Imatges de pàgina

himself could not have prevented, if he had been? there to command.

Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success : fome dishonour we had in the loss of that drum, but it is not to be recover’d,

Par. It might have been recover'da
Ber. It might, but it is not now.

Par. It is to be recover'd; but that the merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact periformer, I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet

Ber. Why, if you have a ftomach to't, Monsieur; if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring this instrument of honour again into his 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 fyllable of your worthiness.

Pár. 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 dilemma's, 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? Par. I know not what the success will be, my Lord; but the attempt I vow.

Ber. I know, th’art valiant ; and to the possibility. of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee; farewel. Par. I love not many words.

Exit. 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water.

Is not this a strange fellow, iny Lord, that fo confidently seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done; damns himself to do it, and dares better be damn'd than to 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 disco


veries; 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 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 Thall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your Lordship’s respect.

i Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we cafe him. He was first smoak’d by the old Lord Lafea; when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprát you fall find him, which you shall i fee, this very night.

2 Lord. I muft go and 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 thew you The lafs I spoke of.

1 Lord. But you say, she's honeft.

Ber. That's all the fault : 1 spoke with her but once; And found her wondrous cold; but I'fent to her, By this same coxcomb that we have i' th' wind, Tokens and letters, which she did resend; And this is all I've done : she's a fair creature, Will you go see her?

i Lord, With all my heart, my Lord. [Exeunt:

SCENE changes to the Widow's House.


Enter Helena, and Widow.
Hel. F you misdoubt me that I am not she,

I'know not, how I shall assure you further,
But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.

Wid. Tho' my estate be fallen, I was well born, Nothing acquainted with these bafinesses,


And would not put my reputation now
In any staining act.

Hel. Nor would I wish you.
First, give me trust, the Count he is


husband ;
And what to your sworn counsel I have spoken,
Is so, from word to word ; and then you cannot,
By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
Err in bestowing it.

Wid. I Mould believe you,

have shew'd me that, which well approves Y'are great in fortune.

Hel. Take this purse of gold, And let me buy your friendly help thus far, Which I will over-pay, and pay again When I have found it. The Count wooes your daughter, Lays down his wanton fiege before her beauty, Resolves to carry her ; let her consent, As we'll direct her how 'tis heft to bear it. Now his important blood will nought deny, That she'll demand: a ring the Count does wear, That downward hath succeeded in his house From son to fon, fome four or five descents, Since the first father wore it. This ring he holds In most rich choice ; yet in his idle fire, To buy his will, it would not seem too dear, Howe'er repented after. Wid. Now I see the bottom of

your purpose. Hel. You see it lawful then.

It is no more,
But that your daughter, ere she seems as won,
Desires this ring ; appoints him an encounter ;
In fine, delivers me to fill the time,
Herself most chaftely absent : after this,
To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns
To what is paft already.

Wid. I have yielded :
Instruct my daughter how she shall persevere,
That time and place, with this deceit so lawful,
May prove coherenti Every night he comes
With musick of all sorts, and songs compos'd
To her unworthiness : it nothing leads us


To chide him from our eaves, for he perfifts,
As if his life lay on't.

Hel. Why then, to-night
Let us affay our plot; which if it speed,
Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed ;
And lawful meaning in a lawful act,
Where both not fin, and yet a sinsul fact.
But let's about it.


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SCENE, part of the French Camp in Florence. Enter one of the French Lords, with five or fix Soldiers in


LORD. E can come no other way but by this hedge-corner ; when

you sally, upon him, speak what terrible language you will; though you understand it not yourselves, no matter; for we must not seem to undertand him, unless fome one amongst us, whom we must produce for an interpreter.

Sol. Good Captain, let me be th' interpreter.

Lord. Art not acquainted with him knows he not thy voice?

Sol. No, Sir, I warrant you.

Lord. But what linfy-woolly haft thou to speak to, us again?

Sol. Ey'n such as you speak to me.

Lord. He must think us some band of strangers i'th' adversaries entertainment. Now he hath a smack of all neighbouring languages, therefore we must every one be a man of his own fancy; not to know what we speak one to another, so we ieem to know, is to know Kraight our purpose : chough's language, gabble:


enough, and good enough. As for you, interp:eter, you must feem very politick, But couch, hoa! here he comes, to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.

Enter Parolles. Par. Ten a clock; within these three hours 'twill be time enough to go home. What Itall I say, I have done ? it must be a very plaufive invention that carries it. They begin to smoak 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 report: of

my tongue.

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

[ Aside. Par. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of this drum, being not ignorant of the impoffibility, 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 fay, came you off with so little ? and great ones I dare not give; wherefore what's the instance ? (31) Tongue,

(31) Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman's mouth, and bug, myself another of Bajazet's mule, if you prattleme into thefe perils.] Why of Bajazet's mule, any more than any other mule? Is there any para ticular conceit, any ftory on record, by which that Einperor's mule is fignaliz’d? If there be, I freely own my ignorance. Tho' I have not alter'd the text, Mr. Warburton concurr'd witb, me in thinking. that the Poet probably wrote.;

and buy myself another of Bajazet's mute, i. es of a Turkish mute. So in Henry V.

Either our history thul with full moutb
Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave,

Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, &c. Besides, as my friend observed to me, the antithesis between a battera woman and a mute is tolerably well. If there be any difficulty remains, it is to know, why the Poet has chosen to say, Bajazet's

To this it may be answered, that Bajazet the Great, (who was at last overthrown by Tämerlane;) by his prodigious exploits becoming very famous, for a long time after, amongst us. Europeans, his fucceffors were called by his name, when they were spoke of.


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