All’s Well That Ends Well

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Synopsis

In All’s Well That Ends Well, a woman is given in marriage to the man she longs for, but, because she is of lower rank, he refuses to accept the marriage. It becomes her challenge to win his acceptance.

Helen, the daughter of a dead physician, secretly loves Bertram, the Count of Rosillion’s son. When the count dies, Bertram becomes a ward of the French king, who is dying of a fistula. Helen heals the ailing king, and he grants her wish to marry his ward. Bertram refuses to consummate the marriage and goes off to war, sending Helen a list of seemingly impossible conditions to be met before he will consider her his wife.

To meet his conditions, Helen substitutes herself for a woman whom Bertram desires, and sleeps with him. When false news comes that Helen is dead, Bertram faces the charge that he has killed her. Helen, now pregnant, reappears, saving Bertram and demonstrating that she has met his conditions. Bertram then acknowledges her.


Characters in the Play
Helen, a gentlewoman of Rossillion
Bertram, Count of Rossillion
Countess of Rossillion, Bertram’s mother
Steward
Fool
Page
bracket
in the Countess’s household
Parolles, companion to Bertram
King of France
Lafew, a French lord
First Lord
Second Lord
bracket
later Captains in the
army of the Duke of Florence
Other Lords in the court of the King of France
First Gentleman
Second Gentleman
Gentleman, a “gentle Astringer”
bracket
from the court of
the King of France
First Soldier, interpreter
The Duke of Florence
A Widow of Florence
Diana, the Widow’s daughter
Mariana, the Widow’s neighbor
Attendants, Soldiers, Citizens of Florence, Servants

ACT 1
Scene 1
Enter young Bertram Count of Rossillion, his mother
editorial emendationthe Countess,editorial emendation and Helen, Lord Lafew, all in black.


COUNTESS  FTLN 0001In delivering my son from me, I bury a second
FTLN 0002 husband.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0003And I in going, madam, weep o’er my
FTLN 0004 father’s death anew; but I must attend his Majesty’s
FTLN 00055 command, to whom I am now in ward, evermore
FTLN 0006 in subjection.
LAFEW  FTLN 0007You shall find of the King a husband, madam;
FTLN 0008 you, sir, a father. He that so generally is at all times
FTLN 0009 good must of necessity hold his virtue to you,
FTLN 001010 whose worthiness would stir it up where it wanted
FTLN 0011 rather than lack it where there is such abundance.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0012What hope is there of his Majesty’s
FTLN 0013 amendment?
LAFEW  FTLN 0014He hath abandoned his physicians, madam,
FTLN 001515 under whose practices he hath persecuted time
FTLN 0016 with hope, and finds no other advantage in the
FTLN 0017 process but only the losing of hope by time.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0018This young gentlewoman had a father—O,
FTLN 0019 that “had,” how sad a passage ’tis!—whose skill
FTLN 002020 was almost as great as his honesty; had it stretched
FTLN 0021 so far, would have made nature immortal, and
FTLN 0022 death should have play for lack of work. Would for
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FTLN 0023 the King’s sake he were living! I think it would be
FTLN 0024 the death of the King’s disease.
LAFEW  FTLN 002525How called you the man you speak of,
FTLN 0026 madam?
COUNTESS  FTLN 0027He was famous, sir, in his profession, and it
FTLN 0028 was his great right to be so: Gerard de Narbon.
LAFEW  FTLN 0029He was excellent indeed, madam. The King
FTLN 003030 very lately spoke of him admiringly, and mourningly.
FTLN 0031 He was skillful enough to have lived still, if
FTLN 0032 knowledge could be set up against mortality.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0033What is it, my good lord, the King languishes
FTLN 0034 of?
LAFEW  FTLN 003535A fistula, my lord.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0036I heard not of it before.
LAFEW  FTLN 0037I would it were not notorious.—Was this gentlewoman
FTLN 0038 the daughter of Gerard de Narbon?
COUNTESS  FTLN 0039His sole child, my lord, and bequeathed to
FTLN 004040 my overlooking. I have those hopes of her good
FTLN 0041 that her education promises. Her dispositions she
FTLN 0042 inherits, which makes fair gifts fairer; for where an
FTLN 0043 unclean mind carries virtuous qualities, there
FTLN 0044 commendations go with pity—they are virtues and
FTLN 004545 traitors too. In her they are the better for their simpleness.
FTLN 0046 She derives her honesty and achieves her
FTLN 0047 goodness.
LAFEW  FTLN 0048Your commendations, madam, get from her
FTLN 0049 tears.
COUNTESS  FTLN 005050’Tis the best brine a maiden can season her
FTLN 0051 praise in. The remembrance of her father never
FTLN 0052 approaches her heart but the tyranny of her sorrows
FTLN 0053 takes all livelihood from her cheek.—No
FTLN 0054 more of this, Helena. Go to. No more, lest it be
FTLN 005555 rather thought you affect a sorrow than to have—
HELEN  FTLN 0056I do affect a sorrow indeed, but I have it too.
LAFEW  FTLN 0057Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead,
FTLN 0058 excessive grief the enemy to the living.

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COUNTESS  FTLN 0059If the living be enemy to the grief, the
FTLN 006060 excess makes it soon mortal.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0061Madam, I desire your holy wishes.
LAFEW  FTLN 0062How understand we that?
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0063 Be thou blessed, Bertram, and succeed thy father
FTLN 0064 In manners as in shape. Thy blood and virtue
FTLN 006565 Contend for empire in thee, and thy goodness
FTLN 0066 Share with thy birthright. Love all, trust a few,
FTLN 0067 Do wrong to none. Be able for thine enemy
FTLN 0068 Rather in power than use, and keep thy friend
FTLN 0069 Under thy own life’s key Be checked for silence,
FTLN 007070 But never taxed for speech. What heaven more will,
FTLN 0071 That thee may furnish and my prayers pluck down,
FTLN 0072 Fall on thy head.  editorial emendationTo Lafew.editorial emendation Farewell, my lord.
FTLN 0073 ’Tis an unseasoned courtier. Good my lord,
FTLN 0074 Advise him.
LAFEW  FTLN 007575 He cannot want the best that shall
FTLN 0076 Attend his love.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0077Heaven bless him.—Farewell, Bertram.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0078The best wishes that can be forged in your
FTLN 0079 thoughts be servants to you. editorial emendationCountess exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 008080  editorial emendationTo Helen.editorial emendation Be comfortable to my mother, your
FTLN 0081 mistress, and make much of her.
LAFEW  FTLN 0082Farewell, pretty lady. You must hold the credit
FTLN 0083 of your father. editorial emendationBertram and Lafew exit.editorial emendation
HELEN 
FTLN 0084 O, were that all! I think not on my father,
FTLN 008585 And these great tears grace his remembrance more
FTLN 0086 Than those I shed for him. What was he like?
FTLN 0087 I have forgot him. My imagination
FTLN 0088 Carries no favor in ’t but Bertram’s.
FTLN 0089 I am undone. There is no living, none,
FTLN 009090 If Bertram be away. ’Twere all one
FTLN 0091 That I should love a bright particular star
FTLN 0092 And think to wed it, he is so above me.

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FTLN 0093 In his bright radiance and collateral light
FTLN 0094 Must I be comforted, not in his sphere.
FTLN 009595 Th’ ambition in my love thus plagues itself:
FTLN 0096 The hind that would be mated by the lion
FTLN 0097 Must die for love. ’Twas pretty, though a plague,
FTLN 0098 To see him every hour, to sit and draw
FTLN 0099 His archèd brows, his hawking eye, his curls
FTLN 0100100 In our heart’s table—heart too capable
FTLN 0101 Of every line and trick of his sweet favor.
FTLN 0102 But now he’s gone, and my idolatrous fancy
FTLN 0103 Must sanctify his relics. Who comes here?

Enter Parolles.

FTLN 0104 One that goes with him. I love him for his sake,
FTLN 0105105 And yet I know him a notorious liar,
FTLN 0106 Think him a great way fool, solely a coward.
FTLN 0107 Yet these fixed evils sit so fit in him
FTLN 0108 That they take place when virtue’s steely bones
FTLN 0109 Looks bleak i’ th’ cold wind. Withal, full oft we see
FTLN 0110110 Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0111Save you, fair queen.
HELEN  FTLN 0112And you, monarch.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0113No.
HELEN  FTLN 0114And no.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0115115Are you meditating on virginity?
HELEN  FTLN 0116Ay. You have some stain of soldier in you; let
FTLN 0117 me ask you a question. Man is enemy to virginity.
FTLN 0118 How may we barricado it against him?
PAROLLES  FTLN 0119Keep him out.
HELEN  FTLN 0120120But he assails, and our virginity, though
FTLN 0121 valiant in the defense, yet is weak. Unfold to us
FTLN 0122 some warlike resistance.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0123There is none. Man setting down before you
FTLN 0124 will undermine you and blow you up.
HELEN  FTLN 0125125Bless our poor virginity from underminers and
FTLN 0126 blowers-up! Is there no military policy how virgins
FTLN 0127 might blow up men?

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PAROLLES  FTLN 0128Virginity being blown down, man will
FTLN 0129 quicklier be blown up. Marry, in blowing him
FTLN 0130130 down again, with the breach yourselves made you
FTLN 0131 lose your city. It is not politic in the commonwealth
FTLN 0132 of nature to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity
FTLN 0133 is rational increase, and there was never
FTLN 0134 virgin editorial emendationgoteditorial emendation till virginity was first lost. That you
FTLN 0135135 were made of is metal to make virgins. Virginity by
FTLN 0136 being once lost may be ten times found; by being
FTLN 0137 ever kept, it is ever lost. ’Tis too cold a companion.
FTLN 0138 Away with ’t.
HELEN  FTLN 0139I will stand for ’t a little, though therefore I
FTLN 0140140 die a virgin.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0141There’s little can be said in ’t. ’Tis against the
FTLN 0142 rule of nature. To speak on the part of virginity is
FTLN 0143 to accuse your mothers, which is most infallible
FTLN 0144 disobedience. He that hangs himself is a virgin;
FTLN 0145145 virginity murders itself and should be buried in
FTLN 0146 highways out of all sanctified limit as a desperate
FTLN 0147 offendress against nature. Virginity breeds mites,
FTLN 0148 much like a cheese, consumes itself to the very
FTLN 0149 paring, and so dies with feeding his own stomach.
FTLN 0150150 Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of
FTLN 0151 self-love, which is the most inhibited sin in the
FTLN 0152 canon. Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose by
FTLN 0153 ’t. Out with ’t! Within ten year it will make itself
FTLN 0154 two, which is a goodly increase, and the principal
FTLN 0155155 itself not much the worse. Away with ’t!
HELEN  FTLN 0156How might one do, sir, to lose it to her own
FTLN 0157 liking?
PAROLLES  FTLN 0158Let me see. Marry, ill, to like him that ne’er
FTLN 0159 it likes. ’Tis a commodity will lose the gloss with
FTLN 0160160 lying; the longer kept, the less worth. Off with ’t
FTLN 0161 while ’tis vendible; answer the time of request. Virginity,
FTLN 0162 like an old courtier, wears her cap out of
FTLN 0163 fashion, richly suited but unsuitable, just like the

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FTLN 0164 brooch and the toothpick, which wear not now.
FTLN 0165165 Your date is better in your pie and your porridge
FTLN 0166 than in your cheek. And your virginity, your old
FTLN 0167 virginity, is like one of our French withered pears:
FTLN 0168 it looks ill, it eats dryly; many, ’tis a withered pear.
FTLN 0169 It was formerly better, marry, yet ’tis a withered
FTLN 0170170 pear. Will you anything with it?
HELEN  FTLN 0171Not my virginity, yet—
FTLN 0172 There shall your master have a thousand loves,
FTLN 0173 A mother, and a mistress, and a friend,
FTLN 0174 A phoenix, captain, and an enemy,
FTLN 0175175 A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign,
FTLN 0176 A counselor, a traitress, and a dear;
FTLN 0177 His humble ambition, proud humility,
FTLN 0178 His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet,
FTLN 0179 His faith, his sweet disaster, with a world
FTLN 0180180 Of pretty, fond adoptious christendoms
FTLN 0181 That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he—
FTLN 0182 I know not what he shall. God send him well.
FTLN 0183 The court’s a learning place, and he is one—
PAROLLES  FTLN 0184What one, i’ faith?
HELEN  FTLN 0185185That I wish well. ’Tis pity—
PAROLLES  FTLN 0186What’s pity?
HELEN 
FTLN 0187 That wishing well had not a body in ’t
FTLN 0188 Which might be felt, that we, the poorer born,
FTLN 0189 Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes,
FTLN 0190190 Might with effects of them follow our friends
FTLN 0191 And show what we alone must think, which never
FTLN 0192 Returns us thanks.

Enter Page.

PAGE  FTLN 0193Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0194Little Helen, farewell. If I can remember
FTLN 0195195 thee, I will think of thee at court.
HELEN  FTLN 0196Monsieur Parolles, you were born under a
FTLN 0197 charitable star.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 0198Under Mars, I.
HELEN  FTLN 0199I especially think under Mars.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0200200Why under Mars?
HELEN  FTLN 0201The wars hath so kept you under that you
FTLN 0202 must needs be born under Mars.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0203When he was predominant.
HELEN  FTLN 0204When he was retrograde, I think rather.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0205205Why think you so?
HELEN  FTLN 0206You go so much backward when you fight.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0207That’s for advantage.
HELEN  FTLN 0208So is running away, when fear proposes the
FTLN 0209 safety. But the composition that your valor and
FTLN 0210210 fear makes in you is a virtue of a good wing, and I
FTLN 0211 like the wear well.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0212I am so full of businesses I cannot answer
FTLN 0213 thee acutely. I will return perfect courtier, in the
FTLN 0214 which my instruction shall serve to naturalize
FTLN 0215215 thee, so thou wilt be capable of a courtier’s counsel
FTLN 0216 and understand what advice shall thrust upon
FTLN 0217 thee, else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and
FTLN 0218 thine ignorance makes thee away. Farewell. When
FTLN 0219 thou hast leisure, say thy prayers; when thou hast
FTLN 0220220 none, remember thy friends. Get thee a good husband,
FTLN 0221 and use him as he uses thee. So, farewell.
editorial emendationParolles and Page exit.editorial emendation
HELEN 
FTLN 0222 Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
FTLN 0223 Which we ascribe to heaven. The fated sky
FTLN 0224 Gives us free scope, only doth backward pull
FTLN 0225225 Our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.
FTLN 0226 What power is it which mounts my love so high,
FTLN 0227 That makes me see, and cannot feed mine eye?
FTLN 0228 The mightiest space in fortune nature brings
FTLN 0229 To join like likes and kiss like native things.
FTLN 0230230 Impossible be strange attempts to those
FTLN 0231 That weigh their pains in sense and do suppose

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FTLN 0232 What hath been cannot be. Who ever strove
FTLN 0233 To show her merit that did miss her love?
FTLN 0234 The King’s disease—my project may deceive me,
FTLN 0235235 But my intents are fixed and will not leave me.
She exits.


editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Flourish cornets. Enter the King of France with letters,
editorial emendationtwo Lords,editorial emendation and divers Attendants.


KING 
FTLN 0236 The Florentines and Senoys are by th’ ears,
FTLN 0237 Have fought with equal fortune, and continue
FTLN 0238 A braving war.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0239 So ’tis reported, sir.
KING 
FTLN 02405 Nay, ’tis most credible. We here receive it
FTLN 0241 A certainty vouched from our cousin Austria,
FTLN 0242 With caution that the Florentine will move us
FTLN 0243 For speedy aid, wherein our dearest friend
FTLN 0244 Prejudicates the business and would seem
FTLN 024510 To have us make denial.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0246 His love and wisdom,
FTLN 0247 Approved so to your Majesty, may plead
FTLN 0248 For amplest credence.
KING  FTLN 0249 He hath armed our answer,
FTLN 025015 And Florence is denied before he comes.
FTLN 0251 Yet for our gentlemen that mean to see
FTLN 0252 The Tuscan service, freely have they leave
FTLN 0253 To stand on either part.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 0254 It well may serve
FTLN 025520 A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
FTLN 0256 For breathing and exploit.

Enter Bertram, Lafew, and Parolles.

KING  FTLN 0257 What’s he comes here?

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FIRST LORD 
FTLN 0258 It is the Count Rossillion, my good lord,
FTLN 0259 Young Bertram.
KING  FTLN 026025 Youth, thou bear’st thy father’s face.
FTLN 0261 Frank nature, rather curious than in haste,
FTLN 0262 Hath well composed thee. Thy father’s moral parts
FTLN 0263 Mayst thou inherit too. Welcome to Paris.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 0264 My thanks and duty are your Majesty’s.
KING 
FTLN 026530 I would I had that corporal soundness now
FTLN 0266 As when thy father and myself in friendship
FTLN 0267 First tried our soldiership. He did look far
FTLN 0268 Into the service of the time and was
FTLN 0269 Discipled of the bravest. He lasted long,
FTLN 027035 But on us both did haggish age steal on
FTLN 0271 And wore us out of act. It much repairs me
FTLN 0272 To talk of your good father. In his youth
FTLN 0273 He had the wit which I can well observe
FTLN 0274 Today in our young lords; but they may jest
FTLN 027540 Till their own scorn return to them unnoted
FTLN 0276 Ere they can hide their levity in honor.
FTLN 0277 So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness
FTLN 0278 Were in his pride or sharpness; if they were,
FTLN 0279 His equal had awaked them, and his honor,
FTLN 028045 Clock to itself, knew the true minute when
FTLN 0281 Exception bid him speak, and at this time
FTLN 0282 His tongue obeyed his hand. Who were below him
FTLN 0283 He used as creatures of another place
FTLN 0284 And bowed his eminent top to their low ranks,
FTLN 028550 Making them proud of his humility,
FTLN 0286 In their poor praise he humbled. Such a man
FTLN 0287 Might be a copy to these younger times,
FTLN 0288 Which, followed well, would demonstrate them now
FTLN 0289 But goers backward.
BERTRAM  FTLN 029055 His good remembrance, sir,

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FTLN 0291 Lies richer in your thoughts than on his tomb.
FTLN 0292 So in approof lives not his epitaph
FTLN 0293 As in your royal speech.
KING 
FTLN 0294 Would I were with him! He would always say—
FTLN 029560 Methinks I hear him now; his plausive words
FTLN 0296 He scattered not in ears, but grafted them
FTLN 0297 To grow there and to bear. “Let me not live”—
FTLN 0298 This his good melancholy oft began
FTLN 0299 On the catastrophe and heel of pastime,
FTLN 030065 When it was out—“Let me not live,” quoth he,
FTLN 0301 “After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
FTLN 0302 Of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses
FTLN 0303 All but new things disdain, whose judgments are
FTLN 0304 Mere fathers of their garments, whose constancies
FTLN 030570 Expire before their fashions.” This he wished.
FTLN 0306 I, after him, do after him wish too,
FTLN 0307 Since I nor wax nor honey can bring home,
FTLN 0308 I quickly were dissolvèd from my hive
FTLN 0309 To give some laborers room.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 031075 You’re lovèd, sir.
FTLN 0311 They that least lend it you shall lack you first.
KING 
FTLN 0312 I fill a place, I know ’t.—How long is ’t, count,
FTLN 0313 Since the physician at your father’s died?
FTLN 0314 He was much famed.
BERTRAM  FTLN 031580 Some six months since, my lord.
KING 
FTLN 0316 If he were living, I would try him yet.—
FTLN 0317 Lend me an arm.—The rest have worn me out
FTLN 0318 With several applications. Nature and sickness
FTLN 0319 Debate it at their leisure. Welcome, count.
FTLN 032085 My son’s no dearer.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0321 Thank your Majesty.
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editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Countess, Steward, and editorial emendationFool.editorial emendation

COUNTESS  FTLN 0322I will now hear. What say you of this
FTLN 0323 gentlewoman?
STEWARD  FTLN 0324Madam, the care I have had to even your
FTLN 0325 content I wish might be found in the calendar of
FTLN 03265 my past endeavors, for then we wound our modesty
FTLN 0327 and make foul the clearness of our deservings
FTLN 0328 when of ourselves we publish them.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0329What does this knave here?  editorial emendationTo Fool.editorial emendation Get
FTLN 0330 you gone, sirrah. The complaints I have heard of
FTLN 033110 you I do not all believe. ’Tis my slowness that I do
FTLN 0332 not, for I know you lack not folly to commit them
FTLN 0333 and have ability enough to make such knaveries
FTLN 0334 yours.
FOOL  FTLN 0335’Tis not unknown to you, madam, I am a poor
FTLN 033615 fellow.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0337Well, sir.
FOOL  FTLN 0338No, madam, ’tis not so well that I am poor,
FTLN 0339 though many of the rich are damned. But if I may
FTLN 0340 have your Ladyship’s good will to go to the world,
FTLN 034120 Isbel the woman and I will do as we may.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0342Wilt thou needs be a beggar?
FOOL  FTLN 0343I do beg your good will in this case.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0344In what case?
FOOL  FTLN 0345In Isbel’s case and mine own. Service is no heritage,
FTLN 034625 and I think I shall never have the blessing of
FTLN 0347 God till I have issue o’ my body, for they say bairns
FTLN 0348 are blessings.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0349Tell me thy reason why thou wilt marry.
FOOL  FTLN 0350My poor body, madam, requires it. I am driven
FTLN 035130 on by the flesh, and he must needs go that the devil
FTLN 0352 drives.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0353Is this all your Worship’s reason?
FOOL  FTLN 0354Faith, madam, I have other holy reasons, such
FTLN 0355 as they are.

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COUNTESS  FTLN 035635May the world know them?
FOOL  FTLN 0357I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as you
FTLN 0358 and all flesh and blood are, and indeed I do marry
FTLN 0359 that I may repent.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0360Thy marriage sooner than thy wickedness.
FOOL  FTLN 036140I am out o’ friends, madam, and I hope to have
FTLN 0362 friends for my wife’s sake.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0363Such friends are thine enemies, knave.
FOOL  FTLN 0364You’re shallow, madam, in great friends, for the
FTLN 0365 knaves come to do that for me which I am aweary
FTLN 036645 of. He that ears my land spares my team and gives
FTLN 0367 me leave to in the crop; if I be his cuckold, he’s my
FTLN 0368 drudge. He that comforts my wife is the cherisher
FTLN 0369 of my flesh and blood; he that cherishes my flesh
FTLN 0370 and blood loves my flesh and blood; he that loves
FTLN 037150 my flesh and blood is my friend. Ergo, he that
FTLN 0372 kisses my wife is my friend. If men could be contented
FTLN 0373 to be what they are, there were no fear in
FTLN 0374 marriage, for young Charbon the Puritan and old
FTLN 0375 Poysam the Papist, howsome’er their hearts are
FTLN 037655 severed in religion, their heads are both one; they
FTLN 0377 may jowl horns together like any deer i’ th’ herd.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0378Wilt thou ever be a foul-mouthed and
FTLN 0379 calumnious knave?
FOOL  FTLN 0380A prophet I, madam, and I speak the truth the
FTLN 038160 next way:
editorial emendationSings.editorial emendation FTLN 0382 For I the ballad will repeat
FTLN 0383  Which men full true shall find:
FTLN 0384 Your marriage comes by destiny;
FTLN 0385  Your cuckoo sings by kind.

COUNTESS  FTLN 038665Get you gone, sir. I’ll talk with you more
FTLN 0387 anon.
STEWARD  FTLN 0388May it please you, madam, that he bid Helen
FTLN 0389 come to you. Of her I am to speak.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0390Sirrah, tell my gentlewoman I would speak
FTLN 039170 with her—Helen, I mean.

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FOOL  editorial emendationsingseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0392 “Was this fair face the cause,” quoth she,
FTLN 0393  “Why the Grecians sackèd Troy?
FTLN 0394 Fond done, done fond.
FTLN 0395  Was this King Priam’s joy?”
FTLN 039675 With that she sighèd as she stood,
FTLN 0397 With that she sighèd as she stood,
FTLN 0398  And gave this sentence then:
FTLN 0399 “Among nine bad if one be good,
FTLN 0400 Among nine bad if one be good,
FTLN 040180  There’s yet one good in ten.”

COUNTESS  FTLN 0402What, one good in ten? You corrupt the
FTLN 0403 song, sirrah.
FOOL  FTLN 0404One good woman in ten, madam, which is a
FTLN 0405 purifying o’ th’ song. Would God would serve the
FTLN 040685 world so all the year! We’d find no fault with the
FTLN 0407 tithe-woman if I were the parson. One in ten,
FTLN 0408 quoth he? An we might have a good woman born
FTLN 0409 but editorial emendationoreditorial emendation every blazing star or at an earthquake,
FTLN 0410 ’twould mend the lottery well. A man may draw his
FTLN 041190 heart out ere he pluck one.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0412You’ll be gone, sir knave, and do as I command
FTLN 0413 you!
FOOL  FTLN 0414That man should be at woman’s command, and
FTLN 0415 yet no hurt done! Though honesty be no Puritan,
FTLN 041695 yet it will do no hurt; it will wear the surplice of
FTLN 0417 humility over the black gown of a big heart. I am
FTLN 0418 going, forsooth. The business is for Helen to come
FTLN 0419 hither. He exits.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0420Well, now.
STEWARD  FTLN 0421100I know, madam, you love your gentlewoman
FTLN 0422 entirely.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0423Faith, I do. Her father bequeathed her to
FTLN 0424 me, and she herself, without other advantage, may
FTLN 0425 lawfully make title to as much love as she finds.
FTLN 0426105 There is more owing her than is paid, and more
FTLN 0427 shall be paid her than she’ll demand.

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STEWARD  FTLN 0428Madam, I was very late more near her than I
FTLN 0429 think she wished me. Alone she was and did communicate
FTLN 0430 to herself her own words to her own
FTLN 0431110 ears; she thought, I dare vow for her, they touched
FTLN 0432 not any stranger sense. Her matter was she loved
FTLN 0433 your son. Fortune, she said, was no goddess, that
FTLN 0434 had put such difference betwixt their two estates;
FTLN 0435 Love no god, that would not extend his might only
FTLN 0436115 where qualities were level; editorial emendationDian noeditorial emendation queen of virgins,
FTLN 0437 that would suffer her poor knight surprised
FTLN 0438 without rescue in the first assault or ransom afterward.
FTLN 0439 This she delivered in the most bitter touch
FTLN 0440 of sorrow that e’er I heard virgin exclaim in, which
FTLN 0441120 I held my duty speedily to acquaint you withal,
FTLN 0442 sithence in the loss that may happen it concerns
FTLN 0443 you something to know it.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0444You have discharged this honestly. Keep it
FTLN 0445 to yourself. Many likelihoods informed me of this
FTLN 0446125 before, which hung so tott’ring in the balance that
FTLN 0447 I could neither believe nor misdoubt. Pray you
FTLN 0448 leave me. Stall this in your bosom, and I thank you
FTLN 0449 for your honest care. I will speak with you further
FTLN 0450 anon. Steward exits.

Enter Helen.

editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation
FTLN 0451130 Even so it was with me when I was young.
FTLN 0452  If ever we are nature’s, these are ours. This thorn
FTLN 0453 Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong.
FTLN 0454  Our blood to us, this to our blood is born.
FTLN 0455 It is the show and seal of nature’s truth,
FTLN 0456135 Where love’s strong passion is impressed in youth.
FTLN 0457 By our remembrances of days foregone,
FTLN 0458 Such were our faults, or then we thought them none.
FTLN 0459 Her eye is sick on ’t, I observe her now.
HELEN  FTLN 0460What is your pleasure, madam?

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COUNTESS 
FTLN 0461140 You know, Helen, I am a mother to you.
HELEN 
FTLN 0462 Mine honorable mistress.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0463 Nay, a mother.
FTLN 0464 Why not a mother? When I said “a mother,”
FTLN 0465 Methought you saw a serpent. What’s in “mother”
FTLN 0466145 That you start at it? I say I am your mother
FTLN 0467 And put you in the catalogue of those
FTLN 0468 That were enwombèd mine. ’Tis often seen
FTLN 0469 Adoption strives with nature, and choice breeds
FTLN 0470 A native slip to us from foreign seeds.
FTLN 0471150 You ne’er oppressed me with a mother’s groan,
FTLN 0472 Yet I express to you a mother’s care.
FTLN 0473 God’s mercy, maiden, does it curd thy blood
FTLN 0474 To say I am thy mother? What’s the matter,
FTLN 0475 That this distempered messenger of wet,
FTLN 0476155 The many-colored Iris, rounds thine eye?
FTLN 0477 Why? That you are my daughter?
HELEN  FTLN 0478 That I am not.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0479 I say I am your mother.
HELEN  FTLN 0480 Pardon, madam.
FTLN 0481160 The Count Rossillion cannot be my brother.
FTLN 0482 I am from humble, he from honored name;
FTLN 0483 No note upon my parents, his all noble.
FTLN 0484 My master, my dear lord he is, and I
FTLN 0485 His servant live and will his vassal die.
FTLN 0486165 He must not be my brother.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0487 Nor I your mother?
HELEN 
FTLN 0488 You are my mother, madam. Would you were—
FTLN 0489 So that my lord your son were not my brother—
FTLN 0490 Indeed my mother! Or were you both our mothers,
FTLN 0491170 I care no more for than I do for heaven,
FTLN 0492 So I were not his sister. Can ’t no other

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FTLN 0493 But, I your daughter, he must be my brother?
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0494 Yes, Helen, you might be my daughter-in-law.
FTLN 0495 God shield you mean it not! “Daughter” and “mother”
FTLN 0496175 So strive upon your pulse. What, pale again?
FTLN 0497 My fear hath catched your fondness! Now I see
FTLN 0498 The mystery of your editorial emendationlonelinesseditorial emendation and find
FTLN 0499 Your salt tears’ head. Now to all sense ’tis gross:
FTLN 0500 You love my son. Invention is ashamed
FTLN 0501180 Against the proclamation of thy passion
FTLN 0502 To say thou dost not. Therefore tell me true,
FTLN 0503 But tell me then ’tis so, for, look, thy cheeks
FTLN 0504 Confess it th’ one to th’ other, and thine eyes
FTLN 0505 See it so grossly shown in thy behaviors
FTLN 0506185 That in their kind they speak it. Only sin
FTLN 0507 And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue
FTLN 0508 That truth should be suspected. Speak. Is ’t so?
FTLN 0509 If it be so, you have wound a goodly clew;
FTLN 0510 If it be not, forswear ’t; howe’er, I charge thee,
FTLN 0511190 As heaven shall work in me for thine avail,
FTLN 0512 To tell me truly.
HELEN  FTLN 0513 Good madam, pardon me.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0514 Do you love my son?
HELEN  FTLN 0515 Your pardon, noble mistress.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0516195 Love you my son?
HELEN  FTLN 0517 Do not you love him, madam?
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0518 Go not about. My love hath in ’t a bond
FTLN 0519 Whereof the world takes note. Come, come, disclose
FTLN 0520 The state of your affection, for your passions
FTLN 0521200 Have to the full appeached.
HELEN , editorial emendationkneelingeditorial emendation  FTLN 0522 Then I confess
FTLN 0523 Here on my knee before high heaven and you
FTLN 0524 That before you and next unto high heaven

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FTLN 0525 I love your son.
FTLN 0526205 My friends were poor but honest; so ’s my love.
FTLN 0527 Be not offended, for it hurts not him
FTLN 0528 That he is loved of me. I follow him not
FTLN 0529 By any token of presumptuous suit,
FTLN 0530 Nor would I have him till I do deserve him,
FTLN 0531210 Yet never know how that desert should be.
FTLN 0532 I know I love in vain, strive against hope,
FTLN 0533 Yet in this captious and intenible sieve
FTLN 0534 I still pour in the waters of my love
FTLN 0535 And lack not to lose still. Thus, Indian-like,
FTLN 0536215 Religious in mine error, I adore
FTLN 0537 The sun that looks upon his worshipper
FTLN 0538 But knows of him no more. My dearest madam,
FTLN 0539 Let not your hate encounter with my love
FTLN 0540 For loving where you do; but if yourself,
FTLN 0541220 Whose agèd honor cites a virtuous youth,
FTLN 0542 Did ever in so true a flame of liking
FTLN 0543 Wish chastely and love dearly, that your Dian
FTLN 0544 Was both herself and Love, O then give pity
FTLN 0545 To her whose state is such that cannot choose
FTLN 0546225 But lend and give where she is sure to lose;
FTLN 0547 That seeks not to find that her search implies,
FTLN 0548 But riddle-like lives sweetly where she dies.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0549 Had you not lately an intent—speak truly—
FTLN 0550 To go to Paris?
HELEN  FTLN 0551230 Madam, I had.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0552 Wherefore?
FTLN 0553 Tell true.
HELEN , editorial emendationstandingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0554 I will tell truth, by grace itself I swear.
FTLN 0555 You know my father left me some prescriptions
FTLN 0556235 Of rare and proved effects, such as his reading
FTLN 0557 And manifest experience had collected
FTLN 0558 For general sovereignty; and that he willed me

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FTLN 0559 In heedfull’st reservation to bestow them
FTLN 0560 As notes whose faculties inclusive were
FTLN 0561240 More than they were in note. Amongst the rest
FTLN 0562 There is a remedy, approved, set down,
FTLN 0563 To cure the desperate languishings whereof
FTLN 0564 The King is rendered lost.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0565 This was your motive for Paris, was it? Speak.
HELEN 
FTLN 0566245 My lord your son made me to think of this;
FTLN 0567 Else Paris, and the medicine, and the King
FTLN 0568 Had from the conversation of my thoughts
FTLN 0569 Haply been absent then.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0570 But think you, Helen,
FTLN 0571250 If you should tender your supposèd aid,
FTLN 0572 He would receive it? He and his physicians
FTLN 0573 Are of a mind: he that they cannot help him,
FTLN 0574 They that they cannot help. How shall they credit
FTLN 0575 A poor unlearnèd virgin, when the schools
FTLN 0576255 Emboweled of their doctrine have left off
FTLN 0577 The danger to itself?
HELEN  FTLN 0578 There’s something in ’t
FTLN 0579 More than my father’s skill, which was the great’st
FTLN 0580 Of his profession, that his good receipt
FTLN 0581260 Shall for my legacy be sanctified
FTLN 0582 By th’ luckiest stars in heaven; and would your
FTLN 0583 Honor
FTLN 0584 But give me leave to try success, I’d venture
FTLN 0585 The well-lost life of mine on his Grace’s cure
FTLN 0586265 By such a day, an hour.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0587 Dost thou believe ’t?
HELEN  FTLN 0588Ay, madam, knowingly.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0589 Why, Helen, thou shalt have my leave and love,
FTLN 0590 Means and attendants, and my loving greetings
FTLN 0591270 To those of mine in court. I’ll stay at home

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FTLN 0592 And pray God’s blessing into thy attempt.
FTLN 0593 Be gone tomorrow, and be sure of this:
FTLN 0594 What I can help thee to thou shalt not miss.
They exit.




ACT 2
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Flourish cornets. Enter the King, editorial emendationattended,editorial emendation with divers
young Lords, taking leave for the Florentine war;
editorial emendationBertrameditorial emendation Count Rossillion, and Parolles.


KING 
FTLN 0595 Farewell, young lords. These warlike principles
FTLN 0596 Do not throw from you.—And you, my lords,
FTLN 0597 farewell.
FTLN 0598 Share the advice betwixt you. If both gain all,
FTLN 05995 The gift doth stretch itself as ’tis received
FTLN 0600 And is enough for both.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0601 ’Tis our hope, sir,
FTLN 0602 After well-entered soldiers, to return
FTLN 0603 And find your Grace in health.
KING 
FTLN 060410 No, no, it cannot be. And yet my heart
FTLN 0605 Will not confess he owes the malady
FTLN 0606 That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords.
FTLN 0607 Whether I live or die, be you the sons
FTLN 0608 Of worthy Frenchmen. Let higher Italy—
FTLN 060915 Those bated that inherit but the fall
FTLN 0610 Of the last monarchy—see that you come
FTLN 0611 Not to woo honor but to wed it. When
FTLN 0612 The bravest questant shrinks, find what you seek,
FTLN 0613 That fame may cry you loud. I say farewell.
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FIRST LORD 
FTLN 061420 Health at your bidding serve your Majesty!
KING 
FTLN 0615 Those girls of Italy, take heed of them.
FTLN 0616 They say our French lack language to deny
FTLN 0617 If they demand. Beware of being captives
FTLN 0618 Before you serve.
LORDS  FTLN 061925 Our hearts receive your warnings.
KING  FTLN 0620Farewell.—Come hither to me.
editorial emendationThe King speaks to Attendants, while Bertram,
Parolles, and other Lords come forward.editorial emendation

FIRST LORD , editorial emendationto Bertrameditorial emendation 
FTLN 0621 O my sweet lord, that you will stay behind us!
PAROLLES 
FTLN 0622 ’Tis not his fault, the spark.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 0623 O, ’tis brave wars.
PAROLLES 
FTLN 062430 Most admirable. I have seen those wars.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 0625 I am commanded here and kept a coil
FTLN 0626 With “Too young,” and “The next year,” and “’Tis
FTLN 0627 too early.”
PAROLLES 
FTLN 0628 An thy mind stand to ’t, boy, steal away bravely.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 062935 I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock,
FTLN 0630 Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry
FTLN 0631 Till honor be bought up, and no sword worn
FTLN 0632 But one to dance with. By heaven, I’ll steal away!
FIRST LORD 
FTLN 0633 There’s honor in the theft.
PAROLLES  FTLN 063440 Commit it, count.
SECOND LORD 
FTLN 0635 I am your accessory. And so, farewell.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0636I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured
FTLN 0637 body.

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FIRST LORD  FTLN 0638Farewell, captain.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 063945Sweet Monsieur Parolles.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0640Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin.
FTLN 0641 Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals.
FTLN 0642 You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii one
FTLN 0643 Captain Spurio editorial emendationwitheditorial emendation his cicatrice, an emblem of
FTLN 064450 war, here on his sinister cheek. It was this very
FTLN 0645 sword entrenched it. Say to him I live, and observe
FTLN 0646 his reports for me.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0647We shall, noble captain.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0648Mars dote on you for his novices.
editorial emendationLords exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 064955  editorial emendationTo Bertram.editorial emendation What will you do?
BERTRAM  FTLN 0650Stay the King.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0651Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble
FTLN 0652 lords. You have restrained yourself within the list
FTLN 0653 of too cold an adieu. Be more expressive to them,
FTLN 065460 for they wear themselves in the cap of the time;
FTLN 0655 there do muster true gait; eat, speak, and move
FTLN 0656 under the influence of the most received star, and,
FTLN 0657 though the devil lead the measure, such are to be
FTLN 0658 followed. After them, and take a more dilated
FTLN 065965 farewell.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0660And I will do so.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0661Worthy fellows, and like to prove most
FTLN 0662 sinewy swordmen. editorial emendationBertram and Parolleseditorial emendation exit.

Enter Lafew, editorial emendationto the King.editorial emendation

LAFEW , editorial emendationkneelingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0663 Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings.
KING  FTLN 066470I’ll editorial emendationfeeeditorial emendation thee to stand up.
LAFEW , editorial emendationstandingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0665 Then here’s a man stands that has brought his
FTLN 0666 pardon.
FTLN 0667 I would you had kneeled, my lord, to ask me mercy,
FTLN 0668 And that at my bidding you could so stand up.

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KING 
FTLN 066975 I would I had, so I had broke thy pate
FTLN 0670 And asked thee mercy for ’t.
LAFEW  FTLN 0671 Good faith, across.
FTLN 0672 But, my good lord, ’tis thus: will you be cured
FTLN 0673 Of your infirmity?
KING  FTLN 067480 No.
LAFEW  FTLN 0675 O, will you eat
FTLN 0676 No grapes, my royal fox? Yes, but you will
FTLN 0677 My noble grapes, an if my royal fox
FTLN 0678 Could reach them. I have seen a medicine
FTLN 067985 That’s able to breathe life into a stone,
FTLN 0680 Quicken a rock, and make you dance canary
FTLN 0681 With sprightly fire and motion, whose simple touch
FTLN 0682 Is powerful to araise King Pippen, nay,
FTLN 0683 To give great Charlemagne a pen in ’s hand
FTLN 068490 And write to her a love line.
KING  FTLN 0685 What “her” is this?
LAFEW 
FTLN 0686 Why, Doctor She. My lord, there’s one arrived,
FTLN 0687 If you will see her. Now, by my faith and honor,
FTLN 0688 If seriously I may convey my thoughts
FTLN 068995 In this my light deliverance, I have spoke
FTLN 0690 With one that in her sex, her years, profession,
FTLN 0691 Wisdom, and constancy hath amazed me more
FTLN 0692 Than I dare blame my weakness. Will you see her—
FTLN 0693 For that is her demand—and know her business?
FTLN 0694100 That done, laugh well at me.
KING  FTLN 0695 Now, good Lafew,
FTLN 0696 Bring in the admiration, that we with thee
FTLN 0697 May spend our wonder too, or take off thine
FTLN 0698 By wond’ring how thou took’st it.
LAFEW  FTLN 0699105 Nay, I’ll fit you,
FTLN 0700 And not be all day neither.
editorial emendationHe goes to bring in Helen.editorial emendation
KING 
FTLN 0701 Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.

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Enter Helen.

LAFEW , editorial emendationto Heleneditorial emendation  FTLN 0702Nay, come your ways.
KING  FTLN 0703This haste hath wings indeed.
LAFEW  FTLN 0704110Nay, come your ways.
FTLN 0705 This is his Majesty. Say your mind to him.
FTLN 0706 A traitor you do look like, but such traitors
FTLN 0707 His Majesty seldom fears. I am Cressid’s uncle
FTLN 0708 That dare leave two together. Fare you well.
He exits.
KING 
FTLN 0709115 Now, fair one, does your business follow us?
HELEN  FTLN 0710Ay, my good lord,
FTLN 0711 Gerard de Narbon was my father,
FTLN 0712 In what he did profess well found.
KING  FTLN 0713 I knew him.
HELEN 
FTLN 0714120 The rather will I spare my praises towards him.
FTLN 0715 Knowing him is enough. On ’s bed of death
FTLN 0716 Many receipts he gave me, chiefly one
FTLN 0717 Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,
FTLN 0718 And of his old experience th’ only darling,
FTLN 0719125 He bade me store up as a triple eye,
FTLN 0720 Safer than mine own two, more dear. I have so,
FTLN 0721 And hearing your high Majesty is touched
FTLN 0722 With that malignant cause wherein the honor
FTLN 0723 Of my dear father’s gift stands chief in power,
FTLN 0724130 I come to tender it and my appliance
FTLN 0725 With all bound humbleness.
KING  FTLN 0726 We thank you, maiden,
FTLN 0727 But may not be so credulous of cure,
FTLN 0728 When our most learnèd doctors leave us and
FTLN 0729135 The congregated college have concluded
FTLN 0730 That laboring art can never ransom nature
FTLN 0731 From her inaidible estate. I say we must not
FTLN 0732 So stain our judgment or corrupt our hope

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FTLN 0733 To prostitute our past-cure malady
FTLN 0734140 To empirics, or to dissever so
FTLN 0735 Our great self and our credit to esteem
FTLN 0736 A senseless help when help past sense we deem.
HELEN 
FTLN 0737 My duty, then, shall pay me for my pains.
FTLN 0738 I will no more enforce mine office on you,
FTLN 0739145 Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
FTLN 0740 A modest one to bear me back again.
KING 
FTLN 0741 I cannot give thee less, to be called grateful.
FTLN 0742 Thou thought’st to help me, and such thanks I give
FTLN 0743 As one near death to those that wish him live.
FTLN 0744150 But what at full I know, thou know’st no part,
FTLN 0745 I knowing all my peril, thou no art.
HELEN 
FTLN 0746 What I can do can do no hurt to try
FTLN 0747 Since you set up your rest ’gainst remedy.
FTLN 0748 He that of greatest works is finisher
FTLN 0749155 Oft does them by the weakest minister.
FTLN 0750 So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown
FTLN 0751 When judges have been babes. Great floods have flown
FTLN 0752 From simple sources, and great seas have dried
FTLN 0753 When miracles have by the great’st been denied.
FTLN 0754160 Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
FTLN 0755 Where most it promises, and oft it hits
FTLN 0756 Where hope is coldest and despair most shifts.
KING 
FTLN 0757 I must not hear thee. Fare thee well, kind maid.
FTLN 0758 Thy pains, not used, must by thyself be paid.
FTLN 0759165 Proffers not took reap thanks for their reward.
HELEN 
FTLN 0760 Inspirèd merit so by breath is barred.
FTLN 0761 It is not so with Him that all things knows
FTLN 0762 As ’tis with us that square our guess by shows;
FTLN 0763 But most it is presumption in us when

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FTLN 0764170 The help of heaven we count the act of men.
FTLN 0765 Dear sir, to my endeavors give consent.
FTLN 0766 Of heaven, not me, make an experiment.
FTLN 0767 I am not an impostor that proclaim
FTLN 0768 Myself against the level of mine aim,
FTLN 0769175 But know I think and think I know most sure
FTLN 0770 My art is not past power nor you past cure.
KING 
FTLN 0771 Art thou so confident? Within what space
FTLN 0772 Hop’st thou my cure?
HELEN  FTLN 0773 The greatest grace lending grace,
FTLN 0774180 Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
FTLN 0775 Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring;
FTLN 0776 Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
FTLN 0777 Moist Hesperus hath quenched her sleepy lamp;
FTLN 0778 Or four and twenty times the pilot’s glass
FTLN 0779185 Hath told the thievish minutes, how they pass,
FTLN 0780 What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly,
FTLN 0781 Health shall live free, and sickness freely die.
KING 
FTLN 0782 Upon thy certainty and confidence
FTLN 0783 What dar’st thou venture?
HELEN  FTLN 0784190 Tax of impudence,
FTLN 0785 A strumpet’s boldness, a divulgèd shame;
FTLN 0786 Traduced by odious ballads, my maiden’s name
FTLN 0787 Seared otherwise; nay, worse of worst, extended
FTLN 0788 With vilest torture let my life be ended.
KING 
FTLN 0789195 Methinks in thee some blessèd spirit doth speak
FTLN 0790 His powerful sound within an organ weak,
FTLN 0791 And what impossibility would slay
FTLN 0792 In common sense, sense saves another way.
FTLN 0793 Thy life is dear, for all that life can rate
FTLN 0794200 Worth name of life in thee hath estimate:
FTLN 0795 Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, all
FTLN 0796 That happiness and prime can happy call.

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FTLN 0797 Thou this to hazard needs must intimate
FTLN 0798 Skill infinite or monstrous desperate.
FTLN 0799205 Sweet practicer, thy physic I will try,
FTLN 0800 That ministers thine own death if I die.
HELEN 
FTLN 0801 If I break time or flinch in property
FTLN 0802 Of what I spoke, unpitied let me die,
FTLN 0803 And well deserved. Not helping, death’s my fee.
FTLN 0804210 But if I help, what do you promise me?
KING 
FTLN 0805 Make thy demand.
HELEN  FTLN 0806 But will you make it even?
KING 
FTLN 0807 Ay, by my scepter and my hopes of editorial emendationheaven.editorial emendation
HELEN 
FTLN 0808 Then shalt thou give me with thy kingly hand
FTLN 0809215 What husband in thy power I will command.
FTLN 0810 Exempted be from me the arrogance
FTLN 0811 To choose from forth the royal blood of France,
FTLN 0812 My low and humble name to propagate
FTLN 0813 With any branch or image of thy state;
FTLN 0814220 But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know
FTLN 0815 Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.
KING 
FTLN 0816 Here is my hand. The premises observed,
FTLN 0817 Thy will by my performance shall be served.
FTLN 0818 So make the choice of thy own time, for I,
FTLN 0819225 Thy resolved patient, on thee still rely.
FTLN 0820 More should I question thee, and more I must,
FTLN 0821 Though more to know could not be more to trust:
FTLN 0822 From whence thou cam’st, how tended on; but rest
FTLN 0823 Unquestioned welcome and undoubted blessed.—
FTLN 0824230 Give me some help here, ho!—If thou proceed
FTLN 0825 As high as word, my deed shall match thy deed.
Flourish. editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit, editorial emendationthe King assisted.editorial emendation




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editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Countess and editorial emendationFool.editorial emendation

COUNTESS  FTLN 0826Come on, sir. I shall now put you to the
FTLN 0827 height of your breeding.
FOOL  FTLN 0828I will show myself highly fed and lowly taught. I
FTLN 0829 know my business is but to the court.
COUNTESS  FTLN 08305“To the court”? Why, what place make you
FTLN 0831 special when you put off that with such contempt?
FTLN 0832 “But to the court”?
FOOL  FTLN 0833Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any manners,
FTLN 0834 he may easily put it off at court. He that cannot
FTLN 083510 make a leg, put off ’s cap, kiss his hand, and
FTLN 0836 say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap;
FTLN 0837 and indeed such a fellow, to say precisely, were
FTLN 0838 not for the court. But, for me, I have an answer
FTLN 0839 will serve all men.
COUNTESS  FTLN 084015Marry, that’s a bountiful answer that fits all
FTLN 0841 questions.
FOOL  FTLN 0842It is like a barber’s chair that fits all buttocks:
FTLN 0843 the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the brawn-buttock,
FTLN 0844 or any buttock.
COUNTESS  FTLN 084520Will your answer serve fit to all questions?
FOOL  FTLN 0846As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney,
FTLN 0847 as your French crown for your taffety punk, as
FTLN 0848 Tib’s rush for Tom’s forefinger, as a pancake for
FTLN 0849 Shrove Tuesday, a morris for May Day, as the nail
FTLN 085025 to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scolding
FTLN 0851 quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun’s lip to the
FTLN 0852 friar’s mouth, nay, as the pudding to his skin.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0853Have you, I say, an answer of such fitness
FTLN 0854 for all questions?
FOOL  FTLN 085530From below your duke to beneath your constable,
FTLN 0856 it will fit any question.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0857It must be an answer of most monstrous
FTLN 0858 size that must fit all demands.

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FOOL  FTLN 0859But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the learned
FTLN 086035 should speak truth of it. Here it is, and all that
FTLN 0861 belongs to ’t. Ask me if I am a courtier; it shall do
FTLN 0862 you no harm to learn.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0863To be young again, if we could! I will be a
FTLN 0864 fool in question, hoping to be the wiser by your
FTLN 086540 answer. I pray you, sir, are you a courtier?
FOOL  FTLN 0866O Lord, sir!—There’s a simple putting off. More,
FTLN 0867 more, a hundred of them.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0868Sir, I am a poor friend of yours that loves
FTLN 0869 you.
FOOL  FTLN 087045O Lord, sir!—Thick, thick. Spare not me.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0871I think, sir, you can eat none of this homely
FTLN 0872 meat.
FOOL  FTLN 0873O Lord, sir!—Nay, put me to ’t, I warrant you.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0874You were lately whipped, sir, as I think.
FOOL  FTLN 087550O Lord, sir!—Spare not me.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0876Do you cry “O Lord, sir!” at your whipping,
FTLN 0877 and “spare not me”? Indeed your “O Lord, sir!” is
FTLN 0878 very sequent to your whipping. You would answer
FTLN 0879 very well to a whipping if you were but bound to ’t.
FOOL  FTLN 088055I ne’er had worse luck in my life in my “O Lord,
FTLN 0881 sir!” I see things may serve long but not serve ever.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0882I play the noble huswife with the time to
FTLN 0883 entertain it so merrily with a fool.
FOOL  FTLN 0884O Lord, sir!—Why, there ’t serves well again.
COUNTESS , editorial emendationgiving him a papereditorial emendation 
FTLN 088560 editorial emendationAneditorial emendation end, sir. To your business. Give Helen this,
FTLN 0886 And urge her to a present answer back.
FTLN 0887 Commend me to my kinsmen and my son.
FTLN 0888 This is not much.
FOOL  FTLN 0889Not much commendation to them?
COUNTESS 
FTLN 089065 Not much employment for you. You understand me.
FOOL  FTLN 0891Most fruitfully. I am there before my legs.
COUNTESS  FTLN 0892Haste you again.
They exit.




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editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Count editorial emendationBertram,editorial emendation Lafew, and Parolles.

LAFEW  FTLN 0893They say miracles are past, and we have our
FTLN 0894 philosophical persons to make modern and familiar
FTLN 0895 things supernatural and causeless. Hence is it
FTLN 0896 that we make trifles of terrors, ensconcing ourselves
FTLN 08975 into seeming knowledge when we should
FTLN 0898 submit ourselves to an unknown fear.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0899Why, ’tis the rarest argument of wonder that
FTLN 0900 hath shot out in our latter times.
BERTRAM  FTLN 0901And so ’tis.
LAFEW  FTLN 090210To be relinquished of the artists—
PAROLLES  FTLN 0903So I say, both of Galen and Paracelsus.
LAFEW  FTLN 0904Of all the learned and authentic fellows—
PAROLLES  FTLN 0905Right, so I say.
LAFEW  FTLN 0906That gave him out incurable—
PAROLLES  FTLN 090715Why, there ’tis. So say I too.
LAFEW  FTLN 0908Not to be helped.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0909Right, as ’twere a man assured of a—
LAFEW  FTLN 0910Uncertain life and sure death.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0911Just. You say well. So would I have said.
LAFEW  FTLN 091220I may truly say it is a novelty to the world.
PAROLLES  FTLN 0913It is indeed. If you will have it in showing,
FTLN 0914 you shall read it in what-do-you-call there.
editorial emendationHe points to a paper in Lafew’s hand.editorial emendation
LAFEW  editorial emendationreadseditorial emendation  FTLN 0915A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly
FTLN 0916 actor.

PAROLLES  FTLN 091725That’s it. I would have said the very same.
LAFEW  FTLN 0918Why, your dolphin is not lustier. ’Fore me, I
FTLN 0919 speak in respect—
PAROLLES  FTLN 0920Nay, ’tis strange, ’tis very strange; that is the
FTLN 0921 brief and the tedious of it; and he’s of a most facinorous
FTLN 092230 spirit that will not acknowledge it to be
FTLN 0923 the—
LAFEW  FTLN 0924Very hand of heaven.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 0925Ay, so I say.
LAFEW  FTLN 0926In a most weak—
PAROLLES  FTLN 092735And debile minister. Great power, great
FTLN 0928 transcendence, which should indeed give us a further
FTLN 0929 use to be made than alone the recov’ry of the
FTLN 0930 King, as to be—
LAFEW  FTLN 0931Generally thankful.

Enter King, Helen, and Attendants.

PAROLLES  FTLN 093240I would have said it. You say well. Here
FTLN 0933 comes the King.
LAFEW  FTLN 0934Lustig, as the Dutchman says. I’ll like a maid
FTLN 0935 the better whilst I have a tooth in my head. Why,
FTLN 0936 he’s able to lead her a coranto.
PAROLLES  FTLN 093745Mort du vinaigre! Is not this Helen?
LAFEW  FTLN 0938’Fore God, I think so.
KING 
FTLN 0939 Go, call before me all the lords in court.
editorial emendationAn Attendant exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0940 Sit, my preserver, by thy patient’s side,
FTLN 0941 And with this healthful hand, whose banished sense
FTLN 094250 Thou hast repealed, a second time receive
FTLN 0943 The confirmation of my promised gift,
FTLN 0944 Which but attends thy naming.

Enter three or four editorial emendationCourteditorial emendation Lords.

FTLN 0945 Fair maid, send forth thine eye. This youthful parcel
FTLN 0946 Of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing,
FTLN 094755 O’er whom both sovereign power and father’s voice
FTLN 0948 I have to use. Thy frank election make.
FTLN 0949 Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.
HELEN 
FTLN 0950 To each of you one fair and virtuous mistress
FTLN 0951 Fall when Love please! Marry, to each but one.
LAFEW , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 095260 I’d give bay Curtal and his furniture

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FTLN 0953 My mouth no more were broken than these boys’
FTLN 0954 And writ as little beard.
KING  FTLN 0955 Peruse them well.
FTLN 0956 Not one of those but had a noble father.
HELEN  FTLN 095765Gentlemen,
FTLN 0958 Heaven hath through me restored the King to health.
ALL 
FTLN 0959 We understand it and thank heaven for you.
HELEN 
FTLN 0960 I am a simple maid, and therein wealthiest
FTLN 0961 That I protest I simply am a maid.—
FTLN 096270 Please it your Majesty, I have done already.
FTLN 0963 The blushes in my cheeks thus whisper me:
FTLN 0964 “We blush that thou shouldst choose; but, be
FTLN 0965 refused,
FTLN 0966 Let the white death sit on thy cheek forever;
FTLN 096775 We’ll ne’er come there again.”
KING  FTLN 0968 Make choice and see.
FTLN 0969 Who shuns thy love shuns all his love in me.
HELEN 
FTLN 0970 Now, Dian, from thy altar do I fly,
FTLN 0971 And to imperial Love, that god most high,
FTLN 097280 Do my sighs stream. She addresses her to a Lord.
FTLN 0973 Sir, will you hear my suit?
FIRST editorial emendationCOURTeditorial emendation LORD 
FTLN 0974 And grant it.
HELEN  FTLN 0975 Thanks, sir. All the
FTLN 0976 rest is mute.
LAFEW , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 097785I had rather be in this choice than
FTLN 0978 throw ambs-ace for my life.
HELEN , editorial emendationto another Lordeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0979 The honor, sir, that flames in your fair eyes
FTLN 0980 Before I speak too threat’ningly replies.
FTLN 0981 Love make your fortunes twenty times above
FTLN 098290 Her that so wishes, and her humble love.
SECOND editorial emendationCOURTeditorial emendation LORD 
FTLN 0983 No better, if you please.
HELEN  FTLN 0984 My wish receive,

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FTLN 0985 Which great Love grant, and so I take my leave.
LAFEW , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0986Do all they deny her? An they were sons
FTLN 098795 of mine, I’d have them whipped, or I would send
FTLN 0988 them to th’ Turk to make eunuchs of.
HELEN , editorial emendationto another Lordeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0989 Be not afraid that I your hand should take.
FTLN 0990 I’ll never do you wrong, for your own sake.
FTLN 0991 Blessing upon your vows, and in your bed
FTLN 0992100 Find fairer fortune if you ever wed.
LAFEW , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0993These boys are boys of ice; they’ll none
FTLN 0994 have editorial emendationher.editorial emendation Sure they are bastards to the English;
FTLN 0995 the French ne’er got ’em.
HELEN , editorial emendationto another Lordeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0996 You are too young, too happy, and too good
FTLN 0997105 To make yourself a son out of my blood.
FOURTH editorial emendationCOURTeditorial emendation LORD  FTLN 0998Fair one, I think not so.
LAFEW , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0999There’s one grape yet. I am sure thy
FTLN 1000 father drunk wine. But if thou be’st not an ass, I
FTLN 1001 am a youth of fourteen; I have known thee already.
HELEN , editorial emendationto Bertrameditorial emendation 
FTLN 1002110 I dare not say I take you, but I give
FTLN 1003 Me and my service ever whilst I live
FTLN 1004 Into your guiding power.—This is the man.
KING 
FTLN 1005 Why then, young Bertram, take her. She’s thy wife.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1006 My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your Highness
FTLN 1007115 In such a business give me leave to use
FTLN 1008 The help of mine own eyes.
KING  FTLN 1009 Know’st thou not,
FTLN 1010 Bertram,
FTLN 1011 What she has done for me?
BERTRAM  FTLN 1012120 Yes, my good lord,
FTLN 1013 But never hope to know why I should marry her.
KING 
FTLN 1014 Thou know’st she has raised me from my sickly bed.

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BERTRAM 
FTLN 1015 But follows it, my lord, to bring me down
FTLN 1016 Must answer for your raising? I know her well;
FTLN 1017125 She had her breeding at my father’s charge.
FTLN 1018 A poor physician’s daughter my wife? Disdain
FTLN 1019 Rather corrupt me ever!
KING 
FTLN 1020 ’Tis only title thou disdain’st in her, the which
FTLN 1021 I can build up. Strange is it that our bloods,
FTLN 1022130 Of color, weight, and heat, poured all together,
FTLN 1023 Would quite confound distinction, yet stands off
FTLN 1024 In differences so mighty. If she be
FTLN 1025 All that is virtuous, save what thou dislik’st—
FTLN 1026 “A poor physician’s daughter”—thou dislik’st
FTLN 1027135 Of virtue for the name. But do not so.
FTLN 1028 From lowest place whence virtuous things proceed,
FTLN 1029 The place is dignified by th’ doer’s deed.
FTLN 1030 Where great additions swell ’s, and virtue none,
FTLN 1031 It is a dropsied honor. Good alone
FTLN 1032140 Is good, without a name; vileness is so;
FTLN 1033 The property by what editorial emendationiteditorial emendation is should go,
FTLN 1034 Not by the title. She is young, wise, fair;
FTLN 1035 In these to nature she’s immediate heir,
FTLN 1036 And these breed honor. That is honor’s scorn
FTLN 1037145 Which challenges itself as honor’s born
FTLN 1038 And is not like the sire. Honors thrive
FTLN 1039 When rather from our acts we them derive
FTLN 1040 Than our foregoers. The mere word’s a slave
FTLN 1041 Debauched on every tomb, on every grave
FTLN 1042150 A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb
FTLN 1043 Where dust and damned oblivion is the tomb
FTLN 1044 Of honored bones indeed. What should be said?
FTLN 1045 If thou canst like this creature as a maid,
FTLN 1046 I can create the rest. Virtue and she
FTLN 1047155 Is her own dower, honor and wealth from me.

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BERTRAM 
FTLN 1048 I cannot love her, nor will strive to do ’t.
KING 
FTLN 1049 Thou wrong’st thyself if thou shouldst strive to
FTLN 1050 choose.
HELEN 
FTLN 1051 That you are well restored, my lord, I’m glad.
FTLN 1052160 Let the rest go.
KING 
FTLN 1053 My honor’s at the stake, which to defeat
FTLN 1054 I must produce my power.—Here, take her hand,
FTLN 1055 Proud, scornful boy, unworthy this good gift,
FTLN 1056 That dost in vile misprision shackle up
FTLN 1057165 My love and her desert; that canst not dream
FTLN 1058 We, poising us in her defective scale,
FTLN 1059 Shall weigh thee to the beam; that wilt not know
FTLN 1060 It is in us to plant thine honor where
FTLN 1061 We please to have it grow. Check thy contempt;
FTLN 1062170 Obey our will, which travails in thy good.
FTLN 1063 Believe not thy disdain, but presently
FTLN 1064 Do thine own fortunes that obedient right
FTLN 1065 Which both thy duty owes and our power claims,
FTLN 1066 Or I will throw thee from my care forever
FTLN 1067175 Into the staggers and the careless lapse
FTLN 1068 Of youth and ignorance, both my revenge and hate
FTLN 1069 Loosing upon thee in the name of justice
FTLN 1070 Without all terms of pity. Speak. Thine answer.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1071 Pardon, my gracious lord, for I submit
FTLN 1072180 My fancy to your eyes. When I consider
FTLN 1073 What great creation and what dole of honor
FTLN 1074 Flies where you bid it, I find that she which late
FTLN 1075 Was in my nobler thoughts most base is now
FTLN 1076 The praisèd of the King, who, so ennobled,
FTLN 1077185 Is as ’twere born so.
KING  FTLN 1078 Take her by the hand,

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FTLN 1079 And tell her she is thine, to whom I promise
FTLN 1080 A counterpoise, if not to thy estate,
FTLN 1081 A balance more replete.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1082190 I take her hand.
KING 
FTLN 1083 Good fortune and the favor of the King
FTLN 1084 Smile upon this contract, whose ceremony
FTLN 1085 Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief
FTLN 1086 And be performed tonight. The solemn feast
FTLN 1087195 Shall more attend upon the coming space,
FTLN 1088 Expecting absent friends. As thou lov’st her
FTLN 1089 Thy love’s to me religious; else, does err.
They exit. Parolles and Lafew stay behind,
commenting of this wedding.

LAFEW  FTLN 1090Do you hear, monsieur? A word with you.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1091Your pleasure, sir.
LAFEW  FTLN 1092200Your lord and master did well to make his
FTLN 1093 recantation.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1094“Recantation”? My “lord”? My “master”?
LAFEW  FTLN 1095Ay. Is it not a language I speak?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1096A most harsh one, and not to be understood
FTLN 1097205 without bloody succeeding. My “master”?
LAFEW  FTLN 1098Are you companion to the Count Rossillion?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1099To any count, to all counts, to what is man.
LAFEW  FTLN 1100To what is count’s man. Count’s master is of
FTLN 1101 another style.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1102210You are too old, sir; let it satisfy you, you are
FTLN 1103 too old.
LAFEW  FTLN 1104I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man, to which
FTLN 1105 title age cannot bring thee.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1106What I dare too well do, I dare not do.
LAFEW  FTLN 1107215I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a
FTLN 1108 pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent
FTLN 1109 of thy travel; it might pass. Yet the scarves and the
FTLN 1110 bannerets about thee did manifoldly dissuade me
FTLN 1111 from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden.

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FTLN 1112220 I have now found thee. When I lose thee again, I
FTLN 1113 care not. Yet art thou good for nothing but taking
FTLN 1114 up, and that thou ’rt scarce worth.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1115Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity
FTLN 1116 upon thee—
LAFEW  FTLN 1117225Do not plunge thyself too far in anger lest thou
FTLN 1118 hasten thy trial, which if—Lord have mercy on
FTLN 1119 thee for a hen! So, my good window of lattice, fare
FTLN 1120 thee well; thy casement I need not open, for I look
FTLN 1121 through thee. Give me thy hand.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1122230My lord, you give me most egregious
FTLN 1123 indignity.
LAFEW  FTLN 1124Ay, with all my heart, and thou art worthy of it.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1125I have not, my lord, deserved it.
LAFEW  FTLN 1126Yes, good faith, ev’ry dram of it, and I will not
FTLN 1127235 bate thee a scruple.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1128Well, I shall be wiser.
LAFEW  FTLN 1129Ev’n as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to
FTLN 1130 pull at a smack o’ th’ contrary. If ever thou be’st
FTLN 1131 bound in thy scarf and beaten, thou editorial emendationshalteditorial emendation find
FTLN 1132240 what it is to be proud of thy bondage. I have a
FTLN 1133 desire to hold my acquaintance with thee, or
FTLN 1134 rather my knowledge, that I may say in the default
FTLN 1135 “He is a man I know.”
PAROLLES  FTLN 1136My lord, you do me most insupportable
FTLN 1137245 vexation.
LAFEW  FTLN 1138I would it were hell pains for thy sake, and my
FTLN 1139 poor doing eternal; for doing I am past, as I will by
FTLN 1140 thee in what motion age will give me leave.
He exits.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1141Well, thou hast a son shall take this disgrace
FTLN 1142250 off me. Scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord! Well, I must
FTLN 1143 be patient; there is no fettering of authority. I’ll
FTLN 1144 beat him, by my life, if I can meet him with any
FTLN 1145 convenience, an he were double and double a lord.
FTLN 1146 I’ll have no more pity of his age than I would have
FTLN 1147255 of—I’ll beat him, an if I could but meet him again.

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Enter Lafew.

LAFEW  FTLN 1148Sirrah, your lord and master’s married. There’s
FTLN 1149 news for you: you have a new mistress.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1150I most unfeignedly beseech your Lordship
FTLN 1151 to make some reservation of your wrongs. He is
FTLN 1152260 my good lord; whom I serve above is my master.
LAFEW  FTLN 1153Who? God?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1154Ay, sir.
LAFEW  FTLN 1155The devil it is that’s thy master. Why dost thou
FTLN 1156 garter up thy arms o’ this fashion? Dost make hose
FTLN 1157265 of thy sleeves? Do other servants so? Thou wert
FTLN 1158 best set thy lower part where thy nose stands. By
FTLN 1159 mine honor, if I were but two hours younger, I’d
FTLN 1160 beat thee. Methink’st thou art a general offense,
FTLN 1161 and every man should beat thee. I think thou wast
FTLN 1162270 created for men to breathe themselves upon thee.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1163This is hard and undeserved measure, my
FTLN 1164 lord.
LAFEW  FTLN 1165Go to, sir. You were beaten in Italy for picking a
FTLN 1166 kernel out of a pomegranate. You are a vagabond,
FTLN 1167275 and no true traveler. You are more saucy with
FTLN 1168 lords and honorable personages than the commission
FTLN 1169 of your birth and virtue gives you heraldry.
FTLN 1170 You are not worth another word; else I’d call you
FTLN 1171 knave. I leave you. He exits.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1172280Good, very good! It is so, then. Good, very
FTLN 1173 good. Let it be concealed awhile.

Enter editorial emendationBertrameditorial emendation Count Rossillion.

BERTRAM 
FTLN 1174 Undone, and forfeited to cares forever!
PAROLLES  FTLN 1175What’s the matter, sweetheart?
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1176 Although before the solemn priest I have sworn,
FTLN 1177285 I will not bed her.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 1178What, what, sweetheart?
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1179 O my Parolles, they have married me!
FTLN 1180 I’ll to the Tuscan wars and never bed her.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1181France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits
FTLN 1182290 the tread of a man’s foot. To th’ wars!
BERTRAM  FTLN 1183There’s letters from my mother. What th’
FTLN 1184 import is I know not yet.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1185Ay, that would be known. To th’ wars, my
FTLN 1186 boy, to th’ wars!
FTLN 1187295 He wears his honor in a box unseen
FTLN 1188 That hugs his kicky-wicky here at home,
FTLN 1189 Spending his manly marrow in her arms
FTLN 1190 Which should sustain the bound and high curvet
FTLN 1191 Of Mars’s fiery steed. To other regions!
FTLN 1192300 France is a stable, we that dwell in ’t jades.
FTLN 1193 Therefore, to th’ war!
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1194 It shall be so. I’ll send her to my house,
FTLN 1195 Acquaint my mother with my hate to her
FTLN 1196 And wherefore I am fled, write to the King
FTLN 1197305 That which I durst not speak. His present gift
FTLN 1198 Shall furnish me to those Italian fields
FTLN 1199 Where noble fellows strike. Wars is no strife
FTLN 1200 To the dark house and the editorial emendationdetestededitorial emendation wife.
PAROLLES 
FTLN 1201 Will this capriccio hold in thee? Art sure?
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1202310 Go with me to my chamber, and advise me.
FTLN 1203 I’ll send her straight away. Tomorrow
FTLN 1204 I’ll to the wars, she to her single sorrow.
PAROLLES 
FTLN 1205 Why, these balls bound; there’s noise in it. ’Tis hard.
FTLN 1206 A young man married is a man that’s marred.
FTLN 1207315 Therefore away, and leave her bravely. Go.
FTLN 1208 The King has done you wrong, but hush, ’tis so.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.




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editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Helen editorial emendationwith a paper,editorial emendation and editorial emendationFool.editorial emendation

HELEN  FTLN 1209My mother greets me kindly. Is she well?
FOOL  FTLN 1210She is not well, but yet she has her health. She’s
FTLN 1211 very merry, but yet she is not well. But, thanks be
FTLN 1212 given, she’s very well and wants nothing i’ th’ world,
FTLN 12135 but yet she is not well.
HELEN  FTLN 1214If she be very well, what does she ail that she’s
FTLN 1215 not very well?
FOOL  FTLN 1216Truly, she’s very well indeed, but for two things.
HELEN  FTLN 1217What two things?
FOOL  FTLN 121810One, that she’s not in heaven, whither God send
FTLN 1219 her quickly; the other, that she’s in Earth, from
FTLN 1220 whence God send her quickly.

Enter Parolles.

PAROLLES  FTLN 1221Bless you, my fortunate lady.
HELEN  FTLN 1222I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine
FTLN 122315 own good editorial emendationfortunes.editorial emendation
PAROLLES  FTLN 1224You had my prayers to lead them on, and to
FTLN 1225 keep them on have them still.—O my knave, how
FTLN 1226 does my old lady?
FOOL  FTLN 1227So that you had her wrinkles and I her money, I
FTLN 122820 would she did as you say.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1229Why, I say nothing.
FOOL  FTLN 1230Marry, you are the wiser man, for many a man’s
FTLN 1231 tongue shakes out his master’s undoing. To say
FTLN 1232 nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to
FTLN 123325 have nothing is to be a great part of your title,
FTLN 1234 which is within a very little of nothing.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1235Away. Thou ’rt a knave.
FOOL  FTLN 1236You should have said, sir, “Before a knave,
FTLN 1237 thou ’rt a knave”; that’s “Before me, thou ’rt a
FTLN 123830 knave.” This had been truth, sir.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1239Go to. Thou art a witty fool. I have found
FTLN 1240 thee.

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FOOL  FTLN 1241Did you find me in yourself, sir, or were you
FTLN 1242 taught to find me?
editorial emendationPAROLLES  FTLN 1243editorial emendation
FOOL  FTLN 124435The search, sir, was profitable, and much fool
FTLN 1245 may you find in you, even to the world’s pleasure
FTLN 1246 and the increase of laughter.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1247A good knave, i’ faith, and well fed.
FTLN 1248 Madam, my lord will go away tonight;
FTLN 124940 A very serious business calls on him.
FTLN 1250 The great prerogative and rite of love,
FTLN 1251 Which as your due time claims, he does acknowledge
FTLN 1252 But puts it off to a compelled restraint,
FTLN 1253 Whose want and whose delay is strewed with sweets,
FTLN 125445 Which they distill now in the curbèd time
FTLN 1255 To make the coming hour o’erflow with joy
FTLN 1256 And pleasure drown the brim.
HELEN  FTLN 1257 What’s his will else?
PAROLLES 
FTLN 1258 That you will take your instant leave o’ th’ King
FTLN 125950 And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
FTLN 1260 Strengthened with what apology you think
FTLN 1261 May make it probable need.
HELEN  FTLN 1262 What more commands he?
PAROLLES 
FTLN 1263 That, having this obtained, you presently
FTLN 126455 Attend his further pleasure.
HELEN 
FTLN 1265 In everything I wait upon his will.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1266I shall report it so. Parolles exits.
HELEN , editorial emendationto Fooleditorial emendation  FTLN 1267I pray you, come, sirrah.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.




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editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter Lafew and Bertram.

LAFEW  FTLN 1268But I hope your Lordship thinks not him a
FTLN 1269 soldier.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1270Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
LAFEW  FTLN 1271You have it from his own deliverance.
BERTRAM  FTLN 12725And by other warranted testimony.
LAFEW  FTLN 1273Then my dial goes not true. I took this lark for
FTLN 1274 a bunting.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1275I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in
FTLN 1276 knowledge and accordingly valiant.
LAFEW  FTLN 127710I have then sinned against his experience and
FTLN 1278 transgressed against his valor, and my state that
FTLN 1279 way is dangerous since I cannot yet find in my
FTLN 1280 heart to repent. Here he comes. I pray you make us
FTLN 1281 friends. I will pursue the amity.

Enter Parolles.

PAROLLES , editorial emendationto Bertrameditorial emendation  FTLN 128215These things shall be done, sir.
LAFEW , editorial emendationto Bertrameditorial emendation  FTLN 1283Pray you, sir, who’s his tailor?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1284Sir?
LAFEW  FTLN 1285O, I know him well. Ay, sir, he, sir, ’s a good
FTLN 1286 workman, a very good tailor.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationaside to Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 128720Is she gone to the King?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1288She is.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1289Will she away tonight?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1290As you’ll have her.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1291 I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure,
FTLN 129225 Given order for our horses, and tonight,
FTLN 1293 When I should take possession of the bride,
FTLN 1294 editorial emendationEndeditorial emendation ere I do begin.
LAFEW , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1295A good traveler is something at the latter
FTLN 1296 end of a dinner, but one that lies three thirds,
FTLN 129730 and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings

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FTLN 1298 with, should be once heard and thrice beaten.—
FTLN 1299 God save you, captain.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 1300Is there any unkindness
FTLN 1301 between my lord and you, monsieur?
PAROLLES  FTLN 130235I know not how I have deserved to run into
FTLN 1303 my lord’s displeasure.
LAFEW  FTLN 1304You have made shift to run into ’t, boots and
FTLN 1305 spurs and all, like him that leapt into the custard;
FTLN 1306 and out of it you’ll run again rather than suffer
FTLN 130740 question for your residence.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1308It may be you have mistaken him, my lord.
LAFEW  FTLN 1309And shall do so ever, though I took him at ’s
FTLN 1310 prayers. Fare you well, my lord, and believe this of
FTLN 1311 me: there can be no kernel in this light nut. The
FTLN 131245 soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in
FTLN 1313 matter of heavy consequence. I have kept of them
FTLN 1314 tame and know their natures.—Farewell, monsieur.
FTLN 1315 I have spoken better of you than you have or
FTLN 1316 will to deserve at my hand, but we must do good
FTLN 131750 against evil. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
PAROLLES  FTLN 1318An idle lord, I swear.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1319I think editorial emendationnoteditorial emendation so.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1320Why, do you not know him?
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1321 Yes, I do know him well, and common speech
FTLN 132255 Gives him a worthy pass.

Enter Helen.

FTLN 1323 Here comes my clog.
HELEN 
FTLN 1324 I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,
FTLN 1325 Spoke with the King and have procured his leave
FTLN 1326 For present parting. Only he desires
FTLN 132760 Some private speech with you.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1328I shall obey his will.
FTLN 1329 You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,

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FTLN 1330 Which holds not color with the time, nor does
FTLN 1331 The ministration and requirèd office
FTLN 133265 On my particular. Prepared I was not
FTLN 1333 For such a business; therefore am I found
FTLN 1334 So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat you
FTLN 1335 That presently you take your way for home,
FTLN 1336 And rather muse than ask why I entreat you;
FTLN 133770 For my respects are better than they seem,
FTLN 1338 And my appointments have in them a need
FTLN 1339 Greater than shows itself at the first view
FTLN 1340 To you that know them not. editorial emendationGiving her a paper.editorial emendation
FTLN 1341 This to my mother.
FTLN 134275 ’Twill be two days ere I shall see you, so
FTLN 1343 I leave you to your wisdom.
HELEN  FTLN 1344Sir, I can nothing say
FTLN 1345 But that I am your most obedient servant—
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1346 Come, come, no more of that.
HELEN  FTLN 134780 And ever shall
FTLN 1348 With true observance seek to eke out that
FTLN 1349 Wherein toward me my homely stars have failed
FTLN 1350 To equal my great fortune.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1351 Let that go.
FTLN 135285 My haste is very great. Farewell. Hie home.
HELEN 
FTLN 1353 Pray, sir, your pardon.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1354 Well, what would you say?
HELEN 
FTLN 1355 I am not worthy of the wealth I owe,
FTLN 1356 Nor dare I say ’tis mine—and yet it is—
FTLN 135790 But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
FTLN 1358 What law does vouch mine own.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1359 What would you have?
HELEN 
FTLN 1360 Something, and scarce so much; nothing, indeed.

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FTLN 1361 I would not tell you what I would, my lord. Faith,
FTLN 136295 yes:
FTLN 1363 Strangers and foes do sunder and not kiss.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1364 I pray you stay not, but in haste to horse.
HELEN 
FTLN 1365 I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.—
FTLN 1366 Where are my other men?—Monsieur, farewell.
She exits.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1367100 Go thou toward home, where I will never come
FTLN 1368 Whilst I can shake my sword or hear the drum.—
FTLN 1369 Away, and for our flight.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1370 Bravely, coraggio!
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation




ACT 3
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, the two French
editorial emendationLords,editorial emendation with a troop of Soldiers.


DUKE 
FTLN 1371 So that from point to point now have you heard
FTLN 1372 The fundamental reasons of this war,
FTLN 1373 Whose great decision hath much blood let forth
FTLN 1374 And more thirsts after.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 13755 Holy seems the quarrel
FTLN 1376 Upon your Grace’s part, black and fearful
FTLN 1377 On the opposer.
DUKE 
FTLN 1378 Therefore we marvel much our cousin France
FTLN 1379 Would in so just a business shut his bosom
FTLN 138010 Against our borrowing prayers.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1381 Good my lord,
FTLN 1382 The reasons of our state I cannot yield
FTLN 1383 But like a common and an outward man
FTLN 1384 That the great figure of a council frames
FTLN 138515 By self-unable motion; therefore dare not
FTLN 1386 Say what I think of it, since I have found
FTLN 1387 Myself in my incertain grounds to fail
FTLN 1388 As often as I guessed.
DUKE  FTLN 1389 Be it his pleasure.
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FIRST LORD 
FTLN 139020 But I am sure the younger of our editorial emendationnation,editorial emendation
FTLN 1391 That surfeit on their ease, will day by day
FTLN 1392 Come here for physic.
DUKE  FTLN 1393 Welcome shall they be,
FTLN 1394 And all the honors that can fly from us
FTLN 139525 Shall on them settle. You know your places well.
FTLN 1396 When better fall, for your avails they fell.
FTLN 1397 Tomorrow to th’ field.
Flourish. editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation


editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Countess, editorial emendationwith a paper,editorial emendation and editorial emendationFool.editorial emendation

COUNTESS  FTLN 1398It hath happened all as I would have had it,
FTLN 1399 save that he comes not along with her.
FOOL  FTLN 1400By my troth, I take my young lord to be a very
FTLN 1401 melancholy man.
COUNTESS  FTLN 14025By what observance, I pray you?
FOOL  FTLN 1403Why, he will look upon his boot and sing, mend
FTLN 1404 the ruff and sing, ask questions and sing, pick his
FTLN 1405 teeth and sing. I know a man that had this trick of
FTLN 1406 melancholy editorial emendationsoldeditorial emendation a goodly manor for a song.
COUNTESS  FTLN 140710Let me see what he writes and when he
FTLN 1408 means to come. editorial emendationShe opens the letter.editorial emendation
FOOL  FTLN 1409I have no mind to Isbel since I was at court. Our
FTLN 1410 old lings and our Isbels o’ th’ country are nothing
FTLN 1411 like your old ling and your Isbels o’ th’ court. The
FTLN 141215 brains of my Cupid’s knocked out, and I begin to
FTLN 1413 love as an old man loves money, with no stomach.
COUNTESS  FTLN 1414What have we here?
FOOL  FTLN 1415E’en that you have there. He exits.
editorial emendationCOUNTESS  reads.editorial emendation  FTLN 1416I have sent you a daughter-in-law.
FTLN 141720 She hath recovered the King and undone me. I have
FTLN 1418 wedded her, not bedded her, and sworn to make the

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FTLN 1419 “not” eternal. You shall hear I am run away. Know it
FTLN 1420 before the report come. If there be breadth enough in
FTLN 1421 the world, I will hold a long distance. My duty to
FTLN 142225 you.
FTLN 1423 Your unfortunate son,
FTLN 1424 Bertram.

FTLN 1425 This is not well, rash and unbridled boy:
FTLN 1426 To fly the favors of so good a king,
FTLN 142730 To pluck his indignation on thy head
FTLN 1428 By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous
FTLN 1429 For the contempt of empire.

Enter editorial emendationFool.editorial emendation

FOOL  FTLN 1430O madam, yonder is heavy news within, between
FTLN 1431 two soldiers and my young lady.
COUNTESS  FTLN 143235What is the matter?
FOOL  FTLN 1433Nay, there is some comfort in the news, some
FTLN 1434 comfort. Your son will not be killed so soon as I
FTLN 1435 thought he would.
COUNTESS  FTLN 1436Why should he be killed?
FOOL  FTLN 143740So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear he
FTLN 1438 does. The danger is in standing to ’t; that’s the loss
FTLN 1439 of men, though it be the getting of children. Here
FTLN 1440 they come will tell you more. For my part, I only
FTLN 1441 hear your son was run away. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

Enter Helen, editorial emendationwith a paper,editorial emendation and two Gentlemen.

FIRST GENTLEMAN , editorial emendationto Countesseditorial emendation  FTLN 144245Save you, good
FTLN 1443 madam.
HELEN 
FTLN 1444 Madam, my lord is gone, forever gone.
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1445Do not say so.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 1446 Think upon patience, pray you.—Gentlemen,
FTLN 144750 I have felt so many quirks of joy and grief
FTLN 1448 That the first face of neither on the start
FTLN 1449 Can woman me unto ’t. Where is my son, I pray you?

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SECOND GENTLEMAN 
FTLN 1450 Madam, he’s gone to serve the Duke of Florence.
FTLN 1451 We met him thitherward, for thence we came,
FTLN 145255 And, after some dispatch in hand at court,
FTLN 1453 Thither we bend again.
HELEN 
FTLN 1454 Look on his letter, madam; here’s my passport.
FTLN 1455  editorial emendationShe reads.editorial emendation When thou canst get the ring upon
FTLN 1456 my finger, which never shall come off, and show me
FTLN 145760 a child begotten of thy body that I am father to, then
FTLN 1458 call me husband. But in such a “then” I write a
FTLN 1459 “never.”

FTLN 1460 This is a dreadful sentence.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 1461 Brought you this letter, gentlemen?
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 146265 Ay, madam,
FTLN 1463 And for the contents’ sake are sorry for our pains.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 1464 I prithee, lady, have a better cheer.
FTLN 1465 If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine,
FTLN 1466 Thou robb’st me of a moiety. He was my son,
FTLN 146770 But I do wash his name out of my blood,
FTLN 1468 And thou art all my child.—Towards Florence is he?
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1469Ay, madam.
COUNTESS  FTLN 1470And to be a soldier?
SECOND GENTLEMAN 
FTLN 1471 Such is his noble purpose, and, believe ’t,
FTLN 147275 The Duke will lay upon him all the honor
FTLN 1473 That good convenience claims.
COUNTESS  FTLN 1474 Return you thither?
FIRST GENTLEMAN 
FTLN 1475 Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of speed.
HELEN  editorial emendationreadseditorial emendation 
FTLN 1476 Till I have no wife I have nothing in France.
FTLN 147780 ’Tis bitter.

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COUNTESS  FTLN 1478 Find you that there?
HELEN  FTLN 1479 Ay, madam.
FIRST GENTLEMAN 
FTLN 1480 ’Tis but the boldness of his hand, haply,
FTLN 1481 Which his heart was not consenting to.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 148285 Nothing in France until he have no wife!
FTLN 1483 There’s nothing here that is too good for him
FTLN 1484 But only she, and she deserves a lord
FTLN 1485 That twenty such rude boys might tend upon
FTLN 1486 And call her hourly mistress. Who was with him?
FIRST GENTLEMAN 
FTLN 148790 A servant only, and a gentleman
FTLN 1488 Which I have sometime known.
COUNTESS  FTLN 1489Parolles was it not?
FIRST GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1490Ay, my good lady, he.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 1491 A very tainted fellow, and full of wickedness.
FTLN 149295 My son corrupts a well-derivèd nature
FTLN 1493 With his inducement.
FIRST GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1494 Indeed, good lady,
FTLN 1495 The fellow has a deal of that too much
FTLN 1496 Which holds him much to have.
COUNTESS  FTLN 1497100 You’re welcome,
FTLN 1498 gentlemen.
FTLN 1499 I will entreat you when you see my son
FTLN 1500 To tell him that his sword can never win
FTLN 1501 The honor that he loses. More I’ll entreat you
FTLN 1502105 Written to bear along.
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1503 We serve you, madam,
FTLN 1504 In that and all your worthiest affairs.
COUNTESS 
FTLN 1505 Not so, but as we change our courtesies.
FTLN 1506 Will you draw near?
She exits editorial emendationwith the Gentlemen.editorial emendation

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HELEN 
FTLN 1507110 “Till I have no wife I have nothing in France.”
FTLN 1508 Nothing in France until he has no wife.
FTLN 1509 Thou shalt have none, Rossillion, none in France.
FTLN 1510 Then hast thou all again. Poor lord, is ’t I
FTLN 1511 That chase thee from thy country and expose
FTLN 1512115 Those tender limbs of thine to the event
FTLN 1513 Of the none-sparing war? And is it I
FTLN 1514 That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou
FTLN 1515 Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark
FTLN 1516 Of smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers
FTLN 1517120 That ride upon the violent speed of fire,
FTLN 1518 Fly with false aim; move the still-’pearing air
FTLN 1519 That sings with piercing; do not touch my lord.
FTLN 1520 Whoever shoots at him, I set him there;
FTLN 1521 Whoever charges on his forward breast,
FTLN 1522125 I am the caitiff that do hold him to ’t;
FTLN 1523 And though I kill him not, I am the cause
FTLN 1524 His death was so effected. Better ’twere
FTLN 1525 I met the ravin lion when he roared
FTLN 1526 With sharp constraint of hunger; better ’twere
FTLN 1527130 That all the miseries which nature owes
FTLN 1528 Were mine at once. No, come thou home, Rossillion,
FTLN 1529 Whence honor but of danger wins a scar,
FTLN 1530 As oft it loses all. I will be gone.
FTLN 1531 My being here it is that holds thee hence.
FTLN 1532135 Shall I stay here to do ’t? No, no, although
FTLN 1533 The air of paradise did fan the house
FTLN 1534 And angels officed all. I will be gone,
FTLN 1535 That pitiful rumor may report my flight
FTLN 1536 To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day;
FTLN 1537140 For with the dark, poor thief, I’ll steal away.
She exits.




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editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, editorial emendationBertram Counteditorial emendation
Rossillion, Drum and Trumpets, Soldiers, Parolles.


DUKE , editorial emendationto Bertrameditorial emendation 
FTLN 1538 The general of our horse thou art, and we,
FTLN 1539 Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence
FTLN 1540 Upon thy promising fortune.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1541 Sir, it is
FTLN 15425 A charge too heavy for my strength, but yet
FTLN 1543 We’ll strive to bear it for your worthy sake
FTLN 1544 To th’ extreme edge of hazard.
DUKE  FTLN 1545 Then go thou forth,
FTLN 1546 And Fortune play upon thy prosperous helm
FTLN 154710 As thy auspicious mistress.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1548 This very day,
FTLN 1549 Great Mars, I put myself into thy file.
FTLN 1550 Make me but like my thoughts, and I shall prove
FTLN 1551 A lover of thy drum, hater of love.
All exit.


editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Countess and Steward, editorial emendationwith a paper.editorial emendation

COUNTESS 
FTLN 1552 Alas! And would you take the letter of her?
FTLN 1553 Might you not know she would do as she has done
FTLN 1554 By sending me a letter? Read it again.
editorial emendationSTEWARD  reads theeditorial emendation letter 
FTLN 1555 I am Saint Jaques’ pilgrim, thither gone.
FTLN 15565  Ambitious love hath so in me offended
FTLN 1557 That barefoot plod I the cold ground upon,
FTLN 1558  With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
FTLN 1559 Write, write, that from the bloody course of war
FTLN 1560  My dearest master, your dear son, may hie.

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FTLN 156110 Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far
FTLN 1562  His name with zealous fervor sanctify.
FTLN 1563 His taken labors bid him me forgive;
FTLN 1564  I, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth
FTLN 1565 From courtly friends, with camping foes to live
FTLN 156615  Where death and danger dogs the heels of worth.
FTLN 1567 He is too good and fair for death and me,
FTLN 1568 Whom I myself embrace to set him free.

editorial emendationCOUNTESSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1569 Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest words!
FTLN 1570 Rinaldo, you did never lack advice so much
FTLN 157120 As letting her pass so. Had I spoke with her,
FTLN 1572 I could have well diverted her intents,
FTLN 1573 Which thus she hath prevented.
STEWARD  FTLN 1574 Pardon me, madam.
FTLN 1575 If I had given you this at overnight,
FTLN 157625 She might have been o’erta’en. And yet she writes
FTLN 1577 Pursuit would be but vain.
COUNTESS  FTLN 1578 What angel shall
FTLN 1579 Bless this unworthy husband? He cannot thrive
FTLN 1580 Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear
FTLN 158130 And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath
FTLN 1582 Of greatest justice. Write, write, Rinaldo,
FTLN 1583 To this unworthy husband of his wife.
FTLN 1584 Let every word weigh heavy of her worth
FTLN 1585 That he does weigh too light. My greatest grief,
FTLN 158635 Though little he do feel it, set down sharply.
FTLN 1587 Dispatch the most convenient messenger.
FTLN 1588 When haply he shall hear that she is gone,
FTLN 1589 He will return; and hope I may that she,
FTLN 1590 Hearing so much, will speed her foot again,
FTLN 159140 Led hither by pure love. Which of them both
FTLN 1592 Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense
FTLN 1593 To make distinction. Provide this messenger.
FTLN 1594 My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak.
FTLN 1595 Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak.
They exit.




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editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
A tucket afar off. Enter old Widow of Florence, her
daughter editorial emendationDiana,editorial emendation and Mariana, with other Citizens.


WIDOW  FTLN 1596Nay, come, for if they do approach the city, we
FTLN 1597 shall lose all the sight.
DIANA  FTLN 1598They say the French count has done most honorable
FTLN 1599 service.
WIDOW  FTLN 16005It is reported that he has taken their great’st
FTLN 1601 commander, and that with his own hand he slew
FTLN 1602 the Duke’s brother.  editorial emendationA trumpet sounds.editorial emendation We have
FTLN 1603 lost our labor. They are gone a contrary way. Hark,
FTLN 1604 you may know by their trumpets.
MARIANA  FTLN 160510Come, let’s return again and suffice ourselves
FTLN 1606 with the report of it.—Well, Diana, take heed of
FTLN 1607 this French earl. The honor of a maid is her name,
FTLN 1608 and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
WIDOW , editorial emendationto Dianaeditorial emendation  FTLN 1609I have told my neighbor how you
FTLN 161015 have been solicited by a gentleman, his
FTLN 1611 companion.
MARIANA  FTLN 1612I know that knave, hang him! One Parolles, a
FTLN 1613 filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the
FTLN 1614 young earl.—Beware of them, Diana. Their promises,
FTLN 161520 enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these
FTLN 1616 engines of lust are not the things they go under.
FTLN 1617 Many a maid hath been seduced by them; and
FTLN 1618 the misery is example that so terrible shows in the
FTLN 1619 wrack of maidenhood cannot for all that dissuade
FTLN 162025 succession, but that they are limed with the twigs
FTLN 1621 that threatens them. I hope I need not to advise
FTLN 1622 you further, but I hope your own grace will keep
FTLN 1623 you where you are, though there were no further
FTLN 1624 danger known but the modesty which is so lost.
DIANA  FTLN 162530You shall not need to fear me.
WIDOW  FTLN 1626I hope so.

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Enter Helen editorial emendationas a pilgrim.editorial emendation

FTLN 1627 Look, here comes a pilgrim. I know she will lie at
FTLN 1628 my house; thither they send one another. I’ll question
FTLN 1629 her.—God save you, pilgrim. Whither are
FTLN 163035 bound?
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1631To Saint Jaques le Grand.
FTLN 1632 Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
WIDOW 
FTLN 1633 At the Saint Francis here beside the port.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1634Is this the way? A march afar.
WIDOW 
FTLN 163540 Ay, marry, is ’t.—Hark you, they come this way.—
FTLN 1636 If you will tarry, holy pilgrim,
FTLN 1637 But till the troops come by,
FTLN 1638 I will conduct you where you shall be lodged,
FTLN 1639 The rather for I think I know your hostess
FTLN 164045 As ample as myself.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1641Is it yourself?
WIDOW  FTLN 1642If you shall please so, pilgrim.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1643 I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.
WIDOW 
FTLN 1644 You came I think from France?
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 164550 I did so.
WIDOW 
FTLN 1646 Here you shall see a countryman of yours
FTLN 1647 That has done worthy service.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1648 His name, I pray you?
DIANA 
FTLN 1649 The Count Rossillion. Know you such a one?
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation 
FTLN 165055 But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him.
FTLN 1651 His face I know not.
DIANA  FTLN 1652 Whatsome’er he is,
FTLN 1653 He’s bravely taken here. He stole from France,

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FTLN 1654 As ’tis reported, for the King had married him
FTLN 165560 Against his liking. Think you it is so?
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1656 Ay, surely, mere the truth. I know his lady.
DIANA 
FTLN 1657 There is a gentleman that serves the Count
FTLN 1658 Reports but coarsely of her.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1659 What’s his name?
DIANA 
FTLN 166065 Monsieur Parolles.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1661 O, I believe with him.
FTLN 1662 In argument of praise, or to the worth
FTLN 1663 Of the great count himself, she is too mean
FTLN 1664 To have her name repeated. All her deserving
FTLN 166570 Is a reservèd honesty, and that
FTLN 1666 I have not heard examined.
DIANA  FTLN 1667 Alas, poor lady,
FTLN 1668 ’Tis a hard bondage to become the wife
FTLN 1669 Of a detesting lord.
WIDOW 
FTLN 167075 I editorial emendationwarrant,editorial emendation good creature, wheresoe’er she is,
FTLN 1671 Her heart weighs sadly. This young maid might do
FTLN 1672 her
FTLN 1673 A shrewd turn if she pleased.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1674 How do you mean?
FTLN 167580 Maybe the amorous count solicits her
FTLN 1676 In the unlawful purpose?
WIDOW  FTLN 1677 He does indeed,
FTLN 1678 And brokes with all that can in such a suit
FTLN 1679 Corrupt the tender honor of a maid,
FTLN 168085 But she is armed for him and keeps her guard
FTLN 1681 In honestest defense.
MARIANA 
FTLN 1682 The gods forbid else!

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Drum and Colors. Enter editorial emendationBertrameditorial emendation Count Rossillion,
Parolles, and the whole Army.


WIDOW  FTLN 1683 So, now they come.
FTLN 1684 That is Antonio, the Duke’s eldest son;
FTLN 168590 That, Escalus.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1686 Which is the Frenchman?
DIANA  FTLN 1687 He,
FTLN 1688 That with the plume. ’Tis a most gallant fellow.
FTLN 1689 I would he loved his wife. If he were honester,
FTLN 169095 He were much goodlier. Is ’t not a handsome
FTLN 1691 gentleman?
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1692I like him well.
DIANA 
FTLN 1693 ’Tis pity he is not honest. Yond’s that same knave
FTLN 1694 That leads him to these places. Were I his lady,
FTLN 1695100 I would poison that vile rascal.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1696 Which is he?
DIANA 
FTLN 1697 That jackanapes with scarves. Why is he melancholy?
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1698Perchance he’s hurt i’ th’ battle.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1699Lose our drum? Well.
MARIANA  FTLN 1700105He’s shrewdly vexed at something. Look, he
FTLN 1701 has spied us.
WIDOW , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 1702Marry, hang you.
MARIANA , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 1703And your courtesy, for a
FTLN 1704 ring-carrier.
editorial emendationBertram, Parolles, and the armyeditorial emendation exit.
WIDOW 
FTLN 1705110 The troop is passed. Come, pilgrim, I will bring you
FTLN 1706 Where you shall host. Of enjoined penitents
FTLN 1707 There’s four or five, to Great Saint Jaques bound,
FTLN 1708 Already at my house.
HELEN , editorial emendationas pilgrimeditorial emendation  FTLN 1709 I humbly thank you.
FTLN 1710115 Please it this matron and this gentle maid
FTLN 1711 To eat with us tonight, the charge and thanking

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FTLN 1712 Shall be for me. And to requite you further,
FTLN 1713 I will bestow some precepts of this virgin
FTLN 1714 Worthy the note.
BOTH  FTLN 1715120 We’ll take your offer kindly.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 6editorial emendation
Enter editorial emendationBertrameditorial emendation Count Rossillion and the French
editorial emendationLords,editorial emendation as at first.


FIRST LORD  FTLN 1716Nay, good my lord, put him to ’t. Let him
FTLN 1717 have his way.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1718If your Lordship find him not a hilding,
FTLN 1719 hold me no more in your respect.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 17205On my life, my lord, a bubble.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1721Do you think I am so far deceived in him?
FIRST LORD  FTLN 1722Believe it, my lord. In mine own direct
FTLN 1723 knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of
FTLN 1724 him as my kinsman, he’s a most notable coward,
FTLN 172510 an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker,
FTLN 1726 the owner of no one good quality worthy
FTLN 1727 your Lordship’s entertainment.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1728It were fit you knew him, lest, reposing
FTLN 1729 too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might
FTLN 173015 at some great and trusty business in a main danger
FTLN 1731 fail you.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1732I would I knew in what particular action to
FTLN 1733 try him.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1734None better than to let him fetch off his
FTLN 173520 drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake
FTLN 1736 to do.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 1737I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly
FTLN 1738 surprise him. Such I will have whom I am sure
FTLN 1739 he knows not from the enemy. We will bind and
FTLN 174025 hoodwink him so, that he shall suppose no other

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FTLN 1741 but that he is carried into the leaguer of the adversary’s
FTLN 1742 when we bring him to our own tents. Be but
FTLN 1743 your Lordship present at his examination. If he do
FTLN 1744 not for the promise of his life, and in the highest
FTLN 174530 compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you and
FTLN 1746 deliver all the intelligence in his power against
FTLN 1747 you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul
FTLN 1748 upon oath, never trust my judgment in anything.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1749O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch
FTLN 175035 his drum. He says he has a stratagem for ’t. When
FTLN 1751 your Lordship sees the bottom of editorial emendationhiseditorial emendation success in
FTLN 1752 ’t, and to what metal this counterfeit lump of editorial emendationoreeditorial emendation
FTLN 1753 will be melted, if you give him not John Drum’s
FTLN 1754 entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed.
FTLN 175540 Here he comes.

Enter Parolles.

FIRST LORD , editorial emendationaside to Bertrameditorial emendation  FTLN 1756O, for the love of laughter,
FTLN 1757 hinder not the honor of his design. Let him
FTLN 1758 fetch off his drum in any hand.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 1759How now, monsieur? This
FTLN 176045 drum sticks sorely in your disposition.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1761A pox on ’t! Let it go. ’Tis but a drum.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1762But a drum! Is ’t but a drum? A drum so
FTLN 1763 lost! There was excellent command, to charge in
FTLN 1764 with our horse upon our own wings and to rend
FTLN 176550 our own soldiers!
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1766That was not to be blamed in the command
FTLN 1767 of the service. It was a disaster of war that
FTLN 1768 Caesar himself could not have prevented if he had
FTLN 1769 been there to command.
BERTRAM  FTLN 177055Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success.
FTLN 1771 Some dishonor we had in the loss of that
FTLN 1772 drum, but it is not to be recovered.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1773It might have been recovered.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1774It might, but it is not now.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 177560It is to be recovered. But that the merit of
FTLN 1776 service is seldom attributed to the true and exact
FTLN 1777 performer, I would have that drum or another, or
FTLN 1778 hic jacet.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1779Why, if you have a stomach, to ’t, monsieur!
FTLN 178065 If you think your mystery in stratagem can bring
FTLN 1781 this instrument of honor again into his native
FTLN 1782 quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprise and go
FTLN 1783 on. I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit. If
FTLN 1784 you speed well in it, the Duke shall both speak of it
FTLN 178570 and extend to you what further becomes his greatness,
FTLN 1786 even to the utmost syllable of your
FTLN 1787 worthiness.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1788By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1789But you must not now slumber in it.
PAROLLES  FTLN 179075I’ll about it this evening, and I will presently
FTLN 1791 pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself in my
FTLN 1792 certainty, put myself into my mortal preparation;
FTLN 1793 and by midnight look to hear further from me.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1794May I be bold to acquaint his Grace you are
FTLN 179580 gone about it?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1796I know not what the success will be, my
FTLN 1797 lord, but the attempt I vow.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1798I know thou ’rt valiant, and to the possibility
FTLN 1799 of thy soldiership will subscribe for thee. Farewell.
PAROLLES  FTLN 180085I love not many words. He exits.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 1801No more than a fish loves water. Is not this
FTLN 1802 a strange fellow, my lord, that so confidently seems
FTLN 1803 to undertake this business which he knows is not
FTLN 1804 to be done, damns himself to do, and dares better
FTLN 180590 be damned than to do ’t?
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1806You do not know him, my lord, as we do.
FTLN 1807 Certain it is that he will steal himself into a man’s
FTLN 1808 favor and for a week escape a great deal of discoveries,
FTLN 1809 but when you find him out, you have him
FTLN 181095 ever after.

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BERTRAM  FTLN 1811Why, do you think he will make no deed at
FTLN 1812 all of this that so seriously he does address himself
FTLN 1813 unto?
FIRST LORD  FTLN 1814None in the world, but return with an
FTLN 1815100 invention and clap upon you two or three probable
FTLN 1816 lies. But we have almost embossed him. You shall
FTLN 1817 see his fall tonight; for indeed he is not for your
FTLN 1818 Lordship’s respect.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 1819We’ll make you some sport with the fox
FTLN 1820105 ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old
FTLN 1821 Lord Lafew. When his disguise and he is parted,
FTLN 1822 tell me what a sprat you shall find him, which you
FTLN 1823 shall see this very night.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 1824I must go look my twigs. He shall be
FTLN 1825110 caught.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1826Your brother he shall go along with me.
editorial emendationFIRSTeditorial emendation LORD  FTLN 1827As ’t please your Lordship. I’ll leave you.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1828 Now will I lead you to the house and show you
FTLN 1829 The lass I spoke of.
editorial emendationSECONDeditorial emendation LORD  FTLN 1830115 But you say she’s honest.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 1831 That’s all the fault. I spoke with her but once
FTLN 1832 And found her wondrous cold. But I sent to her,
FTLN 1833 By this same coxcomb that we have i’ th’ wind,
FTLN 1834 Tokens and letters, which she did re-send.
FTLN 1835120 And this is all I have done. She’s a fair creature.
FTLN 1836 Will you go see her?
editorial emendationSECONDeditorial emendation LORD  FTLN 1837 With all my heart, my lord.
They exit.




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editorial emendationScene 7editorial emendation
Enter Helen and Widow.

HELEN 
FTLN 1838 If you misdoubt me that I am not she,
FTLN 1839 I know not how I shall assure you further
FTLN 1840 But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.
WIDOW 
FTLN 1841 Though my estate be fall’n, I was well born,
FTLN 18425 Nothing acquainted with these businesses,
FTLN 1843 And would not put my reputation now
FTLN 1844 In any staining act.
HELEN  FTLN 1845 Nor would I wish you.
FTLN 1846 First give me trust the Count he is my husband,
FTLN 184710 And what to your sworn counsel I have spoken
FTLN 1848 Is so from word to word; and then you cannot,
FTLN 1849 By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
FTLN 1850 Err in bestowing it.
WIDOW  FTLN 1851 I should believe you,
FTLN 185215 For you have showed me that which well approves
FTLN 1853 You’re great in fortune.
HELEN  FTLN 1854 Take this purse of gold,
FTLN 1855 And let me buy your friendly help thus far,
FTLN 1856 Which I will overpay and pay again
FTLN 185720 When I have found it. The Count he woos your
FTLN 1858 daughter,
FTLN 1859 Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty,
FTLN 1860 editorial emendationResolvededitorial emendation to carry her. Let her in fine consent
FTLN 1861 As we’ll direct her how ’tis best to bear it.
FTLN 186225 Now his important blood will naught deny
FTLN 1863 That she’ll demand. A ring the County wears
FTLN 1864 That downward hath succeeded in his house
FTLN 1865 From son to son some four or five descents
FTLN 1866 Since the first father wore it. This ring he holds
FTLN 186730 In most rich choice. Yet, in his idle fire,
FTLN 1868 To buy his will it would not seem too dear,
FTLN 1869 Howe’er repented after.

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WIDOW 
FTLN 1870 Now I see the bottom of your purpose.
HELEN 
FTLN 1871 You see it lawful, then. It is no more
FTLN 187235 But that your daughter, ere she seems as won,
FTLN 1873 Desires this ring, appoints him an encounter,
FTLN 1874 In fine, delivers me to fill the time,
FTLN 1875 Herself most chastely absent. After,
FTLN 1876 To marry her, I’ll add three thousand crowns
FTLN 187740 To what is passed already.
WIDOW  FTLN 1878 I have yielded.
FTLN 1879 Instruct my daughter how she shall persever
FTLN 1880 That time and place with this deceit so lawful
FTLN 1881 May prove coherent. Every night he comes
FTLN 188245 With musics of all sorts and songs composed
FTLN 1883 To her unworthiness. It nothing steads us
FTLN 1884 To chide him from our eaves, for he persists
FTLN 1885 As if his life lay on ’t.
HELEN  FTLN 1886 Why then tonight
FTLN 188750 Let us assay our plot, which, if it speed,
FTLN 1888 Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed,
FTLN 1889 And lawful meaning in a lawful act,
FTLN 1890 Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact.
FTLN 1891 But let’s about it.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation




ACT 4
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter one of the French editorial emendationLords,editorial emendation with five or six other
Soldiers in ambush.


LORD  FTLN 1892He can come no other way but by this hedge
FTLN 1893 corner. When you sally upon him, speak what terrible
FTLN 1894 language you will. Though you understand it
FTLN 1895 not yourselves, no matter. For we must not seem to
FTLN 18965 understand him, unless some one among us whom
FTLN 1897 we must produce for an interpreter.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 1898Good captain, let me be th’ interpreter.
LORD  FTLN 1899Art not acquainted with him? Knows he not thy
FTLN 1900 voice?
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 190110No, sir, I warrant you.
LORD  FTLN 1902But what linsey-woolsey hast thou to speak to
FTLN 1903 us again?
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 1904E’en such as you speak to me.
LORD  FTLN 1905He must think us some band of strangers i’ th’
FTLN 190615 adversary’s entertainment. Now, he hath a smack
FTLN 1907 of all neighboring languages. Therefore we must
FTLN 1908 every one be a man of his own fancy, not to know
FTLN 1909 what we speak one to another. So we seem to know
FTLN 1910 is to know straight our purpose: choughs’ language,
FTLN 191120 gabble enough and good enough. As for
FTLN 1912 you, interpreter, you must seem very politic. But
FTLN 1913 couch, ho! Here he comes to beguile two hours in
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FTLN 1914 a sleep and then to return and swear the lies he
FTLN 1915 forges. editorial emendationThey move aside.editorial emendation

Enter Parolles.

PAROLLES  FTLN 191625Ten o’clock. Within these three hours ’twill
FTLN 1917 be time enough to go home. What shall I say I have
FTLN 1918 done? It must be a very plausive invention that
FTLN 1919 carries it. They begin to smoke me, and disgraces
FTLN 1920 have of late knocked too often at my door. I find
FTLN 192130 my tongue is too foolhardy, but my heart hath the
FTLN 1922 fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures, not
FTLN 1923 daring the reports of my tongue.
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1924This is the first truth that e’er thine own
FTLN 1925 tongue was guilty of.
PAROLLES  FTLN 192635What the devil should move me to undertake
FTLN 1927 the recovery of this drum, being not ignorant
FTLN 1928 of the impossibility and knowing I had no such
FTLN 1929 purpose? I must give myself some hurts and say I
FTLN 1930 got them in exploit. Yet slight ones will not carry it.
FTLN 193140 They will say “Came you off with so little?” And
FTLN 1932 great ones I dare not give. Wherefore? What’s the
FTLN 1933 instance? Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman’s
FTLN 1934 mouth and buy myself another of
FTLN 1935 Bajazeth’s mule if you prattle me into these perils.
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 193645Is it possible he should know what he is,
FTLN 1937 and be that he is?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1938I would the cutting of my garments would
FTLN 1939 serve the turn, or the breaking of my Spanish
FTLN 1940 sword.
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 194150We cannot afford you so.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1942Or the baring of my beard, and to say it was
FTLN 1943 in stratagem.
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1944’Twould not do.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1945Or to drown my clothes and say I was
FTLN 194655 stripped.
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1947Hardly serve.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 1948Though I swore I leapt from the window of
FTLN 1949 the citadel—
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1950How deep?
PAROLLES  FTLN 195160Thirty fathom.
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1952Three great oaths would scarce make
FTLN 1953 that be believed.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1954I would I had any drum of the enemy’s. I
FTLN 1955 would swear I recovered it.
LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 195665You shall hear one anon.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1957A drum, now, of the enemy’s—
Alarum within.
LORD , editorial emendationadvancingeditorial emendation  FTLN 1958Throca movousus, cargo, cargo,
FTLN 1959 cargo.

ALL  FTLN 1960Cargo, cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo.
editorial emendationThey seize him.editorial emendation
PAROLLES  FTLN 196170O ransom, ransom! Do not hide mine eyes.
editorial emendationThey blindfold him.editorial emendation
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 1962Boskos thromuldo boskos.
PAROLLES 
FTLN 1963 I know you are the Muskos’ regiment,
FTLN 1964 And I shall lose my life for want of language.
FTLN 1965 If there be here German or Dane, Low Dutch,
FTLN 196675 Italian, or French, let him speak to me.
FTLN 1967 I’ll discover that which shall undo the Florentine.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 1968Boskos vauvado, I understand thee and
FTLN 1969 can speak thy tongue. Kerelybonto, sir, betake thee
FTLN 1970 to thy faith, for seventeen poniards are at thy
FTLN 197180 bosom.
PAROLLES  FTLN 1972O!
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 1973O, pray, pray, pray! Manka reuania
FTLN 1974 dulche.

LORD  FTLN 1975Oscorbidulchos voliuorco.
FIRST SOLDIER 
FTLN 197685 The General is content to spare thee yet
FTLN 1977 And, hoodwinked as thou art, will lead thee on
FTLN 1978 To gather from thee. Haply thou mayst inform
FTLN 1979 Something to save thy life.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 1980 O, let me live,
FTLN 198190 And all the secrets of our camp I’ll show,
FTLN 1982 Their force, their purposes. Nay, I’ll speak that
FTLN 1983 Which you will wonder at.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 1984But wilt thou faithfully?
PAROLLES  FTLN 1985If I do not, damn me.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 198695Acordo linta. Come on, thou editorial emendationarteditorial emendation
FTLN 1987 granted space.
He exits editorial emendationwith Parolles under guard.editorial emendation
A short alarum within.
LORD 
FTLN 1988 Go tell the Count Rossillion and my brother
FTLN 1989 We have caught the woodcock and will keep him
FTLN 1990 muffled
FTLN 1991100 Till we do hear from them.
editorial emendationSECONDeditorial emendation SOLDIER  FTLN 1992 Captain, I will.
LORD 
FTLN 1993 He will betray us all unto ourselves.
FTLN 1994 Inform on that.
editorial emendationSECONDeditorial emendation SOLDIER  FTLN 1995So I will, sir.
LORD 
FTLN 1996105 Till then I’ll keep him dark and safely locked.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.


editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Bertram and the maid called Diana.

BERTRAM 
FTLN 1997 They told me that your name was Fontibell.
DIANA 
FTLN 1998 No, my good lord, Diana.
BERTRAM  FTLN 1999 Titled goddess,
FTLN 2000 And worth it, with addition. But, fair soul,
FTLN 20015 In your fine frame hath love no quality?
FTLN 2002 If the quick fire of youth light not your mind,

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FTLN 2003 You are no maiden but a monument.
FTLN 2004 When you are dead, you should be such a one
FTLN 2005 As you are now, for you are cold and stern,
FTLN 200610 And now you should be as your mother was
FTLN 2007 When your sweet self was got.
DIANA 
FTLN 2008 She then was honest.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2009 So should you be.
DIANA  FTLN 2010 No.
FTLN 201115 My mother did but duty—such, my lord,
FTLN 2012 As you owe to your wife.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2013 No more o’ that.
FTLN 2014 I prithee do not strive against my vows.
FTLN 2015 I was compelled to her, but I love thee
FTLN 201620 By love’s own sweet constraint, and will forever
FTLN 2017 Do thee all rights of service.
DIANA  FTLN 2018 Ay, so you serve us
FTLN 2019 Till we serve you. But when you have our roses,
FTLN 2020 You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves
FTLN 202125 And mock us with our bareness.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2022 How have I sworn!
DIANA 
FTLN 2023 ’Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth,
FTLN 2024 But the plain single vow that is vowed true.
FTLN 2025 What is not holy, that we swear not by,
FTLN 202630 But take the high’st to witness. Then pray you, tell
FTLN 2027 me,
FTLN 2028 If I should swear by Jove’s great attributes
FTLN 2029 I loved you dearly, would you believe my oaths
FTLN 2030 When I did love you ill? This has no holding
FTLN 203135 To swear by him whom I protest to love
FTLN 2032 That I will work against him. Therefore your oaths
FTLN 2033 Are words, and poor conditions but unsealed,
FTLN 2034 At least in my opinion.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2035 Change it, change it.
FTLN 203640 Be not so holy-cruel. Love is holy,

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FTLN 2037 And my integrity ne’er knew the crafts
FTLN 2038 That you do charge men with. Stand no more off,
FTLN 2039 But give thyself unto my sick desires,
FTLN 2040 Who then recovers. Say thou art mine, and ever
FTLN 204145 My love as it begins shall so persever.
DIANA 
FTLN 2042 I see that men editorial emendationmayeditorial emendation rope ’s in such a editorial emendationsnareeditorial emendation
FTLN 2043 That we’ll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 2044 I’ll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power
FTLN 2045 To give it from me.
DIANA  FTLN 204650 Will you not, my lord?
BERTRAM 
FTLN 2047 It is an honor ’longing to our house,
FTLN 2048 Bequeathèd down from many ancestors,
FTLN 2049 Which were the greatest obloquy i’ th’ world
FTLN 2050 In me to lose.
DIANA  FTLN 205155 Mine honor’s such a ring.
FTLN 2052 My chastity’s the jewel of our house,
FTLN 2053 Bequeathèd down from many ancestors,
FTLN 2054 Which were the greatest obloquy i’ th’ world
FTLN 2055 In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom
FTLN 205660 Brings in the champion Honor on my part
FTLN 2057 Against your vain assault.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2058 Here, take my ring.
FTLN 2059 My house, mine honor, yea, my life be thine,
FTLN 2060 And I’ll be bid by thee.
DIANA 
FTLN 206165 When midnight comes, knock at my chamber
FTLN 2062 window.
FTLN 2063 I’ll order take my mother shall not hear.
FTLN 2064 Now will I charge you in the band of truth,
FTLN 2065 When you have conquered my yet maiden bed,
FTLN 206670 Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me.
FTLN 2067 My reasons are most strong, and you shall know them
FTLN 2068 When back again this ring shall be delivered.

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FTLN 2069 And on your finger in the night I’ll put
FTLN 2070 Another ring, that what in time proceeds
FTLN 207175 May token to the future our past deeds.
FTLN 2072 Adieu till then; then, fail not. You have won
FTLN 2073 A wife of me, though there my hope be done.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 2074 A heaven on Earth I have won by wooing thee.
DIANA 
FTLN 2075 For which live long to thank both heaven and me!
FTLN 207680 You may so in the end. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 2077 My mother told me just how he would woo
FTLN 2078 As if she sat in ’s heart. She says all men
FTLN 2079 Have the like oaths. He had sworn to marry me
FTLN 2080 When his wife’s dead. Therefore I’ll lie with him
FTLN 208185 When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid,
FTLN 2082 Marry that will, I live and die a maid.
FTLN 2083 Only, in this disguise I think ’t no sin
FTLN 2084 To cozen him that would unjustly win.
She exits.


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter the two French editorial emendationLordseditorial emendation and some two
or three Soldiers.


FIRST LORD  FTLN 2085You have not given him his mother’s
FTLN 2086 letter?
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2087I have delivered it an hour since. There
FTLN 2088 is something in ’t that stings his nature, for on the
FTLN 20895 reading it he changed almost into another man.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2090He has much worthy blame laid upon him
FTLN 2091 for shaking off so good a wife and so sweet a lady.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2092Especially he hath incurred the everlasting
FTLN 2093 displeasure of the King, who had even tuned
FTLN 209410 his bounty to sing happiness to him. I will tell you
FTLN 2095 a thing, but you shall let it dwell darkly with you.

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FIRST LORD  FTLN 2096When you have spoken it, ’tis dead, and I
FTLN 2097 am the grave of it.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2098He hath perverted a young gentlewoman
FTLN 209915 here in Florence of a most chaste renown,
FTLN 2100 and this night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her
FTLN 2101 honor. He hath given her his monumental ring and
FTLN 2102 thinks himself made in the unchaste composition.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2103Now God delay our rebellion! As we are
FTLN 210420 ourselves, what things are we!
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2105Merely our own traitors. And, as in the
FTLN 2106 common course of all treasons we still see them
FTLN 2107 reveal themselves till they attain to their abhorred
FTLN 2108 ends, so he that in this action contrives against his
FTLN 210925 own nobility, in his proper stream o’erflows
FTLN 2110 himself.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2111Is it not meant damnable in us to be trumpeters
FTLN 2112 of our unlawful intents? We shall not, then,
FTLN 2113 have his company tonight?
SECOND LORD  FTLN 211430Not till after midnight, for he is dieted to
FTLN 2115 his hour.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2116That approaches apace. I would gladly
FTLN 2117 have him see his company anatomized, that he
FTLN 2118 might take a measure of his own judgments
FTLN 211935 wherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2120We will not meddle with him till he
FTLN 2121 come, for his presence must be the whip of the
FTLN 2122 other.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2123In the meantime, what hear you of these
FTLN 212440 wars?
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2125I hear there is an overture of peace.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2126Nay, I assure you, a peace concluded.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2127What will Count Rossillion do then?
FTLN 2128 Will he travel higher or return again into France?
FIRST LORD  FTLN 212945I perceive by this demand you are not altogether
FTLN 2130 of his counsel.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2131Let it be forbid, sir! So should I be a
FTLN 2132 great deal of his act.

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FIRST LORD  FTLN 2133Sir, his wife some two months since fled
FTLN 213450 from his house. Her pretense is a pilgrimage to
FTLN 2135 Saint Jaques le Grand, which holy undertaking
FTLN 2136 with most austere sanctimony she accomplished.
FTLN 2137 And, there residing, the tenderness of her nature
FTLN 2138 became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan
FTLN 213955 of her last breath, and now she sings in heaven.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2140How is this justified?
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2141The stronger part of it by her own letters,
FTLN 2142 which makes her story true even to the point of her
FTLN 2143 death. Her death itself, which could not be her
FTLN 214460 office to say is come, was faithfully confirmed by
FTLN 2145 the rector of the place.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2146Hath the Count all this intelligence?
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2147Ay, and the particular confirmations, point
FTLN 2148 from point, to the full arming of the verity.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 214965I am heartily sorry that he’ll be glad of
FTLN 2150 this.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2151How mightily sometimes we make us
FTLN 2152 comforts of our losses.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2153And how mightily some other times we
FTLN 215470 drown our gain in tears. The great dignity that his
FTLN 2155 valor hath here acquired for him shall at home be
FTLN 2156 encountered with a shame as ample.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2157The web of our life is of a mingled yarn,
FTLN 2158 good and ill together. Our virtues would be proud
FTLN 215975 if our faults whipped them not, and our crimes
FTLN 2160 would despair if they were not cherished by our
FTLN 2161 virtues.

Enter a editorial emendationServant.editorial emendation

FTLN 2162 How now? Where’s your master?
SERVANT  FTLN 2163He met the Duke in the street, sir, of whom
FTLN 216480 he hath taken a solemn leave. His Lordship will
FTLN 2165 next morning for France. The Duke hath offered
FTLN 2166 him letters of commendations to the King.

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SECOND LORD  FTLN 2167They shall be no more than needful
FTLN 2168 there, if they were more than they can commend.
FTLN 216985 They cannot be too sweet for the King’s tartness.

Enter editorial emendationBertrameditorial emendation Count Rossillion.

FTLN 2170 Here’s his Lordship now.—How now, my lord? Is ’t
FTLN 2171 not after midnight?
BERTRAM  FTLN 2172I have tonight dispatched sixteen businesses,
FTLN 2173 a month’s length apiece. By an abstract of
FTLN 217490 success: I have congeed with the Duke, done my
FTLN 2175 adieu with his nearest, buried a wife, mourned for
FTLN 2176 her, writ to my lady mother I am returning, entertained
FTLN 2177 my convoy, and between these main parcels
FTLN 2178 of dispatch effected many nicer needs. The last
FTLN 217995 was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2180If the business be of any difficulty, and
FTLN 2181 this morning your departure hence, it requires
FTLN 2182 haste of your Lordship.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2183I mean the business is not ended as fearing
FTLN 2184100 to hear of it hereafter. But shall we have this dialogue
FTLN 2185 between the Fool and the Soldier? Come,
FTLN 2186 bring forth this counterfeit module; has deceived
FTLN 2187 me like a double-meaning prophesier.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2188Bring him forth. Has sat i’ th’ stocks all
FTLN 2189105 night, poor gallant knave. editorial emendationSoldiers exit.editorial emendation
BERTRAM  FTLN 2190No matter. His heels have deserved it in
FTLN 2191 usurping his spurs so long. How does he carry
FTLN 2192 himself?
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2193I have told your Lordship already: the
FTLN 2194110 stocks carry him. But to answer you as you would
FTLN 2195 be understood: he weeps like a wench that had
FTLN 2196 shed her milk. He hath confessed himself to Morgan,
FTLN 2197 whom he supposes to be a friar, from the time
FTLN 2198 of his remembrance to this very instant disaster of
FTLN 2199115 his setting i’ th’ stocks. And what think you he hath
FTLN 2200 confessed?

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BERTRAM  FTLN 2201Nothing of me, has he?
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2202His confession is taken, and it shall be
FTLN 2203 read to his face. If your Lordship be in ’t, as I
FTLN 2204120 believe you are, you must have the patience to
FTLN 2205 hear it.

Enter Parolles, editorial emendationblindfolded,editorial emendation with his Interpreter,
editorial emendationthe First Soldier.editorial emendation


BERTRAM  FTLN 2206A plague upon him! Muffled! He can say
FTLN 2207 nothing of me.
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationaside to Bertrameditorial emendation  FTLN 2208Hush, hush. Hoodman
FTLN 2209125 comes.—Portotartarossa.
FIRST SOLDIER , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 2210He calls for the tortures.
FTLN 2211 What will you say without ’em?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2212I will confess what I know without constraint.
FTLN 2213 If you pinch me like a pasty, I can say no
FTLN 2214130 more.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2215Bosko Chimurcho.
editorial emendationFIRSTeditorial emendation LORD  FTLN 2216Boblibindo chicurmurco.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2217You are a merciful general.—Our general
FTLN 2218 bids you answer to what I shall ask you out of a
FTLN 2219135 note.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2220And truly, as I hope to live.
FIRST SOLDIER , editorial emendationas if reading a noteeditorial emendation  FTLN 2221First, demand of
FTLN 2222 him how many horse the Duke is strong.
—What say
FTLN 2223 you to that?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2224140Five or six thousand, but very weak and
FTLN 2225 unserviceable. The troops are all scattered, and the
FTLN 2226 commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputation
FTLN 2227 and credit, and as I hope to live.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2228Shall I set down your answer so?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2229145Do. I’ll take the Sacrament on ’t, how and
FTLN 2230 which way you will.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2231All’s one to him. What a past-saving
FTLN 2232 slave is this!
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationaside to Bertrameditorial emendation  FTLN 2233You’re deceived, my

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FTLN 2234150 lord. This is Monsieur Parolles, the gallant
FTLN 2235 militarist—that was his own phrase—that had the
FTLN 2236 whole theoric of war in the knot of his scarf, and
FTLN 2237 the practice in the chape of his dagger.
SECOND LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2238I will never trust a man again for
FTLN 2239155 keeping his sword clean, nor believe he can have
FTLN 2240 everything in him by wearing his apparel neatly.
FIRST SOLDIER , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 2241Well, that’s set down.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2242“Five or six thousand horse,” I said—I will
FTLN 2243 say true—“or thereabouts” set down, for I’ll speak
FTLN 2244160 truth.
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2245He’s very near the truth in this.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2246But I con him no thanks for ’t, in the
FTLN 2247 nature he delivers it.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2248“Poor rogues,” I pray you say.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2249165Well, that’s set down.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2250I humbly thank you, sir. A truth’s a truth.
FTLN 2251 The rogues are marvelous poor.
FIRST SOLDIER , editorial emendationas if reading a noteeditorial emendation  FTLN 2252Demand of him of
FTLN 2253 what strength they are o’ foot.
—What say you to
FTLN 2254170 that?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2255By my troth, sir, if I were to live editorial emendationbuteditorial emendation this
FTLN 2256 present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio a
FTLN 2257 hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus
FTLN 2258 so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo,
FTLN 2259175 Lodowick and Gratii, two hundred fifty each; mine
FTLN 2260 own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two
FTLN 2261 hundred fifty each; so that the muster-file, rotten
FTLN 2262 and sound, upon my life amounts not to fifteen
FTLN 2263 thousand poll, half of the which dare not shake the
FTLN 2264180 snow from off their cassocks lest they shake themselves
FTLN 2265 to pieces.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2266What shall be done to him?
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2267Nothing but let him have thanks.
FTLN 2268  (editorial emendationAside to First Soldier.editorial emendation) Demand of him my condition
FTLN 2269185 and what credit I have with the Duke.

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FIRST SOLDIER , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 2270Well, that’s set down.  editorial emendationPretending
 to read:editorial emendation 
FTLN 2271You shall demand of him whether
FTLN 2272 one Captain Dumaine be i’ th’ camp, a Frenchman;
FTLN 2273 what his reputation is with the Duke, what his valor,
FTLN 2274190 honesty, and expertness in wars; or whether he
FTLN 2275 thinks it were not possible with well-weighing sums
FTLN 2276 of gold to corrupt him to a revolt.
—What say you to
FTLN 2277 this? What do you know of it?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2278I beseech you let me answer to the particular
FTLN 2279195 of the inter’gatories. Demand them singly.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2280Do you know this Captain Dumaine?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2281I know him. He was a botcher’s prentice in
FTLN 2282 Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting the
FTLN 2283 shrieve’s fool with child, a dumb innocent that
FTLN 2284200 could not say him nay.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationaside to First Lordeditorial emendation  FTLN 2285Nay, by your leave, hold
FTLN 2286 your hands, though I know his brains are forfeit to
FTLN 2287 the next tile that falls.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2288Well, is this captain in the Duke of
FTLN 2289205 Florence’s camp?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2290Upon my knowledge he is, and lousy.
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationaside to Bertrameditorial emendation  FTLN 2291Nay, look not so upon
FTLN 2292 me. We shall hear of your editorial emendationLordshipeditorial emendation anon.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2293What is his reputation with the Duke?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2294210The Duke knows him for no other but a
FTLN 2295 poor officer of mine, and writ to me this other day
FTLN 2296 to turn him out o’ th’ band. I think I have his letter
FTLN 2297 in my pocket.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2298Marry, we’ll search.
editorial emendationThey search Parolles’ pockets.editorial emendation
PAROLLES  FTLN 2299215In good sadness, I do not know. Either it is
FTLN 2300 there, or it is upon a file with the Duke’s other letters
FTLN 2301 in my tent.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2302Here ’tis; here’s a paper. Shall I read it to
FTLN 2303 you?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2304220I do not know if it be it or no.

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BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2305Our interpreter does it well.
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2306Excellently.
FIRST SOLDIER  editorial emendationreadseditorial emendation  FTLN 2307Dian, the Count’s a fool and full
FTLN 2308 of gold—

PAROLLES  FTLN 2309225That is not the Duke’s letter, sir. That is an
FTLN 2310 advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one
FTLN 2311 Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one Count
FTLN 2312 Rossillion, a foolish idle boy, but for all that very
FTLN 2313 ruttish. I pray you, sir, put it up again.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2314230Nay, I’ll read it first, by your favor.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2315My meaning in ’t, I protest, was very honest
FTLN 2316 in the behalf of the maid, for I knew the young
FTLN 2317 count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy, who is
FTLN 2318 a whale to virginity and devours up all the fry it
FTLN 2319235 finds.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2320Damnable both-sides rogue!
FIRST SOLDIER  editorial emendationreadseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2321 When he swears oaths, bid him drop gold, and
FTLN 2322  take it.
FTLN 2323  After he scores, he never pays the score.
FTLN 2324240 Half won is match well made. Match, and well
FTLN 2325  make it.
FTLN 2326  He ne’er pays after-debts. Take it before.
FTLN 2327 And say a soldier, Dian, told thee this:
FTLN 2328 Men are to mell with; boys are not to kiss.
FTLN 2329245 For count of this: the Count’s a fool, I know it,
FTLN 2330 Who pays before, but not when he does owe it.

FTLN 2331 Thine, as he vowed to thee in thine ear,
FTLN 2332 Parolles.

BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2333He shall be whipped through the
FTLN 2334250 army with this rhyme in ’s forehead.
SECOND LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2335This is your devoted friend, sir,
FTLN 2336 the manifold linguist and the armipotent soldier.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2337I could endure anything before but a
FTLN 2338 cat, and now he’s a cat to me.
FIRST SOLDIER , editorial emendationto Parolleseditorial emendation  FTLN 2339255I perceive, sir, by editorial emendationoureditorial emendation
FTLN 2340 general’s looks we shall be fain to hang you.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 2341My life, sir, in any case! Not that I am afraid
FTLN 2342 to die, but that, my offenses being many, I would
FTLN 2343 repent out the remainder of nature. Let me live,
FTLN 2344260 sir, in a dungeon, i’ th’ stocks, or anywhere, so I
FTLN 2345 may live.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2346We’ll see what may be done, so you confess
FTLN 2347 freely. Therefore once more to this Captain
FTLN 2348 Dumaine: you have answered to his reputation
FTLN 2349265 with the Duke, and to his valor. What is his
FTLN 2350 honesty?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2351He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister. For
FTLN 2352 rapes and ravishments, he parallels Nessus. He
FTLN 2353 professes not keeping of oaths. In breaking ’em he
FTLN 2354270 is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with such
FTLN 2355 volubility that you would think truth were a fool.
FTLN 2356 Drunkenness is his best virtue, for he will be
FTLN 2357 swine-drunk, and in his sleep he does little harm,
FTLN 2358 save to his bedclothes about him; but they know
FTLN 2359275 his conditions and lay him in straw. I have but
FTLN 2360 little more to say, sir, of his honesty; he has everything
FTLN 2361 that an honest man should not have; what an
FTLN 2362 honest man should have, he has nothing.
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2363I begin to love him for this.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2364280For this description of thine honesty?
FTLN 2365 A pox upon him! For me, he’s more and more
FTLN 2366 a cat.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2367What say you to his expertness in war?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2368Faith, sir, has led the drum before the English
FTLN 2369285 tragedians. To belie him I will not, and more
FTLN 2370 of his soldiership I know not, except in that country
FTLN 2371 he had the honor to be the officer at a place
FTLN 2372 there called Mile End, to instruct for the doubling
FTLN 2373 of files. I would do the man what honor I can, but
FTLN 2374290 of this I am not certain.
FIRST LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2375He hath out-villained villainy so
FTLN 2376 far that the rarity redeems him.

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BERTRAM , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2377A pox on him! He’s a cat still.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2378His qualities being at this poor price,
FTLN 2379295 I need not to ask you if gold will corrupt him to
FTLN 2380 revolt.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2381Sir, for a cardecu he will sell the fee-simple
FTLN 2382 of his salvation, the inheritance of it, and cut th’
FTLN 2383 entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession
FTLN 2384300 for it perpetually.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2385What’s his brother, the other Captain
FTLN 2386 Dumaine?
SECOND LORD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2387Why does he ask him of me?
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2388What’s he?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2389305E’en a crow o’ th’ same nest: not altogether
FTLN 2390 so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great
FTLN 2391 deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet
FTLN 2392 his brother is reputed one of the best that is. In a
FTLN 2393 retreat he outruns any lackey. Marry, in coming on
FTLN 2394310 he has the cramp.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2395If your life be saved, will you undertake
FTLN 2396 to betray the Florentine?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2397Ay, and the captain of his horse, Count
FTLN 2398 Rossillion.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2399315I’ll whisper with the General and know
FTLN 2400 his pleasure.
PAROLLES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2401I’ll no more drumming. A plague of
FTLN 2402 all drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to
FTLN 2403 beguile the supposition of that lascivious young
FTLN 2404320 boy the Count, have I run into this danger. Yet who
FTLN 2405 would have suspected an ambush where I was
FTLN 2406 taken?
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2407There is no remedy, sir, but you must
FTLN 2408 die. The General says you that have so traitorously
FTLN 2409325 discovered the secrets of your army and made
FTLN 2410 such pestiferous reports of men very nobly held
FTLN 2411 can serve the world for no honest use. Therefore
FTLN 2412 you must die.—Come, headsman, off with his
FTLN 2413 head.

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PAROLLES  FTLN 2414330O Lord, sir, let me live, or let me see my
FTLN 2415 death!
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2416That shall you, and take your leave of
FTLN 2417 all your friends.  editorial emendationHe removes the blindfold.editorial emendation So,
FTLN 2418 look about you. Know you any here?
BERTRAM  FTLN 2419335Good morrow, noble captain.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2420God bless you, Captain Parolles.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2421God save you, noble captain.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 2422Captain, what greeting will you to my
FTLN 2423 Lord Lafew? I am for France.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 2424340Good captain, will you give me a copy of
FTLN 2425 the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the Count
FTLN 2426 Rossillion? An I were not a very coward, I’d compel
FTLN 2427 it of you. But fare you well.
editorial emendationBertram and Lordseditorial emendation exit.
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2428You are undone, captain—all but your
FTLN 2429345 scarf; that has a knot on ’t yet.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2430Who cannot be crushed with a plot?
FIRST SOLDIER  FTLN 2431If you could find out a country where
FTLN 2432 but women were that had received so much
FTLN 2433 shame, you might begin an impudent nation. Fare
FTLN 2434350 you well, sir. I am for France too. We shall speak of
FTLN 2435 you there. He exits.
PAROLLES 
FTLN 2436 Yet am I thankful. If my heart were great,
FTLN 2437 ’Twould burst at this. Captain I’ll be no more,
FTLN 2438 But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft
FTLN 2439355 As captain shall. Simply the thing I am
FTLN 2440 Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart,
FTLN 2441 Let him fear this, for it will come to pass
FTLN 2442 That every braggart shall be found an ass.
FTLN 2443 Rust, sword; cool, blushes; and Parolles live
FTLN 2444360 Safest in shame. Being fooled, by fool’ry thrive.
FTLN 2445 There’s place and means for every man alive.
FTLN 2446 I’ll after them. He exits.




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editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Helen, Widow, and Diana.

HELEN 
FTLN 2447 That you may well perceive I have not wronged you,
FTLN 2448 One of the greatest in the Christian world
FTLN 2449 Shall be my surety, ’fore whose throne ’tis needful,
FTLN 2450 Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel.
FTLN 24515 Time was, I did him a desirèd office
FTLN 2452 Dear almost as his life, which gratitude
FTLN 2453 Through flinty Tartar’s bosom would peep forth
FTLN 2454 And answer thanks. I duly am informed
FTLN 2455 His Grace is at Marseilles, to which place
FTLN 245610 We have convenient convoy. You must know
FTLN 2457 I am supposèd dead. The army breaking,
FTLN 2458 My husband hies him home, where, heaven aiding
FTLN 2459 And by the leave of my good lord the King,
FTLN 2460 We’ll be before our welcome.
WIDOW  FTLN 246115 Gentle madam,
FTLN 2462 You never had a servant to whose trust
FTLN 2463 Your business was more welcome.
HELEN  FTLN 2464 Nor editorial emendationyou,editorial emendation mistress,
FTLN 2465 Ever a friend whose thoughts more truly labor
FTLN 246620 To recompense your love. Doubt not but heaven
FTLN 2467 Hath brought me up to be your daughter’s dower,
FTLN 2468 As it hath fated her to be my motive
FTLN 2469 And helper to a husband. But O, strange men,
FTLN 2470 That can such sweet use make of what they hate
FTLN 247125 When saucy trusting of the cozened thoughts
FTLN 2472 Defiles the pitchy night! So lust doth play
FTLN 2473 With what it loathes for that which is away.
FTLN 2474 But more of this hereafter.—You, Diana,
FTLN 2475 Under my poor instructions yet must suffer
FTLN 247630 Something in my behalf.
DIANA  FTLN 2477 Let death and honesty
FTLN 2478 Go with your impositions, I am yours
FTLN 2479 Upon your will to suffer.

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HELEN  FTLN 2480 Yet, I pray you—
FTLN 248135 But with the word “The time will bring on summer,”
FTLN 2482 When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns
FTLN 2483 And be as sweet as sharp. We must away.
FTLN 2484 Our wagon is prepared, and time revives us.
FTLN 2485 All’s well that ends well. Still the fine’s the crown.
FTLN 248640 Whate’er the course, the end is the renown.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter editorial emendationFool, Countess,editorial emendation and Lafew.

LAFEW  FTLN 2487No, no, no, your son was misled with a
FTLN 2488 snipped-taffeta fellow there, whose villainous saffron
FTLN 2489 would have made all the unbaked and doughy
FTLN 2490 youth of a nation in his color. Your daughter-in-law
FTLN 24915 had been alive at this hour, and your son here
FTLN 2492 at home, more advanced by the King than by that
FTLN 2493 red-tailed humble-bee I speak of.
COUNTESS  FTLN 2494I would I had not known him. It was the
FTLN 2495 death of the most virtuous gentlewoman that ever
FTLN 249610 nature had praise for creating. If she had partaken
FTLN 2497 of my flesh and cost me the dearest groans of a
FTLN 2498 mother, I could not have owed her a more rooted
FTLN 2499 love.
LAFEW  FTLN 2500’Twas a good lady, ’twas a good lady. We may
FTLN 250115 pick a thousand salads ere we light on such another
FTLN 2502 herb.
FOOL  FTLN 2503Indeed, sir, she was the sweet marjoram of the
FTLN 2504 salad, or rather the herb of grace.
LAFEW  FTLN 2505They are not herbs, you knave. They are
FTLN 250620 nose-herbs.
FOOL  FTLN 2507I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, sir. I have not
FTLN 2508 much skill in editorial emendationgrass.editorial emendation
LAFEW  FTLN 2509Whether dost thou profess thyself, a knave or a
FTLN 2510 fool?

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FOOL  FTLN 251125A fool, sir, at a woman’s service, and a knave at a
FTLN 2512 man’s.
LAFEW  FTLN 2513Your distinction?
FOOL  FTLN 2514I would cozen the man of his wife and do his
FTLN 2515 service.
LAFEW  FTLN 251630So you were a knave at his service indeed.
FOOL  FTLN 2517And I would give his wife my bauble, sir, to do
FTLN 2518 her service.
LAFEW  FTLN 2519I will subscribe for thee, thou art both knave
FTLN 2520 and fool.
FOOL  FTLN 252135At your service.
LAFEW  FTLN 2522No, no, no.
FOOL  FTLN 2523Why, sir, if I cannot serve you, I can serve as
FTLN 2524 great a prince as you are.
LAFEW  FTLN 2525Who’s that, a Frenchman?
FOOL  FTLN 252640Faith, sir, he has an English editorial emendationname,editorial emendation but his
FTLN 2527 phys’nomy is more hotter in France than there.
LAFEW  FTLN 2528What prince is that?
FOOL  FTLN 2529The black prince, sir, alias the prince of darkness,
FTLN 2530 alias the devil.
LAFEW , editorial emendationgiving him moneyeditorial emendation  FTLN 253145Hold thee, there’s my
FTLN 2532 purse. I give thee not this to suggest thee from thy
FTLN 2533 master thou talk’st of. Serve him still.
FOOL  FTLN 2534I am a woodland fellow, sir, that always loved a
FTLN 2535 great fire, and the master I speak of ever keeps a
FTLN 253650 good fire. But sure he is the prince of the world; let
FTLN 2537 his Nobility remain in ’s court. I am for the house
FTLN 2538 with the narrow gate, which I take to be too little
FTLN 2539 for pomp to enter. Some that humble themselves
FTLN 2540 may, but the many will be too chill and tender, and
FTLN 254155 they’ll be for the flow’ry way that leads to the
FTLN 2542 broad gate and the great fire.
LAFEW  FTLN 2543Go thy ways. I begin to be aweary of thee. And
FTLN 2544 I tell thee so before because I would not fall out
FTLN 2545 with thee. Go thy ways. Let my horses be well
FTLN 254660 looked to, without any tricks.

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FOOL  FTLN 2547If I put any tricks upon ’em, sir, they shall be
FTLN 2548 jades’ tricks, which are their own right by the law
FTLN 2549 of nature. He exits.
LAFEW  FTLN 2550A shrewd knave and an unhappy.
COUNTESS  FTLN 255165So he is. My lord that’s gone made himself
FTLN 2552 much sport out of him. By his authority he
FTLN 2553 remains here, which he thinks is a patent for his
FTLN 2554 sauciness, and indeed he has no pace, but runs
FTLN 2555 where he will.
LAFEW  FTLN 255670I like him well. ’Tis not amiss. And I was about
FTLN 2557 to tell you, since I heard of the good lady’s death
FTLN 2558 and that my lord your son was upon his return
FTLN 2559 home, I moved the King my master to speak in the
FTLN 2560 behalf of my daughter, which in the minority of
FTLN 256175 them both his Majesty out of a self-gracious
FTLN 2562 remembrance did first propose. His Highness hath
FTLN 2563 promised me to do it, and to stop up the displeasure
FTLN 2564 he hath conceived against your son there is
FTLN 2565 no fitter matter. How does your Ladyship like it?
COUNTESS  FTLN 256680With very much content, my lord, and I
FTLN 2567 wish it happily effected.
LAFEW  FTLN 2568His Highness comes post from Marseilles, of
FTLN 2569 as able body as when he numbered thirty. He will
FTLN 2570 be here tomorrow, or I am deceived by him that in
FTLN 257185 such intelligence hath seldom failed.
COUNTESS  FTLN 2572It rejoices me that, I hope, I shall see him
FTLN 2573 ere I die. I have letters that my son will be here
FTLN 2574 tonight. I shall beseech your Lordship to remain
FTLN 2575 with me till they meet together.
LAFEW  FTLN 257690Madam, I was thinking with what manners I
FTLN 2577 might safely be admitted.
COUNTESS  FTLN 2578You need but plead your honorable
FTLN 2579 privilege.
LAFEW  FTLN 2580Lady, of that I have made a bold charter. But I
FTLN 258195 thank my God it holds yet.

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Enter editorial emendationFool.editorial emendation

FOOL  FTLN 2582O madam, yonder’s my lord your son with a
FTLN 2583 patch of velvet on ’s face. Whether there be a scar
FTLN 2584 under ’t or no, the velvet knows, but ’tis a goodly
FTLN 2585 patch of velvet. His left cheek is a cheek of two pile
FTLN 2586100 and a half, but his right cheek is worn bare.
LAFEW  FTLN 2587A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good liv’ry
FTLN 2588 of honor. So belike is that.
FOOL  FTLN 2589But it is your carbonadoed face.
LAFEW  FTLN 2590Let us go see your son, I pray you. I long to talk
FTLN 2591105 with the young noble soldier.
FOOL  FTLN 2592’Faith, there’s a dozen of ’em, with delicate fine
FTLN 2593 hats, and most courteous feathers which bow the
FTLN 2594 head and nod at every man.
They exit.




ACT 5
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Helen, Widow, and Diana, with two Attendants.

HELEN 
FTLN 2595 But this exceeding posting day and night
FTLN 2596 Must wear your spirits low. We cannot help it.
FTLN 2597 But since you have made the days and nights as one
FTLN 2598 To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs,
FTLN 25995 Be bold you do so grow in my requital
FTLN 2600 As nothing can unroot you.

Enter editorial emendationa Gentleman,editorial emendation a gentle Astringer.

FTLN 2601 In happy time!
FTLN 2602 This man may help me to his Majesty’s ear,
FTLN 2603 If he would spend his power.—God save you, sir.
GENTLEMAN  FTLN 260410And you.
HELEN 
FTLN 2605 Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.
GENTLEMAN  FTLN 2606I have been sometimes there.
HELEN 
FTLN 2607 I do presume, sir, that you are not fall’n
FTLN 2608 From the report that goes upon your goodness,
FTLN 260915 And therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions
FTLN 2610 Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
FTLN 2611 The use of your own virtues, for the which
FTLN 2612 I shall continue thankful.
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GENTLEMAN  FTLN 2613 What’s your will?
HELEN , editorial emendationtaking out a papereditorial emendation  FTLN 261420That it will please you
FTLN 2615 To give this poor petition to the King
FTLN 2616 And aid me with that store of power you have
FTLN 2617 To come into his presence.
GENTLEMAN 
FTLN 2618 The King’s not here.
HELEN  FTLN 261925 Not here, sir?
GENTLEMAN  FTLN 2620 Not indeed.
FTLN 2621 He hence removed last night, and with more haste
FTLN 2622 Than is his use.
WIDOW  FTLN 2623 Lord, how we lose our pains!
HELEN  FTLN 262430All’s well that ends well yet,
FTLN 2625 Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.—
FTLN 2626 I do beseech you, whither is he gone?
GENTLEMAN 
FTLN 2627 Marry, as I take it, to Rossillion,
FTLN 2628 Whither I am going.
HELEN , editorial emendationgiving him the papereditorial emendation  FTLN 262935 I do beseech you, sir,
FTLN 2630 Since you are like to see the King before me,
FTLN 2631 Commend the paper to his gracious hand,
FTLN 2632 Which I presume shall render you no blame
FTLN 2633 But rather make you thank your pains for it.
FTLN 263440 I will come after you with what good speed
FTLN 2635 Our means will make us means.
GENTLEMAN  FTLN 2636This I’ll do for you.
HELEN 
FTLN 2637 And you shall find yourself to be well thanked
FTLN 2638 Whate’er falls more. We must to horse again.—
FTLN 263945 Go, go, provide.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation




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ACT 5. SC. 2

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter editorial emendationFooleditorial emendation and Parolles.

PAROLLES , editorial emendationholding out a papereditorial emendation  FTLN 2640Good Monsieur
FTLN 2641 Lavatch, give my lord Lafew this letter. I have ere
FTLN 2642 now, sir, been better known to you, when I have
FTLN 2643 held familiarity with fresher clothes. But I am
FTLN 26445 now, sir, muddied in Fortune’s mood, and smell
FTLN 2645 somewhat strong of her strong displeasure.
FOOL  FTLN 2646Truly, Fortune’s displeasure is but sluttish if it
FTLN 2647 smell so strongly as thou speak’st of. I will henceforth
FTLN 2648 eat no fish of Fortune’s butt’ring. Prithee,
FTLN 264910 allow the wind.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2650Nay, you need not to stop your nose, sir. I
FTLN 2651 spake but by a metaphor.
FOOL  FTLN 2652Indeed, sir, if your metaphor stink I will stop my
FTLN 2653 nose, or against any man’s metaphor. Prithee, get
FTLN 265415 thee further.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2655Pray you, sir, deliver me this paper.
FOOL  FTLN 2656Foh! Prithee, stand away. A paper from Fortune’s
FTLN 2657 close-stool, to give to a nobleman!

Enter Lafew.

FTLN 2658 Look, here he comes himself.—Here is a purr of
FTLN 265920 Fortune’s, sir, or of Fortune’s cat—but not a
FTLN 2660 musk-cat—that has fall’n into the unclean fishpond
FTLN 2661 of her displeasure and, as he says, is muddied
FTLN 2662 withal. Pray you, sir, use the carp as you may,
FTLN 2663 for he looks like a poor, decayed, ingenious, foolish,
FTLN 266425 rascally knave. I do pity his distress in my
FTLN 2665 smiles of comfort, and leave him to your Lordship.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
PAROLLES  FTLN 2666My lord, I am a man whom Fortune hath
FTLN 2667 cruelly scratched.
LAFEW  FTLN 2668And what would you have me to do? ’Tis too
FTLN 266930 late to pare her nails now. Wherein have you

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FTLN 2670 played the knave with Fortune that she should
FTLN 2671 scratch you, who of herself is a good lady and
FTLN 2672 would not have knaves thrive long under editorial emendationher?editorial emendation
FTLN 2673 There’s a cardecu for you. Let the justices make
FTLN 267435 you and Fortune friends. I am for other business.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2675I beseech your Honor to hear me one single
FTLN 2676 word.
LAFEW  FTLN 2677You beg a single penny more. Come, you shall
FTLN 2678 ha ’t. Save your word.
PAROLLES  FTLN 267940My name, my good lord, is Parolles.
LAFEW  FTLN 2680You beg more than editorial emendationaeditorial emendation word, then. Cock’s my
FTLN 2681 passion; give me your hand. How does your drum?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2682O my good lord, you were the first that
FTLN 2683 found me.
LAFEW  FTLN 268445Was I, in sooth? And I was the first that lost
FTLN 2685 thee.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2686It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some
FTLN 2687 grace, for you did bring me out.
LAFEW  FTLN 2688Out upon thee, knave! Dost thou put upon me
FTLN 268950 at once both the office of God and the devil? One
FTLN 2690 brings thee in grace, and the other brings thee out.
FTLN 2691  editorial emendationTrumpets sound.editorial emendation The King’s coming. I know by
FTLN 2692 his trumpets. Sirrah, inquire further after me. I
FTLN 2693 had talk of you last night. Though you are a fool
FTLN 269455 and a knave, you shall eat. Go to, follow.
PAROLLES  FTLN 2695I praise God for you.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Flourish. Enter King, editorial emendationCountess,editorial emendation Lafew, the two French
Lords, with Attendants.


KING 
FTLN 2696 We lost a jewel of her, and our esteem
FTLN 2697 Was made much poorer by it. But your son,

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FTLN 2698 As mad in folly, lacked the sense to know
FTLN 2699 Her estimation home.
COUNTESS  FTLN 27005 ’Tis past, my liege,
FTLN 2701 And I beseech your Majesty to make it
FTLN 2702 Natural rebellion done i’ th’ blade of youth,
FTLN 2703 When oil and fire, too strong for reason’s force,
FTLN 2704 O’erbears it and burns on.
KING  FTLN 270510 My honored lady,
FTLN 2706 I have forgiven and forgotten all,
FTLN 2707 Though my revenges were high bent upon him
FTLN 2708 And watched the time to shoot.
LAFEW  FTLN 2709 This I must say—
FTLN 271015 But first I beg my pardon: the young lord
FTLN 2711 Did to his Majesty, his mother, and his lady
FTLN 2712 Offense of mighty note, but to himself
FTLN 2713 The greatest wrong of all. He lost a wife
FTLN 2714 Whose beauty did astonish the survey
FTLN 271520 Of richest eyes, whose words all ears took captive,
FTLN 2716 Whose dear perfection hearts that scorned to serve
FTLN 2717 Humbly called mistress.
KING  FTLN 2718 Praising what is lost
FTLN 2719 Makes the remembrance dear. Well, call him hither.
FTLN 272025 We are reconciled, and the first view shall kill
FTLN 2721 All repetition. Let him not ask our pardon.
FTLN 2722 The nature of his great offense is dead,
FTLN 2723 And deeper than oblivion we do bury
FTLN 2724 Th’ incensing relics of it. Let him approach
FTLN 272530 A stranger, no offender, and inform him
FTLN 2726 So ’tis our will he should.
GENTLEMAN  FTLN 2727 I shall, my liege. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
KING 
FTLN 2728 What says he to your daughter? Have you spoke?
LAFEW 
FTLN 2729 All that he is hath reference to your Highness.
KING 
FTLN 273035 Then shall we have a match. I have letters sent me
FTLN 2731 That sets him high in fame.

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Enter Count Bertram.

LAFEW  FTLN 2732He looks well on ’t.
KING  FTLN 2733I am not a day of season,
FTLN 2734 For thou mayst see a sunshine and a hail
FTLN 273540 In me at once. But to the brightest beams
FTLN 2736 Distracted clouds give way. So stand thou forth.
FTLN 2737 The time is fair again.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2738My high-repented blames,
FTLN 2739 Dear sovereign, pardon to me.
KING  FTLN 274045 All is whole.
FTLN 2741 Not one word more of the consumèd time.
FTLN 2742 Let’s take the instant by the forward top,
FTLN 2743 For we are old, and on our quick’st decrees
FTLN 2744 Th’ inaudible and noiseless foot of time
FTLN 274550 Steals ere we can effect them. You remember
FTLN 2746 The daughter of this lord?
BERTRAM  FTLN 2747Admiringly, my liege. At first
FTLN 2748 I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart
FTLN 2749 Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue;
FTLN 275055 Where the impression of mine eye infixing,
FTLN 2751 Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me,
FTLN 2752 Which warped the line of every other favor,
FTLN 2753 Scorned a fair color or expressed it stol’n,
FTLN 2754 Extended or contracted all proportions
FTLN 275560 To a most hideous object. Thence it came
FTLN 2756 That she whom all men praised and whom myself,
FTLN 2757 Since I have lost, have loved, was in mine eye
FTLN 2758 The dust that did offend it.
KING  FTLN 2759 Well excused.
FTLN 276065 That thou didst love her strikes some scores away
FTLN 2761 From the great compt. But love that comes too late,
FTLN 2762 Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried,
FTLN 2763 To the great sender turns a sour offense,
FTLN 2764 Crying “That’s good that’s gone!” Our rash faults
FTLN 276570 Make trivial price of serious things we have,

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FTLN 2766 Not knowing them until we know their grave.
FTLN 2767 Oft our displeasures, to ourselves unjust,
FTLN 2768 Destroy our friends and after weep their dust.
FTLN 2769 Our own love, waking, cries to see what’s done,
FTLN 277075 While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon.
FTLN 2771 Be this sweet Helen’s knell, and now forget her.
FTLN 2772 Send forth your amorous token for fair Maudlin.
FTLN 2773 The main consents are had, and here we’ll stay
FTLN 2774 To see our widower’s second marriage day.
editorial emendationCOUNTESSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 277580 Which better than the first, O dear heaven, bless,
FTLN 2776 Or, ere they meet, in me, O nature, cesse!
LAFEW 
FTLN 2777 Come on, my son, in whom my house’s name
FTLN 2778 Must be digested, give a favor from you
FTLN 2779 To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter,
FTLN 278085 That she may quickly come.
editorial emendationBertram gives him a ring.editorial emendation
FTLN 2781 By my old beard
FTLN 2782 And ev’ry hair that’s on ’t, Helen that’s dead
FTLN 2783 Was a sweet creature. Such a ring as this,
FTLN 2784 The last that e’er I took her leave at court,
FTLN 278590 I saw upon her finger.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2786 Hers it was not.
KING 
FTLN 2787 Now, pray you, let me see it, for mine eye,
FTLN 2788 While I was speaking, oft was fastened to ’t.
editorial emendationLafew passes the ring to the King.editorial emendation
FTLN 2789 This ring was mine, and when I gave it Helen,
FTLN 279095 I bade her if her fortunes ever stood
FTLN 2791 Necessitied to help, that by this token
FTLN 2792 I would relieve her.  editorial emendationTo Bertram.editorial emendation Had you that craft to
FTLN 2793 reave her
FTLN 2794 Of what should stead her most?
BERTRAM  FTLN 2795100 My gracious
FTLN 2796 sovereign,

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FTLN 2797 Howe’er it pleases you to take it so,
FTLN 2798 The ring was never hers.
COUNTESS  FTLN 2799 Son, on my life,
FTLN 2800105 I have seen her wear it, and she reckoned it
FTLN 2801 At her life’s rate.
LAFEW  FTLN 2802 I am sure I saw her wear it.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 2803 You are deceived, my lord. She never saw it.
FTLN 2804 In Florence was it from a casement thrown me,
FTLN 2805110 Wrapped in a paper which contained the name
FTLN 2806 Of her that threw it. Noble she was, and thought
FTLN 2807 I stood editorial emendationungaged,editorial emendation but when I had subscribed
FTLN 2808 To mine own fortune and informed her fully
FTLN 2809 I could not answer in that course of honor
FTLN 2810115 As she had made the overture, she ceased
FTLN 2811 In heavy satisfaction and would never
FTLN 2812 Receive the ring again.
KING  FTLN 2813 Plutus himself,
FTLN 2814 That knows the tinct and multiplying med’cine,
FTLN 2815120 Hath not in nature’s mystery more science
FTLN 2816 Than I have in this ring. ’Twas mine, ’twas Helen’s,
FTLN 2817 Whoever gave it you. Then if you know
FTLN 2818 That you are well acquainted with yourself,
FTLN 2819 Confess ’twas hers and by what rough enforcement
FTLN 2820125 You got it from her. She called the saints to surety
FTLN 2821 That she would never put it from her finger
FTLN 2822 Unless she gave it to yourself in bed,
FTLN 2823 Where you have never come, or sent it us
FTLN 2824 Upon her great disaster.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2825130 She never saw it.
KING 
FTLN 2826 Thou speak’st it falsely, as I love mine honor,
FTLN 2827 And mak’st conjectural fears to come into me
FTLN 2828 Which I would fain shut out. If it should prove
FTLN 2829 That thou art so inhuman—’twill not prove so,
FTLN 2830135 And yet I know not. Thou didst hate her deadly,

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FTLN 2831 And she is dead, which nothing but to close
FTLN 2832 Her eyes myself could win me to believe
FTLN 2833 More than to see this ring.—Take him away.
FTLN 2834 My forepast proofs, howe’er the matter fall,
FTLN 2835140 Shall tax my fears of little vanity,
FTLN 2836 Having vainly feared too little. Away with him.
FTLN 2837 We’ll sift this matter further.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2838 If you shall prove
FTLN 2839 This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy
FTLN 2840145 Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence,
FTLN 2841 Where yet she never was. editorial emendationHe exits, under guard.editorial emendation
KING 
FTLN 2842 I am wrapped in dismal thinkings.

Enter a Gentleman.

GENTLEMAN  FTLN 2843 Gracious sovereign,
FTLN 2844 Whether I have been to blame or no, I know not.
editorial emendationHe gives the King a paper.editorial emendation
FTLN 2845150 Here’s a petition from a Florentine
FTLN 2846 Who hath for four or five removes come short
FTLN 2847 To tender it herself. I undertook it,
FTLN 2848 Vanquished thereto by the fair grace and speech
FTLN 2849 Of the poor suppliant, who, by this, I know
FTLN 2850155 Is here attending. Her business looks in her
FTLN 2851 With an importing visage, and she told me,
FTLN 2852 In a sweet verbal brief, it did concern
FTLN 2853 Your Highness with herself.
editorial emendationKING  readseditorial emendation  FTLN 2854Upon his many protestations to marry me
FTLN 2855160 when his wife was dead, I blush to say it, he won
FTLN 2856 me. Now is the Count Rossillion a widower, his
FTLN 2857 vows are forfeited to me and my honor’s paid to him.
FTLN 2858 He stole from Florence, taking no leave, and I follow
FTLN 2859 him to his country for justice. Grant it me, O king.
FTLN 2860165 In you it best lies. Otherwise a seducer flourishes,
FTLN 2861 and a poor maid is undone.
FTLN 2862 Diana Capilet.


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LAFEW  FTLN 2863I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll for
FTLN 2864 this. I’ll none of him.
KING 
FTLN 2865170 The heavens have thought well on thee, Lafew,
FTLN 2866 To bring forth this discov’ry.—Seek these suitors.
FTLN 2867 Go speedily, and bring again the Count.
editorial emendationGentleman and Attendants exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 2868 I am afeard the life of Helen, lady,
FTLN 2869 Was foully snatched.
COUNTESS  FTLN 2870175 Now justice on the doers!

Enter Bertram editorial emendationunder guard.editorial emendation

KING 
FTLN 2871 I wonder, sir, editorial emendationsinceeditorial emendation wives are monsters to you
FTLN 2872 And that you fly them as you swear them lordship,
FTLN 2873 Yet you desire to marry.

Enter Widow editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Diana.

FTLN 2874 What woman’s that?
DIANA 
FTLN 2875180 I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine,
FTLN 2876 Derivèd from the ancient Capilet.
FTLN 2877 My suit, as I do understand, you know
FTLN 2878 And therefore know how far I may be pitied.
WIDOW 
FTLN 2879 I am her mother, sir, whose age and honor
FTLN 2880185 Both suffer under this complaint we bring,
FTLN 2881 And both shall cease without your remedy.
KING 
FTLN 2882 Come hither, count. Do you know these women?
BERTRAM 
FTLN 2883 My lord, I neither can nor will deny
FTLN 2884 But that I know them. Do they charge me further?
DIANA 
FTLN 2885190 Why do you look so strange upon your wife?

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BERTRAM 
FTLN 2886 She’s none of mine, my lord.
DIANA  FTLN 2887 If you shall marry,
FTLN 2888 You give away this hand, and that is mine;
FTLN 2889 You give away heaven’s vows, and those are mine;
FTLN 2890195 You give away myself, which is known mine,
FTLN 2891 For I by vow am so embodied yours
FTLN 2892 That she which marries you must marry me,
FTLN 2893 Either both or none.
LAFEW , editorial emendationto Bertrameditorial emendation  FTLN 2894Your reputation comes too short
FTLN 2895200 for my daughter. You are no husband for her.
BERTRAM , editorial emendationto the Kingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2896 My lord, this is a fond and desp’rate creature
FTLN 2897 Whom sometime I have laughed with. Let your
FTLN 2898 Highness
FTLN 2899 Lay a more noble thought upon mine honor
FTLN 2900205 Than for to think that I would sink it here.
KING 
FTLN 2901 Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill to friend
FTLN 2902 Till your deeds gain them. Fairer prove your honor
FTLN 2903 Than in my thought it lies.
DIANA  FTLN 2904 Good my lord,
FTLN 2905210 Ask him upon his oath if he does think
FTLN 2906 He had not my virginity.
KING 
FTLN 2907 What sayst thou to her?
BERTRAM  FTLN 2908 She’s impudent, my lord,
FTLN 2909 And was a common gamester to the camp.
DIANA 
FTLN 2910215 He does me wrong, my lord. If I were so,
FTLN 2911 He might have bought me at a common price.
FTLN 2912 Do not believe him. O, behold this ring,
FTLN 2913 Whose high respect and rich validity
FTLN 2914 Did lack a parallel. Yet for all that
FTLN 2915220 He gave it to a commoner o’ th’ camp,
FTLN 2916 If I be one.

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COUNTESS  FTLN 2917 He blushes, and ’tis hit.
FTLN 2918 Of six preceding ancestors that gem,
FTLN 2919 Conferred by testament to th’ sequent issue,
FTLN 2920225 Hath it been owed and worn. This is his wife.
FTLN 2921 That ring’s a thousand proofs.
KING , editorial emendationto Dianaeditorial emendation  FTLN 2922 Methought you said
FTLN 2923 You saw one here in court could witness it.
DIANA 
FTLN 2924 I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
FTLN 2925230 So bad an instrument. His name’s Parolles.
LAFEW 
FTLN 2926 I saw the man today, if man he be.
KING 
FTLN 2927 Find him, and bring him hither. editorial emendationAttendant exits.editorial emendation
BERTRAM  FTLN 2928 What of him?
FTLN 2929 He’s quoted for a most perfidious slave,
FTLN 2930235 With all the spots o’ th’ world taxed and debauched,
FTLN 2931 Whose nature sickens but to speak a truth.
FTLN 2932 Am I or that or this for what he’ll utter,
FTLN 2933 That will speak anything?
KING  FTLN 2934She hath that ring of yours.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 2935240 I think she has. Certain it is I liked her
FTLN 2936 And boarded her i’ th’ wanton way of youth.
FTLN 2937 She knew her distance and did angle for me,
FTLN 2938 Madding my eagerness with her restraint,
FTLN 2939 As all impediments in fancy’s course
FTLN 2940245 Are motives of more fancy; and in fine
FTLN 2941 Her editorial emendationinfinite cunningeditorial emendation with her modern grace
FTLN 2942 Subdued me to her rate. She got the ring,
FTLN 2943 And I had that which any inferior might
FTLN 2944 At market price have bought.
DIANA  FTLN 2945250 I must be patient.
FTLN 2946 You that have turned off a first so noble wife
FTLN 2947 May justly diet me. I pray you yet—
FTLN 2948 Since you lack virtue, I will lose a husband—

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FTLN 2949 Send for your ring. I will return it home,
FTLN 2950255 And give me mine again.
BERTRAM  FTLN 2951I have it not.
KING , editorial emendationto Dianaeditorial emendation  FTLN 2952What ring was yours, I pray you?
DIANA 
FTLN 2953 Sir, much like the same upon your finger.
KING 
FTLN 2954 Know you this ring? This ring was his of late.
DIANA 
FTLN 2955260 And this was it I gave him, being abed.
KING 
FTLN 2956 The story, then, goes false you threw it him
FTLN 2957 Out of a casement?
DIANA  FTLN 2958 I have spoke the truth.

Enter Parolles.

BERTRAM 
FTLN 2959 My lord, I do confess the ring was hers.
KING 
FTLN 2960265 You boggle shrewdly. Every feather starts you.—
FTLN 2961 Is this the man you speak of?
DIANA  FTLN 2962 Ay, my lord.
KING 
FTLN 2963 Tell me, sirrah—but tell me true, I charge you,
FTLN 2964 Not fearing the displeasure of your master,
FTLN 2965270 Which, on your just proceeding, I’ll keep off—
FTLN 2966 By him and by this woman here what know you?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2967So please your Majesty, my master hath
FTLN 2968 been an honorable gentleman. Tricks he hath had
FTLN 2969 in him which gentlemen have.
KING  FTLN 2970275Come, come, to th’ purpose. Did he love this
FTLN 2971 woman?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2972Faith, sir, he did love her, but how?
KING  FTLN 2973How, I pray you?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2974He did love her, sir, as a gentleman loves a
FTLN 2975280 woman.

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KING  FTLN 2976How is that?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2977He loved her, sir, and loved her not.
KING  FTLN 2978As thou art a knave and no knave. What an
FTLN 2979 equivocal companion is this!
PAROLLES  FTLN 2980285I am a poor man, and at your Majesty’s
FTLN 2981 command.
LAFEW  FTLN 2982He’s a good drum, my lord, but a naughty
FTLN 2983 orator.
DIANA  FTLN 2984Do you know he promised me marriage?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2985290Faith, I know more than I’ll speak.
KING  FTLN 2986But wilt thou not speak all thou know’st?
PAROLLES  FTLN 2987Yes, so please your Majesty. I did go
FTLN 2988 between them, as I said; but more than that he
FTLN 2989 loved her, for indeed he was mad for her, and
FTLN 2990295 talked of Satan and of limbo and of furies and I
FTLN 2991 know not what. Yet I was in that credit with them
FTLN 2992 at that time, that I knew of their going to bed and
FTLN 2993 of other motions, as promising her marriage, and
FTLN 2994 things which would derive me ill will to speak of.
FTLN 2995300 Therefore I will not speak what I know.
KING  FTLN 2996Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou canst
FTLN 2997 say they are married. But thou art too fine in thy
FTLN 2998 evidence. Therefore stand aside.
editorial emendationTo Diana.editorial emendation
FTLN 2999 This ring you say was yours?
DIANA  FTLN 3000305 Ay, my good lord.
KING 
FTLN 3001 Where did you buy it? Or who gave it you?
DIANA 
FTLN 3002 It was not given me, nor I did not buy it.
KING 
FTLN 3003 Who lent it you?
DIANA  FTLN 3004 It was not lent me neither.
KING 
FTLN 3005310 Where did you find it then?
DIANA  FTLN 3006 I found it not.

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KING 
FTLN 3007 If it were yours by none of all these ways,
FTLN 3008 How could you give it him?
DIANA  FTLN 3009 I never gave it him.
LAFEW  FTLN 3010315This woman’s an easy glove, my lord; she goes
FTLN 3011 off and on at pleasure.
KING 
FTLN 3012 This ring was mine. I gave it his first wife.
DIANA 
FTLN 3013 It might be yours or hers for aught I know.
KING , editorial emendationto Attendantseditorial emendation 
FTLN 3014 Take her away. I do not like her now.
FTLN 3015320 To prison with her, and away with him.—
FTLN 3016 Unless thou tell’st me where thou hadst this ring,
FTLN 3017 Thou diest within this hour.
DIANA  FTLN 3018 I’ll never tell you.
KING 
FTLN 3019 Take her away.
DIANA  FTLN 3020325 I’ll put in bail, my liege.
KING 
FTLN 3021 I think thee now some common customer.
DIANA , editorial emendationto Bertrameditorial emendation 
FTLN 3022 By Jove, if ever I knew man, ’twas you.
KING 
FTLN 3023 Wherefore hast thou accused him all this while?
DIANA 
FTLN 3024 Because he’s guilty and he is not guilty.
FTLN 3025330 He knows I am no maid, and he’ll swear to ’t.
FTLN 3026 I’ll swear I am a maid, and he knows not.
FTLN 3027 Great king, I am no strumpet. By my life,
FTLN 3028 I am either maid or else this old man’s wife.
KING 
FTLN 3029 She does abuse our ears. To prison with her.
DIANA 
FTLN 3030335 Good mother, fetch my bail.  editorial emendationWidow exits.editorial emendation Stay,
FTLN 3031 royal sir.

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FTLN 3032 The jeweler that owes the ring is sent for,
FTLN 3033 And he shall surety me. But for this lord
FTLN 3034 Who hath abused me as he knows himself,
FTLN 3035340 Though yet he never harmed me, here I quit him.
FTLN 3036 He knows himself my bed he hath defiled,
FTLN 3037 And at that time he got his wife with child.
FTLN 3038 Dead though she be, she feels her young one kick.
FTLN 3039 So there’s my riddle: one that’s dead is quick.
FTLN 3040345 And now behold the meaning.

Enter Helen and Widow.

KING  FTLN 3041Is there no exorcist
FTLN 3042 Beguiles the truer office of mine eyes?
FTLN 3043 Is ’t real that I see?
HELEN  FTLN 3044No, my good lord,
FTLN 3045350 ’Tis but the shadow of a wife you see,
FTLN 3046 The name and not the thing.
BERTRAM  FTLN 3047 Both, both. O, pardon!
HELEN 
FTLN 3048 O, my good lord, when I was like this maid,
FTLN 3049 I found you wondrous kind. There is your ring,
FTLN 3050355 And, look you, here’s your letter.  editorial emendationShe takes out a
 paper.editorial emendation 
FTLN 3051This it says:
FTLN 3052 When from my finger you can get this ring
FTLN 3053 And editorial emendationareeditorial emendation by me with child, etc.
 This is done.
FTLN 3054 Will you be mine now you are doubly won?
BERTRAM 
FTLN 3055360 If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly,
FTLN 3056 I’ll love her dearly, ever, ever dearly.
HELEN 
FTLN 3057 If it appear not plain and prove untrue,
FTLN 3058 Deadly divorce step between me and you.—
FTLN 3059 O my dear mother, do I see you living?
LAFEW 
FTLN 3060365 Mine eyes smell onions. I shall weep anon.—
FTLN 3061  editorial emendationTo Parolles.editorial emendation Good Tom Drum, lend me a handkercher.

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FTLN 3062 So, I thank thee. Wait on me home.
FTLN 3063 I’ll make sport with thee. Let thy courtesies alone.
FTLN 3064 They are scurvy ones.
KING 
FTLN 3065370 Let us from point to point this story know,
FTLN 3066 To make the even truth in pleasure flow.
FTLN 3067  editorial emendationTo Diana.editorial emendation If thou be’st yet a fresh uncroppèd flower,
FTLN 3068 Choose thou thy husband, and I’ll pay thy dower.
FTLN 3069 For I can guess that by thy honest aid
FTLN 3070375 Thou kept’st a wife herself, thyself a maid.
FTLN 3071 Of that and all the progress more and less,
FTLN 3072 Resolvedly more leisure shall express.
FTLN 3073 All yet seems well, and if it end so meet,
FTLN 3074 The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet.
Flourish.



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editorial emendationEPILOGUEeditorial emendation
 
FTLN 3075 The King’s a beggar, now the play is done.
FTLN 3076 All is well ended if this suit be won,
FTLN 3077 That you express content, which we will pay,
FTLN 3078 With strift to please you, day exceeding day.
FTLN 30795 Ours be your patience, then, and yours our parts.
FTLN 3080 Your gentle hands lend us, and take our hearts.
All exit.