ifitbeit, or no. credit, and as I hope to live.

Ber. Our interpreter does it well. 1 Sold. Shall I setdown your answer so?

1 Lord. Excellently. Par. Do ; I'll take the sacrament on't, how and which i Sold. Dian. The count's a fool, and full of gold, way you will.

Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir; that is ail Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving slave advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one is this!

Diana , to take heed of the allurement of one count 1 Lord. You are deceived, my lord ; this is monsieur Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, very Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his own ruttish : I pray you, sir, pitit up again! phrase,) that had the whole theoric of war in thel i Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour,

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Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest in he outruns any lackey; marry, in coming on he has

Hathbrt the behalf of the maid; for I knew the young count to thecramp.

As it hat be a daugerous and lascivious boy, who is a whale to 1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you undertake to And help virginity, and devours up all the fry it finds. betray the Florentine?

That can Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue!

Par. Ay, and the captain ofhis horse,count Rousillon. 1 Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop gold, 1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know his and take it;

pleasure. After he scores, he never pays the score:

Par. I'll no more drumming; a plagre of all drums! Half won, is match well made; match, and well Only to seem to deserve well, and to beguile the supmake it;

position of that lascivious young boy, the count, have He ne'er pays after debts, take it before; I runiuto this danger. Yet, who would have suspected Du. I And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,

an ambush, where I was taken?

[Aside. Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss :

Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must die. The pou to For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it, general says, you, that have so traitorously discoWho pays before, but not when he does owe it. vered the secrets of your army,and made such pestiseThine, as he vow'd to thee in thine eur, rous reports of men very nobly held, can serve the

PAROLLES. world for no honest use; therefore you must die.Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, with Come, headsman, off with his head ! this rhyme in his forehead.

Par O Lord, sir, let me live, or let me see my death! 2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the mani- 1 Sold. That you shall, and take your leave of all fold linguist, and the armiputat soldier,

[Unmufling him. Ber. I could dure any thing before, but a cat, and So, look about you ; know you any here? now he's a cat to me.

Ber. Good-morrow, noble captain! 1 Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, we 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles ! shall be fain to hang you.

1 Lord, God save you, noble captain! Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am afraid 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my lord to die; but that, my offences being many, I would re- Lafeu? I am for France. pent out the remainder of nature, let me live, sir, in 1 Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy of the a dungeon, i'the stocks, or anywhere, so I may live! sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the count Rou1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you confess sillon? Ans were not a very coward, I'd compel it of freely; therefore, once more to this captain Dumain ! you ; but fare you well! (Exeunt Bertram, Lords, etc.

1 teel You have answered to his reputation with the duke, 1 Sold. You are undone, caplain: all but your scarf,

Cou and to his valour; what is his hopesty? that has a knot on't yet.

deal Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister; for Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot? rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. He profes- 1 Sold. If you could find out a country, where but woses not keeping of oaths; in breaking them, he is men were that had received so much shame, you might Ict stronger than Hercules. Ile will lie, sir, with such vo- begin an impudent nation. Fare you well, sir; I am for lubility, that you would think, truth were a fool: France, too; we shall speak of you there. (Exit. pic drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be swine- Par. Yet am I thankful : if my heart were great,

her drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his 'Twould burst at this: Captain I'll be no more; bed-clothes about him; but they know his conditions, But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft, andlay him in straw. I have but litile more to say, sir, As captain shall: simply the thing I am

1 of his honesty: he has everything, that an honest man Shall make melive. Who knows himself a braggart, should not have; what an honest man should have, he Lothim fear this; for it will come to pass, has nothing.

That every braggart shall be found an ass. 1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.

Rust, sword ! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, live Ber. For this description of thine honesty? A pox Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery thrive! upon him for me, he is more and more a cat.

There's place, and means, for every man alive. í Sold. What say you to his expertness in war? I'll after them.

(Exit. Par, Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the English tragediaus, – to belie him I will not, – and more SCENEIV.-Florence. A room in the Widow's house. of his soldiership I know not; except, in that country, Enter HELENA, Widow, and Diaxa. he had the honour to be the oflicer at a place called Hel. That you may well perceive, I have not wrong'd Mile-end, to instruct for the doubling of files: I would you, do the man what honour I can, but of this I am not one of the greatest in the Christian world certain.

Shall be my surety; 'fore whose throne, 'tis needful, 1 Lord. IIe hath out-villained villainy so far, that the Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel. rarity redeem; him.

Time was, I did him a desired office, Ber. A poxon him! he's a cat still.

Dear almost as his life; which gratitnde 1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, I need Through flinty Tartar's bosom would keep forth, not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt.

And answer, thanks': I duly am inform’d, Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee-simple His grace is at Marseilles ; to which place of his salvation, the inheritance of it, and cut the We have convenient convoy. You must know, entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession I am supposed dead: the army breaking, for it perpetually.

My husband hies him home; where, heaven aiding, 1 Sold. What's his brother, the other captain Du- And by the leave of my good lord the king, main?

We'll be, before our welcome. 2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me?

Wid. Gentle madam, 1 Sold. What's he?

You never had a servant, to whose trast Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altogether so Your business was more welcome. great, as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal Hel. Nor you, mistress, in evil. H:: excels his brother for a coward, yet his Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly labour brother is reputed one of the best that is. In a retreat, To recompense your love ; doubt not, but heaven

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Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower, his nobility remain in his court! I am for the house
As it hath fated her to be my motive

with the narrow gate, which I take to be too little for
And helper to a husband. But 0 strange men! pomp to enter: some, that humblethrmselves, may;
That can such sweet use make of what they hate, but the many will be too chill and tender; and they'll
When saucy trasting of the cozen'd thoughts be for the flowery way, that leads to the broad gate,
Defiles the pitchy night! so last doth play

and the great fire. With what it loaths, for that which is away.

Laf. Gothy ways, I begin to be a-weary of thee; and But more of this hereafter !-You, Diana,

I tell thee so before, because I would not fallout with Under my poor instructions yet must suffer

thee. Go thy ways; let my hcrses be well looked to, Something in my behalf.

without any tricks! Dia. Let death and honesty

Clo. If I put any tricks upon 'em, sir, they shall be Go with your impositions, I am yours,

jades 'tricks; which are their own right by the law of Upon your will to suffer.

(Exit. Hel. Yet, I pray you,

Laf. A shrewd knave, and an unhappy!
But with the word, the time will bring on summer, Count. So he is. My lord, that's gone, made him-
When briars shall have leaves as well as thorns, self much sport out of him; by his anthority he re-
And be as sweet as sharp. We must away;

mains here, which he thinks is a patent for his sanci-
Our waggon is prepar'd, and time revives us. ness; and, indeed, he has no pace,but runs where he will.
All's well that ends well: still the fine's the crown; Laf. I like him well; 'tis not amiss : and I was about
Whate'er the course, the end is the renown. (Exeunt. to tell you, since I heard of the good lady's death, and

that my lord your son was upon his return I SCENE V. – Rousillon. A room in the Countess's moved the king, my master, to speak in the behalf of palace.

my daughter; which, in the minority of them both, his Enter Countess, LaFer, and Clown. majesty, out of a self-gracious remembrance, did first Laf. No, no, no, your son was misled with a snipt- propose: his highness hath promised me to do it; and, taffata fellow there, whose villainous saffron would to stop up the displeasure he hath conceived against have made all the unbaker and dougliy youth of a your son, there is no fitter matter. How does your lanation in his colour: your daughter-in-law had been dyship like it? alive at this hour; and your son here at home, more Count. With very much content, my lord, and I wish advanced by the king, thán by that red-tailed humble- it happily efi'ected. bee I speak of.

Lof. His highness comes post from Marseilles, of as Count. I would, I had not known him! it was the able body, as when he numbered thirty; he will be here death of the most virtuous gentlewoman, that crer to-morrow, or I am deceived by him that in such innature had praise for creating: ifshe had partaken of telligence hath seldom failed. my flesh, and cost me the dearest groans of a mother, Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see him ere I could not have owed her a more rooted love.

I die. I have letters, that my son will be here to-night: Laf. 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady: we may I shall beseech your lordship, to remain with me till pick a thousand salads, ere we light on such another they meet together. herb.

Laf. Madam, I was thinking, with what manners I Clo. Indeed, sir, she was the sweet marjoram of the might safely be admitted. salad, or, rather the herb of grace.

Count. You need but plead your hononrable priLaf. They are not salad-herbs, you knave, they are vilege. nose-herbs.

Laf. Lady, of that I have made a bold charter; but, Clo. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, sir, I have not I thank my God, it holds yet. much skillin grass.

Re-enter Clown. Laf. Whether dost thou profess thyself; a knave, clo. O madam, yonder's mylord your son with a patch or a fool?

of velvet on's face: whether there be a scar underit, Clo. A fool, sir, at a woman's service, and a knave at or no, the velvet knows; but 'tis a goodly patch of a man's.

velvet: his left cheek is a cheek of two pile and a half, Laf. Your distinction ?

but his right cheek is worn bare. Clo. I would cozen the man of his wife, and do his Laf. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good service.

livery of honour; so, belike, is that. Laf. So you were a knaveat his service, indeed. Clo. But it is your carbonadoed face. Cló. And I would give his wife my bauble, sir, to do Luf. Let us go see your son, I pray you; I long to her service,


with the young nobile soldier. Laf. I will subscribe for thee; thou art both knave Clo. 'Faith, there's a dozen of 'em, with delicate fine and fool.

hats,and most courteous feathers, which bow the head, Clo. At your service.

and nod at every man.

Laf. No, no, no.
Clo. Whiy, sir, if I cannot serve you, I can serve as
great a prince, as you are.

Laf. Who's that? a Frenchman?

SCENE I.- Marseilles. A street.
Clo. 'Faith, sir, he has an English name; but his Enter Helena, Widow, and Diana, with two At-
phisnoiny is nore hotter in France, than there.

tendants. Laf. What prince is that?

Hel. But this exceeding posting, day and night, clo. The black prince, sir; alias, the prince of dark- Must wear your spirits low: we cannot help it ; ness; alias, the devil.

But, since you have made the days and nights as one,
Laf. Hold thee, there's my purse, I give thee not to wear yonr gentle limbs in my affairs,
this to suggest thee from thy master thou talk'stof; Be bold, you do so grow in my requital,
serve him still.

As nothing can unroot you. In happy time;-
Clo. I am a woodland fellow, sir, that always loved

Enter a gentle Astringer.
a great fire; and the master I speak of, ever keeps a This man may help me to his majesty's ear,
good fire. But, sure, he is the prince of the world, let' If he would spend his power.- God save you, sir !

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