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And pleasure drown the brim.


What's his will else?

Par. That you will take your instant leave o' the


And make this haste as your own good proceeding, Strengthen'd with what apology you think

May make it probable need.1


What more commands he?

Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently
Attend his farther pleasure.

Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will.
Par. I shall report it so.


I pray you.-Come, sirrah. [Exeunt.


Another room in the same.


La. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a soldier.

Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approot. La. You have it from his own deliverance.

Ber. And by other warranted testimony.

La. Then my dial goes not true; I took this lark for a bunting.


A specious appearance of necessity.

2 The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark, but has little or no song.

Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in knowlege, and accordingly valiant.

La. I have then sinned against his experience, and transgressed against his valor; and my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent. Here he comes: I pray you, make us friends; I will pursue the amity.


Par. These things shall be done, sir.
La. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?
Par. Sir?

[to Ber.

La. O, I know him well. Ay, sir: he, sir, is a good workman, a very good tailor.

Ber. Is she gone to the king? [aside to Parolles. Par. She is.

Ber. Will she away to-night?

Par. As you'll have her.

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, Given order for our horses; and to-night,

When I should take possession of the bride,—
And, ere I do begin,—

La. A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner; but one that lies three-thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.God save you, captain.

Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord nd you, monsieur?

Par. I know not how I have deserved to run into my lord's displeasure.


La. You have made shift to run into 't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard; and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question for your residence.

Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord.

La. And shall do so ever, though I took him at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe this of me:-There can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes: trust him not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them tame, and know their natures. Farewell, monsieur: I have spoken better of you, than you have or will to deserve at my hand; but we must do good against evil. [Exit.

Par. An idle lord, I swear.

Ber. I think so.

Par. Why, do you not know him?

Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common


Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.

Enter HELEna.

Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Spoke with the king, and have procured his leave

' In allusion to a foolery then in practice at city entertainments, where the jester or zany jumped into a large deep custard, set for the purpose.

2 Than you have deserved or are willing to deserve in future.

For present parting; only he desires
Some private speech with you.


I shall obey his will.

You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,

Which holds not color with the time, nor does
The ministration and required office

On my particular: prepared I was not
For such a business; therefore am I found

So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat you
That presently you take your way for home;
And rather muse,1 than ask, why I entreat you :
For my respects are better than they seem;
And my appointments have in them a need,
Greater than shows itself, at the first view,

you that know them not. This to my mother. [giving a letter. "Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so I leave you to your wisdom.


Sir, I can nothing say,

But that I am your most obedient servant.
Ber. Come, come, no more of that.


And ever shall

With true observance seek to eke out that,

Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd

To equal my great fortune.

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Well, what would you say



Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe,1 Nor dare I say, 'tis mine, and yet it is;

But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal

What law does vouch mine own.


What would you


Hel. Something; and scarce so much :-nothing,


I would not tell you what I would; my lord,—faith,


Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kiss.

Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my


Ber. Where are my other men,



[Exit Helena.

Go thou toward home, where I will never come,

Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum.Away, and for our flight.


Bravely, coragio!


i Possess.

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