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BER. Go with me to my chamber, and advise me. SCENE IV.- The same. Another Room in the I'll send her straight away. To-morrow

same. I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise

Enter HELENA and Clown. in it. 'Tis hard ; A young man, married, is a man that's marrd : Hel. My mother greets me kindly: is she Therefore away, and leave her bravely ; go :

well ? The king has done you wrong: but, hush ! 'tis so. Clo. She is not well, but yet she has her

[Exeunt health : she's very merry, but yet she is not well : .



but thanks be given, she's very well, and wants Par. That you will take your instant leave o’ nothing i’the world ; but yet she is not well.

the king,

[ceeding, HEL. If she be very well, what does she ail,

And make this haste as your own good prothat she's not very well ?

Strengthen'd with what apology you think Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for May make it probable need. two things.


What more commands he? HEL. What two things ?

Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently
Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither Attend his further pleasure.
God send her quickly! the other, that she's in HEL. In every thing I wait upon his will.
earth, from whence God send her quickly!

Par. I shall report it so.
I pray you.—Come, sirrah.

[Exeunt. Enter PAROLLES.

SCENE V.- Another Room in the same.


PAR. 'Bless you, my fortunate lady!

HEL. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine own good fortunes.*

Par. You had my prayers to lead them on : and to keep them on, have them still.—0, my knave ! how does my old lady?

Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her money, I would she did as you say.

Par. Why, I say nothing.

Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing. To say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be a great part of your title; which is within a very little of nothing.

PAR. Away, thou’rt a knave.

Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave thou’rt a knave; that is, before me thou art a knave: this had been truth, sir.

Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee. Clo. Did


find me in yourself, sir ? or were you taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable ;* and much fool may you find in you, even to the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter.

Par. A good knave, i' faith, and well fed.-
Madam, my lord will go away to-night ;
A very serious business calls on him.

The great prerogative and rite of love,
Which, as your due, time claims, he does ac-

But puts it off to a compelled restraint;
Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with

Which they distil now in the curbed time,
To make the coming hour o’erflow with joy,
And pleasure drown the brim.

What's his will else?

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

BER. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.

LAF. You have it from his own deliverance ?
BER. And by other warranted testimony.

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

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

LAF. I have then sinned against his experience, and transgressed against his valour; 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.

[To BERTRAM. LAF. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ? PAR. Sir ?

LAF. 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
Given order for our horses; and to-night,
When I should take possession of the bride,

(*) Old text, fortune. 2 The search, sir, was profitable ;] This begins as a new speech in the folio, with a second prefix of Clo.; and it seems very likely, from the context, that Parolles had made some reply, which is lost.

D And accordingly valiant.] That is, conformably, proportionally, valiant. So in "The Lovers' Progress," of Beaumont and Fl Act III. Sc. 6:

"I fear ye are not used accordingly."

to your

Enda ere I do begin.

So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat LAF. A good traveller is something at the

you, latter end of a dinner ; but one* that lies three- That presently you take your way for home, thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you ; nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice For my respects are better than they seem, beaten.God save you, captain.

And my appointments have in them a need, BER. Is there any unkindness between my lord Greater than shows itself at the first view, and you, monsieur ?

To you that know them not. This to my mother : PAR. I know not how I have deserved to run

[Giving a letter. into my lord's displeasure.

'T will be two days ere I shall see you ; so LAF. You have made shift to run into’t, boots I leave


wisdom. and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the ,


Sir, I can nothing say, custard ; (5) and out of it you'll run again, rather But that I am your most obedient servant. than suffer question for your residence.

BER, Come, come, no more of that. BER. It


have mistaken him, my lord. HEL.

And ever shall LAF. And shall do so ever, though I took him With true observance seek to eke out that, at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd believe this of me, there can be no kernel in this To equal my great fortune. light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : BER.

Let that go: trust him not in matter of heavy consequence ; I My haste is very great: farewell ; hie home. have kept of them tame, and know their natures. HEL. Pray, sir, your pardon. -Farewell, monsieur: I have spoken better of BER.

Well, what would you say ? you, than you

have or will † deserve at my hand; HEL. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe, but we must do good against evil. [Exit. Nor dare I say, 't is mine ; and yet it is; Par. An idleb lord, I swear.

But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal BER. I think so.

What law does vouch mine own. Par. Why, do you not know him ? [speech BER.

What would


have ? BER. Yes, I do know him well ; and common HEL. Something; and scarce so much :Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.

nothing, indeed.

I would not tell you what I would': my lordEnter HELEXA.

'faith, yes ;

Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. HEL. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, BER. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to Spoke with the king, and have procur’d his leave

horse. For present parting; only, he desires

Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my Some private speech with you.

lord. BER.

I shall obey his will. BER. Where are my other men, monsieur ? You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,


[Exit HELENA. Which holds not colour with the time, nor does Go thou toward home; where I will never come, The ministration and required office

Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum.On my particular: prepar'd I was not

Away, and for our flight. For such a business, therefore am I found


Bravely, coragio! [Exeunt.


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(*) First folio, on.

(1) First folio inserts, to. End ere I do begin.] In the old copy,

"* And ere I do begin." The emendation was found in the margin of Lord Ellesmere's copy of the first folio, and is supported by a passage in “ The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Act II. Sc. 4:

“I know it well, sir ; you always end ere you begin." 6 An idle lord,-) Idle, here, as in many other passages, means,

crazy, wild, mad-brained: thus, again in Act III. Sc. 7:

-yet, in his idle fire," &c. and in “Hamlet," Act III. Sc. 6, Hamlet says

“ They are coming to the play; I must be idle." I think so.) The context testifies the poet wrote " I think not so." å The wealth I owe:-] The wealth I own, possess.

e Where are my other men, &c.) This line, in the old copies, is given to Helena.

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2 LORD. But I am sure,

the younger nature, That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, Come here for physic. DUKE.

Welcome shall they be ; And all the honours, that can fly from us, Shall on them settle. You know your places well ; When better fall, for your avails they fell. To-morrow to the field. [Flourish. Exeunt.

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SCENE II.-Rousillon. A Room in the

Countess's Palace,

The fundamental reasons of this war ;
Whose great decision hath much blood let forth,
And more thirsts after.

Holy seems the quarrel
Upon your grace's part ; black and fearful
On the opposer.

[France DUKE. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom Against our borrowing prayers. 2 LORD.

Good my lord,
The reasons of our state I cannot yield,
But like a common and an outward man,
That the great figure of a council frames
By self-unable motion : therefore dare not
Say what I think of it, since I have found
Myself in my incertain grounds to fail
As often as I guess'd.

Be it his pleasure.

Enter Countess and Clown.

Count. It hath happened all as I would have had it, save, that he comes not along with her.

Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a very melancholy man.

Count. By what observance, I pray you ?
Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and

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sing; mend the ruff,“ and sing; ask questions, That the first face of neither, on the start, and sing; pick his teeth, and sing : I know a Can woman me unto 't.— Where is my son, I man that had this trick of melancholy, sold* a

pray you? goodly manor for a song.

2 Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke COUNT. Let me see what he writes, and when

of Florence : he means to come.

[Opening a letter. We met him thitherward : for thence we came, Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at And, after some despatch in hand at court, court; our old lingť and our Isbels o’the country Thither we bend again.

(passport. are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o' HEL. Look on his letter, madam ; here's my the court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; [Reads.] When thou canst get the ring upon my and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, finger which never shall come off, and show me with no stomach.

a child begotten of thy body, that I am father COUNT. What have we here?

to, then call me husband: but in such a then I Clo. E'en I that you have there.

write a never. Count. [Reads.] I have sent you a daughter- This is a dreadful sentence. in-law : she hath recovered the king, and undone Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ? I have wedded her, not bedded her; and 1 GEN.

Ay, madam; sworn to make the not eternal. You shall hear, | And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our I am run away; know it, before the report come.

pains. If there be breadth enough in the world, I will Count. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer ; hold a long distance. My duty to you.

If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine,
Your unfortunate son,

Thou robb’st me of a moiety: he was my son ;

BERTRAM. But I do wash his name out of my blood, [he? This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,

And thou art all my child.—Towards Florence is To fly the favours of so good a king ;

2 GEN. Ay, madam.

And to be a soldier ?
To pluck his indignation on thy head,
By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous

2 GEN. Such is his noble purpose: and, believe't, For the contempt of empire.

The duke will lay upon him all the honour
That good convenience claims.



thither? Re-enter Clown.

1 GEN. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of

speed. Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news withir, HEL. [Reads.] Till I have no wife, I have between two soldiers and my young lady.

nothing in France. COUNT. What is the matter?

'Tis bitter. Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, Count. Find you that there? some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon HEL.

Ay, madam. as I thought he would.

1 Gen. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, Count. Why should he be killed ?

haply, which his heart was not consenting to. Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I Count. Nothing in France, until he have no hear he does : the danger is in standing to't;

wife! that's the loss of men, though it be the getting of There's nothing here, that is too good for him, children. Here they come, will tell you more : But only she; and she deserves a lord, for my part, I only hear your son was run away. That twenty such rude boys might tend upon,

[Exit Clown. And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with

him ?

1 GEN. A servant only, and a gentleman Enter HELENA and two Gentlemen.

Which I have sometime known.

Parolles, was it not ? 1 GEN. 'Save you, good madam.

1 GEN. Ay, my good lady, he. wickedness. HEL. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. COUNT. A very tainted fellow, and full of 2 GEN. Do not say so.

My son corrupts a well-derived nature Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, With his inducement. gentlemen,

1 GEN.

Indeed, good lady, I have felt so many quirks of joy and grief, The fellow has a deal of that, too much,

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(*) Old text, hold.

(+) Old text, Lings. (1) First folio, In.

& The ruff,-) The top of the boot which turned over, and was sometimes ornamented with lace, was called the ruf.

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