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In his own conduct purposely to take
His brother here, and put him to the sword:
And to the skirts of this wild wood he came;
Where, meeting with an old religious man,
After some question with him, was converted
Both from his enterprise, and from the world;
His crown bequeathing to his banished brother,
And all their lands restored to them again
That were with him exiled. This to be true,
I do engage my life.
Duke S.

Welcome, young man:
Thou offer'st fairly to thy brother's wedding :
To one, his lands withheld; and to the other,
A land itself at large, a potent dukedom.
First, in this forest, let us do those ends
That here were well begun, and well begot;
And after, every of this happy number,
That have endured shrewd days and nights with us,
Shall share the good of our returned fortune,
According to the measure of their states.
Meantime, forget this new-fallen dignity,
And fall into our rustic revelry.-
Play, music; - and you, brides and bridegrooms all,
With measure heaped in joy, to the measures fall.

Jaq. Sir, by your patience; if I heard you rightly,
The duke hath put on a religious life,
And thrown into neglect the pompous court ?

Jaq. de B. He hath. Jaq. To him will I; out of these convertites There is much matter to be heard and learned.You to your former honor I bequeath: [To Duke S. Your patience and your virtue well deserve it: You (TO ORLANDO.] to a love that your true faith doth

merit: You [T. OLIVER.] to your land and love, and great

allies : You [T. SILVIUS.] to a long and well deserved bed :And you [TO TOUCHSTONE.] to wrangling; for thy loving

voyage Is but for two months victualled. - So to your pleasures ; I am for other than for dancing measures.

Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay. Jaq. To see no pastime, I.—What you would have, I'll stay to know at your abandoned cave. [Exit.

Duke s. Proceed, proceed. We will begin these rites, And we do trust they'll end in true delights.

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Ros. It is not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue; but it is no more unhandsome, than to see the lord the prologue. If it be true, that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a good play needs no epilogue: yet to good wine they do use good bushes; and good plays prove the better by the help of good epilogues. What a case am I in, then, that am neither a good epilogue, nor cannot insinuate with you in the behalf of a good play? I am not furnished like a beggar; therefore to beg will not become me. My way is, to conjure you; and I'll begin with the women. I charge you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as please you: and I charge you, O men, for the love

you bear to women, (as I perceive, by your simpering, none of you hate them,) that between you and the women the play may please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as many

of you as had beards that pleased me, complexions that liked me, and breaths that I defied not; and I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will, for my kind offer, when I make courtesy, bid me farewell.


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King of France.
Duke of Florence.
BERTRAM, Count of Roussillon.
LAFEU, an old Lord.
PAROLLES, a follower of Bertram.
Several young French Lords, that serve with Bertram in

the Florentine war.

Servants to the Countess of Roussillon. A Page.


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Countess of Rousillon, Mother to Bertram.
HELENA, a Gentlewoman protected by the Countess.
An old Widow of Florence.
DIANA, Daughter to the Widow.

WIOLENTA, } Neighbors and Friends to the Widoro.

Lords, attending on the King ; Officers, Soldiers, 8c,

French and Florentine.

SCENE, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany.




SCENEII. Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.

Enter BERTRAM, the Countess of Rousillon, HELENA, and

LAFEU, in mourning. Countess. In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband.

Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep o'er my father's death anew : but I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward, evermore in subjection.

Laf. You shall find of the king a husband, madam; you, sir, a father. He that so generally is at all times good, must of necessity hold his virtue to you; whose worthiness would stir it up were it wanted, rather than lack it where there is such abundance.

Count. What hope is there of his majesty's amendment ? Laf. He hath abandoned his physicians, madam; under whose practices he hath persecuted time with hope; and finds no other advantage in the process but only the losing of hope by time.

Count. This young gentlewoman had a father, (O that had! how sad å passage 'tis !) whose skill was almost as great as his honesty; had it stretched so far, would have made nature immortal, and death should have play for lack of work. 'Would, for the king's sake, he were living! I think, it would be the death of the king's disease.

Laf. How called you the man you speak of, madam ?

Count. He was famous, sir, in his profession, and it was his great right to be so; Gerard de Narbon.

Laf. He was excellent, indeed, madam; the king very lately spoke of him, admiringly, and mourningly. He was

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