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Ber. I do assure you, my Lord, he is very great in knowledge, and accordingly valiant.

Laf. I have then finned against his experience, and transgress’d against his valour; and my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent: here he comes ; I pray you, make us friends, I will pursue the amity.

Enter Parolles. Par. Thefe things shall be done, Sir. Laf. I pray you, Sir, who's his taylor ? Par. Sir? · Laf. O, I know him well ; I, Sir, he, Sir's, a good workman, a very good taylor.

Ber. Is she gone to the King ? [Aide to Parolles.
Par. She is.
Ber. Will she away to night?
Par. As you'll have her.

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treafure, given order for our horses ; and to night, when I Ihould take possession of the bride and ere I do begin

Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner ; but one that lyes three thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten

God save you, captain.

Ber. Is there any unkindness between my Lord and you, Monsieur ?

Par. I know not, how I have deserved to run into my Lord's displeasure.

Laf. (17) You have made shift to run into't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leapt into the custard ;

(17) You have made shift to run into't, Boots and Spurs and all, like him that leapt into the Custard.} This odd Allusion is not introduc'd without a View to Satire. It was a Foolery practis'd at City- Entertainments, whilst the Hefter or Zany was in Vogue, for him to jump into a large deep Custard: set for the Purpose, 10 set on a Quantity of barren Spe&tators to laugh ; as our Poet says in his Hamlet.

hand out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question for your residence.

Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my Lord.

Laf. 'And shall do so ever, tho’I took him at's prayers. Fare you well, my Lord, and believe this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut: the soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence : I have kept of them tame, and know their natures. Farewel, Monsieur, I have spoken better of you, than you

have or will deserve at my hand, but we must do good against evil.

[Exit.
Par. An idle lord, I swear.
Ber. I think so.
Par. Why, do you not know him ?

Ber. Yes, I know him well, and common speech
Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.

Enter Helena.
Hel. I have, Sir, as I was commanded from you,
I Spoke with the King, and have procur'd his leave

For present parting; only, he desires
Some private speech with you.

Ber. I shall obey his will.
You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
Which holds not colour with the time ; nor does
The ministration and required office
On my particular. Prepar'd I was not
For such a business ; therefore am I found
So much unsettled : this drives me to intreat you,
That presently you take your way for home,
And rather muse, than ask, why I intreat you ;
For my respects are better than they seem,
And my appointments have in them a need
Greater than shews itself at the first view,
To
you
that know them not. This to my mother.

[Giving a letter,
"Twill be two days ere I shall see you, so
I leave you to your wisdom.

Hel. 'Sir, I can nothing say,
But that I am your most obedient seryant. .

Ber.

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Ber. I do assure you, my Lord, he is very great in knowledge, and accordingly valiant.

Laf. I have then finned against his experience, and transgress'd against his valour; and my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent: here he comes ; I pray you, make us friends, I will pursue the amity.

Enter Parolles. Par. Thefe things shall be done, Sir. Laf. I pray you, Sir, who's his taylor ? Par. Sir? · Laf. O, I know him well ; I, Sir, he, Sir's, a good workman, a very good taylor.

Ber. Is she gone to the King ? [Afide to Parolles.
Par. She is.
Ber. Will she away to night?
Par. As you'll have her.

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, given order for our horses ; and to night, when I hould take poffeffion of the bride and ere I do begin

Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner ; but one that lyes three thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice beatencaptain.

Ber. Is there any unkindness between my Lord and you, Monsieur ?

Par. I know not, how I have deserved to run into my Lord's displeasure.

Laf. (17) You have made fhift to run into't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leapt into the custard ;

(17) Tou have made shift to run into't, Boots and Spurs and all, like him that leapt into the Custard.] This odd Allusion is not introduc'd without a View to Satire. It was a Foolery praệtis’d at City. Entertainments, whilst the Jefter or Zany was in Vogue, for him to jump into a large deep Custard: set for the Purpose, 10 set on a Quantity of barren Spe&tators to laugh ; as our Poet says in his Hamlet.

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and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question
for
your

residence.
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my Lord.

Laf. And Ihall do so ever, tho' I took him at's prayers. Fare you well, my Lord, and believe this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut: the soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence : I have kept of them tame, and know their natures. Farewel, Monsieur, I have spoken better of you, than you have or will deserve at my hand, but we must do good against evil.

[Exit.
Par. An idle lord, I swear.
Ber. I think so.
Par. Why, do you not know him?

Ber. Yes, I know him well, and common speech
Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.

Enter Helena.
Hel. I have, Sir, as I was commanded from you,
I Spoke with the King, and have procur'd his leave

For present parting ; only, he desires
Some private speech with you.

Ber. I shall obey his will.
You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
Which holds not colour with the time ; nor does
The ministration and required office

On my particular. Prepar'd I was not
E For such a business ; therefore am I found

So much unsettled : this drives me to intreat you,
That presently you take your way for home,
And rather muse, than ask, why I intreat you ;
For my respects are better than they seem,
And my appointments have in them a need
Greater than shews itself at the first view,
To
you
that know them not. This to my mother.

[Giving a letter,
'Twill be two days ere I shall see you, so
I leave you to your wisdom.

Hel. 'Sir, I can nothing say,
Bit that I am your moft obedient servant. .

Ber.

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'faith,

Ber. Come, come, no more of that.

Hel. And ever shall
With true observance seek to eke out That,
Wherein tow'rd me my homely stars have fail'd
To equal my great fortune.

Ber. Let That go :
My hafte is very great. Farewel; hie home.

Hel. Pray, Sir, your pardon.
Ber. Well, what would you say?

Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe;
Nor dare I say, 'tis mine, and yet it is ;
But, like a tim'rous thief, most fain would steal
What law does vouch mine own.

Ber. What would you have ?
Hel. Something, and scarce so much nothing,

indeed
I would not tell you what I would, my Lord-

yes ;
Strangers and foes do funder, and not kiss.

Ber. I pray you, stay not : but in haste to horse.
Hel. (18) I shall not break your bidding, good my
Lord.

[Exit Helena.
Ber. Where are my other men, Monsieur ?-farewel.
Go thou tow'rd home, where I will never come,
Whilft I can shake my sword, or hear the drum :
Away, and for our Aight.
Par. Bravely, Couragio!

[Exeunt. (18) Hel. 1 shall not break your Bidding, good my Lord :

Where are my other Men: Monsieur, farewel.

Ber. Go thou toward home, where I will never come,] What other Men is Helen here enquiring after : Or who is She suppos’d to ask for them? The old Countess, 'ris certain, did not send her to the Court without some Attendants: but nei. ther the Clown, nor any of her Retinue, are now upon the Stage : Bertram, observing Helen to linger fondly, and wanting to shift her off, puts on a Shew of Haste, asks Parolles for his Servants, and then gives his Wife an abrupt Dismission.

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