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Hel. Which is he?..
Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs: Why is he me. lancholy?
Hel. Perchance he's hurt i' the battle.
Mar. He's shrewdly vex'd at something: Look, he has spied us.
Wid. Marry, hang you! [Exeunt Bertram, Parolles; &c. Mar. And your courtesy, for a 2 ring-carrier !
Wid. The troop is paft: Come, pilgrim, I will bring you
Hel. I humbly thank you : .
Botb. We'll take your offer kindly. [Exeunt.
s C E. NE VI. Enter Bertram, and the two French Lords. i 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.
i Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
i Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him as my kins
a hilding, ]-scoundrel.
man, he's a most notable coward, an infinite and endlefs 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; left, 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 surprize him ; such I will have, whom, I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind and hood-wink 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 any thing.
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 will be melted, if you give him not · John Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here he comes.
Enter Parolles. Hinder not the humour of his design; let him his drum in any hand.
o the leaguer)—the lines.
John Drum's entertainment, ]- a good drubbing. --Tom Drum's entertainment (says Holinshed) is to hale a man in by his head, and thrust him out by both the shoulders.
d in any hand.)-at all events.
Ber. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks forely in your disposition.
2 Lord. A pox on’t, let it go ; 'tis but a drum.
Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum ? A drum so lost! There was an 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.
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success : some dishonour we had, in the loss of that drum ; but it is not to be recover'd.
Par. It might have been recover'd.
Par. It is to be recover'd: but that the merit of fervice 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 inftrument of honour again into its native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, 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 number in it.
Par. I'll 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?
* dilemmas, 3–infallible projects.
Par. I know not what the success will be, my lord ; but the attempt I vow.
Ber. I know, thou art valiant ; and, to the possibility of thy ' soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Farewel. . 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 damn'd than 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, escape a 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 he does 6 address himself unto ?
2 Lord. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies: but we have almost “imboss'd him, you shall see his fall tonight; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship’s respect.
i Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we' case him. He was first smok'd by the old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, k tell me what a sprat you shall find him ; which you shall see this very night. I must go look my twigs; he shall be caught.
Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. 2 Lord. As’t please your lordship: I'll leave you. [Exit.
Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and shew you The lass I spoke of.
i 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,
soldiership, ]-martial skill. -& address bimself unto ??)—undertake. H imboss'd him, ]-run him down. I case him.)-trip him. k You'll tell me.
Tokens and letters, which she did re-fend;
i Lord. With all my heart, my lord. [Exeunt.
.S CE N E VII. Florence. The Widow's House.
Enter Helena, and Widow.
Hel. If you k misdoubt me that I am not she,
Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,
Wid. I should believe you ;
Hel. Take this purse of gold,
' But I shall loje the grounds I work upon.)-Without discovering myself to the count, and thereby frustrating my design.
m to your sworn counsel) under an oath of secrefy. n good aid ).lent for so good an end.