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Hel. Till l have no wife, I have nothing in France, Nothing in France, until he has no wife Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France, Then hast thou all again. Poor lord' is't I That chase thee from thy country, and expose Those tender limbs of thine to the event Of the none-sparing war and is it I That drive thee from the sportive court, where
Whence honour but of danger wins a scar,
To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away. [Erit,
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, BERTRAM, Lords, Officers, Soldiers, and others.
Duke. The general of our horse thou art; and we, Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence, Upon thy promising fortune.
Ber. Sir, it is
Duke. Then go thou forth;
Ber. This very day, Great Mars, I put myself into thy file: Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall prove A lover of thy drum, hater of love. [Ereunt.
Enter Countess and Steward.
Count. Alas! and would you take the letter of her 2
Might you not know, she would do as she has done,
Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest words !
Rinaldo, you did never lack advice" so much,
Stew. Pardon me, madam:
Count. What angel shall Bless this unworthy husband he cannot thrive, Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear,
9 Alluding to the story of Hercules. * Discretion or thought.
And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath
A tucket afar off. Enter an old Widow of Florence, DIANA, VioleNTA, MARIANA, and other Citizens.
Wid. Nay, come; for if they do approach the city, we shall lose all the sight.
Dia. They say, the French count has done most honourable service.
Wid. It is reported that he has taken their greatest commander; and that with his own hand he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may know by their trumpets. Mar. Come, lets return again, and suffice ourselves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this French earl: the honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty. Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have been solicited by a gentleman his companion. Mar. I know that knave; hang him ' one Parolles: a filthy officer he is in those suggestions 3 for the young earl.—Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under:* many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you further; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no further danger known, but the modesty which is so lost. Dia. You shall not need to fear me.
* Weigh here means to value or esteem.
Enter HELENA, in the dress of a Pilgrim.
Wid. I hope so. Look, here comes a pilgrim : I know she will lie at my house; thither they send one another: I’ll question her.— God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound?
Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
3 Temptations. * They are not the things for which their names would make them pass.