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Enter Helena, in the dress of a pilgrim.
1 Mar. He's shrewdly rexed at something: Look,
he has spied us. Wid. I hope so. _ Look, here comes a pil Wid, Marry, hang you ! grim : I know she will lie at my house: thither Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier ! they send one another ; I'll question her.
(Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, Officers, God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound?
and Soldiers. Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
Wid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I will Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
bring you Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port. Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents Rel. Is this the way?
There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound, Wid.
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you! Already at my house.
I humbly thank you : They come this way :--If you will tarry, holy | Please it this matron, and this gentle maid, pilgrim,
To eat with us to-night, the charge and thanking, But till the troops come by,
Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,
We'll take your offer kindly. Hel. Is it yourself?
[Exeunt. Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.
SCENE VI.-Camp before Florence. Wid. You came, I think, from France ?
Enter Bertram, and the two French Lords. Hel.
I did so. Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours,
1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't; let That has done worthy service.
him have his way. Hel.
His name. I pray you.I 2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding. Dia. The count Rousillon : Know you such a hold me no more in your respect. one ?
1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble. Hel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of Ber. Do you think, I am so far deceived in him? His face I know not.
him : 1.
him Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct Dia. Whatsoe'er he is,
knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an inAs 'tis reported, for the king had married him
finite and endless liar, an hourly-promise-breaker, Against his liking : Think you it is so ?
the owner of no one rood quality worthy your Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth : I know his lordship's entertainment.
9 Lord. It were fit you knew him ; lest, reposing Dia. There is a gentleman. that serves the count. I too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might. Reports but coarsely of her.
at some great and trusty business, in a main danHel.
What's his name?
ger, fail you. Dia. Monsieur Parolles.
Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action Hel.
0, I believe with him, to try him. In argument of praise, or to the worth
2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his Of the great count himself, she is too mean
drum, which you hear him so confidently underTo have her name repeated; all her deserving
take to do. Is a reserved honesty, and that
I Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will sud.
denly surprize him ; such I will have, whom I am I have not heard examin'd. Dia,
Alas, poor lady!
sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind "Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife
and hood-wink him so, that he shall suppose no Of a detesting lord.
other but that he is carried into the leaguer of the Wid. A right good creature: wheresoeler she is adversaries, when we bring him to our tents : Be Her heart weighs sadly : this young maid might do put you
but your lordship present at his examination : if he A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd.
do not, for the promise of his life, and in the Hel.
How do you mean highest compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, May be, the amorous count solicits her
and deliver all the intelligence in his power against In the unlawful purpose.
you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul Wid. He does, indeed;
upon oath, never trust my judgment in any thing. And brokes with all that ean in such a suit
2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch Corrupt the tender honour of a maid:
his drum; he says, he has a stratagem for't : when But she is arm'd for him, and keeps her guard
your lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, In honestest defence.
and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will
be melted, if you give him not John Drum's enter. Enter, with drum and colours, a party of the Flo-Itainment, your inclining cannot be removed. Here
rentine army, Bertram, and Parolles. . he comes. Mar. The gods forbid else!
Enter Parolles. Wid.
So, now they come :That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son ;
| Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not That, Escalus.
the humour of his design : let him fetch off his Hel.
Which is the Frenchman ? drum in any hand. Dia.
He; Ber. How now, monsieur ? this drum sticks That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fellow; sorely in your disposition. I would he lov'd his wife: if he were honester, 2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; "tis but a drum.-He were much goodlier :-Is't not a handsome Par. But a drum ! Is't but a drum? A drum so gentleman ?
lost !_There was an excellent command ! to charge Hel. I like him well.
[knave, in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend Dia. "Tis pity he is not honest : Yond's that same our own soldiers. That leads him to these places; were I his lady, 2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the com. I'd poison that vile rascal.
mand of the service; it was a disaster of war that Hel.
Which is he?
Caesar himself could not have prevented, if he had Dia, That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why is he been there to command. melancholy ?
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our suc. Hel. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle.
cess : some dishonour we had in the loss of that Par. Lose our drum! well.
drum ; but it is not to be recovered.
Par. It might have been recovered.
First, give me trust, the count he is my husband Ber. It might, but it is not now.
And, what to your sworn counsel I have spoken Par. It is to be recovered: but that the merit of Is so, from word to word; and then you cannot. service is seldom attributed to the true and exact | By the good aid that I of you shall borrow, performer, I would have that drum or another, or Err in bestowing it. hic jacet.
I should believe you ; Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, mon- For you have show'd me that, which well approves sieur, if you think your mystery in stratagem can You are great in fortune. bring this instrument of honour again into his na- Hel.
Take this purse of gold, tive quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and And let me buy your friendly help thus far, go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy ex. Which I will over-pay, and pay again, ploit : if you speed well in it, the duke shall both When I have found it. The count he woos Your speak of it, and extend to you what further be
daughter, comes his greatness, even to the utmost syllable of Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, your worthiness.
Resolves to carry her ; let her, in fine, consent, Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it. As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it, Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
Now his important blood will nought deny Par. I'll about it this evening : and I will pre. That she'll demand : A ring the county wears, sently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself That downward hath succeeded in his house, in my certainty, put myself into my mortal prepar- From son to son, some four or five descents ation, and, by midnight, look to hear further from Since the first father wore it: this ring he holds me.
In most rich choice ; yet, in his idle fire, Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, are gone about it?
Howe'er repented after. Par. I know not what the success will be, my! Wid.
Now I see lord ; but the attempt I vow.
The bottom of your purpose. Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and to the possil Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more, bility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. But that your daughter, ere she seems as won, Farewell.
|Desires this ring ; appoints him an encounter ; Par. I love not many words.
Erit. In fine, delivers me to fill the time, 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water. Is Herself most chastely absent; after this, not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so confi. To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns dently seems to undertake this business, which he To what is past already. knows is not to be done; damns himself to do, and Wid.
I have yielded : dares better be damned than to do't.
Instruct my daughter how she shall persever, 2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we That time and place, with this deceit so lawful, do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a May prove coherent. Every night he comes man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal With musicks of all sorts, and songs compos'd of discoveries ; but when you find him out, you To her unworthiness : It nothing steads us, have him ever after.
To chide him from our eaves ; for he persists, Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed As if his life lay on't. at all of this, that so seriously he does address him
Why then, to-night self unto ?
Let us assay our plot ; which, if it speed, I Lord. None in the world; but return with an Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed, invention, and clap upon you two or three probable And lawful meaning in a lawful act; lies : but we have almost embossed him, you shall Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact : see his fall to-night: for, indeed, he is not for your But let's about it.
(Eren. lordship's respect.
2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the
ACT IV. old lord Lafeu : when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; which you SCENE I.--Without the Florentine Camp. shall see this very night.
Enter first Lord, with five or sir Soldiers in ambusk. I Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be caught.
| 1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. hedge' corner : When you sally upon him, speak I Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave you. what terrible language you will ; though you under
TĚrit, stand it not yourselves, no matter; for we must not Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show seem to understand him; unless some one among The lass I spoke of.
you us, whom we must produce for an interpreter. 2 Lord.
But, you say, she's honest. 1 i Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter. Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once. ! 1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he And found her wondrous cold: but I sent to her.' not thy voice ? By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind, 1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you. Tokens and letters which she did re-send ;
1 Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak And this is all I have done : She's a fair creature : to us again ? Will you go see her ?
1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me. 9 Lord. With all my heart, my lord. Lord. He must think us some band of strangers
[Excunt. fi'the adversary's entertainment. Now he hath a
smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore we SCENE VII.- Florence. A Room in the Widow's must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to House.
know what we speak to one another; so we seem to
know, is to know straight our purpose : chough's Enter Helena and Widow.
language, gabble enough, and good enough. As Hel. If you misdoubt me that I am not she, for you, interpreter, you must seem very politick. I know not how I shall assure you further,
But couch, ho! here he comes ; to beguile two But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.
hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well lies he forge3. Nothing acquainted with these businesses ; (born, And would not put my reputation now
Enter Parolles. in any staining act.
Par. Ten o'clock : within these three hours 'twill Nor would I wish you be time enough to go home. What shall I say I
have done? It must be a very plansive invention i Lord. Till then, I'll keep him dark, and safely that carries it: They begin to smoke me: and dis
(Ereunt. graces have of late knocked too often at my door. I find, my tongue is too fool-hardy; but my heart SCENE II.-Florence. A Room in the Widow's hath the fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures,
House. not daring the reports of my tongue.
Enter Bertram and Diana. I Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own tongue was guilty of.
Aside. Ber. They told me, that your name was Fontibell. Par. What the devil should move me to under- Dia. No, my good lord, Diana. take the recovery of this drum; being not ignorant Ber.
Titled goddess; of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such And worth it, with addition ! But, fair soul, purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and say, In your fine frame hath love no quality ? I got them in exploit: Yet slight ones will not if the quick fire of youth light not your mind, carry it: They will say, Came you off with so lit. You are no maiden, but a monument : tle? and great ones I dare not give. Wherefore ? When you are dead, you should be such a one what's the instance ? Tongue, I must put you in-As you are now, for you are cold and stern; to a butter-woman's mouth, and buy another of Ba And now you should be as your mother was, jazet's mute, if you prattle me into these perils. When your sweet self was got.
I Lord. Is it possible, he should know what he Dia. She then was honest. is, and be that he is?
So should you be. Par. I would the cutting of my garments would Dia.
No: serve the turn; or the breaking of my Spanish My mother did but duty; such, my lord, sword.
As you owe to your wife.. I Lord. We cannot afford you so.
No more of that! Par. Or the baring of my beard ; and to say, it I pr'ythee, do not strive against my vows : was in stratagem.
I was compellid to hex; but I love thee 1 Lord. "Twould not do.
(Aside. By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever Par. Or to drown my clothes, and say, I was Do thee all rights of service. stripped.
Ay, so you serve us, I Lord. Hardly serve.
Aside. Till we serve you : but when you have our roses, Par. Though I swore I leaped from the window You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves, of the citadel
And mock us with our bareness. 1 Lord. How deep ?
How have I sworn ? Par. Thirty fathom.
| Dia. 'Tis not the many oaths, that make the I Lord. Three great oaths would scarce makel. truth; that be believed.
(Aside. But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. Par. I would, I had any drum of the enemy's ; | What is not holy, that we swear not by, I would swear, I recovered it.
But take the Highest to witness : Then, pray you, 1 Lord. You shall hear one anon.
tell me, Par. A drum now of the enemy's !
If I should swear by Jove's great attributes,
[Alarum within. I lov'd you dearly, would you believe my oaths, 1 Lord. Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo.
When I did love you ill ? this has no holding, All. Cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo. To swear by him whom I protest to love, oaths
Par. O ! ransom, ransom :-Do not hide mine That I will work against him: Therefore, your eyes.
[They seize him and blindfold him. Are words, and poor conditions ; but unseal'd; I Sold. Boskos thromuldo boskos.
At least, in my opinion. Par. I know you are the Muskos' regiment,
Change it, change it ; And I shall lose my life for want of language : Be not so holy-cruel : love is holy; If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts, Italian, or French, let him speak to me,
That you do charge men with : Stand no more off, I will discover that which shall undo
But give thyself unto my sick desires, The Florentine.
Who then recover : say, thou art mine, and ever I Sold. Boskos vauvado :
My love, as it begins, shall so persever. I understand thee, and can speak thy tongue : Dia. I see, that men make hopes, in such affairs, Kerelybonto : Sir,
That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. Betake thee to thy faith, for seventeen poniards Ber. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power Are at thy bosom.
To give it from me.
Will you not, my lord ? 1 Sold.
O, pray, pray, pray. Ber. It is an honour 'longing to our house, Manka revania dulche.
Bequeathed down from many ancestors : 1 Lord.
Oscorbi dulchos volivorca. Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world 1 Sold. The general is content to spare thee yet; In me to lose. " And, hood-wink'd as thou art, will lead thee on Dia.
Mine honour's such a ring : To gather from thee : haply, thou may'st inform My chastity's the jewel of our house, Something to save thy life.
Bequeathed down from many ancestors; Par.
0, let me live, Which were the greatest obloquy i'the world And all the secrets of our camp I'll show,
In me to lose : Thus your own proper wisdom Their force, their purposes : nay, I'll speak that Brings in the champion honour on my part, Which you will wonder at.
Against your vain assault. 1 Sold. But wilt thou faithfully? Ber.
Here, take my ring Par. If I do not, damn me.
My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, 1 Sold.
Acordo linta. And I'll be bid by thee. Come on, thou art granted space.
Dia. When midnight comes, knock at my cham[Erit, with Parolles guarded.
ber window; 1 Lord. Go, tell the count Rousillon, and my I'll order take, my mother shall not hear. brother,
Now will I charge you in the band of truth, We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him When you have conquer'd my yet maiden bed, Till we do hear from them.
(muffled, Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me : 2 Sold.
Captain, I will. My reasons are most strong; and you shall know I Lord. He will bet:ay us all unto ourselves :-
them, Inform 'em tnat.
When back again this ring shall be deliver'd 2 Sold. So I wi!), sir.
And on your finger, in the night, I'll put
Another ring; that, what in time proceeds,
2 Lord. How is this justified ? May token to the future our past deeds.
1 Lord. The stronger part of it by her own let. Adieu, till then ; then, fail not: You have won ters; which makes her story true, even to the point A wife of me, though there my hope be done. of her death: her death itself, which could not be Ber. A heaven on earth I have won, by wooing her office to say, is come, was faithfully confirmed thee.
Erit. by the rector of the place, Dia. For which live long to thank both heaven 2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence ? and me!
1 Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, You may so in the end.
point from point, to the full arming of the verity. My mother told me just how he would woo,
2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad of As if she sat in his heart; she says, all men
this. Have the like oaths : he had sworn to marry me, Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make us When his wife's dead ; therefore I'll lie with him, comforts of our losses ! When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so Braid, 2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, we Marry that will, I'll live and die a maid :
drown our gain in tears! The great dignity, that Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin
his valour hath here acquired for him, shall at To cozen him, that would unjustly win. (Exit. home be encountered with a shame as ample.
1 Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, SCENE III.-The Florentine Camp. good and ill together : our virtues would be proud, Enter the two French Lords, and two or three
If our faults whipped them not; and our crimes
would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our Soldiers.
virtues. I Lord. You have not given him his mother's letter?
Enter a Servant. 2 Lord. I have deliver'd it an hour since: there How now ? where's your master ? is something in't that atings his nature; for, on Serv. He met the duke in the street, sir, of whom the reading it, he changed almost into another he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordship will man.
next morning for France. The duke hath offered 1 Lord. He has much worthy blame Jaid upon him letters of commendations to the king him, for shaking off so good a wife, and so sweet a 2 Lord. They shall be no more than needful lady.
there, if they were more than they can commend. 2 Lord. Especially he hath incurred the everlast. ing displeasure of the king, who had even tuned
Enter Bertram. his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell
Lord, They cannot be too sweet for the king's you a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly with tartness. Here's his lordship now. How now, my you.
lord, is't not after midnight? I Lord. When you have spoken it, 'tis dead, and Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen busi. I am the grave of it.
nesses, a month's length-a piece, by an abstract of 2 Lord. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman success: I have conge'd with the duke, done my here in Florence of a most chaste renown; and adieu with his nearest ; buried a wife, mourned this night he flesbes his will in the spoil of her for her: writ'to my lady mother, I am returning i honour: he hath given her his monumental ring, entertained my con voy; and, between these main and thinks himself made in the unchaste composi- parcels of despatch, effected many nicer deeds; tion.
ihe last was the greatest, but that I have not ended 1 Lord. Now, God delay our rebellion; as welyet. are ourselves, what things are we!
I 2 Lord, If the business be of any difficulty, and 9 Lord. Merely our own traitors. And as in the this morning your departure hence, it requires common course of all treasons, we still see them haste of your lordship. reveal themselves, till they attain to their abhorred Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fearing ends; so he, that in this action contrives against to hear of it hereafter: But shall we have this dia. his own nobility, in his proper stream o'erflows logue between the fool and the soldier ? Come, himself.
bring forth this counterfeit module; he has de, 1 Lord. Is it not meant damnable in us, to beceived me. like a double-meaning prophesier. trumpeters of our unlawful intents? We shall not 2 Lord. Bring him forth: [Ereunt Soldiers. he then have his company to-night?
has sat in the stocks all night, poor gallant knaye. 2 Lord. Not till after midnight ; for he is dieted Ber. No matter : his heels have deserved it, in to his hour.
usurping his spurs so long. How does he carry 1 Lord. That approaches apace: I would gladly he have him see his company anatomized; that he
II Lord. I have told your lordship already; the might take a measure of his own judgments, where I stocks carry him. But to answer you as you would in so curiously he had set this counterfeit.
be understood: he weeps like a wench that had 2 Lord. We will not meddle with him till he shed her milk : he hath confessed himself to Morcome ; for his presence must be the whip of the
gan, whom he supposes to be a friar, from the time other.
of his remembrance, to this very instant disaster of 1 Lord. In the mean time, what hear you of those
his setting i'the stocks : And what think you he wars?
hath confessed ? 2 Lord. I hear, there is an overture of peace.
Ber. Nothing of me, has he? 1 Lord. Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded
2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be 2 Lord. What will count Rousillon do then ? wille
read to his face: if your lordship be in't, as I behe travel higher, or return again into France ?
lieve you are, you must have the patience to hear it. 1 Lord. I perceive, by this demand, you are not altogether of his council.
Re-enter Soldiers, with Parolles. 2 Lord, let it be forbid sir! so should I be a great deal of his act.
| Ber. A plague upon him! muffled ! he can say i Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, nothing of me; hush ! hush ! :led from his house : her pretence is a pilgrimage 1 Lord. Hoodman comes ! Porto tartarossa. to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, i Sold. He calls for the tortures; What will you with most austere sanctimony, she accomplished : say without 'em ? and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature Par. I will confess, what I know without conbecame as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a straint; if ye pinch nt like a pasty, I can say no groan of her last breath, and now she sings in more. heaven
Sold. Bosko chimurcho.
2 Lord. Boblibindo chicurmurco.
, is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other 1 Sold. You are a merciful general :-Our ge- letters, in my tent. neral bids you answer to what I shall ask you out i Sold. Here 'tis ; here's a paper. Shall I read of a note.
it to you? Par. And truly, as I hope to live.
Par. I do not know, if it be it, or no. 1 Sold. First demand of him how many horse the Ber. Our interpreter does it well. duke is strong. What say you to that?
I Lord. Excellently. Par. Five or six thousand; but very weak and 1 Sold. Dian. The count's a fool, and full of unserviceable: the troops are all scattered, and the gold, commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputation Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir ; that is an and credit, and as I hope to live.
advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one I Sold. Shall I set down your answer so ?
Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one count Par. Do : I'll take the sacrament on't, how and Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, very which way you will.
ruttish : I pray you, sir, put it up again. Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving slave 1 Sold. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour. is this!
| Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest I Lord. You are deceived, my lord; this is mon in the behalf of the maid : for I knew the young sieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy; who is own phrase,) that had the whole theorick of war in a whale to virginity, and devours up all the fry i the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape finds. of his dagger.
Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue ! 2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keep-1 Sold. When he snears oaths, bid him drop gold, ing his sword clean ; nor believe he can have every thing in him, by wearing his apparel neatly.
and take it ;
After he scores, he never pays the score : 1 Sold. Well, that's set down.
Half won, is match well made; match, and well Par. Five or six thousand horse, I said,-I will
make it ; say true, or thereabouts, set down,-for I'll speak
He ne'er pays after debts, take it before ;
And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this, 1 Lord. He's very near the truth in this. Ber. But I con him no thanks for't, in the na-1 For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it,
Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss : ture be delivers it.
Who pays before, but not when he does owe it. Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.
Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear, 1 Sold. Well, that's set down.
PAROLLES. Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a truth's a truth, the rogues are marvellous poor.
Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, with 1 Sold. Demand of him, of rohat strength they are this rhyme in his forehead. a-foot. What say you to that?
12 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the maPar, By my troth, sir, if I were to live this pre- nifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier. sent hour, I will tell true. Let me see : Spurio al Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus so and now he's a cat to me. many, Jaques so many ; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodowick, 1 Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, we and Gratii, two hundred fifty each : mine own com shall be fain to hang you. pany, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two hundred Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am and fifty each: e that the muster-file, rotten and afraid to die; but that, my offences being many, I sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen thou would repent out the remainder of nature : let me sand poll; half of which dare not shake the snow live, sir, in a dungeon, i'the stocks, or any where, from off their cassocks, lest they shake themselves so I may live. to pieces.
1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you conBer. What shall be done to him?
fess freely; therefore, once more to this captain 1 Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. De-Dumain : You have answered to his reputation mand of him my conditions, and what credit I have with the duke, and to his valour : What is his howith the duke.
nesty ? I Sold. Well, that's set down. You shall demandl Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister; af him, whether one Captain Dumain be i'the camp, for rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. He a Frenchman ; what his reputation is with the duke, professes not keeping of oaths; in breaking them, what his valour, honesty, and expertness in mars : or she is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with whether he thinks, it were not possible, with mell. such volubility, that you would think truth were a weighing sums of gold, to corrupt him to a revolt. fool : drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be What say you to this ? what do you know of it? swine-drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm,
Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the parti. save to his bed-clothes about him ; but they know cular of the intergatories : Demand them singly. his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but
I Sold. Do you know this captain Dumain ? little more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has every
Par. I know him : he was a botcher's 'prentice thing that an honest man should not have; what in Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting an honest man should have, he has nothing. the sheriff's fool with child; a dumb innocent, that I Lord. I begin to love him for this. could not say him, nay.
| Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? A Dumain lifts up his hand in anger. pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat. Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; Sold. What say you to his expertness in war ? though I know, his brains are forfeit to the next Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the tile that falls.
English tragedians,—to belie him, I will not, 1 Sold. Well, is this captain in the duke of Flo- and more of his soldiership I know not; except, ist rence's camp?
that country, he had the honour to be the officer at Par. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy. a place there call'd Mile-end, to instruct for the
1 Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall doubling of files: I would do the man what honour hear of your lordship anon.
I can, but of this I am not certain. I Sold. What is his reputation with the duke ? Il Lord. He hath out-villained villainy so far, that
Par. The duke knows him for no other but a the rarity redeems him. poor officer of mine; and writ to me this other day,l Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still to turn him out o' the band : I think, I have his 1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, letter in my pocket.
| I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to 1 Sold. Marry, we'll search.
revolt. Par. In good sadness, I do not know; either it Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee