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When I did love you ill? this has no holding,
Change it, change it;
Dia. I see, that men make hopes, in such affairs, That we'll forsake ourselves. Give ine that ring.
Ber, I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power
Il you not, my lord ?
Dia. Mine honour's such a ring:
Ber. . Here, take my ring: My house, mine honour, yea, iny life be thine, And I'll be bid by thee. Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my cham
• I see, that men make hopes, in such affairs,] i. e. I perceive that while our lovers are making professions of love, they entertain hopes that we shall be betrayed by our passions to yield to their desires.
I'll order take, my mother shall not hear.
[Exit. Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven
, and me!
Enter the two French Lords, and two or three
Soldiers. i Lord. You have not given him his mother's letter?
19 Since Frenchmen are so braid,] Braid signifies crafty, or deceitful.
2 Lord. I have delivered it an hour since: there is something in't that stings his nature; for, on the reading it, he changed almost into another man.
1 Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon him, for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a lady.
2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everlasting displeasure of the king, who had even tuned his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly with you.
i Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and I am the grave of it.
2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman here in Florence, of a most chaste renown; and this night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her honour: he hath given her his monumental ring, and thinks himself made in the unchaste composition.
i Lord. Now, God delay our rebeHion; as we are ourselves, what things are we!
2 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in the common course of all treasons, we still see them reveal themselves, till they attain to their abhorred ends; so he, that in this action contrives against his own nobility, in his proper stream o'erflows himself.
i Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, to be trumpeters of our unlawful intents: We shall not then have his company to-night?
in his proper stream o'erflows himself.] That is, betrays his own secrets in his own talk. The reply shows that this is the · meaning. JOHNSON.
? Is it not meant damnable in us,] Adjectives are often used as adverbs by our author and his contemporaries,
2 Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is dieted to his hour.
i Lord. That approaches apace: I would gladly have him see his companys anatomized; that he might take a measure of his own judginents, wherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit.
2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till he come; for his presence must be the whip of the other..
i Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of these wars?
2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace.
2 Lord. What will count Rousillon do then? will he travel higher, or return again into France?
i Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are not altogether of his council.
2 Lord. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be a great deal of his act.
i Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, fied from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, with most austere sanctimony, she accomplished: and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath, and now she sings in heaven.
2 Lord. How is this justified?
1 Lord. The stronger part of it by her own let, ters; which makes her story true, even to the point of her death: her death itself, which could not be her office to say, is come, was faithfully confirmed by the rector of the place.
2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence?
i Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, point from point, to the full arming of the verity.
:-- his company -] 1. e. his companion.
2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad of this.
1 Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make us comforts of our losses!
2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, we drown our gain in tears! The great dignity, that his valour hath here acquired for him, shall at home be encountered with a shame as ample. · 1 Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our virtues.
Enter a Servant. , How now? where's your master ?
Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of whom he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordship will next morning for France. The duke hath offered him letters of commendations to the king.
2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful there, if they were more than they can commend.
Enter BERTRAM. i Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's tartness. Here's his lordship now. How now, my lord, is't not after midnight?
Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen businesses, a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of success: I have conge'd with the duke, done my adieu with his nearest; buried a wife, mourned for her; writ to my lady mother, I am 'returning; entertained my convoy; and, between these main parcels of despatch, effected many nicer needs; the last was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet.
2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and