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time enough to go home. What shall I say I have done ? it must be a very plaufive invention that carries it. They begin to smoke me, and disgraces have of late knock'd 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.

Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own tongue was guilty of.

[Afide. Par. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of this drum, being not ignorant of the, impoflibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and say, I got them in exploit. Yet flight ones will not carry it; they will say, Came you off with so little ? and great oncs i dare not give ; wherefore what's the instance ? Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman's mouth, and buy myself another of Bajazet's mute, if you prattle me into these perils.

Lord. Is it possible he should know what he is, and be that he is ?

[ Afde, Par. I would the cutting of my garments would serve the turn, or the breaking of my Spanish sword. Lord. We cannot afford you fo.

[ Afide, Par. Or the baring of my beard, and to say it was in stratagem, Lord. "Twould not do.

[ Afide. Par. Or to drown my cloaths, and say I was ftript. Lord. Hardly serve.

[ Afide. Par. Though I swore I leapt from the window of the citadel Lord. How deep?

[Aside. Par. Thirty fathom.

Lord. Three great oaths would scarce make that be believed.

[Afide. Par. I would I had any drum of the enemy's; I would swear I recover'd it. Lord. You fhall hear one anon.

[ Afide. Par. A drum now of the enemy's !

Alarum within. Lord. Tlroco movoufus, cargo, cargo, cargo: ll. Cargo, cargo, villiando par corbo, cargo.


Par. Oh ! ransom ransom: do not hide mine eyes.

[They seize him, and blindfold him.. Inter. Bokos thromaldo bo kos.

Par. I know, you are the Muskos regiment,
And I shall lose my life for want of language.
If there be here German, or Dane, Low Dutch,
Italian, or French, let him speak to me,
I'll discover that which shall undo the Florentine.

Inter. Boskos vauvado ; I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue; Kerelybonto,—Sir, betake thee to thy faith, for leventeen poniards are at thy bofom.

Par. Oh!
Int. On, pray, pray, pray.
Mancha ravancha duiche.
Lord. Osceoribi dulchos volivorco.

Int. The general is content to spare thee ýet,
And, hoodwink'd as thou art, will lead thee on
To gather from thee. Haply thou may'st inform
Something to save thy life.

Par. Oh let me live,
And all the secrets of our camp I'll shew;
Their force, their purpofes : nay, I'll speak that

will wonder at.
Int. But wilt thou faithfully?
Par. If I do not, damn me.

Int. Acordo linta.
Come on, thou art granted space.


[ A short alarum within. Lord. Go, tell the Count Rousillon and my brother, We've caught the woodcock, and will keep him muffTill we do hear from them.

(led Sol. Captain, I will,

Lord. He will betray us all unto ourfelves.
Inform 'em that.

Sol. So I will, Sir.
Lord. Till then I'll keep him dark and safely lock'd.


Which you

SCENE II. Changes to the widow's house.

Enter Bertram and Diana.
Ber. They told me that your name was Fontibell.



Dia. No, my good Lord, Diana.

Ber. Titled goddess,
And worth it with addition ! but, fair soul,

fine frame hath love no quality ?
If the quick fire of youth light not your mind,
You are no maiden, but a monument.
When you are dead, you should be such a one
As you are now, for you are cold and stern;
And now you should be as your mother was,

sweet self was got. Dia. She then was honest. Ber. So should be.

Dia. No.
My mother did but duty; such, my Lord,
As you owe to your wife.

Ber. No more o' that !
I pr’ythee do not strive against my vows :
I was compelld to her ; but I love thee
By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever
Do thee all rights of service.

Dia. Ay, so you serve us,
Till we serve you : but when you have our roses,
You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves,
And mock us with our bareness.

Ber. 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 ’hides ;
But take the High'st to witness; then, pray tell me,
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes
I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths,
When I did love you ill? This has no holding,
To swear by him whom I protest to love,
That I will work against him. Therefore your oaths
Are words, and poor conditions but unseal'd;
At least, in my opinion.

Ber. Change it, change it:
Be not so holy-cruel. Love is holy,
And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts


do charge men with : stand no more off, But give thyself unto my fick desires, Which then recover, Say, thou art mine; and ever

My love, as it begins, fhall so persever.

Dia. I see that men make hopes in such affairs That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. ; Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power To give it from me.

Dia. Will you not, my Lord ?

Ber. It is an honour ’longing to our house,
Bequeathed down from many ancestors;
Which were the greatest obloquy i'th' world
In me to lose.
· Dia. Mine honour's such a ring;
My chastity's the jewel of our house,
Bequeathed down from many ancestors;
Which were the greatest obloquy i'th' world
In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom
Brings in the champion honour on my part,
Against your vain assault.

Ber. Here, take my ring.
My house, my honour, yea, my life, be thine,
And I'll be bid by thee.

Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my chamber-
I'll order take my mother shall not hear. [window;
Now will I charge you in the band of truth,
When you have conquer'd my yet maiden-bed,
Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me.
My reasons are most strong, and you shall know them,
When back again this ring shall be deliver'd;
And on your finger, in the night I'll put
Another ring, that, what in time proceeds,
May token to the future our past deeds.
Adieu, till then ; then, fail not: you have won
A wife of me, tho' there my hope be done.
Ber. A heav'n on earth I've won by wooing thee.

[Exit. Dia. For which live long to thank both heav'n and You may so in the end.

[me. My inother told me just how he would woo, As if she sat in's heart; she says, all men Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry me, When his wife's dead : therefore I'll lie with him When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid, Marry 'em that will, I'd live and die a maid; VOL. III.



am the

Only, in this disguife, I think no fin.
To cozen him that would unjustly win. [Exit.
SCENE III. Changes to the French camp in Florence
Enter the two French Lords and two or three soldiers.

i Lórd. You have not given him his mother's letter?

2 Lord. I have deliver'd it an hour fince; there is fomething in't that sting's his nature; for, on the reading it, he change'd almost into another man. i Lord. He has much worthy blame laid upon

him for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a lady.

2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everlasting displeasure of the King, who had even tun'd his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly with you. i Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and I grave

of it. 2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman here in Florence, of a most chaste renown; and this night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her honour : he hath given her his monumental ring, and thinks himself made in the unchaste compofition.

i Lord. Now God delay our rebellion; as we are ourselves, what things we are !

2 Lord. Merely our own traitors; and as, in the common course of all treasons, we still see them reveal themselves, till they attain to their abhorr'd ends; fo he that in this action contrives against his own nobility, in his proper stream o'erflows himself.

i Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us to be the trumpeters of our unlawful intents ? we shall not then have his company to-night?

2 Lord. Not till after midnight; for he is dieted to his hour.

i Lord. That approaches apace. I would gladly have him fee his company anatomiz'd, that he might take a measure of his own judgment, wherein so curioufly he had set this counterfeit.

2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till he come; for his presence must be the whip of the other.

I Lord.

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