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SCENE VII.-Florence. A Room in the WIDOW's House.
Enter HELENA and WIDOW.
Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,
Hei. Nor would I wish you.
Wid. I should believe you;
Hel. Take this purse of gold,
Wid. Now I see
Hel. You see it lawful, then: It is no more
Wid. I have yielded :
Hel. Why then, to-night
SCENE I.-Without the Florentine Camp. Enter first LORD, with five or six Soldiers in ambush. 1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this hedge corner : When you sally upon him, speak what terrible language you will; though you understand it not yourselves, no matter: for we must not seem to understand him; unless some one among us, whom we must produce for an interpreter.
í Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter.
1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he not thy voice ?
1 Sold. No, Sir, I warrant you. 1 Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak to us again ? 1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me.
1 Lord. He must think us some band of strangers i'the adversary's entertainment* Now he hath a smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore we must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we speak one to another; so we seem to know, is to know straight our purpose: chough's language, gabble enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem very politic. But couch, ho! here he comes; beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.
Enter PAROLLES. Par. Ten o'clock: within these three hours 'twill be time enough to go home. What shall I say I have done? It must be a very plausive invention that carries it: They begin to smoke me; and disgraces have of late knocked too often at my door. I find my tongue is too fool-hardy; but my heart hath the fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures, not daring the reports of my tongue.
i Lord, This is the first truth that e'er thine own tongue was guilty of.
(Aside. Par. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of this drum; being not ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I must give myself somne hurts, and say I got them in exploit: Yet slight ones will not carry it: They will say, Came you off with so little ? and great ones I dare not give. Wherefore? what's the instance ?+ Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman's mouth, and buy another of Bajazet's mule, if you prattle me into these perils.
† The proof.
1. Lord. Is it possible, he should know what he is, and be that he is ?
[Aside. Par. I would the cutting of my garments would serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish sword. 1 Lord. We cannot afford you so.
[ Aside. Par. Or the baring of my beard; and to say, it was in stratagem. 1 Lord. 'Twould not do.
[ Aside. Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say I was stripped. 1 Lord. Hardly serve.
[Aside. Par. Though I swore I leaped from the window of the citadel1 Lord. How deep ?
[Aside. Par. Thirty fathom. 1 Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make that be believed.
[Aside. Par. I would I had any drum of the enemy's; I would swear I recovered it. 1 Lord. You shall hear one anon.
[Aside. Par. A drum now of the enemy's !
[Alarum within. 1 Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo. Par. O! 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,
1 Sold. Boskos vauvado :
1 Sold. O, pray, pray, pray, Manka revania dulche.
1 Lord. Oscorbi dulchos volivorca.
1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yot;
Par. 0, let me live,
Their force their purposes: nay, I'll speak that
1 Sold. But wilt thou faithfully? Par. If I do not, damn me.
1 Sold. Acordo linta. Come on, thou art granted space.
[Exit, with PAROLLES guarded. i Lord. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my brother, We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him muffled, Till we do hear from them.
2 Sold. Captain, I will.
1 Lord. He will betray us all unto ourselves ;Inform 'em that.
2 Sold. So I will, Sir.
SCENE II.-Florence. A Room in the WIDOW's House.
Enter BERTRAM and DIANA.
Ber. Titled goddess;.
Dia. She then was honest.
Ber. No more of that !
Dia. Ay, so you serve us,
Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth;
Are words, and poor conditions; but unseal'd;
Ber. Change it, change it;
Dia. I see, that men make hopes, in such affairs,
Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power To give it from me.
Dia. Will you not, my lord ?
Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house,
Dia. Mine honour's such a ring.
Ber. Here, take my ring:
Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my chamber window;
Ber. A heaven on earth I have won, by wooing thee. [Erit. Dia. For which live long to thank both beaven and me! You may so in the endMy mother told me just how he would woo, As if she sat in his heart; she says all men Have the like oaths: he had sworn to marry me, When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him, When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid, * Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid: Only, in this disguise, I think’t no sin To cozen him, that would unjustly win.
* Indecorously impetuous.