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HEL. To Saint Jaques lo grand.
Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
If you will tarry, holy pilgrim, but till the troops come by,
As ample as myself.
Is it yourself?
I did so.
That has done worthy service.
His name, I pray you.
His face I know not.
Whatsoe'er he is,
Against his liking : Think you it is so ?
Reports but coarsely of her.
What's his name?
O, I believe with him,
Alas, poor lady! 'T is a hard bondage, to become the wife
Of a detesting lord.
Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do her
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;
Enter, with drum and colours, a party of the Florentine army, BERTRAM, and
MAR. The gods forbid else!
So, now they come :-
That, Escalus. HEL.
Which is the Frenchman ?
That with the plume: 't is a most gallant fellow;
He were much goodlier :—Is 't not a handsome gentleman ?
That leads him to these places; were I his lady,
I would poison that vile rascal.
Which is he?
[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
Already at my house.
I humbly thank you :
Worthy the note.
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.
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.
And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to her,
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. 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.
Nothing acquainted with these businesses ;
Nor would I wish you.
Err in bestowing it.
I should believe you;
You are great in fortune.
Take this purse of gold,