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The property by what it is should go,
Laf. To what is count's man: count's master is Not by the útle. She is young, wise, fair ;
of another style. In these to nature she's immediate heir;
Par. You are too old, sir ; let it satisfy you, you And these breed honour ; that is honour's scorn,
are too old,
Laf. I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to
Par. What I dare too well do, I dare not do.
of thy travel; it might pass : yet the scarfs, and the Where dust and damn'd oblivion is the tomb bannerets, about thee, did manifoldly dissuade ma of honour'd bones indeed. What should be said ? from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden. If thou canst like this creature as a maid, I have now found thee; when I lose thee ayain, I I can create the rest: virtue, and she,
care not : yet art thou good for nothing but taking Is her own dower : honour and wealth from me. up;' and that thou art scarce worth.
Ber. I cannot love her, nor will strive to do't. Par. Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity
Laf. Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest Hel. That you are well restor'd, my lord, I am thou hasten thy trial ; which if-Lord have mercy glad;
on thee for a hen! So, my good window of latrice, Let the rest go.
fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, for
Laf. Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy My love, and her desert; that canst not dream,
Par. I have not, my lord, deserved it.
will not bate thee a scruple.
Laf. E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to Believe not thy disdain, but presently
pull at a smack o' the contrary. If ever thou be'st Do thine own fortunes that obedient right, bound in thy scarf, and beaten, thou shalt find what Which both thy duty owes, and our power claims ; it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a desire to Or I will throw thee from my care for ever, hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my knowInto the staggers and the careless lapse
ledge; that I may say, in the default," he is a man of youth and ignorance; both my revenge and hate, I know. Loosing upon thee in the name of justice,
Par. My lord, you do me most insupportablo
Ber. Pardon, my gracious lord for I submit Laf. I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and
, I must be patient; there is no fettering of auKing.
Take her by the hand, thority. I'll beat him by my life, if I can meet him And tell her, she is thine : to whom I promise with any convenience, an he were double and doublo A counterpoise ; if not to thy estate,
a lord. ' I'll have no more pity of his age, than I A balance more replete.
would have of—I'll beat him, an if I could but meet Ber. I take her hand.
this contract: whose ceremony
Laf. Sirrah, your lord and master's married, And be perform'd to-night:8 the solemn feast
there's news for you; you have a new mistress. Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Par. I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship to Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st'her,
make some reservation of your wrongs : He is my Thy love's to me religious; else, does err.
good lord : whom I serve above, is my master. (Exeunt King, BERTRAM, HELENA, Lords,
Luf. Who? God ?
Par. Ay, sir.
Laf. The devil it is, that's thy master. Why dost
Laf. Your lord and master did well to make his hose of thy sleeves ? do other servants so ? Thou recantation.
wert best set thy lower part where thy nose stands. Par. Recantation ? My lord ? my master ?
By mine honour, if I were but two hours younger, Laf. Ay; Is it not a language, I speak ?
I'd beat thee : methinks, thou art a general offence, Par. A most harsh onc; and not to be under- and every man should beat thee. I think, thou wasi stood without bloody succeeding. My master ?
created for men to breathe themselves upon thee. Laf. Are you companion to the count Rousillon?
Par. This is hard and undeserved measure, my
lord. Par. To any count; to all counts; to what is man.
sense of expeditiously: and brief in the sense of a short 1 i, e, the child of honour.
note or intimation concerning any business, and some 2 The first folio omits best; the second folio sup- times without the idea of writing. plies it.
7 i. e. while I sate twice with thee at dinner. 3 The implication or clause of the sentence (as the
* To take up is to contradict, to call to account ; as grammarians say) here serves for the antecedent, 'which well as to pick off the ground danger to defeat.
9 i. e, ai a need. 4 The commentators here kindly inform us that the
10 There is a poor conceit here hardly worth explain. staggers is a violent disease in horses ; but the word in ing, but that some of the commentators have misunder the text has no relation, even metaphorically to it. The stood it :
-Doing I am pasi,says Lafeu, as I will by seeling and unsteady course of a drunken or sick man thee, in what motion age will give me leave; i. e. 20
I will pass by thee as fast as I am able; and he imme 6 l. e. portion.
diately goes out. 8 Shakaveare uses expedient and expediently in the 11 Exercise.
Laf. Go to, sir; you were beaten in Italy for Par. Why, I say nothing. picking a kernel out of a pomegranate ; you are a Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a vagabond, and no true traveller : you are more saucy man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing : To with lords, and honourable personages, than the he- say nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to raldry of your birth and virtue gives you commission. have nothing, is to be a great part of your litle ; You are not worth another word, else I'd call you which is within a very little of noihmg. knave. I leave you.
(Exit. Par. Away, thou'rt a knave. Enter BERTRAM.
Clo. You should have said, sir, before a knave** Pær. Good, very good; it is so then.--Good, thou art a knave; that is, before me thou art a
knave : this had been truth, sir. very good; let it be concealed a while. Ber. Undone, and forfeited to cares for ever!
Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee. Par. What is the matter, sweet heart ?
Clo. Did you find me in yourself, sir ? or were you Ber. Although before the solemn priest I have taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable,
and much fool may you find in you, even to tho sworn, I will not bed her.
world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter. Pa. What? what, sweet heart?
Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed. Ber. O my Parolles, they have married me:
Madam, my lord, will go away to-night; I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her.
A very serious business calls on him.
The great prerogative and rite of love,
Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed with Par. Ay, that would be known : To the wars, my which they distil now in the curbed time,
sweets, boy, to the wars! He wears his honour in a box unseen,
To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy,"
And pleasure drown the brim.
What's his will else?
Par. That you will take your instant leave of the Of Mars's fiery steed: To other regions !
king. France is a stable : we, that dwell in't, jades;
And make this haste as your own good proceeding, Therefore, to the war!
Strengthen'd with what apology you think
May make it probable need.
What more commands he ?
Par. That, having this obtain'd, you presently That which I durst not speak : His present gift
Attend his further pleasure.. Shall furnish me to those Italian fields,
Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will. Where noble fellows strike : War is no strife
Par. I shall report it so.
Hel. To the dark house, and the detested wife.
I pray you.-Come, sirrah. (Exeunt. Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure ?' SCENE V. Another Room in the same. Enter Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise me.
LAFEU and BERTRAM.
Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not him a
soldier. Par. Why, these balls bound; there's noise in it. — Tis hard ;
Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
Laf. You have it from his own deliverance. A young man, married,' is a man that's marr'd: Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go :
Ber. And by other warranted testimony. The king has aune you wrong; but, hush!tis so.
Laf. Then my dial goes not true; I took this lark
for a bunting.' (Exeunt.
Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in SCENE IV. The same. Another Room in the same knowledge, and accordingly valiant. Enter HELENA and Clown.
Laf. I have then sinned against his experience, Hel. My mother greets me kindly; Is she well? and transgressed against his valour; and my slate
Çlo. She is not well; but yet she has her health ; that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in she's very merry; but yet she is not well: but thanks my heart to repent. Here he comes; pray you, be given, she's very well, and wants nothing i'the make us friends, I will pursue the amity. world; but yet she is not well.
Enter PAROLLES, Hel. If she be very well, what does she’ail, that
Par. These things shall be done, sir. she's not very well ?
[T. BERTRAM. Clo. Truly, sho's very well, indeed, but for two
Laf. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ? things.
Laf. O, I know him well : Ay, sir ; he, sir, is a send her quickly! the other, that she's in earth, from whence God send her quickly!
Ber. Is she gone to the king ?
Aside to PAROLLIS. Enter PAROLLES.
Par. She is. Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!
Ber. Will she away to-night? Hel. I hope, sir,
have your good-will to have Par. As you'll have her. mine own good fortunes.
Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure. Par. You had my prayers to lead them on : and Given order for our horses, and 10-nighi, to keep them on, have them still.-0, my knave! When I should take possession of the bride, How does my old lady ?
And, ere I do begin, Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter money, I would sho did as you say.
end of a dinner ; but one that lies three-thirds, and 1 Acant term for a wife.
joys, and the expectation of them, would make them 2 The dark house is a house made gloomy by dis. more delightful when they come.
The curbed time
means the time of restraint, whose want means the 3 Perhaps the old saying, “better sed than taught,' want of which. alluded to here as in a preceding scene, where the clown 6 A specious appearance of necessity. says, “I will show myself highly fed and lowly laught.? 7 The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark; but 4 The old copy reads ' to a compellid restraint.' has liule or no song, which gives estimation to the sky. 6 The meaning appears to he, that the delay of the l lark.
On the opposer.
uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, Whilst I can shake my sword, o hear the drum :-
Bravely, coraglo ! Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord
(Exeunt. and you, monsieur ? Par. I know not how I have deserved to run into
ACT III. my_lord's displeasure.
SCENE I. Florence. A Room in the Duke's Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots and
Palace. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard ;'
attended ; two French Lords, and others. and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer
Duke. So that, from point to point, now have you question for your residence. Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord. The fundamental reasons of this war;
heard Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at Whose great decision hath much blood let forth, Fare you well, my lord ; and believe
And more thirst after. this of me, There can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes: trust him not in Upon your grace's part; black and fearful
Holy seems the quarrel matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, monsieur:
Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin I have spoken better of you, than you have or will?
France deserve at my hand; but we must do good against Would, in so just a business, shut his bose m evil.
(Exit. Par. An idle lord, I swear.
Against our borrowing prayers.
Good my lord,
The reasons of our state I cannot yield,
But like a common and an outward man,
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, Some private speech with you.
That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, Ber.
I shall obey his will. Come here for physic, You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
Welcome shall they be , Which holds not colour with the time, nor does
And all the honours, that can fly from us, The ministration and required office
Shall on them settle. You know your places well; On my particular: prepar'd I was not
When better fall, for your avails they fell : For such a business; therefore am I found
To-morrow to the field. (Flourish. Exeunt. So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat you, SCENE II. Rousillon. A Room in' the Count. That presently you take your way for home ;
ess's Palace. Enter Countess and Clown. And rather muse,» than ask, why I entreat you :
Count. It hath happened all as I would have had For my respects are better than they seem;
it, save, that he comes not along with her. And my appointments have in them a need,
Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a Greater than shows itself at the
very melancholy man. To you that know them not.' This to my mother:
Count. By what observance, I pray you ? (Giving a letter.
Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing, 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you; su mend the ruff,' and sing; ask questions, and singi I leave you to your wisdom.
pick his teeth, and sing ; I know a man that had Hel.
Sir, I can nothing say, this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he
(Opening a Letter. With true observance seek to eke out that,
Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd
court; our old ling and our Isbels of the country To equal my great fortune.
are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o'the Ber. Let that go :
court: the brains of my Cupid's knocked out ; and My haste is very great: Farewell, hie home.
I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
no stomach. Ber.
Well, what would you say? Count. What have we here? Hel. I am not worthy of ihe wealth I owe ;4
Clo. E'en that you have there.
[Exit. Nor dare I say, 'tis mine ; and yet it is;
Count. (Reads.) I have sent you a daughter-inBut, like a timorous thief, most sain would steal
law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. What law does vouch mine own.
I have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to Ber.
What would you have ? I make the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run Hel. Something; and scarce so much :-nothing, away ; know it, before the report come. 'If there be
indeed.--I would not tell you what I would: my lord--- tance. My duty to you.
breadth enough in the world, I will hold a long dis'faith, yes ;--
Your unfortunate son, Strangers and foes, do sunder, and not kiss.
BERTRAM. Ber. I pray you stay not, but in haste to horse.
This is not well, rash and unbridled boy, Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord. To fly the favours of so good a king; Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur ? --Fare- To pluck
his indignation on thy head, well.
[Erit Helena. Go thou toward home; where I will never come, 5 i. e. I cannot inform you of the reasons.
6 One not in the secret of affairs : so inward in I It was a piece of foolery practised at city entertain contrary sense. ments, when an allowed fool or jester was in fashion, 7 Warburton and Upton are of opinion that we should for him to jump into a large deep custard set for the pur- read, “By self unable notion.' pose, to cause laughter among the barren spectators.' 8 As we say at present, our young fellows.
2 The first folio reads, 'than you have or will ta de. 9 The tops of the boots in Shakspeare's time turned serve.:-Perhaps the word wit was omitted, the second down, and hung loosely over the leg. The folding part folio omits to.
or lop was th:
ruff. It was of softer leather than the 8 To muss is to wonder. 4 1 sess, or own. boot, and oftea tinged.
means to conie.
By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
I Gent. A servant only and a gentleman
Which I have some time known.
Parolles, was't not.
1 Gent. Ay, my good lady, he. Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, between two soldiers and my young lady.
Count. A very tainted fellow and full of wicked
ness. Count. What is the mater? Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, With his inducement.
My son corrupts a well-derived nature some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon
Indeed, good lady, as I thought he would.
The fellow has a deal of that, too much,
Count. You are welcome, gentlemen, loss of men, though it be the getting of children. To tell him that his sword can never win Here they come, will tell you more; for my part, I only hear, your son was run away.' (Exit Clown. The honour that he loses ; more I'll entreat you
Written to bear along.
We serve you, madam, I Gent. Save you, good madam.
In that and all your worthiest affairs. Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone.
Count. Not so, but as wo change our courtesies." 2 Gent. Do not say so.
Will you draw near ? Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, gentle
(Ereunt Countess and Gentlemen. men,
Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing in France. I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief, Nothing in France, until he has no wife ! That the first face of neither, on the start,
Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France, Can woman' me unto't:-Where is my son, I pray Then hast thou all again. Poor lord ! is't I
That chase thee from thy country, and expose 2 Gent. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke of Those tender limbs of thine to the event Florence :
Of the none-spanng war ? and is it I We met him thitherward; from thence we came, That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou And, after some despatch in hand at court, Wast shot at with fair eyes, lo be the mark Thither we bend again.
Of smoky muskels? O you ltaden messengers, Hel. Look on his letter, madam; here's my pass- That ride upon the violent speed of fire, port.
Fly with false aim; move the still-piecinge air, [Reads. When thou canst get the ring upon my That sings with piercing, do not touch my
ford! finger which never shall come off, and show me Whoever shoots at him, I set him there; a child begotten of thy body, that I am father to, Whoever charges on his forward breast, then call me husband : bul in such a then I writé I am the caititf, that do hold him to it;
And, though I kill him not, I am the cause
His death was so effected; better 'twere,
Ay, madam; With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twere And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our pains. That all the miseries, which nature owes,
Count. I prythee, lady, have a better cheer ; Were mine at once: No, come thou home, Rousillon, If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine,"
Whence honour but of danger wins a scar, Thou robb'st me of a moiety: He was my son;
As oft it loses all. I will be gone : But I do wash his name out of my blood,
My being here it is, that holds thee hence: And thou art all my child.-Towards Florence is he? Shall I stay here to do't ? no, no, although 2 Gent. Ay, madam.
The air of paradise did fan the house, Count.
And to be a soldier ? And angels offic'd all : I will be gone; 2 Gent. Such is his noble purpose : and, believe't, That pitiful rumour may report my fight, The duke will lay upon him all the honour To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, dav! That good convenience claims.
For, with the dark, poor thief, l'll steal away; Count. Return you thither?
(Exit. i Gent. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of SCENE III. Florence. Before the Duke's Palace. speed.
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, BERHel. [Reads.) Tu I have no wife, I have nothing in France.
TRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others. Tis bitter !
Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we, Count. Find you that there?
Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence, Hel.
Ay, madam. Upon thy promising fortune. 1 Gent. 'Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply,
Sir, it is which
A charge too heavy for my strength ; but yet
We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake,
Then go thou forth; But only she; and she deserves a lord,
And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, lo That twenty such rude boys might tend upon,
As thy auspicious mistress! And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with him?
This very day,
Great Mars, I put myself into thy file : 1 i. e. affect me suddenly and deeply, as our sex are usually affected.
6 The old copy reads, still-peering. The emenda, 2 i. e. when you can get the ring which is on my fin. tion was adopted by Steevens : still piecing is still ger into your possession.
reuniting; peecing is the old orthography of the word. 3 If thou keepest all thy sorrows to thyself: an ellip I must confess that I should give the preference to still. lical expression for all the griefs that are thine. pacing, i. e. still-moving, as more in the poet's manner.
4 This passage as it stands is very obscure ; it ap. 7 That is the ravenous or ravening lion. pears to me that something is omitted after much. War. 8 The sense is, “From that place, where all the ad. burton interprets it, 'That his vices stand him in stead vantages that honour usually reaps from the danger it of virtues.'' And Heath thought the meaning was :-- rushes upon, is only a scar in testimony of its bravery,
This fellow hath a deal too much of that which alone as, on the other hand, it often is the cause of losing all can hold or judge that he has much in him ;' i. e. folly even life itself.' and ignorance.
9 So in Shakspeare's 116th Sonnet : 5 In reply to the gentleman's declaration that they But bears it out, even to the edge of doom.' are her servants, the countess answers--no otherwise 10 In K Richard III. we have: aban as she returns the same offices of civility.
'Fortune and victory sit on thv helm
7 not, I am the cause cted; better 'twere when he roar's t of hunger; better to
which Datue 1o, come thou hey, in of danger was a SCH, I will be gone that holds the best ba'tDo, 20, alermo id fan the house : I will be gute:
Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove JVid. I have told my neighbour, how you have
Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Pa-
for the young earl.-Beware of them, Diana; their
many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the
wreck of maidenhead, carrot for all that dissuade That bære-foot plod I the cold ground upon,
succession, but that they are limed with the iwigs With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you Write, write, that from the bloody course of war,
further ; but, I hope, your ows grace will keep yox My dearest master, your dear son, may hie;
where you are, though there were no further danger Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far,
known, but the modesty which is so lost.
Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
Enter HELENA, in the dress of a Pilgrim.
Wid. I hope so.—Look, here comes a pilgrim;
one another: I'll question her.
God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound ?
Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port.
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you ;
(A march afar
They come this way:--If you will iarry, holy pilgrim,
Pardon madam : But till the troops come by,
I will conduct you where you shall be lodgt;
As ample as myself.
Is it yourself?
I did so.
Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours,
He. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him,
His face I know not.
Whatsoe'er he is,
Against his liking : Think you it is so ?
Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count,
What's his name?
Dia. Monsieur Parolles.
O, I believe with him,
To have her name repeated; all her deserving
I have not heard examin'd.10
Alas, poor lady!
'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife
How do you mean?
He does, indeed;
i At Orlearis was a church dedicated to St. Jaques, to Stavely's account of the difference between a palmer and
Tooke says is always its signification.
9 i. e. the mere truth, or merely the truth. Mere was 3 i. e, discretion or thought.
used in the sense of simple, absolute, decided. 4 Weigh tere means to value or esteem.
10 That is, questioned, doubted.
11 The old copy reads:
'I write good creature, wheresoe'er she is.'
Tight good creature,' which was admitted into the text,