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HEL. To Saint Jaques lo grand.

Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port.
HEL. Is this the way?
Wid. Ay, marry is 't.-Hark you, they come this way : [A march afar off.

If you will tarry, holy pilgrim, but till the troops come by,
I will conduct you where you shall be lodg'd;
The rather, for I think I know your hostess

As ample as myself.

Is it yourself?
Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim.
HEL. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.
Wid. You came, I think, from France ?

I did so.
WID. Here you shall see a countryman of yours,

That has done worthy service.

His name, I pray you.
Dia. The count Rousillon : Know you such a one ?
HEL. But by the ear that hears most nobly of him:

His face I know not.

Whatsoe'er he is,
He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
As 't is reported, fora the king had married him

Against his liking : Think you it is so ?
HEL. Ay, surely, mere the truth; I know his lady.
Dia. There is a gentleman that serves the count

Reports but coarsely of her.

What's his name?
Dia. Monsieur Parolles.

O, I believe with him,
In argument of praise, or to the worth
Of the great count himself, she is too mean
To have her name repeated; all her deserving
Is a reserved honesty, and that
I have not heard examin'd.

Alas, poor lady! 'T is a hard bondage, to become the wife

Of a detesting lord.
Wid. Ay, right b; good creature, wheresoe'er she is,

Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do her
A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd.


· For—because.

Ay, right. The original reads, I write; which Malone adopts. But ay is so invariably printed I, that we doubt the propriety of retaining this forced expression, when the simple assent of the Widow to Diana's reflection is so obvious.


How do you mean? May be, the amorous count solicits her

In the unlawful purpose.

He does, indeed;
And brokes with all that can in such a suit
Corrupt the tender honour of a maid :
But she is arm'd for him, and keeps her guard
In honestest defence.

Enter, with drum and colours, a party of the Florentine army, BERTRAM, and



MAR. The gods forbid else!

So, now they come :-
That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son;

That, Escalus. HEL.

Which is the Frenchman ?

That with the plume: 't is a most gallant fellow;
I would he lov'd his wife : if he were honester

He were much goodlier :—Is 't not a handsome gentleman ?
HEL. I like him well.
Dia. T is pity he is not honest: Yond 's that same knave,

That leads him to these places; were I his lady,

I would poison that vile rascal.

Which is he?
DIA. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why is he melancholy?
HEL. Perchance he's hurt i' the battle.
PAR. Lose our drum! well.
Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something: Look, he has spied us.
WID. Marry, hang you!
Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier !

[Exeunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Officers, and Soldiers. WID. The troop is pass'd: Come, pilgrim, I will bring you

Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents
There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,

Already at my house.

I humbly thank you :
Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,
To eat with us to-night, the charge and thanking
Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,
I will bestow some precepts on this virgin,

Worthy the note.
We'll take your offer kindly.


SCENE VI.- Camp before Florence.

Enter BERTRAM and the two French Lords. 1 LORD. Nay, good my lord, put him to 't; let him have his way. 2 LORD. If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your

respect. 1 LORD. On my life, my lord, a bubble. BER. Do you think I am so far deceived in him? I LORD. 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 entertainment. 2 LORD. It were fit you knew him; lest, 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 try him. 2 LORD. None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which you hear him so

confidently undertake to do. I LORD. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly surprise him; such I will

have whom I am sure he knows not from the enemy: we will bind and hoodwink him, so that he shall suppose no other but that he is carried 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 forfeit of his soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in anything. 2 LORD. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch his drum ; he says, he has a

stratagem for 't: when your lordship sees the bottom of his success in 't, and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore a will be melted, if you give him not John Drum's entertainment”, your inclining cannot be removed. Here he comes.

Enter PAROLLES. 1 LORD. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the humourb of his design:

let bim fetch off his drum in any hand. BER. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks sorely in your disposition. 2 LORD. A pox on't, let it go; 't is but a drum. PAR. But a drum! Is 't but a drum? A drum so lost !—There was excellent

command! to charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend our

own soldiers ! 2 LORD. That was not to be blamed 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.

• Ore. The original has ours. The emendation is by Theobald.
Humour. In the original, honour.


BER. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success : some dishonour we had in

the loss of that drum; but it is not to be recovered. Par. It might have been recovered. BER. It might, but it is not now. Par. It is to be recovered: but that the merit of service is seldom attributed

to the true and exact performer, I would have that drum or another, or hic

jacet. BER. Why, if you have a stomach to 't, monsieur, if you think your mystery in

stratagem can bring this instrument of honour again into his native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprise, and go on; I will grace 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

syllable 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 11 about it this evening: and I will presently pen down my dilemmas,

encourage myself in my certainty, 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 gone about it? Par. I know not what the success will be, my lord; but the opt I vow. BER. I know thou 'rt valiant;

And to the possibility of thy soldiership

Will subscribe for thee. Farewell. Par. I love not many words.

(Exit. I LORD. 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 done ; damns himself to do, and dares better be damned than to do 't? 2 LORD. 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, escap

& great deal of discoveries; but when you find him out, you have him ever after. Ber. Why, do you think he will make no deed at all of this, that so seriously

be does address himself unto? I LORD. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap upon you

two or three probable lies: but we have almost embossed a him; you shall

see his fall to-night: for, indeed, he is not for your lordship's respect. 2 LORD. Well make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was

first smoked by the old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and be is parted, tell

me what a sprat you shall find him; which you shall see this very night. I LORD. I must go look my twigs; he shall be caught. BEB. Your brother, he shall go along with me. I LORD. As 't please your lordship : I'll leave you.

[Exit. Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show you

Embossed. The word is probably here used in the sense of exhausted. In the Induction to The Taming of the Shrew,' " the poor cur is emboss'd"-swollen with hard running. In the old field language, the weary stag was embossed.

The lass I spoke of. 2 LORD.

But, you say she 's honest.
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-send;
And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature;

Will you go see her? 2 LORD.

With all my heart, my lord.


SCENE VII.-Florence. A Room in the Widow's House.

Enter HELENA and Widow.

HEL. .

Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she,

I know not how I shall assure you further,

But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.
WID. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,

Nothing acquainted with these businesses ;
And would not put my reputation now
Jo any staining act.

Nor would I wish you.
First, give me trust, the count he is my husband;
And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken
Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot,
By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,

Err in bestowing it.

I should believe you;
For you have show'd me that which well approves

You are great in fortune.

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 woos your daughter,
Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty,
Resolves to carry her; let her, in fine, consent,
As we 'll direct her how 't is best to bear it,
Now his important blood will nought deny
That she 'll demand": A ring the county wears,
That downward hath succeeded in his house,
From son to son, some four or five descents
Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds
In most rich choice; yet, in his idle fire,
To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,
Howe'er repented after.

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