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1 Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak to us again?
1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me.
i 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 8 language, gabble enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem very politick. But couch, ho! here he comes ; to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.
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.
1 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 some hurts, and say, I got them
71. e. Foreign troops in the enemy's pay.
8 A bird like a jack-daw,
in exploit: Yet slight ones will not carry it: They will say, Came
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.
i Lord. Is it possible, he should know what he is, and be that he is ?
[Aside. Pur. 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 citadel 1 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 morousus, cargo, cargo, cargo. All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo.
Par: O! ransome, ransome :-Do not hide mine eyes.
[They seize him and blindfold him.
9 The proof.
1 Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos,
Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment.
1 Sold. Boskos vauvado :-
Oh! 1 Sold.
O, pray, pray, prayManka revania dulche. 1 Lord.
Oscorbi dulchos colivorca.
0, let me live,
will wonder at. 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 himm
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. 1 Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely lock'd.
A Room in the Widow's House,
Enter BERTRAM and DIANA.
Ber. They told me, that your name was Fontibell.
Dia. She then was honest.
No: My mother did but duty; such, my lord, As you owe to your wife. Ber.
No more of that! I pr’ythee, do not strive against my vows:9
9 i.e. Against his determined resolution never to cohabit with Helena.
I was compell’d to her; but I love thee
Ay, so you serve us,
How have I sworn? Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. What is not holy, that we swear not by, But take the Highest to witness :' Then, pray you,
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes,
Change it, change it;
Dia. I see, that men make hopes, in such affairs, That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring.
The sense is--we never swear by what is not holy, but take to witness the Highest, the Divinity.