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Let that go :

Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd
To equal my great fortune.

My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home.

Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.

Well, what would you say?
Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I oweR;
Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is;
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
What law does vouch mine own.

What would you have ?

' Hel. Something; and scarce so much: — nothing,

indeed. I would not tell you what I would: my lord — faith,

Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss.

Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse.
Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.
Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ? Fare-

Go thou toward home; where I will never come,
Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum :
Away, and for our flight.

Bravely, coragio! (Exeunt.



Florence. A Room in the Duke's


Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, attended; two

French Lords, and others.

Duke. So that, from point to point, now have you

heard The fundamental reasons of this war;

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Whose great decision hath much blood let forth,
And more thirsts after.
1 Lord.

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

Druke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin France
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 mano,
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 uncertain grounds to fail
As often as I guess'd.

Be it his pleasure.
2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our nature',
That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day,
Come here for physick.

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.


Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.

Enter Countess and Clown.

Count. It hath happened all as I would have had it, save, that he comes not along with her. I cannot yield,] I cannot inform you of the reasons.

JOHNSON. an outward man,] i. e. one not in the secret of affairs. the younger of our nature,] i. e, as we say at present, our



young fellows.

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 sing ; mend the ruff!, and sing; ask questions, and sing ; pick his teeth, and sing : I know a man that had this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a song.

Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he means to come.

[Opening a letter, Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at court; our old ling and our Isbels o’the country are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o'the court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with no stomach.

Count. What have we here?
Clo. E'en that you have there.


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Count. [reads.] I have sent you a daughter-in-law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. I have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away; know it, before the report come. If there be breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long distance. My duty to you.

Your unfortunate son,

This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,
To fly the favours of so good a king;
To pluck his indignation on thy head,
By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
For the contempt of empire.

Re-enter Clown.
Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, be-
tween two soldiers and my young lady.


mend the ruff] The tops of the boots, in our author's time, turned down, and hung loosely over the leg. The folding is what the clown means by the ruff. Ben Jonson calls it ruffle ; and perhaps it should be so here.

Count. What is the matter ?

Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon as I thought he would. · Count. Why should he be kill'd ?

Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the loss of men, though it be the getting of children. Here they come, will tell you more: for my part, I only hear, your son was run away.

[Erit Clown.

Enter HELENA and two Gentlemen. 1 Gen. Save you, good madam. Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. 2 Gen. Do not say so. Count. Think upon patience. -- 'Pray you, gentle

men, I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief, That the first face of neither, on the start, Can woman me? unto't:- Where is my son, I pray you?

2 Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Flo


We met him thitherward; from thence we came,
And, after some despatch in hand at court,
Thither we bend again.

Hel. Look on his letter, madam; here's my passport. [Reads.] When thou canst get the ring upon my fingers,

which never shall come off, and show me a child begotten of thy body, that I am father to, then call me husband:

but in such a then I write a never. This is a dreadful sentence.

Count. Brought you this letter, genlemen ? 1 Gen.

Ay, madam; And, for the contents' sake, are sorry

for our pains.


2 Can woman me — ) i. e. affect me suddenly and deeply, as my sex are usually affected.

3 When thou canst get the ring upon my finger,] i. e. when thou canst get the ring, which is on my finger, into thy possession.

Count. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine“, Thou robb’st me of a moiety: He was my son; But I do wash his name out of my blood, And thou art all my child. - Towards Florence is he?

2 Gen. Ay, madam.

And to be a soldier ?
2 Gen. Such is his noble purpose: and, believ't,
The duke will lay upon him all the honour
That good convenience claims.

Return you thither? 1 Gen. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of speed. Hel. (reads.] Till I have no wife, I have nothing in

Tis bitter.
Count. Find you that there?

Ay, madam. 1 Gen. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply, which His heart was not consenting to.

Count. Nothing in France, until he have no wife !
There's nothing here, that is too good for him,
But only she; and she deserves a lord,
That twenty such rude boys might tend upon,
And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him ?

1 Gen. A servant only, and a gentleman
Which I have some time known.

Parolles, was't not? 1 Gen. Ay, my good lady, he.

Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of 'wickedness. My son corrupts a well-derived nature With his inducement. 1 Gen.

Indeed, good lady, The fellow has a deal of that, too much, Which holds him much to have. 5

4 If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine, &c.] This sentiment is elliptically expressed. If thou keepest all thy sorrows to thyself, i.e. “ all the griefs that are thine,” &c.

a deal of that, too much, Which holds him much to have.) That is, his vices stand him in stead.


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